India vs West Indies
Indian National Cricket Team. Credit: AP

India has been the best Test side in the world for quite a few years now. They were once again at their usual best securing a convincing win by 318 runs in the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. Virat Kohli & Co will hope to keep their winning streak going and make a thumping start to the ICC World Test Championship when they face the host in the second and final match in the Test series at Kingston in Jamaica starting from August 30 (Friday).

The Asian Giants produced a thorough effort in the first match with each player contributing to the team’s success. While Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari stood out in the batting front, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah lifted the bowling unit. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli also had a fair outing alongside Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami. But the form of Cheteshwar Pujara will keep the management thinking. But the Saurashtra-born cricketer knows how to bounce back from adverse conditions and the Indian fans will hope their main man get back the form in Jamaica.

Jasprit Bumrah, Virender Sehwag
Players of India celebrate a wicket. Credit: Twitter

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Meanwhile, India is unlikely to make too many changes to their winning combination as they will be desperate to secure another win despite taking an unassailable lead. The management might think to bring back experienced Wriddhiman Saha in place of Rishabh Pant in the playing XI and give him some game time.

Here is the predicted playing XI of India for the second Test against West Indies at Kingston in Jamaica:


KL Rahul. Credit: Getty Images
West Indies vs India 2019: 2nd Test - India's Predicted Playing XI

KL Rahul is currently one of the talented batsmen around across the formats. However, he has been in and out of the side owing to inconsistency. With Prithvi Shaw out of action due to doping violation, this will be a welcome opportunity for Rahul to make strong claims for his place in the playing XI.

The Karnataka batsman got starts in both the innings scoring 44 and 38 runs but failed to convert the hardwork into big scores. Rahul will have to play huge knocks alongside shouldering responsibility and help India get a good start in the second Test at Jamaica starting from August 30.

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