India firm Favourites to win the 1st Match of the ICC Test Championship

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India vs West Indies 1st Test 2019 Match Preview -After the limited-overs series India and West Indies will gear up for their Inaugural challenge of the ICC Test Championship. The first test match of the 2 match series will be played on 22nd August 2019 at Antigua. India is the firm favorites to win the 1st test match and the series. But, the question is, Will the Windies put up a fight against a strong team like India?

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India vs West Indies 1st Test 2019 Match Preview – Team West Indies Preview

West Indies need to sort some issues before the 1st test match starts on Thursday. Their batting department is a huge concern. In any of the formats, the Windies haven’t batted as well as they should have and that was clearly seen in the world cup 2019 and the recently concluded limited-overs series.

Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Shamarh Brooks will have to take responsibility with the bat. These batsmen will play as pure batsmen so that West Indies can score a good amount of runs in the test series. Skipper Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, and John Campbell will have to be good all-rounders and will have to take a dual responsibility on their shoulders.

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These players can turn the tables on their day. But, they will have to step up and put up a fight against India in this 2 match test series. Rahkeem Cornwall will make his debut against India in the first match. He is known to be a pure batsman who can also ball. So, the West Indies will have the luxury of his all-rounder skills.

With the help of the two West Indian greats, the team should overcome the slump. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Brian Lara will help the West Indies team in doing good for the team. These two legends can provide inputs that can lift the team from the precautious position they are in. There are no worries in the bowling department as the bowlers are doing a good job, better than the batsmen. But, they will miss Sheldon Cottrell in the tests series. Cottrell has the knack of picking wickets. He might have been a good option for the red ball.

West Indies have Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach as their premier fast bowlers and they also have a lot of options in the form of Holder, Keemo Paul, Roston Chase, and John Campbell. Windies can also play Shane Dowrich as the middle order specialist. He can bring the extra depth to their batting which has caused them some problem over the years.

Team West Indies Preview – Probable XI of West Indies

Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shane Dowrich, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Gabriel, and Kemar Roach.

India vs West Indies 1st Test 2019 Match Preview – Team Team India Preview

On the other hand, Team India will want to start their ICC Test Champions journey on a winning note. Kohli and the team will look to whitewash the Windies in the red-ball format and go back home with an unbeaten run. India did this when they toured Sri Lanka in 2017. Kohli and his men whitewashed the Sri Lankans across all the formats and created a record for themselves. Kohli and his men will try to achieve that feat once again.

india vs west indies 1st test 2019

India batted well in the warm-up game. Their test man pillar, Chetestwar Pujara played a solid knock of 100 runs. Rohit Sharma scored 68 runs in the 1st Innings. And in the second innings, Rahane got his lost form back while Hanuma Vihari also scored a half-century to his name. India will depend on a good start from Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. These 2 players failed to cash in their opportunities in the warm-up match. But, they will have to deliver when the 1st test match starts on 22nd August.

Pujara and Rahane have been the pillars of the Indian test team. They play on the test format and will be the players to watch out for in this 2 match test series. Virat Kohli who scored 2 back to back international hundreds will want to continue his dominance in this test series as well. The last time Kohli played in Antigua, he scored an unbeaten double hundred. The fans will want Kohli to play a Virat knock and start the series on a good note.

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Rishabh Pant or Wriddhiman Saha? The national debate which has been going on social media is that ‘Who should be the wicketkeeper for the first test match?’ Pant’s batting hasn’t been that great apart from the last T20I game against the Windies at Guyana some weeks ago. But, Saha has the experience and before Pant he was the go-to wicketkeeper after the test retirement of MS Dhoni. Both, Virat and the team management will be in a dilemma about the wicket-keeper selection.

India’s bowling has been the best as was seen in the warm match as well. The return of Ravichandran Ashwin will boost India’s confidence as they have a good bowling attack which has a mixture of pace and spin. India has 5 pace bowlers and 3 spinners in the team. But, only 3 pacers and 2 spinners can play in the playing XI which is why it would be interesting to see who they chose. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav may not be the part of the playing but off-field they will play a huge role in the team. Both the pacers have done well against the weak West Indies team. But, Ishant has come a long way. He was instrumental in India’s Test series win against Australia in Australia.

India vs West Indies 1st Test 2019 Match Preview – Team West Indies Preview

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhvuneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.

Will West Indies start the 2 match Test series on a winning note? Or will India dominate from the word go?

The answers will come us on the 22nd August 2019 on Sony Ten Networks at 7 PM IST, 1.30 PM GMT, 09.30 AM LOCAL. Live streaming is also available on the Sonyliv mobile app.

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