India and West Indies will start their World Test Championship campaign in the two-match Test series in West Indies. After thrashing the hosts in the limited-overs, the Virat Kohli-led side will look to maintain dominance in the whites as well. However, West Indies defeated England in their last Test series at home and will take some confidence from that. India had a stellar run in West Indies so far as they are yet to face a single-match defeat on the tour. India are currently placed at the pinnacle of the Men's Test Team Rankings and will want to continue the good form against West Indies as well. West Indies vs India Cricket Score 1st Test Match - India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019.
Skipper Virat Kohli has been at his premium best in the T20s and ODIs and will be the biggest threat for the West Indies in the longest format of the game. Nevertheless, Jason Holder and Co will put their best effort to restrict the Indian stalwart. The Calypso Kings will rely upon the likes of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite who have already proved their mettle with the bat. In the bowling department, skipper Holder and Kemar Roach will handle the responsibility of troubling the batsmen. So, as the first Test match between India and West Indies is set to get underway, let’s look at some mini battles, which can increase the thrill of the encounter. India vs West Indies 2019 1st Test, Day 1 Rain Forecast & Weather Report From Antigua: Check Weather Forecast and Pitch Report of Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Virat Kohli vs Jason Holder
The first Test match might witness a small battle between the two skippers. Virat Kohli is currently the No. 1 ranked Test batsman in the world and restricting him will certainly not be easy. However, his counterpart Jason Holder has also put up some great performance in whites and will look to get better of the Indian captain.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Shai Hope
The Indian bowler is arguably the best bowler in the world at the moment. The right-arm pacer has showcased his ability in the longest formats by demolishing many great batting line-ups and is expected to trouble the Windies batsman as well. However, West Indies’ star Shai Hope will test his resilience and it will be interesting to watch out the battle between these two players.
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Kemar Roach
Known as the modern-day 'Wall', Cheteshwar Pujara is a vital cog in the Indian Test team and also played a crucial role in guiding India to a Test series victory Down Under. The veteran will want to extend his purple patch in the Caribbean Islands and the host will expect their seasoned fast bowler Kemar Roach to dismiss Pujara early in the innings. Virat Kohli-Led India to Start Their World Test Championship Campaign Against West Indies on a Tricky Wicket of Antigua.
So, these were some mini-battles to watch out for in the first Test between India and West Indies. The Virat Kohli and his boys have performed magnificently on the tour so far and will also start the encounter as favourites.