The ODI series ended on a high for Kohli’s men & India are riding high on confidence for the beginning of their World Test Championship triumph. The Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua will be looking forward to a good game of cricket as India go against an underrated West Indies that had dominated England earlier this year with a 2-1 series win.
Pitch & Conditions
The pitch is expected to have enough pace & bounce for India to go with 3 specialist pacers in Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Shami. The ground is expected to experience a few showers during the test and the sun will play hide and seek. The pace duo of Kemar Roach & Shannon Gabriel will want to derail the Indian batting order as they did with the English squad.
Kohli would be holding his head when it comes to his batting line up after Pujara, Mayank Aggarwal & Hanuma Vihari got in along with Rohit & KL Rahul. A perfect batting line up is what India would be looking towards going ahead in the first test. KL Rahul is likely to miss as Mayank Agarwal & Ajinkya Rahane would look to open for India. Ravichandran Ashwin & Kuldeep Yadav fight for the lone spinner option whilst the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja still remains in question.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sharmarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.
Fantasy 11 for India vs West Indies- 1st Test
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Roston Chase, Ishant Sharma, Kemar Roach, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo(VC), Jasprit Bumrah & Ravichandran Ashwin
Virat Kohli would be looking to score another century becoming the second Captain overall with the highest number of centuries after Ricky Ponting. Another win would make it 27 test victories for Kohli as Indian Captain equaling the record of MS Dhoni.
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