India is getting ready for the huge two match test series which begins a week from Wednesday. The two match series against West Indies will officially be the start of the 2023-2025 cycle for the World Test Championships. India, have been the runners up twice losing to New Zealand in the 2021 final and Australia in the 2023 final. The tour of West Indies could possibly be the last one for some of the seniors in the side.
The story so far –
Indian cricket team is sweating it out in the nets ahead of the two match test series which begins on 12th July. The series will be looked at with close eyes as the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin embark on possibly their final tour of the Caribbean. The 1st test is set to be played in Dominica with the second and final test set to be hosted by Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.
Virat Kohli shows his flair in the nets –
Sushant Mehta a noted journalist posted a short video on Twitter. The nets saw an intense and focused Virat Kohli unleash his full repertoire of shots against his Indian team mates. The likes of Jadeja, Ashwin and Unadkat along with the local bowlers were seen bowling to the former Indian captain. Kohli, seemed at ease as he played some delightful shots as well as showing restraint when needed.
Breaking the wait for the test ton–
Virat Kohli finally broke the nearly three and half year wait for a test ton during the recent test series against Australia earlier this year. Kohli scored an impressive 186 in the fourth and final test at Ahmedabad against Australia. This was his 28th test ton which came after November 2019. His 27th test ton was against Bangladesh in the 2019 test match at Eden Gardens in India’s 1st ever Day and Night test.
India set to face wounded West Indies –
The home side will be looking to make an immediate impact during the 2 match test series. Two time ODI world champions have failed to qualify for the World Cup after their dismal run during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph are back in the Caribbean to work with the unit. Brian Lara, the former West Indian captain has joined as a batting mentor for the series.