India recovered from a precarious 25 for 3 to post a fighting 203 for 6 at the end of Day 1 of the Antigua Test, which was hit by rain. Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli all fell cheaply as Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel provided the vital early breakthroughs.
The team combination is the big factor of discussion ahead of India's first Test against West Indies at Antigua. While Virat Kohli hinted that they will most probably go with four bowlers, he did admit that the selection could be flexible, depending on the conditions.
Having clinched the ODI series with ease, India will take on hosts West Indies in the first Test at Antigua, starting Thursday. Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari all got runs with the bat while Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav all were among the wickets in the warm-up match.
Struggling India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane hit a half-century on Monday in the warm-up game against West Indies A, which will give some relief to both him and the selectors ahead of the Test series which begins on August 22.
Virat Kohli and the Indian team management have been backing wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant at number four since the World Cup, despite his constant failures. However, India legend Sunil Gavaskar does not support the move and feels Shreyas Iyer is much-better suited to the position