India v West Indies, 1st Test, New Delhi, 2nd day November 7, 2011

Baugh's brilliant wicketkeeping

Plays of the Day from the first day of the Test between India and West Indies at the Kotla
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The foot fault
It's a sight batsmen were increasingly used to for 20 years, looking back to see the stumps splayed and a West Indian slip cordon celebrating. It happened again before lunch at the Kotla, when Virender Sehwag was bowled, but jubilation was cut short by a no-ball call. It was marginal, but Fidel Edwards would have to wait to get his only wicket of the innings.

The stumping
Sehwag had raced to a 36-ball 50, and there were few quickened pulses in the crowd initially when West Indies went up for a leg-side stumping. But Carlton Baugh had been watching Sehwag's back foot as he reached forward to Devendra Bishoo and he timed it perfectly. Too early or too late and the foot wouldn't have been airborne. On such moments do Tests turn.

The catch
R Ashwin had shown plenty of signs of batting ability in the one-day arena. On his Test debut, India needed him to help Rahul Dravid rebuild the innings. Baugh had other ideas though, moving smartly down the leg side to snaffle a glance - a difficult chance made to look simple.

The celebration
Carelessness was the name of India's batting game on Monday. The one exception, apart from the unlucky Gautam Gambhir, was Sachin Tendulkar, beaten by a quick delivery that nipped back in. Edwards' exuberant celebration took him down the pitch and then all the way to square leg. Once he calmed down, there was no yellow card waiting though.

The showstopper
Darren Sammy's celebration after Dravid's dismissal belonged to a Broadway musical. With only Pragyan Ojha and Umesh Yadav for company, Dravid went for a rare extravagant pull after batting resolutely for more than two hours. The ball looped into Sammy's hands at square leg and he showed just how much the wicket mattered by launching himself into the air and performing three heel-clicks. Whatever else they may say about Sammy, he sure knows how to express himself on a cricket field.

The crowd
With it being a public holiday for Eid, there was a healthy turnout and plenty of noise in the stands. There were two small contingents of West Indian fans, waving Trinidad & Tobago flags, their jubilation echoing around the Kotla at the fall of every Indian wicket. When Dhoni's off stump was knocked over, the cries of joy from two women in the old clubhouse silenced an entire stand of noisy Delhi-ites. One of the women was Mrs Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain and current team manger. The pity was that the good numbers could have been larger but there was little opportunity for fans to come to the ground and buy tickets at the gate. If Test cricket is losing ground, it's not fan apathy that is to blame, but administrative confusion.

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  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | November 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @SpartaArmy, @PaddyRasta and the others calling it sour grapes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/8675597/England-v-India-Ian-Bell-can-learn-how-to-protect-his-wicket-from-the-old-fashioned-Jonathan-Trott.html

    Note this para: Jack Russell once stumped me a good 10 seconds after I'd missed a sweep down the leg side from Martyn Ball. He knew I had to regain my balance some time and waited until I did, whipping the bails off at the precise moment my back foot left the ground.

    Batsmen have to regain balance when they sweep even if their feet is inside and the foot will come off most of the time. No one waits for the chance, cos it's not fair. He didn't go past the crease or look for a run. Fair enough, I'll move the ball to the bowler and not wait for him to over-balance etc.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This WI team is playing with heart, passion and a desire to win. Due to their inexperience especially in the top order, it will take some time for them to settle,gel, get the hang of Test cricket and its requirements for success. I love my fellow Bajan and Combermerian Brathwaite, but he's got to find a way to get the ball away, pick the gaps, rotate the strike. He can't look to block every ball. If he does, the bowlers will get on top, get you out and the team will be none the better for your contribution. This is where skill & maturity are combined. The team has a legendary batsman as its batting instructor/coach, Dessie Haynes. Am sure he will work with Braff & co. about the finer points of batting. Barath should be Braff's opening partner as this fellow Powell isn't ready. India's middle order is old and brittle. Still good for an occasional flash of brilliance, but not like previously. England showed them up them big time and though we're not England, I'm still expecting us to win

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Agree with the writer Aga totally on the last point about administrative apathy. I have gone for matches in Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad. I have noticed that only Chennai sells tickets on a daily basis. There is a little bit of publicity in local newspapers about the stands & ticket pricing. Hyderabad is the worst. Even for Champions League they were not selling tickets at the stadium when it was half empty. Administration does not care about the fans. By the way the lesser said about the facilities the better. By the way I am in my 40s and I have been to Lords Wimbledon etc... The spectator is King there. Tickets are sold an year or 6 months in advance. If BCCI is serious about this sport they have to buck up. I am willing to volunteer as I am a self employed professional and am willing to offer my services on how to improve fan presence at these venues. I have the time and the inclination.

