Indian cricketers have a great chance to prove themselves in the absence of senior key players, in the test series against West Indies. However, captain Dhoni is likely to face some problem in the bowling department.
AFTER CLINCHING the one day internationals series against West Indies, the Indian team is all set to clinch tame the host team with the first cricket match between host West Indies and India starting from today at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The MS Dhoni-led Indian team tops in the ICC test ranking, whereas West Indies ranks on the seventh.
In the test series against West Indies, Indian team is without its star contributors including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan with pacer Sreesanth. Except Tendulkar, all the cricketers have been ruled out with injuries.Indian team batting will mainly depend on experienced players like Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, who are probably on their last Caribbean tour and young guns like Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina. Captain MS Dhoni can also score some useful runs for his team. From this test match, ‘Mr. Wall’ Rahul Dravid will become the second Indian after Tendulkar and the fifth to go past 150 test matches overall.At the bouncy track of Sabina Park, Indian bowling attack will be mainly dependent on Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel. Meanwhile, it is not sure whether Patel will play or not, as he is suffering from injuries according to the various media reports. In the absence of Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar is likely to replace Patel in the test match.On the other hand, West Indies is without its star player, Chris Gayle. The Caribbean opener and the WICB have not yet solved the issues and Gayle was not selected for the test. The West Indians have some quality pacers including Captain Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, and Ravi Rampaul. In the batting, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are the important contributors.India vs. West Indies first cricket test match at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica will start at 10.00 am local time and at 2030 hours India time.