India lead the Test series 1-0 © AFP
India lead the Test series 1-0 © AFP

An inspiring draw, almost with a feeling of triumph, had given West Indies and the series a much needed boost at Jamaica. Contrasting emotions though could have been seen on the faces of the Indians. With the third Test at St Lucia fast approaching, there might be some changes in both the teams. For India though, a few bench-warmers might get a chance to impress at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. A strong Indian team, lead by a always-hungry-for-success captain Virat Kohli, will be desperate to have a go at the West Indies after their second Test heroics. With still a lot to play, here are some of India’s players who could make a difference in the third Test. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2016, 3rd Test at St Lucia

Virat Kohli: India’s talismanic batsman and also the double-centurion from the first Test at Antigua, Kohli came into the Caribbean with loads of runs behind his back. He started off well and made his maiden double-hundred in the first Test. But giving his wicket away to Roston Chase, who also claimed a five-wicket haul, would not have left him too pleased. Apart from that, Kohli would always like to take matter in his own hands after a defeat-like-draw and give it back to the hosts. At St Lucia therefore, a Kohli-hundred can be expected. READ: India vs West Indies, 3rd Test at St Lucia: Virat Kohli vs Roston Chase and other key battles

Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja hasn not got a chance to be part of the playing eleven since the Test series began. The fact that Kohli has stuck to the five-bowler theory, with three seamers and two spinners and the pitches assisting the seamers as well, has kept him out of the team. But if the track at St Lucia, is spin-friendly, Kohli might give Jadeja a go, in place of one of the seamers, Umesh Yadav probably. Remember Jadeja has done well in the two practice matches prior to the Test series as well. Another possibility might also see Kohli bringing back the Ashwin-Jadeja combo. Nonetheless, Jadeja might be hungry to make most of his opportunity.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Of everyone who has been a part of the Indian batting line-up, Pujara has had the worst of time. Getting of to starts, doing all the hard work and then losing his wicket at the wrong time, has been Pujara’s story so far. With the clock ticking fast, the needle might soon be on him to perform or perish, as the competition for a place in the batting order gets tougher. But if he does get a chance to play at St Lucia, he will have to make his chance count, and that too with a big one. What will be important for him though, will be to get back that lost confidence after a rough phase. If he can get that back, he is game and his place his secure for the meantime.

Ravichandran Ashwin: India’s best bowler at the moment, with world-class ability and variations in his pocket, Ashwin has enjoyed himself thoroughly in the Caribbean. He has picked wickets frequently, while the West Indies batsmen have found going tough against him. Even Jermaine Blackwood who has tried counter-attacking him, has felt prey to Ashwin. His hunger for five-wicket hauls can simply be related to Kohli’s desire to score runs. Add to it his third ton against the West Indies at Antigua, and Ashwin almost becomes a game-changer for India. Therefore, another fine performance at St Lucia can be expected from him. And if turns, yet another five-wicket haul might find its way into his records.

KL Rahul: He might have started as a back-up opener in place of the injured, Murali Vijay, but Rahul made most of his opportunity at Jamaica. A player with both technique and temperament, who loves to score runs with boundaries, Rahul has made a name for himself with spectacular hundreds in the recent past. He displayed utmost patience and skill, almost like that of a matured cricketer his 158-run knock. That was not the first time he made his chance count, he has done it in the past as well. Therefore, if he does get a place in the side, in the third Test you can expect him to deliver for India.

(Karan Dewana reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)