India vs West Indies, 1st Test Day 1: It was a good day for India as the hosts dominated the entire day today against the visiting West Indies. The day began with Indian skipper Virat Kohli deciding to bat first after winning the toss. Debutant opener Prithvi Shaw who opened the inning along with KL Rahul, was the star of the day. He scored his first Test century, becoming the second youngest to do so after Sachin Tendulkar. After losing the first wicket early, he and Cheteshwar Pujara continued to dominate visitors. Cheteshwar Pujara was also looking in sublime touch before getting out on 86 runs. From there on Skipper Virat Kohli also chipped in with valuable 72 runs and is well set to get another Test century of his career. For West Indies Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel and Roston Chase took one wicket each.
The conditions look good for batting but the batsmen need to apply them well at the wicket. For the visitors, a lot will depend upon how Shai Hope and Roston Chase perform with the bat. Three of Chase’s centuries in Test cricket have come against India and Pakistan – a proof of his spin negotiating skills.
Here are the squads for India vs West Indies 1st Test:
Windies: Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich(w), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
India: Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav