Saturday, November 05, 2011

West Indies is hoping to take advantage from India’s young bowling line up

The much awaited Test series between India and West Indies is going to commence from November 6 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Both of the teams are looking towards the opening Test match. This match is scheduled to kick off at 04:00 GMT and 09:30 Indian Standard Time.

The host team has been tagged as a hot favorite against the West Indies. However, the visitors are not a less strong team in comparison with the host.

West Indies cricket team is eagerly waiting to face their strong opponent. It seems that they will be happy to see India’s young and inexperienced bowling line up. Indian selectors have picked up four uncapped players- off-spinner R Ashwin, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma and pacers Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. Neither of them has played any Test match.

Except Rahul Sharma, all of them have already played ODI format of cricket game. Pragyan Ojha is the only experienced spinner who has been selected in the squad. On the other hand, pace attack will be lead by Ishant Sharma.

Indian bowling line up will definitely be looking weaker with the absence of Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar. No doubt, West Indian batsmen will not have to struggle a lot to get runs.

There is not too many change in the West Indies squad. The 15-member squad consists of young and experienced players with an average age of less than 26. Only two players- Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, are above 30 and they have experience to play Tests in Indian soil.

The 1-0 victory against Bangladesh will inspire them to play well and continue their winning margin against India. However, the visitors will miss the service of Chris Gayle who has been out of the squad because of his disagreement with the WICB.