New Delhi: If West Indies will be playing the last one day match of the ongoing series against India for pride and respect, the visitors would look forward to sign off on a winning note when they lock horns with the host nation at Sabina Park on Thursday. Badrinath appeared distinctly uncomfortable against short-pitched deliveries of Andre Russell in the fourth ODI on Monday.
After a humiliating defeat in the fourth ODI, India would prefer heading into the test series starting June 20 with a psychological advantage of winning the final ODI.
With an unassailable lead of 3-1 team India has already won the ODI series, but would love to extend the winning margin to 4-1.
After their dismal performances in the series, Indian captain Suresh Raina and young Virat Kohli will be aiming to capitalize on the bouncy pitch of Sabina Park. Both have had at least one notable innings in the ODI series, but their runs and averages - 105 for Kohli at 26.25 and 82 for Raina at 27.33 - haven't been very impressive.
Barring Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma, the other batsmen have failed to impress in the series. After a successful IPL -4, a lot was expected from Subramaniam Badrinath who has managed only 40 runs in four innings at an average of 13.33.
The biggest beneficiary of the ODI series has been leg-spinner Amit Mishra with nine wickets from four games at an average of 17. His tweaks have troubled West Indians throughout the ODI series.
Munaf Patel is almost a certainty for the Tests which leaves Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma battling it out for the second slot.
West Indies would be on a high by their consolation victory in the fourth game. The devastating Andre Russell and Anthony Martin have shown the way forward with their spirit.
Moreover, fit-again opener Adrian Barath would make a comeback in the last eleven, replacing a not-so-impressive Kirk Edwards.
The 21-year-old Barath was undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury which forced him out of the 2011 World Cup.
Besides Barath, Ravi Rampaul would also return to the side after a brief rest to replace Danza Hyatt.
Windies bowlers would look forward to exploit the bouncy Sabina Park pitch. They would love to carry the momentum forward into the game and the Test series as well.
Opener Lendl Simmons has been a positive influence and Kieron Pollard is showing signs of asserting himself in the middle.
India: Suresh Raina (Captain), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.
New Delhi: If West Indies will be playing the last one day match of the ongoing series against India for pride and respect, the visitors would look forward to sign off on a winning note when they lock horns with the host nation at Sabina Park on Thursday.
Badrinath appeared distinctly uncomfortable against short-pitched deliveries of Andre Russell in the fourth ODI on Monday.