India will come hard at West Indies after a painstaking draw in the second Test © AFP
India will come hard at West Indies after a painstaking draw in the second Test © AFP

From Sabina Park, Kingston the Indian cricket team’s Caribbean safari in its mid-phase, has reached Gros Islet, in St Lucia. No, its not time for reef-diving. It’s time for a ‘take-that’ kind of a comeback for the visitors. A painful draw at Jamaica, after dominating for four days, thanks to Roston Chase’s heroic-save and spirited desire that didn’t let India win, has kept the series alive somehow. While the result at Kingston, would have ended as painstaking for Virat Kohli and co, it would have seen a few dance steps on reggae music from the West Indies bunch. A good, rain-affected Test ended in contrast for both teams. But if a 4-0 series win would have been the benchmark, a 3-0 from here, would not be bad either for Team India. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies, 3rd Test Match at St Lucia

Ever since the Indians have landed in the Caribbean, they have had some swagger about them. The first Test at Antigua, captain Kohli led from the front with a double-hundred. A massive score of 566-8 on the first innings scoreboard was enough to give them a 1-0 lead as the hosts were done in easily by an innings and 92 runs. Not to forget, an all-round exhibition from Ravichandran Ashwin had sealed that Test.

The second was when West Indies’ needed to find their self-belief. An almost similar scenario in front of them, with them getting bowled out for just 196 in the first innings and India then declaring at 500/9, but they stood up fighting in the second. Almost as if demanding respect. Like trying to make a name, like proclaiming — ‘Don’t write us off, just yet’.

Shane Dowrich, captain Jason Holder and the hero of Day Five, Chase, successfully kept India at bay and pulled off a historic draw as play ended with West Indies reaching an inspired 388/6 in their second essay. The unbelievable had happened. After being reduced to 48/4, cricket had again left everyone who saw, in awe of what had happened.

Captain Kohli and coach Anil Kumble might have credited and appreciated the hosts’ fightback, but the fact is they would not have walked off pleased with the result. They did acknowledge the effort of the bowlers who had tried everything they had, but the West Indies’ resilience did not break.

Now, as the action moves to the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, in St Lucia, where a Test will be played for the first time ever since it being renamed after the ex-captain of the West Indies T20 team. It will be an interesting one to watch out for. More so, because there has not been been a long time since Sammy sent out that video wherein he addressed all. READ: Darren Sammy: I won’t be captain anymore of West Indies T20 side

From India’s point of view, they will surely come hard at the West Indies after the last result. Two fantastic hundreds, one from back-up opener KL Rahul and the other from Ajinkya Rahane had been a delight to watch, but still could not take India to a win. Phrases like ‘total dominance’, ‘firm control’, ‘driver’s seat’ might have summed up the first four days at Kingston but they certainly had no meaning left after the final day. That draw therefore, would have been difficult to digest.

Nonetheless, with all departments ticked, India will look to clinch the series at St Lucia. And just because he likes to perform when India needs him to, you can expect a Kohli hundred is on the cards.

(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)