West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat against India in the first Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami make their Test debuts for India.
Kemar Roach is not fully fit yet and Sheldon Cotterrell will make his Test debut for the West Indies.
India captain MS Dhoni said, “The pacers might have a bit of help at the start, then it will be up to our spinners.
“We are not worried, are looking forward to the 199th Test of Sachin. Even in the ODIs, we played authentic shots to rack up big scores.
“Arriving at our playing XI was a bit tricky, we have two debutants, Rohit Sharma and Shami Ahmed.”
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said, “We will bat first. The surface looks a bit tricky, we do not want to bat last.
“Our preparations are pretty good, we had a mental training session at Miami and we had a good practise game here.
“Two changes for us, Kemar Roach has not recovered and Sheldon Cottrell will make his debut. Narsingh Deonarine is not playing.”
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin(w), Darren Sammy(c), Shane Shillingford, Veerasammy Permaul, Sheldon Cotterrell, Tino Best.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Mohammed Shami.