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India v West Indies, World Cup 2011, Chennai

West Indies search for winning feeling

West Indies have created opportunities in both of their last two matches, but perhaps the memory of winning against a big team is too hazy for them to remember how to get over the line

Dileep Premachandran at the MA Chidambaram Stadium

March 20, 2011

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In May 2006, after India had edged a close game in Jamaica at the start of the one-day series, Greg Chappell, then the coach, suggested that West Indies had forgotten how to win. It prompted a furious response, and some West Indies players indicated that it had been the inspiration for a rousing comeback that sealed the series 4-1.

Those were hardly glory days for West Indies - the subsequent Test series was lost in Kingston - but continuing poor results have meant that even the players have begun to acknowledge that the winning habit is a hazy memory.

The task at Chepauk was not a straightforward run chase, especially with no Chris Gayle at the top of the order. But having done the hard work, with Devon Smith particularly impressive in crafting 81, the match was there to be won. When you are 154 for 2, needing less than a run a ball from the last 20 overs, it takes some pretty inept batting to throw it away.

Darren Sammy is now as used to answering the collapse question as he is to losing tosses. "We created another opportunity, but couldn't capitalise," he said wearily. "It's a good thing it didn't happen in the knockout stage. If it had, we would be going home. It is worrying for us, but I back the calibre of players that we have."

Smith is exempt from criticism, bowled by a beautiful slower delivery from Zaheer Khan, but as India scented an opportunity, West Indies drilled holes instead of plugging leaks. Kieron Pollard, batting with a dislocated finger, went for the glory shot before he'd settled, and Sammy was run out in a comedy of errors involving him, Suresh Raina and Munaf Patel.

Those left showed no inclination to take the game to the wire, and Ramnaresh Sarwan's desperate swipe at Zaheer in the batting Powerplay summed up the collective lack of belief. There have been murmurs about the exclusion of Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the last two games, but it's optimistic to see a man averaging 23.33 in the tournament, with a strike-rate of 58.82, as the panacea to batting ills.


Ravi Rampaul completes his five-wicket haul, India v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, March 20, 2011
Ravi Rampaul's five-wicket haul was one of the few positives from the game for West Indies © AFP
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Spare a thought for Ravi Rampaul. A benchwarmer until fever ruled Kemar Roach out, he produced a magnificent spell of bowling on a pitch that offered little more than some early bounce. Back in June 2009, when West Indies last beat a top-ranking nation [India, in Jamaica], Rampaul had taken 4 for 37. On Sunday, he topped that with 5 for 51.

The reverse-swing special to get rid of a well-set Virat Kohli was eye-catching, as was the yorker with which he nailed Yusuf Pathan. It was yet another reminder to the line-and-length school of coaching that bending your back and bowling genuinely quick comes with its own rewards.

Afterwards, Sammy admitted that Rampaul's performance was one of the few things to take away from the defeat. "He has been on the bench, but he's come in and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. That's what you want from your team setup."

What you don't want is to give dangerous batsmen too many reprieves. "We got success early on, and could have had Yuvraj [Singh] too," Sammy said. "I was the culprit who dropped him both times."

Yuvraj had made just 9 and 13 when those chances went down, and his 122-run partnership with Kohli transformed the game. With Pakistan having played one of their best games of the tournament against Australia, such generosity is likely to be severely punished in Mirpur on Wednesday, when West Indies face them in the first quarter-final.

Sammy is well aware of the threat. "Their captain [Shahid Afridi] has been performing, and some of the others have too. Hopefully, they'll have their bad match against us, and we'll bring our A game."

It's been a long time since anyone saw it. But as they head to Bangladesh, the players could do worse than ask Richie Richardson, the manager, to tell them about 1996. Then too, West Indies qualified fourth out of their group and were given next to no chance against a rampant South Africa.

A Brian Lara epic followed, and Sammy will hope that a fit-again Chris Gayle or a Darren Bravo can emulate him as a once-great side tries to rediscover the winning feeling.

