India v West Indies, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville August 12, 2012

Fast bowlers set up West Indies win

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West Indies Under-19 167 for 6 (Alleyne 52, Harmeet 3-35) beat India Under-19 166 (Patel 51, Beaton 3-33) by four wickets

West Indies' fast bowlers made best use of the early morning conditions in Townsville to give their team an advantage that India failed to bridge as the day wore on. They took the field after an aggressive war cry during the team huddle on the boundary, after which their four quicks worked their way through India's top order with a primarily short-of-a-length attack. Deprived of scoring opportunities and losing wickets regularly, India stagnated and managed only 166.

Faced with a middling target, West Indies could afford to see off the new ball but they lost two early wickets in the process. India's pace options were limited, though, and once the spinners came on the middle-order batsmen settled in without much trouble. John Campbell and Anthony Alleyne charted the course with a 58-run partnership and Kyle Mayers helped finish it with 17 balls to spare. Mayers' 43 complemented his performance earlier in the day - 10-0-35-2.

The early work, however, was done by Mayers' colleagues, Ronsford Beaton and Jerome Jones. Beaton hit speeds of 143kph bowling with the wind, while Jones ran into it and delivered at 135 kph. They focused on keeping the ball back of a length and quite straight, giving the Indian batsmen very little to come forward to. There were cracks on the surface, which resulted in some uneven bounce.

Jones, the left-armer, struck first, having Prashant Chopra caught at square leg in the second over. Beaton hit Unmukt Chand on the body, forcing the batsman to take a breather on his haunches. Chand and Baba Aparajith concentrated on survival but in the ninth over Aparajith tried to hook a bouncer from Beaton and gloved it to the wicketkeeper.

India were 25 for 2 after the mandatory Powerplay and Beaton and Jones finished their first spells with maiden overs. Their replacements, Justin Greaves and Mayers, kept the Indians pinned to their crease. India had hobbled to 50 for 3 when Chand's patience wore thin in the 20th over. He had been let off by the keeper Sunil Ambris earlier but the second edge, off Mayers, was taken.

Smit Patel, India's wicketkeeper, settled against West Indies' spinners and was instrumental in getting India over 150. He made 51 but was unable to stay until the end, when Beaton and Jones returned to check India at the death.

India's new-ball bowlers weren't as fast but they were accurate. Sandeep Sharma moved the ball both ways. His inswing was significant but it was two perfect outswingers that found Ambris' edge and the top of Kraigg Brathwaite's off stump. His first spell read 5-2-5-2.

Campbell and Alleyne had to see off a few overs of pace before spin was introduced in the 12th over, and from then on the chase got easier. They kept driving to long-on and long-off to pick up singles with little risk. The scoring wasn't quick but it didn't need to be. West Indies and India were level around the 31st over mark, at 87 and 86 for 4, but the gap grew after that.

Harmeet Singh, the left-arm spinner, picked up three wickets but India needed to trigger a collapse to avert a West Indian victory. Alleyne and Mayers did not allow that to happen, and their 58-run stand secured the gam

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • delboy on August 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Cricket is played on a pitch and not behind a keyboard. Those full of criticism no doubt have never lifted a bat or bowled a ball. There are also a number of people suggesting certain past players would be suited as coaches. Most of the great players are doers and might be able to demonstrate a technique but would struggle to articulate what the need to communicate to someone put in front of them to learn. Which is better someone who has all the skills and technique but has no idea how to coach or someone who is qualified to coach but has no skills or track record? This is the WI problem, it is always assumed that the 'coach' must have batting ability of Bradman and bowling ability of Shane Warne. No! he has various specialist working with him. Likewise the captain is the man with the strongest LEADERSHIP qualities. If everyone else around him does their role his contribution outside leading becomes less noticeable as with Clive Lloyd.

  • delboy on August 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Has Barbados lost Chris Jordan permanently? Why does he not return home lke Gordon Greenidge use to during the WI domestic season?

  • AzyS on August 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    its really sad to see the indian colts perform soo poorly.. they were all just happy to be on tv and trying to be stylish rather than play... smit patel got a fifty by playing for himself rather than the team... very very sad i really am goin to stop following the team.. after 40 overs when the score was just abt 120-130 instead of goin for big strokes the kids were still defending and playing for themselves.. if this continues indian cricket future is doomed..

  • hyrclov on August 13, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    comeback strong , good win for the windies , nice match

  • fr600 on August 12, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Wait and watch how Zim produce the same result. People will say it's U19, it doesn't really matter.

  • CRKS on August 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    cant right of India after 1 loss just few months back India has won Quadrangular tournament in Australia inlovling aus, eng. nzl

  • serious-am-i on August 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @ avmd: A fast wayward bowler is not scary for anyone. These lads haven't played faster bowlers before so they are going to struggle to cope up with the pace and bounce. Even if they lose badly in this WC, it will remain at least a good experience for these lads. These are young guys, they can improve their game a lot in the future, who knows we could see some bright players coming out of these squads not just for India but other teams as well. May be its time for u guys to forget about past and move forward rather than pinpointing 4-0 loss every now and then.

  • on August 12, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    To SIRSOBERS: The West Indies High Performance Center is located right in the middle of the University of the West Indies campus (my old dormatory overlooks the current ground), and I know that there are spaces on the other UWI campuses at Mona in Jamaica and at St Augustine in Trinidad, that could serve the same purpose as the one in Barbados. Why is this not happening? Lack of money? The investment is minimal, and the local governments could help, especially the wealthy Trinidadian government. Guyana also has plenty of available spaces at University of Guyana, and the potential talent pool there is tremendous, in spite of the smaller population. The Under 19 side currently has a disproportionate number of kids from Barbados, because the current center is located there. So, instead of wasting money building massive studiums in tiny islands with minute populations, the money should have been used to set up more training centers in the population centers.

  • seansie78 on August 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Kasuza is the man!!!! He will be the tournaments highest run scorer. Zim will win the cup!!!!!!

  • on August 12, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Come back strong next time India. All the best.

  • delboy on August 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Cricket is played on a pitch and not behind a keyboard. Those full of criticism no doubt have never lifted a bat or bowled a ball. There are also a number of people suggesting certain past players would be suited as coaches. Most of the great players are doers and might be able to demonstrate a technique but would struggle to articulate what the need to communicate to someone put in front of them to learn. Which is better someone who has all the skills and technique but has no idea how to coach or someone who is qualified to coach but has no skills or track record? This is the WI problem, it is always assumed that the 'coach' must have batting ability of Bradman and bowling ability of Shane Warne. No! he has various specialist working with him. Likewise the captain is the man with the strongest LEADERSHIP qualities. If everyone else around him does their role his contribution outside leading becomes less noticeable as with Clive Lloyd.

  • delboy on August 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Has Barbados lost Chris Jordan permanently? Why does he not return home lke Gordon Greenidge use to during the WI domestic season?

  • AzyS on August 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    its really sad to see the indian colts perform soo poorly.. they were all just happy to be on tv and trying to be stylish rather than play... smit patel got a fifty by playing for himself rather than the team... very very sad i really am goin to stop following the team.. after 40 overs when the score was just abt 120-130 instead of goin for big strokes the kids were still defending and playing for themselves.. if this continues indian cricket future is doomed..

  • hyrclov on August 13, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    comeback strong , good win for the windies , nice match

  • fr600 on August 12, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Wait and watch how Zim produce the same result. People will say it's U19, it doesn't really matter.

  • CRKS on August 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    cant right of India after 1 loss just few months back India has won Quadrangular tournament in Australia inlovling aus, eng. nzl

  • serious-am-i on August 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @ avmd: A fast wayward bowler is not scary for anyone. These lads haven't played faster bowlers before so they are going to struggle to cope up with the pace and bounce. Even if they lose badly in this WC, it will remain at least a good experience for these lads. These are young guys, they can improve their game a lot in the future, who knows we could see some bright players coming out of these squads not just for India but other teams as well. May be its time for u guys to forget about past and move forward rather than pinpointing 4-0 loss every now and then.

  • on August 12, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    To SIRSOBERS: The West Indies High Performance Center is located right in the middle of the University of the West Indies campus (my old dormatory overlooks the current ground), and I know that there are spaces on the other UWI campuses at Mona in Jamaica and at St Augustine in Trinidad, that could serve the same purpose as the one in Barbados. Why is this not happening? Lack of money? The investment is minimal, and the local governments could help, especially the wealthy Trinidadian government. Guyana also has plenty of available spaces at University of Guyana, and the potential talent pool there is tremendous, in spite of the smaller population. The Under 19 side currently has a disproportionate number of kids from Barbados, because the current center is located there. So, instead of wasting money building massive studiums in tiny islands with minute populations, the money should have been used to set up more training centers in the population centers.

  • seansie78 on August 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Kasuza is the man!!!! He will be the tournaments highest run scorer. Zim will win the cup!!!!!!

  • on August 12, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Come back strong next time India. All the best.

  • on August 12, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    The conditions for batting is Oz is tough, especially at the beginning of the innings. So, the Indian batsman will need to be more patient and be careful with their shot selection. Anyway, good luck to the Indian side. From a Pakistani fan.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    SIR SOBERS,

    As usual, we agree on many things. However, I personally believe that Walsh (involved here), Ambrose (especially to help our two giant 'A' team quickies Johnson and Holder), and our other fast bowling greats of old (I won't list them, because we'll be here all day!) should coach the West Indian youngsters. For sure, improved and more widespread facilities will help not only this current promising crop, but future guys too. The production line is starting to work again...

  • avmd on August 12, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Like senior team like juniors. Seniors " the world champs" got thrashed 4-0 by Aussies and now Juniors getting the same treatment in Australia.Just wait for othere teams, Australia, Paksiatn and Englnad, all have very pacy bowlers in thier squad. West Indins beat them in recent A-teams series, so this one was not unexpcted. It would be interesting, how they play Pakistan's Zia on fast track, I heard he is really faaast, same is true for a tall English bowler, was bowling around 145 km/m against Australia.

  • lee_man on August 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Congrats to the junior Windies!! India was dismantled by pace and bounce once more. Batting on pitch where the ball bounces only shin high and where to bowl a bouncer the bowler has to pitch it in his own third, is quite different from batting in the current conditions. It will be a steep learning curve for these younsters. I am waiting to see how the Windies themselves will fare against the teams with pacy bowlers. I also loved the way that Windies chased the target. They have learnt at a young age that there is no need for flair, flamboyance and adventurism...a win is a win.

  • boxer44 on August 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @SirSobers Waqar?? Do u know who the manager of this team is?

  • serious-am-i on August 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Single loss is not going to make things worse but I always felt this U19 team lacked the "X" factor. It lacks in lots of depts. like we have seen utter batting collapses. I hope they recover well in time. This will be a good learning experience for the lads. @Mahendra Walpola මහේන්ද්‍ර වල්පොල: You couldn't even win on subcontinental wickets. We at least won 1 T20 WC as well it was in South Africa by the way and not in subcontinent. When was the last time you won a WC ? At least when did u win U19 world cup last time ? @sabee66: The question is not about pace but about bounce over here. These guys are not experienced to handle bouncy wickets, you won't find lot of bounce on subcontinental wickets.

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    International Team or U19 team India cant play Bounce n pace.. This is the reason why Indian players are not hired as coach even though they are living legendary

  • yocasi on August 12, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Congrats, young Windies. Let's keep dishing out the hot stuff!

  • desi-blue on August 12, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    The W.I quicks did an exceptional job in setting up the game...IND started off well in the second innings but fizzled out during that rock solid p'ship between Campbell and Alleyne...it seems that the side winning the toss and bowling first will virtually seal victory at Townsville but that shouldn't take any credit away from the W.I bowlers...it's one thing having good bowling conditions...but not getting carried away and actually using them to ones advantage is a different thing altogether.....

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 12, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    @ sir sobars. yes, it's the same with sl as well. we need better facilities, especially in local regional area and the board also needs to improve the domestic structure. anyway, like wi, sl also has many young players coming up. so the future looks good :)

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 12, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    @mahendra. yes, u r write. Sl made it to the world cup final in 07 and also in 2012. despite our small population, we do an excellent job of performing well in most tournaments. much better compared to 1.2 billion population of india and others. anyway, the coming t20 world cup should be good. sl should make it to the final and win it :)

  • jasonpete on August 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    @ Sonya jones,of course Australia playing in their home condition,so winning chances are more unlike in subcontinent condition where they fail miserably.@ Mahendra and arulanthomas, kudos to Bangladesh for beating the Srilankan team.SL juniors just like the seniors know only to win in srilanka and fail badly in away condition.Its a start now,but teams need to adapt to the conditions well to succeed for the remaining matches.Good luck to West indies and India.Its always pleasure to watch WI team anytime be it seniors or juniors.

  • CandidIndian on August 12, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Congrats WI team and fans from my side.Good experience for our U-19 boys,they showed lot of patience and defended well in tough conditions,which is good.With time they will learn how to rotate strike when conditions are tough,running between the wickets is a big concern for this young team.Also there is no bowler who can be Ishant or Umesh Yadav pr Varun Aaron in future which is another worry.

  • fr600 on August 12, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Ordinary performance from an ordinary team. PS. Don't live in history.

  • on August 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think its a bit unfair singling India out like this because every Asian team struggles on fast, seam, swing tracks whereas as every Non-Asian team struggle on slow, turn and low bounce tracks in Asia so all is fair. Its just that players are not suited or experienced these kind of tracks before. That's why teams like Australia, South Africa, England and even the West Indies are favourites to win this tournament this time around.

  • foursandsixes on August 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @Mahendra, pls compare away records of SL and India :)

  • on August 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    The captain wasted many balls in his innings. Stay there you get runs. Applies for test cricket only. In one days u must attck in the Batting powerplay. However I wish the youngsters good luck. The coach and the management are more responsible as well as the W.I fast bowlers. I am sure they will come back strong in the tournament.

  • on August 12, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Well done WI . India can only win in subcontinental country. Nothing can be done in other pitches . That is why they had to wait long time to get world cup. They can do nothing in AUS pitches in next world cup in 2015 too.

  • foursandsixes on August 12, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @Sonya Jones, the below par team right now are the Kiwis (seniors). We'll see how they perform on concrete pitches :)

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 12, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    W.I have allot of young pace bowlers coming up in both this side and the A squad a specialist fast bowling coach Should be brought in now to nurture and build on this. I see Australia just turned down WAQAR I'm sure W.I would value his coaching, swing is something that needs progressing and working on in paticular.

  • crindo77 on August 12, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @ARJa- Failure at an young age is good. Except that if you're playing professional international T20, like the U19 Indian cricket captain Unmukt Chand, you really can't use that excuse. I have represented my school in regional cricket; and my understanding was that the basics of batting and bowling should be in place by the age of 16. Weakness against the short ball is as much a mental thing, as it is technical. Parthiv Patel even at the tender age of 16 showed he didn't flinch against the short ball; neither does Rahane. Aakash Chopra, Jaffer may not be flashy but solid technique wins you Test matches. I have a bad feeling about this U19 team. Another thrashing is on the cards.

  • sabee66 on August 12, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Indian can't play agaisnt pace bowler, they are flat track bullies, this has been shown overseas, if this tournament is in India these little kid will be star but outside like their seniors....

  • georgebhai on August 12, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    I wonder if the selectors in India have an opportunity to see Under 19 talent from across the country before they finalise the touring party.

    It is good to see the West Indies show some kind of resolve. Their win over NZ should be inspiring young cricketers in the Islands. They seemed to have some good fast bowling talent on show against Poojara's India A. It would be really nice for World Cricket if the West Indies can bring back some of the old Windies magic.

  • JasonGray on August 12, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    nt a gud start. if the batsman can't face west indies pace bowlers than it is not a gud sign for rst of the tournament.

  • sumit176 on August 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @sonya jones..even WI took almost 48 overs to chase down 167...anywas gud to see u celebrating as ur hatred is quite famous

  • Arulan_Thomas on August 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Kudos to West-Indies, from Sl fan :)

  • on August 12, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    good start guys, this should show us that we can go on to beat the higher ranked sides. Only few people gave us a chance against this Indian side so big up!!

  • on August 12, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Well done WI. Hope these boys kick on to greater things, love to see that pace like fire back.

  • Shrineel on August 12, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Too defensive approach by the Indian colts!! After the 40th over they needed to increase the run-rate, Smit Patel should have been a bit aggressive at the end... Hope we win against the other two team comfortably to enter the next round...

    Remember, when you play for INDIA..KEEP it constantly in your mind, may be it would make you CONFIDENT and PASSIONATE to perform WELL... Best of luck Team India...

  • ARJa on August 12, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Failure at a young age is good. Then, if the youngsters aren't full of themselves (which is the problem with the senior team), they will learn from their mistakes and become better test cricketers. The problem today is that most youngsters are IPL dolls. Need more first class cricket on tracks with varying challenges. That will help India in the future. And it is important to know your limitations. The current Indian team seems to have the delusion of thinking they are the best in the world. That ego is little too much to handle for their own good. That is why they struggle to be consistent against Aus, Eng and RSA. Even now, on Star Cricket, there are commercials with Dhoni and Sehwag saying how they are going to thrash NZ. Seriously, get over the stupid drama and play cricket. Too many theatrics off field is hurting performance on the field. At least the U19s should be tought to leave the big indian ego outside the boundary line when they play cricket.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    I guarantee if W.I even had a 1/4 the funding and facilities England get W.I would be top side again however even without W.I are on the rise and the players are naturally dominating the T20 game and circuit.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    W.I PACE to much for the Indians like it always has been, the problem W.I has compared to ENG AUS IND SA e.t.c in the modern game is due to advancements in technology and training they all have the next level facilities available to make the progress of raw talent into world class players W.I only has one performance center in Barbados this needs to be addressed by the ICC.

  • on August 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The matches just started and its not time to write off the team, For most of the players, this could be their first overseas outing. So am gonna wait and see. Good show WI.

  • QingdaoXI on August 12, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    India team is missing one seamer, if they play one more semer in place of Hauman Vihari team will look good and have perfect balance. Smit Patel talks too much behind the stumps he should concentrated on keeping he missed 1 stumoing and i hard catch. Umpiring was poor 2 leg before wickets were not given when they actually were, still it is part and parcel of game so accept it. Best of Luck boys, i know u are reading this.Team for next match: Herawadkar, Chand, Smit Patel, Aparjith, Zol, Nath, Rusy, Harry, Passi, Mishy, Sandy.

  • on August 12, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done to WI but Australia should win the tournament with ease. Also, this is why, India fails to win matches aboard, because they can only play on concrete like pitches. If the pitch has bounce or any special help for the bowlers, than most of the Indian batsman's will struggle to score runs. Average team I guess.

  • bcric12 on August 12, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    india need more practice to beat WI

  • on August 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    This World Cup will be a tough lesson for the Indian youngsters. I hope they learn their lessons from this trip. Who knows? A couple of them should be around for the 2015 World Cup.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 12, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Flashback to the days of old! Pace will ALWAYS win matches. Well done boys, keep up the intensity, and good luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • Naresh28 on August 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Pathetic display by Indian batsman.When playing outside the subcontinent coaches should prepare batsman for higher bounce and swing. I dont think this happens at all. Also we tired of hearing that INDIAN PACE bowlers operate 130 and below. When put in a tough corner we dont have bowlers who can strive to win games by giving the same back. The whole of India and we cant find at least one speedster. We need 135+

  • crindo77 on August 12, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Surprise, surprise. Seeds of failure planted at an early stage; the photo above shows the classic pose of the Indian batsman in face of the short ball; eyes closed, jumping, showing discomfort and fear in every movement. This attitude will be carried on to India A and onto the national team. Devang Gandhi, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly...from the not-so-famous to the stars, most Indian batsmen end up in this pose, even at the height of their careers, leading fast bowlers all over the world to smack their lips. For people who plan to play professional cricket, and reap the millions of BCCI contracts and IPL and endorsements, this is a plain disgrace. But apparently BCCI and the long line of India's cricket coaches are happy with this cat-on-a-hot-tin roof routine; is that for added comedy value to entertain the crowd? Well, it conveys nothing but weakness. Amarnath, Gavaskar, Dravid and Laxman- why don't you help? A new generation of lambs are being led to the slaughter.

  • baghels.a on August 12, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I know India was unlucky with the toss and the pitch was not conducive for batting or a 50 over game but still dissapointing .Why did Indians go with only 2 pacers and 2nd pacer Kalaria needn't have any pace or swing or get any seam off the pitch,speed of our pacers seem gentle to those of ENG,Aussie n WI bowlers on view.Our batting line up although facing alien conditions seemed rather timid and indecisive, my point being if India has aspirations of a Cricketing super power they need to cope and perform,let's see how they react after this defeat.

  • maddinson on August 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Like India's senior team, no 2nd pace bowler. There second pace bowler was bowling in between 115-120 and once new ball is seen off there is nothing much except Harmeet Singh who was mighty impressive. Seems like Indian selectors didn't pick the team according to conditions or seriously there isn't any decent pace bowling options in such a big cricket playing country.

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  • maddinson on August 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Like India's senior team, no 2nd pace bowler. There second pace bowler was bowling in between 115-120 and once new ball is seen off there is nothing much except Harmeet Singh who was mighty impressive. Seems like Indian selectors didn't pick the team according to conditions or seriously there isn't any decent pace bowling options in such a big cricket playing country.

  • baghels.a on August 12, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    I know India was unlucky with the toss and the pitch was not conducive for batting or a 50 over game but still dissapointing .Why did Indians go with only 2 pacers and 2nd pacer Kalaria needn't have any pace or swing or get any seam off the pitch,speed of our pacers seem gentle to those of ENG,Aussie n WI bowlers on view.Our batting line up although facing alien conditions seemed rather timid and indecisive, my point being if India has aspirations of a Cricketing super power they need to cope and perform,let's see how they react after this defeat.

  • crindo77 on August 12, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Surprise, surprise. Seeds of failure planted at an early stage; the photo above shows the classic pose of the Indian batsman in face of the short ball; eyes closed, jumping, showing discomfort and fear in every movement. This attitude will be carried on to India A and onto the national team. Devang Gandhi, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly...from the not-so-famous to the stars, most Indian batsmen end up in this pose, even at the height of their careers, leading fast bowlers all over the world to smack their lips. For people who plan to play professional cricket, and reap the millions of BCCI contracts and IPL and endorsements, this is a plain disgrace. But apparently BCCI and the long line of India's cricket coaches are happy with this cat-on-a-hot-tin roof routine; is that for added comedy value to entertain the crowd? Well, it conveys nothing but weakness. Amarnath, Gavaskar, Dravid and Laxman- why don't you help? A new generation of lambs are being led to the slaughter.

  • Naresh28 on August 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Pathetic display by Indian batsman.When playing outside the subcontinent coaches should prepare batsman for higher bounce and swing. I dont think this happens at all. Also we tired of hearing that INDIAN PACE bowlers operate 130 and below. When put in a tough corner we dont have bowlers who can strive to win games by giving the same back. The whole of India and we cant find at least one speedster. We need 135+

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 12, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Flashback to the days of old! Pace will ALWAYS win matches. Well done boys, keep up the intensity, and good luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • on August 12, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    This World Cup will be a tough lesson for the Indian youngsters. I hope they learn their lessons from this trip. Who knows? A couple of them should be around for the 2015 World Cup.

  • bcric12 on August 12, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    india need more practice to beat WI

  • on August 12, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done to WI but Australia should win the tournament with ease. Also, this is why, India fails to win matches aboard, because they can only play on concrete like pitches. If the pitch has bounce or any special help for the bowlers, than most of the Indian batsman's will struggle to score runs. Average team I guess.

  • QingdaoXI on August 12, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    India team is missing one seamer, if they play one more semer in place of Hauman Vihari team will look good and have perfect balance. Smit Patel talks too much behind the stumps he should concentrated on keeping he missed 1 stumoing and i hard catch. Umpiring was poor 2 leg before wickets were not given when they actually were, still it is part and parcel of game so accept it. Best of Luck boys, i know u are reading this.Team for next match: Herawadkar, Chand, Smit Patel, Aparjith, Zol, Nath, Rusy, Harry, Passi, Mishy, Sandy.

  • on August 12, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The matches just started and its not time to write off the team, For most of the players, this could be their first overseas outing. So am gonna wait and see. Good show WI.