India is now playing a two-match Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean after they outclassed them in a three-match T20I and ODI series. The team had a good start to 2019 as they outclassed England 2-1 in the Test series.
Ashwin, who is yet to play worldwide cricket for India this year, also sat out in the first innings of the tour game with flu-like symptoms, but was available for the second innings and the ongoing Test.
If the Indian team's think tank employs conservative strategy, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal should be opening the innings but Rahul it may be recalled was dropped for the last two Test matches in Australia with Hanuma Vihari opening the innings. This is now the fourth straight Test Ashwin has sat out of after missing the last three in Australia with injury.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja earned the nod as India's lone frontline spinner ahead of Ashwin, who was seen carrying drinks in the first session. "Ishant (Sharma) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are certain and I would prefer Shami over Bhuvneshwar, simply because of his superior ability in Test cricket".
As the West Indies and India prepare to do battle, we take a look at some of the remarkable numbers and statistics behind their past Test meetings.
West Indies take on India in the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium before travelling to Kingston for the second Test at Sabina Park bowling off August 30.
"But, for India the major decision is whether they want to play Rohit or Rahane". 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.
Lara praised head coach Floyd Reifer and the young players for their focus and hard work.
"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".
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