India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 1: Young Prithvi Shaw received his maiden Test cap from India captain Virat Kohli. Shaw becomes the 293rd cricketer to play Tests for India. The 18-year-old also became the second most inexperienced domestic player to get picked. Prithvi has played merely 14 first-class games before he got his national debut, Sachin Tendulkar took just nine games to make it.
Meanwhile, India has won the toss and opted to bat first.
“We are gonna have a bat first. Looks a good wicket to bat on. There’s a bit of grass that holds up the surface. It’s very warm and humid here so the best time to bat will be first. We are playing three spinners. Kuldeep is playing and Shardul misses, but he’s not far away from making his debut. Umesh and Shami start for us. Really excited for Shami. Prithvi Shaw is making his debut, it’s a big day for him. We need to focus on our lower order contributions, something we have spoken about in the past. Let’s see what Shaw can do at the top. It’s all about giving them this particular phase. Give them some confidence before the start of the series later in the year (against Australia),” said Kohli at the toss.
Here are the teams.
Windies (Playing XI): Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(w), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav