After a commanding win against the West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot, Team India will look to seal the deal at Hyderabad with yet another complete performance. Teenage sensation Prithvhi Shaw will be high on confidence after his blistering hundred on debut, and will look to pile on the pressure on the Windies. Shaw’s partner KL Rahul – if given a chance, will look to capitalize from a second opportunity, as he was the only batsman who failed to register a run on the board for India, while the others look quite comfortable on the crease.
Captain Kohli would be looking to carry on business as usual, and score as many runs possible for his team. India’s 20 year old wicket keeper batsman – Rishabh Pant will look to covert that hard earned innings of 92 in Rajkot into a big hundred at Hyderabad with his belligerent boundary hitting ability.
The West Indies on the other end will be welcoming Jason Holder and Kemar Roach back into the XI who have been pivotal for the Caribbean islands on several occasions. Roach’s pace and bounce combined with Holder’s accuracy might turn out to be an obstacle for the Indian batters.
More than the bowlers, it’s the batsmen who’ll need to be proving themselves with some sensible stroke plays and basic applications off the wicket. Kieran Powell and Roston Chase were the only batsmen who countered the Indian bowlers with better shot selection, but the mystery of Kuldeep Yadav – whose fifer in the last test must have worked leaps and bounds for his confidence, combined with Ashwin and Jadeja’s experience will be a tough mountain to climb for the West Indies lineup. Only time will tell if the Windies will be able to spark a comeback or will India end the series with yet another win in the bag.
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