India vs West Indies 1st Test Predicted XI: West Indies lead India when it comes to head to head basis 12-8, but in recent times India has crushed them regularly. Windies last won a Test in India in 1994. It is not the Windies team of the past, this team is struggling to win consistently and do not have players who can win matches consistently. As they get ready to lock horns with India, we try to understand what India captain will be looking for from the two-Test series. Kohli asking for bouncy tracks makes it clear that India’s focus is winning in Australia and they will take this series as an opportunity to finalise on a squad for the series Down Under later this year.
It has been an intriguing selection of the team. BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the Test series and it is clear by the selection that Kohli’s India is looking at the future. With Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay omitted from the squad, it is clear Kohli is clear in his thinking. So, will KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal open? In the current scenario that looks most likely. Prithvi Shaw could be another option at the top of the order if India is looking to give him a go. Cheteshwar Pujara, there is no tinkering with him, he certainly plays No 3 with India captain Virat Kohli at No 4.
Out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane would be looking to make most of the two-Test series, as he has not been in good form lately. Also, Hanuma Vihari performed well in trying conditions in England on debut, we feel there could be a toss-up between Rahane and Vihari.
It will be followed by Rishabh Pant in Wriddhiman Saha’s absence. There is little doubt that India will field three spinners and they will be Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav. The two pacers for India would be Shami and Umesh who have pace and can get the old ball to reverse.
Predicted XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC)/ Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav