Ishant Sharm celebrates the wicket of Leon Johnson on Day 1 of final Test at Port of Spain
Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of Leon Johnson on Day 1 of final Test at Port of Spain © AFP

Just when India were approaching to clinch the four-Test series against West Indies, rains ruined every plan. India are already 2-0 in the series and the third one ended in draw. The final Test had every interesting element to it. West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and made few changes to his side. He included Leon Johnson, the batsman who was exceptional in tour matches, replacing Under-19 player Alzarri Joseph. Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli went with a stunner theory. He replaced out of form Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja went with extra batsmen to his side. Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, who were buzzing on social media as they were missing out of the action, found their way back. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 4th Test match

When West Indies started their innings, they were down to 62 for 2 in no time, thanks to Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin picking opening batsmen Johnson and Darren Bravo in no time. A lot is at stake if the match does not happen on the final day of the Test. As of now just one session has been played before the rains as West Indies ended Day One at 68 for 2. Rains managed to even ‘Test the Patience’ of India skipper Kohli. But let’s have a look at the various possibilities cricket experts could witness if the match happens, instead of shaking hands and end the series: ALSO READ: India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli’s ‘Test of patience’

India’s loss is Pakistan’s gain:

With persistent rains and waterlogged outfield, India’s chances to seal the No. 1 spot are definitely fading out. Not a single ball has been played over three days. Pakistan’s grit and determination helped them level the series against England. That has landed them at No. 2 in the rankings. As for Australia, Sri Lanka managed to knock them off from the No.1 spot whitewashing them in the three-Test series, making the race tough. The way India-West Indies series is heading, Pakistan can comfortably enjoy the top rank for a while. ALSO READ: Wet outfield shatters India’s hope to retain No.1 Test rankings

Jermaine Blackwood’s approaching 1,000 Test runs:

Ironically, Blackwood made his Test debut for West Indies at Port of Spain in 2014. Possibility of him securing 1,000 Test runs might be on the cards at the same venue. Blackwood has played 18 Test so far and has garnered so far 946 runs. Blackwood has scored a fifty in the second Test, turning the tide for West Indies. Can he repeat the stance and change fortunes? Can he achieve the milestone with another fifty? It all depends on the rains.

Rohit Sharma’s Test milestone:

Apparently, Blackwood and Rohit are sailing in the same boat to achieve their Test milestone. Rohit needs a fifty runs to secure 1,000 Test runs as well. He made his entry to the India-West Indies tour from third Test had a poor run with just 9 and 41 runs respectively. Yet Kohli backed him and wants to provide another chance for the right-hand batsman to prove his mettle. Rohit has also played 17 Tests playing his first one in 2013 at Kolkata. If India need to survive in the final Test, Rohit will need to bring his A game ahead. ALSO READ: Cricket’s week on Twitter: From Sehwag’s flamboyance to Rio Olympics and rains

Ravichandran Ashwin’s ever growing record:

Ashwin had a dream run in this tour. From his back-to-back centuries to seven-wicket haul to five-wicket haul. If he manages to create a magical innings with another seven wickets under his belt in the final Test, he will achieve another milestone of 200 Test wickets. He started with seven-wicket haul and can end it with one.