File image of India head coach Ravi Shastri.(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of India head coach Ravi Shastri.(Action Images via Reuters)

India vs West Indies: Ravi Shastri shares picture with ‘the king in his kingdom’ ahead of first Test

India vs West Indies: India have been on a roll on the tour, having won the T20I and ODI series 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 11:30 AM IST

Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri shared a picture with legendary West Indies cricketer Viv Richards ahead of the first Test between the two teams in Antigua on Thursday. India have been on a roll on the tour, having won the T20I and ODI series 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. The visitors will now look for similar level of performances in the longest format while as for Jason Holder’s troops, they will be eyeing redemption against one of the strongest Test outfits in the sport.

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Ahead of the first match, Shastri posted a picture with Richards and his post read: “With My Maan. The King in his Kingdom. Antigua. @officiallyvivian.” Shastri was referring to Antigua stadium named after the great man himself. 

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As India gear up to begin their World Test Championship campaign at North Sound, two batsmen are in focus ahead of the opening Test against West Indies. It could well be that the new India team batting coach is decided on how they answer questions on Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.

On talent and potential, the Mumbai duo is as good as Virat Kohli, then what has prevented them from becoming as good in all formats, and how will the candidate for batting coach work on the missing link in their game?

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Rahane is now a Test specialist, but not an automatic choice in the eleven and is locked in a fight for the middle-order spot with Rohit Sharma and Hanuma Vihari.

Apart from the middle-order, it will also have to make a tough call in the spin department, to choose between R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav. The others are more or less automatic choices.

Kohli has a tight call to make. It could well depend on the combination he chooses to play. If he goes in with four bowlers, he would want the cushion of the part-time off-spin of Vihari.

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