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

Edwards wary of India's batting might

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • SUNIL 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

  • john 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!

  • j on November 13, 2011, 15:59 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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?????

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    Sachin and Dravid please make our nation proud

  • Basil 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.

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