India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 10, 2013

Contest between two batting units

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Match facts

Tuesday, June 11, 2013, The Oval
Start time 1030 (0930GMT)

Big Picture

It is a little surprising that these two sides, hugely popular among the expatriate population in England, haven't faced each other in an ODI in England in the last 30 years. When India last played West Indies in an ODI in England, ODI cricket and West Indies were the kings. India upset West Indies that afternoon, became the new kings of ODI cricket, and paved the way for a whole new commercial explosion in the format. Thirty years later, as they face off in England again, India are the world champions and the No. 1 ODI side, but the format itself is fighting for relevance, at least in popular discourse.

West Indies, knocked off their proud perch long ago, will like to believe they have begun the resurgence through Twenty20, the format that is supposed to be the premier limited-overs format. This Champions Trophy provides them a big opportunity to carry that resurgence into the ODIs. And if they can beat India, the only way to keep West Indies out of the semi-finals will be net run rate. If India win, they are through to the semi-finals as only one out of West Indies and South Africa would then be able to secure two wins*.

These are teams built around batting might. The new regulations might have made India sacrifice one of the seven batsmen they loved to play, but they still rely on their batsmen, who racked up 331 against South Africa. West Indies' win might have come in a low-scoring game, but they played with just three specialist bowlers, with captain Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle left to share 20 overs between them. West Indies might add one bowler to the line-up, but it still remains a contest between the mighty batting units.

Form guide

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In the Spotlight

Before Shikhar Dhawan stunned the world with his back-to-back centuries in international cricket, he was discarded because he had failed against West Indies in the West Indies. Going through a phase of supreme form and high confidence, Dhawan now has a chance to set that record straight. Or do West Indies know how to bowl to him better than others do?

India's policy has been clear: play out the initial overs, and the batsmen coming in later can make up for the run rate if there are wickets in hand. Kemar Roach is a man who can put spanners in those works. He did so against Pakistan too, with 3 for 28.

Team news

India had to make two choices going into the Champions Trophy, and both have come off. Rohit Sharma succeeded as opener, and Ravindra Jadeja as allrounder. Don't expect any changes there

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Denesh Ramdin will not be available for selection after he was suspended for two ODIs by the ICC. Johnson Charles is likely to keep wicket, and either Darren Sammy or Tino Best will play. Charles had good wicketkeeping practice at The Oval on the eve of the game, first standing to Sunil Narine and then having more drills from the fielding coach.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt.), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren Sammy/Tino Best, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach

Pitch and conditions

Conditions have been quite unpredictable. On the same Cardiff pitch that India scored 331, New Zealand and Sri Lanka lost 19 wickets for 277 runs. West Indies might have played a low-scoring thriller against Pakistan at The Oval, but you can't surely say this game, too, will be difficult for the batsmen. A cool day with a 10% chance of rain is expected.

Stats and Trivia

  • In 23 matches against West Indies, Suresh Raina has scored just one fifty and averages 19.72 with a strike rate of 77.
  • Chris Gayle, with 734 at 56.46, has scored the most runs in Champions Trophy.

Quotes

"The Gayle factor will always be there. These are sort of individuals who have a big impact on the game. So it is good to get them out early. Our fast bowlers will have fair chance in the sense they have two new balls and with overcast conditions they will get a bit of help, too."
MS Dhoni is aware of the kind of damage Gayle can do on opponents.

*07.50GMT, June 11: The preview has been updated after the Pakistan-South Africa game

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • kc69 on June 10, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Don't know what really to expect from this match because if India win's this, the next match with Pakistan will be dead rubber and India will definitely lack the aggression. But if India lose it will become tougher for them ahead. One thing for sure is this is going to be a tough contest because West Indies are the only team(apart from Sri Lanka) which India will know better than anyone, Thanks to IPL(AKA West Indies Premier League).Bravo,Gayle,Pollard,Narine,Rampaul,Samuels,Sammy,Etc will be those whom the Indians know very well and vice versa. Expecting a cracker.

  • SG_Styles on June 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Interesting match.. Clash of the superstars of the game !! Though both possess batting-powress, its India's bowling that's more likely to impact the end result. If they manage to gather (atleast) a decent performance, India will come out victorious. They might even opt for 3rd spinner (Mishra), given the troubles that WI have facing them. I strongly feel that India should play IRFAN in place of Ishant. He can swing the bowl n bat n field well. An out-of-form Ishant is liability to the team.

  • on June 10, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ramdin's suspension will be a blessing in disguise for WI. They can field a more balanced team with Johnson Charles as the keeper (if he can read Narine as well as Ramdin) and bring in either Best or Sammy. I believe Best will be a better option since WI will need more bowling depth against India than they needed against Pakistan. I expect Gayle and Darren Bravo to get big scores against this Indian attack. Kohli and Dhoni could be big scores against WI. Looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow!!

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a mouth watering clash! Bravo versus his captain MS Dhoni, Gayle versus his captain Virat Kohli, Kieron Pollard versus his captain Rohit Sharma. Its the battle of the power and flair of the Caribbean vs the the guile and elegance of the Indians. who will prevail ? My heart is with the Windies!!!!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, Susantha K. Arachchige, 2nd_Slip, BDforever, Harmony1111 thanks for entertaining us. I would like to post a big LOL at all of you.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The way WI is batting they should post over 250. That is too much for India.

  • TSJ07 on June 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Amila Kasun Rajapaksha on (June 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT) ..... The word "collapse" is not in the dictionary of these young Indian batsmen.Even if there is partial collapse one or two batsmen always raise their arms and steady the batting for India.But I can guess why this word has stuck in your memory, being a SL fan you have to go through it many times.

  • TukTukVsBoomBoom on June 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    as a Pakistani Spotter I love Indian batting Indian batting much much better than West Indies but and West Indies on his day they can do something different against any team in the world

  • cool_VJ on June 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I don't see WI posing India any serious challenge. If you see their team, they have some outstanding players but they often fail to click as a unit.

  • rock.rockyin on June 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Vowww just as I thought.. India are batting second.. more chances of winning..

    Indiaaaaaaa India Indiaaaaa India

  • kc69 on June 10, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Don't know what really to expect from this match because if India win's this, the next match with Pakistan will be dead rubber and India will definitely lack the aggression. But if India lose it will become tougher for them ahead. One thing for sure is this is going to be a tough contest because West Indies are the only team(apart from Sri Lanka) which India will know better than anyone, Thanks to IPL(AKA West Indies Premier League).Bravo,Gayle,Pollard,Narine,Rampaul,Samuels,Sammy,Etc will be those whom the Indians know very well and vice versa. Expecting a cracker.

  • SG_Styles on June 10, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Interesting match.. Clash of the superstars of the game !! Though both possess batting-powress, its India's bowling that's more likely to impact the end result. If they manage to gather (atleast) a decent performance, India will come out victorious. They might even opt for 3rd spinner (Mishra), given the troubles that WI have facing them. I strongly feel that India should play IRFAN in place of Ishant. He can swing the bowl n bat n field well. An out-of-form Ishant is liability to the team.

  • on June 10, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Ramdin's suspension will be a blessing in disguise for WI. They can field a more balanced team with Johnson Charles as the keeper (if he can read Narine as well as Ramdin) and bring in either Best or Sammy. I believe Best will be a better option since WI will need more bowling depth against India than they needed against Pakistan. I expect Gayle and Darren Bravo to get big scores against this Indian attack. Kohli and Dhoni could be big scores against WI. Looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow!!

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    This is shaping up to be a mouth watering clash! Bravo versus his captain MS Dhoni, Gayle versus his captain Virat Kohli, Kieron Pollard versus his captain Rohit Sharma. Its the battle of the power and flair of the Caribbean vs the the guile and elegance of the Indians. who will prevail ? My heart is with the Windies!!!!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, Susantha K. Arachchige, 2nd_Slip, BDforever, Harmony1111 thanks for entertaining us. I would like to post a big LOL at all of you.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 11, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The way WI is batting they should post over 250. That is too much for India.

  • TSJ07 on June 11, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @Amila Kasun Rajapaksha on (June 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT) ..... The word "collapse" is not in the dictionary of these young Indian batsmen.Even if there is partial collapse one or two batsmen always raise their arms and steady the batting for India.But I can guess why this word has stuck in your memory, being a SL fan you have to go through it many times.

  • TukTukVsBoomBoom on June 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    as a Pakistani Spotter I love Indian batting Indian batting much much better than West Indies but and West Indies on his day they can do something different against any team in the world

  • cool_VJ on June 11, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I don't see WI posing India any serious challenge. If you see their team, they have some outstanding players but they often fail to click as a unit.

  • rock.rockyin on June 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Vowww just as I thought.. India are batting second.. more chances of winning..

    Indiaaaaaaa India Indiaaaaa India

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 11, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Heading of this article is bias to India " Preview - Win over WI will put India in semis" What about WI? Both teams won 1 match each. It should be changed as Win would put India or WI into Semis" Please publish my comment.

  • Ibanezfan on June 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    What a dilemma! Like most Indian cricket followers, I'm super-fond of this lot of West Indian players. We've come to love Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Smith, Sammy..heck, the entire team! :) Then there's the Indian team, looking intense and hungry for success. Could be a real humdinger! And what's with all the animosity towards the Indian team? If any other team had won all its warm up matches and against SA, they'd enjoy a lot more respect from all these haters. Lol! Just enjoy the games, guys. Ad hominem insults and fighting over opinions are so pointless. If, as cricket fans, India getting knocked out of this tournament is an actual priority of yours, you should probably ask yourself if you're taking sport far too seriously.

  • Sunil.Dhanerwal on June 11, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Dhawan and kartik gonna rock today

  • BDforever on June 11, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    One team (WI) is about to be wold champions for the 2nd time with in a year. Other team is about to get their 4th consecutive knockout within almost a year. LOL

  • Harmony1111 on June 11, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    WI have very talented players. I'm quite sure India will sink in the deep mud like an old ship.

  • on June 11, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    This match give the chance to vijay.

  • koushik2412 on June 11, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    my second choice XI: dhawan, rohit/karthik, kohli, raina,MSD, jadeja, irfan,ashwin,mishra/yadav,b.kumar,v.kumar.

  • koushik2412 on June 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    my second choice XI: dhawan, rohit/karthik, kohli, raina,MSD, jadeja, irfan,ashwin,mishra/yadav,b.kumar,v.kumar.

  • mansoor777 on June 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Ind versus WI Will be a Great Match. may be Virtual Semi final or final . It wil be high scoring match. Hope India win today

  • rock.rockyin on June 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    If India wins the toss... they have to bat second .. considering the conditions here in UK... D/L might come into play as there is light rain predicted between 11 am - 2 pm...

    Dhoni give the taste of medicine to WI which u received during ODI's when India Toured Eng in 2011.... The weather was very unsporting then during ODI's hope we will have fair weather till the end of Champions trophy.

  • GRVJPR on June 11, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan Mate check the rankings before saying India is an average team. They are far better than those self rated teams

  • GRVJPR on June 11, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ Sasidharan Chandrasekar May I know on what basis are you saying that West Indies team is in better form than India? I can see them struggling at number 8 spot for quite a few years now. They might surprise in one or two games but aren't that consistent.

  • koushik2412 on June 11, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    cracker of a game today. if this tournament would have took place in india the stadium will be a houseful. watch out for the key duels: ashwin VS gayle; narine VS raina; dhawan VS roach; virat VS rampaul; rohit & dk VS pollard; last but not the least MSD VS Calypso Captain Bravo.

  • Master_Mihil on June 11, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    India will show their true mediocre colours today. Expect Gayle to thrash indian bit and pieces bowlers all around the park. It's up to windies to defend their total...

  • GRVJPR on June 11, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983 Not at all, he will be perfect for Gayle to hit out of park. Stick with Seamers!

  • on June 11, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    As far as I can see the whole West Indian outfit was in IPL and they have very good knowledge about Indian bowling and the batters and that the batters under good seaming conditions will not click. So all in all it looks a West Indian win and India will have to outwit Pakistan to get a place in Semi Final

  • on June 11, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Amit Mishra is the least likely to replace Ishant as i feel. We have 2 spinners in Jaddu and Ash. So, MSD to opt for another spinner is a distant possibility. Instead Irfan or Vinay is the most likely replacement if it matters.Or Ishant will play. That additional pace and bounce owing his height are those key elements going in ishants favour. Now, after watching Bhuvi since his debut i sense the feel that he can bowl at depth now,saw him doing it in Pune's matches. Even though dhoni is not as sure of him till now.Umesh is a sureity whether its new-ball overs or slog overs.So, as Bhuvi for his swing. But depth bowling whom to choose ???? Ishant,Vinay or Irfan??? All were proven costly and inconsistant before...

