Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the first Test against India in Rajkot starting on Thursday. The 30-year-old fast bowler had left the West Indies squad after his grandmother's death and will only return from Barbados midway through the game of Rajkot.
Coach Stuart Law agreed to lose a new bowler The opening round of a series against the No. 1 side of the world was tough, but he was confident that the rest of the attack could thrive in the conditions of the subcontinent. And he talked about a couple of new faces in the squad: Keemo Paul, the vice-captain of the U19 World Cup winning team in 2016, and Sherman Lewis, who picked up eight wickets against India A in four days in July.
"The absence of Kemar is a big hole, but we also have a brilliant talent: the talent of fast bowling, we have unearthed a couple of small children that we hope to see through the ODI and the T20I series as well. Two more here, Keemo Paul, who played an important role in our recent successes and a boy named Sherman Lewis, they have a little rhythm, they balance the ball, they are young, they are eager to learn, sometimes they improve the unknown, they enter with the unknown, the opposition does not really understand what they are doing and, with a bit of luck, they can get in, take out some before, push India and we can hit well. "
Paul has 57 first class grounds with a average of 17.47, and can also be a practical hitter in the lowest order: his highest sco re is 107. In June, he was named emergent player of the year for Cricket West Indies. In July, he represented them in a test match. Lewis, who has much less experience, was brought in as a replacement for the injured Alzarri Joseph and the 22-year-old left an immediate impression in the game that ended on Sunday, giving away only 13 runs in 10 while collecting Hanuma Vihari's shutter, who is part of the India Test Squad.
Although it is possible that they have not faced a batting line So far, as in India, Law felt that The two young rappers, along with the entire team, were "waiting for the challenge". The West Indies had trained in Dubai before arriving in India to prepare for the conditions they would face here; conditions that seem to like "I'd rather be in the heat than in the cold, put it that way," Law said and then spoke about his resources in the spin department.
"Moeen Ali really took him to India to play bowling," he said. He said. "Roston Chase is a bit taller than Moeen Ali, rolls at a similar pace, gets a good rebound and can turn it in. Along with [Devendra] Bishoo and [Jomel] Warrican, you also have really good control"  The permanence of Law as coach of the West Indies will come to an end after this trip to the subcontinent – play in Bangladesh next month – and although he admitted that a few more victories would have been better, he was happy with how it all turned out.
"It's been two fantastic years, working with the players has made it what it is," he said. "They are a big group of guys, they really work hard, I consider them my children if you want, they do not dodge the hard work that we have been trying to infuse them in. Obviously, we would have liked much more positive results (the West Indies won six of the 15 Tests under the Law and are ranked in the position number 8 by the ICC) but I think the result I see is that each game we prepare better, we are understanding what we have to act for this level and we will leave and we are actually executing our plans of what we did at the beginning ".