  • POSTED BY golax on | November 8, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I think that we aren't giving due credit to WI by saying that our batsmen threw away their wickets. Most of the catches were to well-placed fielders. As for luck, India had its own share of good luck with several edges helping us race away to 89/1. All in all, I think the game reflects the correct levels of effort/seriousness shown by both teams.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | November 8, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @ Yvette Ferguson Why bring back gayle? he doesnt make a different in Test Cricket, i would only have him in T20 or OD but not test we need more player like Chaderpaul in the team who is dedicate to West Indies, Gayle isnt he only care about Money. This young team is showing dedication, only problem they dont have experience, but they will learn. I hope this team go on and give a fight to India, I dont expect a Win from West Indies, because even with West Indies best 11, India alway come back hard agains them check past test clashing between the two side and you will see what i mean, West Indies havent won a Test Match since 2002, the lost the last 3 test Series 2011 Sammy (1-0 (3 match)) 2006 Lara 1-0 (4 Match), C Hooper 2003 2-0 (3 Matches).

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    well done baugh. bring back gayle.russel should be in the team.

  • POSTED BY chicoguapo on | November 7, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    excellent work west indies..they took you guys for a joke..as most people put you, as weaklings...i remember in the caribbean they won 1 nil but never impressed in all the games you were in position to win until you screwed up....keep working hard at this one..it will work out....

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | November 7, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    @vaidyar That rule is not just for SEHWAG or VVS, its for every one. Thats wat makes playing turnig ball more difficult and interesting. Keep your feet on the ground until the ball is dead, as simple as it. These two players have one thing in common, MINIMAL FOOTWORK.Hmmm!! it must got to do some thing with over balacing.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | November 7, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @vaidyar Sounds like sour grapes to me. Sehwag's dismissal was a totally legal one and in the spirit of the game. Whether grounding bat or foot to be in, this is the rule and this is part of what makes the complex game of cricket a great game. If he had hit the ball, he would not have been stumped. Simple - if you miss the ball, you have to make sure that either bat or foot is grounded immediately. Great keeping by Baugh - Play of the Day.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Great to see the West Indians back to winning ways playing disciplined cricket. The World needs a great West Indian team. This from an Indian fan. Getting rid of cash rich IPL prima donnas like Gayle seems to have done them a world of good. India should do the same with their cash rich IPL prima donnas and things might start to get better.

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | November 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    @SpartaArmy, @PaddyRasta and the others calling it sour grapes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/international/england/8675597/England-v-India-Ian-Bell-can-learn-how-to-protect-his-wicket-from-the-old-fashioned-Jonathan-Trott.html

    Note this para: Jack Russell once stumped me a good 10 seconds after I'd missed a sweep down the leg side from Martyn Ball. He knew I had to regain my balance some time and waited until I did, whipping the bails off at the precise moment my back foot left the ground.

    Batsmen have to regain balance when they sweep even if their feet is inside and the foot will come off most of the time. No one waits for the chance, cos it's not fair. He didn't go past the crease or look for a run. Fair enough, I'll move the ball to the bowler and not wait for him to over-balance etc.

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    This WI team is playing with heart, passion and a desire to win. Due to their inexperience especially in the top order, it will take some time for them to settle,gel, get the hang of Test cricket and its requirements for success. I love my fellow Bajan and Combermerian Brathwaite, but he's got to find a way to get the ball away, pick the gaps, rotate the strike. He can't look to block every ball. If he does, the bowlers will get on top, get you out and the team will be none the better for your contribution. This is where skill & maturity are combined. The team has a legendary batsman as its batting instructor/coach, Dessie Haynes. Am sure he will work with Braff & co. about the finer points of batting. Barath should be Braff's opening partner as this fellow Powell isn't ready. India's middle order is old and brittle. Still good for an occasional flash of brilliance, but not like previously. England showed them up them big time and though we're not England, I'm still expecting us to win

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Agree with the writer Aga totally on the last point about administrative apathy. I have gone for matches in Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad. I have noticed that only Chennai sells tickets on a daily basis. There is a little bit of publicity in local newspapers about the stands & ticket pricing. Hyderabad is the worst. Even for Champions League they were not selling tickets at the stadium when it was half empty. Administration does not care about the fans. By the way the lesser said about the facilities the better. By the way I am in my 40s and I have been to Lords Wimbledon etc... The spectator is King there. Tickets are sold an year or 6 months in advance. If BCCI is serious about this sport they have to buck up. I am willing to volunteer as I am a self employed professional and am willing to offer my services on how to improve fan presence at these venues. I have the time and the inclination.

  • POSTED BY golax on | November 8, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    I think that we aren't giving due credit to WI by saying that our batsmen threw away their wickets. Most of the catches were to well-placed fielders. As for luck, India had its own share of good luck with several edges helping us race away to 89/1. All in all, I think the game reflects the correct levels of effort/seriousness shown by both teams.

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | November 8, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    @ Yvette Ferguson Why bring back gayle? he doesnt make a different in Test Cricket, i would only have him in T20 or OD but not test we need more player like Chaderpaul in the team who is dedicate to West Indies, Gayle isnt he only care about Money. This young team is showing dedication, only problem they dont have experience, but they will learn. I hope this team go on and give a fight to India, I dont expect a Win from West Indies, because even with West Indies best 11, India alway come back hard agains them check past test clashing between the two side and you will see what i mean, West Indies havent won a Test Match since 2002, the lost the last 3 test Series 2011 Sammy (1-0 (3 match)) 2006 Lara 1-0 (4 Match), C Hooper 2003 2-0 (3 Matches).

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    well done baugh. bring back gayle.russel should be in the team.

  • POSTED BY chicoguapo on | November 7, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    excellent work west indies..they took you guys for a joke..as most people put you, as weaklings...i remember in the caribbean they won 1 nil but never impressed in all the games you were in position to win until you screwed up....keep working hard at this one..it will work out....

  • POSTED BY SpartaArmy on | November 7, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    @vaidyar That rule is not just for SEHWAG or VVS, its for every one. Thats wat makes playing turnig ball more difficult and interesting. Keep your feet on the ground until the ball is dead, as simple as it. These two players have one thing in common, MINIMAL FOOTWORK.Hmmm!! it must got to do some thing with over balacing.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | November 7, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @vaidyar Sounds like sour grapes to me. Sehwag's dismissal was a totally legal one and in the spirit of the game. Whether grounding bat or foot to be in, this is the rule and this is part of what makes the complex game of cricket a great game. If he had hit the ball, he would not have been stumped. Simple - if you miss the ball, you have to make sure that either bat or foot is grounded immediately. Great keeping by Baugh - Play of the Day.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Great to see the West Indians back to winning ways playing disciplined cricket. The World needs a great West Indian team. This from an Indian fan. Getting rid of cash rich IPL prima donnas like Gayle seems to have done them a world of good. India should do the same with their cash rich IPL prima donnas and things might start to get better.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 7, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Sachin's eyesight and reflexes are no longer good. In England he was irritated by the light/sightscreen. Time Rohit SHarma took over from him. VVS is also on way out.These two experienced soldiers will find it hard in Australia. Only their experience would be required. I keep saying that this series should be used as a test to blood the youngsters. There are several players who need to rest. Its not that we are underestimating the Windies, but lets rather build for the future.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | November 7, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    @jonathanjosephs, do you eat sour grapes often, India has only good spinners, so they took 9 wickets, Windies look to have disciplined pacemen, that has been the case for some time, and the pacemen took it all. Dont be surprised, many more suprises will come when windies bring back their calypo magic. Any target over 320 will be hard to chase unless BCCI relays the pitch when India come to bat. cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | November 7, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    I'm very surprised. This pitch is a flat pitch with only stuff in it for the spinners. Indian spinners took 9-150 and their seamers took 1-130. West Indies is almost opposite with spinners taking only 3-70 and seamers taking 7-136. Very interesting and it implies that India gave their wickets away. West Indies shouldn't take this lightly. In home conditions, India are lethal. Even an target of 400 is chaseable in these conditions (unless the pitch turns lethal on the 4th and 5th day). Sachin still on 99*... wonder if he'll ever make 100 or will it be one those anomalies of cricket (how Bradman has average of 99.9 instead of 100)

