India vs West Indies Day 3 Highlights from 1st Test played at Ferozshah Kotla, Delhi on 8 November 2011. Watch Cricket Highlights from Day 3 of India vs West Indies 1st Test. West Indies tour of India 1st test starts here at Kotla in Delhi. West Indies vs India Day 3 Highlights of 1st Test 2011.
Not very long ago India struggled to get eleven fit players in whites on to the field in England due to glut of injuries, fast forward to the present home series against West Indies and you have even established players like Harbhajan Singh cooling his heels for the selectors have decided to give some young bowlers a feel of the Test arena. Actually, it is a completely different team from the one that was decimated in England. The most heartening thing for Indian fans would be return of big guns in the batting department- Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh are making a come back after recovering from the injuries. As a result, India will field the famed batting line-up after some time. With six of the possible seven positions occupied, it should be a three-way contest between Virat Kohli, Yuvraj and Ajinkye Rahane. Although Kohli does seem to have a stronger claim given his prolific run-scoring form in the ODI series against England.
Unlike their experienced batting, the hosts’ bowling has a completely fresh look. Among the pacers, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are rookies at Test level, only Ishant Sharma has considerable experience but it remains to be seen what combination the management selects if the Kotla pitch turns out to be spin friendly one. And, in that case R Ashwin is all set to debut in Tests after an impressive run in the limited over formats.
On the contrary, West Indies is hampered by the absence of star players like Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan who are missing the action due to different reasons. Veteran left hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be the main man in Windies middle order as he is their best player of spin bowling. Other batsmen like Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels have to contribute as well if the visitors want to compete as equals in the three match series.
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