India vs Windies 2018: Hosts Look to Boost Confidence Ahead of Australia Tour
India will play against the Windies in the two-match Test series, starting on October 4 and they will try to boost their confidence ahead of the Australia tour later this year.
India lost to England this summer and will be heading to Australia for a tough tour in November.
The Men in Blue are looking for some confidence-boosting home victories against the Windies. Of late, India won the Asia Cup 2018 title for the seventh time beating Bangladesh in the finale by three wickets. However, they will play against the eighth-ranked Windies in the series of two Tests, five one-day Internationals and three Twenty20 games.
“West Indies doesn’t have a team to compete against India. They don’t stand a chance at all,” veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh told AFP ahead of the first Test in Rajkot starting on Thursday.
The Indian team may not find it so easy after the series defeat this year in England and South Africa. Moreover, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Siraj will be the new faces in the side and will play under the skipper, Virat Kohli. Siraj will cushion the pace attack led by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
Meanwhile, the Jason Holder-led Windies side will be arriving after a successful home season, where they drew a Test series against Sri Lanka and then thrashed Bangladesh 2-0.
“We have played some really good cricket in recent times. Quite a few of our guys stood out individually, and we have to keep that collective strength,” Holder was quoted as saying by The Hindu newspaper.
Meanwhile, Jason Holder also praised India by sating the no.1 Test team had played some fantastic cricket despite their last series defeat against the English. Holder also feels this might be a good Test for them to play against the tight side.
“India is the number one Test team. They have played some good cricket despite their last series (against England). It will be a good test for us,” he added.