In a highly anticipated showdown, the Indian cricket team is geared up for the second and final Test match against a depleted West Indies side, set to commence on Thursday. Adding to the excitement, this landmark game will mark the 100th Test match between the two teams. India’s vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, seeks to accumulate runs, prolong his international career, and guide his side to a resounding series victory.
After an impressive victory in the series opener in Dominica, where India triumphed by an innings and 141 runs, the visitors are determined to maintain their dominance. The debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal’s outstanding century, coupled with the superb bowling performances of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, proved instrumental in securing the win.
As India eyes a clean sweep, skipper Rohit Sharma acknowledges the significance of this milestone encounter. However, a weakened West Indies team will strive to salvage some pride and put up a resilient fight.
With the upcoming tour of South Africa looming, Rahane, who has experienced a lean patch, is eager to regain form and solidify his place in the team. The spin-friendly pitch at Queen’s Park Oval might prompt India to include Axar Patel in the playing XI, potentially replacing Jaydev Unadkat or Shardul Thakur.