India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Cuttack November 29, 2011

India take low-scoring humdinger

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India 213 for 9 (Rohit 72, Roach 3-46) beat West Indies 211 for 9 (Bravo 60) by one wicket
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the second time in four days, India and West Indies showed that big hits aren't crucial ingredients in absorbing cricket. As in the Mumbai Test, the final delivery of the match was punched to long-on, but this time there were no tears for the home fans as last man Umesh Yadav's drive went for four to end a pulsating match.

It wasn't the highest quality of cricket, but there was no shortage of entertainment for a voluble Cuttack crowd watching its first international match in two years. Rohit Sharma seemed to have sealed the game with a mostly level-headed half-century after India slipped to 59 for 5, but his dismissal 11 runs short of the target provided an extra dollop of suspense to an already tumultuous match.

Watching tailenders bat ranks high among the enjoyable sidelights in cricket, and watching a panicky No. 10 Varun Aaron and Umesh, with all of 10 ODI caps between them, negotiate the final passage was a heart-warmer. The two came together after Vinay Kumar, a relatively more skilled batsman, lost his head and his wicket by charging out and holing out to mid-off, and that five deliveries after Rohit's dismissal.

Eleven runs were needed from the final pair, off 23 deliveries. It was to be expected that the predominant mood in the middle wouldn't be calm-and-collected, but it was still hard to explain the thinking behind Aaron declining a single off the fifth delivery of the 47th, so that he could take strike in the next over. A visibly stricken Rohit couldn't believe that decision, and substitute Ajinkya Rahane muttered under his breath.

A spell of 15 dot balls was finally ended by Aaron thumping the ball to long-off for a single. More headless-chicken stuff followed as Umesh nurdled the fifth ball of the 48th, with Aaron this time desperately wanting a non-existent second in another attempt to face the start of the next over.

In Aaron's defence, Umesh wasn't exactly the most confidence-inspiring of batsmen, regularly planting his front foot across the stumps and poking at the ball. Umesh managed to sneak a single towards square leg off the first delivery of the penultimate over, for which the pacy Andre Russell might have been a better choice than the innocuous Darren Sammy. An on-target yorker at Russell's pace could have been the game, but Sammy perhaps feared the edged boundary to third man or fine leg.

In any case, Sammy's second delivery was a hit-me short-and-wide delivery that was dispatched for four by Aaron, to bring India within four of victory. He guided the next ball towards point for a single, and in his enthusiasm to look for yet another unlikely second, he slipped and had to settle for one. Umesh coolly shouldered arms to the next delivery, before punching a length ball past mid-on for the boundary that extended India's winning streak in home ODIs to ten. It also ended Aaron's mad scramble for the second run, something he famously did, without delivering victory, off the final delivery in the Mumbai Test.

At the other extreme when it comes to taking the second is R Ashwin, who was mildly criticised after delaying setting off for the potentially winning-run in Mumbai. This time he will receive a lot more criticism, after staying put for too long though his senior partner Rohit was running to the danger end, and was confident of making it.

Before that run-out, India were 54 away with plenty of overs to go, with Rohit and Ashwin - fresh from a Test century - in the middle. A fairly comfortable state, which India reached due to a 83-run stand for the sixth wicket between Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja. That stand administered CPR to a chase that was fast fading at 59 for 5.

Rohit played the more expansive strokes - a stylish six over the bowler, a textbook cover drive for four off Russell, followed by a controlled pull for another boundary. Jadeja was more content playing the no-frills role, picking up several of his boundaries through glides behind point. It was crucial innings for both players - Rohit, returning after several months out due to a finger injury, is looking to secure a spot in the crowded middle order, while Jadeja is still to emphatically prove he deserves a spot as high as No. 7.

All the drama seemed unlikely when India's openers galloped to 37 four overs into the chase. The dew was expected to play a huge role in the evening, and a chock-a-block crowd was probably one of the biggest many of the West Indians had played in front of. Kemar Roach didn't let any of that affect him as he pulled West Indies back into the match by removing Parthiv Patel and Gautam Gambhir in the fifth over, and adding the scalp of Virat Kohli soon after.

When Russell snuck one past Virender Sehwag's bat, and Suresh Raina chipped a catch to mid-off, it was West Indies who were in control, particularly as India's most reliable middle-order finishers, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, were absent.

Rohit and the bowlers clinched it for India at the end, but the inexperienced attack had been hugely impressively in the afternoon as well. India had none of the regular members of their World Cup-winning line-up but that didn't prevent them from limiting the visitors to a small total. Umesh and Varun showed off the pace for which they have made a name, Vinay 's patented away-swinger was on display, and the spinners continued to give the selectors no reason to think of Harbhajan Singh.

West Indies' batting had had a reviving stand of its own between Darren Bravo and Danza Hyatt after the top-order stumbled. Bravo doled out his usual share of easy-on-the-eyes boundaries as he extended his rich form from the Tests to make 60, while Hyatt was more controlled after starting problems, due to which he has reached double-digits only twice in six ODI-innings so far.

Some amateurish running from Hyatt took away any semblance of momentum from the West Indian batting, and the dismissals of Bravo and Kieron Pollard within a short span, meant the final third of the innings was slow going.

The 211 they posted seemed far from substantial, especially as the pitch wasn't playing too many tricks - the curator had boldly predicted 300-plus ahead of the match - but they again showed an encouraging ability to fight. That may not have translated into results on this trip so far, but it has resulted in the home side being forced to dig very deep in most of the matches.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 2, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @atthipatti on (December 01 2011, 05:05 AM GMT) - I'm not blabbering on about any success and if I am please quote the time and article etc. I know it has taken England a long time to get there and I know we have tough times ahead. Where have I gone on to say anything else/different? If , it is in response to gloating/sniping comments then surely that's fair game . One of your own fans has openly criticised fellow Indian fans for their lack of respect etc. Most of the Indians on these boards have given England no credit whatsoever and if you read my comms I have never once said India were undeserving of their number 1spot or anything like that. Even you couldn't write a full post without the "I hate to say that your Test success wont last long enough" comment. And by the way you love to say this not hate to say this.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | December 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @ Metman, give it a rest. Baugh is just not up to scratch, so accept that he has been dropped. His scores were poor and worse than that , he was not playing with the game situation in mind. He also allowed Mr. Extras to out score him. That's why his nickname is "Byes". Let me ask you something.... If Ramdin had scored 55 runs in 6 innings, would you have supported his continued inclusion to the team? ....Think before you type ,man, think before you type.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | December 2, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Narine needs to be given a good run as he has familiarity with Indian conditions. And I would have thought that the current form of Kirk Edwards would have given him a shout at ODI's, ahead of Hyatt.

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 2, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Mr JG2704 if I am not wrong you said you accepted that India was no one before , then I gladly accept England is no one now , FIRST ENGLISH FAN WHO GIVES CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE, CHEERS MATE

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 2, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Who are you mr VALAVAN to judge Australia is the right place to win Are u accepting Australia is a tougher place than England haha And why do u people always conveniently avoid my question of winning in India

  • POSTED BY Adsum9936 on | December 2, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Hey this is the time 2 take all the +ves out of this Indian FRESHERS refining them,keeping 1 thing in mind dat dis talents not get wayward as dat of Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Simmos, Barrath, Bravo, Samuels, Mohammed, Pollard, Ramdin,Russel, Narine, Rampaul, Roach.

    that's our best 11. See Sammy is nowhere to be found. ramdin to captain. Do away with this idiot.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | December 1, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @todobless.. and Carlton Baugh in his last 8 ODI's had scored 195 runs,av.32.5...Ramdin in his last 8 ODI's have 104 runs,av.17.3....Ramdin in his last 2 ODI's have 18 runs, average 9.00; and only 3 players overall,as you say had a smaller average ( Aron,Sharma,Roach ).Since when does one combined both teams individual players scores ,to come up with that nonsense of 'Ramdin in one innings is 10th.on runs scored overall '.That is what I would called' HIGH CLASS FOOLISHNESS '.Look,the man ONLY scored 14 runs,not 114 ,and is 10th. on the list! and you say that is something to shout about ??????????????????,Lord have mercy ! man ,you are on par with the guy who sometime ago,all hyper and delighted, and proud to be a trini,thumping his chest ,and givining himself high fives and the like,when he said " TnT has contributed more than anyone else to WI cricket,during the 15 or so years of WI DECLINE ".This man,obviously DOES NOT realised what he had said,but I agree with him 100%.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 1, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    @dicky boy, I completely agree with you. We need Rayudu or Uthappa in the team. Especially, Rayudu is an awesome player. In the past, Badri was thoroughly screwed and now it's time to screw Rayudu. What a waste of talent! I feel very sorry for Badri, Rayudu and Uthappa. At least Badri and Uthappa got some chances. But Rayudu's case is even more unfortunate. Immensely talented with not one known weakness against spin or pace, exceptional fielder and more than a decent Wicket Keeper. What else Rayudu should do to get into the Indian Squad if not into the Team of XI?

