What is the point of the India v West Indies series, other than Sachin’s farewell?

The West Indies v India series currently taking place in India is a made up series in order to give a memorable farewell in front of home crowd to Sachin Tendulkar.
Coming into this series, the Indian team was in very good form defeating Australia at home in high scoring series.
Going by India’s current form and batting line-up, the not-so-exciting series will be a no-contest between two teams and India is clearly looking favorite to win it 2-0.
India have very strong batting line-up including Shikar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and their bowling unit too has shaped up good.
Mohammed Shami almost single handedly crushed the West Indies batsmen with sharp reverse swing.
R Ashwin is difficult to handle if the pitch gives bounce and turn.

While the West Indies have quite a few experienced players in Chris Gayle, Dwane Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, they have to pull up their socks and bat with great determination to post any challenge to India.
Their bowling unit has few new faces but doesn’t look penetrating and capable of taking 20 Indian wickets.
They do have Keymar Roach who can bowl fast and trouble the batsmen, but his fitness is a concern.
India’s strong batting line-up plays exceedingly well against spin, so Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy Permaul have to bowl out of their skin to challenge Indian batsmen, which looks a distant dream.
This series will only be remembered as Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series, as there appears to be no contest on the field.


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