India runs into the West Indies in the second Friday Test in Hyderabad, where the Indians will try to gain more confidence while the Windies would like to save a bit of pride.
The Windies were hindered by the Indian side of Virat Kohli from a record innings and 272 runs in the first test in Rajkot. It was the way in which the Windies were absolutely overcome and aroused much criticism.
While India and the West Indies are preparing to face again, Captain Jason Holder is still not 100% fit and their only fast and fast pitcher Shannon Gabriel is a dubious initiator for the Test.
India, on the other hand, decided not to make any changes and instead opted for the same part also in the second Test.
The matched matches are not the type of preparation that the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting in December.
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Indeed, Virat Kohli's team may not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as he enters the second test. In 2011, India dominated the West Indies 2-0 in a one-way series before crashing into the 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.
Likewise, in 2013, when India won both Test matches a full three days, the next South African tour did not go well as they lost the series.
It's just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is still formidable on the home side.
The only area of concern for India will be the form of deputy captain Ajinkya Rahane, who was advertised as the best player in overseas conditions in the 2013-14 season when he scored 96 to Durban, 118 to Wellington, 103 to The Lord & 145 if to Melbourne.
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Rahane went without a hundred tests for almost 14 months (the last hundred have arrived against Sri Lanka in August 2017).
His career has s got a little thinned in the last two years. And the second test would be the last blow to return to a good state of mind before the Australian series, which could be made or broken for him.
The Indian team has decided against any experiment with Mayank Agarwal failing to find a place in the XII for this game.
Bowling trainer Bharat Arun advanced a strong argument for KL Rahul's out-of-form (14 failures in 16 hits this year).
The decision to play for this Test is a fairly clear indication that India will watch the combination of Rahul-Shaw going into that first test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6th.
Shardul Thakur continues to be the twelfth man as a 2-0 win in the series is crucial for the home team at this point of time.
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Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also appreciate this opportunity because they are unlikely to be present in the ODI series.
For the West Indies, the goal will be to tackle at least some fight unlike the Rajkot game, where they have not even passed 100 overs across both innings.
The 53 of Kieran Powell and 53 of Roston Chase were the only notable contributions of the Caribbean battles line in the first game.
In the second inning, the batsmen seemed to be in a hurry to hit every ball where the need for the hour was to show patience.
The West Indies slide in Test is a combination of the lack of application and the technique needed to compete at the highest level. They would like to redeem themselves, even if they face a formidable unit.
India Final 12: Virat Kohli ( captain ), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant ( week ), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
West Indies Squad: Jason Holder ( c ), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach and Jomel Warrican.
(With PTI inputs)