India head to Jamaica in search of 60 more points
After some scintillating action in the first Test, both teams will head to Kingston in Jamaica for the second and final Test.
The Virat Kohli led side will be high on confidence after a fantastic win and will be looking to complete a whitewash. On the other hand, West Indies will be looking to get the better of the visitors and prove their mettle.
While Mayank Agarwal will be looking to put up a big score, KL Rahul also needs to convert the good starts into something special.
The biggest positive for India from the first game was Ajinkya Rahane’s form. His dry spell with centuries finally came to an end in the first Test, just at the right time considering this was the start of India’s journey at the ICC World Test Championship.
Hanuma Vihari also made crucial contributions including a 93 in the second innings and would want to continue from where he left.
Rishabh Pant couldn’t make much of an impression and it remains to be seen if India continues to persist with him or handover a comeback game to Wriddhiman Saha.
With a dry surface awaiting at Sabina Park, India are likely to go ahead with both Ravindra Jadeja as well as Ravichandran Ashwin.
The Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami displayed their ruthlessness in the first Test and the West Indies batsmen will be aware of what awaits them.
They have serious concerns in their batting order and their appalling display in the fourth innings needs to be a stern reminder.
Kraigg Brathwaite hasn’t crossed the fifty mark in 17 Test innings now. John Campbell hasn’t done anything worthwhile since his debut while Shamarh Brooks is inexperienced.
Darren Bravo who made a comeback earlier this year has also failed to inspire any confidence. The lower order has been coming out to bat under tremendous pressure and hence, the top order will need to take some responsibility after their recent showings.
Since the pitch is expected to be slow, we may finally get to witness Rahkeem Cornwall in international cricket. He has earmarked great success in domestic cricket with his spin adventures and might replace Miguel Cummins who has been ruled out.
Roston Chase had a good game as he top-scored in the first inning and picked six wickets throughout the Test. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel also did well with the ball.
Skipper Jason Holder will be raring to step up as West Indies would be looking to open their account in the World Test Championship. The last time they defeated India in a Test match was way back in 2002 at the very same ground.
Ajinkya Rahane vs Shannon Gabriel
While India’s crisis man took the responsibility of taking his team to a respectable total, it was the right arm pacer who breached him both times. Shannon Gabriel bowled better lines and will be up for another battle against India’s batting stalwart.
Ajinkya Rahane would look to build his confidence by putting up another stellar display.
Darren Bravo vs Jasprit Bumrah
Ever since his Test comeback, Darren Bravo is yet to make a mark. Swinging the ball both ways, Jasprit Burmah was seen troubling the batsman and ended up getting his wicket on both occasions.
Bravo will be keen on proving himself before the clock starts ticking. But for that, he’ll have to combat Bumrah who was almost unplayable in Antigua.
The second Test begins in Jamaica on August 30.