  • on June 11, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I expect the pitch to be a good one for all players.. i am not expecting a batting pitch to favor india just as in the first match.... the last few matches were eyeful matches and sure ODI still survive unless bent to certain board rules favoring pitches and i surely want a particualr team to be out of contest for reality check

  • latecut_04 on June 11, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks--Welcome back...how does the humble pie taste after the 'hiding' got in the hands of NZ....seems like you are asking for more

  • QingdaoXI on June 11, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I think today India should Play with Amit Mishra instead of Ishant Sharma, as West Indies is vulnerable for spin bowling and it will add more variety in our attack, One swing bowler to exploit the conditions, one fast bowler, one off spinner, one leg spinner and another left arm spinner. My team Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Kartik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav. Best wishes for both of the team, will like to see my country winning the match.

  • Haleos on June 11, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Ashwin should make way for Irfan. Ashwin really is a baggage in limited overs. He is not Ajmal and lacks imagination. Add to it his below average fielding and running between wickets.

  • on June 11, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    West Indies seems like a better team on form and player potentials and might pull this off, But i am hoping India manage a win here

  • mujahid ali on June 11, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    today is a best bating condition in oval & two heavy weights side in the tournament i can not wait for this match gale vs ashwin this match will be high scoring game side which fild first will win

  • on June 11, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    I also think Irfan can be a better option than Ishant but definitely not Vinay. Vinay is the only player who has the potential to " equal broad's record (six sixes in one over )". And there are many players in this WI team who can utilize this potential of Vinay Kumar. If Vinay keeps playing for India I am sure one day he will equalize broad's record.

  • KaptainKool on June 11, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I would like to see Irfan replacing Ishant and may be mishra replacing ashwin because both ishant and ashwin are proving ineffective in their bowling and also liability in field..Also irfan can bat better and will add depth in batting.Mishra will add to the variety in attack as we already have rohit and raina as offspinners. They might even play 2 specialist spinners in ashwin and mishra with 2 specialist fast bowlers in bhuvi and umesh and jadeja as an allrounder,though this looks a distant possibility but if the pitch is dry and helpful for spin then why not as WI team is vulnerable against spin.

  • deep6321 on June 11, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    India definitely has the upper hand with better batting and bowling as a team.WI has some good players ,but not the ones who can make partnerships together. Most of them look good individually ,but not together.They fail to rotate strikes.Mostly they depend on the firecrackers from their big hitter , which may hit or miss ..mostly a miss.....

  • on June 11, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    built up an innings in ODI is not such an easy job, which is not yet WI batsman can do.but Gayle factor is there for a bit...only thing between india & win will be Gayle & Naraine..i am also preffer IK Pathan to replace I Sharma..All the very best for MEN IN BLUE..Bleed Blue...

  • Sayantann on June 11, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Conditions definitely unpredictable.However the ptch was already used before so we can expect bit of wear and tear. I guess both the teams would go wit unchanged line up from their previous game. I think India should bat first if its bright & sunny. If its overcast then better have windies batting and we may end with 2/3 wickets in first ten. My gut seeling says that toss going to play a crucial part in this game. Lossing the toss also evntually can turn out to be a good toss to losse. Anyway, Batting second appears to be difficult but it has been India's strenght since last few years. So, I don't want MSD to run through the motions and ctick to batting first irrespective of conditions. Brave decisions like sending windies upfront in seaming conditions might sail Indians through to the victory. Its really a bit tricky and nothing can be predicted at this moment. All Indians should look to do is to be calm & collective as their skipper even in adverse conditions. All the Best Guys!!

  • arjun401 on June 11, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Hai friends why every one say india xi unchanged once remeber the last match with south africa one stage SA better then IND ms.dhoni when use the spiners and part time bowlers raina and rohith same thing done by SA using duminy and peterson stop the indian batsmans so india have a best choise amith mishra instude of ishanth

  • yuvi_gladiator on June 11, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    expecting a good game. WI are trying to play fearless cricket but overall they are still not sure on how to approach ODI's as in T20 aggression usually pays but in ODI's little strategies can make a lot of difference. its still amazing though even without all the big names, indian batting still maintains that flair. WI are going to try and target indian batting with the short pitch stuff, the strategy which paid of the last time they faced india T20 world cup in England. lets see how it goes

  • deep6321 on June 11, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I also think Irfan can be a better option than Ishant but definitely not Vinay. Vinay is the only player who has the potential to " equal broad's record (six sixes in one over )". And there are many players in this WI team who can utilize this potential of Vinay Kumar. If Vinay keeps playing for India I am sure one day he will equalize broad's record.

  • on June 11, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    I think India are the top favourites to win CT2013. They have right balance of batting and bowling. Bhuvenshwar, Umesh Yadav nd R.Jadeja are bowling really well. With Batsmen like Dhawan, Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and Krthik, we can really put any top notch teams into trouble. The only change which MSD can think of is to replace Ishanth with Vinay Kumar/Irfan Pathan. Rest of the players look to be in decent form.

  • on June 11, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    should be a good match, want wi to bat first post 300+ by help of gayle n pollard ,what would b virat n rohit expressions ,take couple of quick wicket and let dhoni,raina ,jadeja bat n bravo bowl ,take wicket and show his unique dance to csk team mates want to see their reaction.

  • Otuwa on June 11, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    <<<<I am not mocking,Just for fun>>>>

    Michael Holding-Bowlers should ball 140+ and pitch short.And short leg,silly point,3 slips,gully for field.

    Wasim Akram-This perticular track seem to me a good for bowling.Bowlers should bowl good length.Pitch middle and hit off stump.

    Sanjey Manjekar-This is a Dhoni kind of situation.Kusal Perera is a Shikkar Dhawan kind of player.Nasir Jamshed is a young exiciting player like Virat Kohli.

    Saurav Ganguly-MS Dhoni is a terrifict one day player.

    Russel Arnold-Player should bat carefully at first ten overs.And next 20 overs players should play a run a ball.Final 20 overs should bat 8 an over.Then you can score 300.

    Mpolo Mbganwa-oo my gooodnesss he is a good batsman.

    Sunil Gavaskar-Yes he is a class act.Look at his foot work.Look at his front leg.

    Ramiz Raja-No doubt Saeed Ajmal is a world best spinner.Pakistan's bowling attack is a world best bowling attack.

    Cricinfo Please publish...

  • Solitary.musketeer on June 11, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    well...on papers India Batting line up is strongest at the moment.WI should be outplayed by them. by looking at last batting performances of both the teams, Ind have the advantage! Its Gayle vs. India Team!Lets hope for a good match. I want to win India here so that with Pakistan they play free minded and thrash them!

