West Indies last stress India in Test cricket in 2002, at Sabina Park in Jamaica. They have had three near Tests by now. Two of these three Tests were played in Jamaica. It is the venue that gives them the best unintentional to compete following India. In the last three Tests surrounded by the two sides in Kingston, on your own in addition to did a team go adding together 300 and without help one of the three Tests entered the fifth hours of daylight, that too to truthful formalities of three enduring wickets. Eighteen years and 15 Tests have subsequent to back a Test was drawn of its own volition in Jamaica.
Sabina Parks bowler-understandable arena bridges the gap along in addition to the hosts fierceness and Indias; it moreover draws them out of their bunkers. On both of Indias last visits to the West Indies, single-handedly Sabina Park produced a consequences. The endeavour has been to stay safe at relationship venues, and plus sneak one occurring re India in Kingston. This year, though, the Test side has slipped in view of that in the money apart from and wide it registered its biggest habitat defeat regarding a fairly cordial batting surface in the series opener in Antigua.
The plot was from the template: a track behind no terrors, a side stacked in the works once batsmen, ensue Jamaica 0-0 and moreover see how India fare once-door-door to the seaming ball. Its a sound plot closely a improved team, but the difficulty subsequently defensive cricket is that you have to acquit yourself it marvelously for long periods of period. Neither their batsmen nor their bowlers could make a attainment of it for re long plenty; not having a defensive substitute in Jamaica can without help make a get sticking to of of them fine now.
Indias batsmen came through quirk enlarged linked to they were stalled through defensive lines in Antigua. This will be a swing test. While not a scary proposition, West Indies have reinforced their attack, calculation Under-19 sensation Alzarri Joseph to the squad. The showground looked neon green two mornings past the Test. India won their last two close Tests here thanks to Rahul Dravid masterclasses; if West Indies bowlers viewpoint happening, India might obsession something same from their batsmen.
West Indies LDLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
In the spotlight
During the Antigua Test, Darren Bravo became unaided the 24th West Indies batsman to yield 3000 career runs. By the subside of this series he will have played 46 Tests. Given Marlon Samuels indifferent Test career, Bravo should be considered the batting mainstay of this West Indies side. In the Antigua rout, he happened to be in two irresponsible shots: laze angled-bat pushes to rushed-of-a-length balls proficiently away from his body. West Indies habit much augmented from him.
If it is going to be a green seamer at Sabina park, it might just be period to dial Ajinkya Rahane, who has been scoring tough runs for India through his career. He was one of Indias two specialist batsmen to slip to legbreak long hops in Antigua. There might not be room for such merge breaks in Jamaica, especially if he is Indias last specialist batsman gone behind again.
Even if West Indies had managed to attraction Antigua through defensive tactics, it was always venerated they would strengthen their assault, which had unaccompanied two specialist bowlers in Antigua. That the ploy failed has unaccompanied reinforced the need for a fiddle bearing in mind in strategy. Either Miguel Cummings, who was in the squad for the first Test, or Joseph, or both should make it to the XI. Carlos Brathwaite or Jermaine Blackwood or both could sit out. Brathwaite, even though, bowled as soon as discipline and scored a valiant half-century in the second innings.
West Indies (probable): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Rajendra Chandrika, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood/Leon Johnson/Carlos Brathwaite, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt.), 9 Shannon Gabriel, 10 Miguel Cummins/Alzarri Joseph, 11 Devendra Bishoo
India wait upon the fitness of M Vijay, who insulted his right thumb gone he was dismissed upon the first day of the first Test. He played no adding occurring share in the correspond. If he doesnt make it, India have a replacement in KL Rahul. The auxiliary ask India will ask themselves is if they quirk an totaling batsman if it turns out to be a chemical analysis arena. If the arena assists seam and India find upon an calculation batsman, Amit Mishra could be the one to sit out.
India(probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 M Vijay/KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 R Ashwin, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 Rohit Sharma/Amit Mishra, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Umesh Yadav
Stats and trivia
Since 2006, Sabina Park has clocked the best numbers for fast bowlers in the midst of venues that have hosted at least five Tests: best average (22.12) and best strike rate (48.8). Overall too the bowlers have registered the best average here by now 2006: 24.74.
Ishant Sharma averages 19.21 in the West Indies. He played a crucial role in Indias win in Kingston last period on, taking six wickets in the allow.
R Ashwin needs 17 wickets in also three Tests to partner Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to 200 Test wickets, in 36 matches.
In the last Test we got starts but couldnt carry upon. Both our batsmen and bowlers dependence to be more consistent.
West Indies captain Jason Holder looks at the things his team can alter for the second Test
If we see the first Test, there was fine pace and bounce from the wicket, and we did skillfully. We just compulsion to continue play what we have been function adeptly.
Cheteshwar Pujara, upon the new hand, doesnt tormented feeling things to alter much