Virat Kohli hopes India will learn its lessons from a frustrating conclusion in Jamaica last time out when it faces West Indies in the third Test in Antigua.
The tourist appeared on course to take a 2-0 lead after two Tests of the four-match series as the team racked up a first-innings lead of 304. But, after most of day four was washed out, a stubborn final-day resistance of the Windies' middle and lower order - led superbly by Roston Chase's unbeaten 137 - saw the home side hold on for an unlikely draw.
Victory in Antigua will wrap up the series win for India, while a 3-0 margin will see it ascend to the number one spot in the ICC rankings, replacing Australia. Speaking in a media conference ahead of the start of the third Test on Tuesday, Kohli said the disappointing ending at Sabina Park would serve as a good learning curve for his bowlers.
"It turned out to be more challenging on day five, we know that we had the upper hand throughout, if we had played on Day Four we could have probably wrapped things up," he said. "Momentum plays a huge part in Test cricket and one session can change a whole game. It was a very good batting effort by West Indies and they applied themselves very well.
"It's a good test for the bowlers knowing these situations will come up again and we'll take the positives from Day Five and apply those in the Tests to come."
Kohli hinted changes could be made from the XI in Jamaica, but said discussions still needed to be held with the selectors, with conditions to be taken into consideration. India faces a decision on who to choose at the top of the order, with Shikhar Dhawan having been joined by K. L. Rahul for the second Test after a thumb injury ruled out the now fit-again Murali Vijay.
"We need to look at the balance of the side, all three openers are playing well so that is a call we need to take as management," he said. "We speak about these things post practice. We are always up for changes according to conditions and that will come into consideration as well."
The surface at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium is expected to offer increased bounce and carry, and Windies captain Jason Holder suggested that may lead to an alteration in his side's make-up. "There is a strong possibility that we may go for an extra pacer here," he said.
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