  • on June 11, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    If WI wins the match, the only way to hold WI from reaching semis is NRR, but the reverse case is not true. If India wins the match, India is through to the semis.

  • TSJ07 on June 11, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Not very sure why everyone is saying "If Gayle fires India has no chance". C'mon guys its not T20 where he can be real threat but not in ODI.He just can not build innning which is required from one of top order batsman in test and ODI. And folks dont forget Indian has one of the best batting line up IMO far better than WI who are more of sloggers. All Indian batsmen can build the inning as well explode if needed any time.And due to IPL they do have experience of crunch experience which the likes of Ghambir,Kohli,Raina,Dhoni and Jadeja has shown many times. Also apart from Raina no one in current line up has any weakness against short ball stuff which is the major strength of WI bowlers. They just can not bowl line and length consistently (just like Ishant,Yadav I admit) apart from Rampal.

  • Hate.ME on June 11, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    There are more deserving teams like BD, Ireland, Afg that should have played CT instead of poor teams like Sri LANKA.

  • Brendan92 on June 11, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    India is expected to win although I'm supporting West Indies. Ramdin should never be in the side so that opens up a slot for a player to fit in. Charles should always keep the wicket in ODIs. Decent batsman than Ramdin averaging 30+ in ODIs. I'll play Sammy today, an allrounder as there's no doubt there'll be lots of run with India playing. If WI wins the toss put India into bat.

    WI XI: (Sammy in, Ramdin out) Gayle, Charles (WK), Darren Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy, Rampaul, Narine, Roach. 12th men: Best

    Ind XI: (Unchanged) Dhwan, Sharma, Kohli, Karthik, Dhoni (C+WK), Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Umesh, Ishant, Bhuvneshwar. 12th men: Irfan Pathan

  • on June 11, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Why India giving chances to Ishant Sharma? he had enough chance and why not Irfan? He can be very much useful with the bat as well with new field restrictions.

  • g.narsimha on June 11, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    AMLAKASUNRAJPAKSHA-It seams u have had huge effect of INDIAs thrashing to u r team all over the globe on u r mind, i know it is not easy to digest all those humiliating defeats u r team suffered at the hands of INDIA in all formats even in u r own backyard during the last tour to u r place , come on man & enjoy cricket .

  • mayoo123 on June 11, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    my credit goes to india as they have enough ODI match winners where WI have all t20 match winners

  • manpreet2808 on June 11, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Champions VS Champions. T20 Champs VS 50 Ovr Champs... Cracker of the cricketing fancs

  • matsadelaide on June 11, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    urgent Attn:- Dhoni, please replace Ishant Sharma from Vinay kumar/Irfan Pathan/Amit Mishra any of these three

  • ArmaanSingh on June 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Both teams are equally good. Lot depends on toss, bowling rotation, ground fielding, proper use of power play and rotating strike. India has advantage because Dhoni is captain and he reads opposition very well. Dinesh kartik, Suresh raina, Pollard,Sammy has to prove that they can also play well outside IPL and T20 format. Ashwin has to take wickets instead of stopping runs..Overall good contest expected.

  • latecut_04 on June 11, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    WI have the edge in bowling (Roach and Narine provide that comperhensive edge.)we just don't have such bowlers but bowling unit can be effective(just look how a limited SA unit operated yesterday.)Also i have a lot of faith in Yadav.But right now I can see roach running in as soon as Raina walks out to bat with slips and gully in place.Raina will either give a catch to any of these fielders or mishook or mispull and get out.His non selection is a no brainer.whom should we play in that spot.If we play Irfan we may get batting and bowling depth but that means promotion for Jadeja and he may not be the 'finisher' which he is successfully right now.But with DK in the line up lets have faith in our batsmen and play Irfan.(especially with the second new ball in mind).Also other option is MVijay which is unthinkable right now seeing the way Rohit batted against SA.any support???

  • jmcilhinney on June 11, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    India look as likely as any team in this tournament to be consistent enough to win and they also have plenty of firepower when needed. WI lack the same level of consistency but certainly have the firepower to demolish anyone on their day. A lot depends on the bowling of each team. Because a few wickets could hamper both these explosive batting lineups.

  • TATTUs on June 11, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Expect a lot [i mean a lot] of short stuff. I think the West Indies, this time, may overdo the short stuff. West Indies bat somewhat deep too.

  • kishor.msd on June 11, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    India's bating line up is unmatched always

  • koushik2412 on June 11, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    My playing 11: dhawan, R.sharma, kohli, karthik, raina,MSD, jadeja, irfan/ashwin, b.kumar, u. yadav/v.kumar, mishra

  • on June 11, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    gayle vs kohli....the cricketing war started.....

  • ThilankaK on June 11, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    India will win this by big margin !!

  • on June 11, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    indian batsman should practice short pitch delivery in nets..because ravi rampaul and kemar roach will bowl them in regular interval of time..and also india should focus on the wicket of chris gayle..i think if the pitch has nothing to do with pitch either batting first or bowling..its the time to bowl first..even i can expect indian batsman can chase down 350 runs..but defending 350 is still an issue!..india still don't have quality pace attack.... yadav is bit expensive..despite of 2 wicket he take..its a foolish thing to give bowl on batsman pads..learn from anderson and broad against australia..

  • on June 11, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    East VS west indies always gr8 to watch, i am expecting more of sarwan today, cuz he is taking place of good player, he should come up with some otherwise we should think of smith, always waiting for good chance.....the one who play good will win....cant say of one particular team...probably the one who chases has good chance to win.

  • JustIPL on June 11, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Not just that India are the best batting side in this contest, they bowled superbly in the warmup against aussies and if their bowling clicks then India will be the winners of this match and champions trophy. On the other hand Windies have surged superbly, are the T20 World Champions and have dangerous players. Despite that, it is India who are also the world champions are the side to win this time otherwise they will rue the chance.

  • westindiesupporter on June 11, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    No chance for India when the windies force is there.All 11 stars vs 1 Shikar Dhawan.WI will win CT this time.

  • Ali_86xz on June 11, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Sammy in for Pollard, Tino for Ramdin, please WI please.

  • jimwhatever on June 11, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    if ind gets toss india must chase. if wi is batting 2nd they will win

  • ImpartialExpert on June 11, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    We need to play at 100% each match in the tournament to make it to the finals. We need at least 8 players performing at their best. The team is weaker than the previous era teams and they need all the luck going their way. The good thing about this team is that we can guarantee a good fielding effort. Both batting and bowling we just do not know when we will have an off day. Keeping fingers crossed for tomorrow's match

  • N.J.H. on June 11, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    If India win today, then they are through to semi finals. No case run rate. Because then no way 3 teams can be on same points. But if India lose today, such scenarios may come into play.

