Cricket match date: 22nd August 2019
Cricket match time: 07:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Cricket Match format: Test Match
Tournament: ICC World Test Championship
Team A: West Indies
Team B: India
Team A Captain: Jason Holder
Team B Captain: Virat Kohli
Cricket Match Preview:
India will take on West Indies in the first cricket test match at Antigua. This test match will be part of ICC World Test Championship, under which every test match that the sides will play will hold significance as every win will lead to points. The team with maximum points will be the winner of the championship.
Cricket’s most popular team, India, will get a first taste of the World Test Championship when they will play against West Indies. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, has been the biggest advocate of it and was pleased when the championship announcement was made. There was growing fear among the test cricket’s ardent fans about the future of test matches and this championship is expected to fuel the interest of fans. ICC would be hoping that the game’s most buzzing market, India, takes to it as they would secure the format for years to come.
However, if the games are not competitive, no championship can save the format. The onus of this lies with the teams as uncompetitive games and teams will make games boring and fans will stay away. Hence, teams like West Indies must rise and be counted. They have been poor for far too long and they must play the kind of cricket that excites the Caribbean crowd.
Under Stuart Law, West Indies showed signs of seriousness in the format, which was backed by results against England both home and away. In fact, West Indies must look to produce the kind of pitches that they prepared against England a few months ago. It would test the famous Indian batting lineup, who are playing their first test match since the historic win against Australia in Australia. Because otherwise, there has been no competition between the sides in the longer format, with India winning both their home and away cricket series against them.
Cricket Match Information:
India and West Indies will debut in the ICC World Test Championship, when they will take on each other in the first test match of two-match cricket series. World Test Championship is the newly introduced championship under which every cricket test match will be of significance and the teams with maximum wins will be crowned the winner.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
West Indies are going to be led by Jason Holder in the test matches as well. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Rahkeem Cornwall in the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of West Indies’ playing XI:
- Kraigg Brathwaite
- John Campbell
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Shai Hope
- Darren Bravo
- Roston Chase
- Jason Holder
- Kemar Roach
- Shannon Gabriel
- Rahkeem Cornwall
- Shane Dowrich
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India are going to be led by Virat Kohli in this cricket series. Jasprit Bumrah will be part of the test series after resting from the T20 and ODI cricket series. Rohit Sharma has been included in the squad as well. Our prediction is of three fast bowlers and two spinners for this cricket game.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Mayank Agarwal
- Cheteshwar Pujara
- Virat Kohli
- Rohit Sharma
- Rishabh Pant
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammad Shami
- Jasprit Bumrah
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
The rock of Indian Test batting line-up, Cheteshwar Pujara will be back for India. His performance was the prime reason why India managed to win the cricket series against Australia in Australia. Our prediction is of another good cricket game and cricket series for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international test match played here was between West Indies and England earlier this year. West Indies won that cricket game by ten wickets after bowling England out for 187 runs on day 1. Our prediction is of the score of 280 for 6 for India at the end of day 1.
India will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have had a good record against West Indies over the years in the longer format. Hence, going by the current form and overall record, our prediction is of India’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Cheteshwar Pujara (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Ravichandran Ashwin (IND) – 5 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Rishabh Pant (IND)
West Indies – 5.65
Draw – 7.75
India – 1.34
*odds may change anytime