Led by an in-form Cheteshwar Pujara, India A will eye revenge for the one-day series loss when they take on a confident West Indies A in the unofficial three-Test series starting on Wednesday. Pujara had a good series with the bat against South Africa A and will look to carry his form into the Test series beginning at the Gangotri Glades here.
Pujara has been making headlines constantly with big scores at the international level and did not miss an opportunity to score a scintillating century in the previous unofficial Test series against South Africa A in their backyard.
The Saurashtrian followed it up with 54 as an opener in the first innings of the second unofficial Test and showed he was ready for the upcoming West Indies series. Pujara, who has scored 1,180 runs from 13 Tests with an average of 65.55, will also have an opportunity to showcase his captaincy skills.
Leader in the making
He will go into the West Indies series with fond memories of squaring the series against South Africa A. Pujara had successfully led India A to victory defeating the hosts by an innings and 13 runs in the first unofficial Test, but lost the second by 121 runs.
With the kind of form and fighting abilities the visitors displayed in the one-day series, Pujara and his men will be wary of their opponents.
Manpreet Juneja, a right-handed batsman from Ahmedabad, will be itching to go against the West Indies, especially after a fruitful series against New Zealand A. He amassed 236 runs in two innings with a remarkable 193 in the second unofficial Test.
Other youngsters such as Jiwanjot Singh, K L Rahul, Rajat Paliwal and Harshad Khadiwale, who have shown their potential in domestic matches, will look to display their batting talent.
India’s bowling looks formidable on paper with Ashok Dinda, Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Pandey and Parvez Rasool making up their combination. The selectors will have an eye on Rasool, who picked up 7 for 45 for the Board President’s XI against the visiting Australians in their tour-opener in Chennai in February.
West Indies ‘A’, on the other hand,