Dileep Premachandran is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 45 
Posted by romville on (March 22, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Has anyone ever heard of a captain sacrificing his place on a team for a better player,who has more to contribute than the captain? I think sammy should say on the morning of the match that he has a tummy upset.I dont think he has the balls to do it.I wonder if the players ever read this website.Surely if they do sammy should get the message by now.

Posted by agent39 on (March 22, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

Its time for chanderpaul to go, i mean stop playing OID n T20, he is the most selfish cricketer in history, his strike rate is terrible and he seems not to care, all he does is to use up as much balls as posble and put pressure on the younger batmen, most of the time i holds hime responsible for getting them out. its time for our selecters to start making bolds move and pick our best team, player like fletcher, Dw Smithe, samuels or Ramdin should have been in team from then. thomas is not ready for this level of cricket and sarwan is to much like chan'paul. these guys dont even perform in reginal tournaments. I have scene Chander kiss the pitch after making a 100 whil WI is loosing by an innings and our 100 runs. Finally, i will like ppl to get off the back of Sammy, he is doing an excellent job, he has performed better than chan'pual, sarwan, useless thomas n brovo whom i love so much

Posted by RickyRuns on (March 22, 2011, 14:28 GMT)

I feel the same as so many of you, why do we have to play Sammy??? He is just causing the team to be the wrong combination. However at present we have no choice, if we want to win we have to make the best of what we have. Honesty as a WI supporter, im not even looking forward to winning (maybe we are not there yet) but for God sake, at least put up a fight PLEASEEEEEEEEE. Considering that Sammy will play my best 11 is: Gayle (has to bowl), Smith, Darren (has to keep), Sars, Shiv, Polly, Russel,Sammy, Ravi , Roach, Bissoon. This gives 2 spin options, 3 fast bowlers and 2 medium pacers, 5 specialist batsman, 3 all rounders (i am considering Russel and Sammy allrounders)

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 5:18 GMT)

I don't find any reason to have Sarwan in Team, See his last two game, he eats all of the balls and later on gets out. Sarwan and Chanderpaul is not good for WI team, both of them should retire now, they don't offer any shots, they play so traditionally, Darren is so good, even smith and pollard,

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

darren should keep .. and thomas get benched .. bring bak chanders for thomas..

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

YES WI have some selection problems. SO let us see how we can help. BOWLERS ROACH, RUSSELL,RAMPAUL BENN has taken one wicket against the BIG GUNNERS,but in all fairness to him, why is he opening the bowling against these established teams?PLEASE EXPLAIN.TEAMS do it against WI because there is a perception that we cannot play spin.LETS CONTINUE I"LL play BISHOO INSTEAD OF BENN. THOMAS once he is fit. GAYLE,SMITH BRAVO,SARWAN,POLLARD SAMMY.I cannot support dropping SAMMY at this point of the tournament.THE top 4 batmen have to give us 250runs.THE bowlers will bowl out PAK for less than 260.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

Final 11 for Pak in q.final 1. Gayle 2. Smith 3. Bravo 4. sarwan 5. c.paul/Ravi Rampaul 6.pollard 7.sammy 8. thomes 9. benn 10.roach 11. russall............

In fact sammy is totally useless and i am quite unfortunate that i hv to select him,coz he is captain ................other wise c.paul and ravi rmpall both must be in fianl 11

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

If there was a good game to lose for WEST INDIES then the game against INDIA was the perfect one. This game was simply a match practice for our big game against Pakistan. We have a much better record against Pakistan than Australia- so good luck to India you are going to need it looking at the way Brett Lee was fired up and bowling! Not saying that we are going to beat Pakistan, but I like our chances against an unpredictable team. As we say ' never say never.....'

