India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 4th day

India win by innings despite Bravo ton

The Report by Sidharth Monga

November 17, 2011

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India 631 for 7 decl. (Laxman 176*, Dhoni 144, Dravid 119) beat West Indies 153 (Ojha 4-64, Yadav 3-23) and (f/o) 463 (Bravo 136, Samuels 84, Yadav 4-80) by an innings and 15 runs
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Darren Bravo jumps in joy after reaching his century, India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 4th day, November 17, 2011
Even in his celebration routine, Darren Bravo was reminiscent of Brian Lara © AFP
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Darren Bravo's resolute century, which left him with statistics identical to Brian Lara's at the end of 12 Tests, wasn't enough to deny India an innings win. Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made India work hard on the fourth day, and took West Indies to their highest score following on. India preferred to wait for mistakes, which said a lot about the huge lead they had and the state of the pitch: a slow turner. When West Indies did make the mistake, Rahul Dravid was superb at slip to kickstart a collapse of four for 20.

Given their recent form, not many were expecting a big fightback from West Indies, and according to unconfirmed reports Kolkata's Jadhavpur University Complex, where Sourav Ganguly is playing a Ranji Trophy match, attracted a bigger crowd than Eden Gardens. They missed an attractive century from Bravo. Resuming on 38 he kept batting like he did yesterday. With the fields spread he kept picking the singles, and whenever MS Dhoni looked to attack he sent the fields back with calculated risks. He added 15 fours and a six to his boundary count on the fourth day.

India began the day trying to keep things quiet until the new ball became due. The pitch had become slow, and allowed the batsmen enough time to recover even if they were beaten in the flight. There was only one hiccup, potentially a big one, in the 18 overs before the new ball was taken. Bravo pushed towards mid-off and set off immediately, Chanderpaul never moved. With the batsmen now capable of whispering to each other at the non-striker's end, Gambhir threw on the run. A weak and wide throw ensued, allowing Bravo to get back.

The new ball immediately produced more excitement. Bravo hit the first over for two fours, but also edged one. Soft hands and the slowness of the pitch, though, made sure it didn't carry to slip. In the fourth over with the new ball, against the run of play, Chanderpaul got a bottom edge when he looked to push Umesh Yadav. A sterner examination followed for Marlon Samuels. Ishant Sharma hit him on the forearm with a short one, and was nearly played on soon.

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  • India's series win is their third against West Indies at home after their 1-0 win in 1978 and 2-0 win in 2002.
  • The innings victory is only the second for India against West Indies. The previous one came in Mumbai in 2002.
  • West Indies' innings defeat is their 11th in Tests since 2000. In contrast, between 1980 and 1995, they suffered just two innings defeats.
  • West Indies' total of 463 is their highest second-innings total against India going past the 443 for 7 scored in Kanpur in 1958. On that occasion, West Indies won by 203 runs.
  • Darren Bravo scored his second century in 12 Tests to go with six half-centuries. His stats after 12 matches (941 runs at 47.05) are exactly the same as Brian Lara's numbers after 12 matches.
  • The 132-run stand between Bravo and Marlon Samuels is seventh on the list of fifth-wicket stands for West Indies in India.
  • Samuels' 84 is his third-highest score against India and his first half-century in nine innings. His previous half-century came against India in Barbados when he made 78.

At the other end Bravo went strong. With the new ball likely to travel faster, his strike-rate improved too. Against the new ball, he went from 67 to 100 in 35 balls. For the rare few who might not have noticed the resemblance, upon reaching the century he leapt in the air just like Lara used to. By now Samuels had become surer, and despite India's defensive fields, the two kept scoring swiftly.

With the deficit in two figures, and once again against the run of play, Bravo opened the face to one from Ojha. The ball didn't turn as much as expected, and went low to Dravid's right at first slip. Pouched. Bravo and Lara after 12 Tests: 941 runs at 47.05. India were back now. Six overs later Ojha produced an edge from Carlton Baugh. Dravid dived full length to his right and completed the low catch. Perhaps his batting has rubbed off onto his catching form in the slips, which hasn't quite been up to his usual standards over the last two years.

Next it was Samuels' turn to make the fatal mistake. He stayed back to a quick offbreak from R Ashwin, and was hit in front, deep in the crease, 16 short of what would have been another attractive century. An unorthodox offspinner, Ashwin proceeded to produce the classical offie's dismissal, when he got one to drift away from Kemar Roach, and then sneak through the gap produced.

