India just finished winning the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE but their grind never steps. They will drop their blue jerseys to play test cricket against the West Indies at home. The first test is scheduled to start on 04 October in Rajkot and the BCCI has decided to rest India’s frontline seamers.
Kohli Will Depend Heavily On Spin
The selectors decided to give B Kumar, J Bumrah and I Sharma a rest which means India will most likely use M Shami and U Yadav who are pretty good bowlers by themselves. However, Kohli will depend heavily on his spinners who are known for their potency on tracks that offer spin and turn.
R Ashwin and R Jadeja have been the frontline spinners for India in test matches and they will most likely pair up again, provided R Ashwin is fully fit on match day. Kohli will be tempted to play K Yadav who will give the West Indies a handful.
New Opening Pair Must Click
M Vijay is no longer in the scheme of things and the selectors decided to let go of S Dhawan for the West Indies tour. That means KL Rahul will open with a new partner who could be young P Shaw or M Aggarwal and it is essential for India that the new opening partnership clicks as the Indian openers were a major let down in England.
Kohli Needs To Work On His Captaincy
Kohli the batsman was phenomenal in England but Kohli as a captain needs more improvement. He and head coach Ravi Shastri need to find the right slip combination and team selection as they messed up both departments in England. This will also be an important series for A Rahane and young R Pant.
Vice-captain A Rahane has always been a class act but his form on the England tour was horrible. He needs to come good and make big scores or will find himself under pressure. R Pant who started well in England began to fade with the bat as the series progressed. He has another chance to redeem himself as regular wicket-keeper W Saha is still out of action. Pant needs to do well with the gloves and also score important runs down the order and make it hard for Saha to get back into the side.