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

Chanderpaul likely to play in Mumbai

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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,

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