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India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday, said off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will play a key role to India’s chances during the Test series against the West Indies, the upcoming series in the Caribbean will be India’s first under the new head coach Anil Kumble.

On his 44th birthday, while interacting to media Ganguly said, “I think Ashwin will be the key in West Indies,”

This year has been a breakthrough year for the West Indies Cricket as they have achieved some great feats in the shorter formats of the game. Right from the start of the year, first they had won the U/19 World Cup in Bangladesh, then their senior team backed it up by clinching the ICC World T20 in India, this year has also seen them seal the women’s WT20. In the recently concluded tri-series the West Indies finished runners-up to Australia which also involved South Africa.

“They are looking stronger and in the middle of a fine form. But I think India have the side to beat them. I wish luck to Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble,” added the Prince of Kolkata.

Kumble will begin his stint with Team India with two practice matches against West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President’s XI from July 9-16, followed by the four Tests from July 21-August 22.