India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata November 12, 2011

Edwards wary of India's batting might

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Fidel Edwards, the West Indies fast bowler, has singled out Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar as the biggest threats for his side in next week's Test in Kolkata. The pair are the most prolific run-getters in Test cricket, and both played their part in ensuring India's victory in the first Test in Delhi.

"Dravid is probably the most difficult batsman [to bowl to]," Edwards said. "He's known all over the world as 'The Wall'. Back home, I've bowled against him and he's been very good up front. It's very hard to get him out." Earlier this year, during India's tour of the West Indies, Dravid had made a century on a tough track in Jamaica to set up India's Test series win.

Tendulkar became the first batsman to reach the 15,000-run mark in Tests last week during India's successful chase of 276. In the first innings, he had become Edwards' 150th Test victim. "As a youngster, having watched him on television and coming to bowl against him now is a great achievement for me," Edwards said. "And to have got him out as well [is an achievement]. We have to stop him from scoring runs against us."

Despite the loss at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Edwards was not too unhappy with West Indies' performance. "It's [the team atmosphere] been great. We pushed the top Test team so far. We have a very young bunch of players here. For most of the guys this series will be a learning curve. See what Dravid and Sachin did with the bat in the second innings, hopefully we can learn quickly from that."

Edwards also said reverse-swing was one weapon that could hurt the heavyweight India batting line-up. "These guys have been scoring runs all over. They are playing on their home ground. So it's going to be very tough. But once the ball starts to reverse, we can put them under pressure. So if we can get the ball to be reversing as soon as possible, then we can get them out."

In the Kolkata Test, Edwards will reach a milestone that was last reached by a West Indies fast bowler in 1995, by Curtly Ambrose. "This will be my 50th Test and I'm looking to come up with a win and also take some wickets for the team. We are 1-0 down and we need a win to stay alive in this series. I would love to get among the wickets again and help the team to a win so we could leave here level, with all to play for in the last match in Mumbai."

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  • on November 14, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    BEAT INDIA -BEAT INDIA -BEAT INDIA --West Indies must beat India or saty in India until they beat them

  • on November 14, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    wat's it about Sachin. Shiv average is higher that Sachin in the last 5 yrs. Lara scored almost 12000 runs in 131 test, another 51 test and he would have at least 5000 more runs.

  • on November 13, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    In my opinion Dravid and Lara are better than tendulkar. Dravid could overcome any situation and bats at what ever position India needs a batsman for like we saw in England as opposed to tendulkar who is fixed and wouldnt move to affect his statistics. As for Lara the greatest he was forced to single win matches all on his own and pressured when the team lost and he didnt score. He was a man who played for the team to win games while tendulkar will not force the point if the victory is not clear at hand. The little master has class and a great played but he always has help.Also tendulkar would always be in form cause befor icc smartened up India played ODI triangulars all the time in the subs

  • suniljoseph on November 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    you are very right fidel. west indies is making progress by leaps and bounds. but dear what about the weakness of indian batsman especially gautam and veeru against short pitch delivery. you have the utmost pace to bowl them quality bouncers and get them out. i have seen many times gautam, veeru and raina being disturbed by quality bouncers. try this out dear

  • johnny62 on November 13, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    While I agree with you Fidel Edwards, you guys have a match winner not included in the team Chris Gayle. You do not have a chance to win tests or ODI's against quality teams like India. If you guys want Cricket to survive in WI, include him in the team Egos should have no place in team selection. Country's interests, and game is important rather than petty personal matters. By the time selectors realize their mistake (which I seriously doubt), they would have killed the game. I am sure every one will agree with me including all the team members of present WI team. Hard luck guys!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 13, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Yes, make us proud just like you did in England....

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @randyOZ ... well, your first "flat track bully" has scored 5960 runs in 73 matches at an average of 51.37 outside the sub-continent which includes 18 tons(out of which 6 are against australia)... now for ur second "flat track bully", he has produced 3950 runs in 57 matches at an average of 44.36 outside the sub-continent which includes 8 centuries(...4 against australia)... ...from ur esteemed comments, I can very well judge ur knowledge for this game, but can you please tell me when did australia prepare "flat tracks" in sydney, perth, adelaide or melbourne?????

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Fidel is an attacking pacer who will go for runs but will get quality batters. I will always put my money on pace agst Indian batters. I wouldn't worry about the Indian batters if I were u, just ensure Sachin does make that century agst WI.