  • POSTED BY chandy86 on | December 1, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    mr.valavan when was the last time england won the one day world cup?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 2, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @atthipatti on (December 01 2011, 05:05 AM GMT) - I'm not blabbering on about any success and if I am please quote the time and article etc. I know it has taken England a long time to get there and I know we have tough times ahead. Where have I gone on to say anything else/different? If , it is in response to gloating/sniping comments then surely that's fair game . One of your own fans has openly criticised fellow Indian fans for their lack of respect etc. Most of the Indians on these boards have given England no credit whatsoever and if you read my comms I have never once said India were undeserving of their number 1spot or anything like that. Even you couldn't write a full post without the "I hate to say that your Test success wont last long enough" comment. And by the way you love to say this not hate to say this.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | December 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @ Metman, give it a rest. Baugh is just not up to scratch, so accept that he has been dropped. His scores were poor and worse than that , he was not playing with the game situation in mind. He also allowed Mr. Extras to out score him. That's why his nickname is "Byes". Let me ask you something.... If Ramdin had scored 55 runs in 6 innings, would you have supported his continued inclusion to the team? ....Think before you type ,man, think before you type.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | December 2, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Narine needs to be given a good run as he has familiarity with Indian conditions. And I would have thought that the current form of Kirk Edwards would have given him a shout at ODI's, ahead of Hyatt.

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 2, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Mr JG2704 if I am not wrong you said you accepted that India was no one before , then I gladly accept England is no one now , FIRST ENGLISH FAN WHO GIVES CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE, CHEERS MATE

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 2, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Who are you mr VALAVAN to judge Australia is the right place to win Are u accepting Australia is a tougher place than England haha And why do u people always conveniently avoid my question of winning in India

  • POSTED BY Adsum9936 on | December 2, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Hey this is the time 2 take all the +ves out of this Indian FRESHERS refining them,keeping 1 thing in mind dat dis talents not get wayward as dat of Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Simmos, Barrath, Bravo, Samuels, Mohammed, Pollard, Ramdin,Russel, Narine, Rampaul, Roach.

    that's our best 11. See Sammy is nowhere to be found. ramdin to captain. Do away with this idiot.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | December 1, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @todobless.. and Carlton Baugh in his last 8 ODI's had scored 195 runs,av.32.5...Ramdin in his last 8 ODI's have 104 runs,av.17.3....Ramdin in his last 2 ODI's have 18 runs, average 9.00; and only 3 players overall,as you say had a smaller average ( Aron,Sharma,Roach ).Since when does one combined both teams individual players scores ,to come up with that nonsense of 'Ramdin in one innings is 10th.on runs scored overall '.That is what I would called' HIGH CLASS FOOLISHNESS '.Look,the man ONLY scored 14 runs,not 114 ,and is 10th. on the list! and you say that is something to shout about ??????????????????,Lord have mercy ! man ,you are on par with the guy who sometime ago,all hyper and delighted, and proud to be a trini,thumping his chest ,and givining himself high fives and the like,when he said " TnT has contributed more than anyone else to WI cricket,during the 15 or so years of WI DECLINE ".This man,obviously DOES NOT realised what he had said,but I agree with him 100%.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | December 1, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    @dicky boy, I completely agree with you. We need Rayudu or Uthappa in the team. Especially, Rayudu is an awesome player. In the past, Badri was thoroughly screwed and now it's time to screw Rayudu. What a waste of talent! I feel very sorry for Badri, Rayudu and Uthappa. At least Badri and Uthappa got some chances. But Rayudu's case is even more unfortunate. Immensely talented with not one known weakness against spin or pace, exceptional fielder and more than a decent Wicket Keeper. What else Rayudu should do to get into the Indian Squad if not into the Team of XI?

  • POSTED BY chandy86 on | December 1, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    mr.valavan when was the last time england won the one day world cup?

