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Selection dilemma ahead of 3rd Test

India are looking for the right bowling combination that can take them to victory.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 17:35 IST

Ahead of the third Test against West Indies starting in St Kitts on Thursday, the Indian selectors are struggling to come up with the right bowling combination that can take the team to victory. They were heavily criticised by former cricketers and media back home for missing an extra bowler in the preceding two Tests, which it could well have won.

However, the Indian team management is choosing defiance over common sense ahead of the crucial encounter. Coach Greg Chappell, who began the tour as a promoter of five-bowler theory, is now asserting that he wants to make sure his batsmen make big runs to pressurise the opposition, never mind if it is only four men manning the attack.

Captain Rahul Dravid is singing the same tune and swearing by four bowlers who nearly did the job in the last game. He is taking a lot of heart from how Virender Sehwag bowled in the last Test in St Lucia.

While Indian team did everything but pull the noose in the first two games, it probably missed off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the attack whose stock delivery leaves the left-hander of whom there are at least three in the top six of the West Indian line-up.