India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai November 20, 2011

Chanderpaul likely to play in Mumbai

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Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies batsman, is expected to play in the third Test against India, despite an injured calf muscle. Chanderpaul had missed West Indies' practice session in Mumbai on Sunday, but he should be fit for the Test that begins at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, according to media manager Philip Spooner.

"He [Chanderpaul] has taken a break from practice today to rest his calf muscle that he strained in Kolkata," Spooner told PTI. "But he should be able to play in the Test here." Chanderpaul had sustained the injury during the second Test in Kolkata last week.

If Chanderpaul does not play the pressure would pile on West Indies' young crop of batsmen. Chanderpaul has played 133 Tests, while the rest of the West Indies team aggregates 139 matches. Kirk Edwards, one of West Indies' young top-order batsmen who scored a dogged half-century in the second innings in Kolkata, said the side is in good spirits going into the Mumbai Test.

"Of course, we will be going into this Test match with confidence," Edwards said. "I think we were pretty confident as a team even before the second innings [in Kolkata]." West Indies had offered stiff resistance in the second innings, piling up 463, after being bowled out for 153 in their first attempt and made to follow on. West Indies go into the Mumbai Test trailing 2-0 in the three-match series.

Edwards has scored two hundreds in five Tests, with a century on debut against India in Dominica in July this year. He is still working on learning all he can at the highest level, he said. "You have to try to understand how the pitches play and try to adjust your game. That's what I am doing, [I'm] in the process of learning. Every time I go out to bat, I try to lay a solid platform for my team."

Playing against India's senior batsmen and observing them from close quarters is helping that learning process, Edwards said. "Sometimes, I find myself focusing on him [Sachin Tendulkar] so much that I am not focusing on my fielding. I admire [Rahul] Dravid and [VVS] Laxman too. I admire a majority of those guys, but playing a game with Sachin was something special."

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  • tappee74 on November 21, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    I hope Chanderpaul will be ok for the third test.He is a great asset to cricket and the strongest link in West Indies batting.His laboured 47 in the second test attest to his strong and dedicated approach to West indies cricket.Shiv i wish you a full recovery and may you celebrate your 25th test century.From Behari Orlando FL.

  • Nampally on November 21, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Thank you for correcting the paragraph about Edwards - revised from 5 centuries to 2 centuries in 5 tests. It reads much better without any confusion about the stats. I have been getting attacks from those guys who did not see the original errors.

  • zico123 on November 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    it will good to give Varun Aaron a game in place of Ishant as part of audition, and Ajinkye Rahane by resting Dravid or laxman, and Kohli or Rohit at no.6

  • everfaithful77 on November 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Windies BATTING let them down in the first inns of 2nd test. On the same pitch they were able to amass 463 in 2nd inns after being bundled out for just 153 in 1st inn. The 2nd inn batting should be a BLUE PRINT for the team. THIS IS THE TRUE WINDIES WAY OF BATTING. Bravo and other main batsmen played beautifully. I was disappointed with the way Sammy gave it away in the end when he was batting well against the spinners. He should have settled after belting the ball around and ensured that India bat again. BAUGH despite his excellent keeping has failed with the bat over several tests and should be replaced by RAMDIN in last test. The batting will be weakened without Chand but others will shine. The BOWLERS are ineffective vs Indian batsmen because they are not patient. They need to bowl in the CORRIDOR OF UNCERTAINTY consistently aiming for off stump or just outside and using the BOUNCER or YORKER as a surprise. They should bowl JUST SHORT OF GOOD LENGTH to avoid being driven often.

  • indianzen on November 21, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    whats the fuzz, Sarwan would have done better than Kirk any way... just another waste of a series and opportunity...

  • kool_Indian on November 21, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @ Guys - who are criticizing Umar, Nampally and others... it was cricinfo who messed up the stats part earlier - they have corrected it and now they have removed it altogether - @wifan69 - they know how to read it. You can also notice that they have said Chanders has played 133 whereas he played 137, they will correct it later but I hope my comment is published by accepting their mistake.