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | December 1, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    @dicky_boy, speaking of close games doesnt matter, it matters only who wins, even the Mumbai test was so close or the previous WI vs IND ODI at cuttack was close, but win is the one that matters. Comon dicky_boy, first win in Oz and speak, we have won last ashes in OZ by 3 - 1. India played all home games to save their no.1 in Tests except the SA test series. whats now, comon do it. DONT GLOAT BEFORE YOU WIN, YOU ALL GLOATED IN ENGLAND, GOT IT WHIPPED. SO DONT GLOAT, We have won in Australia, NZ, Pak in 2001, SL in 2001, check when INDIA won in SL, its way back in 1992. OKK, we dont have to speak past statistics, First you win in Aus and justify your comments, all your comments were brushed once you were whitewashed in England, now atleast prove it in OZ. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY todobless on | December 1, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Carlton Baugh had 55 runs in 6 innings, at a average of 9.16... He was on the same level as the bowlers with runs scored, only 3 players had a smaller average overall, (aron, sharma and roach), He dropped simple and important catches as well, so, No he didn't keep good either. Ramdin in one inning is 10th on runs scored overall and was key in 2 wickets so far. Ramdin can also be Captin in the absence of Sammy, while when sammy left the field during the last test the whole team had to huddle to set the field Drop Martin for Narine, Sammy for Rampaul if u want..Samuels for Mohammed is another option. My line up would be (Simmos, Barrath, Bravo, Sammuels/Mohammed, Hyatt, Pollard, Russel, Narine, Sammy, Rampaul, Roach)

  • POSTED BY muthuthewaves on | December 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    england cant even beat bangladesh if they dont play in england. No surprise even if they lose to afganistan. They are the only team playin fr years and acheived nothing. Is there any remarkable batsman like don r sachin bowler like murali r wasim fielder like jhonty. Alwys search players from sa ind and ireland. Eng dosent hav cricketers it seems

  • POSTED BY KANCHANA623 on | December 1, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    yet again an indian team has thrashed a weeker opposition. They are only good at home soil. They really have to improve specially in England,Australia and SA. This Indian team is rubbish without Sreesanth, Baiji, Parthik,Yousuf and Nehera.

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 1, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    YO ALL THE INDIAN FANS , I THINK PARTHIV PATEL SHOULD BE DROPPED AND ROBIN UTHHAPA OR AMBATI RAYUDU SHOULD BE PLAYED I AM SICK OF PATEL AND WRIDHIMAN SAHA , WHAT DO U THINK GUYS

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    i say west indies cricket board should consider the trinidad an tobago wicket keeper william perkins he is the best wicket keeper bats man rite now an sammy should b replaces by rampaul in the next match an samules should captain. an i dont no y they call it a caribbean side when there is no Guyana players no Barbados player i am sure shiv chanderpaul could have played a role like Rohit Sharma

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 1, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    It's sad when an English man uses australi as an excuse lol MR VALAVAN USE YOUR OWN COUNTRY PLAYERS WE WON IN IN ENGLAND LAST TIME , WHILE ENGLAND DID NOT WIN IN INDIA FOR THIRTY YEARS PERIOD

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 1, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    VALAVAN WHY ASK THE SOUTH AFRICANS LOOK AT THE STATS , SA SAVED THE SERIES ON THE LAST DAY, AND IN THE ODI SERIES WE WERE PLAYING RESTING OUR MAIN PLAYERS FOR THE WORLD CUP. , NO SEHWAG SACHIN and others , STILL WE WERE LEADING 2-1 ok and last two games were pretty close too

