Having swept the T20 series and taken the ODI contestVirat Kohli's India are bursting with confidence going into their first Test match since the historic series triumph in Australia at the start of the year. India's last Test outing was against Australia eight months ago. AP In contrast, the West Indies have gone off the boil since dominating England in the home series in the Caribbean six months ago and then going toe-to-toe with the same opponents in the subsequent ODI series. A whitewash in the tour-ending T20 skirmish, followed by the removal of controversial head coach Richard Pybus and a disappointing World Cup campaign has left Jason Holder's men with much-lost ground to reclaim.
With the players set to be separated by the Indian Premier League franchises, the Australia tour of India comes as the last opportunity for the team management to iron out flaws.
For some players, the World Cup dream would either end or witness a rebirth in this series itself. Workload management remains an important task for the BCCI selection committee and the team management before coming to conclusions with the squad for the Australia series.
Virat Kohli, who skipped the final 2 ODIs and the following 3 T20Is against New Zealand, is expected to make a return as captain against the Aussies while Rohit Sharma — who led the Indian team in Kohli's absence — could be given a rest.
With a number of other changes are expected, the series could serve as the final opportunity for a few players to cement their spot in the World Cup scheme. Top order batsman KL Rahul has been impressive with the willow but is expected to be drafted in against the Aussies, with the search for third opener still active.
Here's how the Australia tour of India Schedule looks like: Match.