India wants to begin their campaign of World Test Championship with a win against West Indies
After defeating West Indies in T20 and ODI series, India is going to play the 1st Test of the two-match series at Antigua.
World no.1 team in Test cricket is going to start their campaign of World Test Championship on August 22 against West Indies.
If India wins the series by 2-0 then they will be getting 120 points according to the points distributions in World Test Championship by ICC.
Kohli on World Test Championship
“The games are going to be much more competitive and it brings a lot of purpose to the Test matches you play. It [World Test Championship] is the right move and at the absolute right time”, Kohli said in an interview.
In this decade, India has not lost a single Test match yet against West Indies. India has won 9 out of 14 Test matches against the Indies and others ended up in a draw.
It is going to be very difficult for West Indies to beat a side that has been at the No. 1 position in World Test rankings for 34 months.
Earlier this year, West Indies defeated England by 2-1 in the Test series. West Indies have kept the same winning squad that thrashed England.
Moreover, India winning this match means Kohli will equal Dhoni’s record of winning the most Test matches (27) as a captain. In 2016, when India last visited West Indies, they conquered the 4 match series by 2-0.
In the 1st Test, India is most likely to play with the combination of 6 batsmen and 4 bowlers (3 Pacers, 1 Spinner).
West Indies are most likely to play the same XI that defeated England. Currently, West Indies is No.8 in the World Test rankings. West Indies will give their best to win this series.
Probable XI (India): KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chetehswar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkaya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami
Probable XI (West Indies): Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmeyer, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (Wicket-keeper), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel.
BY ANUJ SHARMA | DKODING MEDIA