After Asia Cup’s triumph, India is all set to face West Indies in the first of a two-match test series. West Indies will be touring India to play 2 tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. Indian captain Virat Kohli comes back straight into the team after being rested for Asia Cup. BCCI has come under scrutiny lately as they dropped Karun Nair without giving him a chance in the series against England.
The first test will kick off at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. India’s pace duo Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were rested for the series while Dhawan and Vijay also got dropped following their poor show in England.
Prithvi Shaw will make his test debut as he will open alongside KL Rahul.
West Indies will be playing a Test in India for the first time since 2013. Only five players in the fifteen-man squad have played in India including pace starlet Kemar Roach who will be missing the 1st test match.
Stuart Law, coach of West Indies, has completely transformed the way the Caribbeans play. They drew against Sri Lanka 1-1 in their last series. West Indies made history when they managed to win a test at Leeds against England.
India and West Indies squad
India Test Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur
West Indies Squad: Jason Holder(c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Sherman Lewis, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
The last time West Indies won a test series against India, it was way back in 2002. Both teams have faced each other 94 times in test matches, West Indies have emerged victorious 30 times whereas India lags far behind with 18 wins. Such was Windies dominance in 70s and 80s.
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