Pathan included in final twelve
Irfan Pathan is all set to make his comeback after being included in India's final 12 for the fourth and last ODI against the West Indies.india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 23:23 IST
Irfan Pathan was all set to make his comeback after being included in India's final 12 for the fourth and final cricket one-dayer against the West Indies in Vadodara on Wednesday.
The Baroda left-arm seamer was sent back from the South Africa tour after the first Test to regain his form by playing in domestic matches and missed the first three ODIs against the Windies.
The Indians, who have an unbeatable 2-1 lead, left out Gautam Gambhir, S Sreesanth, Suresh Raina and Ramesh Powar from the 16.
India are expected to field a left-right opening pair of Sourav Ganguly, who was rested at Chennai, and Robin Uthappa, who played a blazing innings of 70 off 41 balls.
Also back in the squad was Mahendra Singh Dhoni who would fancy his big hits on a pitch expected to be benign and true.
Pathan showed signs of returning to form in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Mumbai. His presence also adds depth to the batting.
Sreesanth's exclusion means Zaheer Khan would handle the new ball with Ajit Agarkar.
The Indian think tank would also be eager to see Anil Kumble strike form after his expensive spell in Chennai while the return of Harbhajan Singh, who sat out the third ODI, would be keenly watched. More
But the West Indies, looking for a series-levelling win, have a couple of injury worries.
Marlon Samuels was sent for a precautionary X-ray after hurting his left index finger during the last match at Chennai which the visitors won by three wickets.
Also, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo received treatment for his left shoulder and was being monitored, Windies team media manager Imran Khan said.
Some cloud cover has been predicted by weather pundits for tomorrow following the forecast of unseasonal showers today after the city recorded steady drizzle yesterday. If that happens, new ball bowlers can get some swing going their way.
India: Rahul Dravid (capt), Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Kaarthick, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble.
West Indies: Brian Lara (capt), Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Runako Morton, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Lendl Simmons, Ian Bradshaw, Rayad Emrit, Darren Powell, Devon Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Umpires: Billy Bowden and Amish Saheba.
Third umpire: Suresh Shastri.