    What do you guys think? Am I right or am I missing something?

  • on June 11, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    West Indies win, Gayle & Samuel centuries.

  • on June 11, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    With the cloudy conditions this time, Bhuvanesh Kumar is going to bea big proposition for the Windies. Further Indians fairly got themselves fit into English conditions and can pose problems to any opposition and this time India is expected to reach finals and bring glory to India.

  • cjchanaka on June 11, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Current conditions will be more suitable for WI bowlers, they should play with sammy as a handy allrounder, can't expect high scoring match, WI will win the match, sorry india.............

  • on June 11, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    WI will win! Ind have no chance against gayle!!

  • on June 11, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    WI n Ind have battled over the yrs but seem to share the same level of uncertainty. WI players have excelled in the IPL playing with all the current Indian players, so I would give WI the edge especially with the weak Ind bowling attach. If Gayle, Pollard or Samuels fire, India will be preparing to be spectators.

  • on June 11, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    WELL as stats says i guess if India wins the game which i am sure they will

    then Pakistan is out of the champions trophy... as

    India will be 4 points with one game left WI and SA will be at 2 points with one games left between them Pak will be at 0 with one game left

    so winner of WI and SA will join India to SEMIS

    and if WI then it will be challenge to see who comes in SEMIS between three SA, WI and India

  • WellwisherINDIA on June 11, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    IPL's one of leading wicket takers and in form bowler VINAY KUMAR must play today instead of Ishant Sharma

  • on June 11, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    When it comes to facing short stuff, the Indians are adept at facing it as, it was seen against SA. The new generation of Indian players have soaked in pressure situation in IPL numerous times. MSD is leading this young team brilliantly leading from front. It's India all the way.

  • Stat1977 on June 11, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I think WI has edge over India with thier bawling department.If Gayle factor works,its going to be one sided affair!

  • GMathews on June 11, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    its not fair VINAY KUMAR does not get a chance to play, he is the best onday bowler available in India, Dhoni keeps Ishant Sharma in the eleven - doesnt mind he perform or not, suspicious that even Ishant has share in Dhoni's business

  • Kapil_Choudhary on June 11, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    No...the same DOESN'T hold for India. If WI win, they can still be knocked out on RR. However, if India win - they are mathematically through, Pak are officially knocked out and WI-SA is basically a Quarter-Final.

  • Siva_Bala75 on June 11, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    This is going to look like IPL A vs IPL B. I only want to see who is A and who is B?

  • kajoli on June 11, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Tomorrow's match will be India's toughest in this group. W.I batting failed in that encounter against Pakistan, it is highly unlikely they will fail again tomorrow against bowling of a lesser quality. Gayle, Samuels n Pollard all had starts, Charles, both Bravo's and Sarwan failed, i really cant see that reoccurring. There is no clear winner here, both teams will have to show some mettle. Not to far off from a finals preview.

  • on June 11, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    No Tino best , Sammy is a better bet I guess and good luck to my West Indies go windies

  • on June 11, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    iam an indian but love cricket first and team next. wi known for their flair and fun. on cricket merits its interesting indian Batters facing the space of wi. and how they handle gayle samuels and pollard.

    to me indian batting and pakistan bowling are favorites. How i wish both teams become one and it will be disastrous for rivals. first 5-6 from india and last 4 from pak. mind boggling. isnt it? ofcource for a fantasy yes and this is next to impossible otherwise.

  • nikulukani on June 10, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    The article implies that if India win their upcoming match against WI, they can be knocked out by NRR. This isn't true as if India does win, then only one of WI or SA can end up with 2 wins and hence there is no way India can be eliminated. In short, if India win tomorrow - India goes through, Pak goes out and the match between WI and SA effectively becomes a quarter-final.

  • RednWhiteArmy on June 10, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    Should be merely a walk in the park for the West Indies

  • RameshRayaprolu on June 10, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    India MUST win this match to be keep their minds away from NRR calculations and last minute tensions. However, I am sure K Roach, K Pollard and C Gayle are roaring to dictate terms to India...If India can stop them, they should manage to win the game..

  • 2nd_Slip on June 10, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    I see a lot of Indian fans just like Pakistani fans writing off the opposition before the match has started. Ill be the first to post "LOL" tomorrow after they are blown away by the Gayle force wind. I fancy the Windies here...

  • on June 10, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    India will lost big time. that's fore sure .

  • penagamuri on June 10, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    I have a feeling that Rohit will come good against WI. He has always played very well against them be it caribean or India and I hope he will continue his good form tomorrow.

  • on June 10, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    India should win this game with current squad and form.MSD should use the same tactics again on Gayle by starting with Ashwin at one end.Also, it would be good if Irfan can play instead of Ishant Sharma. The mantra is simple - Bowl first and then try and chase the score ..no matter how big the score is

  • samincolumbia on June 10, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    If WI have Roach, India has Ishant! If Roach can take wickets in buckets, Ishant can leak runs in tons. Seriously, why is he in the team? India are better off playing with 10 men.

  • team_indian on June 10, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    If MSD wins the toss, bat first..... no second thought! If he loses it, open the bowling with Ashwin or Mishra against Gayle.... remember World Cup ... SA vs WI, Botha sent Gayle back in the very 1st over of the innings!!! Chak de India!

  • on June 10, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    @amila Kasun... India doesn't have the batting strength ? :P Then which team has batting strength, SL ? lol. I don;t think WI has either the batting or bowling to upset India. Their batting not as strong as some think, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard are T20 players, any batting line up which depends on these players is doomed to fail WI team itself is a T20 team, they just don't have the mix to compete in a ODI. So I expect them to be beaten quite easily tomorrow, unless some miracle happens.

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 10, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Two very average teams will battle it out tomorrow hoping for a spot in the semis. Even tough with their poor batting n bowling, W'indies are far far far ahead of India and definitely gonna win the match without breaking a sweat. So that will be the end of India's CT dream. G'luck !!!

  • vivek19a on June 10, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Best wishes for Indian team.. I know you will rock again. WI have slight chances.

  • Happy_hamster on June 10, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Forecast at The Oval is very different to the previous games with cloud cover and 30% chance of rain, the conditions are going to be typical of early summer in England ie. if utilised well swinging although the use of the crappy Kookaburra ball does negate this a tad. What about this for a scenario- if WI win (not that unlikely) and the cloudy conditions assist Pak bowlers v India- the dead certs for the cup could be going home early ala Asia Cup or last tri nations in Aussie. Or is suppose India might just win and therefore qualify.

  • aby__prasad on June 10, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Iv always wondered how such close relations, tastes, partying etc were formed between WIndians n indians. I mean right from the days of Sunny Gavaskar (or even b4 that i wouldnt know!), a kind of special relation was created between these two. As fate would have it, years later, even in a league competition (ipl), players from both the countries have special bonding again...(gayle kohli,dhoni bravo,rohit pollard ,ganguly samuels and many more!). Even the names of these 2 countries are similar. Can any of the other teams claim such friendship amidst fierce rivalry too!? (cricketing countries i mean) ..maybe ind pak i guess a close 2nd. I know pak n ind players have such friendships too but not to this level..if we include the no. of fans respecting each other i mean! On a different note, today is India's first real challenge(as far as conditions go),unless its another sunny day (highly unlikely).

  • on June 10, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I would drop Ishant and play Mishra. Play with 3 spinners - one of each type.

  • Ryan_H on June 10, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Why on earth is Ishant Sharma being selected match after match after match ? A look at his last 50 ODI records tell you its time to do away with him. Suresh Raina isn't worth being the ODI team either. If he gets to bat tomorrow, West Indians will bounce him out. Where is Cheteshwar Pujara ?

  • GrindAR on June 10, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    WI matches with IND, SA, PAK are always entertaining and most frequently involving sporting moments... So far, as a team nobody is as sportive as WI. Taking that into account, this match is going to be a closely contested one, even if Gayle or Pollard fires or misfires. It will be kind of one sided, if both Gayle and Pollard make a mokery in same match, which never happened so far. Probably Gayle will be contended better than Pollard. So, whats on cards for India, play on merrit, Dhawan/Kohli/Dhoni. I see KD Karthik have his say tomorrow. Anyone is with me?

  • on June 10, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    A cracking match is assured but India wins tomorrow.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on June 10, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST - Wishful thinking i must say..Chin music didn't really work out for the SA "Wolves".. not sure if its going to work out for the calypso spraying machines...You talk of Tino Best as if the Indians have never seen him before.. we've seen him and spanked him all round the park .. both home and away... so sit back and enjoy the show..

    BTW - just because WI skittled out a mediocre club level batting lineup like Pakistan .. doesn't actually make this Windies the WI of Old. To say the least with/without their Pacers- Roach/Best/Rampaul .. WI failed to even get past the knockout stages of the last 4 ODI WC's...that is 16 years(Phew!!)..Need i say more?

  • youk85 on June 10, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @Amila Kamal: I guess you didn't watch the IPL last year. Gayle had the fire works in first half of the tournament. His 2nd half is pretty much ordinary. Pollard on the other hand 3 innings to his name. Apart from those 3 innings he did nothing. When coming to Gayle, He is superb in last 3 IPLS, but didn't fared well when playing for WI in ODI or Tests. Even if your prediction of India bowled for less than 200, they will win the match by at least 50 runs.

  • vladtepes on June 10, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    if it comes down to batting, india are the clear favourites with plenty of daylight between them and my windies. the west indians have shown no stomach for building innings with judicious singles and twos, and look only for fours and sixes. india's mediocre bowling attack will probably take some stick from gayle, charles, pollard and sammy, but it won't last long as these men get themselves out trying for one too many sixes. cricket is not a power game. strength and size don't matter; a shot that lands in the first row is worth just as much as one that lands in the 20th. placement and technique are more important and samuel, sarwan and the bravos will have to provide that. indian batsmen know how to do that.

  • pull_shot on June 10, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    I like both teams but my heart is with my indian team, but if we lose vs WI then game vs PAk will be mouth watering stuff All the best India

  • youk85 on June 10, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Hi Sidharth, You should update your article after SA and PAK match is done. After that match is over. Scenarios are changed little. If INDIA wins against WI, then are through to semi-finals. In this scenario IND has 4pts, WI - 2, SA - 2, PAK - 0. The winner of WI and SA will join IND in this group and PAK is out tournament after being considered as the favorites to win it all. If WI wins this match it will be interesting and there will be lot of scenarios and everyone will be still in play for semi-finals. I agree with most the people here. If it is slow pitch you should pick Mishra ahead of Ashwin. Mishra did well for Hyderabad on slow tracks, and Ashwin is not doing well for a while now. His attitude is not good in the last match also. Instead of giving strike to Jadeja, he tried to play same shot for 4 times in a row.

  • on June 10, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Now that SA defeated PAK, India will qualify for the semifinal stage if they defeat WI tomorrow. In that case, whoever wins the match between SA and WI will qualify as the second team from the group irrespective of the result of the match between India and PAK.

  • on June 10, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    India should consider bringing in 3rd spinner Mishra in place of Ishant. Another option is Vinay Kumar/Irfan Pathan.

  • on June 10, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    a match between captains and there team winners....... dhoni-brovo, rohit-pollard, kohli-gayle,...........

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 10, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Two solid teams BUT have to say India have the REAL batting heroes. However, our bowling is still a tad weak. But I am sure India will put one across WI. WI have too many bits and pieces players who may or may not click at times. Gayle, Pollard and Bravo are the obvious danger men. Good luck to the MEN IN BLUE !!! COME ON INDIA !!

  • RupangMistry on June 10, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Whether Ind wins or WI tomorrow and how boring england win was, but for the semis and finals, england will become "KURUKSHETRA"!!!, After waching PAK Vs SA, interesting contest this is!!!!!

  • on June 10, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    KEnnington Oval is a bowling friendly wicket...it would be testing conditions for indian batting lineup who scored 300+ in the last 3 games...toss will be crucial...and i feel india have a slight advantage because of variety in bowling.

  • warneneverchuck on June 10, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Its a 50-50 contest I believe

  • tony_joe on June 10, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @Amila Kasun Rajapaksha You post attempts a war of words against fans of the Indian team and does not reflect a thoughtful assessment. What made you think the game will be walk in the park for the Windies? Either you mean Gayle/Pollard/Samuels/Darren Bravo are too big for Indian bowling or Roach/Best/Rampaul/Narine are too good for the Indian batters... but if you think so, then you are exaggerating. Dhoni/Rainia/Kohli/Rohit can be as good if not better than Gayle/Pollard/Samuels/Darren Bravo and ofcourse Umesh/Ishant/Bhuvneswar/Ashwin/Jadeja can be as good Roach/Best/Rampaul/Narine. But the truth is Sri Lanka would lose against both India and West Indies which should make you more worried.

