India Vs West Indies First Test Preview and other highlights:
∙ India play West Indies in the first test match on the 6th of October starting 9:30 am IST at Rajkot
∙ The two sides will play a two-match test series
∙ Kohli leads the squad while Rahane will be vice-captain
Coming back to India Vs West Indies First Test Preview, once again in home conditions, the Indian team is set to resume its test supremacy in Rajkot come October 6. Under the comfort of familiar warm, sluggish and turning tracks, the Indian team is set to flex its muscles when the West Indies team comes calling for a two-match test series.
Despite the West Indies were far from their fabled best when it comes to the longest format of the game, they are not a side that can be taken lightly. The odds are though heavily stacked in India’s favour. Dominating in home conditions, India rarely goes down in their own backyard, having decimated the best sides in recent history.
The West Indies travel to India with a record that does not bode well for them. The last time they won a test series in India was 35 years, the last time they won a test in the country was 17 years ago. And devoid of quality players in the test arena, the West Indies bring to India a team that looks to hardly put up a challenge. Despite this, coach Stuart Law is happy with the progress he has seen with his side.
Having played series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka earlier this year, West Indies have under their belt some vital experience of playing spinners. And this will bode well for them when they travel to India, a team that boasts of Ashwin, Yadav and Jadeja.
For India, the West Indies series comes just a month before the Indian team tour Australia. This increases the importance of the test series as the Indian team management and selectors look to try out their best XI for Australia against the West Indies. Having announced Shaw for the first test match, the Indian selectors are looking to try out a new look opening pair after having lost trust in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
In the absence of pace spearheads Bhuvneshwar, Jasprit and Ishant, the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj get a one in a chance lifetime to stake their claim to the squad travelling to Australia. The Indian conditions will hardly be supportive to the fast bowlers and a rich haul for any pacer on these pitches could see them jetting off to Australia.
Stay tuned to the Star Sports network on the 6th of October staring 9:30 am IST to watch the first test match of the India V. West Indies series. The toss takes place at 9:00 am. We predict India to bat first if they win the toss.
India 12-man squad for 1st Test: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.
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