Darren Sammy swung a few hits, but he only delayed the inevitable. Minutes before tea, Umesh Yadav finished the game and gave India the series by rattling the stumps with successive balls.

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Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Not 2 late to get it right. As I watched the AUS/SA test, I asked myself why aren't WI playing their 3 pacers if they r fit? Aus have Siddle, Cummins,Johnson,Lyon(spin). R those bowlers any better than Ravi, Fidel, Roach & Bishoo? So I checked their records, & from the records the answer is NO. India r all excited about Umesh, he is not in the class of any of the above mentioned, let us do the commonsense thing & play our 3 pacers. I repeat, Indian batters r very uncomfortable agst pace,have always been & will always be. Of course with the exception of the great GAVASKAR, & maybe 3 others( retired). We r at #7 because of our batting not bowling.

Posted by ssridhar on (November 19, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

Team India, prepare grassy tracks, arrange for home series as pacy new ball bowlers have arrived; arrange for home series against Aus, SA eng or even NZ.

Posted by ssridhar on (November 19, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Pile more runs, u wont get chance in aus and sa. the aussies themselves strugglling in sa WI better concentrate on athletics, football. u have lost international level cricketing abilities after viv barring a few, lara and shiv. bowling to no plan, batting by come-what-may. being a long time and future fan of WI is humiliating !!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 18, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

@ssridhar, good conspiracy theory. You can try your hand at FBI ;)

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

@Balb- We r always open to ideas. Not a bad 1. Rest Sammy in preparation for the i dayers( more his format), ask Shiv to capt, play yr 3 pacers(all handy with the bat) + Bishoo. We have nothing to lose & ev/thing to gain. A meal for though! Not bad my friend. What do u think folks?

Posted by bMike on (November 18, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

Home heroes away zeroes lol

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 18, 2011, 4:59 GMT)

The connection with Lara is scary, good luck Bravo.

Posted by ssridhar on (November 18, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

Very good gimmick from Indian Team ! Indian bowlers could have routed the clueless, substandard WI in the 2nd innings under 150 once again !! but keeping an eye on the crowd turn out in the final test match and also give some entertainment to the TV audience, if any, the WI were allowed to score above 400 !!! The movements on the field by the indian fielders, the line and length by the spinners all proof of my conclusion !!!! The WI batters could not get anymore chance to be in the middle for such a long time

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 18, 2011, 3:32 GMT)

@3liteindia, boss you surely didn't watch the match. Bravo already scored his century and was on 119 when he got that reprieve from the umpire. Windies put up a brave fight. Give credit where it is due. Above all, get your facts about the match before posting.

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

brian lara was a match winner... he won many matches for ther team during his career ... though windies was never on top during his career .... but the proplem here wid this young guy ie. darren bravo is that he is scoring runs but is unable to win games for his team ...thus we can say he not yet a match winner .. but its too early to say anything .. he may turn into a match winner for windies .. and match winner is what windies is looking for... so hope for the best

Posted by Srini_Indian on (November 18, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

@isthewayuplay: Sachin is in good form, he is hitting the ball well. If not for the pressure of 100 tons he is putting on himself, he would have scored 2 centuries in this series. I think he is desperate for that 100th ton, if he stays calm and play well thinking about the team's position rather than his own record he would have scored that hundred. This is what you mean "Playing for himself"

Posted by playitstraight on (November 18, 2011, 1:49 GMT)

Well done India, and this match would have been finished quicker if not for that howler off Ojha's bowling to Bravo. If the correct decision had been made, then Bravo would not have even reached his century, but fair enough, I guess. We still won the match by an innings, and Bravo played superbly, he is definitely the next Brian Lara. India have unearthed a new talent in Yadav, hopefully the great young bowler does not lose his pace over the years like Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar (although PK did not have much pace to start with), and Sreesanth. He definitely needs to play in Australia, alongside Zaheer and Ishant. Ashwin too needs to play, I'm sorry Harbhajan my friend. He got too many chances and now the first chance Ashwin got, he grabbed it with both hands by taking 9 wickets on debut. Well we miss you Bhajji, get better and become the dangerous spinner you were vs Aus in 2001!!!

Posted by   on (November 18, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

Interesting match. Good fight from the WI and congratz to India.

