Virat Kohli wants more water breaks in extreme heat

Ross Houston
October 11, 2018

The second match between India and West Indies will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.

The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December. Royston Chase 53 (79), West Indies 159/8 after 43.2 overs.

But captain Kohli warned India's notoriously demanding fans not to expect too much too soon from Shaw, who was earmarked as a future star when as a 14-year-old he hit a record 546 off 330 balls in a Mumbai school game in 2013.

India and West Indies are slated to play a five-match ODI series from October 21 to November 1.

With temperatures touching almost 40 degrees Celsius on each of the three days of the Rajkot Test between India and West Indies, players from both sides were constantly under the supervision of umpires while asking for drinks breaks. India, on the other hand, have not made any changes to the squad that won the first game inside three days in Rajkot.

He has featured for Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL but it was his debut Test ton, with 19 boundaries, that saw the rest of the cricket world take notice. Holder said it was not easy playing India in India and added he was focused on playing cricket instead of focusing on what critics had to say. However, the Windies will be pleased to have one of their more important fast bowlers back in the side for the second Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned figures of 4-37 in West Indies' first innings, had sent back stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite for 10 before lunch and then got Bishoo. However, Pujara only plays one format and Kohli is coming back after some rest, so Mayank Agarwal can only be included in the XI if India go with six batsmen.

"When you get that cap in the morning of the game, there's always butterflies in the stomach and I am sure everyone feels that pressure".

Similarly, it is possible that along with Rohit Sharma, players that are not part of the Indian Test team will be playing for their respective state teams.

Chairman of the selection panel, Courtney Browne, explained that they are looking to invest in players who have done well in the domestic cricket as T20 World Cup is just two years away.

Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.

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