ROSEAU (DOMINICA), July 5 (PTI): Out of form young batsmen seem to be India’s only concern as they aim to sign off their Caribbean sojourn on a high by clinching the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, starting here tomorrow.
The Indians, leading the three-match series 1-0, may have to make some changes to their batting line-up on a Windsor Park track which is expected to offer pace and bounce. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured a continuation of his unbeaten record in a Test series but he would have to take a call if Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are to get yet another chance after their disastrous outings so far in the Caribbean.
The two already have the writing on the wall as they haven’t been picked for the series against England, starting in mid-July.
While Vijay has hurt his position with an aggregate of 22 runs (5.50 avg) from the four innings of two matches, Kohli has done no better than 46 runs (11.50) and is only now realising the vast chasm between a limited overs and a longer format game.
Vijay’s nemesis has been Ravi Rampaul who has got him in all the four innings while Kohli has found Fidel Edwards too hot to handle, having been dismissed by the Barbadian in three of the four innings he has batted.
India needs their replacement as the West Indies’ new ball bowlers have had the complete measure of these two young batsmen.
Thus Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath can fancy their chances in the final Test if Dhoni prefers to reshuffle his cards.
Both Patel and Badrinath have had little batting since the one-day series ended, more so with the Chennai batsman who wasn’t picked for the last ODI in Jamaica and has been out of action for three weeks.
Match starts at 7.30 pm (IST)