The Indian leg-spinner, Anil Kumble, returned to the field in the final session on the third day of the fourth Test here yesterday, a bandage around his head and chin a visible reminder of the Merv Dillon bouncer he failed to evade on Saturday.
Kumble will return home for surgery today and will miss the five-match one-day series which starts on 25 May. He is, however, expected to take a full part in India's tour of England this summer.
"When I went out there after he was hit, first he thought he had lost a tooth or cut his cheek, said Andrew Leipus, the team's physiotherapist. "But he had no sleep and when we took the X-ray in the morning we found a break across his jaw. He will require surgery and pins will be inserted to get the jaw back in place."
Despite the injury, the spinner bowled with his usual guile and consistency, accounting for the dangerous Brian Lara, leg before for four, leaving the home side on 187 for 3 at the close.
The Indian captain, Saurav Ganguly, declared the tourists first innings on 513 for 9 just before lunch with the West Indies managing to negotiate the few overs to the break without loss.
Zaheer Khan made the breakthrough in the 25th over, Chris Gayle gloving a bouncer, although it would have come sooner had it not been for numerous dropped catches. Wavell Hinds and Ramnaresh Sarwan steadied the innings while trying to make some impact on the visitors' imposing offering. They added 55 before the opener was bowled by Sachin Tendulkar which brought Lara to the wicket and a vociferous crowd shouting their encouragement.
Earlier, the Indian batsmen VVS Laxman and Ajay Ratra continued the impressive partnership they formed on Saturday, with Ratra reaching 100 for the first time in first-class cricket, let alone in a Test match.
Laxman was the first to go, for 130, when he stepped back on to his stumps while trying to play into the leg side. They shared in a record 217-run partnership for the seventh wicket, beating the previous Indian record against West Indies of 186 at Barbados by Eknath Solkar and Dilip Sardesai in 1971.
Third day; West Indies won toss
INDIA - First Innings (Friday: 226 for 3)
V V S Laxman hit wicket 130
A Kumble c Chanderpaul b Dillon 6
A Ratra not out 115
Z Khan c Jacobs b Cuffy 4
J Srinath c Lara b Cuffy 15
A Nehra not out 1
Extras (lb6 nb10 w1) 17
Total (for 9 dec, 196 overs) 513
Fall (cont): 5-235 6-257 7-474 8-485 9-508.
Bowling: Dillon 51-14-116-3 (nb2); Cuffy 40-7-87-3 (nb1); Collins 44-10-125-3 (nb6, w1); Sanford 32-6-113-0 (nb1); Hooper 13-4-29-0; Hinds 2-0-9-0; Sarwan 9-3-23-0, Gayle 5-1-5-0.
WEST INDIES – First Innings
C H Gayle c Ratra b Khan 32
W W Hinds b Tendulkar 65
R R Sarwan not out 50
B C Lara lbw b Kumble 4
C L Hooper not out 24
Extras (b4 lb2 nb4) 10
Total (for 3, 72 overs) 187
Fall: 1-65 2-121 3-135
To bat: S Chanderpaul, R D Jacobs, M Dillon, P T Collins, A Sanford, C E Cuffy.
Bowling: Srinath 17-5-36-0 (nb2); Nehra 16-4-47-0; Khan 9-1-27-1; Ganguly 2-0-2-0 (nb-1), Tendulkar 11-2-28-1; Kumble 14-5-29-1
Umpires: D R Shepherd (Eng) and R B Tiffin (Zim).Reuse content