Fantasy Cricket: Test Series – West Indies vs India Test I Preview


A very strong India will start their World Test Championship with a three-match series against a tricky West Indies. Although India have enjoyed success against the Windies, the recent upsurge for the hosts will be a vital factor. The first Test will be played at North Sound from Thursday.

India won the 2016 series against Windies very easily. However, there is so much that has changed in the Windies side. Win over England in their recent series has certainly given the Windies hope in this series.

West Indies Preview

This will be a test of West Indies progress. Led by a hungry all-rounder in Jason Holder, the Windies have been on an upward curve in the Tests. It is indeed their bowling that has delivered recent successes. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel have been equally effective.

Batting will be tested, and opener Kraigg Brathwaite remains their best bet. Equally important will be the contributions of Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich. It will be the all-rounder Roston Chase, who looms as a key player for the Windies.

India Preview

India have a problem of plenty, as they need to decide on Rohit Sharma’s Test chances. He remains in direct contention with Hanuma Vihari. Wicket-keeping position too remains a choice, although Rishabh Pant has moved far ahead of Wriddhiman Saha.

Bowling wise, there is enough in the arsenal for India. Kuldeep Yadav might be proclaimed to be the team’s first-choice spinner. However, Ravi Ashwin’s record against West Indies and Ravindra Jadeja’s excellent control throw question marks.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Jason Holder has averaged 39.46 with the bat and 21.38 with the ball in his last 20 Tests. The Windies captain could be a darkhorse for your fantasy side.

Roston Chase has surprised India when they toured last time. His all-round skills and impressive batting against spin bowlers makes him a good pick. 

Cheteshwar Pujara is the Test batting specialist in the Indian side. He might be out of game action for a long time. However, like in the practice match, Pujara is never far from a good score.

Predicted XIs

West Indies:  1 Kraigg Brathwaite 2 John Campbell 3 Shai Hope 4 Darren Bravo 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Roston Chase 7 Shane Dowrich (WK) 8 Jason Holder (C) 9 Rahkeem Cornwall 10 Kemar Roach 11 Shannon Gabriel

India: 1 KL Rahul 2 Mayank Agarwal 3 Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli (C) 5 Ajinkya Rahane 6 Rishabh Pant (WK) 7 Hanuma Vihari 8 Ravindra Jadeja 9 Ishant Sharma 10 Mohammad Shami 11 Jasprit Bumrah

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