After Edgbaston, there was Headingley. After Abu Dhabi, there was Sharjah. On tours away from home in the last two years, the West Indies have suffered great setbacks, but at least on these two occasions they have shown that they can recover. While even the most optimistic supporters in the West Indies will not expect such a change, what they will want is a contest closer than the three-day squash in Rajkot. And this side of the West Indies has shown that they are capable of that.
The question of the struggle is that, sometimes, you can only fight as much as the opposition allows. And at home, India does not allow you to fight so much. The best test equipment in the world is frankly dominant at home. If they have an eye on Australia during this series, it is because they can afford to do so.
Prithvi Shaw seems to have booked his place as the first match in Adelaide in the first week of December. With his first century, Ravindra Jadeja has begun his audition as the all-terrain pit, in case the injured Hardik Pandya does not arrive in Australia. Now, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane will score some races.
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In the spotlight
] Ajinkya Rahane traveled to South Africa late last year without a high score against Sri Lanka at home. The result was that the first two Tests were missing, since the administration of the team took the current form. Now the home conditions are not your favorites, but you need to score a great one in this test to take some current form and, most importantly, trust Australia.
Without his talisman, his captain, Jason Holder The West Indies were half the team they usually are. There was no one to get out of there by four when India was getting easy races. There was no one to set up a tent when Indian players ran through the windows. An appropriate Holder should mean a more competitive West Indies.
India has named twelve unchanged, which means there's a good chance that Virat Kohli can present an unchanged XI just for the second time in 42 Tests as captain. That also means that Mayank Agarwal will not have a chance as a test starter before the tour of Australia.
India : 1 KL Rahul, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.) 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant (week), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Kuldeep Yadav / Shardul Thakur
The West Indies hope that the return of Holder and Kemar Roach will revitalize them. Sunil Ambris will be under pressure to keep his place after two disappointing layoffs, but they do not carry any backup, except the evil-hitter Jahmar Hamilton. Devendra Bishoo could not create any pressure as a spinner in Rajkot, and there might be a temptation to replace it with Jomel Warrican's most accurate pin.
West Indies (possible): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shai Hope, 4 Sunil Ambris, 5 Shimron Hetmeyer, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (week), 8 Jason Holder ( capt), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Devendra Bishoo / Jomel Warrican, 11 Shannon Gabriel
Tuning and Conditions
Expect conditions similar to Rajkot in Hyderabad: to begin with, it is good to hit, and turn and bounce unevenly from the third day onwards. There will be a respite from the 40 degree heat of Rajkot, with mid-thirties highs predicted during the match.
Statistics and trivia
The last three tests of the West Indies in India have lasted a total of nine days and 720.5 on. All three have been defeats in the innings.
In the last Test, India recorded its biggest total against the West Indies and its biggest victory against them
Since 2016, India has obtained eight scores of 600 or more, two more than the rest of the world together
"They are going to try to be tougher on us because it's just a two-game series, they have no other option than to try to make a comeback, we know they will be difficult for us, we just have to be on top of our game and, if there is a difficult situation, we just have to play sensitive cricket. "
Captain of India Virat Kohli wants uncomplicated efficiency from his team
"We are playing No. 1 team, India, in his backyard. it would show that we have not won a test match here since 1994, and if you look at the players who came through West Indian cricket, I think Brian Lara and these greats had been playing at that time e. "
Captain of the West Indies Jason Holder knows the enormity of the task they face