Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane got some much needed runs under his belt ahead of the first Test as the visitors reached 174 for five at lunch on the final day of the three-day warm-up game against West Indies-A here on Monday. The team had a good start to 2019 as they outclassed England 2-1 in the Test series.
Unless India go with a safety-first four bowler strategy which allows both Test and ODI vice-captain to figure in the scheme of things, one among the two would be cooling heels and it could be Rahane going by his wretched form in red-ball cricket.
A dominant Indian team beat Australia 3-1 to seal a historic win. Earlier on their month-long tour, India swept the three-match T20 worldwide series and won the three-match One-day global series 2-1 as the opening match in Guyana was abandoned due to rain.
Ravindra Jadeja, who is the lone spinner in the Test, bowled 12 wicketless overs in the first innings of the tour match and three in the second innings, for one wicket. In the bowling department, India will be bolstered by the inclusion of leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, Sarandeep Singh, Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjape were present in person, while Devang Gandhi attended via video conference from the West Indies.
Paul, the livewire allrounder, has a left ankle injury and will miss the match. He is yet to play global cricket for India this year.
West Indies won the toss and made a decision to field first against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua. He had a memorable second match in Saint Lucia, when he had match figures of 9-102, including career-best 6-48 in the second innings. He's a very hard worker and a wicket-taker.
"I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity".