After two consecutive away series defeats, Team India will be desperate to taste victory when they take on an inexperienced West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot starting on Thursday. The Virat Kohli-led team India suffered a disastrous 1-4 defeat at the hands of England after enduring a 1-2 series loss against South Africa earlier this year. After this home series, India is scheduled to tour Australia and therefore, Kohli and the team management will try their best to shed their shortcomings before the next big series.

On Thursday, as openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have been axed from the squad, young Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw is all set to receive his maiden Test cap to open the innings with KL Rahul.

Moreover, after a decent show in first-class cricket, Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal has been included in the Indian side. However, Mayank is likely to be left out on Thursday but might get a chance in the second Test at Hyderabad. Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant too will feature in the playing eleven as skipper Kohli has hinted that he is against making too many changes in the lower-middle order.

In the bowling department, Kohli is likely to stick to three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami will lead the pace attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been rested for the short series.

Hanuma Vihari impressed everyone in the last Test against England at The Oval after a fighting 56 on debut. He, however, seems not to find a place in the first Test as the team will play with five specialist bowlers.

On the other hand, the Jason Holder-led Caribbean side boasts of some talented cricketers in their squad but lacks the required experience to challenge the No. 1 Test side. Only five players in the 15-man West Indian squad have played a Test in India. Moreover, another cause of concern for the visitors is Kemar Roach as the pace spearhead will miss the series-opener due to personal reasons.

When is the first Test match between India and West Indies?

The first Test match between India and West Indies will be played on October 4-8, 2018

Where will the first Test match between India and West Indies be played?

The first Test match between India and West Indies will be played in Rajkot.

What time does the first Test match between India and West Indies begin?

The first Test match between India and West Indies will begin at 09:30 hrs IST

Which TV channel will broadcast the first Test between India and West Indies?

The first Test between India and West Indies Test series will be broadcasted on the Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi. It will be available on the channel’s HD platforms also.

How do I watch online live streaming of the first Test between Indies?

The live streaming of the first Test between India and West Indies will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live score and updates on India.com

What are the squads of India vs England 5th Test?

West Indies squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shannon Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Sherman Lewis, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Kuldeep Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj