Pitch and weather:
It is a long time since West Indies has been a fast bowlers’ paradise. Both venues for this series are more known for producing slow pitches that lead to attritional cricket. Weather wise, there is some rain forecast on the first, second and fifth days of the Test.
India vs West Indies Highlights today, Wednesday 12-7-2023. 1st Test, India tour of West Indies 2023, Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica.
Surface is generally dry, but there’s moisture in the first hour. We had a ten-day camp in Antigua. Lara was there, that was good for our young batters. (Last two WTC cycles – WI finished 8th) We had seen ourselves in good positions in the last cycle. What we need is consistency and putting it together. Want the boys to be positive. (Team details) Alick Athanaze will get a debut.
“We started off with Barbados, played a practice game there. We’ve had good prep here even though rain played spoilsport a little. (Learnings from previous WTC cycle) The championship final is still couple of years from now. We’ve played some consistent cricket that’s why we’ve played two finals. This is something we can take forward.
Lot of new guys in the squad, so hopefully, we can get good perspective from the last two cycles. This cycle will be no different. (Debutants) Just want them to enjoy. They will have nerves but its our responsibility to make sure they enjoy. Those guys have the potential and I hope we can give them all the comfort and happiness they need on the ground.”
Toss: West Indies chose to bat.
India team: Rohit (capt), Yashasvi, Shubman, Virat, Rahane, Jadeja, Ishan (wk), Ashwin, Shardul, Unadkat, Siraj.
West Indies team: Brathwaite (capt), Tagenarine, Raymon, Blackwood, Athanaze, Holder, Cornwall, Joshua (wk), 9 Kemar Roach, Alzarri, Jomel.
Head to Head In Test’s: 98
India Won: 22
West Indies Won: 30
India Test Rankings: 1st
West Indies Test Rankings: 8th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
West Indies LLWDL
Match Timings: 2 PM GMT | 10 AM Local
Umpires – Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Gregory Brathwaite
Match number – Test no. 2510