India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 11, 2013

Jadeja's punt, and Sammy's punch

Plays of the day from the sixth match of the Champions Trophy between India and West Indies
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The punt
Ravindra Jadeja had bowled the delivery into the pads of Marlon Samuels, who responded with a bat-pad defence on the front foot. Although the Indian captain MS Dhoni had joined the chorus of appeals from the close-in fielders and the bowler, he was not entirely sure whether to opt for the one review given to each team. The doubt was whether it had hit bat or pad first. Once he got a firm nod from Jadeja, however, Dhoni signaled to Aleem Dar for the review. Jadeja's hunch proved correct as ball had just brushed the pad plumb in front before it hit the bat.

The stop
If you make Dhoni jog to you and shake your hand, you clearly must have done something special. The Indian captain is not a man for big gestures on the field, but today he was forced to acknowledge Rohit Sharma's agility at point. Against a short and wide ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Darren Bravo moved swiftly into position to unleash a dashing square cut which was travelling fast towards the point boundary. However, Rohit was equally quick to move to his right and then dive to interrupt the passage of ball and convert a certain boundary into just a single.

The punch
As soon as he had charged Jadeja to slap a powerful inside-out six over cover to get to his half-century, an ecstatic Darren Sammy turned to the West Indies change room and punched his right hand, a gesture loaded with significance. Ahead of the Champions Trophy, Sammy had been replaced by Dwayne Bravo as the ODI captain, and was dropped in the first match against Pakistan. Bravo had said one reason for Sammy's exclusion was to strengthen the batting order. Sammy is no doubt a bowling allrounder, but on evidence so far he is a better batsman than at least Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has had a horrid tournament. So Sammy's excited celebration was clear in its message: don't you dare drop me next time. I am a good batsman too.

The drop
India's openers motored to 72 by the end of the 11th over, but when West Indies finally had an opportunity to break the stand, Kemar Roach allowed it to slip through his fingers. Spotting a Shikhar Dhawan top edge off Dwayne Bravo in the 12th over, Roach stepped off the boundary rope at fine leg and set himself for the catch, but misjudged the trajectory slightly, and had planted himself a foot short of where he needed to be. He could have still comfortably taken the catch falling forward, but perhaps put off by a raucous India crowd, could not get his hands around the ball, and the batsmen continued to progress swiftly.

The lazy fielder
Often at slip, Chris Gayle has one of the least taxing jobs in the field, but if there is any way someone else can do his work for him, Gayle will not pass up the opportunity. In the 28th over, Dinesh Karthik edged Marlon Samuels safely towards third man, and initially, it seemed as if Gayle, running back from slip, would haul the ball in. He caught up with it just before the 30-yard circle, but as he did, saw Ravi Rampaul also approaching from third man. Instead of bending down to pick up the ball, which had stopped no more than a foot away from his boot, Gayle gestured to Rampaul to collect it and throw it in himself. Amused, Rampaul obliged him, and Gayle returned to his position with a broad grin as the crowd cheered his lethargy.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on June 11, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I think the problem is that folks in Caribbean are still reminiscing their team of 70s and 80s, and the problem with Pakistani fans is the same. Therefore, Misbah and Sammy aren't really rated by the fans of their countries respectively. Here is my question, before Sammy arrived, was Windies doing really well? I don't think so. They still lost just as much, if not more. In fact, Windies cricket hit its nadir when the players walked out and a second string side lost to Bangladesh in odis and test matches, and the same side played in the icc champions trophy in South Africa. Sammy has proved his detractors wrong time and again, and he isn't a non playing captain, he has done enough to warrant a place in the side and his leadership qualities have been witnessed by everyone. I remember Gayle leading the side to Australia, and the Windies suffered the same fate back then. So get off of Sammy's back!

  • mrgupta on June 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Sarangu Kumar: Ya, that was a funny moment as at the same time Pollard was giving some mouthful to Kohli from the silly mid on position. Gayle stood behind Kohli and gestured Rampaul to bowl on Kohli's head, Rampaul followed orders from the senior pro but was smashed to the boundary through a superb shot by Kohli.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    My plays of the day are: 1. Great bowling of Jadeja who bowled at the right spots consistently & led WI into chaos thru' undisciplined batting 2. Fine attacking innings of Dhawan who showed ability to curb his hitting with caution 3.Poor "Death" bowling by India which needs to be addrerssed & 4. Lack of disciplined batting by WI's power hitters like Gayle, Pollard & Bravo- also needs to be addressed.