I only hoped Chanderpaul played more runs.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

The West Indies are on the right path with Kirk Edwards, Bravo and Barath, Roach and fidel Edwards. The problem for the West Indies is a lack of consistancy. Too bad Chanderpaul is the wrong side of thirty

Posted by Balb on (November 17, 2011, 22:53 GMT)

Pridiction for the third Test.

Both teams will have changes trying out other playesr. Nothing to lose. WI should ask Sammy to rest this one out and give Bravo a shot. Chanderpaul will help him.

Barath, Tendulkar and Chanderpaul will score hundreds. West Indies will win the final test.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (November 17, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

@ Kewan Harlequin why people are congrats West Indies is Not because they Lost, it's because they show a good fight in the 2nd innings. a young team like this is less experience with the mighty Indian, West Indies should be proud of, yes we Lose Heavy But it could of been Worst. at least we didnt lost by an inning and 100+ run which was looking to happen. after tha 1st score it seem WI would of gotten beat by an inning and 200+ Runs. NO ONE can beat India at home dont matter even if West Indies got close to it in the first Test, India will fight back and fight hard. This young West Indies have a bright future, thye need to be more consistent thats all. I know people still want gayle back in de team, but face it against India, even with Wets Indies best team, we would still have lost, WHO knows we may been beaten more than that this.

Posted by zico123 on (November 17, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

India should play Rahane at no. 3 by resting Dravid or lasman and Kohli or Rohit at no. 6, should play Varun Aaron by resting Ishant in 3rd test match against WI

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (November 17, 2011, 20:36 GMT)

Talking of Atul Sharma.. where is he? all that talk of 105mph and now he has gone AWOL? Anyone any idea what he is up to nowadays and whether still playing cricket (actually did he even play a single game?)

Posted by TAJY on (November 17, 2011, 20:21 GMT)

WI were pathetic in the first innings, and Roach will rue the fact that he gave Dhoni 2 chances when the man had less than 20 runs (he went on to blast a huge century). If he hadn't over-stepped we'd be looking at a different ball game. But he did, Dhoni smashed, India made over 600, West Indies punk out for 153. There are positives to take from this match - Barath made a fifty, Kirk Edwards looks like a solid player, Bravo has the makings of a star, Chanderpaul is still the rock of WI salvation, Sammy is not useless. The negatives - Samuels is still technically unsound as a batsman, Brathwaite is not ready for this level but he's still one to keep and we need Rampaul to open the bowling

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 17, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas Pls could you clarify what you mean by Sachin is clearly playing for himself and wha evidence you have?

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 17, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

@Haleos Yuvraj used to be one of the best fielders but not anymore. Have you seen him recently? He's 29, the peak age for most test players and he's totally out of shape. He is effectively starting his test career again so what is the point when there are other younger fitter players with more potential? There is no question that Yuvraj is a fine ODI batsman and can offer much in that form. When Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman have so much more to give let them play because we will not see their kind again. Their bodies will tell them when they've gone past the peak and are on the downward curve but I don't think they're there yet. I accept it's unfortunate for the next generation but these things happen eg many observers opine that Stuart Macgill could have been one of the big names in world cricket but was unlucky enough to around at the same time as one S K Warne.

Posted by Smithie on (November 17, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Classic howler missed by lack of DRS - Ojha failing to get Bravo caught at silly leg. The evidence builds Mr Srinivasan.

Posted by BravoBravo on (November 17, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

I am disappointed in WI team. I was hoping that they will recover and get back to their glorious past to some extent. But even after 25 years they have not shown any signs of being a competitive team in Cricket. It is not about loosing, but it is about how they loose matches. They have a substantial lead in first inning in the first test match, but they did not profit from them. They could have easily averted th inning defeat but did not go for it. Who cares Chanderpaul made 10,000 runs in Test. Bravo is kind of following the foot step of SRT of India in making centuries as far loosing cause. IND deserve to win against this WI team to feel good after the recent disatrous tour ENG. Congrats!

