Windies look to recent history for inspiration

Author : Tareque Laskar 11 Oct, 2018


BIG PICTURE

It will be an arduous task for the Windies to bridge the quality gap that was so evident when they took India on in the first test at Rajkot, but as they move to Hyderabad for the second and final test of the series, they have two things to take heart from. Firstly, Jason Holder, their captain and key component will return from injury to lend much needed experience to both the batting and bowling in the line up. Also returning is bowling spearhead Kemar Roach. Secondly, they will look to recent history where against England they bounced back after a horror first test last year.

OUTLOOK

India's home record is far too formidable to contemplate a Windies win but they will want to run the hosts close. Standing in their way will be the same playing XI they faced in the first test with the selectors likely to persist with KL Rahul as an opener [he missed out on the run fest in the last game, falling for a duck in the first over the match] and Prithvi Shaw will be looking to consolidate on a stellar start to his test career. India look too well oiled a machine to fall prey to a sudden hiccup on home turf in what will be their last test before they face Australia at Adelaide in six weeks, and they will look to press their advantage.

WATCH OUT FOR

R Ashwin will want to make sure he remains in his groove and Ravindra Jadeja might have a further point to make about his claim for a place in the playing XI in Australia. For the Windies, it will be a huge test for their batsmen and most importantly their temperament after they imploded under the weight of their own aggression in Rajkot. Expect a one sided affair, but probably way more competitive than it was the last time around.

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