Antigua and Barbuda - West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and put India in to bat
at the start of the first Test of the two-match series at the Sir
Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.
After dominating the preceding T20 and One-Day International series,
India are seeking to extend their dominance in the Caribbean.
The tourists are fielding a team featuring three fast bowlers and one
specialist spinner, Ravindra Jadeja getting the nod ahead of Ravi
Ashwin, the 'Man of the Series' when the tourists last played in the
Caribbean three years ago.
There is also no place in the final 11 for Rohit Sharma with Ajinkya
Rahane and Hanuma Vihari preferred in the middle-order of a batting
line-up where captain Virat Kohli has been the star performer so far on
In a surprise move, West Indies have omitted first-choice
wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and given a debut to 30-year-old middle-order
batsman Shamarh Brooks. Shai Hope will do duties behind the stumps for
Seeking their first Test and series victories over India for 17
years, the hosts were also forced to make a late change with an ankle
injury ruling out all-rounder Keemo Paul. His place in the side has been
taken by seamer Miguel Cummins.
West Indies - Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John
Campbell, Shai Hope (wicketkeeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo,
Roston Chase, Shamarh Brooks, Kemar Roach, Miguel Cummins, Shannon
India - Virat Kohli (captain), K.L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal,
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant
(wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match Referee: David Boon (AUS)