Posted by theRule19 on (November 17, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Dont think it is a ton in vain, but something that the young WI team could take a lot of positives from. Playing in the subcontinent will test any team and it is not always about winning but doing good in any condition that is offered. Good fight shown by the WI in the second innings.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

Congrats to all Indian players for their performance !! Just Keep it up...... We r to say we r Indians

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

why are poeple congrat WI for loosing by an so low WI are, other country heads will roll...very sad times

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 17, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

WI managed to get from major disaster to minor one with a degree of backbone and application. With 5/6 batsmen contributing there must be some hope for the future. Bravo was too Laraesque not be captivating and I hope he does well. For India the rookie quick gave an object lesson in fast bowling on an Indian wicket, full and straight. It's a pity the game was not closer.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

Good job to the Windies. They showed how to play on the subcontinental tracks. Too bad that they could put such an effort in the first innings, but it's part of the learning curve. Bravo looks like he could make it big in the future, although it's too early for me--or anyone for that fact--to judge, but this knock was brilliant and he should look to built on it. I feel the absence of Gayle is a blessing in disguise for the team, because now they have the freedom to learn through trial and error. With a positive attitude, they will continue to learn and grow as a team. India did well, too. Although the bowling in the second innings wasn't completely up to the mark, their batting prowess ensured a huge win. Hope Sachin gets that monkey off his back so he can enjoy his cricket again. Not to say that he's been very bad in recent days, but just hasn't been his usual self with the conversion rate. And glad to Rohit coming in; it's necessary to give him a chance while he's doing well.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

congrats India for the thumping win and takin d series 2-0.Also congrats to bravo for his characteristic ton. Its feels gud 2 see wi showin some character in d 2nd innings.India even after puttin such a large total n den bowlin out wi for 153 never knew dat d inevitable wud be delayed in such manner,dey had 2 toil hard.And finally pleasin 2 see fast bowlers like umesh yadav and varun aaron who can consistently bowl at 140kmph ahead of aus tour...

Posted by Haleos on (November 17, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

@CandidIndian - I said how they played positively under pressure. It was the intent I was insisting on. If India loose 3 early wickets Dravid and Co go into a shell. Thats what is negative mindset. @itsthewayuplay - What is wrong is players retiring when they are in prime form and age? Yuvi is out fo form but is still one of the best fielders and he can contribute to the team.

Posted by usernames on (November 17, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

It was a good performance but could have been better. Congrats India!

There are some players (Sehwag, Gambhir, et al) who are sort of laid back when it comes to their fielding. They might get away with that playing WI but they need to improve upon it in Australia. Take some lessons from Rahul Dravid! That man is getting better and better. =)

Other than that, I was pretty impressed with Umesh Yadav, too, not just because of his pace but because of his control as well. Other than Yuvraj, this team looks pretty good. Hope it all comes together and they peak at the right time: Australia!

Sehwag/Rahane/Dravid/Tendulkar/Rohit/Kohli/Dhoni/Rahul Sharma/Ashwin/Varun/Umesh would be my team for the next match! You'd give everyone at least one opportunity and you can know which two to take to Australia from Rahane, Kohli & Rohit and also if Rahul Sharma deserves preference over Mishra/Chawla.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 17, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

@Haleos, don't say rest one of the 3 seniors. Be categorical in your call. Sachin is the one who should be shown the door. Yes, he is a Legend. But he is clearly playing for himself, as has been the case with him, for most part of his career.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT)

Brian Lara and Darren Bravo are cousins and are from the same area, Cantaro Village, Santa Cruz ,Trinidad. Darren grew up idolizing his older cousin but the similaries down to the test average at the same point are scary.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 14:42 GMT)

Congrats Team MSD.....good comeback after England collapse.....

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

Haleos-If Indians has to learn something we will do that from Eng ,Aus or SA,who are top quality test teams not from WI.Its funny that you are claiming that WI does well under pressure.The facts suggests something else,both in ODIs and Tests ,WI have crumbled under pressure many times, example-against SA,Eng and India in World cup WI were in good position, they gave it away, in first test they got 95 run lead on a difficult pitch ,they gave it away there are many examples like that but unfortunately due to word limit its hard to mention.Its been almost a decade since WI won a test against India, this is fourth series loss in a row of WI against India.There is no place of would have or could have or ifs and buts in cricket,the reality is WI has lost yet another series to India ,twice in same year,and they are disgrace to old WI team which dominated the whole world.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (November 17, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

@Haleos at least one new batsman will get an opportunity straight away if Yuvraj retires from Tests as he should. Why should either Dravid or Laxman retire after the last couple of years they've had apart from the Eng series for Laxman. Even then he had to bat at 3 a few times because Tendulkar refused to shift from 4. With Tendulkar you can see he's trying to play himself in to form and I get the feeling that a big knock is around the corner although IMO this should really be done at domestic level. Yuvraj does not have what it takes to succeed in tests and it's a mystery why the selectors persist with him.

