WI v Ind highlights today – First test day one from Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot (India) Thursday 4th October 2018. When the home Ranji Trophy team Saurashtra need a result, the Rajkot pitch can become a spiteful turner, but as they showed in the venue’s debut Test in 2016, the organisers want a longer contest when it comes to Test cricket. Then there have been murmurs that the BCCI’s curators have flown in to try to replicate the bounce the batsmen will encounter in Australia. It will be interesting to see how it turns out if the experiment is allowed to go ahead. Otherwise expect a pitch good for batting for the first two-and-a-half days, and then the natural wear and tear to take effect.
Kohli finally wins a toss, India will bat.
Virat Kohli: “Best time to bat, have three spinners who will come into the game later on,” he says. “Shardul misses out but he’s not far away. Umesh has a chance, didn’t get game time, so here’s his chance.”
Kraigg Brathwaite: Jason Holder is not playing, he’s got a slight ankle injury so he’s resting. Would’ve batted as well, we’re quite happy nonetheless. Sunil Ambris and Shermaine Lewis (debut) are in for West Indies.
India team/playing XI
PP Shaw, KL Rahul, CA Pujara, V Kohli (c), AM Rahane, RR Pant †, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, UT Yadav.
West Indies team/playing XI
KC Brathwaite (c), KOA Powell, SO Hetmyer, SD Hope, RL Chase, SW Ambris, SO Dowrich †, KMA Paul, D Bishoo, SH Lewis, ST Gabriel.
West Indies will be without Kemar Roach, who had to go back home because of a bereavement in the family and will not be back in time. Ambris has impressed with a rapid hundred in the warm-up game, and he might get a go in the middle order. India have broken from their tradition of keeping their cards close to their chest by naming a 12-man shortlist on the eve of the Test. The big news is that we have an 18-year-old debutant, in Prithvi Shaw. India are back to playing just the five specialist batsmen. The choice remains between a third spinner and a third fast bowler. If it is three fast bowlers, there could be two debuts on Thursday: Shardul Thakur is the third quick in the twelve.
1st Test, West Indies tour of India Highlights