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @Valavan: when you say immature windies or hapless NZ why comfortably avoiding the 5-0 loss of England? or do you want to stick to the same old point of india made spin pitch and England was not able to play in that at all. We accept that we had a bad summer in eng. why don't you accept you guys didn't had a clue how to play in india.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | December 1, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    @dicky_boy, Your argument is just childish. india competed in SA better than England, then why didnt you win atleast ODIs, we won the ODIs and drew level in Tests. CB series story, after we were washed 5 - 0 by OZ, we bounced back to win the CB series in 2007. Ask any South African, who competes better in SA, India or England, We have won a series in SA back in 2005. We know our strengths, we didnt gloat as you all did before start of english summer and returned empty handed. After 2007 T20 success, did ever India manage to cross the league stage in T20 WC. or did they manage to win England in a T20 after Yuvi show in 2007 against Broad. First try to win series in Aus and SA speak about number.1, Dont forget India played all series in home turf except the SA series in 2010 to keep their no.1 status. First win in OZ and justify rather pak thrashing Eng and getting to No.1 via backdoor. Defeating a hapless NZ or Windies away isnt yardstick for a no.1 team. cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    I have read countless calls for Gayle and others to be reinstated in the team. That is the selectors' call, one of the many decision that they will have to live with if they get it wrong. Gayle may feel aggrieved and would have had issues with the board, which in some cases are valid, but under no circumstances do you publicly criticise the board(if that was the case) Whether it is twitter or a newspaper article) The great west indies teams of the past have encountered similar boards before, and eventually triumphed, because their cricket spoke for them. I do not excuse the way the board handles certain issues. Anyone who brings west indies cricket into disrepute, board or player alike should be punished. Unfortunately for Chris Gayle, He stands alone. Do you see other player standing up with him? There is your answer. Whether he is in the team or not it is the responsibility of the coaching staff to manage him and makes sure that he keeps his focus on his cricket. NOTHING ELSE!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    I, as a west indian fan am in agreement with fellow fans that results should be forthcoming. I aks the questions: 1) what targets have the WICB set for the progress of West Indies cricket, ie: short, medium and long team goals? 2) what targets have the coaching staff been given and what targets has the coaching staff set for itself. This last question is mischievous, but valid. What targets have the fans,( like myself and others) set, short, medium and long term. Any board that takes the reins of West Indies cricket must understand and know the history of West Indies cricket, both on and off the field, the positive and uplifting impact on west indian society, the winning tradiiton, the overall legacy and most important safeguarding its integrity. Only when we have the above-menitoned in place can we proceed to appoint/select the necessary personnel to deliver the prerequisites. THERE MUST BE A STRICT CODE OF CONDUCT THAT APPLIES TO PLAYERS COACHING STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS ALIKE.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    For Sammy to remain as captain he needs to find a balance between team and self, to lead successfully and to also make significant contributions bat and ball. With India 59/5 he should have been far more ruthless and gone for the jugular. An emphatic win at this stage of the series would have spoken volumes for the Windies, sent shockwaves throughout the Indian camp, and might have made it difficult for India to get back into the series, regardless of world champion status. It is not that you win, but how. Same can be said for losing. This format of the game has been a strength of windies for years, and an opportunity to capitalise on it. The series should be an evenly matched one. Forget the fact that India are accustomed to these conditions. It is a lazy excuse for opposing teams. From the first ball bowled to the last, both teams are playing under the same condiitons. If touring teams hav not done their homework, then why bother turning up?

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Ashwin and Aaron both are poor in running.. they need to keen on that.. both are bowled well but poor in fielding and running.. some one like rohit is at the crease ashwin needs to respond him well. that is real chance for two run he missed he out himself, this is not a rohit's mistake.He is perfect in his bowling and batting but fielding and running make him out of the top spot. thats realy not a good sign for tamil cricketer. Being i m belongs to tamil nadu and fan of ashwin, i would say he needs to improve a lot in his fielding and running... We had never ever blame rohit, because he is the match winner in the last game... indian batsman especialy sehwag and raina needs to take the responsibilty in the last game after the loss 3 wic early bt they doesnt play according to the situation tats a poor sign. thanks to Rohit, jadeja, umesh and aaron to get a victory for us ........

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    BrRAVO might make better captain than Sammy. Its time Windies took a call and rearrange the team. Otherwise the windies do have potential. Indian team is in rebuilding and the youngsters need to learn from current mistakes.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | December 1, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Dont regard the WINDIES as useless. They have some of the fastest bowlers in Fido and Roach. Bravo is the next Lara of windies. Yes India defeated them with team which is being experimented with - lots of newcomers. English fans you may be gloating but first defeat SA - who have by far the best pace bowling battery ( Steyn, Morkel, Philander) before you talk. You will be dethroned. India stayed at NO1 for two years lets see how long u stay there. You were put in place in the recent ODI by India - u are now claiming that ODI are less important.

  • POSTED BY atthipatti on | December 1, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    @JG2704, Just when I was making an announcement to my fellow Indian fans not to over react of our home ground successes, you are looking to corrupt our minds. Tell me how long are you going to blabber of England's success?? We once again acknowledge & accept your 4-0 series victory over us & congrats to you. And yes, you are the T20 champs & No. 1 in Tests too. Allow that feeling of yours to sink in a bit please. However, I hate to say that your Test success wont last long enough, not even 19 months, lets see.