Posted by Manesh73 on (November 17, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

I like to thanks to selector for select Harbhajan Singh. He is playig for Punjab as captain in Ranji Trophy. His figures tells the story for his ending carrier. His figures are 69-15-188-1 till first day of match against Saurastra. He is plying these matches in India and not against the International teams. His ego and attitude has lots to do with his performance. I belive he did announce retirement for someone else. I think selectors has to announce his retirement without his approval. I'm sure anyone else from domestic cricket can do better then him. This example for all new comers aswell, how ego and attitude can change game and life.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 17, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Brilliant cricket by the young Windies! They've shown other non-subcontinent teams as to how to travel to our country and give us a scare instead of whining. They just needed another centurion with Darren Bravo continuing towards his double ton. It's unfortunate that it didn't happen this time. But what an awesome display of controlled aggression from their future Great Darren Bravo! He belongs to the highest level, with oodles of class and technique. Just a little bit more temperament, then the world of cricket is for him to conquer. Excellent support acts from Barath, Kirk, Shiv and Marlon. It's heartening to see that a collective effort almost fell in place. A better first inning performance and a slightly disciplined bowling effort would have made a huge difference to the result. A little rub of green also went their way with some umpiring errors favouring them (Bravo adjudged notout for a clear bat-pad catch). Good to see that. Kudos to the Young Brave Hearts from the Caribbean!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 13:37 GMT)

Considering the fact that most of the recent test matches have ended up within four days time (in spite of bad weather conditions in many of them) ICC ,in its agenda of preserving the dignity of Test cricket, should re-think to cut down the length to four days as one of their aspects.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

Good Win for India.Some good bowling from Umesh in the 2nd innings.But again a pat on the back for West Indies for their fightback in the 2nd innings.Would have been great from their point of view had they made India bat again.Superb 100 from Bravo Jr.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

Well the inevitable is on us. But there is dignity in this defeat. Don't forget we r playing the #2 in their back yard. We cannot fault WI for not being competitive. I cannot get Roach's no balls out of my head. A fine century by Bravo. Congrats, however u can draw as many similarities as u like Lara would have walked. There is a limit to e/thing. Look alike is not do alike. And so what! Samuels didn't ride his luck, a century was there. All & all WI showed,they can fight, & fight they did. By the way, Sammy had a fair match with the bat. He is fighting for his cricketing life.

Posted by maximus1982 on (November 17, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

india wil any way win there matches at home by having slow batting friendly wickets. the real test would be for them to win in australian conditions.they are lucky to have laxman. we saw what happen in england. it was a plessure to watch bravo and samuels batting. i think it istime to get sammy out of the captancy and get Dwayne Bravo ascaptain who is a genieune allrounder than an occassional all rounder like sammy.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 17, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

Only 3 tests played in this series. A staggering 2 tests played in SA at the moment. When England play, they play at least 4 tests, why is it so inconsistent around the world?

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Two exciting young bowlers debuted this month in Test cricket, Yadav (Ind) & Cummins (Aus). With AUS-Ind Test series starting next month , it will be treat to watch these 2 bowlers compete with each other on fast & lively pitches of Australia. Yadav deserves special praise , as he has already taken few good wickets on dead , flat indian pitches. He can bowl above 140 kmph. Cummins on the other hand has to to perform against the mighty SA in the ongoing test. Let's see how is bowls. Both Yadav & Cummins looks rhythmic bowlers with repeatable actions per delivery which is a good sign. Indai should also try out Varun Aron in Mumbai & see how he fares in Test Cricket. India with fully fit zaheer, Isant, Yadav , Varun together with Ashwin , Ojha/Harbhajan will have a deadly bowling options against Aussies in their own backyard.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (November 17, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

Let Zak / Nehra / Munaf / Praveen be not considered for selection for the tour down under if they're not 100% match fit and if they can not play all the matches. Of late, it has become Zak's habit to declare his fitness and availability for selection prior to any tour abroad and breakdown in the beginning itself. It's not a jolly trip or honeymoon nor he's making it on his dad's money. Players half fit or not match fit must be ignored however talented they're and whatever be their past records in Australia. In the case of one Mr. Harbhajan Singh, he's terribly off colour and is not even taking wickets in the Ranji matches in helping home conditions. He definitely is past his prime and he can only enter contention after proving his worth in the domestic matches. Rubbish and idiotic justifications like, " Form is temporary and class is permanent" by vested interests must clearly be ignored by the selection committee. It must be, Ojha, Ashwin and Amit Mishra / Piyush Chawla for spin

