INDIA VS WEST INDIES : HEAD-TO-HEAD
Having already lost the series, defending WT20 champs West Indies look to end disappointing India tour on a high
WITH the weather being pleasant and the pitch promising to be kind on batsmen, a run feast is on the cards in the third and final T20I between India and West Indies on Sunday. It’s up to the visitors to make sure they are competitive so that the crowd gets to witness some sort of a contest. As the visiting skipper Carlos Brathwaite said the other day, India’s batting versus their bowling is one part of it. Their batsmen also have to be up to the mark.
The Men in Blue arrived in batches and assembled in the city on Saturday evening and did not have a practice session. “The mood is upbeat in the camp. We will go all out for a win on Sunday. There is no dead rubber syndrome. After the Diwali break all of us are focussed and we should do well tomorrow,’’ said a member of the Indian team.
In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma has been leading from the front. “Rohit is doing a brilliant job as captain. He is also batting fluently and it’s a delight to watch. We have good depth in our batting and our bowling too looks solid with variety. I am sure we will win the final game,’’ opined former India captain and chairman of selectors K Srikkanth.
Keeping the surface in mind, the team that bowls well will have a better chance to press for a win. Brathwaite refused to reveal the team composition, but looking at their bench strength, they do not have much choice. More or less the 11 who played in Lucknow will play again.
A member of the Indian side made an interesting observation that their spin component has been the difference between the teams, not just in the T20s but on the entire tour.
Denesh Ramdin, wicketkeeperbatsman of the West Indies team, agrees that spin is a problem for his team. “We are disappointed. We are T20 champs and when we played the first game, we were expecting to do well. But we did not adapt as well as we should have. We didn’t get any partnerships either. T20 banks on momentum and partnerships and we couldn’t do that. Kuldeep (Yadav) played a major part in the Tests, ODIs and T20s. They haven’t been able to pick him. He did the trick in the middle overs,’’ felt Ramdin.
Khary Peirre and Fabian Allen are the two spinners the West Indies will depend upon, but the duo are not in the same league as the Indians. “There’s a system (to unearth spinners) in place back home. The wickets in the West Indies are similar to that of India, slow and turning. On this wicket, with the square boundaries a bit bigger, it’s important our spinners bowl better,”said Ramdin.
In contrast, India have a problem of plenty. They need to pick two from Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem. Former leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani believes youngsters should be given a chance. “All four are good spinners. We have seen Chahal, so I believe youngsters should be given a chance keeping in mind the wicket and conditions,’’ said the spin bowling coach at National Cricket Acamdey. Senior BCCI scorer C Madhusudhan from the TNCA is the Duckworth-Lewis System (DLS) manager for Sunday’s T20. In the past scorers used to handle the task of doing DLS calculations. But for a while now, the man in charge of DLS takes care only of DLS calculations. “We have a software that has the formula for the DLS job. At every stoppage, a fresh set of calculations has to be done quickly. The task becomes difficult when there are many interruptions,” said Madhusudhan. Match 10 5 Won 4 Lost NR 1