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West Indies has been losing the test series against India since 2002 as they never won any test match since October 2002, which is quite an amazing fact. The last test match that west indies played was against South Africa, losing the match by 284.
West Indies are coming from one of their worst phases as they were eliminated from the World Cup Qualifiers and will not going to feature in 50 over World Cup, which will happen in India in October. They need to show some courage and team spirit if they want to give something to their fans to cheer, and they have the chance to surprise Team India as more than half of the West Indies players will face up Indian team for the first time.
A few new West Indies players are called up for the test match. Kirk McKenzie, who is a batting allrounder and impressed the selectors after a few first-class matches. Other than him, Rakheem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican were also asked to join the squad, so if the pitch was going to assist spinners, then one of them might get his chance to play in the playing 11.
“We have two very important Test matches which start the two-year cycle (World Test Championship) for us, it is against India. At home and away from home, they are one of the top teams in the world,”
“I think the guys are moving in the right direction, in terms of where we started the camp and where we are. It is just a few days off from the first match at Dominica, but it’s a young group, ably lead by Kraigg Brathwaite. But I feel that some of the guys can come into their own in this series, it is a tough opposition but I feel that’s the way we can get the best out of them,”Brain Lara said in the interview
Alick Athanaze will also be going to be featured in the 1st test match against the Indian team. Kraigg Brathwaite was given the captaincy role for the test series, and there are some well-experienced players on the team Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, and Alzarri Joseph.
The Indian team will play after losing their last match against Australia in the final ICC World Test Championship. India did not have a great international record recently, losing 2 out of the last 3 test matches. They even lost their ODI series against Australia by 2-1, which is quite a bad performance on the home ground.
The management of the Indians has been one of the worst management in the world of cricket. Even if it’s the richest and has the most talented player in the squad still not able to put up the best playing 11 to win any series or ICC tournament. They have not won any major ICC tournament since 2013. It has been a decade, but they will fight in the 50 over the upcoming World Cup, which will happen in October in their homeland.
Indian will be going to be quite happy to play against West Indies because they have not lost any test series against West Indies since 2002. It is going to be quite an exciting tour for the Indian team as they are going to give a few new players chances in the test match against the West Indies. Yashasvi Jaiswal will be going to get his maiden test cap, and there is a chance for Mukesh Kumar also to be included in the playing 11.
West Indies vs India: Head-to-Head Test Record
West Indies and India played 98 test matches against each other, in which the Indian test won 22 matches and 30 matches won by West Indies. They both drew 46 matches whenever they played against each other in the test matches.
Indian team has won every test series against West Indies at West Indies for over the last 20 years. India won the Test series against West Indies in 2002, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
The last match they played against each other was on August 30th, 2019, in which India won by 257 runs. Hanuma Vihari was the Player of the Match after scoring a century in the first innings and, in the second innings, 53 runs. Virat Kohli was the captain of that series, and he scored 76 runs in the first innings.
Jasprit Bumrah was in amazing form in that match as he took 7 wickets, and Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets to support the bowling unit to win the match.
Pitch Report of Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica for the 1st Test Match of Indian tour of West Indies on July 12th, 2023
|Match Played||5 matches|
|Batting first won||2 matches won|
|Batting second won||2 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||246 Runs|
|Highest Team innings total||381/8 Declate by West Indies vs Zimbabwe|
|Lowest Team innings total||141 by Zimbabwe vs West Indies|
The pitch of Windsor Park has been in favor of pace bowlers more than spinners, but in the recent time, few first-class matches were played on the ground, which made the pitch bit cracked. This will help the spinner more from the 3rd to the 5th day of the match because the pitches of West Indies open up quite much.
Side batting 2nd does have the record of scoring more than 1st innings team, as can be seen, because the 1st innings average score is 246 and the 2nd innings average score is 302, but the most difficult time to bat on the pitch is in the 4th innings.
Team Preview West Indies
West Indies team is ready to take on the Indian team on their soil to go up and try to win the test series, which they did not win against India in the last 20 years. They do have home advantages, and some new faces in West Indies can turn around the match.
Kraigg Brathwaite needs to hold everyone player together, which Shai Hope failed to do in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, which is why they were eliminated from the tournament, and now they will not going got be part of the ICC World Cup in India.
Important players for the West Indies in the match against India
1- Kraigg Brathwaite will be the most important batter for the West Indies team, as he has been one of the best for them in the last 10 matches. He scored 859 runs with an average of 53.68, and he can also bowl some off-spin bowling as he took 29 wickets in his 85 test matches.
2- Alzarri Joseph has been the pace bowler for the West Indies for a long time in test matches, and in the last 10 matches, he took 39 wickets with an economy of 3.53. He played 28 test matches in which he took 84 wickets which is quite amazing for any bowler, and on the pitch of West Indies, he is going to be quite lethal.
3- Jason Holder was in the team when they played against India last time, but now he is more experienced and one of the best bowling all-rounders. Recently, he had a hard time in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, in which he could not do much. He played 62 test matches in which he took 155 wickets and also scored 2744 runs with an average of 29.50.
Team Preview of India
Team India needs to give all out in the series against West Indies because they did not perform well in the recent international circuit. It is not an easy time for the Indian team, but they need to start looking forward if they want to do well in the World Cup, which will happen at their own home.
Indian team has some exciting players who will play in the match against West Indies, some are making comebacks, and some will be making their debut. Ajinkya Rahane is one of the players who made a comeback in the test match squad after featuring in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Rohit Sharma will be the team leader once again, and this might be his last test match series because, after World Cup, he might be replaced with someone else if team India fails to win the World Cup.
Important players for the Indian Team in the match against West Indies
1- Virat Kohli will surely be the most important player as he is the best batter in the world, but his Test Match record does not match his White ball cricket record. He played 109 test matches, scoring 8479 runs with an average of 48.72. He played 14 test matches against West Indies in which he scored 822 runs.
2- Yashasvi Jaiswal might debut, and he can be one of the most exciting batters to watch out for as he impressed everyone with his batting in the IPL and first-class cricket. He played 15 first-class matches, scoring 1845 runs with an average of 80.21. He has the skill to bowl some leg spin, which he did in the IPL and the List A matches.
3- Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the amazing bowling all-rounders for India. He played 11 matches against West Indies, took 60 wickets, which is quite amazing and scored 552 runs. He is also one of the most experienced players in India in test matches, as he played 92 matches in which he took 474 runs and also scored 3129 runs.
West Indies vs India: Probable Playing 11 of West Indies
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Alzarri Joseph, Kirk McKenzie, Jomel Warrican
West Indies vs India: Probable Playing 11 of India
Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat & Mohammed Siraj