Team India are ready to gear up for the longest format of the game after a long gap. India is all set to play two Test matches against West Indies starting from August 22. This will be the first Test match for India under ICC World Test Championship. Virat Kohli & his boys are eagerly waiting to continue their winning streak in the Test series too.
India Probable XI for the 1st Test against West Indies
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have a chance to open the innings in the first Test. In the next positions, the two world best batsmen Chesteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli will bat. Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane has a lot of pressure as Mumbaikar dropped from the ODIs and T20 squads and its the right time for him to play some outstanding innings to retain his spot in the red ball game.
Rahane will bat in the 5th position. While there is a question mark for another middle-order position whether it would be Rohit Sharma or Hanuma Vihari. The Andhra guy Hanuma Vihari, who can contribute with the ball, is an added advantage to him.
There are two wicket keepers Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha in the squad. Pant will give the most priority in the playing XI.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will share the spinning department. The bowling trio Jaspith Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami are the fast bowlers.
Prabable XI: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami.
India vs West Indies, First Test.
22-26 August 2019, 7:00 PM IST.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.