India v West Indies, 3rd Test, Mumbai November 21, 2011

Can India deliver an elusive whitewash?

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Match facts

Tuesday, November 22
Start time 0930 (0400 GMT)

Big Picture

Not counting two-Test flings, India have whitewashed only two series. It's a surprising statistic given how progressively difficult India have become to defeat at home. Only South Africa have beaten India in a Test at home in more than five years, yet a whitewash has hardly ever been a thought in recent times. A mix of flat tracks and slow starts has denied India absolute domination even while being kings of their castle.

In this series against West Indies, though, India overcame the slow start in Delhi and the flat track in Kolkata. They now stand on the cusp of that elusive whitewash, just like they did in 2002-03 against the same opponents, the last time India went into the last Test with the possibility of a clean sweep. India fell behind in that Eden Gardens Test back then, and Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman forced a draw on the final day. They won't want to leave the job unfinished this time.

When West Indies went to Pakistan in 1997-98, they had been whitewashed only once, that too in their first series, back in 1928. In less than 14 years since that Pakistan tour, they have added six to that tally. Times have been desperate, but West Indies have gone six years without getting whitewashed. They will need their best cricket to avoid another.

Form guide

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India WWLLL
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Watch out for…

Darren Bravo has obvious talent to match the Brian Lara mannerisms. It was well advertised that his century in Kolkata, Bravo's 12th Test, left him with an identical run aggregate and average as Lara had after 12 Tests. In his 13th, Lara scored 167 off 210 balls to set up an innings win.

As a partnership, India's openers have provided solid enough starts this series, but neither Virender Sehwag nor Gautam Gambhir has scored a century this year. They have both fought injuries: Sehwag has played five of India's 10 Tests this year, Gambhir six. They can both do with innings that make them feel good ahead of the tour of Australia.

Pitch and conditions

Wankhede usually provides fair tracks that make for exciting cricket. The red soil provides good bounce, liked by fast bowlers, spinners and shot-makers. The outfield is quick too. The Mumbai "winter" is kicking in, which merely means slightly nippy mornings and nights, and mid-30 temperatures during the day. Rain, clouds and bad light are not likely to affect the Test. This is the ground's first Test since renovation for the 2011 World Cup.

Team news

India have dropped Yuvraj Singh, and barring any injuries Virat Kohli should be back for his fourth Test, all against West Indies. Feeling "sluggish", MS Dhoni chose to give the pre-match training a miss, but the team management was confident he would play. Also, do India want to have a look at Varun Aaron before they go to Australia?


India (probable) 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 VVS Laxman, 6 Virat Kohli, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma/Varun Aaron, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav

West Indies have had an injury scare, but expect Shivnarine Chanderpaul to play despite a strained calf muscle. He did not practise on the eve of the match, though. Ravi Rampaul will have recovered from his stomach bug, and could replace Kemar Roach. The batting has been a worry, but there isn't much West Indies can do other than shuffle the order and separate the inexperienced top three.

West Indies (probable) 1 Adrian Barath, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Darren Bravo, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Marlon Samuels, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Carlton Baugh (wk), 9 Ravi Rampaul/Kemar Roach, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Devendra Bishoo

Stats and trivia

  • Rahul Dravid needs 21 runs to become the second man to reach 13,000 Test runs. With five centuries this year, he has matched his best year, 2002.

  • Sehwag needs 117 to become the 23rd batsman to reach 8000 runs. If Sehwag gets there in his next innings, he will be fourth-fastest to the mark. If he takes between two and five innings, he will be the fifth-fastest. Two more sixes, and he will become the second-highest six-hitter, behind only Adam Gilchrist. He is currently level with Chris Cairns on 87 sixes.

  • Chanderpaul holds many records, but in Kolkata he reached one that will hurt him on more than one count. He is now part of 64 Test losses, more than anybody. He broke former team-mate Lara's record. Chanderpaul is not likely to get rid of this dubious distinction anytime soon: the next current player on the list is Tendulkar, who has been part of 50 defeats.

Quotes

"We would like to definitely win the series 3-0, that's our target. We would like to concentrate on the process and, if we end up winning the match, it will be great for us."
VVS Laxman says the right things on the eve of the Test.

"We are monitoring the situation to see if he could make it tomorrow. Given the experienced player that he is we will take a call tomorrow."
Darren Sammy on Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who did not practise on the eve of the match.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    sachin make his 100th century in Mumbai

  • bigdhonifan on November 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    My lineup for Aussie tour Sewag, gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Rahane, Dhoni,Aswin, Ishant, Ojha, Umesh, Varun, Sreesanth, Kohli, Zaheer/Praveen Kumar

  • on November 22, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    rare whitewash? India on full strength, in their own backyard. And WI being very low in ranking and only one renowned player in chanderpaul, india is expected to whitewash atleast WI!

  • on November 22, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    guys i have a queation.........with both the BOARD PAID COMMENTATORS commentating 2gather.......... whats the cost of each word going into our ears??? coz their WISE COMMENTS are much more precious as the broadcaster is also paying them in addition to their SERVICES hired by the BOARD..... any mathematicians present here?????

  • on November 22, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I think the West Indians will stave off defeat in this 3rd and final test match. The wicket is one that is true to form and the bounce seems even. Moreover, the Windies boys tend to favour the bouncier wickets which seems to play into their stroke making. I wish them luck. I like the attitude of the youngsters in the team. I must say young Bravo, will soon find himslef a permanent fixture in the team, Barath, samuels, Braithwaite and Edwards also shows good temperament that with good nurturing and continuous craft-working, west indies could finally see itself emerge from the dungeons.

  • muthuthewaves on November 22, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    all the best sachin get ur 100th ton. We always wish to see u at no.4 no rohits or rahanes or kohlis or anyone can replace u. It wil be vacant forever. So play as much as u can. Those who bash u wil know the value of the great genius once u retire. The proof is the spot left by ganguly is still vacant even after two years. So sachin keep goin

  • VK10 on November 22, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @RandyOz: Yes, except for about 22K additional international runs and 81 additional international 100's at an even better average. Try asking Ponting how hard it is to score those many runs and those many 100's, and play for so many years.

  • on November 22, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    This Test is not for trying out weaker alternatives or giving anyone a chance; its about winning. Virat in for Yuvi is the only change that makes sense. If some fast bowler needs rest, another tried and tested replacement must come in.

    Indians lack killer instinct, they need a relook at their attitude. That could be made an easier task if they find the gumption to appreciate that they were lucky to come out of jail in the Kotla Test. QED.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Just a couple of hours more to go and a cracker of a test is going to unfold. The Great Wall FTW...As his ardent supporter, I'm looking forward for a meaningful contribution from him while he crosses the 13,000th mark. What a career he's had thus far! Take a bow to The Great Wall. Dravid FTW!! I would be gutted if he can't get to the 37th century and may be the 38th in the second inning....Too greedy! I know. But I can't help it looking at the way he's been playing! He looks in awesome touch. Rock Solid! Make hay while Sun shines! He's done 2 in 2 in 2005. Why not now?

  • patelveej1908 on November 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should get his 100th century this match..

  • on November 24, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    sachin make his 100th century in Mumbai

  • bigdhonifan on November 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    My lineup for Aussie tour Sewag, gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Rahane, Dhoni,Aswin, Ishant, Ojha, Umesh, Varun, Sreesanth, Kohli, Zaheer/Praveen Kumar

  • on November 22, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    rare whitewash? India on full strength, in their own backyard. And WI being very low in ranking and only one renowned player in chanderpaul, india is expected to whitewash atleast WI!

  • on November 22, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    guys i have a queation.........with both the BOARD PAID COMMENTATORS commentating 2gather.......... whats the cost of each word going into our ears??? coz their WISE COMMENTS are much more precious as the broadcaster is also paying them in addition to their SERVICES hired by the BOARD..... any mathematicians present here?????

  • on November 22, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    I think the West Indians will stave off defeat in this 3rd and final test match. The wicket is one that is true to form and the bounce seems even. Moreover, the Windies boys tend to favour the bouncier wickets which seems to play into their stroke making. I wish them luck. I like the attitude of the youngsters in the team. I must say young Bravo, will soon find himslef a permanent fixture in the team, Barath, samuels, Braithwaite and Edwards also shows good temperament that with good nurturing and continuous craft-working, west indies could finally see itself emerge from the dungeons.

  • muthuthewaves on November 22, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    all the best sachin get ur 100th ton. We always wish to see u at no.4 no rohits or rahanes or kohlis or anyone can replace u. It wil be vacant forever. So play as much as u can. Those who bash u wil know the value of the great genius once u retire. The proof is the spot left by ganguly is still vacant even after two years. So sachin keep goin

  • VK10 on November 22, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    @RandyOz: Yes, except for about 22K additional international runs and 81 additional international 100's at an even better average. Try asking Ponting how hard it is to score those many runs and those many 100's, and play for so many years.

  • on November 22, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    This Test is not for trying out weaker alternatives or giving anyone a chance; its about winning. Virat in for Yuvi is the only change that makes sense. If some fast bowler needs rest, another tried and tested replacement must come in.

    Indians lack killer instinct, they need a relook at their attitude. That could be made an easier task if they find the gumption to appreciate that they were lucky to come out of jail in the Kotla Test. QED.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Just a couple of hours more to go and a cracker of a test is going to unfold. The Great Wall FTW...As his ardent supporter, I'm looking forward for a meaningful contribution from him while he crosses the 13,000th mark. What a career he's had thus far! Take a bow to The Great Wall. Dravid FTW!! I would be gutted if he can't get to the 37th century and may be the 38th in the second inning....Too greedy! I know. But I can't help it looking at the way he's been playing! He looks in awesome touch. Rock Solid! Make hay while Sun shines! He's done 2 in 2 in 2005. Why not now?

  • patelveej1908 on November 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar should get his 100th century this match..

  • patelveej1908 on November 22, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    I think India will beat WI because India has beaten them in the last 2 test matches which show that India is capable to beat them 3-0. As in the last 2 test matches, India has bowled really well and I hope they continue their good performance. I just hope the opening pair for India give India a good start and can put India in a good situation to win the game. In my opinion, this ground's outfield is much more faster which will help the batting team to score big runs. India's bowling attack has been outstanding because the spinners help the team take quick wickets which can get West Indies in trouble. If West Indies want to give Indian bowlers hard time they have to stay there and bat and not play unreasonable shots that can get WI into pressure.Virat Kolhi is getting a chance to play for the first time in the series; hopefully he will make runs and make himself proud. All in all, I just hope India plays a good game of cricket and wins this last test.

  • on November 22, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    I dunno y people r after Tendlukar everytime..y cant u guyss left him alone.He is a humanbeing for Godsake

  • maidenshazza on November 22, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    The influence and lure of Basket Ball and Athletics have taken its toll on West Indian cricket. It is impossible to believe that West Indies cant produce another Holding or Garner, neither in stature nor talent, One look at the talent thats being sucked up by the more popular financially rewarding sports, and you can see why the Windies are in such a desperate state. What a pity!!!

  • RandyOZ on November 22, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Sachin is extremely overrated and has got nothing on even the likes of Hussey. 100 hundreds, pfft. I'd take Dravid anyday.

  • RandyOZ on November 21, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    Hardly that surprised when you don't care about test cricket.......

  • g.jeevan05 on November 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Dravid all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bigdhonifan on November 21, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    My lineup for Aussie tour Sewag, gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Rahane, Dhoni,Aswin, Ishant, Ojha, Umesh, Varun, Sreesanth, Kohli, Zaheer/Praveen Kumar

  • JG2704 on November 21, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    @Karthik C Srikanta - Yeah , I'm probably overreacting. It just seems like an age that he's been on 99 100s and he wasn't up too much in England and I guess my opinion is based on that and his own highest standards.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on November 21, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    Give Laxman rest n play with both Kohli and Rohit. It will be a good preparation for Aus series.

  • nyc_missile on November 21, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Ideally my changes for this test: Rohit for Sachin,Virat for Yuvi and Varun for Ishant.I know there is this incessant craze about 100th 100 but then he can get it in any of the ODI's that follow so that it wont linger on in Australia.Rohit is too precious a talent to be wasted as is Varun Aaron,if anything he was more accurate than Umesh in ODIs.But Dhoni is hardly known to experiment so I suspect more of the same barring Kohli for Yuvi!

  • on November 21, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    I used to watch the West Indies as a kid and watched Ambrose, Walsh, Marshall and Richards towards the end of their career and I think the West Indies are turning a corner a bit some good players are breaking through and showing a willingness to improve their game.

    I think players like Darren Bravo, Barath, Roach, Bishoo, Kirk Edwards look to have a good future and the more experienced players like Samuels, Chanderpaul, Rampaul and Fidel Edwards and Darren Sammy have a good nucleus to go forward with.

    If the board can sort out their differences with Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle and Jerome Taylor can find his best form again then I think the extra competition for places will improve them further.

    I was someone who thought Sammy was perhaps a poor choice but he is a decent bowler a useful lower order batter and is probably more importantly a calming influence during a rebuilding period is key.

  • NRI- on November 21, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    Sillypoint - check THE STATS YOURSELF: what took place in the recent one-day series against England. Umesh Yadav got thrashed whilst Aaron secured many clean bowleds in his two outings. Aaron is simply a better bowler, a bit quicker and with swing & seam. Ideally each of Rohit, Kohli and Rahane should get a chance by resting VVS & Dravid. KSrikaanth operates by whose number is due? By that logic, Rohit was due for a test debut 2 years ago and he almost made it to the ground but for injury. Rahane is also due, whereas Kohli has already played a few tests and failed. He deserves another chance but not before these two players get their FIRST chance and that too these are the twi players who out-average SRT & Rahul D in first class cricket. Yuvraj's 2nd and third comeback were never due.

  • silly.point on November 21, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    The tragedy is that Cricinfo provides the finest and most accessible cricket statistics in the world, and the fans are too lazy (or too enamoured of their own opinions) to check it before penning 'facts'. The SRT comments are outrageous. And for those plumping for Varun and blaming Dhoni for not trying him out - they conveniently forget that he was tried out against in the 20/20 against the Leics and got spanked to the tune of 11.33 an over by the club side. Despite that, I too would like to see him given another go. But do not blame Dhoni for choosing Umesh over Varun.

  • on November 21, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    @JG2704: Tell me whats wrong with his form. Yes he has had a bad year with respect to his own standards. But riddle me this: he averages 45+ this year. Second best for an Indian. Whats low about that? He was the second highest run getter for India against England. He was way ahead of everyone else earlier this year against South Africa. He hit a match winning 76 in 1st test against West Indies and a modest 38 in the second. When was the last time you saw cricket? Now Gambhir is in a slump with below 30 average. Why so addicted to Sachin?

  • hhillbumper on November 21, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    so what does this series prove.It proves India can play at home which we all knew.It proves the Windies are improving and could get better still.It should not take away from the reverses that have been suffered and given that Cummins can bowl so quickly will the same Indian batsman who can't handle bounce be found out once again?

  • JG2704 on November 21, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Karthik C Srikanta - Sorry but I disagree. Also - with the obvious exception of Dravid - many of the senior batsmen have been at best inconsistent. I'd say that you have to start blooding the new talent soon. Also , I know this is going to sound controversial , but if Sachin had already got his 100th ton or was some distance from that milestone - would he still be in the side on recent form?

  • zico123 on November 21, 2011, 18:31 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

  • myStraightTalk on November 21, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Dohni and the coach has to take risk in exposing the yongster before Australia series. If possible he have to drop himself and Tendulkar to allow youngster to play. If he take the same apporach as they did for the last test match in WestIndies by playing for draw then we have to declare him as a selfish cricketer.

  • naren1983 on November 21, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    It would be good if Dhoni chooses both Rohit & Virat by resting one of the senior player may be dravid, which help him to choose whom to play against aussies, also it would be great if dhoni chooses varun aaron by resting ishant. I don't think rahul sharma deserve the place.

  • on November 21, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    We should not be dropping either of the senior three (Rahul, Sachin, VVS) Consideriring two of them only play tests and dont have much mathced left in their career and Sachin is still waiting for 100th 100. About both Gautam and Veeru, they have not scored a single test century this year and it would be nice to see them take full advantage of weak Windies bowling. Virat, tempramentally the best of the youngstars should get the nod ahead of Rohit and Ajiyanka. Bowling dept has done very well, As next is autralian tour and we must test Varun before that, hence he should be given a game in place of Ishant and Umesh can be given an extended run. We should go to Australia with at least 5 Fast bowlers. Apart from Zaheer, Ishant, Umesh, Varun we have to find one more. Praveen/Vinay will be too slow, but looking at Praveen's performance in England and way back his ODI show in Australia, he should ideally be the fifth pacer. Munaf will be close choice. Spin slot between Ojha and Ashwin.

  • Alexk400 on November 21, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    India need to look into future , drop that non performing sachin now. :)

  • varunnoorolil on November 21, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Pls give a chance for varun aaron

  • Cycic85 on November 21, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    For all those who say give rest to senior players and test the bench before going to Aus, I completely disagree.. Playing 1 test Match against WI on a Mumbai pitch is completely different from playing Aus in their own backyard.. Team (My Views) - Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh and V Aaron. Rahane ahead of Virat and Rohit cos he performed superbly in England against English bowlers, also go see his domestic record.. Much better than Virat & Rohit.. Aaron cos Ishant need not damage his ankle before Aus tour ..

  • Nampally on November 21, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Mumbai Test match starts on a week day - Tuesday! When the crowds don't turn up there is a hue & a cry from media & sundry. How much of a crowd is expected when a test match starts on a Tuesday in the heart of Indian commercial capital? BCCI's revenues must be out of TV not the gates. Every city is losing heavily with such bone headed schedule of weekday start. Only interest in this match is whether Sachin will get his 100th century! The so called whitewash is secondary. Even if does occur, it is against the last placed Cricketing Nations.India should focus instead on the Team for the Australian tour & testing out borderline choices. There were 4 benched players + one more added in Rohit. Aaron & Kohli may be in the Aussie squad but the others never had a chance to prove thier place in the squad.Resting of players like Dhoni, Ishant and some seniors is other issue which is brushed under carpet till these guys are disabled. Unplanned Cricket in 21 st Century by BCCI & Selectors, Eh!.

  • Rahulbose on November 21, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    India should rest players and not risk injuries to players before the Aus tour. Beside there are young players that need a chance in the squad.

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    a small fact check: It's amazing that both Lara and Sachin were one-two in terms beign part of loosing tests!! With the kind of talent they have, it proves that Cricket is a team sport!

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Its really sad to see the WI team in such a position, Shame on WICB for their politics, time to let go their ego and put a strong WI team so that viewers will be more interested in an even battle , rather than a boring one sided affair. This team led by darren sammy is only capable of winning over 2nd grade teams.

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Another ton by Livin Legend Dravid will equal record of mohammed yusuf of 9 Centuries in a calendar year! How magnificent is it. I truely believe is the fittest and just 38 years young..!

  • Datye on November 21, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    As we have already won the test series, we should now give the chance to yongsters in order to give them feel and confidence of international cricket.

    As Dravid, Laxman and Ishant sharma has enough match practice and in order to learn from England series, taking into account of injury scare before Australia series, we should rest these players. Team should be like this - 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Abhishek Nayar, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Varun Aaron, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    As we have already won the test series, this will also test the bowling and batting of youngsters....

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    The best WI can hope for is draw. It is hard to believe that India can be bowled out twice. If WI win the toss, they will hold off India and earn a respectable draw.

  • symsun on November 21, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    I would like to see Kohli and Rohit play for any 2 among Sachin/Dravid/Laxman. But Dhoni will not think so. Dhoni is a safe player when comes to handling senior players. No chance of playing Aaron. Dhoni has confidence in him. He will carry more drinks. Dhoni is not a guy to try too many changes as well as he might not like to expose him ahead of Aus series.

  • Datye on November 21, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    As we have already won the series we should now give chance to youngsters in order to give them practice of international matches. They are doing good at national level. My team would be as - 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Abhishek Nayar, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Varun Aaron, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11 Umesh Yadav.

    Looking ahead at Australia series, Dravid, Laxman and Ishant Sharma has got the enough match practice. They should be rested to avoid any injury scare like England Series. As we add in the yongsters, it will add in responsibility for Sehwag and Gambir to play with responsibility. Also the young fast bowling strength will also get tested.

  • mrcool on November 21, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    I have a feeling that Rahane will be in playing 11..instead of kohli ,rohit should play just because match is on his homeground and he knows conditions better.

  • on November 21, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Why do everyone think about India's future? No one cares about the present or what! This team we are sending India A to Australia. You know for them to get experience. And when they reach reasonable form and experience after a lot of failure chuck them because we only care about the future not the present. Stupidity I say.

  • on November 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    west indies should give shillingford the offspinner a game.bishoo has bowled reasonably well but has a tendency to bowl short when the batsmen get on top.he is also slower than shillingford ,who can bowl over 50 overs an inning and remain economical.shillingford can make runs also.

  • Nampally on November 21, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    It will be nice to see Aaron & Rahul Sharma playing after 8 game stint on the bench. Ishant can be given rest to avoid risking any injury to his ankle.Rahul can replace Yuvraj as bowling all rounder.Are these 2 going to be in the Australian squad and if so why not test them now and let them make their debut in the Tests at home. Dhoni deserves to be rested and let the back up WK play in one game. Keeping the players fit by not over playing them is just as crucial to avoid injuries.These changes do not weaken the side much although Dhoni's batting will be missed.The first 5 batsmen are still unchanged whilst the bowling will be strengthened by the 2 new comers.This is the time to try out the new guys rather than wait for injuries to try them out. It also shows better management & planning of team selection. The wicket being unpredictable, WI will not be able to reproduce their second innings batting from their last test.Its time for Sachin, Sehwag & gambhir to get their Centuries!.

  • on November 21, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    What a pathetic joke ppl r calling it an intimidating performance by India. This is WI we r talking abt that too in India where even Aus, Eng, SA has struggled. Get real guys we have not won a series out of India in a few years now against any of the major teams. India nowhere close to be the best team in the world, all they have managed are a few drawn series and some losses. This is not even close to the win/loss record of dominant teams like WI of 80s or Aus of 90s-00s. At the moment India is struggling badly with lack of quality bowlers outside India and also the batsmen are incapable of playing in foreign conditions. (Except the evergreen Dravid)

  • trinisteve on November 21, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    After all my heartbreak and humiliation over the past fifteen years I firmly believe the West Indies finally have a group of good players who can be properly groomed. If the Board can be a positive catalyst together with our Captain and Coach then the sky can be our limit. Our pitches need to be professionally groomed to rekindle our past dominance. Imagine, First class cricket still being played on matting in many territories. I also believe we need to have a batsman who can wicketkeep. *Adams and Dujon comes to mind. On another note we need to take away the credit cards from board members, it is apparent their lifestyle is having an undesirable affect on their ability to think as well as fattening their already bloated egos. What say Mr. Gayle. Congrats to India and thanks for the wonderful comadrie. Take a cue Austrailia and South Africa.

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Watch out for... Sachin Tendulkar!

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    yes..i too agree with Naresh28. we have to keep any one of the seniors out of eleven and send rahane/badri/mukund likes in their place. seniors have contributed a lot to indian cricket, and they mustnot feel this as insult. rather they should resign on their own and guide team india to newer heights. their role now should be mentoring the younger generation of indian cricket

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:09 GMT

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  • on November 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Undeserving stats for Shiv, so unfortunate. Only the selectors can save him, but they need to be brave. Play the 3 pacers+ Bishoo: 1. Rest Sammy & Baugh, capt Ramdhin. 2. Open with Edwards & Barath, rest Brathwaith. Make yr pick, anyone will bring the desired result(vict). We have Edwards & Bravo jr under the microscope for the captcy role. Fortune favors the brave, nothing venture, nothing gain.

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is the second choice batsman, so its likely that Virat Kohli will play in the final 11. As it is virat has often been a part of the test squad recently. Anyway it will be a cracker of a match at the beautiful Wankhade!!!

  • rko_rules on November 21, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Virat Kohli is better classy batsman than Rohit Sharma. Rohit is actually a lazy player, so Virat kohli all the way. You will see, even team management is going to play Virat over Rohit

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Waiting for a good, clean contest. Hoping for Shiv's recovery and waiting for The Great Wall to cross 13,000 runs and continue on with a sense of purpose to the team's cause with a meaningful contribution, be it a 200 ball 100 or a 200 ball 50, as per the situation. Go The Great Wall, go.....

  • jaggi.jagan on November 21, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    If there is a way to play both Virat & Rohit, I would. Ideally, Sachin can be rested. But, given the hype around the elusive 100th ton, he could play and rest Dravid. I would definitely sit Ishant and give Varun a go....we all know, Indian think tank and especially Dhoni is not too experimental.

  • WICric101 on November 21, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    Naresh28 you make a most sensible comment, India should play there young players in last match cause they are the future, dont wait till all greats have retired then thrust them in, you will not want to admit it but when your big 3 retire you'll lose a lot of games while rebuilding and plummit down rankings like WI..this is no insult, just facts, look at Australia slowly rebuilding, start now before too late...

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    in order to increase occupancy in stadiums test matches has to be played in good cricketing atmospheres... and we have already 3 years passed since hosting a test match here at chennai......at this very good test matches will be more lively.....

  • sankar8000 on November 21, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Is Dhoni not fit? It seems he missed practice session today! If he is not fit then who is going to lead tomorrow??!

  • Haleos on November 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Hope Aaron plays and not carries drinks like the england tour.

  • on November 21, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    i would like to see varun in place of Ishant and rohit sharma in place of yuvi

  • on November 21, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Thru final test having been played at Wankhede looks like very promising to enforce a whitewash being the Home& Hunting venue for the legend Little master!.It might happen along with the much expected 100th 100 of the Great Sachin in the International Cricket ,a record that would be alivevfor a long time to come!!Bombay the heaven of Cricketers & fans of the game[I mean the knowledge filled public of the Game!] in India might become a witness to this!And the Hero of the Nation is going to be the recipient of awards from the Govenment & Alas! Who knows how much from the Great Game Enjoying Public of Bomay! We wish Sachin all the Best in this final Test of the series against WI this year! Chanderpaul & Bravo alone can prevent a Whitewash of course the Weather God about whom I don't have a first hand knowledge at the moment Sreedharan Mundanat(TCR,Kerala)

  • on November 21, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    thats nice ishant/varun instead of umesh/varun....Lets give ishant's ankle a bit of rest and make him ready for aussie tour with full strength...if kohli then y rohit..just for name sake???..any hw let him find some sound...will be happy if bhajji is shown doors for Australia tour after having had poor run in domestic circuit

  • on November 21, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Stats are awesome ..but the final one....more matches u play more u lose...

  • madans on November 21, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    this is best wi line up so far. cause krik is learning game , darren too , there should one bats man more to support them . sarwan is better too . my dream team for WI is 1)Devon smith 2) Adrian Barath 3) Ramnaresh Sarwan 4) Krik Edwards 5) Darren Bravo 6) Shiv 7) samuels 8) Ramdin 9) sammy 10 ) ravi rampaul 11) fidel edwards/roach .

    12) dwayne bravo 13) davendra bishoo 14) k baithwaite 15) shane shillingford 16) it should be a wicket keeping batsman. this will be the team i looking forward. sammy should continue as captain for this present WI test team. for odi also we can include krik , he showed good technique and temperment in his batting skills .

    i am enjoying the way wi bounce back in the second innings of the kolkatta test. all the best for sammy team . he is also showing some good prospects by taking necessary wickets in regular intervals.

    all the best WI team.

  • on November 21, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I guess its right time to give Virat & Varun a chance in the final test and it will boost up thier confidence level for the Aus tour ahead. Varun impressed in ODI's and needs a game in longer format to prove himself. Also sachin should concentrate on scoring runs rather than 100th ton as he recently told its just a number... need some impressive knocks from Viru & gauti,both gave 50+ opening knocks in past 4 innings but neither went on to score a big knock and its must keeping the Aus series in mind.

  • love4crik on November 21, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Virat Kohli instead of Yuvi?? I though it was Rohit..!!

  • 1st_april on November 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Intimidating cricket by India....poor ENG/AUS/SA are shivering in their boots....

  • Sudarshanj on November 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    What the hell. They chose virat over rohit. Rohit is certainly better test player and can play short ball better, while kohli has weakness against it. Not good for tour of austrailia.

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    India should go with Varun Aroun for the last test to test his ability prior to Aus tour. Ishant sharma need to be rested so that he can play the ODIs and subsequently the Aus series which is big test for INDIA. Good chance for Virat to grab and i am sure he will make use of it. GUD LUK TEAM INDIA, LETS MAKE IT 3-0

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    India should not be worried about the a 3-0 win versus Windies. Rather use this great opportunity to experiment with some of the untested bench strength. The future is these youngsters - the stalwarts have nothing to prove to the selectors. In fact I think that not all 3 (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) should play in Australia together. Rather leave one out and use the "Rohit, Pujara, Rahane,Kohli" lot to fill in. These are the future and we have to know where we stand with them.

  • Sachit1979 on November 21, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Pitch conditions are "Wankhede usually provides fair tracks that make for exciting cricket. The red soil provides good bounce, liked by fast bowlers, spinners and shot-makers. The Mumbai "winter" is kicking in, which merely means slightly nippy mornings and nights, and mid-30 temperatures during the day. " I think with this forcast, Windies should play both Roach and Rampaul. Instead they could rest not so impressive Braithwaite and ask their wicketkeeper (either Baugh or Ramdin) to open. Windies are not favorites in this series that means they have complete freedom of doing as much experiments as they can.

  • ssenthil on November 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    All the Best to India and all the best to Sachin for his 100th International Century. Personally I would like to see Just Rohit Sharma coming in for Yuvi from the Previous match. I won't offend either Virat/Rahane come in also but would like to see the long await of Rohit Sharma Debut :D

  • sankar8000 on November 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I expect a white wash but if W.Indies give a tough wait then it can be interesting....

    Waiting for Viru to get 8000 runs in this test.......

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  • sankar8000 on November 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I expect a white wash but if W.Indies give a tough wait then it can be interesting....

    Waiting for Viru to get 8000 runs in this test.......

  • ssenthil on November 21, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    All the Best to India and all the best to Sachin for his 100th International Century. Personally I would like to see Just Rohit Sharma coming in for Yuvi from the Previous match. I won't offend either Virat/Rahane come in also but would like to see the long await of Rohit Sharma Debut :D

  • Sachit1979 on November 21, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Pitch conditions are "Wankhede usually provides fair tracks that make for exciting cricket. The red soil provides good bounce, liked by fast bowlers, spinners and shot-makers. The Mumbai "winter" is kicking in, which merely means slightly nippy mornings and nights, and mid-30 temperatures during the day. " I think with this forcast, Windies should play both Roach and Rampaul. Instead they could rest not so impressive Braithwaite and ask their wicketkeeper (either Baugh or Ramdin) to open. Windies are not favorites in this series that means they have complete freedom of doing as much experiments as they can.

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    India should not be worried about the a 3-0 win versus Windies. Rather use this great opportunity to experiment with some of the untested bench strength. The future is these youngsters - the stalwarts have nothing to prove to the selectors. In fact I think that not all 3 (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) should play in Australia together. Rather leave one out and use the "Rohit, Pujara, Rahane,Kohli" lot to fill in. These are the future and we have to know where we stand with them.

  • on November 21, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    India should go with Varun Aroun for the last test to test his ability prior to Aus tour. Ishant sharma need to be rested so that he can play the ODIs and subsequently the Aus series which is big test for INDIA. Good chance for Virat to grab and i am sure he will make use of it. GUD LUK TEAM INDIA, LETS MAKE IT 3-0

  • Sudarshanj on November 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    What the hell. They chose virat over rohit. Rohit is certainly better test player and can play short ball better, while kohli has weakness against it. Not good for tour of austrailia.

  • 1st_april on November 21, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Intimidating cricket by India....poor ENG/AUS/SA are shivering in their boots....

  • love4crik on November 21, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Virat Kohli instead of Yuvi?? I though it was Rohit..!!

  • on November 21, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    I guess its right time to give Virat & Varun a chance in the final test and it will boost up thier confidence level for the Aus tour ahead. Varun impressed in ODI's and needs a game in longer format to prove himself. Also sachin should concentrate on scoring runs rather than 100th ton as he recently told its just a number... need some impressive knocks from Viru & gauti,both gave 50+ opening knocks in past 4 innings but neither went on to score a big knock and its must keeping the Aus series in mind.

  • madans on November 21, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    this is best wi line up so far. cause krik is learning game , darren too , there should one bats man more to support them . sarwan is better too . my dream team for WI is 1)Devon smith 2) Adrian Barath 3) Ramnaresh Sarwan 4) Krik Edwards 5) Darren Bravo 6) Shiv 7) samuels 8) Ramdin 9) sammy 10 ) ravi rampaul 11) fidel edwards/roach .

    12) dwayne bravo 13) davendra bishoo 14) k baithwaite 15) shane shillingford 16) it should be a wicket keeping batsman. this will be the team i looking forward. sammy should continue as captain for this present WI test team. for odi also we can include krik , he showed good technique and temperment in his batting skills .

    i am enjoying the way wi bounce back in the second innings of the kolkatta test. all the best for sammy team . he is also showing some good prospects by taking necessary wickets in regular intervals.

    all the best WI team.