  • on June 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    India should rest Ashwin for Pakistan game and try Vinaykumar to see who is the better seamer at death and in the power-plays.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    With all respect to Darren Bravo, I must confess that he is No Brian Lara! He may have some of Lara's style & shots. But discipline, concentration & focus on the task ahead are hall marks of a great cricketer like Lara. Bravo is no where near it. As for the game between India & WI, the score of 233 is too low for a powerful Indian batting to chase,with average WI bowling. India was set to chase a total in the range of 340!. WI has strong openers. But the rest of the batting -especially the middle order- needs to contribute big scores not in 20's. But for a great swash buckling knock of Sammy, WI would have been out for 185. Thanks are in order for Sammy's great hitting. WI batting can be summed up in short- "Head nodded via Charles & the Tail wagged vigorously via Sammy, but the main Body crumpled". WI is a strong team with lot of talent but what is missing is "Discipline". They are capable of beating SA to qualify for the semi's with discipline, to maximize their great Batting!

  • CricketLibrary on June 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Delboy, we singing the same song. Dwayne Smith should have been included in the team, not only on his knowledge of English conditions, playing for Sussex, but also on his very good recent performance for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Why the coach and selection committee keep missing these opportunities and making elementary mistakes is beyond me.

    To Greatest_Game: South Africa will be ousted from IC2013, Hamla, DeVilliers and JP Duminy apart, the SA team is a mediocre in all respect. Kallis, Steyn and Smith are the missing ingredients that provides the winning formula. Your stats are historical and is of no relevance here. West Indies will win but beyond such a victory, uncertainty awaits.

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja &Rohit Sharma, the two names has faced highest critics than anybody. Full marks to MSD, as he only stood behind them and today we are watching some highclass quality cricket from both of them. Few years ago when Jadega was hit for 6 back to back sixes in T20World Cup, nobody was in favour of him except MSD. At the same time before Champions Trophy Rohit too was on wire. But today everybody is praising them for there performances. Today I am very pleased as just one year before India failed to one a single match on English soil. Lost Tests 4/0 as well as ODI series. Can anybody has imagined before CT, Indian openers scoring two back to back 100 runs partnerships on English tracks ? Definitely not and rightly so as we never comfortable at all playing pace bowling specially outside subcontinent. But after watching Dhavan and Rohit we can say now we are overcoming this traditional habit of problem of bouncy tracks. The way Rohit played specially against SA was a treat !!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @ Werner Blomberg. Obviously you know little to nothing about the Champions Trophy. South Africa won the inaugural tournament in 1998. That means that SA HAVE won aN ICC ODI tournament. In the final they beat…..West Indies!!!

    I am not sure if Dwayne Bravo and the WI management will be reminding SA of anything, especially the fact that SA have won ¾ of all ODIs between them: SA & WI have played 25 tests. SA have won 16, WI won 3. SA's win/loss ratio is an incredible 5.33. In ODIs, out of 51 matches, SA have won 38, and WI won 12. SA's win/loss ratio is 3.16.

    SA are the ICC Test Championship Trophy holder - known as "The Mace." SA's rating is 128. WI rating is 92. In the ICC ODI Championship, SA's rating is 113. WI rating is 87, just ahead of Bangladesh! In 2013 Champions trophy, both teams have 4 points, but SA has a Net Run-Rate of +0.410. WI has a Net Run-Rate of -0.086.

    Not much reminding for Dwayne Bravo & WI management, except of their pathetic record against SA.

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    West Indies quad for South Africa game should read Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuel, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Tino Best, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder.

  • Sharath274 on June 12, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Bravo, from what ever I have seen him so far does not look like captaincy material.. cannot understand y Sammy was replaced, even while having him in the team of 15. If they thought Sammy was not good enough, then y have in the team? and if he istheer in team, I think he is the best person to lead as he has done reasonably well in the past and has an ICC T20 wc to show. I am wondering what happened to WI's best batsman Shic Chanderpaul. has he retired from ODI's ? He was playing in the BPL not long ago.. he wuld have defy done well in thee conditions and is a very good player of spin bowling.. could have gone with him instead of Sarwan.

