Ahead of the two match test series between India and West Indies starting on 4th October 2018, here’s a look back at the past results between the two teams.
Out of total 22 series played between the two teams the West Indies hold the upper hand with 12 wins as compared to India’s 8, with the remaining two ending in draws.
Out of these 22, 11 were played in India in which also the West Indies hold the upper hand with 5 wins compared to India’s 4. With both the drawn series coming in India.
The last time both the teams played each other was in 2016 in West Indies where India beat West Indies by a margin of 2-0 in a 4 match series drawing the remaining two games.
Virat Kohli was the leading run scorer with 251 runs with an average of 62.75 in the 4 innings he played while Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket taker with 17 wickets in 4 matches including 2 5-fers.
India are the firm favorites to win both the test matches given their dominance in the sub-continent, but that isn’t the only box India needs to tick. India losing the 5 mach test series against England by 4-1 earlier this year leaves the team with a few questions.
Their first pick openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay both failed to perform leading to their omission from this series. Instead India have two uncapped players, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, at he top of the order eyeing for an opening slot as the other one is filled by KL Rahul. The team management has however confirmed that it will be the 18-year old Prithvi Shaw making his test debut.
For the tourists, Kieran Powell will look to nail the opening spot after the team decided to halt the experiment with the 36-year old Devon Smith who played the last 5 tests.There’s also a lot depending on how the senior players with the likes of Shai Hope and Roston Chase enjoy carrying the burden.
India have already named a 12-member shortlist on the eve of the opening test confirming that the hosts are going with 5 bowler plan-whether that includes 3 seamers or 2 will be the choice they have to make.
Although West Indies have not yet named their playing eleven, they have confirmed that their senior pacer Kemar Roach will miss the first test owing to a bereavement in his family.
The last time Windies won a test match in India was way back in 1994 in Mohali and the last time they beat India anywhere was in 2002 in Kingston.
This test series is the kind of mock test for the Indian players to cement their place in the team for the forth-coming Australia tour later this year.