India eye place in finals

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Anil Kumble is all set to return to the fold as India look to seal a place in the triangular series final by beating a depleted West Indies on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:54 IST
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Seasoned leg-spinner Anil Kumble is all set to return to the fold as India look to seal a place in the triangular cricket series final by beating a depleted West Indies on Sunday. The final league match of the series affords a chance for coach Greg Chappell to check out on two players who have not yet played in the series -- Kumble and all-rounder J P Yadav. Kumble, fourth in the all time list with 325 wickets in 261 matches, will be asked to roll his arms over and put his hands up for the final while Yadav could show he has the potential to be the all-rounder India is looking for the 2007 World Cup. The presence of these two could mean some worthy cricketers being rested from the eleven, but winning is only half the objective which Chappell has in mind from the series. Bigger set of players Chappell wants the team to do well, but is also keen that he has a bigger set of players to work upon in future. Kumble has been dusted off the shelf, so to speak, in the one-day context and would be keen to do well since the new rules of super sub could bring him more into picture in the new season. Yadav has waited for his chance patiently and now is in the process of being rewarded. Cricket is not a vocation but a career for him. His reverse swing and handy batting, not to speak of sprightly fielding, will be watched keenly by everyone concerned. The duo's presence would mean that one or possibly two of the bowlers could be rested. In case, the Indians want to treat Yadav as a proper fifth bowler then one of the batsmen, possibly V V S Laxman, would have to leave the stage. "I want to give everyone who is here a chance to play, so hopefully J P will be seen against the West Indies," Chappell said. Win required India have lost twice to Sri Lanka and desperately need to put it across West Indies in the floodlit encounter on Sunday to secure a berth in the final. But Chappell is sticking to his policy of experimenting to find the right combination for the side, which is still struggling to find its form. "I want to have a bigger pool of players. You never know when illness can play a part or somebody is injured. You need to have options," the former Australian captain said. "When opportunities present, we need to change things up, take them out of comfort zone. The other day we tried Kaif and he did help us along the way," Chappell said. The coach said he was also trying to convert Virender Sehwag into an all-rounder to get around the long-standing lack of a fifth bowler. "He hasn't bowled an awful lot but we are trying to develop him and make use of his bowling skills. He can be handy in that area," Chappell said. Suresh Raina, in all probability, will have another chance of pressing his claims. He has done enough to keep everyone interested in him though the big score has not come yet. He has also shown that he could be a utility presence in bowling and fielding. (PTI)

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