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Possible playing XI for India in 1st Test against West Indies

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Last Updated on 11 months by Charbel Coorey

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India will get back on the cricket field for the first time since the loss in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) to Australia at The Oval last month.

They will embark on a two-match series against West Indies with the first game starting at Dominica from July 12 onwards. The Indian side in the longest format has set into a transition phase with fresh faces like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Mukesh Kumar getting a look into the roster in this series.

Here, Cricblog takes a brief overview of what the Indian playing XI could possibly be for the inaugural game of the series.

India possible playing XI for Dominica Test against WI

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat

Jaiswal is being reportedly touted as the prospective number three going forward. This will mark a remarkable shift in India’s outlook in the future as Jaiswal and Pujara’s approaches towards the game are like chalk and cheese.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane retain their places in the following two spots but Ishan Kishan can spark an entry as the first-choice wicket-keeper.

KS Bharat hasn’t really made heads turn despite his tidy skills behind the stumps in the five games he has played so far. Kishan adds a different attacking element to the batting unit and the think-tank can give it a shot in the coming couple of games.

One can rest assured that Ravichandran Ashwin will find a place back in the XI after the controversy regarding his exclusion from the WTC final.

Logic says that the duo of Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj should retain their spots so there will be a toss-up between Mukesh Kumar and Jaydev Unadkat for the third pacer’s role. Unadkat has been around for a greater extent of time and his consistent domestic performances should see him being rewarded with a couple of Tests in the Caribbean, at least.

Tarkesh Jha
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