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IND vs WI: Unadkat, Mukesh, Saini in Fight for 5th Bowler’s Position

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Ind vs WI: As Indian team prepares for the forthcoming two-match Test series against WI, Rahul Dravid & Co. are experiencing problems selecting a third pacer. Jaydev Unadkat, Mukesh Kumar, and Navdeep Saini are in contention for the prized spot in the bowling rotation.

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In comparison to stadiums in the West Indies like Sabina Park or Kensington Oval, Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominican Republic, is less widely recognized. Only five Tests, four ODIs, and a comparable amount of T20Is have been played there. Consequently, there isn’t enough current data on the pitch’s performance.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat

The past record also doesn’t favor the West Indies. They have only won one of the five Tests played here, against Zimbabwe. The last Test match contested here in 2017 was clinched by Pakistan by a score of 101 runs in 3rd day.

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Given the situation and their past results, India plans to deploy both of its skilled spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Shardul Thakur, a speed powerhouse known for his striking prowess and outstanding performance in the WTC final in England, will accompany Mohammed Siraj.

IND vs WI: Bowling alternatives for visitors:

Axar Patel, an all-round talent like Ravindra Jadeja, is a contender for the fifth bowling spot.

With his ability to bowl for a long amount of time without losing speed, Navdeep Saini, who is gradually recovering his rhythm. His speed might be advantageous on slower courses with the traditional Dukes ball.

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Then there is the legendary Ranji Trophy player Jaydev Unadkat. He just completed his Test match revival against Bangladesh after a 12-year layoff following his 2010 debut.

Due to the variety his left-arm angle adds, Unadkat is capable of carrying the ball across right-handers while yet maintaining a straight path when required. Mukesh starts off at a speed of about 130 kmph. But it is unclear how efficient he will be with the old ball in subsequent matches. His speed may somewhat decline.

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