  • on November 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid please make our nation proud

  • VivGilchrist on November 13, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @Metman, couldn't agree more- well said. Although I dont know how Simmons would fare as a Test keeper.

  • on November 14, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    BEAT INDIA -BEAT INDIA -BEAT INDIA --West Indies must beat India or saty in India until they beat them

  • on November 14, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    wat's it about Sachin. Shiv average is higher that Sachin in the last 5 yrs. Lara scored almost 12000 runs in 131 test, another 51 test and he would have at least 5000 more runs.

  • on November 13, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    In my opinion Dravid and Lara are better than tendulkar. Dravid could overcome any situation and bats at what ever position India needs a batsman for like we saw in England as opposed to tendulkar who is fixed and wouldnt move to affect his statistics. As for Lara the greatest he was forced to single win matches all on his own and pressured when the team lost and he didnt score. He was a man who played for the team to win games while tendulkar will not force the point if the victory is not clear at hand. The little master has class and a great played but he always has help.Also tendulkar would always be in form cause befor icc smartened up India played ODI triangulars all the time in the subs

  • suniljoseph on November 13, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    you are very right fidel. west indies is making progress by leaps and bounds. but dear what about the weakness of indian batsman especially gautam and veeru against short pitch delivery. you have the utmost pace to bowl them quality bouncers and get them out. i have seen many times gautam, veeru and raina being disturbed by quality bouncers. try this out dear

  • johnny62 on November 13, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    While I agree with you Fidel Edwards, you guys have a match winner not included in the team Chris Gayle. You do not have a chance to win tests or ODI's against quality teams like India. If you guys want Cricket to survive in WI, include him in the team Egos should have no place in team selection. Country's interests, and game is important rather than petty personal matters. By the time selectors realize their mistake (which I seriously doubt), they would have killed the game. I am sure every one will agree with me including all the team members of present WI team. Hard luck guys!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 13, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Yes, make us proud just like you did in England....

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    @randyOZ ... well, your first "flat track bully" has scored 5960 runs in 73 matches at an average of 51.37 outside the sub-continent which includes 18 tons(out of which 6 are against australia)... now for ur second "flat track bully", he has produced 3950 runs in 57 matches at an average of 44.36 outside the sub-continent which includes 8 centuries(...4 against australia)... ...from ur esteemed comments, I can very well judge ur knowledge for this game, but can you please tell me when did australia prepare "flat tracks" in sydney, perth, adelaide or melbourne?????

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    Fidel is an attacking pacer who will go for runs but will get quality batters. I will always put my money on pace agst Indian batters. I wouldn't worry about the Indian batters if I were u, just ensure Sachin does make that century agst WI.

  • on November 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid please make our nation proud

  • VivGilchrist on November 13, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @Metman, couldn't agree more- well said. Although I dont know how Simmons would fare as a Test keeper.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    BEWARE WEST INDIES INDIA ON ITS WAY TO WIN THE SERIES

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Don't worry about Laxman or Sachin fidel, these guys are flat track bullies chasing records. The undisputed best batsman India has produced is Dravid. He is the best player and the one you should worry about the most.

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    Fidel, Schain is only a worry in the 1st innings. In the second you can be sure he will fail.

  • RandyOZ on November 13, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Fidel, Schain is only a worry in the 1st innings. In the second you can be sure he will fail.

  • Johnny_129 on November 13, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @ Jade Valley - Why could Lara not get into a very weak WI side when he was 15yrs old??? The fact that Sachin started young has taken away from his avg (he was young and took time to settle esp in ODI's) not added to it! Sachin is more consistent and can play great against and bowler, in any condition...esp on square turners! Lara was great too but not as good as Sachin - look at Lara's test record in India...or Poniting's for that matter! The only thing Lara was better at than Sachon was getting to those really big scores once set in esp on a flat deck. Sachin is the best modern day bat, TEST or ODI - perhaps the only ones greater would be Bradman in Tests (then again cricket was a different game back then so it is difficult to compare) and Viv in ODIs.

  • pkhunter on November 13, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @JadeValley, you are right that we shouldn't compare Bradman with Sachin. But your reasons are silly and niggling. Bradman played in (1) Much simpler times, with much simpler expectations from the game. Without the glare of media. (2) On fairly predictable tracks in Australia and England. (3) In one form of the game, with many days of rest which kept his performance at its peak.

    Any modern player's averages will never match those. It's different times. Not to take away from his accomplishment and class, but a comparison is pointless. The contexts are *too* different.

  • everfaithful77 on November 13, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I was happy to see the way WINDIES tried hard to win the 1st test vs India. Most of the guys gave of their best but a few let the team down. The opener Powell played a rash shot a few balls into the 2nd inns to give India their 1st wkt. He should have settled before attempting shots like that since there was so much time. Baugh got out to rash shots in both inns. With the exception of Chanderpaul all the other batsmen found it difficult to attack the Indian spinners. This was surprising after their impressive showing against the Bang spinners. The batting coach needs to help the batsmen to be more POSITIVE against the spinners like Chands did not allowing them to settle into any rhythm. Eg by using their FEET or stroking the ball into gaps, turning high flighted deliveries into full-tosses. Staying in their crease and playing defensively 90% of the time is unwise. The fast bowlers need to be more AGGRESSIVE with more well lined and well timed BOUNCERS. Take a page from the English.

  • bigdhonifan on November 13, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay...... u nailed it dude... 100%

  • on November 13, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Good Words from Fidel.Congrats from an Indian on your 50th Test,Mate.

  • sabee66 on November 13, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    sachin is a great batsman, agains Zimbabwe, WI and AUS...lol where are the bowlers, they dont have any, Aus will smash them

  • johnathonjosephs on November 13, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Take one of those crap WI batsman out and put in Roach. He would probably make more than that batsman too

  • VivGilchrist on November 13, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Brian Samaroo, Simmons is not a Test keeper and Gayle, Chanders, and Samuels are not frontline spinners. A Test XI will be shown up if you go in with a makeshift line up. Interesting how you have not chosen Bishoo - the best spin bowler to represent WI in years, and Sammy the bowler with the best average in the West Indies. Also please keep in mind that Barath has a batting average of @ 26, Samuels 28, and Simmons a worse average than Baugh. Interesting when one considers facts, hey?

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    When bradman was playing , it was like a 5th grade kid playing cricket. Not a decent pitch, not a decent bowler and moreover he was just played only in 3 countries .Its a modern day cricket n don't ever compare Bradman with Sachin . When you play so much of cricket , you get lost in all things like fatigue, mentality... Just compare how many matches that Lara played in every year with Tendulkar .

  • maddy20 on November 13, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @Ohmattymatty Say that to the Austrialians to whom he is the tormentor in chief. He forged a 95 run partnership with a no.10 batsman to win the game against oz despite of being injured. The man is a legend and anyone who thinks otherwise is not a fan of test cricket.

  • maya127 on November 13, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Sachin has to play natural game and dont look to 100th 100.It will eventually come.One thing he will regret for his all life is that not going to WI tour.He could have easily made that 100 in 3 tests and would be free of pressure in England and India might not be humiliated.But he kept his 100th 100 for England tour for huge media coverage and failed because of not having enough match practice.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    laxman at number 3 isnt a proper choice b'cos he prefers to stay back in the crease and play using his wrists. If an early wicket falls, he would have to play swinging conditions which is better countered by playing on front foot..Dravid is awesome at tat position and no one else should come in at tat position as long as Dravid plays

  • smart_google on November 13, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    anyone who plays international cricket over 20 years is great . Add ++ if he has to bear the burden of 1.2 billion people . We will have to wait n see who bear this kind of burden in the distant future.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    The WI I,d like to see- Gayle*, Barath, Kirk Edwards, Simmons(wk) Darren Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Taylor, F. Edwards, Rampaul, Roach. 4 pacers and 3 spinners in Gayle, Samuels and Chanders and a solid batting line up.

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    @parsuram You are right about Sachin having some statistics. But we shouldn't compare Tendulkar with Bradman for the following two reasons: 1) Bradman's test average is MILES better than his nearest contemporary, Sachin's average is still within reach or comparable to Sangakarra's, Lara's, Kallis's and even Ponting's. 2) Bradman's conversion rate is 2.23, whereas Sachin's is 0.82. Sachin's conversion rate is higher to Lara's by 0.13. By the way, Sachin is one of my favourites, I like his batting stance, sometimes I try to copy it when playing windball cricket. But for me, Brian Lara is better in test cricket, while Sachin is better in ODIs. Why I say this? Look at their runs per match statistics in both forms of the game. Sachin has most of the cricket records not just because of his skills, but MAINLY due to the fact that he started playing test cricket at a very young age.

  • Wall_Master_Specialist on November 13, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Edwards is just saying his opinion....whats wrong if he says its hard to bowl at Dravid.....stop comparing always....just give merit to all the greats...Bet you nobody else can bat like Dravid does.....same applies to all greats

  • inblue on November 13, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty you must be an aussie thats why your jealous of LAXMAN

  • rahulcricket007 on November 13, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    @OHMATTYMATTY . U SHOULD ASK THIS QUESTIONS TO MCGRATH, LEE, WARNE . LAXMAN 'S AVERAGE IS LOWER THAN SACHIN , DRAVID , KP , SANGA , KALLIS . BUT IF YOU LOOK HIS SECOND INNINGS AVERAGE IS BETTER THAN FIRST INNINGS . ALSO SO MANY TIMES HE HAS WON OR SAVE MATCHES WITH HIS BATTING . I WILL GIVE YOU A CERTAIN RECORD (KOLKATA 2001 , ADELAIDE 2004, MOHALI 2010 , PERTH 2008 , DURBAN 2011). ALSO IF YOU LOOK HIS RECORD AGAINST THE AUSSIES OF 2000-2008 HE HAS VERY GOOD AVERAGE AGAINST THEM.

  • Balu1324 on November 13, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    I happened to read Mark Waugh's comment that the lack of exposure to quality fast bowling led to the Great Australian debacle... You can only then deduce that the Iindian batting has been so great because they were tempered and have been playing only quality fast bowling through out.. How big does Sachins 15000 runs seem now!!!!. Not to mention the feats of dravid, VVS or ganguly!!

  • Balu1324 on November 13, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Thank you West Indies board for not picking Chris Gayle.... We may still become no. 1 because of that

  • Nampally on November 13, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Edwards said: "It is my 50th Game on Monday -- so hopefully we can do well & come up with a win". He cannot be thinking of a Win & he be wary of India's batting might. Anyway WI need strong batting too in order to counter the indian total. It will be unacceptable for India to repeat their first innings debacle of the first test. They will be dying to build upover 400 total to beat the jinx off their back of failing to get 300 in last 5 tests.India's top 4 batsmen were rusty and have shaken off that rust now. It is about time for India to produce a big total, irrespective of what Edwards feels.Sehwag leads the Indian attack in batting with Gambhir. If he again gives India the same flying start the Fab 3 will put up good scores with at least one century between them.Also the Indian spinners will not be resting on their laurels and go for a repeat of their fine 16 wkt. haul.Kolkatta wicket will be different from that of the Kotla and high scoring test is expected.Lets Go India!.

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    @ohhhhmattymatty - what are you asking? why does he average less? Thats because he bats in the lower middle order usually coming 3-5 down instead of his preferred position of 1 down(which dravid plays). Overrated? hes one of the most underrated & unappreciated batsmen india has had in the past decade. I sometimes wish he was a bit more rude & demanded he play a #3 slot instead of dravid after his 281 or higher up the order to score more runs instead of batting with the tail where he recently has bailed india out of terrible situations.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 13, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    West Indies actually have a great deal of good fast bowlers.. Just some are injured and its hard to include them all in. Between Roach, Taylor (injured), Fidel, and Rampaul, who should be included?

  • on November 12, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @syed isteaz zonaide. The true test of batsman is not what his home fans think. It is what the opposition bowlers think.

  • Parsuram on November 12, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    My opinion is that Sachin is unduobtedtly the best batsman of his generation . His atatistics are incomparable. Which batsman can maintain an average of almost 57 over two decades of consistency. this is cricketer of the highest class. Only Bradman can be considered better than sachin. It is unfortunate that many persons have tried to smear his name and his denegrade his enviable performance. However statistics don,t lie. Some have argued for Pointing, Lara or Viv Richards being considered the top of treputationhis generation but my reply is just judge performance on the field alone (even if this is the prefered yardstick Sachin is still tops). Off the field sachin has an impeccable record. I do not want to go into details but I cannot same the same for the three other players mentioned.