Posted by Haleos on (November 17, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

@WICric101 - Without chanders(who may also retire soon) ur team would struggle more than India. We have quality youngsters waiting in the wings since a long time. Guys who have played over 100 ODIs. That experience will help us. Think about ur team. Based on one innings dont start dancing. Think about what happened in the first innings. We will still have this bowling attack when u come next.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Good win India..batting and bowling came together..Great fight W.I.Some questionably umpire decisions or this game would have been different.. It was pleasing to see Bravo learning to convert 50s to 100s..Samuels need to live up to his potential after 32 Test only 2 hundreds and 12 50s..with an average of29.38...This young W.I side can only grow and mature...Carlton Baugh need to score runs after 17 test 3 50s with an average of 19...I say bring in Ramdin in the final test..Seems to me the young W.I are pulling their weight with the bat...Rally round the W.I...

Posted by Srini_Indian on (November 17, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

@WICric101: Sure dude, it will happen in 2100 lol. What a joke, apart from 3-4 players the rest are club level atmost. What's the talent you are talking about??

Posted by Haleos on (November 17, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur - u r 100% right. Batsman can take over only if the Big 3 decide to retire. They are performing but the youngsters need a chance. BCCI is handling this badly. Play 2 out of the big 3(rotate the 3) and give a youngster a chance in every match. We would have had a pool of players ready. We already have ideal candidates in Kohli, Pujara, Arvind, Sharma etc. Pick the youngsters under 25 and they will have enough time to prove themselves.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 17, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

@Haleos . So they forgot lessons in the 2nd inngs of 1st test and 1st inngs of 2nd test???? LOL @DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW...taking 2 wickets in a flat pitch is pathetic??? u must be a kid!

Posted by vikram1705 on (November 17, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

Bravo's century reminded us all of Lara. This guy is a very attractive player. There is nobody in cricket right now who looks so stylish, and the power he puts in his shots is just amazing. It's players like him who pull crowds into stadiums. I hope he keeps a cool head in the future and entertain the fans as his idol did. Well done India and West Indies as well. It is good for cricket that other teams also become more competitive, otherwise in ten years from now all the commentators will be paying test match obituaries.

Posted by Haleos on (November 17, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 - 3 times in over an decade. Well done. It is this attitube which is bad. Dravid was excellent in England. If we had someone youngster instead of him would the results have been different? Also Laxman is always showed as a saviour. FACT : he can only do that when tailenders take majority of the strike and score almost equal no of runs.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

Good work team india, well done dhoni, bravo u have the ability to fill the spot of brian lara in ur team.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:50 GMT)

as usual India have agian won! hpoe they make it a habit !! well done VVs

Posted by Sharath281 on (November 17, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

After 12 tests, Brian Lara had scored 941 runs @ 47.05, 1 century and seven 50's. Darren Bravo has scored 941 runs @ 47.05, 2 centuries and six 50's. WoW!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:37 GMT)

i think good bowling done by indian bowlers this is a pitch which needs to spend some time on the crease after that play shot and in second inning WI top order batsman done and they succed . Ithink ishant sharma should done more efforts toget success in australia.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (November 17, 2011, 12:35 GMT)

India is well and truly back........we have two spinners who will rule the roost in coming years and two young fast-bowlers in Yadav& Aaron who with experience will do well too....

I think our young batsmen are already doing well in shorter formats and with little bit of fine tuning they will be successful too......

So, i think India may struggle initially after senior players retire, but they will never stoop to WI's level.....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 17, 2011, 12:32 GMT)


Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Dhoni's luck also seems to be coming back. First Toss. Next, batting a few overs beyond Tea on 2nd day. Many criticized him for "wasting"' those few overs, and suggested that he should have declared at Tea. At that time India's score was 613, and tea time declaration wouldn't have got the innings victory. Victory is victory; but innings victory have an additional flavor -- whatever little icing over the cake it is! (Of course, we can all make these brownie points with hindsight! Not the man who had to take a decision at that point in time)

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

If India found the going so easy making over 600, decl. it meant there were no demons in the pitch only in WI patting application. If Yadav could have done so well, one of our bowlers could have cause a stir when India batted. We need a good coach and captain, and our batsmen need to bat with their heads and not just with their hands.

Posted by WICric101 on (November 17, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

I hope india and others take heed of rising talent in windies squad, whilst they'll soon be in trouble when Tendulkar,Dravid,Laxman and there rest of aging cricketers retire.Soon Windies will once again dominate India.

