India tour match | Rahane gets some valuable runs

Virat Kohli has two solid option in R Jadeja and R Ashwin

Virat Kohli has two solid option in R Jadeja and R Ashwin

Rahane, who has not scored a hundred in more than two years, made 54 off 162 balls before a reverse sweep led to his dismissal on Monday, the last day of the match. He also added a 96-run stand for the second wicket along with Hanuma Vihari who followed up his first-innings of 37 not out with an excellent 64. While Rahane got a few runs in the second innings, his form has been on the downhill and even a county stint with Hampshire has not done anything to bolster his confidence.

The Indian vice-captain was not the best of form at the global level. And the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies will be crucial to his future with the national team.

On day two on Sunday, seniormost pacer Ishant Sharma bowled a fiery opening spell while left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav promised to pose stiff competition for Ashwin as India dominated proceedings against West Indies A after second day of warm-up game.

Saha is a safer alternative both behind the stumps and with the bat, but the Bengal veteran returned from a long injury lay-off only this year and is making his return to worldwide cricket in this series.

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The only option to include both is to go for a four-bowler strategy with three pacers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma along with Ravichandran Ashwin or Kuldeep Yadav as the lone spinner.

West Indies A put on 47 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 21 overs when both the captains chose to call the practice match a draw.

The Indian team management will be fretting on possible team combinations for the first Test against the West Indies with a hard choice between senior pros Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane if it opts for a fifth specialist bowler.

The first Test against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua will mark the beginning of India's ICC Test Championship campaign.

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