West Indies in India 2011-12 November 17, 2011

Narine, Mohammed picked for India ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Trinidadian duo - top-order batsman Jason Mohammed and unconventional spinner Sunil Narine - were the new faces in West Indies' 15-man squad for the five-match ODI series in India. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Fidel Edwards were the notable omissions from the side.

Both Mohammed and Narine did well in the recent Regional Super50 limited-overs competition, paving the way for their inclusion. Mohammed was Player of the Tournament in addition to getting the Richie Richardson Trophy after topping the run-charts with 227 runs in five outings. Narine rose to prominence during the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India where his mystery variations earned him 10 wickets at the impeccable economy-rate of 4.37 runs per over. He then claimed the Curtly Ambrose Trophy for being the top wicket-taker in the Super50, and was picked for the A-team unofficial Tests against Bangladesh.

"In the Super50 Jason showed maturity, guts and fight in the way he batted on some difficult pitches," WICB selector Robert Haynes said. "He scored vital runs to pull his team out of difficult situations, scored the most runs in the tournament and as selectors we also thought that with the pitches in Guyana not being very different to the pitches in India and Jason having done so well on those types of surface, it augured well for his selection to the ODI squad."

Haynes also said that Narine's steady progress over the past year earned him a spot. "Sunil bowled well in the Indian conditions in Champions League for Trinidad and Tobago and then in the Super50 he was exceptional," Haynes said. "Batsmen have difficulty reading him and we thought that he is deserving of his selection to show his worth against international batsmen.

"He is also a capable lower-order batsman who can give the team 30 to 40 runs and overall we are impressed with the way he approaches batting both for Trinidad and Tobago and in the recent West Indies A match in St Lucia."

Darren Sammy will lead West Indies in the series, which kicks off on November 30 in Cuttack. Chris Gayle continued to miss out on selection, while Dwayne Bravo, who was dropped on form for the Bangladesh tour, was also left out.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

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  • lidon on November 20, 2011, 11:26 GMT


  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    I hope i would not be eating my words after the odi series has finished but i think this west indies side looks good. My eleven would be in this order A Barath, L Simmons, D Bravo,M Samuels,J Mohammed,KPollard,DRamdin,DSammy,A Russel,SNarine,RRampaul. That is a Team full of Trinis 8 to be exact. You have two openers that will give you a quick start and build momentum. Then you have three middle order batsmen who is now finding form and getting big scores and no need to explain what Pollard can do on a good day. You also have depth with the latter because all could contribute and do it quickly. So the coach needs to bring all these different array of skills and hope they can have a game plan before the match and not hoping for just for runs on the table it should be planned and executed. Bowling department is definitely strenghtened by S Narine. So this would be pretty close. Lets hope they can be competitive. We need to rally around the West Indies inspite off because of our legacy.

  • Coraline on November 19, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    WI cricket is on deathbed now. Nobody in this world wanna leave Chris out. That is the last thing expected from WI. Wanted to see Gayle batting against India. Wot happened to Sarwan, Shiv, Bravo Sr. These are the players we are expecting to watch here in India. Without these players I think stands will go empty, becoz one day match will be a 30-30 match with WI run rate 3 runs per over kind of thing. I don't think there is a need for BCCI to select sachin, Dravid, Dhoni, Sehwag, Yuvraj for these ODI's. Without them also 5-0 is a cake walk unless Samuels or Junior Lara resists. It's obvious that Best players of WI are playing in IPL. Without them nobdy is interested in WI matches even if they are against india. Believe me with those players many are interested in WI matches even if they are not against India. I still remember one IPL match when Gayle was out for 0, half the ppl left refreshment room saying that match is over. Bring Gayle Back, Gayle Gayle Gayle.

  • Karandeep on November 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    This is a good combination. Good to bring Sunil Narine in the squad because he can turn the ball both ways. I think they have chosen Martin ahead Bishoo because he had a 4-wicket haul against in India in West Indies won the match & Bishoo was slightly out of touch in tests. Andre Rusell is maybe the batsmen WI are looking for and can bowl penetrating deliveries. Darren Bravo is Lara part-2. Danza Hyatt still needs to make a mark. Jason did not put a good performance in CLT20 2011, looking to see how does here. For Sammy haters, he can be a utility in the one-days because he can hit the ball a fair distance and useful in situations like 10 per over required in 2-3 overs (58* vs South Africa at a strike of 241 in 2010) an is holding the team together and other WI players do like his captaincy. Samuels is the sheet anchor. Gayle is being made to crave to play for WI so that when he comes back he plays a destructive innings. Won't loose 5-0.

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Must be plenty teenagers posting here. Some calling for Taylor though he's played little cricket in the last year; Sarwan, gifted but lazy, unfit, indifferent and has a don't-carish attitude; Bravo, DJ, injured and Gayle, busy making a boatload of cash elsewhere and couldn't care less whether or not he ever represents WI again. Gayle has played several matches for WI and we lost 95% of them. What is to say that with him in the team we will win? Please don't tell me about his presence in the team will give us a better chance to win because our record doesn't support that view. When are WI fans going to get over repeated calls for Gayle's inclusion? Coach Gibson & the Board clearly don't want him anymore and it's not about some apology. If selected, Gayle would be a disruptive force on the team with his rebellious attitude. He would interfere with its chemistry. Coach is trying to mould a good, young team which will be competitive and play well consistently. Gayle doesn't fit into

  • Dummy4 on November 19, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    I still can't believe they're leaving out Chanders!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    in 2011 bishoo has 33 test wickets, 3rd in the whole world,i repeat 3rd in the whole world. how about sammy? anyone knows,

  • Sathyen on November 18, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    @KeepingitReal: In those 44 test matches Gayle has scored 3000+ runs at an average of over 45. What more you are expecting from your opening batsman? and the West Indies were not winniing because they never had Taylor, Edwards, Roach and Bishoo with Rampaul as backup in any of these matches. They always played with a dismal bowling attack. Now the West Indies have all these players fully fit and what do they do they select Sammy and dilute the bowling attack. And don't go by averages, Taylor won a test match by blowing England away for 51 which Sammy even if given 1000 test matches can't repeat what Taylor did.

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    My WI ODI & T/20 Eleven; 1 Chris Gayle 7 Andre Russell 2 Lendl Simmons 8 Denish Ramdhin (Capt/WK) 3 Darren Bravo 9 Sunil Narine 4 Marlon Samuels 10 Ravi Rampaul 5 Jason Mohammed 11 Kemar Roach 6 Keiron Pollardl 12 Adrian Barath

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    I wish that more sincere WI fans would comment. The Indian's who comment here are gluttons for Gayle.He opted to spend more time with them than us and they still want more. I also doubt that many of those folks know and follow WI cricket. Why would they be asking for Dwayne and Sars who are injured? Are they even concerned that Pollard may not be fully recovered from his injury? Hey, do people really think that Shiv should be running around in 50 over and 20 over games. I would have thought that they would be happy to have him rested and well for Australia and England.By the way, how has Sammy crossed so many people?

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