Posted by Romenevans on (November 17, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

Decent win! Next test, Kohli shoudl come in for Yuvraj and Veron should be tested with one of the seamer, either yadav or Ishant.

Posted by WICric101 on (November 17, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

Intresting stats on Bravo/Lara, if Bravo goes on to be a batsman of Lara's calibre Windies would eventually win more games or at least be more competitive.way to go Darren!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

Bravo!!!!!! Well done! :)

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

Fantastic victory! Its been a long time that India had won by an innings. Nice to see Dravid , Laxman and Dhoni scoring centuries. Yadav , Ojha and Ashwin were at their brillance. Bravo tried his best but failed. In the end it was India's day. But the test matches ended on its 4th day.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Well done team India. The young bowling unit was tested with back to back WI innings and they did well going by the nature of the wicket.Surprised to see no turn on a fourth day Indian wicket VVS & Dravid were sublime. Brilliant display of slip catches. Its not only their batting that we are going to miss in the future :(. With series in the kitty no harm trying out Varun Aaron in the final test. It shall give a fair idea of his skills in the longer version of game. Bravo's inning reminded the flamboyant Caribbean style of batting. A bit more nip in the bowling & more consistency (team as a whole) will see west indies becoming a fighting unit to say at least. All d best team India 4 Mumbai :)

Posted by anver777 on (November 17, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

Similarities in batting style, in celebrations, body actions in the field & now identical stats of Lara's after 12 !! what a co-incidence !!!!!

Posted by DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on (November 17, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Pathetic Performance by both the teams

Posted by Principle on (November 17, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

In three years India will struggle to beat the West Indies. The signs are good as we are buuilding a team around young players who are putting up some real good numbers. Bravo and Co. hold the key to the future.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

After this massive defeat I sincerely hope Sammy is kicking himself for the catches he dropped and tactical errors vs Pakistan & India during our home season. Especially the chance off dravid @ Sabina park. Since then he has regained form & even England found it nigh impossible to get him out. Oppurtunities to win test matches & series especially for us don't come around too frequently. In his short time as captain he has helped to throw away too many of these. The selectors & coach have also made many mistakes recently. With no warm up matches in this series shillingford should have gotten practice vs Bangladesh to help his bowling in India. But now its too late. West Indies has nothing to lose in this series anymore. For the next test we should drop baugh & brathwaite for ramdin & rampaul. Other than bringing back Chris Gayle this is the only chance we have to regain some dignity. Hopefully the umpires & the pitch in mumbai will conspire less against us.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:51 GMT)

Congratulations to Darren Bravo, continue to bat, bat and bat!! The future is yours!! Good second innings knock WI!!

Posted by Saran_1985 on (November 17, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

Bad Luck for Bravo.he is having the resemblance of Lara.He is having a brigh career ahead.

Posted by bighit14 on (November 17, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

BCCI needs to consider atleast partial usage of UDRS even if its still adamant on Hawk-eye errors. Atleast the inside edges, nicks and bat pad decisions could be reviewed which can be match turner in any test match. Very essential, Was very much evident in these two test matches

Posted by anver777 on (November 17, 2011, 10:37 GMT)

Bravo's brave innings was a treat to watch !!!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

This young Indian bowling attack has shown a lot promise,hope they continue their good work.Laxman is a true match winner in tests ,whenever he scores big India always wins.Rahul Dravid is like a great wall of China for Indian cricket.

Posted by weirdoindian on (November 17, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

Totally disappointed with Darren Bravo. He doesn't deserve to play for the same country as Courtney Walsh. Darren knew fully well that he nicked and he started to walk and he should have. Attitude is everything and he displayed a total lack of honesty. He may go on to break all records but will never count as a player to look up to.

