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India is eyeing the WTC Boost to compete with the West Indies.

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The failure of the two-time champions to qualify for the only 50-over World Cup to be held in India in October-November this year is unlikely to comfort the Caribbean cricket community in the case of Craig Brathwaite’s team. Ending a barren run of 21 years without a single Test victory against Indians.

The short series, which ends in Trinidad next week in what will be the 100th Test between the two teams, marks the start of the next two-year WTC cycle leading up to the final in 2025.

Defeated by New Zealand in the inaugural final in 2021 and then beaten by Australia in the 2023 decider just four weeks ago, Rohit Sharma will make no more than three changes to the team that made Test cricket’s new showpiece 209. He was defeated by runs. . The Oval in London.

After dropping veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and rested fast bowler Mohammad Shami, there are now options to field an uncapped Yashvi Jaiswal or Rituraj Gaikwad at number three while tossing in Jaydev Anadakt and Navdeep Saini. has been given. will be done. Violation in the fast bowling sector

Spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who unfortunately missed out on last month’s match against Australia, should get a chance to add to his already impressive record against the West Indies.

In 11 Tests against these opponents, he took 60 wickets and scored four of his five Test centuries at an average of just over 50 with the bat.

As disappointed as they may be at West Indies’ failure to progress in the World Cup, fans in Dominica are expecting one of their numbers, 24-year-old Alec Athanaz, to make his Test debut in the series opener. . Will debut. Order in place of fellow left-hander Kyle Meyers.

While Mears has been ruled out through injury, two other players who were part of the West Indies World Cup qualifying campaign in Zimbabwe over the past three weeks – all-rounder Jason Holder and fast bowler Alzari Joseph – are expected to be included. A strong Indian batting line-up puts much of the onus on their shoulders to eliminate the threat.

Senior fast bowler Kemar Roach will still lead the attack, while specialist spinners Jomal Warikin and Rahim Cornwall will be judged by the emergence of Shannon Gabriel but will opt for raw pace. Ready Wednesday morning.

Windsor Park has generally offered little encouragement for fast bowlers over the years but this time there is an element of the unknown as the venue is hosting its first Test since Pakistan’s historic series win in 2017.

Despite concerns about their clear underdog status and particularly the batting line-up’s ability to cope with the Indian attack, West Indies batting legend Brian Lara – the team’s performance mentor – is optimistic that the home side, and especially But relatively young, inexperienced players. They offer more than a glimmer of encouragement at a time of gloom for cricket at large in the region.

“It may take some time but obviously as an international cricketer if you are at that stage it doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to learn very quickly and I think that “That’s their attitude. Ready to learn and listen,” Lara said over the weekend of what he had seen so far of Athenese and another erratic batsman, 22-year-old Kirk McKenzie, in the 13-man squad.

After the Test, both squads will then make significant changes to the white-ball formats, including three ODIs and a five-match T20I series with the final two matches being played in Lauderhill, Florida, United States. will

Teams (Possible)

West Indies: Craig Brathwaite (capt), Taginerain Chandrapal, Ramon Reffer, Alec Athanasius, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua da Silva (wicket), Rahim Cornwall, Al-Zari Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomal Varkan

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shibman Gill, Yeshwi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ajay Jadeja, Srikar Bharat (WKPR), Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Siraj, Jaydev Annadak

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