Posted by rayinto on (March 21, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

Sammy, please ensure you don't pick yourself in the next game. As you know, nobody's position in the team is a given (ask Shiv), least of all you. Tell me how you can play ahead of anyone on that team. It ridiculous that you are in the team just because you are named captain. Have a heart. Millions of us are still Rallying for the Windies. Please grant us our wish. Take a break!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

Sammy said , " We hope Pakistan will have a bad day." What a fearful statement. Is this a brave captain? If West Inides wants to win the world cup they need to change the captain. Look what Afridi said," We can win the world cup." This is a leading edge. Suppose West Indies wins this Quarter Finlas still they will be knocked out by India or Australia easily in Semis.Similarly Ponting's mindset was the same against Pakistan, " We hope we win"...Now Look at Afridi, " We have a surprise waiting for Australians." For India I think Dhoni has lost this World Cup when he said," Winning this worldcup is not everything" Look at Yuvraj who said," This is a moment of life for us." I am a Pakistani but I think Yuvraj had been a better fighting captain then Dhoni.Had Yuvraj been the captain with that statement I would really be supporting India to win this worldcup. Best of luck all teams.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 16:47 GMT)

The failure to select Chandrapaul is either calculated or stupid. If it is calculated becuse of wanting to avoid a team, then it is at best unprofessional and at worst, criminal. If the decision was for other reason/s then it has to be stated or else itis stupid. Chandrapaul has been the best and most consistent cricketer in the West Indies side for more than decade ...8,000 plus runs etc. He may be slow and deliberate but that is necessary. He rotates the strike well. Maybe Richardson and Gibson have a hidden agenda. Their decision is at best questionable and at worst imbecilic. You cannot rely on Gayle. With him it is "boom or bust". Sammy? A curious choice for captain. Pollard is a basher not a cricketer, too inconsistent. Anyone can "play long-handle" and anyone can bowl "pretend pace". There some very good young payers and they need the experience of Chandrapaul,Sarwan Bravo, and Smith and Gayle around them. Get rid of Benn. He just a "sour- puss". Ganga as captain.

Posted by zekie on (March 21, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

The West Indies needs real leadership, They have the talent but are mentally weak. I am from the Windwards but seriously sammy place is not cemented on the team moreso captaining the team. His selection is unbalancing the team. Seriously all the strong sides top 6 batsmen are very good how can the windies go into the two last game with 5 specialist batsmen. They are shooting themselves in the leg. Is there no keeper in the caribbean who can hold their end in batting for god sake. Sarwan is putting pressure on the rest of the team this is a guy who played in three world cup before and look completely oout of sort he can even get the singles, Chanderpaul should be back for next game and drop sammy for a specialist batsmen chi=ris gayle can bowl if needed.

Posted by ashvenky on (March 21, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

people dont seem to understand the right tactics fm WI... can many teams lose fm 150 for 2 needing 100 against a very ordinary Indian attack? They did right by opting to go against pak than aust.... pak can do anything win a cup or lose against bottom ranked team......... wi without c'paul, roach and gayle were better tahn India y'day.... it is a good option to throw wkts in order 2 chose ur opponents in q/f... people may thinnk it waa coz of gr8 Indian bowling.... u will understand the truth after q/f.... wi played sensiby for 30 overs so that they don't let b;desh have a better NRR..........once they klnew it was safe they lost the macth.... now let the favorites (hyped) show what they r capable of against the defending champs!

Posted by DieHardWindiesFan on (March 21, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

DARREN SAMMY you are a good person and I think you try really hard to captain the team to the best you can. However, at this very moment the BEST thing you could do for the West Indies is to give up your spot in the starting eleven and be replaced by Ravi Rampaul. Rampaul will bowl alongside Roach, Russell and Bishoo/Benn, then we will have a formidable bowling attack.

DARREN SAMMY has no real specialty to add to the team and is using a spot in the eleven that needs a specialist bowler. Please SAMMY, if u love West Indies cricket do that for the team and the people of the Caribbean.

Posted by ms.arjun on (March 21, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

This current team is turning out to be as pathetic as Guyana in Champions league 20-20. Pollard and Gayle, its upto you guys to pull out a miracle win against pakistan.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (March 21, 2011, 14:21 GMT)

It is now India's turn to give a fitting farewell to Aussies after their crushed egos by Pak!

Posted by TheLight on (March 21, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

Sammy should enjoy his last few matches as captain.

Can you realistically see him making the team when Barath, Dw Bravo, Edwards, Taylor and Samuels return...which is just after the world cup?

