The Windies did not just lose the first Test against India, but rather it was a humiliation as they lost the game by an innings and 272 runs.
Cricket news: The inclusion of the pacer will add strength to the pace attack of the Windies
It was a flat track which was a heaven for batsmen, but the Windies brigade were bundled for 181 and 196 in their two innings as their half-hearted efforts crumbled in front of India’s trio of spinners.
Another concerning fact was that neither their pace battery work out nor their spinners as they could not stop the host’s run-scoring spree as they piled up 649 in their first innings.
However they would be happy to have one of their most important pacer in the likes of Kemar Roach back in the squad for the second Test.
Before the first Test got underway at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, Roach had to fly back home because of the sad demise of his grandmother.
Windies coach Stuart Law had previously said that Roach would join the team in mid-way during the Rajkot Test. But he could not return which raised speculations of his availability in the second Test. However Law confirmed that Roach had arrived in Hyderabad late on Sunday and will play the second Test.
“Roach is currently is resting up in Hyderabad. He reached India yesterday and has straightaway gone to Hyderabad rather than coming here for a day and then flying out with the team,” Law was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
The former Australian cricketer also mentioned that Roach’s inclusion in the squad will add the necessary firepower which was missing from the team in the first Test.
“To have someone of his (Roach’s) quality to come up with (Jason) Holder and (Shannon) Gabriel gives our attack a bit more strength (for the second Test),” Law said.
After the completion of the Hyderabad Test, the Windies will next play 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is against India.