Posted by g.narsimha on (November 17, 2011, 10:19 GMT)

Very formidable perforamance by INDIA with bat&ball.Moral boosting series win after humliating drubbing in ENG. Now our formidable batting is settling down & The found of the series is UMESHYADAV.At last we could find a fast boler witth 145= speed & it is apropriate time to try ARUNVARUN in THE next match in place of ISHANTHSHARMA. Theirs will be a formidable new ball attach in AUS ,Where these 2 had done admirably well in AUS IN EMERGING PLAYERS TOURNMENT Which INDIA won beating EMERGING PLAYERS TEAMS FROM SA,NZ&HOMETEAM AUSTRALIA.These 2 bolers were instrumental in INDIA WINNIG THE TOURNMENT.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (November 17, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Dravid 38 years old or 38 years young. Man the way he took those two catches were just awesome. Is there a lesson in it for some of the other seniors? The way Dravid is batting & fielding, it is just too good. Go Dravid Go.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

Its great that india won but i can not able to see the find a good west indies team form long back.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

It was a good effort in the 2nd innings by the west Indies. Ïts just sad that only bravo got a century despite most batsmen getting starts. We lost the game after India got 631. It was a flat pitch but they should not have gotten that much. Granted the umpires helped India quite a bit both with bat & ball. West Indies should be used to that by now. We also paid the ultimate price for the 2 no balls to ms dhoni. Gibson has a lot of work to do with roach as he just don't look the same bowler who did so well in sri lanka & the world cup. Its Been hard for him since with all the dropped catches and no balls off his bowling. & then he was dropped for the home series vs India which was a ridiculous decision by the selectors. Maybe its a mental issue. Whatever it is it needs to be dealt with quickly. Gibson may not be much of a coach but he has a fair amount of success working with bowlers. He helped rampaul & now he has to help kemar as well.

Posted by samya1980 on (November 17, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

bravo resembles lara and this west indies resembles zimbabwe ahem ahem

Posted by sathishvaiju on (November 17, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

Great!!! Indian team congrats.Congrats to WI too for their fight.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (November 17, 2011, 10:01 GMT)


Posted by veerakannadiga on (November 17, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

congrats team India, way to go. Well done. A Test win is a win, against whom it does not matter. WI really played well in the second innings. Bravo is simply superb. Reminds you of Lara. Bravo,Cummins,Finn,Kohli,Chandimal, etc..... these guys are the future of Cricket.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 9:19 GMT)

Datz an amazing win for India....... A real booster before the australia tour.... But Bravo is the man for West Indies... he played a gem of an innings... dat delayed the india win and make indian players wait for west indian commit a mistake.... never the less ..itz a win for India and a big win too...... Congrates.....

Posted by Butee on (November 17, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

Why was only one specialist spinner included on the WI side especially when playing on Asian soil. Well done Bravo.....Sammy needs to control his rush of blood when playing his strokes, i honestly think that we could have made the 15 runs. GO WINLESS sorry Coach Gibbson i mean WINDIES.

Posted by Haleos on (November 17, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

Indian big 3 should learn from WI how to play positively even under pressure. If India was facing a lead of over 400 they would have crawled. Specially dravid who can go for many overs without bothering to score. Eventually you loose but with postive approach you may get a chance.

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (November 17, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

Out of the 19 WI wickets that fell to bowlers in this match, Yadav and Ishant together accounted for 9 which is very pleasing to see. Here's hoping for a good win at Mumbai and then to carry over that momentum over to Australia..

Posted by East_West on (November 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

sid, will you write a special opinion on this young lad Umesh Yadav, please? I think he needs a special praise for his brave heart to get life out of this pitch! god show India! I wish the FIRST TEST would have been like this one! hope, India stamp their home' authority with the final test in Mumbai! finally, hope Sachin gets his 100 and retires!! It's high time Sachin retires gracefully and let us see the new blood 'unselfishly'!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Well done India.. Go on...

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (November 17, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Well done westindies. You taught other touring nations who come to subcontinent, how to bat.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 8:47 GMT)

is umesh yadav on hat trick????

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

Good spirit shown by WI batsmen.. A bit of anticlimax with the collapse but it was always on cards with Wi.. Hope they find some consistency sooner.. Almost all the batsmen are too classy.. They cant fail for too long..

Posted by SujeethP on (November 17, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Second Innings was a good learning curve for young Indian bowlers who will be most likely selected for Aus tour!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

VVS is the wrong choice for the 'player of the match' award. It should have been 'Dhoni' for two reasons. His quickfire runs in the first innings had ruled out the 'draw' possibility. And the way he used 'Umesh' had set the tone, especially in the first innings beginning and in the end of second innings. Probably, we may need to credit Dhoni also for not treating 'Ishant' as 'lead' (!!!???) bowler, though 'Ishant' had claimed so prior to the match.

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 8:37 GMT)

com on india keep rocking

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Great Gobe done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 17, 2011, 8:27 GMT)

Good to see an Indian Win... I hope we will do well in Australia, that's what I am interested in

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