Posted by SS_Jumbo on (March 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

West Indies batting lineup should be Chanderpaul,Pollard,Smith,Bravo,Gayle,Sarwun,Thomas,Benn,Russel,Rampaul, Roach, captain is anyones guess but i would go back to Gayle for the remainer of this world cup

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

what kind of statement is that," we hope pakistan have an off day" comon sammy, you hava a winning twam u just have to play de rite 11 an put de rite batting order.de bowlers need to b picked as per de wicket, as well as de batting.u know asian wickets favour spin. england bamboozle us with only 1 specialist spinner an 2 parttimers.pakistan will come most spin an less pace. they know we have a few bats. dat can play spin good an yet we left out 1 of the best bats. ofspin. so no more expmt. sammy. we can beat paks.even on their best day.

Posted by delastbastion on (March 21, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

No doubt that WI batting is brittle with Pollard at #5, he has not scored against a substantive team in the tournament thus far, with Sarwan not at his best Chanderpaul has to come back @5, asssuming both Gayle(must bowl) and Roach will also be back for QF. then the team management has to make a big call, drop Benn one of the leading wicket takers ( dont Agree) or Sammy has to be the big man a sacrifice his place for the sake of putting out the best eleven. He has spoken about his passion for WI cricket and the fans.... let him drop himself for the benefit of the team. that's the best commitment right now......Richie, Otis, Sammy!!!......it's a big call.......have u got the balls to do it?..by the way who's VC?

Posted by SS_Jumbo on (March 21, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

West Indies battling line up should be Chanderpaul,Pollard,Smith,Bravo,Gayle,Sarwun,Thomas,Benn,Russel,Rampaul, Roach, as for the captain it is anyones guess but I would go back to Gayle for the remainder of the world cup

Posted by Rocco2010 on (March 21, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

WI will win the world cup against Austrailia in the final. This is when the are the most dangerous. When they have nothing to play for. The mindset of a WI is not like the normal cricketer. It must be on edge because that is the WI way. Calypso cricket. Only when their back is against the wall can they perform. They must follow the TT model of killer instinct. My WI team for the next three games. Gayle, Smith, Bravo, Sarwan, Pollard, Chanderpaul, Thomas, Sammy,Bishoo, Rampaul, Roach. Once this side is picked, the team WILL win. The selectors must stop rewarding all performances to date and do the right thing, mix experience with talent.

Posted by NBRADEE on (March 21, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

The old fan fever is rearing again on these pages!

I think there is nothing new in the selection of the team; selectors have an easy job to do all over the world, and often do it well, erring only when they keep old has-beens on the field/bench.

Remember, the team sent home Barath and Baugh, the former amongst the most prodigous talents in the Windies who cannot keep his young body fit. The latter, while an inconsistent performer with the bat does not really understand the willow tool, either. Da. Bravo in the lineup has not meant many more matches won, only matches that we SHOULD win! Other than having to now re-evaluate the use of Benn as an opening bowler, there is nothing we can do re: selection of the team - players healthy enough to play three matches at high intensity only should be chosen, and those injured presently may have an opportunity later.

No substitutions on the field will work if the players chosen have no belief. Changing captains now will not change fortunes!

Posted by manicou on (March 21, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Sammy's captaincy is poor. I disagree. there is no one in team. The players need to focus on their task and perform. Sarwan's batting was wanting with this strike rate. come on keep the runs ticking. Some ask for Chanderpaul why with such a dismal strike rate. West Indies world cup hopes rest on four batsmen in Smith,Gayle,Bravo and Pollard. Once those 4 guys click together West Indies will be deadly. The others just have to do their jobs. These four batsmen just need to focus on their task and we are in with a real chance. Good to see Smith in form. We need batsmen with good strike rates at the top of the order and we have them now. The problem is not the capability of the team,but rather their ability to play responsibly as a team. When one fails the others mindset should be to pick up the freaking slack and they are not taking on that responsibility as a team. Their problem is their mental approach. That's the difference between great performers as opposed to just raw talent.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

They are quite fortunate to have reached the quarter finals. If they want to go any further, they 'must improve quickly'. That means dropping both Darren Sammy and Sulleman Benn. Their team for the quarter final match against Pakistan 'must' be: Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Chivnarine Chanderpaul or Kirk Edwards, Devon Thomas, Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo and Ravi Rampaul.

