The third test match at the Darren Sammy stadium appeared to be heading into a draw after the third day was completed washed out due to bad weather. However some great bowling by B Kumar on the 4th day, saw the Windies lose seven wickets for just 31 runs and give India a chance of setting up a victory.
The Indians did just that making some quick runs in the second innings and set West Indies a tall task of scoring over 300 runs on the final day. The West Indies collapsed once again in the second innings scoring just 108 to give India a victory by 237 runs. With this victory, the Indians have also secured a series but Kohli will be looking to finish the fourth test on a winning note as it will give India the top spot in the ICC test rankings.
In a statement, Kohli said “We have done quite a few firsts in the last year. In Jamaica we understood the things that went wrong. We corrected those things here on the fourth day. We got seven wickets for 31 runs and that was the game-changer. We have always aimed to win series’ away from India. This is a good start”.
Kohli’s team selection for the third test was strange but it paid off in the end. He dropped the inform M Vijay to retain S Dhawan who failed in both innings, he dropped Pujara to bring in R Sharma who will once again be disappointed with his performances and brought Jadeja to replace Mishra who did a good job in keeping things tight and chipping in with timely wickets. However it was the move to bring in B Kumar that helped India win the third test as he used the new ball effectively, swinging it both ways to trouble the batsmen.
What is strange is that Kohli decided to drop Umesh Yadav and retain Ishant Sharma once again. Sharma was not given the new ball this time around but even as first change failed to make an impact taking just three wickets in the match. Kohli also promoted himself to number three in both innings and failed.
Kohli’s post match statements make it appear that he will most likely stay with the same combination for the fourth test, which means that M Vijay will have to sit out. Should the combination fail to deliver in the fourth test, questions will be asked of the team combination even though Kohli has secured a series win.