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | November 7, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    @vaidyar, your logic doesn't really make sense. Why would a batsman put his feet up in the air to balance himself? Wouldn't that make him less balanced? I agree VVS Laxman's dismissal in the West Indies was a very bad one for the spirit of cricket, but this was fine... A little unconventional, but fine nonetheless

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I'm totally disappointed with our batsmen who seems 2 b in a hurry 2 catch some train or flight, & mind this is the trend since the Eng tour. Now whatever runs they score we need to be +ve. If there's a ball 2 b hit give it a big whack as had Yuvi gone with full blooded drive it would have been difficult for Edwards to hold on. Doesn't Mr Gambhir learn from his mate's mistake as if I remember it's Parthiv was in a similar type of situation holding his bat in the wrong hand. I'm not trying 2 say it would've averted his dismissal (the shot was hit powerfully) even if he had his bat in the correct hand i.e., left-hand atleast he would've had the oppurtunity to go to the 3rd Umpire. Although I am an ardent fan of Sachin I think it's high time for pull off his shoes & retire as Mr Nampally pointed out but even if he retires now will the world critics say he hung his boots in a graceful manner but the irony is all the great players Sunil, Kapil, Azhar were all virtually shown the down.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | November 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    its a pity there was not more bad calls as india were the reason we are not using the referals. sharma's was the kind of thing it would help get rid of. india saying it was only 90% right with its decisions. it would have got that one right 100 times out of 100 every time. dpk

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Indian pitches sucks, nd this is the reason y we r much 100 allout prone outside india... there shud b difference bw lively nd dead... on the 2nd day pitch turning like its 5th day.. also bounce is very low... if westindies manage to score 150, i thing 250 will be tough chase for india

  • POSTED BY ajmal1988 on | November 7, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Wow! An indian middle order batting collapse and yet again Dravid came to rescue. Dravid should ask for bonus :). The pacers of India really disappointed, just see the difference between the indian pace attack and the west indian pace attack. How will india manage to take 20 wickets in Australia? Indian batsmen really need to find form if they want to draw the series in Australia (forget about winning it)

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | November 7, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    OK. Might be the lone person sounding an odd note. But isn't Sehwag's decision a tad on the wrong side of the spirit of cricket. Similar to VVS's one in the Caribbean, Sehwag had not gone out of the crease to attack or stretched forward. He had not left the crease at all. At some point a batsman has to balance or move back to original batting position (like VVS did). Is it fair to wait for him to move up his legs while doing that and getting him out? At what point is a batsman safe then when the wk collects the ball when standing up. Should he be wary and keep an eye out all the time to see the wk throw the ball away before attempting to even move his legs? Watch any video of keepers standing up and you can see the batsman lifting his legs up and not dragging it along the ground. Strange and I hope they ban such dismissals or someone has a quiet word with Baugh!

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Superb batting by sehwag i lve his batting approach very aggressive

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | November 7, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    It is good to see that WI is making progress slowly but steadily. I was wondering when the last time IND reached or crossed the a total of 300 in a Test inning. If IND loose, the blame will be put on IND bowlers and interestingly if IND wins it will be said that IND coluld have won the match fairly easily and with huge margin if the bowlers would have performed upto the mark. Only 2-Ds in IND are capable of winning matches, and they are M & R- SD (Dhoni and Dravid). Sehwag is still suffering from his golden duck in ENG, and this suffering affecting him way above his shoulder (i.e., his head).

  • POSTED BY ajmal1988 on | November 7, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Wow! An indian middle order batting collapse and yet again Dravid came to rescue. Dravid should ask for bonus :). The pacers of India really disappointed, just see the difference between the indian pace attack and the west indian pace attack. How will india manage to take 20 wickets in Australia? Indian batsmen really need to find form if they want to draw the series in Australia (forget about winning it)

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    its just so interesting that all the negative West Indians who thought we could not challenge India without the so called senior players are now so silence like they are in shock. Names don't win games...players do..i can't remember the last time we made a team like india field twice in one day.. good going guys ..just remember the negative west indians are just waiting for you to fail!!

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 7, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    How can so many batsmen throw away their wickets. It's the basics - some might say Gambhir was unlucky but do batsmen really need to back up like he did. Maybe in a close ODIā€¦but in tests. Does Sehwag have to drive the bowl straight back to the bowler knowing that all he has to do is get a fingertip or a toe on the ball onto the non-stiker's stumps. What's the point Sehwag scoring like he did if he then goes and gives it away. As for Laxman and Yuvraj. Even Sachin look unconvincing. This is what happens when you have players who straight back into the side from injury or layoff replace practice matches and domestic games with the test matches themselves. It should be mandatory that every player has played in warm up matches immediately before a test series - no exceptions. So by the time of the 1st test they are hitting the ground running. I don't see any lessons learned from the Eng tour.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 7, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Well played WI and especially Baugh who was outstanding and who Bishoo bowled some beautiful deliveries. As for Ind...hmmm. Dhoni opens the 2nd innings with 2 spinners perhaps an admission that he should have played 3 specialist spinners from the start. As for the batting I honestly didn't think it could get worse than in Eng but I'm afraid it just did. There was no swing, no bounce, so no excuses.

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | November 7, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Hope critics back off from Sammy atleast now. He deserves all the kudos for WI showing in the field today.

  • POSTED BY PiyushD on | November 7, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas reading tooo much into 1 innings a piece, India have always been poor starters and WI coming on back of a tour from Bangladesh with good practice in subcontinent condition,just wait and see India gallop this WI side.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 7, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Terrible batsmanship by India. One wonders why Sachin and Laxman have been failing miserably this year and why they still have a place in the XI. If they cannot perform in home conditions, they should be dumped for the Aus tour. That being said excellent cricket by WI. Baugh was stunning behind the stumps and he more than made up for his failure with the bat. The stumping of Sehwag is the best glovework I have seen in recent times.

  • POSTED BY correctcall on | November 7, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Seventeen wickets on day 2 of a Test has to bring into question whether the strip is again (already had an ICC ban of 12 months back in 2010) not up to Test standard. Indian Crickinfo fans may wish to comment on whether the BCCI has got it right this time in their quest to produce home ground advantage?

  • POSTED BY sameer111111 on | November 7, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Same old, same old. Team in trouble and what does the best batsman in the world do? Get out, obviously. I can predict a pattern here. Mark my words, last innings chase of 300+ and he will fail again. Next test match, first innings Dravid out and India at 160/2 on a batting track he will get a century and media will go gaga over each and every shot. Give me a break. Had Lara started at 16 and played on till 40+ opening in ODIs he would have got at least 120 international centuries

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 7, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Peter Walcott, Windies don't need another 250 to push us to the mat. I'm sure another 150-175 from now would be sufficient because that would take the target close to 300 and that should be more than enough on the 3rd evening/4th day Kotla pitch. Bishoo, Fidel and Rampaul are going to be more than a handful for any batting line-up on such a difficult track with unbelievable variable bounce. Sammy is no slouch either. The match is almost in your kitty unless you guys play real poor cricket or Indians play out of their skins. The need of the hour for the Windies is for Shiv to stay unbeaten till the end. Things will take care of themselves if he can stay till the end and then with runs on the board simply turn on the heat when the Indian batsmen come out for the 2nd inning. I don't know why, though I'm an Indian, I'm really enjoying the fact that the Windies have gained a mighty upper hand in the series opener.

  • POSTED BY RSBali on | November 7, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    India should thank Tendulkar and Laxman for their services and get in some young blood. The 100th hundred is getting on my nerves!

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | November 7, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Credit to Windies, they've really shown up here. Let's hope they can at least give themselves a good chance from here. This is definitely a result that will build confidence. India - what is that opening stand all about? How much first class cricket have laxman and tendulkar played this year?

