New Delhi: Under the leadership of Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team is all geared up to take on West Indies in the first Test of the four-match series. While, though are the hosts and understand their pitches better, still find India wearing the favorites tag.
As Jumbo prepares to kick start his new journey, following are some tactical talking points that he looks to finalise ahead of the first test:
1. Will India be using 5 full-time bowlers against West Indies or will stick to the 7:4 batsmen to bowlers ratio? With the slow pitches expected to tire out the bowlers, we might well see Virat Kohli suggest a 5-man bowling lineup.
2. Murli Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan; all vying for the two opening spots. Will Dhawan be continue to open despite poor performances off late or Rahul will be given his deserved chance, remains to be seen.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul can all play at the crucial no. 3 spot. Who will be given this responsibility remains a question to be answered.
4. Two pacers, two spinners; two pacers three spinners; three pacers, two spinners – the search for the best combination will likely take a match or two.
Indian Squad: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, W Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Shradul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav.