The third and the final Test match between India and West Indies will be played from Wednesday, July 6 at the Windsor Park in Dominica. This will be the first ever Test match to be played at Dominica, although the ground has hosted four ODIs earlier.
The Indians lead 1-0 after they had won at Jamaica but missed out at Barbados after rain played havoc through most part of the Test match. They have clearly been a superior side despite having come into the games with a younger side and there cannot be too much doubt that they will go into the match as favourites to make it 2-0.
There are a few chinks for India though. Murali Vijay has been in such bad form that he was dropped from the tour of England after having been the back-up opening batsman for some time now. There is a good chance that Parthiv Patel may replace him in the Test match, which means that the Indians will also have an additional wicket-keeping option.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli’s batting hasn’t been much to write home about either. S Badrinath will be waiting for his chance to play ahead of Kohli, but the interesting bit is that both, Kohli and Badrinath have been dropped from their next series. This could result in a few sagging shoulders.
The Indian bowling, especially their pace bowling, continues to impress. In the second Test match, it was a 10-wicket haul for Ishant Sharma that brought the Indians close to an improbable win in a game filled with rain. Ishant has often been flitted in and out of the team because of his poor form but he seemed to have finally come into his own.
West Indies have made a change to their squad as well. Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped from the squad after a continuous run of bad form and his place has been taken by Kieran Powell. However, it could well be Kirk Edwards who makes it to the playing eleven.
The big question, though, would be in the bowling department. Again, going in with four bowlers, of whom, one is Darren Sammy, is a bit of a problem. The side could look at brining in a bowler like Kemar Roach in place of a batsman in Sarwan to strengthen the bowling and go for the win. However, with the gaping hole in the batting line-up in the form of Chris Gayle, already affecting their play, it does look difficult.
Interestingly, the West Indies have played in four ODIs on this ground but have lost all four – twice to Bangladesh and two games to South Africa. The big question is whether they can turn things around for this match and being down 0-1, it could well be the best things to do!