Posted by dheeraju on (March 21, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

Sarwan is the main problem. He slowed down the momentum in both matches. And why is Chanderpaul not in the team ?

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

Sammy is not good enough as a batsman or bowler. He is taking up a space that a Chanderpaul or if fit Dwayne Bravo could utilise better. He is a journeyman cricketer & probably the least qualified international captain since Lee Germon. Its a pity coz theres no doubt that this squad of Windies players has real talent & that on their day can beat the best sides in the world. But they are seriously lacking organisation & a self belief at crucial moments, as witnessed in their last 2 games, both of which they should have won easily.

Posted by Agnihothra on (March 21, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

in the same breath ask Richie Richardson to forget what happened @ Mohali in the semifinal in 1996....

Posted by jogidhankhar on (March 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

west indies will win agnst pak...............sammy need to be replaced as captain..........darren bravo shd be new captain of west indies...........

Posted by Zycr9 on (March 21, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

It was a good match.. virat kohli and yuvi resurrected the innings but once again yusuf pathan, raina failed to capitalize their opportunities.. .but very glad that R ashwin has once again showed the world why he needs to be in that time.. he fielded well , batted sensibily for those 10 runs while others were falling around him.. and took two wickets.. at a very economical rate.. Dhoni once again showed what a shrewd captain he is and today he was brilliant.. First he held back munaf and zaheer and unleashed them later when the ball was reversing.. Zaheer got the dangerous Devon smith and that was the turning point of the match.. India played far better cricket than their previous games and there is fair bit of improvement, they can improve still with their death overs batting and should have appealed more for that run out which was affected by virat kohli's direct hit .. batsman was well short ..overall INDIA PLAYED WELL , CONGRATS INDIA , GOOD LUCK FOR QF'S

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

I would put Darren Sammy as the 'ultimate optimist', his smile is infectious almost, but his boys really will have to believe in themselves enourmously to fashion a win against Pak. but who knows? we might see a good QF first up at Mirpur.

Posted by COOLANKA on (March 21, 2011, 7:43 GMT)

I think West Indies don't want to win that match because they dislike to meet australia in semifinals...otherwise they could have won that easlily...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

As expected... a half strength WI has been losing all the matches with the big teams. A barren bowling dept with a even more bare middle order..how can one expect them to win? These 'batting collapses' that people are talking about against India and England ... did anyone not expect these? A out of form chanderpaul n sarwan, add to that a wicket-keeper who can't bat and a KP who might or might not fire and then you have a long tail. The captain himself is a liability! Everyone knew before the start of the tournament that these are not the best 15 players in the Caribbean!! So in such a scenario it is a miracle that they have come so far in the WC. On that note, is Devon Thomas really the best wicket-keeper batsman in the Caribbean today? Reap as you sow and the WI selectors have sowed real bad! bad.

Posted by Shaneb20041985 on (March 21, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

I honestly think the windies need a new captain. As Nasser Hussain said, it seems Sammy's only job in the team is to toss the coin and he's failing at that too. Give the captaincy back to Gayle and the windies can make better use of the spot that Sammy is wasting.

Posted by jimbond on (March 21, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

Yes, they lacked the will, and it was seen not in the way they batted, but in the way they selected. It was clear that for some reason WI did not want to win this match- possibly afraid of facing Australia in the semis? If Gayle, Roach and Chanderpaul had played, this woudl have been a much closer match. Of course, if Sammy would have won the toss, this would have been close.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 4:29 GMT)

Even a miracle cant save WI in this world cup. Below is the semi final Schedule

India Vs Pakistan

South Africa Vs Srilanka

Final - India Vs South Africa

World Cup Winner - Very Touch match, I will look forward to the final.

