India, Windies face contrasting challenges in test series
ANTIGUA: India’s test positioning has for quite some time been founded on their imposing home shape yet the side intend to awe new mentor Anil Kumble by demonstrating they can adjust to conditions outside the subcontinent in a four-test against West Indies beginning in Antigua on Thursday.
For the hosts, be that as it may, the undertaking is more clear – essentially demonstrating they can even now focused in the long type of the amusement.
Since last visiting West Indies in 2011, when they ground out a 1-0 test arrangement triumph (with two draws), India have lost six back to back arrangement outside of Asia – two each in England and Australia and one each in South Africa and New Zealand.
Their record in that time is one win, 15 thrashings and five draws.
That does exclude a 2-1 arrangement triumph in adjacent Sri Lanka a year ago, where conditions are commonly like those experienced at home.
Previous leg-spinner Kumble was as of late named head mentor of the Indians, who are second behind Australia in the test rankings, subsequent to pitching an arrangement to settle that hopeless away record.
Keeping in mind he has officially moved to fix discipline, presenting a fine of $50 for being late, he shies far from being marked a strict slave driver.
“All I know I am a cricket mentor and whether I am strict or tolerant, you will presumably need to ask the group,” he said as of late.
Kumble could scarcely request a superior opportunity to begin the occupation on a triumphant note than against a West Indies group debilitated by authoritative clash and the inaccessibility of a few key players, with quick bowler Jerome Taylor the most recent to resign from the test design.
While West Indies exceed expectations in the Twenty20 configuration, they are eighth of nine countries in the test rankings, ahead just of minnows Bangladesh.
Kumble has focused on his group must show persistence all through the arrangement, an estimation shared by West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.
“We hope to confront a ton of twist against the Indians in this arrangement, so it is about playing the cat-and-mouse diversion,” said Brathwaite, who impacted four sixes in succession against England to seal West Indies’ World Twenty20 triumph in April.
“We have to hope to spend long stretches at the wrinkle so we are lecturing that in the changing area.
“After the principal test in Antigua, the rest of the tests will be played in Jamaica (July 30-Aug. 3), St Lucia (Aug. 9-13) and Trinidad (Aug. 18-22).
West Indies: Jason Holder (commander), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Rajendra Chandrika, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Leon Johnson, Marlon SamuelsIndia.
India: Virat Kohli (commander), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.