The stage is all set for India’s young Test brigade to showcase its talent in the Caribbean from the 21st of July. The tour will pose several challenges for the relatively young outfit, led by a world beater and champion batsman Virat Kohli. The Test series against the West Indies will also be Kohli’s first Test series assignment as the skipper outside the subcontinent.
India might have not played too many Tests in the last 18 months, but they can head into the series with a lot of confidence. A rousing series win against Sri Lanka away from home, where Kohli’s boys lifted the series 2-1 after losing the first Test, was just an instance of the sheer resilience shown by the team. The comprehensive 3-0 home series victory over the then number one side South Africa further stamped India’s dominance in world cricket.
Easier said than done, the tour of the Caribbean will be a grueling one. Playing four successive Tests away from home is never an easy task, and especially in a place like the Caribbean, where the crowd support is on the lower end as well. The unpredictable nature of the wickets further poses challenges to India’s fortunes.
To succeed against a moderate West Indies outfit, India will need to consider a few critical aspects.
Below, we analyze those five aspects which the Indians will have to take care of, to make it a memorable campaign in the Caribbean.