  • MunafAhmed811 on June 10, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Pathan seems better option than Ishant. His batting may be handy if needed. India will most likely win this unless Pollard or Gayle play an exceptional innings.

  • SidsIPLTeam on June 10, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I think West Indies are going to struggle unless they play Sammy. He gives the extra batting option down at the bottom to rescue with precious runs and with his pace and variations, is a hard bowler to hit out of the park. Not sure how the pitch is going to behave. But, gut feel makes me feel that its going to back the batsmen & the contest is going to be between the Indian batting & the West Indian batting. For India, it might not be a bad idea to give Mishra a go ahead of Ashwin since Ashwin has proven quite expensive in the last few matches.

  • Dragonboyz on June 10, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @ Amila Kasun Rajapaksha- Man Indian batting is overrated.Then which team has better batting according to u. The team which struggled even to pass 150 in the same pitch India passed 300 and Dhoni said that they were 20 runs short. I can agree our bowlers are not upto the mark but batting is better than most of the teams in the tournament. Also i didnt see your team winning even a single match including warm match.Overrated in batting and bowling.

  • subgul on June 10, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @ A-Gunnie. I guess, you missed the first match India vs S Africa...lol

  • Harmony111 on June 10, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    If I was in the team mgt, I would any day pick Irfan over Ishant. Irfan won't be more expensive than Ishant in any case and is a better fielder and a much much more reliable batsman too. He will give us much better balance. Moreover, Irfan seems a naturally confident and optimistic person who knows how to use his grey cells. Ishant on the other hand seems to know nothing and seems to be intent on learning nothing. All he cares for is how long his hairs have grown. I can guarantee and would bet a thousand rupees that if he is picked tomorrow, the first ball of each of his spell would be short and outside the off stump and most likely will go to the boundary, even if it is the #11 batsman batting one handed.

    I would even say that Dinda too would be a much better option since at least he CAN bowl very good yorkers. Ishant in his 5 years has just not learnt how to bowl yorkers. In fact, what has he learnt? Except his stock incoming ball, he can bowl nothing else.

  • street_smart on June 10, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I'll bring in Irfan Pathan in place of Ishant Sharma. this will add to a left arm variety to the bowling unit as well as increase the batting depth a bit. Sharma is a flop.

  • on June 10, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    India will come in as favorites and if they takes WI slight then they will loose. Two good team that is knowledgeable of each other but the team that bat second will win. Best in to give additional pace....gona be a good watch

  • on June 10, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    It is either a day of MSD/virat or gayle/pollard............damn sure........

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 10, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Best needs to play ahead of Sammy, Pollard and Bravo already cover that all-round option and there bowling is suspect v India who know them all to well and would be happier to see a 3rd military medium ahead of of the raw pace of Best. Roach and Best could cause the inexperienced Indians a lot of trouble on a seaming English track especially utilizing the 2 bouncer rule - I would pay good money just to watch Best v Raina/Rohit ! haha

  • A-Gunnie on June 10, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Lets see how India batsmen perform outside of india where the wickets can be a little bit more bouncy.

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    This will be a walk in the park for West Indies. I don't think India has the batting strength to compete against the lights of Raoch/Rampul and also Narine so will collapse under 200 in swinging conditions with bouncy pitch despite the fact that their batting is highly overrated by the Indian fans. But however they might have a chance to score in a flat track like they did against South Africa but still considering the last IPL Gayle and Pollard both thrashing Indian bowlers I think it shouldn't be a much of a problem for the might West Indians and the other hand Bravo's captaincy is a consideration I hope they will give a chance to Sammy. West Indies got over 70% of chance winning tomorrow. Good Luck Gayle!

  • maddy20 on June 10, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    We just need to see out Roach and Narne. Rest would be easy pickings. We can also take advantage of their part-timers to up the scoring rate. The biggest challenge would be to defend the score we put up. Would love to see Irfan or Vinay play instead of the misfiring Ishant. Yadav is a valuable asset for us and we should give him an extended run. @Gerard Perez When was the last time India were whipped by Windies. You were thrashed both at home and away across all formats by us. WI would be wise not to under-estimate India and India should do like wise!

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    India need a good fast bowler who gives 100% dedication and commitment on the field,i dont think ishant is having these qualities, so its better to drop him and bring back either vinay or pathan they can field and bowl in swingers and even bat and field better than ishant. mishra should be playing instead of ashwin just because of WI are not good in handling the leg spinners.

    My X1 1. dhawan 2. rohit 3. kohli 4. raina 5. kathik 6. dhoni 7. jadeja 8. vinay 9. mishra 10.bhuvanesh 11. umesh

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    india will win and reason of tht is they are on the higher side of confidence after beating the best teams in warmup and in champions trophy matches so i would say india are going to beat windies.so cheers up nd hope for the best game

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo,Marlon samuels, Ramnaresh sarwan, Dwayne bravo,Kieron Pollard,Narine,Best,Roach,Rampaul. Probably the most balanced ODI side Windies has put up in over a decade. Pace like fire!! Windies shud easily beat India tomorow.

  • batman_gothamcity on June 10, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Due to IPL WI Batters and Indian Bowlers are quite known to each other so that should be interesting as who can out think other . WI bowling is also good and they will swing so mantra is 1st 15 overs to play cautiously Ravi rampaul is equally dangerous .Both are popular teams and it would be close contest . Ishant looks weak but may be the captain sees him as wicket taking option early on . All the best to both teams .Just have a feeling that Dhoni could be the key man .

  • SamikGhosh on June 10, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Cant agree more with tendlya. He can swing the ball as well as the willow. Would be a much better option anyday.

  • Rabin.Neupane on June 10, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Now the situation is just opposite after 30 years but wi are not that much underdog as india was then. Gaye v ashwin, dhawan v roach, dhoni v bravo/pollard. Definately great to see. Its 60/40 in favour of india. Gaylestrom v dhoni blast will be most crucial in course of game. Toss will also play a role i think. As a neutral(nepali) its should be a great game to watch.

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    I'd rather have Vinay Kumar or Irfan play in place of Ishant. Both fields better, bowls better conditions also will suite their style of bowling. And would be handy with bat as well. Ishant is a liability.

  • appis2001 on June 10, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Offcource irfan pathan should be in playing eleven instead of umesh yadav or ishanth sharma..dnt know that why ishanth getting chance to play continuesly..irfan suitable for england turffs better than ishanth he can swing the bowl both ways..he can bat too..

