India vs West Indies: Windies confident about comeback in 2nd Test

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India will have to wait for the return of Hardik Pandya, who suffered a lower back injury during the Asia Cup in the UAE and had to be stretchered out. Jadhav could come back after the first two ODIs, and Pandya, it is understood, will be fit from the second week of November. He had played the IPL with some niggles and was later dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after failing a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Pacer Siddharth Kaul, who was called up as an injury replacement during the Asia Cup, was also left out. Thakur returned to the squad after recovering and playing a domestic one-day match for Mumbai against Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 3 for 53 and scoring 30 off 14 balls in the match.

The boost from the Nidahas Cup heroics (in Sri Lanka) has run its course for Dinesh Karthik as Rishabh Pant was named in the squad.

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India would also look to address the festering middle-order woes against the touring Caribbeans. He batted mainly at No. 4, but did not make own the position India have been seeking to fill ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

India thrashed the West Indies by a record innings and 272 runs last week but spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the SG ball was "disappointing", and that he preferred Australia's Kookaburra or Dukes. Rishabh Pant, with impressive performances for India in recent Test matches, received his maiden ODI call-up. The first ODI will be played on October 21 in Guwahati at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, whereas the second game will be hosted by the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 24.

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