Gros-Islet - West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and put India in to bat at the start of the third Test of the four-match series at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in St Lucia on Tuesday.
Having escaped with a draw in the second Test in Jamaica due to a combination of inclement weather and an excellent last-day rearguard spearheaded by all-rounder Roston Chase, West Indies have recalled Leon Johnson to open the batting alongside Kraigg Brathwaite at the expense of Rajendra Chandrika.
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, a star performer in the team that won the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last February, makes his Test debut in place of leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
With a 1-0 lead in the series and needing to win the remaining two Tests to displace Australia at the top if the international rankings, India have made three changes to their line-up.
Experienced batsman Rohit Sharma plays his first match of the series in taking the place of Cheteshwar Pujara. Amit Mishra makes way for left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja while Bhuvneshwar Kumar also makes his series debut with Umesh Yadav dropped.
Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wicketkeeper), Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)