  • on November 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Compared to the Baraths, Darren Bravos and Marlon Samuels - who have natural gifts and a tendency to fritter it away I'd always pick a Kirk Edwards. He might be less talented but is willing to learn, and certainly able.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Injury to Shiv will be a huge blow to Windies. Hope he recovers on time. His mere presence in the batting line-up will drain the opposition bowlers mentally. It would be a shame if he isn't match fit. Good luck to Shiv and our visitors.

  • on November 20, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Correction: Chanderpaul has played in 137 tests, not 133.

  • wifan69 on November 20, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Edwards has scored two hundreds in five Tests,

  • tappee74 on November 21, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    I hope Chanderpaul will be ok for the third test.He is a great asset to cricket and the strongest link in West Indies batting.His laboured 47 in the second test attest to his strong and dedicated approach to West indies cricket.Shiv i wish you a full recovery and may you celebrate your 25th test century.From Behari Orlando FL.

  • Nampally on November 21, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Thank you for correcting the paragraph about Edwards - revised from 5 centuries to 2 centuries in 5 tests. It reads much better without any confusion about the stats. I have been getting attacks from those guys who did not see the original errors.

  • zico123 on November 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    it will good to give Varun Aaron a game in place of Ishant as part of audition, and Ajinkye Rahane by resting Dravid or laxman, and Kohli or Rohit at no.6

  • everfaithful77 on November 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Windies BATTING let them down in the first inns of 2nd test. On the same pitch they were able to amass 463 in 2nd inns after being bundled out for just 153 in 1st inn. The 2nd inn batting should be a BLUE PRINT for the team. THIS IS THE TRUE WINDIES WAY OF BATTING. Bravo and other main batsmen played beautifully. I was disappointed with the way Sammy gave it away in the end when he was batting well against the spinners. He should have settled after belting the ball around and ensured that India bat again. BAUGH despite his excellent keeping has failed with the bat over several tests and should be replaced by RAMDIN in last test. The batting will be weakened without Chand but others will shine. The BOWLERS are ineffective vs Indian batsmen because they are not patient. They need to bowl in the CORRIDOR OF UNCERTAINTY consistently aiming for off stump or just outside and using the BOUNCER or YORKER as a surprise. They should bowl JUST SHORT OF GOOD LENGTH to avoid being driven often.

  • indianzen on November 21, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    whats the fuzz, Sarwan would have done better than Kirk any way... just another waste of a series and opportunity...

  • kool_Indian on November 21, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @ Guys - who are criticizing Umar, Nampally and others... it was cricinfo who messed up the stats part earlier - they have corrected it and now they have removed it altogether - @wifan69 - they know how to read it. You can also notice that they have said Chanders has played 133 whereas he played 137, they will correct it later but I hope my comment is published by accepting their mistake.

  • on November 21, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Compared to the Baraths, Darren Bravos and Marlon Samuels - who have natural gifts and a tendency to fritter it away I'd always pick a Kirk Edwards. He might be less talented but is willing to learn, and certainly able.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Injury to Shiv will be a huge blow to Windies. Hope he recovers on time. His mere presence in the batting line-up will drain the opposition bowlers mentally. It would be a shame if he isn't match fit. Good luck to Shiv and our visitors.

  • on November 20, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Correction: Chanderpaul has played in 137 tests, not 133.

  • wifan69 on November 20, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Edwards has scored two hundreds in five Tests,

  • wifan69 on November 20, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    this only prove what i've been saying...some of u need to learn to read b4 u comment on these stories...it clearly says 2 centuries in 5 test!!

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    As cricket fans we all know Kirk's record, what's the big deal? Shiv's fitness should be the major concern. Hope he will be ok.

  • on November 20, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    wow u dudes cannot read...Edwards scored 2 hundreds in 5 tests done end of story

  • on November 20, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Umar and Kukan the article explicitly states 2 hundreds (100's) in 5 Test that is 10 innings come on guys what point are you trying to prove?