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | November 7, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    VVS really enjoying Grade A list with 1 Crore and not doing anything there. Look at his recent WI & Eng test appearances. How many test matches hanging without adding any value. If Mukund or Rahane is not done anything in 2 tests, then selectors are removing them easily. Look at Tendulkar from Eng series. He is doing anything extra here. We can ask Kohli to replace Tendulkar. We know Tendulkar is master class and he is going to get 100th 100 in one of test.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | November 7, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    The Indian batting had to be up the mark but it wasnt. The Indian batting arrogance has failed to deliver again. The Indian batting performance in home condition is so shameful despite the fact that the top 6 of WI batting lineup have almost same experience as Tendulkar and have done better than India. And Mr Aga you are being too generous on Tendulkar. He played across the line fully knowing that ball is keeping low and Edwards is bowling quick. And no top batsman has business to run himself out. Dravid should have trusted Ojha as he had won a test against aussies with his brief batting skills in company of Laxman. Dhoni doesnt like red cherry. WI are ahead and inexperienced Indian bowling would have to deliver tomorrow for India to get out of jail. The loss for India would be very shameful.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    I don't want to sound premature but praise must be given where it's due. This was great performance by the WI, and whatever the result, it shows that u can never underestimate a team of naturally talented players, led by a full of spirit, enthusiastic,capt. The game is anybodies game, the avg 4th innings total on that ground is 197. If WI can bat for 3 more sessions they can pull it off,but that can be a tall order, the way the wkt is playing. But who knows, if u think u can do it, more than likely u can.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    It is a rare sight to see WI on top against top opponents in test cicket. There was a similar opportunity in the first test in the caribbean this year but the chance went a-begging when Dravid was dropped early and went on to make a century.

    What WI need to do now is to be positive against rhe spinners and aim to add at least 250 runs minimum. for India to score 400 runs on Day 4/5 will be very tricky indeed.

    Believe.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 7, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    By far the most valuable of Baugh's victims was Sehwag. In his destructive mood Sehwag can demolish any bowling single handedly. Despite being out of regular cricket for nearly 4 months and still lacking confidence due to shoulder surgery, Sehwag rose to the occasion batting at 7 runs/over.Baugh dismissed Laxman as well. Unfortunately Tendulkar, VVS Laxman & Dhoni let India down very badly with poor batting, especially after the brilliant start. Is this the end of Tendulkar & VVS?. Tendulkar & Laxman failed miserably and let the side down in England test matches as well. India would have been better off with Kohli & Raina - both brilliant fielders, saving at least 30 runs. Apart from Baugh's superb WK,entire WI team played with much greater intensity than the Indian team. Can Ojha repeat his bowling feat with another 6 for- -- ?.If India can contain WI to <150 total, India still have a chance of winning. This time Sehwag, Gambhir & Dravid need to stay there till the winning run.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 7, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Well played Windies. This series will be remembered for the arrogant talk from us as to how this series is just a trial to see who will fit for the tour down under. What an aweful and arrogant state of mind to have, that too, in the aftermath of the whipping we got in England! We should take each day and each game at a time. Game on! I'm enjoying this. My favourites did well - Shiv scored a century, Dravid saved our face yet again and the Windies bowlers proved that this is going to be a brute of a series. Can't imagine what would have happened if Jerome or Roach got a place in the playing XI. And as I said, our batsmen were subjected to some serious pressure. Take out The Legend Shiv cheaply for the whole series or face the consequences. Things, as they unfolded, will only do a world of good to Caribbean Cricket. Welcome back Caribbean Tigers! You need just one more fast bowler in your line-up and a little more application from any 2 of the top 5 batsmen. You are all set.

  • POSTED BY chesumsne on | November 7, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Well done Baugh! You certainly surprised all. When Baugh was picked ahead of Ramdin for the tests, many were surprised, but he's justified his selection as first choice keeper... Keep it up windies boys!

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | November 7, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    You have omitted the two best plays:

    - Kotla pitch with variable bounce and ankle high shooters is not up to Test match requirements (17 wickets in a day!!??) . The ground has past form for being below par and it will be lucky not to receive ICC censorship again.

    - Ishant Sharma got a howler which would have been easily overturned if DRS was in operation (assuming the frontline batsmen had not used up all the challenges by then). Mr Srinivasan will not be on Ishant's Christmas card list this year! ( nor any other crickets fans')

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | November 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Baugh Baugh Baugh..Excellent wicket keeping ..I believe you those 3 wickets should go to your name.... Superb....W.I have a good chance of Sneaking a win..need only about 250 more on the board and let India have a go...Interesting days ahead...

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  • POSTED BY cricchic on | November 7, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Baugh Baugh Baugh..Excellent wicket keeping ..I believe you those 3 wickets should go to your name.... Superb....W.I have a good chance of Sneaking a win..need only about 250 more on the board and let India have a go...Interesting days ahead...

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | November 7, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    You have omitted the two best plays:

    - Kotla pitch with variable bounce and ankle high shooters is not up to Test match requirements (17 wickets in a day!!??) . The ground has past form for being below par and it will be lucky not to receive ICC censorship again.