Posted by Rayken on (March 21, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

Time for Sammy to go. He is just extra weight on the team.. No runs, no wickets and dropped catches does not serve W.I. Well

Posted by intcamd on (March 21, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

Windies need Gayle if they have to have any chance of beating Pak in the QF. Of course, the Pakistan team is well capable of self destructing, but they have been pretty consistent in this WC, and hard to see a sub par Windies beating them.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 1:28 GMT)

It's old west indies once more - we're not in anway surprised at the outcome of this match. What is certainly surprising though, is the fact that they left the Caribbean with one of the weakest batting lineups in the tournament, then they further weaken it in the last two matches by leaving out Chanderpaul! I think that notwithstanding his figures in the tournament so far, he should play. If he is left out of the quarter final against Pakistan, that would be World Cup-elimination suicide for them! Whom should they leave out? Take your pick - it has to be either Sammy himself or Benn.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 21, 2011, 1:15 GMT)

Good luck to West Indies , they would love to play against unperdictable Pakistan, as said by their captain that he is hoping that pakistan will play poorly (like they did against NZ) and WI will win.

On the other hand , no team today can take pakistan lightly , their bowling attack has 3 fast and 3 spin bowlers who can restrict any team under 200 and their 3 dangerous batsmen at the end can change the match in 5 overs.

I think if WI play with full strength then they can give a big fight against pakistan and pakistan can be beaten. Best of luck to WI to face Pakistan , its cricket and any thing can happen.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

It is disheartening to see the WI lose so badly . I grew up in their glory years and to see them do so badly is quite sad ... I just wish and hope that someone will grab their cricket system by the scruff of their necks and knock some sense into them .....

Posted by Majoreg on (March 21, 2011, 0:56 GMT)

The West Indies again proved that while they are clearly ahead of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe they are one and half if not two steps behind the top 7 teams in mental toughness. They have achieved there objective of getting through to the quarters/beating the minnows but unless Pakistan implodes (which is equally possible!) They can pre-pack their bags for home. Once again a good platform was set for a win and again with the victory in sight the lack of self belief took over. Once again Ramnaresh Sarwan placed so much pressure on his team mates he can be held responsible for the downfall of Sammy and Pollard to a lesser extent. On the plus side as a WI fan I am happy to see the young unknowns/unheralded ones like Rampaul hungrily and professionally grab their chances when given it. They have shown up some of their bigger name team mates. Good signs for the future of West Indies cricket.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

sammy's captaincy is poor, he needs to go cause he is seriously causing an unbalance in the selection when he is on the team. what would happen when fidel Edwards comes back, or dwayne Bravo, or Adrian Barath or Jerome taylor, oh and please trust that these players would be back very soon, both Fidel and Jerome had some good spells in the regional four day competition, and Bravo is well on his way to making a full recovery. Marlon Samuels is also on his way back. Sammy's selection is leaving an unbalance in the wi team. BTW Ravi Rampaul with his performances over the last year or so has shown that he deserves to be given more chances to bowl.

Posted by hazeltine on (March 20, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Once again the post match analysis of Sammy sounds absolutely stupid beyond extreme. For the quater final against Pakistan, he hopes Pakistan have a bad match which will give his side a good chance of winning. AS THEY ARE AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM, HE SHOULD BE EXPECTING PAKISTAN TO PLAY WELL, and instead, concentrate on how best his team is going to combat it, not just hoping the opposition play badly as the only chance of winning.

Those who follow WIndies cricket closely knows that the cricket thinking behind this team are of an amateurish nature and until we have a management and captain that is prepared to change and BE PUBLICLY SEEN TO CHANGE THIS PATHETIC APPROACH TO THEIR CRICKET, they will never beat a Test status side, whether in Tests or one dayers. In finishing, Pakistan will knock them out on Wednesday.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 20, 2011, 22:45 GMT)

Once again the Windies go into a game with only 4 fontline batsmen and pay the price. You cannot rely on B-grade all-rounders batting in your top6. Also a keeper not good enough to bat in the top 6 is a liability in ODIs...just look at all the other teams.

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    Surviving into the final session of the last day cannot disguise the fact that Australia's continued inability to play spin contributed to an all-round thrashing

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    Zulfiqar Babar missed five seasons between his first two first-class matches, and was 34 when he finally made his Test debut, but he is quickly making up for all the lost time with his artful left-arm spin

    No Ajmal, no problem for Pakistan (33)

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