Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village pic.twitter.com/NxOyccIS2A— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutComing off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
FILE PHOTO from FIBA.comPerlas Pilipinas wrapped up its 2017 Southeast Asian Games campaign in style, decimating Vietnam, 118-44, Friday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.The victory kept the Filipinos in the running for at least a bronze medal finish with their 4-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT Huynh Thi Ngoan led the still winless Vietnam (0-4) with nine points in the defeat.The Scores:PERLAS PILIPINAS 118 – Resultay 26, Dy 23, Pontejos 15, Castro 12, Animam 8, Almazan 6, Bernardino 6, Cabinbin 6, Tongco 6, Abaca 4, Sambile 4, Lim 2.VIETNAM 44 – Huynh 9, Trat 8, Nguyen TCT 7, Bui THT 4, Nguyen TLV 4, Nguyen TTD 4, Bui KN 2, Linh 2, Nguyen NB 2, Tran 2, Pham TDT 0, Pham TTB 0.Quarters: 20-21, 52-23, 86-33, 118-44.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Nocturnal animal Mayweather visits strip club Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cindy Resultay caught fire and unfurled 26 points, eight steals, three rebounds, and three assists, while Raiza Rose Dy contributed 23 markers.Janine Pontejos came off the bench and added 15 points and four steals, while Claire Castro got 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnalyn Almazan controlled the boards with six markers and 12 rebounds.Perlas got it done on defense and outscored the Vietnamese, 32-2, in the second quarter to turn a 20-21 deficit into a 52-23 halftime edge which ballooned to the final spread of 74. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ In a video uploaded on his Instagram account, Irving recalled how he wore the classic Nike Zoom Kobe V “Bruce Lee” kicks—patterned after the martial artist’ iconic yellow track suit—during the Nike Extravaganza event when he was 17 years old. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Eight years later, the shoes remain one of Irving’s favorite and he decided to implement the vibrant colorway to his own signature line.“This is an honor and a blessing and I can’t wait to share it to the world,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe x Kyrie Bruce Lee. More tonight on youtube. pic.twitter.com/plIhkaLLOg— Pinoe (@Pinoe77) August 11, 2017Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shares an affinity for retired legend Kobe Bryant and this transcends even to the shoe realm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old 4-time NBA All Star unveiled his latest Nike Kyrie 3 “Bruce Lee” colorway on Friday (Saturday in Manila) as a tribute to the Laker great.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo #KicksStalker: A ‘homecoming’ for the Hyperdunk ’17 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
A quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose fromthe hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art,cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.IndiaAPR 01 to 15Capture the scenic and striking spring season at the Tulip Festival, held each year in Srinagar. This time of year beautifully captures the mood of the fete. The arresting sight of vivid and vibrant tulips mesmerise the spectators, daily cultural programs including folk songs enthrall the audiences, and traditional artefact and Kashmiri cuisine stalls keep the visitors happy and engaged.IrelandAPR 02 to 05Experience what it feels like to float in air at the Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which is being held at Porch Field close to Trim Castle. A variety of uniquely shaped hot air balloons such as a giant chick and bunny will be in the air. Evening times are for special shows. The fiesta also has events such as egg hunts, duck racing, face-painting, so take part in it with your family and enjoy as much as you can.USAAPR 03Don’t miss the opportunity to revisit your childhood at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt which has blossomed into one of the most beautiful events. Sniff out clues to find the eggs hidden around Fort Myers Beach in Florida and make merry. Guests are in for a treat as the Easter Bunny pays a visit! Return back home with a brightly decorated Easter basket.USAAPR 10If you are in Washington this summer then make sure you see the wonderful Daffodil Festival Floral Street Parade as it returns with the theme of Carousel of Spring. In its 78th year, the highlights of the show are magnificent floats decorated with flowers and marching bands moving across the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. Don’t miss out on all-day-long fun activities.advertisementFranceAPR 11Let your sporting spirits soar up and high at the annual Paris Marathon beginning at the Champs Elysees and concluding at the Avenue Foch. The marathon has more than 35,000 runners and an equally higher number of people cheering up for the participants. A pasta party is held for runners before the race. Visit the fair for all kinds of sportswear on sale and demonstrations of sports equipment.IndiaAPR 13Celebrated with the advent of the spring season, Baisakhi dates back to the 17th century when Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa. Sikhs around the country visit gurdwaras and pay their reverence, and later gather the spiritual processions. Evenings are meant for fun as people take part in bhangra and gidda dances. Some even celebrate the day with ritualistic bathing, feasting and worshipping.SingaporeAPR 15 to 24Singapore shines with stars as artists and actors from across the globe gather for Singapore International Film Festival. Highlighting the best cinema from Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East, the gala event culminates in the silver screen ceremony, awarding the best films and filmmakers. Fiction, documentary, animation, features and short films are showcased.UKAPR 19 to 21The London Book Fair is clearly an event for book worms. It attracts publishers, booksellers, technicians, writers and students from across the world. You can attend educational programmes and seminars which will give a great insight into the publishing firms, chat with authors and get your books autographed or be one of the first to know about new titles from overseas.AustriaAPR 21 to 22Be at Ischgl in Austria for the rather unique and enthralling Gastronomy World Ski Championship where you can watch bartenders, waiters, chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs ski down the slopes. For the first time this year the participants will also have the chance to compete in teams. But the best part about the championship is Idalp show stage where chefs demonstrate their skills.BelgiumAPR 23 to 26Established as a leading European platform for contemporary art since 1982, artbrussels, featuring international artists has turned into a potpourri of creative medleys! A dynamic fusion of ideas, foreign talent get ample chance to present themselves to Belgian collectors, and local artists get to introduce themselves to global clients. The fair has 125 galleries and work by artists from over 20 countries.South Africa APR 24TO27Don’t miss the South African Cheese Festival, where you can feast on a varied assortment of cheese on offer! A picturesque farm Bien Donne–between Paarl and Franschhoek—hosts this festival. Savour new tastes or look out for that perfect cheese combo with other delicacies—wine, nuts and olives, to name a few! Taste scrumptious meals prepared by celebrated South African chefs.IndiaAPR 24Gear up to enjoy Thrissur Pooram in Kerala, one of the biggest temple festivals in the state. An explosion of fireworks welcomes the first rays of the sun, hinting at the commencement of revelry as the orchestra strikes up and elephants emerge from the temples. Adorned with exquisite jewels and brightly-coloured silk, they carry statues of deities around Thrissur.advertisement
Barely seven months after becoming the second most costliest team in the Indian Premier League, Kochi franchisee’s chapter is all set to end as the IPL Governing Council meets in Nagpur to take a call on the outfit’s fate.The investor group of the franchisee, which was bought for a staggering sum of Rs 1533.33 crore, had written to the BCCI informing them of their intention to withdraw from the IPL, two days before the expiry of the 30-day notice period (which ends today), issued to them by the Cricket Board to sort out their internal differences.The IPL’s Governing Council will meet in Nagpur on Sunday to discuss the issue and is likely to float a new tender for a replacement team.”The IPL Kochi team has sent a letter to BCCI President Shashank Manohar withdrawing from the league. The IPL Governing Council will now deliberate on the issue and take a decision on the matter,” a top BCCI source had earlier told PTI.The BCCI, which had, on October 10, expelled Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for allegedly violating contractual agreements, had given the IPL team 30 days to sort out its problems but the wrangling within the consortium continued.The investors in the consortium — Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Rosy Blue and Film Wave — hold 74 per cent of the equity. .The remaining 26 per cent lies with the Gaikwad family — Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents all part of Rendezvous Sports World — as free equity for services rendered while bidding.advertisementIt is this 26 per cent which has become a bone of contention among the stakeholders as the investors are in no mood to give free equity to Gaikwad family.The Gaikwads, on their part, have refused to part with the equity.The BCCI has made it clear that eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the league scheduled from April 8, just six days after the World Cup.However, the BCCI did not specify whether Kochi has pulled out.BCCI vice-President Rajiv Shukla had said the Board has received “certain letters” from the consortium’s stakeholders and a final decision on the troubled team would be taken on November 28.”I can only say that BCCI President (Shashank Manohar) has received certain letters from the Kochi stakeholders.Keeping that in mind a meeting of the IPL Governing Council has been convened on November 28 in Nagpur where a final decision will be taken on Kochi,” Shukla had said.”Subsequently whatever steps are to be taken will be taken,” he added.Asked whether the BCCI has made up its mind to expel the team from the IPL, Shukla had said, “that right to decide lies with the Governing Council. I can’t say on that.”
