India’s new chief coach Anil Kumble will be keeping a keen eye on speedster Mohammed Shami’s fitness along with the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan when the team begin its tour of West Indies with a two-day warm-up game against WICB President’s XI here on Saturday.
The two-day match will be an official game where both teams will get to bat a day each with all players being allowed to play .
For Kumble, it will be a new beginning with his boys ready to hit the straps in what promises to be an eventful 49day tour in the Caribbean islands where longer version of the game has lost its sheen.
The team that has six current Test players including skipper Leon Johnson, Jermaine Blackwood, Rajendra Chandrika, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope and Jomel Warrican will ensure that Indians get quality match practice.
The first warm-up match will indicate as to how India’s key speedster Mohammed Shami’s body holds to the rigours of longer version -when he comes back for his second and third spells.
Skipper Virat Kohli had in fact complimented Shami terming him as someone “who bowls the ideal Test match length“.
Ishant Sharma, who has had a long lay-off, will also like to get into the groove along with Umesh Yadav as the trio will be key to Kohli’s gameplans.
West Indies Cricket Board President XI (From): Leon Johnson, Jermaine Blackwood, Rajendra Chandrika, Peter Chase, Jason Dawes, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Damion Jacobs, Keon Joseph, M Mindley, Vishaul Singh, Jomel Warrican
India (From): Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav