This West Indies team is from the great sides that played in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s but they still have some players who can trouble Team India in the upcoming Test series.
The squad for the first Test, announced last week, was followed by a lot of controversy. It started with Denesh Ramdin venting his frustration on Twitter, followed by fast bowler Jerome Taylor suddenly announcing his retirement.
Captain Jason Holder has already said the upcoming series will be a big challenge for the hosts. Although the West Indies squad looks weak in comparison, there are a few players who can trouble the Indians big time.
Here are the players Team India should be wary of:
The elegant left-hander, who was once touted as the next Brian Lara, has not lived up to expectations. Yet there is no denying his talent. He bats left-handed, moves the same way Lara did, but has not achieved the same lofty standards. With a Test average of 41.50, it is the perfect time for Bravo to show the world he can take his game to the next level. The southpaw has been in good form recently, with a solid ODI tri-series against South Africa and Australia. India bowlers definitely will have their task cut out when bowling to him.
Brathwaite made his first-class debut at the age of 16, collected his Test cap as an 18-year-old, and in five years has proved that he is an old-school opener who puts a price on his wicket. He is one of the most reliable players at the top of the order for this Windies team, and selectors could be building a future team around him. He already has eight fifties and four tons against his name in 27 matches. It will be a big series for him as well, and at home he can be more than a handful for the Indian bowlers.
When Marlon Samuels made his international debut, many suggested the West Indies may have found their next batting superstar. Somehow he failed to meet expectations in the longest format, though he is one the finest Windies have got in the ODIs. A Test average of 33.53 in 64 matches does not do justice to his potential. But being one of the most experienced members of the squad, he will be eager to set an example to the youngsters.
With Jerome Taylor having ended his Test career and Kemar Roach searching for match fitness after recovering from an injury, Shannon Gabriel is the only specialist fast bowler in the 12-man squad for the first Test. If Gabriel can hit the ground running he could prove a handful in favourable conditions, particularly against an India line-up that has proved its vulnerability against the moving ball in overseas matches. The 28-year old has picked up just 34 wickets in 16 matches but this could be the series that makes him.
The first Test against India begins on July 21 in Antigua; followed by Tests in Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad.
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