    Viva West Indies tons for all the top batsmen in mumbai from Barath right back to Sammy

  • b4u8me2 on November 20, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Finally we have a batsman that is greater than Donald Bradman!!! Kirk Edwards have scored 5 hundreds in 4 test innings lol. Now that is beyond great!! lol

  • nayonika on November 20, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Here is a question: who is the first and only batsman to have scored five centuries in four innings in test cricket ?

  • on November 20, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Correction Edwards has (2) 50s and (2) 100s in five (5) test...Glad to see that he is soaking in every ounce of experience....

  • rahulcricket007 on November 20, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    WITH THE YOUNGSTERS LIKE EDWARDS , BRAVO , BARATH PERFORMING WELL IN BATTING I THINK WEST INDIES WILL REGAIN FORM IN SOME TIME . THEIR BOWLING IS STRONG (AT LEAST ON FAST PITCHES WE HAVE SEEN RECENTLY IN WEST INDIES WHAT THEIR BOWLERS ARE CAPABLE OF) . THEIR PROBLEM WAS THEIR BATTING .

  • KingofRedLions on November 20, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Interesting stats work by Cricinfo there, making Edwards quite Bradmanesque...

  • Nampally on November 20, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Kirk Edwards has scored a total of 491 runs in 10 innings of 5 test match with 2 Centuries, highest of 121. ESPN has got the stats. wrong when the report says: " Edwards has scored Five hundreds in two tests with a ton on debut against India ----" I know Edwards scored a century against B/Desh as his second century. How can a batsman score "5 hundreds" when his total is only 491?Also Edwards will be playing his 4th test against India in Mumbai. I suggest the write up be revised to reflect the situation correctly. It is very confusing write up full of errors.

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Edwards has scored five hundreds in two Tests, with a ton on debut against India in Dominica in July this year..... is it so? 5 hundreds in 4 innings? WOW.. thats oasome! ;)

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Edwards has scored five hundreds in two Tests not sure

  • RohithMedisetty on November 20, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I think its 2 hundreds in 5 tests.

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    bad luck 4 W I ...... NOW GAME WILL FINISH IN 3 DAY.........

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  • on November 20, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    bad luck 4 W I ...... NOW GAME WILL FINISH IN 3 DAY.........

  • RohithMedisetty on November 20, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    I think its 2 hundreds in 5 tests.

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Edwards has scored five hundreds in two Tests not sure

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Edwards has scored five hundreds in two Tests, with a ton on debut against India in Dominica in July this year..... is it so? 5 hundreds in 4 innings? WOW.. thats oasome! ;)

  • Nampally on November 20, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Kirk Edwards has scored a total of 491 runs in 10 innings of 5 test match with 2 Centuries, highest of 121. ESPN has got the stats. wrong when the report says: " Edwards has scored Five hundreds in two tests with a ton on debut against India ----" I know Edwards scored a century against B/Desh as his second century. How can a batsman score "5 hundreds" when his total is only 491?Also Edwards will be playing his 4th test against India in Mumbai. I suggest the write up be revised to reflect the situation correctly. It is very confusing write up full of errors.

  • KingofRedLions on November 20, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Interesting stats work by Cricinfo there, making Edwards quite Bradmanesque...

  • rahulcricket007 on November 20, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    WITH THE YOUNGSTERS LIKE EDWARDS , BRAVO , BARATH PERFORMING WELL IN BATTING I THINK WEST INDIES WILL REGAIN FORM IN SOME TIME . THEIR BOWLING IS STRONG (AT LEAST ON FAST PITCHES WE HAVE SEEN RECENTLY IN WEST INDIES WHAT THEIR BOWLERS ARE CAPABLE OF) . THEIR PROBLEM WAS THEIR BATTING .

  • on November 20, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Correction Edwards has (2) 50s and (2) 100s in five (5) test...Glad to see that he is soaking in every ounce of experience....

  • nayonika on November 20, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Here is a question: who is the first and only batsman to have scored five centuries in four innings in test cricket ?

  • b4u8me2 on November 20, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Finally we have a batsman that is greater than Donald Bradman!!! Kirk Edwards have scored 5 hundreds in 4 test innings lol. Now that is beyond great!! lol