West Indies fast-medium bowler, Keemo Paul has now recovered from his ankle injury and is very much fit to play the next test of IND vs WI in Jamaica which is scheduled to start from 30th August 2019. Keemo after his full recovery has been drafted back into the Windies squad straightaway for the second and also the final test against India in Kingston, Jamaica. He will be replacing Miguel Cummins, who filled his position in Antigua.
West Indies Keeper to continue his rehabilitation
Cummins was the only change in the squad in the first test, nonetheless, India won that test with huge margin of 318 runs. The record was made and broken by team India and its captain Virat Kohli, which left a bitter taste in opponents mouth.
At then, one of Windies highest scoring batsmen Shai Hope kept wickets, and he might continue to do in absence of their first-choice Test Wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich who is continuing his rehabilitation fro an ankle injury in Barbados, given the fact their back-up keeper Jahmar Hamilton is among the 13 in Jamaica.
Not-so-good Cummins out of the squad
Cummins who was a replacement for Keemo was particularly not so good in the first test. In two innings he bowled 20 overs where he spared 69 runs and couldn’t compensate it with a single wicket. The wicketless bowler has been ruled out for the second test against India.
Now for India, it was a quite memorable winning when they constituted 297 and 343-7 in two innings and bowled out West Indies for 222 and 100. This win has earned team India 60 points in their very first match of World Test Championship.
Now, while batting was definitely the weak side of Windies, their bowler was somehow able to throw India batsman off guard in the first test, after limiting the visitors at 25 for 3 which included batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli-
Roston Chase, the only spinner in the XI for the first Test said in a statement,”We got the early wickets we were looking for but I thought that we tried a bit too hard, we didn’t stick to coming down the channel, we tried a bit too hard with the short-ball plan and stuff like that,”
Well, West Indies will hope to change and overcome their prior mistakes in the next one. How Paul inclusion is going to make things better for the host, we shall wait and see.
Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.