At the recent ICC 2019 World Cup, India lost in the semi final while West Indies were out in the group stage itself. However, India A is now touring West Indies since 11 July and we recently concluded the 5-match ODI series which saw India emerging victorious 4-1, losing one game narrowly by 5 runs. The focus now moves to the longer format of the game and these two teams will play 3 unofficial Tests before the tour wraps up in a couple of weeks.
The 1st Test begins today at Antigua and these will all be 4-day encounters. Remember to always select those players who have international experience for the respective senior teams as they bring in more experience. Always. Both teams have named several changes to their squads. Keep reading for our complete MyFab11 (sign-up with code “READAD46“) fantasy preview of the WI A vs IND A 1st Test…
- Tournament: India A Tour of West Indies 2019.
- Date: 24-27 July 2019, 7:00pm IST
- Venue: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.
- Capacity: 10,000+.
- Series status: First game of the 3-match Test series.
Form (recent first)
- WI-A: L W L L L
- IND-A: W L W W W
- In 6 FC games since 2018, 300+ in an innings has been achieved twice.
- Roston Chase – 6 wickets, 109 runs in the ODI series.
- Shubman Gill – 218 runs in 4 games in the ODI series.
- Navdeep Saini – 8 wickets in 4 games in the ODI series.
West Indies A
West Indies A is was captained by Roston Chase in the ODIs and while some sources suggest that Shamarh Brooks will be handed over the captaincy, Cricbuzz has listed Kraigg Brathwaite as the captain. Brooks has a couple of fifties in his last 2 FC games for Barbados while Brathwaite is coming off a poor run of scores, but the latter has 50+ international tests to his name and is a real grinder at the top of the order.
Pick Chase too as he had a successful ODI series. An added batting option could be Sunil Ambris who scored 160+ runs in the ODIs even after bagging a duck in the 1st ODI. Remember, he was also a part of the Windies squad at the recent 2019 World Cup. With the ball, don’t forget to pick Jomel Warrican. He has 2 recent 8-fers which is rare in test cricket including 8/89 against Jamaica in Dec 2018 and then 8/45 against Windward Islands in Feb 2019.
The wicket-keeper pick is an easy one as Wriddhiman Saha has been India’s first-choice test keeper since 2014 until Rishab Pant came around. Saha will play ahead of KS Bharat for the first 2 Tests until he leaves to be with Team India. India A will be captained by Shreyas Iyer and he’s in brilliant touch with 2 fifties in the 4 ODIs, while also falling short of another one with an innings of 47 too.
Another person you can’t miss in your MyFab11(sign-up with code “READAD46“) fantasy team is Navdeep Saini who began the ODI series with a 5-fer and although I’d expected better, he ended with only 8 wickets in the series. A huge wicket-taker in the domestic circuit has been Shahbaz Nadeem and he recently ended as the leading wicket-taker in the latest Ranji Trophy season, and it’s the first time he’s done so either.
WI A vs IND A Betting
WI A vs IND A 1st Test betting
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