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Hence containing the powerful West Indies batting line up will be the key to India's success and judging the way West Indies batsman flared against the Pakistan spinners in their first match, an "IPL in-form" Amit Mishra can be the inspired selection in place of often misfiring and costly Ishant Sharma. Thus "over-dose" of spin with Offie R. Ashwin, Leggie Amit Mishra and Left armer Ravindra Jadeja on a dry and used Oval wicket will not be a bad option.

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    Come Tuesday, 11 June, and the Team India bowlers will be put to test by some of the mighty power hitters of World Cricket i.e. Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo & co. In the opening match, the way AB de Villiers and Robin Peterson were scoring at will, at one stage it seemed that South Africa will cruise through to the victory, despite chasing a mammoth total of 331. Had it not been the flash of brilliance in the field by Ravindra Jadeja in inflicting the "game changing" run out of Peterson followed by hara-kiri by the "perennial chokers" South African batsmen, including almost comical run out of David Miller, one of the centurions of IPL 2013; India would have well lost its way in the first match itself. ... cont.

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Well begin is half the job done and the format of this ICC Champions trophy 2013 is such that this literally holds good i.e. Team India will have to win one of the remaining two matches, against West Indies and Pakistan, to qualify into the semifinal round from this group of death. India's next two matches are against the most mercurial and temperamental teams of the tournament and judging from the performance in the first match, Team India will have to step up its effort, a few notches, to overcome the challenge in its upcoming matches. ... cont.

  • on June 10, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    In past, India, more or less, had always been a slow starter in the ICC multi-team events and therefore, often Team India lands itself in a "do or die" situation. Before storming into the finals of World Cup 2003, India had lost badly to Australia and just manage to scrap through against Holland. Even in the tournament wining performance of T-20 World Cup 2007, India had initially played a tie with Pakistan and then lost to the Kiwis in the preliminary rounds. Also, before lifting the World Cup 2011, Dhoni's men had played a tie against a below-par England and then lost to South Africa in the initial round. Hence a wining start against South Africa in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 must have come as a big relief to the Indian team think tank. ... cont.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Ramdin out is a blessing in disguise for W.I as now Best will be able to come into the side as the 3rd seamer which W.I need v India and Charles will take the gloves. It will be very interesting to see how the classy Indian batsman fair v a hostile Roach and Best on a hopefully lively English wicket. I think Roach and Best could really make the new 2 bouncer rule really work in favor if carried of correctly v this Inexperience Indian 11 (at the throat or pitched up if they want to drive go rent a car) like the old days haha and Gayle an Pollard will wnat to show the Indians they can destroy them on the international scene as well as IPL. I'm sure we will see some lively banter hopefully this will be an explosive game for cricket fans worldwide.

  • o0oPiTBuLLo0o on June 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Good luck Team India. Good luck to WI too ! Would really like India to WIN the Last CHampions Trophy !!!

  • reggaestar2002 on June 10, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    WI should play Tino since his pace and bounce might trouble the Indians

  • MAYURESHmagic on June 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is not usefull on the other side Irfan is most usefull. Ishant's best is Irfan's bad/average performance, irfan can bat if critical situation takes place.

  • on June 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Can replace Ishant Sharma with Vinay kumar

  • Prakmca on June 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    How many chances given to Jadeja to prove him as an allrounder? Why not Irfan Pathan in place of Ishant Sharma? Ishant is one bowler who never learns...Why he is being given chance again and again..Irfan is having potential to become another allrounder, if given enough chances.....

  • usernames on June 10, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I'd rather Vinay Kumar plays in place of Ishant. He fields better, bowls better, and would be handy in these conditions. Ishant is a liability.

  • on June 10, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    West Indies should play Darren Sammy.He is coming out of a successful IPL season in addition to which his type of bowling will be more incisive in English conditions than Tino's. Sammy's batting and fielding is miles superior to Tino's. West Indies now possess a formidable line up and I expect them to whip India.My only concern is Johnson Charles' wicket-keeping.Go WINDIES!

  • Ragav999 on June 10, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Honestly, WI batting cannot be considered mighty by any means except when compared to its own bowling.

  • tendlya on June 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    How about Irfan Pathan in place of Ishant Sharma? Can't bowl any worse and provides a better batting and fielding option...

  • tendlya on June 10, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    How about Irfan Pathan in place of Ishant Sharma? Can't bowl any worse and provides a better batting and fielding option...

  • Ragav999 on June 10, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Honestly, WI batting cannot be considered mighty by any means except when compared to its own bowling.

  • on June 10, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    West Indies should play Darren Sammy.He is coming out of a successful IPL season in addition to which his type of bowling will be more incisive in English conditions than Tino's. Sammy's batting and fielding is miles superior to Tino's. West Indies now possess a formidable line up and I expect them to whip India.My only concern is Johnson Charles' wicket-keeping.Go WINDIES!

  • usernames on June 10, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I'd rather Vinay Kumar plays in place of Ishant. He fields better, bowls better, and would be handy in these conditions. Ishant is a liability.

  • Prakmca on June 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    How many chances given to Jadeja to prove him as an allrounder? Why not Irfan Pathan in place of Ishant Sharma? Ishant is one bowler who never learns...Why he is being given chance again and again..Irfan is having potential to become another allrounder, if given enough chances.....

  • on June 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Can replace Ishant Sharma with Vinay kumar

  • MAYURESHmagic on June 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is not usefull on the other side Irfan is most usefull. Ishant's best is Irfan's bad/average performance, irfan can bat if critical situation takes place.

  • reggaestar2002 on June 10, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    WI should play Tino since his pace and bounce might trouble the Indians

  • o0oPiTBuLLo0o on June 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Good luck Team India. Good luck to WI too ! Would really like India to WIN the Last CHampions Trophy !!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Ramdin out is a blessing in disguise for W.I as now Best will be able to come into the side as the 3rd seamer which W.I need v India and Charles will take the gloves. It will be very interesting to see how the classy Indian batsman fair v a hostile Roach and Best on a hopefully lively English wicket. I think Roach and Best could really make the new 2 bouncer rule really work in favor if carried of correctly v this Inexperience Indian 11 (at the throat or pitched up if they want to drive go rent a car) like the old days haha and Gayle an Pollard will wnat to show the Indians they can destroy them on the international scene as well as IPL. I'm sure we will see some lively banter hopefully this will be an explosive game for cricket fans worldwide.