    - Ishant Sharma got a howler which would have been easily overturned if DRS was in operation (assuming the frontline batsmen had not used up all the challenges by then). Mr Srinivasan will not be on Ishant's Christmas card list this year! ( nor any other crickets fans')

  • POSTED BY chesumsne on | November 7, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Well done Baugh! You certainly surprised all. When Baugh was picked ahead of Ramdin for the tests, many were surprised, but he's justified his selection as first choice keeper... Keep it up windies boys!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 7, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Well played Windies. This series will be remembered for the arrogant talk from us as to how this series is just a trial to see who will fit for the tour down under. What an aweful and arrogant state of mind to have, that too, in the aftermath of the whipping we got in England! We should take each day and each game at a time. Game on! I'm enjoying this. My favourites did well - Shiv scored a century, Dravid saved our face yet again and the Windies bowlers proved that this is going to be a brute of a series. Can't imagine what would have happened if Jerome or Roach got a place in the playing XI. And as I said, our batsmen were subjected to some serious pressure. Take out The Legend Shiv cheaply for the whole series or face the consequences. Things, as they unfolded, will only do a world of good to Caribbean Cricket. Welcome back Caribbean Tigers! You need just one more fast bowler in your line-up and a little more application from any 2 of the top 5 batsmen. You are all set.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 7, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    By far the most valuable of Baugh's victims was Sehwag. In his destructive mood Sehwag can demolish any bowling single handedly. Despite being out of regular cricket for nearly 4 months and still lacking confidence due to shoulder surgery, Sehwag rose to the occasion batting at 7 runs/over.Baugh dismissed Laxman as well. Unfortunately Tendulkar, VVS Laxman & Dhoni let India down very badly with poor batting, especially after the brilliant start. Is this the end of Tendulkar & VVS?. Tendulkar & Laxman failed miserably and let the side down in England test matches as well. India would have been better off with Kohli & Raina - both brilliant fielders, saving at least 30 runs. Apart from Baugh's superb WK,entire WI team played with much greater intensity than the Indian team. Can Ojha repeat his bowling feat with another 6 for- -- ?.If India can contain WI to <150 total, India still have a chance of winning. This time Sehwag, Gambhir & Dravid need to stay there till the winning run.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    It is a rare sight to see WI on top against top opponents in test cicket. There was a similar opportunity in the first test in the caribbean this year but the chance went a-begging when Dravid was dropped early and went on to make a century.

    What WI need to do now is to be positive against rhe spinners and aim to add at least 250 runs minimum. for India to score 400 runs on Day 4/5 will be very tricky indeed.

    Believe.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    I don't want to sound premature but praise must be given where it's due. This was great performance by the WI, and whatever the result, it shows that u can never underestimate a team of naturally talented players, led by a full of spirit, enthusiastic,capt. The game is anybodies game, the avg 4th innings total on that ground is 197. If WI can bat for 3 more sessions they can pull it off,but that can be a tall order, the way the wkt is playing. But who knows, if u think u can do it, more than likely u can.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | November 7, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    The Indian batting had to be up the mark but it wasnt. The Indian batting arrogance has failed to deliver again. The Indian batting performance in home condition is so shameful despite the fact that the top 6 of WI batting lineup have almost same experience as Tendulkar and have done better than India. And Mr Aga you are being too generous on Tendulkar. He played across the line fully knowing that ball is keeping low and Edwards is bowling quick. And no top batsman has business to run himself out. Dravid should have trusted Ojha as he had won a test against aussies with his brief batting skills in company of Laxman. Dhoni doesnt like red cherry. WI are ahead and inexperienced Indian bowling would have to deliver tomorrow for India to get out of jail. The loss for India would be very shameful.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | November 7, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    VVS really enjoying Grade A list with 1 Crore and not doing anything there. Look at his recent WI & Eng test appearances. How many test matches hanging without adding any value. If Mukund or Rahane is not done anything in 2 tests, then selectors are removing them easily. Look at Tendulkar from Eng series. He is doing anything extra here. We can ask Kohli to replace Tendulkar. We know Tendulkar is master class and he is going to get 100th 100 in one of test.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | November 7, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Credit to Windies, they've really shown up here. Let's hope they can at least give themselves a good chance from here. This is definitely a result that will build confidence. India - what is that opening stand all about? How much first class cricket have laxman and tendulkar played this year?