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal fought her way to the Hong Kong Super Series final with a gruelling three-game victory over sixth seed Juliane Schenk of Germany in Wanchai on Saturday.The second seeded Indian registered a 21-19 17-21 21-12 win over Juliane in a 53-minute women’s singles semifinal match.20-year-old Saina will lock horns with third seed Shixian Wang of China in the summit clash on Sunday. Shixian beat top seed and compatriot Xin Wang 21-12 21-14 in another semifinal match.In a battle of nerves, Saina was trailing 8-12 but the Indian won four straight points to first catch up with the German and then level 17-17 before marching ahead to pocket the first game.But the Hyderabadi couldn’t hold on to the lead in the second game and from 5-5, Juliane moved ahead in strides to bounce back into the match.In the decider, Saina gave no chance to her rival and opened a 6-1 lead before surging ahead to 11-3 and 19-9 before wrapping up the match.”The final will be a tough match because Shixian is in good form. It has been a fantastic year for Saina and will have to see how she plays tomorrow. She has been very consistent and have done well in bigger events and am happy overall,” national coach and Saina’s mentor Pullela Gopichand told PTI.”She missed out of at least five super series this year because the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games were more important events but it also means that she missed out of some events which otherwise could have taken her to the number one spot. But it doesn’t matter, what matters is number of wins,” he added.advertisementSaina registered three back-to-back titles this year, winning the Indian Open, Singapore Open and defending the Indonesian Open. But the icing of the cake for her was the Commonwealth Games gold medal.In the Asian Games last month, Saina, however, lost in the quarterfinals to Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong. However she didn’t take time to take her revenge as the Indian beat Pui Yin Yip in straight game in the quarterfinal of the Hong Kong Open to reach the semifinals.”It is good that she didn’t take much time to recover from that loss,” Gopichand said.With inputs from PTI
They aren’t only each other’s best friends or worst enemies. There is much more to the relationships women build with other women. Two authors of food guides, a social activist and two doctors talk about what interactions with different women have meant to them at different points in their lives, what shaped their attitudes and how they have balanced their relationships despite the demands of marriage.Sisters-in-Law: Shivani Sibal and Ruchi SibalDiscovering the connectionIf television serials are to be believed, Shivani Sibal, 30, and Ruchi Sibal, 34, should be bitter rivals; together, they wrote a book instead. Married to Kapil Sibal’s son Akhil Sibal, 34, and nephew Bipin Sibal, 39, sisters-in-law Ruchi and Shivani, had no choice but to meet each other. It would have been easy to carry on a traditional relationship, but it was during an evening chat in July 2008 that the idea of compiling a food guide came up. Within a week, the sisters-in-law were working together on the book they had decided to call Go Delhi, scanning the food scene in the Capital, collecting information and building contacts. In the meanwhile, the two relatives were also discovering each other as professionals. “It happened so quickly,” says Ruchi, “now when I look back I think it was meant to happen.” For Shivani it was rediscovering someone she had known for over a decade. “Going through the highs and lows of work together kept us bonded,” she says. While Ruchi and Shivani discovered each other’s professional aspect through a personal relationship, for gynaecologist Tripti Sharan, 41, and dietician Shachi Sohal, 26, it was the reverse. Working together in the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, Delhi, spending more time in the hospital than at home and working long, odd hours, the two often served as counselors to each other’s patients.It was while working together that they discovered each other as people, sensitive and dedicated to a common cause. Dr Sharan recalls an incident when a patient from Afghanistan refused to eat anything that was given to her. It was then that Sohal stepped in; she not only calmed down the patient but also offered to cook things her way. Soon she was looking forward to eating again. “The manner in which she dealt with the patient was admirable, I discovered that Shachi had touched her in a way that medicine could not,” says Sharan. “She went back to her country happy and till date whenever she visits me, she makes it a point to go and meet Shachi.”Like every daughter, Kavita Ramdas, 48, former President, Global Fund for Women, was heavily influenced by her mother, Lalita Ramdas, 71, member of the Board of Directors, Greenpeace International. Kavita saw her mother, who was till then a nursery school teacher in Germany, in a different light when Lalita started bringing home feminist views and socialist ideas after she met a nun with radical ideas in a Catholic school. It was this rediscovery that gave Kavita the push to model a life of social activism for herself.Co-workers: Tripti Sharan and Shachi SohalFrom little beginningsAll these women attribute their attitude to their families. Ramdas, who grew up in an educated, middle-class family has seen her father, Laxminarayan Ramdas, transform over the years because of his arguments with her mother. A former chief of the Indian Navy, he fought three wars against Pakistan. Now, however, he works as a peace activist serving as Chairperson, Greenpeace International. “He has gone through a transition,” Ramdas says, attributing the change to her mother’s activism. “My parents argued often, especially about my mother’s belief that a poor country like India should be investing in