Cricket aficionados all over the world are looking forward to what can be called a landmark finale series for Sachin Tendulkar, who plays his last two Test matches against West Indies starting November 6. I will be glued to my TV set as well, but I'll be more curious to find out how India take to Test cricket after a gap of nearly 8 months of non-stop limited overs cricket. More importantly, what India will be up against when they take on the Caribbean side in the first Test starting at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
There are many questions that come to my mind, some of which are - which team is better prepared coming into a five-day match series? Will Chris Gayle shine for the visitors? Which Caribbean bowler can challenge the Indian batsmen? Will Cheteshwar Pujara score another double hundred? Who will dismiss Shivnarine Chanderpaul? So on an so forth.
Here we will assess the visitors, who are trying to win a series against a top Test side for first time in over 5 years. What the Windies struggle with most in Test cricket is sporadic performances from few of the their players but the team's contribution as a whole in wins have been few and far between in the last few years. Talent wise, they have the players to upstage India in their own den but for that to happen, they will definitely have to do better than what they have been doing over the past few years.