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Importance of West Indies Cricket Tour vs India

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West Indies first made a modern impact on the cricket world in 1948 when their dominating batting performances took India by surprise, enabling them to defeat India and win the Test series. Many decades have elapsed since then, but the West Indies-India rivalry continues to be one of the best in sports.

Fans need not to wait any longer as a West Indies tour of India has just been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The tour is scheduled to begin on October 8.

According to the BCCI’s initial statement, the West Indies are penciled in to play four One Day Internationals (ODI) in India, one T-20 and three Test matches. The upcoming West Indies tour will be India’s only full series at home this season.

An ODI in Kochi is supposedly the first match that will be played in the tour.

“There is an ODI every third day after that, ending with the fifth one in Dharamshala on October 20,” the BCCI statement indicated. “The one-dayers will be followed by a Twenty-20 in Delhi on the 22nd, before the three-Test series begins on October 30 in Hyderabad”.

The sheer volume of games that will be played between the two sides should say plenty about where each squad is in terms of series-to-series improvement. India had started out strong against England in the road series, but poor batting has completely turned around the momentum. Regardless of how India fare against England in their fifth and final Test of the series, India clearly has room for improvement.

West Indies-India Schedule:

ODIs: Oct. 8 – Kochi, Oct. 11 – Vishakhapatnam, Oct. 14 – Cuttack, Oct. 17 – Kolkata, Oct. 20 – Dharamshala

T20: Oct. 22 – Delhi

Tests: Oct. 30-Nov. 3 – Hyderabad, Nov. 7-11 – Bangalore, Nov. 15-19 – Ahmedabad

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.