  • hvijay.1985 on November 12, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    @OhMattyMatty : Laxman scores his runs against quality opposition, not teams like Bangladesh etc. (no offense to them). This is why his average is lower than the others, but this, if anything, makes him greater.

  • DocBindra on November 12, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @Alexk400-Name ONE team that is not vulnerable in the middle order if their openers go cheaply. Kind of a moot point, I think the recent Aus-SA batting debacles was proof positive.

  • DocBindra on November 12, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Despite undue criticism and clueless comments by some so called fans, Dravid is true class. After going through a little uncertain period, he has again planted himself at the top of the class, Again. He is arguably a Top 5 batsman in world cricket, if not top 2 with Kallis. He is a true Test batsman who puts a premium on his wicket and makes the bowler work for his wicket. I will take a 38 yo Dravid over most of these so called good players worldwide. Dravid, you are THE MAN!!!

  • simonviller on November 12, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @ R W ; Who would you say are our best bowles ? If you are suggesting that Powell is among them,then you are not serious .

  • Technical-1 on November 12, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Starting 11: Gayle, Sarwan, Shiv, Samuel, Young Bravo, Taylor, Edwards, Roach, Rampaul, Ramdin. Bishoo.

  • on November 12, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    WI should try Roach in place of Bishoo or a batsman. It would make big difference if 4 pace bowlers were to run in hard all day. Bishoo would be useful on the 5th day, but the game probably wouldn't go into the 5th day. India should try Jadeja as option for tests. Many people didn't give Praveen Kumar a chance when he was tried for tests labeling him a limited-overs player. Similarly Jadeja could make his presence felt with his fielding, bowling and strengthen the tail batting. He is naturally athletic. His batting will improve with exposure to foreign conditions. He is a classical left-arm spinner like Ojha with good control over length. With batting legends and a bowling legend (ZK) in the team, it makes sense to play other players who are good fielders (Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ishant, Kohli) around them in Australia.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 12, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    Why does Laxman average so much less than other less "great" or "legendary" players? Most overrated player of this generation. Unquestionably.

  • bigdhonifan on November 12, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay...... u nailed it dude... 100%

  • theRule19 on November 12, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Edwards assessment of the playing conditions and the Indian players is right. With ball reversing there is a good chance to get more wickets. Indians on the other hand know that and will improve as they go in the series. WI are showing signs of improvement which is good to see. With more pace bowling options in Roach or Taylor and Edwards only thing they need to improve is batting. Indians will be fresh of their winning start as their bowling is improving on the other hand which will be key to their Aus. tour next up. All signs for good season of test cricket.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 12, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Contd Whilst Dravid has not touched the heights that Tendulkar did at his peak, Dravid's greatness is expressed in a different way - he is more classical in technique and temperament. Another player who is often overlooked and has been treated very poorly by Cricket India and the public is Laxman who on his day can be even more majestic than Tendulkar with his strokeplay but has been less consistent than the other two great batsmen. All said and done I think it's academic because I'm grateful that India has had these 3 batsmen in their team at the same time who, win or lose, have given me great pleasure through their batsmanship. Rahul, Sachin, VVS - I thank and salute you all for all that you done and all that will do in however long there is.

  • itsthewayuplay on November 12, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Dravid is very much underappreciated by Indian fans and IMO that's due to one man, Tendulkar. Tendulkar's career can be split into broadly 2 phases - the first one being when he came on the scene, was fearless and attacked all bowlers on all surfaces over the world with breathtaking strokeplay. Good balls would disappear and bowlers could do nothing about it and Tendulkar was untouchable whilst Dravid was still a very good player and was very much in his shadow. The second phase after a string of injuries came the Tendulkar we see now who is much more of an accumulator of runs with occasional flashes of his early brilliance. For me, Dravid's turning point was his 180 the 2001 Kolkotta test when he stepped out out of Tendulkar's shadow and became a player who forged his own identity and has replaced Tendulkar and the most important of the Indian batters and the inner steel that runs through the line-up.

  • bigdhonifan on November 12, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Dear Dhakshika... Even federar lost in straight sets... Ali lost in first round knockout... that doesnt means they are not Legends... One series doesnt mean Sachin Dravid or Laxman is just good... they are legends!!! International bowlers around the world rate them great.... so y dont you??? many of your countrymen doesnt even know how to play flick from outside off stump ball to boundary on midwicket as laxmen does... OR backfoot punch to cover by Tendulkar or Copybook coverdrive by Dravid!!

