In a 4-match Test series, the captain Virat Kohli-led Team India will battle the West Indies starting July 21 and going on well into August. With all the excitement set to break, get familiar with the India vs West Indies 2016 full schedule, fixtures, time table, squad, venue details: Ind vs WI Test Series so that you don't miss a second of match-play.
In a 4-match Test series, the captain Virat Kohli-led Team India will battle the West Indies with a new coach in the form of Anil Kumble in charge as guide and mentor – the Tests will be played later this month and in August. The team will get acclimatised with two warm-up games before the first Test takes place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. Team India has changed much over the last year, but has acquired stability as Kohli settles down in his position. While the experience of Kumble will be quite welcome, the team will no longer have the services of charismatic former Team Director Ravi Shastri.
The team can draw succour from the fact that during the last tour in 2011 it had clinched the series 1-0 by winning the opening game at Kingston and drawing the other two matches in Bridgetown and Roseau. With all the excitement set to break, get familiar with the India vs West Indies 2016 full schedule, fixtures, time table, squad, venue details: Ind vs WI Test Series so that you don’t miss a second of match-play.
The 16-member Indian squad led by Virat Kohli had left Mumbai on July 5. For Kohli this should be a nice time to look back fondly as he made his Test debut here and returns after just five years as not only the premier batsman in the team, but also its the captain.
India vs West Indies 2016: Full Schedule
The squad will open the tour with a two-day game against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on July 9 and 10 followed by a three-day warm-up fixture at the same venue from July 14 to 16.
The opening Test is scheduled at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua from July 21 to 25.
The other three Test matches are scheduled to be held at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica (Jul 30-Aug 3), Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia (Aug 9-13) and Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad (Aug 18-22).
Team India: Squad
The squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (v-c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, K L Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhimaan Saha, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Stuart Binny.
Virat Kohli at the pre-departure media conference ahead of Indian team’s tour of the West Indies said, “This is the perfect situation and opportunity to challenge and assess ourselves as a Test team. These months will define how we play as a Test team in coming years.”
Former capt Sourav Ganguly: “They are looking stronger and in the middle of a fine form. But I think India have the side to beat them. I wish luck to (Virat) Kohli and (Anil) Kumble”.
West Indies wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin has lashed out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for apparently leaving him out of the squad for the upcoming Test series against India. Ramdin took to Twitter to let his fans know that he had been dumped from the squad and blamed new chairman of selectors Courtney Browne for the decision. “What a rainy day,lil heads up for shotta 80 fans wouldn’t be playin in test series vs india.new chairman says my avg isn’t Gud,” he tweeted yesterday.
“(Ravindra) Jadeja is a wonderful all-rounder. I had a chat with him about his bowling. I think with his bowling, he can do a great job and be effective in West Indies conditions, which is pretty similar to Indian conditions. I have also spoken to him about his batting ability as he can score a lot of runs. I am looking forward to Jadeja doing a great job not only as a bowler but also as batsman,” said the former India captain.
Former Test Capt Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a short yet stirring speech to the team ahead of a busy season beginning with the West Indies tour: “It is important to have fun while you playing and if you back each other, success will follow you eventually”.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan said, “We feel we can pull of yet another series win against West Indies because the hosts are in transition period and still trying to find their base. This, we are going to take advantage of and try to get on top of them”.