Another emphatic performance will be expected from Team India in the fourth Test vs West Indies © AFP
Another emphatic performance will be expected from India in the fourth Test vs West Indies © AFP

India take on West Indies in the last match of the four-Test series at Port of Spain. The Indian cricket team has already sealed the series with a 2-0 lead over the hosts and will like to maintain their dominance in the final Test as well. There have been a number of good performances for the Indians in the series as players have stood up whenever they were put in pressure by West Indies. Virat Kohli may not change his playing XI from the third Test and if he does not, let us have a look at the 5 players, from the visitors side to watch out for: Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 4th Test at Port-of-Spain

Virat Kohli: His name always pops up whenever India is playing. A celebrated cricketer and a proven match winner, Kohli has now changed his batting position to No. 3 and is likely to bat continue there. After a terrific 200 in the first Test, his willow has not leaked runs since then. He will like to sign off the tour in an emphatic fashion, both as a player and captain. If he comes after the fall of the first wicket, the onus will be on him to give his team a good platform for a big first innings score. It is not a hidden fact that when he gets going, he makes batting look easy and scores bulk of the runs. He knows his promotion to No. 3 did not lead to effective results in the last Test and will be eager to make a statement before he gets criticised for the same. READ: India vs West Indies not Virat Kohli’s best: Glenn McGrath

Ajinkya Rahane: Kohli’s deputy, Rahane, is undoubtedly India’s mainstay in batting. He often bails the team out of crisis situation and did the same in the second and third Test. A hundred and a solid fifty already under his belt, in the series, he would like to continue in the same stead. He is also most likely to bat at No. 4 than the usual No. 5 position. He knows to play the situation and how to bat along with the tail. He is not a person who gets bogged down by responsibilities or high pressure, and rather enjoys it. He has looked at complete ease against the West Indies bowling line-up and another effective innings from him will be on the cards. ALSO READ: Rahane: IND will look to dominate WI in 4th Test

Rohit Sharma: The axe always falls on him whenever he does not perform, and after adding just 50 runs in the third Test, he will be expected to score big in the fourth Test. More than the team, Rohit really needs to stand up for himself in the longer formats if he wants the team to continue favouring him over Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nothing extra ordinary to show in whites and needs to work on that sooner than later. He will again be under scrutiny and another failure may add to his woes.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The 26-year-old made a strong statement by picking up a five-for in the first innings of West Indies’ batting and completely changed the complexion of the third Test, which has heading for another tame draw. West Indies had their nose ahead at stumps on Day Two and the entire Day Three had been washed out due to rain. This changed the equations for both the teams and it looked like the match will not be able to produce any result but Bhuvneshwar’s five wickets on Day Four propelled India to a winning position with a big lead. This would have done a world of good to the youngster and he will like to carry on from here on and cement his position before India’s grueling home series.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin, as expected, has had a dream tour with both bat and ball. He has already taken 16 wickets and notched up 2 centuries in the series. His knock of 118 in the last Test showed how much he can be relied upon with the bat as well. He seems to be enjoying his stint with the West Indies, against whom he has now scored all 4 centuries of his Test career. He has been entrusted with responsibilities and been promoted to bat at No. 6, ahead of wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha. He is also the No. 1 ranked all-rounder in Tests and India’s go-to bowler in all formats. This seems to be extracting the best out of him and he will again be looked upon by the side in the last Test to help them end the series at 3-0.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma are few other names who need to pull up their socks. Ishant has picked up important wickets but not been able to run through the inexperienced batting line-up of West Indies. Jadeja also needs to get some runs under his belt and prove a point as an all-rounder. A 3-0 win will mean a lot to the visitors and for that to happen, another team effort will be expected by them.

(Aditya Sahay is a journalist with CricketCountry who is completely into sports and loves writing about cricket in general. He can be followed on Twitter at adisahay7)