India rolled over a miserable West Indies for 100 in merely 26.5 overs on Sunday to clinch the opening Test in Antigua by an impressive margin of 318. After Ajinkya Rahane notched up his first Test century in two years, and Hanuma Vihari narrowly missed out on one, Jasprit Bumrah ran through West Indies to finish with exceptional figures of 5 for 7.
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.
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