Windies vs India: Combined XI from the Test series
The Indian middle-order showed its strength as Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari contributed big in both games and put the Indian team in a position of strength.
Updated - Oct 10, 2019 4:18 pm
It’s been an emphatic tour for the Indian team. They blanked the West Indies in the T20Is and ODIs and now, they’ve done the same in Test cricket as well. Moreover, this 2-0 series win means that they have pocketed 120 Test championship points which puts them at the top of that table.
West Indies won the toss in both the games and inserted India in to bat first. They did pick up early wickets in both games but failed to capitalize. The Indian middle-order showed its strength as Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari contributed big in both games and put the Indian team in a position of strength. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah led the attack beautifully and was at his lethal best. He had good support from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami as well.
For the Windies, there’s not a lot of positives to look at. Jason Holder led from the front but didn’t have a lot of support. Kemar Roach bowled his heart out but was unlucky as well. However, they were shoddy with the bat and hence, paid the price.
Thus, with the series and the tour coming to an end, we look at the combined XI for the two-match Test series.
1. Mayank Agarwal
It wasn’t a great series for the openers. In fact, openers from both sides struggled. The West Indian openers combined to score 76 runs in the series. However, the Indian openers fared better. KL Rahul got starts but didn’t convert them and also looked pretty tentative. Mayank Agarwal looked the best of the lot.
Agarwal made his debut in Melbourne in the Boxing Day Test and impressed in the first two Test matches. He continued his good run here as well. He didn’t get a lot of runs but was the only opener to score a fifty in this series. After a couple of failures in the first Test, the Karnataka opener scored a solid half-century in the first innings of the second Test.
He battled tricky conditions and looked really good before he was dismissed for 55. He missed out in the second innings.