  • on June 11, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I think the problem is that folks in Caribbean are still reminiscing their team of 70s and 80s, and the problem with Pakistani fans is the same. Therefore, Misbah and Sammy aren't really rated by the fans of their countries respectively. Here is my question, before Sammy arrived, was Windies doing really well? I don't think so. They still lost just as much, if not more. In fact, Windies cricket hit its nadir when the players walked out and a second string side lost to Bangladesh in odis and test matches, and the same side played in the icc champions trophy in South Africa. Sammy has proved his detractors wrong time and again, and he isn't a non playing captain, he has done enough to warrant a place in the side and his leadership qualities have been witnessed by everyone. I remember Gayle leading the side to Australia, and the Windies suffered the same fate back then. So get off of Sammy's back!

  • mrgupta on June 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Sarangu Kumar: Ya, that was a funny moment as at the same time Pollard was giving some mouthful to Kohli from the silly mid on position. Gayle stood behind Kohli and gestured Rampaul to bowl on Kohli's head, Rampaul followed orders from the senior pro but was smashed to the boundary through a superb shot by Kohli.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    My plays of the day are: 1. Great bowling of Jadeja who bowled at the right spots consistently & led WI into chaos thru' undisciplined batting 2. Fine attacking innings of Dhawan who showed ability to curb his hitting with caution 3.Poor "Death" bowling by India which needs to be addrerssed & 4. Lack of disciplined batting by WI's power hitters like Gayle, Pollard & Bravo- also needs to be addressed.

  • on June 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    India should rest Ashwin for Pakistan game and try Vinaykumar to see who is the better seamer at death and in the power-plays.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    With all respect to Darren Bravo, I must confess that he is No Brian Lara! He may have some of Lara's style & shots. But discipline, concentration & focus on the task ahead are hall marks of a great cricketer like Lara. Bravo is no where near it. As for the game between India & WI, the score of 233 is too low for a powerful Indian batting to chase,with average WI bowling. India was set to chase a total in the range of 340!. WI has strong openers. But the rest of the batting -especially the middle order- needs to contribute big scores not in 20's. But for a great swash buckling knock of Sammy, WI would have been out for 185. Thanks are in order for Sammy's great hitting. WI batting can be summed up in short- "Head nodded via Charles & the Tail wagged vigorously via Sammy, but the main Body crumpled". WI is a strong team with lot of talent but what is missing is "Discipline". They are capable of beating SA to qualify for the semi's with discipline, to maximize their great Batting!

  • CricketLibrary on June 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Delboy, we singing the same song. Dwayne Smith should have been included in the team, not only on his knowledge of English conditions, playing for Sussex, but also on his very good recent performance for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Why the coach and selection committee keep missing these opportunities and making elementary mistakes is beyond me.

    To Greatest_Game: South Africa will be ousted from IC2013, Hamla, DeVilliers and JP Duminy apart, the SA team is a mediocre in all respect. Kallis, Steyn and Smith are the missing ingredients that provides the winning formula. Your stats are historical and is of no relevance here. West Indies will win but beyond such a victory, uncertainty awaits.

  • on June 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja &Rohit Sharma, the two names has faced highest critics than anybody. Full marks to MSD, as he only stood behind them and today we are watching some highclass quality cricket from both of them. Few years ago when Jadega was hit for 6 back to back sixes in T20World Cup, nobody was in favour of him except MSD. At the same time before Champions Trophy Rohit too was on wire. But today everybody is praising them for there performances. Today I am very pleased as just one year before India failed to one a single match on English soil. Lost Tests 4/0 as well as ODI series. Can anybody has imagined before CT, Indian openers scoring two back to back 100 runs partnerships on English tracks ? Definitely not and rightly so as we never comfortable at all playing pace bowling specially outside subcontinent. But after watching Dhavan and Rohit we can say now we are overcoming this traditional habit of problem of bouncy tracks. The way Rohit played specially against SA was a treat !!!

  • Greatest_Game on June 12, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @ Werner Blomberg. Obviously you know little to nothing about the Champions Trophy. South Africa won the inaugural tournament in 1998. That means that SA HAVE won aN ICC ODI tournament. In the final they beat…..West Indies!!!

    I am not sure if Dwayne Bravo and the WI management will be reminding SA of anything, especially the fact that SA have won ¾ of all ODIs between them: SA & WI have played 25 tests. SA have won 16, WI won 3. SA's win/loss ratio is an incredible 5.33. In ODIs, out of 51 matches, SA have won 38, and WI won 12. SA's win/loss ratio is 3.16.

    SA are the ICC Test Championship Trophy holder - known as "The Mace." SA's rating is 128. WI rating is 92. In the ICC ODI Championship, SA's rating is 113. WI rating is 87, just ahead of Bangladesh! In 2013 Champions trophy, both teams have 4 points, but SA has a Net Run-Rate of +0.410. WI has a Net Run-Rate of -0.086.

    Not much reminding for Dwayne Bravo & WI management, except of their pathetic record against SA.

  • on June 12, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    West Indies quad for South Africa game should read Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuel, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Tino Best, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder.

  • Sharath274 on June 12, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Bravo, from what ever I have seen him so far does not look like captaincy material.. cannot understand y Sammy was replaced, even while having him in the team of 15. If they thought Sammy was not good enough, then y have in the team? and if he istheer in team, I think he is the best person to lead as he has done reasonably well in the past and has an ICC T20 wc to show. I am wondering what happened to WI's best batsman Shic Chanderpaul. has he retired from ODI's ? He was playing in the BPL not long ago.. he wuld have defy done well in thee conditions and is a very good player of spin bowling.. could have gone with him instead of Sarwan.

  • himanshu.team on June 12, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    No matter how much people critisise WI, I think they normally lift their game against the porteas, or at least they used to do it about a decade back. Now once again, they have got the batters and bowlers to do so. I feel SA will be kicked out of this competition in group stages, as they do not win the knock-out games in ICC events and next match for them is virtually a knock-out game too.

  • on June 12, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Proud of you sammy . you represented well today

  • on June 11, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    @ RYan Hill, Get it straight, from the facts I have at my disposal, Sammy was offered a contract in the Bangladesh Premier League for 50 thousand and turned that down, he was never in the auction for IPL until 2013. Bravos role as a senior statesman was not a consideration when he left us in the middle of the Pakistan tour of the Caribbean for the IPL It also amuses me that you wish to diminish victories earned by West Indies by referring to quality of opposition, when this same NZ team defeated England and Bangladesh went on to the finals of the Asia cup. @ Vasi-Koosi Dwayne Bravo has an ODI avg of 23 as a number four batsman, Sammy a bowling all-rounder has an avg of 22 batting at number eight, not mention that there are still questions hovering about his dedication to West Indies as opposed to the hefty pay checks of the various lucrative leagues. Yet this you see as the future for 2015. what a joke

  • Balb on June 11, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Play the same team. Play the same team. Review why you lost and move on. Drop Darren Bravo down and move up Sarwan. He will score runs batting at number three. It is the last chance he will get to prove himself. Open up with Sunil Narine and Roach switch Rampaul around and WI will win. Darren Bravo you will look like a king.

    The fielding has to be improved by 100%.

    Chanderpaul is badly missed in these type of competitions.

  • delboy on June 11, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    @Werner ..Sarwan should be in England but with Leicestershire. Dwayne Smith or Lendl Simmons should have been in this squad. If Sarwan is dropped on Friday he may get other chances. If he is included and fails we will never see him in a WI shirt again. In fact depression might force him to quit the game. @Ryan when Clive Lloyd was beating England they were at the same standard Bangladesh are today, it is all relative.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    I think i need to make another comment and i think it is rather salient and it refers to Chris Gayle. Gayle has 157 ODI wickets at an average of 35 and with a run per over of under five. These figures clearly suggests that this guy should be bowling 5- 10 overs in any game he plays. Instead he remains in the slips where edges seldom go when he could be utilized to buffer a fast bowler who has gone for a few. The WI need to utilize all their options but why Marlon Samuels (who is handy) is getting a bowl before a man with 157 ODI wickets is beyond me. The WI can beat SA in their next game but they need to remind the South African that they have never won anything; I am sure they know it but if i were Dyawne Bravo and WI management I would be sure to remind them.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Darren is a good player and better than people think he is and should have started the first game. Dwayne Bravo really doesn't look a captain and never has, the first cheque that someone floats his way he's gonna grab it and leave the team scrambling for a leader. Sarwan seems out of sorts and this leads me to question when he last looked like the Sarwan of old. To be perfectly honest Sarwan is not the player he once was and although i am just a pub player myself i know enough to know that England is not the place for out of form batsmen. I think he can work his way back into form but he needs to toughen up and remember that he is Ramnaresh Sarwan- the player who played tests at 18-19 and made his FC debut at 15. Only when he remembers who he is and regains his self belief will he perform. That said he should not be in ENG but playing with the A team in the Caribbean.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Because WI lost one game, people want to write them off. No fear, we have a new captain and the wicket- keeping position got runs. Why would anyone be surprised if Sammy got runs again after Gayle, Charles and Sarwan set the platform?

  • nenez on June 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I predicted on these pages WIndies will be battered and was PROVED RIGHT. We have sloggers that believe in 4s and 6s and basically refuse to run singles and twos. We rely on ONLY two bowlers, one of whom (Roach) is fine when he takes a wicket early on but throws in the towel when he bowls total trash and gets punished. We have fielders who don't want to dive for the ball to save runs. We have players who smile quite happily in the field even though we were being totally thrashed (English commentator David Lloyd spotted it). We have a coach, captains and management who refuse to discuss any of these problems. Commentators and some people might find Gayle's "cool" funny, personally i feel its unprofessional and counter productive. Finally, South Africa will also thrash us easily in the next match and put us out of the tournament.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Great performance by the st lucians Johnson Charles and Darren Sammy.this just proves that Sammy really deserves to be the W I captain and should be given a fair chance at play as every other player.Sammy has really matured as a player and also a batsman,his batting has really improved especially watching him in the IPL he is a great leader and WI team can go far with him as a captain.

  • Vasi-Koosi on June 11, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @TS, you have got to understand that WI need to prepare themselves for the 2015 WC. it will be a disaster for WI if sammy is around for that long, let alone be their captain. He has done a fantastic job in leading the WI through a very difficult period. He might have lost a lot of games, but he has kept the flock together. He should feel very proud of the job he has done. He will not take anything personally when it is done at the interest of the team. He has the respect of every member of the team and the management. if you look at the big picture of transition to be completed before 2015, Sammy not in the picture is in the best interests of WI cricket

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Gayle asking Ravi to ball bouncers to Kohli was missing.As instructed by Gayle,Ravi did so.But he was elegantly hooked by Virat Kohli for a 1-pitched four.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Get it straight. I recall that the year Sammy opted out of the IPL he had been offered a contract of just $ 25000. He claimed that he turned down the contract because of Wi related captaincy issues. Much has been made of the team's great run under Sammy. But look at the opposition - Test victories against Bangladesh, less-experienced NZ - note that they could not beat a weakened Australia in the WI and have not won a test series against top opposition - Australia, India, England or South Africa in many a year. Additionally Sammy is not a consistent performer(many argue that if he were not captain he could not merit his place ), and do not be surprised if he fails with the bat or the ball in the next match.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    I agree Sammy has more fans outside the Carribean than within. Misbah shares the same burden too. Drop Sarwan add a solid middle order batsman and try to match SA.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Really not liking the WI not led Sammy anymore. I will support for SA to kick them out. Sammy is a born leader and led the team to thick and thin. So what, they lost against BD a series. He plays with his heart and soul out. He did not even play BPL to prepare WI team as a captain in initial season. Really upsetting to see Sammy has to fight for his position after impressive IPL. WI should learn his lesson and put Sammy back if they want a shot on World Cup 2015. I am not an West Indian but a Sammy fan from Bangladesh.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Really not liking the WI not led Sammy anymore. I will support for SA to kick them out. Sammy is a born leader and led the team to thick and thin. So what, they lost against BD a series. He plays with his heart and soul out. He did not even play BPL to prepare WI team as a captain in initial season. Really upsetting to see Sammy has to fight for his position after impressive IPL. WI should learn his lesson and put Sammy back if they want a shot on World Cup 2015. I am not an West Indian but a Sammy fan from Bangladesh.

