India is going to play a historic 100th Test match against the West Indies. However, in the first match, India got a dominant victory against the West Indies. Moreover, in the second match, the men in blue have to make some important decisions. India wants to continue their victory against the Windies, like the first victory in Windsor Park in Dominica. Also, Indian captain Rohit Sharma spoke about giving opportunities to players who have not played much cricket. Therefore, speculation suggests that we can expect some changes in the squad including Ravindra Jadeja for the upcoming match.
However, Axar Patel and Navdeep Saini can be the players who get the opportunity to play. But spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel can be the key consideration. Moreover, after Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashvin, Axar Patel can add a new dimension to the team. Last year, Axar Patel represented India in the Border Gavaskar series, but he was not a part of the World Test Championship final.
To make room for Axar Patel, team management has to make tough decisions. The team has to either bench Ravindra Jadeja or one of the pacers. However, the decision will depend on the condition of the pitch at Port of Spain. If the pitch has a considerable turn, then India might go with three spinners, including Patel; otherwise, only two spinners are enough.
IND vs WI 2nd Test
Another player who is performing well is Navdeep Saini, and keeping him outside for a long time will not be good for the team. However, in the last two years, Navdeep Saini hasn’t played any Test matches, but Rohit Sharma’s statement suggests that he can get a chance to showcase his skills. Moreover, to accommodate Navdeep Saini into playing in the XI, either Shardul Thakur or Jaydav Unadkat would have to step aside.
However, the Indian batting order is in good form, and there is no need for a change. Young talent like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill will also lead the team in the second Test. After their performance in the first test, expectations are high for them in the next match.
India will play its second Test match on July 20. However, the team has to maintain a delicate balance between experimentation and maintaining the team’s winning momentum.
Moreover, after the first loss, the West Indies will prepare strategically for a resurgent fightback. Furthermore, the West Indies will try to pose more of a challenge in the second match to win. Therefore, it is important for India to win the second Test with more focus and determination.
Overall, the second Test match against the West Indies is going to be thrilling. As India looks forward to maintaining their winning rate, the West Indies will also fight back to win matches at home. If the new players get a chance to play in the second match, then their performance will shape the rest of the series. Also, it will set the tone for future challenges in the longer format of the game.
India’s Probable XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja/Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat/Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj
India Tour Of West Indies Schedule
1st Test: July 12–16, Windsor Park, Dominica
2nd Test: July 20–24, Queens Park, Oval
1st ODI: July 21 at Kensington Oval, Barbados
2nd ODI: July 29 at Kensington Oval, Barbados
3rd ODI: August 1: Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
August 3: Thu: West Indies vs. India, 1st T20I (Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad)
August 6: Sun: West Indies vs. India, 2nd T20I (Princeton Stadium, Guyana)
August 8: Tuesday: West Indies vs. India, 3rd T20I (Providence Stadium, Guyana)
August 12: Saturday: West Indies vs. India, 4th T20I (Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida)
August 13: West Indies vs. India, 5th T20I (Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida)