West Indies would like to have the last laugh in the concluding Test against India © AFP
West Indies would like to have the last laugh in the concluding Test against India © AFP

With the series already done and dusted, India and West Indies meet at Port of Spain for the last Test of the series. West Indies have lost the series fair and square. They lost the series opener by an innings and 92 runs but came back a little stronger in the second Test to draw the game with a spirited performance. In the third Test, they came up with their most improved performance with both bat and ball, till the first innings, but things changed completely on Day Five as they lost by a whopping margin of 237 runs. They will however like to stage a better show in the last Test and here is their likely XI for the concluding Test: Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 4th Test match

Top-order: West Indies have not managed big partnerships in the entire series which shows their sorry state in Tests. They tried Rajendra Chandrika along with Kraigg Brathwaite in the first two Tests but he could manage only 53 runs in four innings. Leon Johnson replaced him in the last Test but he could also not make a big mark. Shai Hope, who was drafted in the squad ahead of third Test, may get a look in and open the batting along with the in-form Brathwaite. Darren Bravo, who finally scored a half-century in the last Test, would continue to come at No. 3 followed by Marlon Samuels. They both need to do much more than scoring a few fifties as their side’s batting rests on them, being most suited for Tests. ALSO READ: India vs West Indies not Virat Kohli’s best: Glenn McGrath

Middle-order: West Indies have had a few good performances with the bat in the form of Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase, who slammed a century in the second Test, but never carried it for long. Chase and Blackwood play aggressively and they will be expected to play their natural game with the series’ result already decided. They need to be careful in not getting over aggressive, which has been the case for West Indies as a team. Shane Dowrich will also like to make the most of the last Test as he was a replacement for Dinesh Ramdin. A solid performance from him can help in maintaining the faith of the selectors, ahead of their next series.

Lower-order: Their lower-order will be spearheaded by their skipper, Jason Holder. He would like to bat along with the tail. He can bat effectively and also has the big shots in his arsenal but would like to play according to the situation. He would be followed by the bowlers in the form of Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel. ALSO READ: Rohit Sharma: Will continue playing natural game

Bowlers: West Indies bowlers have tested the Indians in the last Test but always allowed them to stage a comeback. Their inconsistent and over-aggressive display with the bat has also cost them the series. However, their bowlers would like to draw some confidence from the third Test where they had a few moments to consolidate. Gabriel will lead the attack and should be partnered by Cummins, who took nine wickets in the last Test. Holder, Joseph and Chase will complete their bowling line-up along with a few off breaks from Chase.

This is West Indies last chance to draw some pride for themselves as India is leading the four-Test series 2-0. West Indies have had a few good performances, here and there, but have failed as a unit. A steady approach will help them in making amends as a Test team. If they control their aggression with the bat and add pressure on the Indians, for long while bowling, they may conclude the series in the desired manner.

West Indies likely XI against India, fourth Test: Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dorwich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel

(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)