the human capital of its citizens rather than in submarines, nuclear weapons and destroyers,” she says. A father of three daughters, he supported them to be assertive and active in all aspects of their lives, from sports to academics to public life and leadership. “He would get up early to take me to track meets and taught us how to throw a ball hard and well. When I was shy about being the tallest girl in my class in Class IV, he brought home a magazine called Seventeen that had a headline, Tall is Terrific. “Stand tall and be proud of who you are. Don’t slouch, you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.Born as theosophist Rameshwar Prasad’s granddaughter in Gaya, Bihar, Sharan grew up reading Tagore, listening to Madonna and watching all kinds of cinema. Her mother Nirmala Sharan, 70, spent a major part of her time taking Sharan and her two siblings out to movies, teaching them, arranging parties for them and looking after Sharan when she was studying medicine. The roles have reversed with the years that have gone by. “She is really ill now, so I do for her all that she did for us,” says Sharan.Daughter of author Namita Gokhale, 55, Shivani Sibal shifted into her maternal grandmother’s home in Delhi after she lost her father at the age of 15. “It was a woman-oriented, liberal and intellectual atmosphere,” she reminisces. “All of us were encouraged to have strong views of our own. It never occurred to anyone to be second.”Mother, Daughter: Lalita Ramdas and Kavita N RamdasMarrying into oblivion?Did marriage affect their relationships with the women in their lives? Each one of these women answers in the negative. Sharan says it isn’t often that women lose touch with their friends as women communicate their feelings better than men. Ramdas feels that she has remained close to both her women and men friends through the 27 years that she has been with her husband Zulfiqar Ahmad. “He has always valued my friendships and seen them as being key emotional sources of support. I have tried to do the same for him,” she says.However, having worked with women belonging to different cultures all over the world, she knows that the other side of the story is often true. “If women are not able to maintain those friendships, it may be due to the pressures placed on them by their role within the marriage,” she says. She explains how Ahmad and she have experimented with switching roles in their marriage. “For many years now, I have been the primary bread winner, while my husband, who is a writer and researcher on issues of peace and conflict, has been the stay-at-home parent for our 17-year old daughter Mira, and carried out the responsibility for running our household.”Packed into Ramdas’s story is a punch for all those with a cynical take on stereotypical gender relationships. “Our daughter has definitely benefited from seeing women and men in less traditionally gendered roles,” she asserts. And it’s something.advertisementadvertisement
With Chris Gayle in rollicking form, Royal Challengers Bangalore would have nothing but a place in the top two in mind when they clash with an equally determined Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.With six wins on the trot, Bangalore are barely two points away from ensuring a place in the play- offs and they could not have envisaged such a rosy scenario at the start of their IPL campaign.Three defeats and a wash- out against Rajasthan Royals had seen Bangalore tottering at the ninth slot with five points from six games.But the arrival of Gayle, as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes, has seen them storm up the leaderboard, barely a point behind Mumbai ( 11 matches) and Chennai ( 12 games) who have 16 points each.A victory for Bangalore would strengthen their chance of finishing among the top two and earn the right to play the winners of the Eliminator ( between the third and fourth placed teams), even in the eventuality of them losing the first Qualifier.Even if they lose on Saturday, they still have two games to keep their hopes alive of making it to the play- offs.If Kolkata, who have 14 points from 11 games, win this game, they would also put themselves in contention for a place in the qualifiers.If they come a cropper, they too have two games to keep themselves in the hunt for a place among the top two finishers.BANGALORE will start as firm favourites at their stable. Their batting has been kept in good stead by Gayle, who has amassed 398 runs from six games. More than the number of runs that he has scored, it will be the West Indian’s sheer ability to savage the bowling attack upfront that will rattle Gautam Gambhir’s Knights.advertisementGayle has mercilessly plundered the bowlers in all his visits to the square, hitting as many as 30 sixes and 37 fours during his unrestrained onslaught.The rest have submitted to his blitzkrieg, and if Gayle cuts loose on Saturday as he has done in the last six matches, the writing would be on the wall for Kolkata.Tillakaratne Dilshan’s absence would be deeply felt by Bangalore.They are in a dilemma to find a replacement opener for the Sri Lankan captain, who had played the supporting cast to Gayle to a nicety.The early dismissal of Gayle and Virat Kohli could put Bangalore under pressure, as their lower middle has not been tested in the last six games. Kolkata Knight Riders would be seeking to make early inroads into the Bangalore citadel, though AB de Villiers would be another stumbling block.Kolkata are no pushovers. Having lost a home game to Bangalore, Gambhir’s legion would be looking to avenge the defeat orchestrated by the big- hitting Gayle who scored his maiden IPL century.The Bangalore bowling looked a bit weak without Daniel Vettori in the last match. Gambhir, Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary would be seeking to take toll. They will have to ensure that Kolkata score in the excess of 170.
