West Indies tour of India: Windies’ bid to register their first Test win against India since May 2002 will get underway from October 4 at Rajkot, which has been announced as the venue for the opening Test of the two-match series.
BCCI, which announced the full schedule for Windies tour of India on Tuesday (September 4), allocated the second Test to Hyderabad with the match set to be played from October 12.
Windies’ full tour of India also comprises five ODIs and three T20Is, with the 50-over games set to be played following the Test series. Guwahati will host the first ODI on October 21 while the second game will be played in Indore on October 24. The third and the fourth games will be played in Pune (October 27) and Mumbai (October 29), while the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, which became an international venue in November 2017 when it hosted an India-New Zealand T20I, is set for its ODI debut when India lock horns with Windies in the fifth and final ODI on November 1.
The T20I series begins on November 4 with Kolkata hosting the first game. The second T20I will be played on November 6 in Lucknow, which will make its international debut, while the tour concludes with the third T20I which will be played in Chennai on November 11. This will be the first bilateral T20I series at home for India against Windies, with their semi-final loss to the Caribbean team in the World T20 in 2016 being their only other T20I meeting on Indian soil.
This will be Windies’ first tour to India for a Test series since their visit in November 2013 for two Tests, which was also the retirement series for Sachin Tendulkar. Windies suffered innings losses in both the matches in 2013 while they lost 2-0 to India in the four-match series they hosted in 2016. The last time India failed to win a Test series against Windies at home was in 1994 when the Caribbean side managed a 1-1 draw. The last time Windies won a Test series in India was way back in 1983 when they secured a 3-0 finish in the six-match series.
Windies are also yet to taste success in bilateral ODI series against India since May 2006, when they clinched an ODI series at home by a 4-1 margin. Their previous series success in ODIs in India came in November 2002 when they secured a 4-3 finish, winning the last ODI to clinch the seven-match series.
|1st Test||4-8 October||Rajkot|
|2nd Test||12-16 October||Hyderabad|
|1st ODI||21st October||Guwahati|
|2nd ODI||24th October||Indore|
|3rd ODI||27th October||Pune|
|4th ODI||29th October||Mumbai|
|5th ODI||1st November||Thiruvananthapuram|
|1st T20I||4th November||Kolkata|
|2nd T20I||6th November||Lucknow|
|3rd T20I||11th November||Chennai|
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