India will take on West Indies in the first Test match of the 2023-25 World Test Championship Cycle starting from 12 July onwards. Both teams would be looking to make use of the conditions at Windsor Park, Dominica initially before it becomes good for batting and then becomes useful for spinners on the last 2 days.
India is the favourite to win the Test match as they have not lost any Test match since 2002. It promises to be an exciting encounter with both teams would be looking to start the new WTC cycle on a winning note.
WI vs IND 2023 1st Test: Here we look at the 3 bowlers who could pick the most wickets
- Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj will lead the inexperienced bowling attack which will be without Mohammed Shami. He has been the backbone of the Indian test bowling line-up. He would be key for picking early wickets with the new ball and putting West Indies’ batting under pressure.
Siraj would be playing his first Test match on West Indies soil and would be eager to prove his worth. His ability to swing the ball would make him a dangerous bowler. If he can provide early breakthroughs for Team India, then it will be creating more pressure on West Indies batters.
Siraj bowled his heart out during the World Test Championship finals against Australia. He looked impressive and picked important wickets.
- Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach has been the backbone of the West Indies Test bowling line-up for quite a long time. He can pick early wickets with the new ball and makes life tough for the opponent’s batting line-up.
He did a superb job during India’s visit to West Indies during the 2019 Test series. Roach picked up 9 wickets in the 2 Test matches he played.
The premier pace bowler would be eager to replicate his form during the first Test match against India starting today. He can make life tough for the opening pair and would look to make early breakthroughs putting the Indian team under pressure.
- Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja contributes with both bat and ball in Test matches. He has done well with the ball providing major breakthroughs and not allowing batters to score runs freely.
Since making his comeback from the Test series against Australia, Ravindra Jadeja has proved his worth with the ball. Jadeja would be eager to showcase his bowling skills against the West Indies batting line-up.
With India likely to go with 2 spinners, Jadeja would play a key role in picking wickets and stem the flow of runs. He has done well in Test matches on West Indies soil when they visited the Caribbean during the 2019 series.