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Will India Taste Success in Opening Test against West Indies?

July 18
18:07 2016

kohliNew Delhi, Monday, July 18 – Likelihood of a great show by the Men in Blue in West Indies is up post taking into account some good performances by Indian players against WICB President’s XI in the 2nd practise match, which lately finished in a draw. Given that it has been more than a few days when Indian players landed on the foreign soil to contest the opponents in four Test matches, they are steadily adopting the unfamiliar conditions that may help them when performance will matter.

The games are to be held at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound in Antigua from July 21 to July 25, Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica from July 30 to August 3, Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet in St Lucia from August 9 to August 13 and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad from August 18 to August 22. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India are looking forward to another Test series win, which will not be easy against West Indies on the Caribbean Turf. Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Murali Vijay are the players selected for the tour of West Indies.

Expectations are soaring from Rahane and Ashwin thanks to the way calm is kept and job is done by the two players. Contributions from Dhawan, Binny, Jadeja, Pujara, Rahul, Saha and Rohit will be of terrific use. The earlier they know, they better be the results. To cut a long story short then upcoming series against West Indies is an opportunity for the young cricketers to shine and experienced players to continue honing skills. The talented captain Kohli will unquestionably try out new combinations on the crease that may or may not be surprising. However, objective of this will be to make players put best foot forward and help the team stay strong. Impressive play is important when cricketers eye a fixed spot in the Playing XI.

Thakur, the young man from Palghar, has a perfect chance to be noticeable. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma can be seen as the backbone of the team. Bowling in accurate line and length will keep India on track. Eyes will undoubtedly be on them in view of the fact that bowling is usually not considered India’s strength. Any mistake while facing the opposition can cost them the match as similar to the semi-final of T20 Word Cup, which held early this year. Catches were dropped at a crucial stage that ended India’s stint in the tournament and put a full stop on the possibility of qualifying in the finals. A team has to get ready for the unexpected consequence while getting off track. Regardless of the truth that things are not same in the longest and shortest formats of the cricket, a match can be won when a squad plays as a unit and each member is able to deliver what is expected from him. A clear idea about his role is of higher usage.

West Indies side, which will have Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Leon Johnson, Marlon Samuels and Miguel Cummins, is to be led by Jason Holder.  The tournament is going to be highly entertaining. The team that stays strong from the beginning till the end will find easy to make a difference. Indian viewers can’t forget how India lost the match against Sri Lanka last year despite having a grip in the match, stunning the visitors with a remarkable comeback Test win at Galle International Stadium. The point is mentioned to describe that momentum is important from the start and should be maintained until the match isn’t won. Lack of confidence, batting collapse etc. can only take them in troublesome situations. India, though, ended the tour with a series win by equalizing it with a 278-run victory in the 2nd Test which held at P Sara Oval and winning the decisive 3rd Test at SSC by 117 runs.

A small room was given to the opponents in the first encounter that let opposition stand out and pocket a victory that was no near to them in the opening Test. But Indian team rose in tough circumstances, beating all odds and crushing Sri Lanka in their den. The action between India and West Indies will be interesting enough given that four Test matches are to take place soon. Only three days are left for the first contest to start. There have been several occasions when fresh faces in the team played mesmerizing knocks, taking the masses by surprise. Experience of experienced cricketers had the weightage too. Similar expectations will remain when India and West Indies play against each other.

Due to T20 cricket, some cricketers in this day and age are able to score in speed. West Indies are strong in a number of contexts. The strategies and performances of the host against India during Test format will be something to notice. Several things will depend on the mood of wicket. Players will hope for making best use of a slow or fast tracks. The way they play will be exciting to observe. Players will wish to hone skills in the remaining time before the Test matches begin. Gaining expertise will work and improve way of attack as well. The team members of the both side would look forward to achieve something like Sunil Gavaskar, Clive Lloyd, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rahul Dravid, Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garry Sobers, VVS Laxman, Rohan Kanhai, Gordon Greenidge and Sachin Tendulkar who are the top 10 batsmen to attain most runs during India and West Indies clash in the Test matches.

In the list of players with highest individual scores, Rohan Kanhai of West Indies holds number one spot, while Faoud Bacchus, Clive Lloyd, Sir Frank Worrell and Sunil Gavaskar rank after him and secure positions from 2nd to 5th. With 89 wickets in 25 matches, Kapil Dev tops in the list of most wickets. Malcolm Marshall of West Indies is at second rank with 76 wickets, while Anil Kumble of India at third spot with 74 wickets. Srinivas Venkataraghavan with 68 wickets, Andy Roberts with 67 wickets, Courtney Walsh with 65 wickets, Wes Hall with 65 wickets, Bhagwath Chandrasekhar with 65 wickets, Lance Gibbs with 63 wickets and Bishan Bedi India with 62  wickets rank at 4th to 10th spot in the same order. Kapil Dev ranks has the best bowling figures as well. Duties on the shoulders of openers will be huge. If they settle on the crease, then tasting victory will be smooth. With only a few days for the opening Test to begin, India and West Indies make sure to fix mistakes they did during practise sessions.

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