  • todobless on November 12, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Rampaul>Edwards>Taylor>Roach

  • Dhakshika on November 12, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Dear Gupta.Ankur..We all see how react last England series "greatest" batting side of all time. what a laugh u make all the cricket lovers around the world.......dont be Mr bean my dear friend...hik...

  • Alexk400 on November 12, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    The problem with west indies is getting sehwag and gambhir cheaply. Indian batting is fragile when middle order face shiny new ball. procession always start when you apply pressure. EVen though edward can bowl fast and fury , he gives too many 4 ball along with that and relieves the pressure. Roach must replace one batsman so they can come at indian with fast and fury. or sammy has to be non playing caption. hahaha.

  • cheguramana on November 12, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Theres enuf talent in the Windies team. And they are popular tourists. Heres wishing them all the very best (against teams other than India :-)) !!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    @Ricardo Williams Cricket doesn't revolve on pace alone, Bishoo and narine would also be a fantastic combination and you've forgotten the most consistent WI bowler in Rampaul.

  • Metman on November 12, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Everything being equal in the WI setup,no biases and unfair comments along way,the perfect XI for the WI at this time would have to be Gayle,K.Edwards,Darren Bravo,Sarwan capt,Chanders,Samuels,Simmons(keeper),Taylor,Roach,Edwards,Bishoo.Simmons,should have been groomed long ago,and Sarwan should have been given back the captaincy when he returned after injury back then.,and WI would have been a force to be reckon with by now.Reserves would have to be Dwayne Bravo,Sammy,Benn,Rampaul and Russell.K.Brathwaite and Powell are too green for test cricket.Rampaul in my opinion with his fast approach,tires too easily in test cricket,and is most likely to get a wicket or two during his first spell,after that ,he justs huffs and puffs during his next spells.Would not play Roach, K.Edwards , F.Edwards nor Chanders in one days,.....Simmons could open up,and Rampaul,Bravo,Sammy and Russell brought in.Roach needs talking to,must be told he HAS to be more agressive,even if it is only in his run up.

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Weather it was a match winning classic at adelaide, or a memorable 270 against pak, or the numerous innings which required the intent of a truely classical legend RD has always lived upto his reputation... Being the most technically accomplished batsman in present era Dravid still remains the most prized wicket for any bowler in the world... the pride of a nation... the inspiration behind many young batters(both india and abroad)... the reason for millions of viewers to switch on their tv sets... THE ONE WHO FIGHTS... THE ONE WHO STANDS TALL AGAINST ALL ODDS... WHOM EVERY CRICKET PLAYING NATION HIGHLY RESPECTS

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    look luck, it's gana be hard against this batting line up!

  • sameer111111 on November 12, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Stating the obvious. Dravid , along with Gavaskar has been the best Indian batsman ever. Forget statistics, the true test of batsmen comes when batting under pressure.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 12, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Dravid better than Tendulkar in tests... whats new? just kidding, tendulkar is slightly better than dravid, but I do feel that he is very underappreciated in India. Its like if all the Mahela and Sanga fans in Sri Lanka put all their energies towards only worshipping Sanga (just like Indian fans do to SRT), Mahela would feel like a very underappreciated man Can't really compare Tendulkar and Dravid career wise, but Dravid is in more form as of now compared to Tendulkar and thats why he is more prized

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Dravid is definitely the toughest indian batsman to bowl to get him out... becoz he hardly takes any chances... unlike Sachin/laxman/Gambhir who do make some risky shots... Dravid is always a super cool batsman and plays with a risk free approach.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Fidel is right, who wouldn't fear one of the "greatest" batting side of all time......i think aussies must call one of them to avoid another 47 all-out scenario...

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Go get them Fidel and the boys next week. Walls can be smashed and master blasters, blasted. You all can do it, take some inspirationfrom Australia 21 for 9. Can be done. We can beat India at home in the second test. All the best.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    c'mon Dravid and Sachin make our nation proud. Best Of Luck.....

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Do it is a further proof of Dravid's greatness after Akhtar also considered him to be tough to bowl at tests. It is because of his compact technique, not much ro between bat n pad,

  • KishoreSharma on November 12, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Please, please, please.....do not waste Kemar Roach. He should open the bowling with Fidel Edwards. If Jerome Taylor is also there, this would be a world class pace attack. Ravi Rampaul is a good steady bowler, but Roach is the guy with the ability to blast out a side. I bet you he is the bowler who would worry the Indian batsmen the most. It would be a criminal waste of talent if Roach continues to be left out.