  • on June 11, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    I agree Sammy has more fans outside the Carribean than within. Misbah shares the same burden too. Drop Sarwan add a solid middle order batsman and try to match SA.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Get it straight. I recall that the year Sammy opted out of the IPL he had been offered a contract of just $ 25000. He claimed that he turned down the contract because of Wi related captaincy issues. Much has been made of the team's great run under Sammy. But look at the opposition - Test victories against Bangladesh, less-experienced NZ - note that they could not beat a weakened Australia in the WI and have not won a test series against top opposition - Australia, India, England or South Africa in many a year. Additionally Sammy is not a consistent performer(many argue that if he were not captain he could not merit his place ), and do not be surprised if he fails with the bat or the ball in the next match.

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Gayle asking Ravi to ball bouncers to Kohli was missing.As instructed by Gayle,Ravi did so.But he was elegantly hooked by Virat Kohli for a 1-pitched four.

  • Vasi-Koosi on June 11, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    @TS, you have got to understand that WI need to prepare themselves for the 2015 WC. it will be a disaster for WI if sammy is around for that long, let alone be their captain. He has done a fantastic job in leading the WI through a very difficult period. He might have lost a lot of games, but he has kept the flock together. He should feel very proud of the job he has done. He will not take anything personally when it is done at the interest of the team. He has the respect of every member of the team and the management. if you look at the big picture of transition to be completed before 2015, Sammy not in the picture is in the best interests of WI cricket

  • on June 11, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Great performance by the st lucians Johnson Charles and Darren Sammy.this just proves that Sammy really deserves to be the W I captain and should be given a fair chance at play as every other player.Sammy has really matured as a player and also a batsman,his batting has really improved especially watching him in the IPL he is a great leader and WI team can go far with him as a captain.

  • nenez on June 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I predicted on these pages WIndies will be battered and was PROVED RIGHT. We have sloggers that believe in 4s and 6s and basically refuse to run singles and twos. We rely on ONLY two bowlers, one of whom (Roach) is fine when he takes a wicket early on but throws in the towel when he bowls total trash and gets punished. We have fielders who don't want to dive for the ball to save runs. We have players who smile quite happily in the field even though we were being totally thrashed (English commentator David Lloyd spotted it). We have a coach, captains and management who refuse to discuss any of these problems. Commentators and some people might find Gayle's "cool" funny, personally i feel its unprofessional and counter productive. Finally, South Africa will also thrash us easily in the next match and put us out of the tournament.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Because WI lost one game, people want to write them off. No fear, we have a new captain and the wicket- keeping position got runs. Why would anyone be surprised if Sammy got runs again after Gayle, Charles and Sarwan set the platform?

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Darren is a good player and better than people think he is and should have started the first game. Dwayne Bravo really doesn't look a captain and never has, the first cheque that someone floats his way he's gonna grab it and leave the team scrambling for a leader. Sarwan seems out of sorts and this leads me to question when he last looked like the Sarwan of old. To be perfectly honest Sarwan is not the player he once was and although i am just a pub player myself i know enough to know that England is not the place for out of form batsmen. I think he can work his way back into form but he needs to toughen up and remember that he is Ramnaresh Sarwan- the player who played tests at 18-19 and made his FC debut at 15. Only when he remembers who he is and regains his self belief will he perform. That said he should not be in ENG but playing with the A team in the Caribbean.

  • on June 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    I think i need to make another comment and i think it is rather salient and it refers to Chris Gayle. Gayle has 157 ODI wickets at an average of 35 and with a run per over of under five. These figures clearly suggests that this guy should be bowling 5- 10 overs in any game he plays. Instead he remains in the slips where edges seldom go when he could be utilized to buffer a fast bowler who has gone for a few. The WI need to utilize all their options but why Marlon Samuels (who is handy) is getting a bowl before a man with 157 ODI wickets is beyond me. The WI can beat SA in their next game but they need to remind the South African that they have never won anything; I am sure they know it but if i were Dyawne Bravo and WI management I would be sure to remind them.