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Out-of-form young batsmen seem to be India’s only concern as they aim to sign off their Caribbean sojourn on a high by clinching the third and final cricket Test against the West Indies, starting here tomorrow.The Indians, leading the three-match series 1-0, may have to make some changes to their batting line-up on a Windsor Park track which is expected to offer pace and bounce. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ensured a continuation of his unbeaten record in this series but he would have to take a call if Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli are to get yet another chance after their disastrous outings so far.The two already have the writing on the wall as they haven’t been picked for the series against England, starting mid-July.While Vijay has hurt his position with an aggregate of 22 runs (5.50 avg) from the four innings of two matches, Kohli has done no better than 46 runs (11.50) and is only now realising the vast chasm between a limited overs and a longer format game.Vijay’s nemesis has been Ravi Rampaul who has got him in all the four innings while Kohli has found Fidel Edwards too hot to handle, having been dismissed by the Barbadian in three of the four innings he has batted.India needs their replacement as the West Indies’ new ball bowlers have had the complete measure of these two young batsmen.Thus Parthiv Patel and Subramaniam Badrinath can fancy their chances in the final Test if Dhoni prefers to reshuffle his cards.advertisementBoth Patel and Badrinath have had little batting since the one-day series ended, more so with the Chennai batsman who wasn’t picked for the last ODI in Jamaica and has been out of action for three weeks.Interestingly, the choice is not as straightforward as it seems. Badrinath played two Tests against South Africa at home 16 months ago and aggregated a meagre 63 runs (21.00 avg), having been claimed by speedster Dale Steyn in two of his three innings.Patel has played just 20 Tests since first turning out for India against England at Trent Bridge nine seasons ago. He last played a Test against Sri Lanka three years ago.His career statistics of 683 runs (29.70) aren’t too pretty either. But such has been the disintegration of Vijay and Kohli that Dhoni would be tempted to replace them, more so since the pitch for the final Test could again have his batsmen’s trial by fire.If Dhoni persists with Vijay and Kohli, with the realisation that they are better bets for future than either Patel or Badrinath, he would have no such hesitation in replacing Abhimanyu Mithun with Munaf Patel who himself hasn’t played a Test for over two years, despite his limited overs heroics this year.West Indies, if anything, are in a bigger batting mess than India.While India has turned to experienced Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to bail them out in the two Tests, West Indies haven’t had such luck with Ramnaresh Sarwan who has been left out in favour of Kieran Powell.So West Indies must have a batting replacement of Sarwan (29 runs at 7.25 avg), if not of opener Lendl Simmons who too has been all at sea against Indian pacers, having made 46 at 11.50. His performance is completely at odds to what he did in the preceding one-day series (177 runs at 35.40 avg).Kirk Edwards and Kieran Powell are two youngsters waiting in the wings. The former has the reputation to bat for long hours and the latter an attacking young colt – qualities which are presently sorely missing in the present West Indian batting line-up.There is little else that West Indies can do though there is a general perception that Kemar Roach, widely regarded as the fastest of all, would be a better bet than someone like skipper Darren Sammy, especially given the pitches on offer.India are hoping that two of its key members hit their strides in this Test.Dhoni, despite two wrong decisions awarded against him, has only 23 runs at 5.75 average from the series, and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is still two short of his 400-wicket haul, having claimed five wickets at 35.60 average from the two Tests.Squads:West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Kirk Edwards, Kieran Powell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt-wk), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma.advertisementUmpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Richard Kettleborough (England)The match will start at 7.30 p.m Indian Standard Time (IST).