1. Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The man’s ugly as sin on camera, but somehow, he gets results (as shown on Day 1). If we’re lucky, we’ll see the Chanderpaul Special — keep hope alive by shepherding the tail, blocking hundreds of balls hour after after, and try to secure the draw. (Note: this performance is made even more special when Chanderpaul fails in his quest and his team loses.)
2. Darren Bravo. Don’t know much about this guy, other than he’s way more talented than Dwayne (half brother) and hopes to match Lara (first cousin once removed). The guy’s very, very young — which means I hate him all the more — but he looked solid against the Bangladeshis.
3. This may be the second-last series we see Dravid/Laxman/Tendulkar together. Scary thought.
4. Did Gautam Gambhir recover successfully from that concussion, or has a new, more incompetent alter-ego taken hold? Or did Duncan Fletcher take the opportunity to brainwash the lad?
5. We may finally be able to convince ourselves that India is ready to take on Australia in Australia. Granted, I’m assuming a convincing victory — and one against a middling team like the West Indies — but my nerves are shot. I need a confidence booster. Anything. Tell me this team used to be No. 1 only a few months ago.