India eyeing clean sweep vs West Indies

12 October, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Shaw celebrates after scoring a century during the first Test cricket match between India and West Indies. — AFP

"They are going to come hard at us in this game because it's only a two-match series and you don't have the room to do anything apart from making a comeback at this stage", he said.

The final XI will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss on Friday.

"He has shown that in the first Test already and we believe he can keep repeating that because he is a very keen learner, he is a very sharp guy and he understands situations really well".

Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja scored centuries as India put up a total of 649/9 before declaring. Rohit was dropped from the Test team after the tour of South Africa earlier this year and is yet to get a recall. Having endured a poor year that has seen Rahane score only two half-centuries in 14 tests, Rahane failed to impress against a listless West Indies side in Rajkot as well, getting just 41 on the board.

Even Gautam Gambhir, the other day, categorically mentioned that even though Shaw played a fantastic knock in his debut Test, the 18-year-old should not be rushed into comparisons with Sehwag or any other former great as he still has a long way to go. The upcoming Test is scheduled to be played on October 12 at Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, Hyderabad.

Add to it, windies skipper Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only fast bowler of repute Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the encounter.

"Not the best of starts, credit to India".

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"Bravo's issue is that he's playing in an allrounder spot with Andre Russell, Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell who all did well in CPL, so there is a lot of options for selectors to choose from".

Rahane has gone without a Test hundred for almost 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017).

The India captain scored his 24th Test hundred in Rajkot where he ran almost 100 runs (99 to be precise) in ones and twos.

For West Indies, both, batsmen and bowlers are struggling to make an impact.

Kuldeep led an inspired spin attack with Jadeja claiming three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin taking two.

Kieran Powell's 83 and Roston Chase's 53 were the only notable contributions from the visitors' batting line-up in the first game.

With tea beckoning, West Indies struck twice to temporarily stall India's progress.

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