India vs West Indies 2013 Preview: Fitting farewell in sight for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test

All eyes will be set on Sachin Tendulkar who will hang his boots after completing a milestone of playing 200 Tests © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya
 
Nov 13, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar dominates the headlines yet again as India take on the West Indies in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The city gears up for the Master’s 200th and final Test and the stage is set at his home-ground. After all the hoopla at Eden Gardens amounted to almost nothing, the hype and anticipation hasn’t died down this time as the felicitations and tributes continue.
 
Coming off a comprehensive victory, India wouldn’t want to make changes to their lineup. Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami came into the line-up during the last Test match and put in breathtaking performances on debut. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay are set to open the batting with Cheteshwar Pujara at No 3. Tendulkar will bat at No 4 for the last time and it is going to be an odd feeling when he leaves the field after his final salvo. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will form the middle-order with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni coming in at No 7.
 
The Indian bowling banked on Shami during the last game. He complemented Bhuvneshwar Kumar well and this combination is likely to keep Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma out, unless the Indian management pull a rabbit out of the hat and field one of them. Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha would continue to be India’s main spinners. Ashwin also provides that extra cushion with the bat. And not to forget the off-spinner is just three wickets away from completing 100 Test wickets.
 
West Indies will definitely be disappointed by their performance in the first Test having vowed to spoil Tendulkar’s party. They had a few moments when they were dominating the game, but let the advantage go. Shane Shillingford dominated the Indian top-order with his off-spinning variety and would look forward to bowl on the track at Mumbai. All eyes would be on him when West Indies bowl.
 
Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are settled on their spots in the batting order. While Tendulkar is set for 200 Tests, Chanderpaul will also be completing a milestone of his own — 150 Tests. The big question is whether West Indies would play six specialist batsmen or not. Denesh Ramdin batted at No 6 and Darren Sammy was at No 7. But, one feels they might bring in a Narsingh Deonarine or Kirk Edwards to strengthen the batting. That may push out Sheldon Cottrell or Veerasammy Permaul out of the line-up and Sammy may have to take more on the bowling role. That is where the call gets tough for the West Indies. They also don’t have Kemar Roach at their disposal as he is out due to a shoulder injury.
 
While all the talk has been about Tendulkar, one cannot forget Chanderpaul, who would be playing his 150th Test match. He would want to make it a significant occasion, but Tendulkar’s retirement and the reception he may get, may steal all the limelight irrespective of anything that happens on the field.
 
Teams:
 
India (probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Pragyan Ojha.
 
West Indies (probable): Chris Gayle, Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (c), Shane Shillingford, Veerasammy Permaul, Tino Best, Sheldon Cottrell.
 
Time: 09:30 IST | 04:00 GMT

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)