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    he is certainly a gud bowler in the making. . . .

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Dravid may b da wall but Tendulkar.......well he is the Master Blaster......shud hav shown more respect towards da gr8 man!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    While the most prized wicket for some bowlers is Sachin, the most difficult batsman to bowl to for all the bowlers in the world is definitely The Great Wall. The sheer tenacity and genius of Dravid makes it so difficult to bowl at him. Dravid is world renowned to play as the situation demands and is more than willing to defend for hours/sessions together, if needed, and this mind-set makes him the most difficult batsman to bowl to. Take a bow to The Great Wall!

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I will like to see a consistent bowling line up with Edwards and Roach and if we can get Powell back then we'll be a force to reckon with. We are playing too many bowlers who come good in spur moments and we're not giving our best bowlers a chance to grow.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    varun Aaron will hopefully get a chance there...!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Dear Fidel Edwards, Wish you all the best in your 52nd Test.

  • kitten on November 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    India in all probability will field the same side. As the saying goes, 'you never change a winning side'. However, if there is indeed need for any change, the only one I can think of is, Kohli in place of Yuvraj. Even though, Yuvraj played fairly well in the first innings, he threw his wicket away, and also in the second innings, with one run needed to win, he was so casual with his stroke, and left such a big gap between his bat and his stumps( a football could go through), that it was no surprise he saw his furniture rearranged. I don't personally think Yuvraj is cut out for Test cricket. He is absolutely brilliant in the shorter formats, and should be only considered for these. Kohli on the other hand is a batsman in form, brilliant fielder, and can even turn his arm over if needed. Also, seeing that we are looking to the future, he should get all the opportunities he possibly can. Hope the selectors make the right decision for Eden Gardens.

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  • kitten on November 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    India in all probability will field the same side. As the saying goes, 'you never change a winning side'. However, if there is indeed need for any change, the only one I can think of is, Kohli in place of Yuvraj. Even though, Yuvraj played fairly well in the first innings, he threw his wicket away, and also in the second innings, with one run needed to win, he was so casual with his stroke, and left such a big gap between his bat and his stumps( a football could go through), that it was no surprise he saw his furniture rearranged. I don't personally think Yuvraj is cut out for Test cricket. He is absolutely brilliant in the shorter formats, and should be only considered for these. Kohli on the other hand is a batsman in form, brilliant fielder, and can even turn his arm over if needed. Also, seeing that we are looking to the future, he should get all the opportunities he possibly can. Hope the selectors make the right decision for Eden Gardens.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Dear Fidel Edwards, Wish you all the best in your 52nd Test.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    varun Aaron will hopefully get a chance there...!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I will like to see a consistent bowling line up with Edwards and Roach and if we can get Powell back then we'll be a force to reckon with. We are playing too many bowlers who come good in spur moments and we're not giving our best bowlers a chance to grow.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    While the most prized wicket for some bowlers is Sachin, the most difficult batsman to bowl to for all the bowlers in the world is definitely The Great Wall. The sheer tenacity and genius of Dravid makes it so difficult to bowl at him. Dravid is world renowned to play as the situation demands and is more than willing to defend for hours/sessions together, if needed, and this mind-set makes him the most difficult batsman to bowl to. Take a bow to The Great Wall!

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Dravid may b da wall but Tendulkar.......well he is the Master Blaster......shud hav shown more respect towards da gr8 man!!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    he is certainly a gud bowler in the making. . . .

  • KishoreSharma on November 12, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Please, please, please.....do not waste Kemar Roach. He should open the bowling with Fidel Edwards. If Jerome Taylor is also there, this would be a world class pace attack. Ravi Rampaul is a good steady bowler, but Roach is the guy with the ability to blast out a side. I bet you he is the bowler who would worry the Indian batsmen the most. It would be a criminal waste of talent if Roach continues to be left out.

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Do it is a further proof of Dravid's greatness after Akhtar also considered him to be tough to bowl at tests. It is because of his compact technique, not much ro between bat n pad,

  • on November 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    c'mon Dravid and Sachin make our nation proud. Best Of Luck.....