India will want to reach the top spot in Test rankings by thrashing West Indies © AFP
India will want to reach the top spot in Test rankings by thrashing West Indies in final Test © AFP

After bouncing back from a disappointing draw in second Test and clinching the series, by winning the third Test, India will want to end the four-Test affair against West Indies with a margin of 3-0. The dominant Indian cricket team locks horns with West Indies for final Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad starting Thursday. Virat Kohli and co. will be all set to grab hold of the trophy with yet another win in the final Test and seal the top spot in Test rankings. Kraigg Brathwaite, Marlon Smauels and Darren Bravo along with Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins were at their best in the third Test. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 4th Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

But Indian bowlers got the better of the West Indies and helped their side seal the series. Although the team looks well-settled, India will want to go over the edge and bring the best A game against the West Indies once again. Let us take a look at the possible XI that Kohli might field for the final Test.

Top-Order: Shikhar Dhawan is yet to make a score of significance after his 84 in the first innings of the opening Test of the series. With India set to play another 13 Tests at home, they will not want to tinker with the team line-up and Dhawan will thus be required to make a mark. The chances of Murali Vijay finding his way back is on the cards. Knowing his potential and hunger for big innings, the likelihood of the right-hander coming back from injury increases further. Keeping him away in the previous Test raised questions. Will Kohli zero down between Dhawan and Vijay? Now with KL Rahul showing giant leap of faith at the top spot, the competition gets tough. Rahul showed his batting prowess in the second Test with century. In the third Test Rahul was at his best again with a half-century.

Kohli, who batted at No. 3 to accommodate Rohit Sharma in the lower-order may just want to move back to his familiar No. 4 spot. After his double century in the first Test, Kohli’s bat has remained quiet and the Indian captain would want to end this tour on a high. ALSO READ: India vs West Indies not Virat Kohli’s best: Glenn McGrath

Middle-Order: In case if India decide to continue with Rohit, at No. 4, the vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will bat. He will look to continue his consistency in the middle adding valuable runs such as the century he scored in the second Test or the unbeaten 78 in the third Test. Kohli is expected to back Rohit, and if that happens, the outrage of bringing him at No. 5 will still continue. His poor form in Test cricket has raised eyebrows, something which he failed in fending off with scores of 41 and 9 in the third Test. Maybe a patient Cheteshwar Pujara could have done the trick. The positions No. 6 and 7 belong to the impressive pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha. Ashwin has already piled on few records to his name and with those centuries pouring in, he will want to end with grand finale.

Saha, in contrast, has complimented his partner well and after missing out on half-centuries in the first and second Test, he found harmony with Ashwin and got a century as well. This strong middle-order (if Rohit plays and manages to get some runs, maybe) can boost India. ALSO READ: Kohli to persist with Rohit ahead of Pujara?

Bowling: Ravindra Jadeja finally got his chance in the third Test. Jadeja can be handy with the bat and with the ball he can zip it through. He grabbed three wickets in the previous Test and Kohli might just go ahead with him. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed what he can go with ball. His five-wicket haul, keeps in safe in the squad for the final Test. India’s spearhead Ishant Sharma, will want to continue his run and already seven wickets in this series so far, he will aim for the stars in the final. Ashwin is already the star with a  seven and five-wicket hauls. So the spin department looks in safe hands. Lastly, Mohammed Shami, who started it all, will want to provide a sweet end to the story. He started with the four-wicket haul and captured three wickets in the last Test. ALSO READ: IND vs WI 2016: Virat Kohli says, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 5-for changed game

India Likely XI: Shikhar Dhawan/Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)