High-flying India will be looking to start their home season with a positive result as they will face West Indies in the first of two Test series, which will begin on Thursday in Rajkot.
The Men in Blue will be starting the match as firm favorites after their recent triumph in the Asia Cup, where they emerged victorious even without their star batsman and captain Virat Kohli.
In their previous five-day assignment, Team India suffered a thumping 4-1 defeat against England which means they will have a chance to redeem themselves in the upcoming series.
The return of Kohli, who will be eager to perform once again after having a considerable amount of rest, can prove to be a real morale booster for the team in the series.
On the other hand, West Indies will be playing their first Test match in nearly three months' time, which means a little bit of rustiness is expected.
Veteran pacer Keemar Roach has already been ruled out of the first Test, which means there will be added pressure on Shannon Gabriel to provide wickets early.
Rishabh Pant – Value 8.5 Cr
First in the list of key players is young India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The 20-year-old made his debut during the Test series against England and cemented his place in the lineup with a brilliant century in the final innings of the Oval Test. It was his attacking intent which was the most impressive aspect of his batting which made him