Test for junior World Champs

Port of Spain. India’s first one day outing after they won the World Cup on April 2 beating Sri Lanka is here. The Indian side which would take on West Indies may look depleted as at least 6 or 7 faces which featured in the summit clash at the Wankhede are missing, but Caribbean captain Darren Sammy will ill afford to take this team lightly. They were comprehensively beaten by the Suresh Raina lead team in the lone T2o game, and the chinks in the West Indies armour were well exposed.

The young Indian players would like to seize this opportunity to cement their place in the squad. Indian batting was a little edgy at the T20 game and Suresh Raina will be aware of it. He would want his batsman to apply themselves better. As far as bowling is concerned Ishant Sharma may come in for Praween Kumar or Munaf Patel.

The West Indies team would like to restore their lost pride. The squad has been strengthened with Dwayne Brawo, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Kieron Polard joining the ranks.

But Darren Sammy is not happy with the pitches he has been getting of late. West Indian pitches which have always been pace bowler’s paradise have suddenly started assisting spin.

This was also the sole reason why they lost 2-3 against Pakistan last month. He is certainly concerned about how his batsman would handle Harbhajan singh and R Ashwin with these spin friendly pitches. He asked for pitches which would assist pace and bounce.

However, the grounds man may not be able to help Darren Sammy’s cause as rain may play spoilsport. The sun has been playing hide and seek at the Oval since the T20 game.

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