The worst sides of the Indian team showed up in the first two ODIs in Jamaica. Now it is the turn of St. Lucia and team India will be hoping they fare better.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to field. But it would have to be a brave decision given that his bowlers have tended to be extravagant, especially in the first match at Sabina Park. At Beausejour Stadium, India have brought in the lacklustre Ishant Sharma for Praveen Kumar while they have made another desperate change in bringing in Abhishek Nayyar for Ravindra Jadeja, who came in for criticism from all and sundry not only for his performance in the Caribbean but also, in the ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match against England.
But essentially this is a battle of wits for the Indian team that has shown a rather sloppy bowling attack and even more fragile batting mind set, both of which were evident in the first two one day internationals.
West Indies, on the other hand, appear a confident lot under Chris Gayle and they would have felt less demoralized that they only missed winning the high scoring encounter in the first ODI by twenty runs and walloped the India in the second match with the inspired induction of Ravi Rampaul.
After the Indian team has come under severe criticism over their performances in recent months and many even attributing the IPL directly or indirectly, India will need to put up a solid performance not only to silence their critics but also, ensure that they still have a chance to win the series, currently tied 1-1 in the four match series.
Pic Above: More for those who thought cricket was not shedding a tear. Indians fans found time and tears for Michael Jackson despite their own team’s ups and downs.