  • POSTED BY muthuthewaves on | December 1, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    @dicky boy well said the pinnacle of cricket is world cup we acheived it twice west indies twice australia four times and if u see these nations dominated cricket. England were never dominant in cricket. A whitewash over india followed by a whitewash against india is absolutely funny. We performed well in every part of the world even if we dont win we wil give tough fight and draw matches. The only slip is this summer. England had numerous slips infact their only rise is this summer. I dont think england wil go to downhill soon because they didn't even reach the top where india was.

  • POSTED BY muthuthewaves on | December 1, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    we miss dhoni badly. Thats the true fact. He is the one player who steps us and delivers at any situation. All MSD bashers now u would have understand the price of dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 1, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    nice to see that even junior India team is capable to beat WI regular team! coool!

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | December 1, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Well mr VALAVAN we we already won the t20 wc and also we were no one longer than ENGLAND will ever. AND DID ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP BUZZZZ NEVER,where did your team win except against Australia where the pitches are similar WE ATLEAST COMPETED WELL IN AUSTRALIA ALMOST BEATING AUS REMEMBER SYDNEY TEST FIASCO, WE BEAT AUSTRALIA IN CB SERIES , SA SAVED THE THIRD TEST ON THE LAST DAY,while England saved the series in sa they did not do dominate like us , never won in inida in tweny years , so u win in India first , we perfomed well everywhere except this summer

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | November 30, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    @dicky_boy, first switch off the caps. Make sure you are only ODI WC Champs, and Test No.1 for 19 months (NOT more or less 2 years). Perform in OZ and speak about improving, dont gloat toomuch as you have just defeated a immature windies side who have players who r just new to Test and Windies are no.8 in Tests. Dont Forget We are World T20 Champs, and Test No.1 right now, of course T20 no.1 and 9 points clear of INDIA in T20, BTW DONT forget India are ODI WC champs BUT NOT ODI no.1. Dont gloat before winning or competing in Australia. Cricinfo please publish

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 30, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Vinay is possibly now the most frustating Indian bowler. After hopeless performances in Eng, he had one good game against Eng in the ODIs in India but bowled at least one genuine wicket taking delivery each game. He did that again with his only wicket of the match but the rest was between mediocre to rubbish . Why does he not bowl more of the good balls? Is it because he bowls these unintentionally?

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | November 30, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    HELLO EVERYONE JG2704 is GIVING AWAY BEST BEHAVIOUR AWARDS THIS AFTER THERE PLAYERS BEHAVIOUR LAST MONTH LOL WE ARE HERE , WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS , TEST NO ONE FOR TWO YEARS MORE OR LESS AND CLIMBING BACK WE ARE WHO WE ARE , AND MRJG2704 CONGRATS BEST BEHAVIOUR AWARD

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | November 30, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Devron,

    What insularity are you talking about? Seems as if you and Metman have an inferiority complex. When Jamaica had 7-9 players on the WI team, Trinidadians like me still supported. There have been times when not a single Trinidadian has been on the WI team, and we have still supported the team and filled out the QP Oval. But the same cannot be said for other islands. Barbados and Jamaica namely have boycotted matches when someone from their island was not selected. You have never seen this in Trinidad, but yet you label us as insular? And FYI, Browne is not even in the same class as Ramdin, but has potential, his wicket keeping skills need work as I have seen him miss several stumpings in the regional series and his footwork is poor. Baugh has failed miserably with the bat and dropped catches in the recent series. 1 good game does not make a good wicket keeper. And Metman, you show your insularity by bringing up Ganga. Who mentioned him before you did?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 30, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    @Divinetouch on (November 29 2011, 21:23 PM GMT) - I didn't really care too much who won the match although I'd preferred WI to have won it , mainly because their fans have a better attitude and with the exception of David Gravitas and a handful (at most) Indian postees on here , the Indian fans blame anything bar their own performances when the team underperforms. Realistically England often fail at OD cricket , I'm not pretending (never have done) anything else. The important thing is to stay on top in the test rankings. If we can stay up the T20 rankings and climb the OD rankings that would be a surprise bonus

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 30, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad on (November 30 2011, 04:40 AM GMT) - Sorry but DG is absolutely right , but most of it is gloating and many of you have no humility whatsoever when you lose

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 30, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas on (November 29 2011, 22:22 PM GMT) - You are an absolute gem man. I've read your posts throughout and while I don't always agree with your views , it is refreshing to see an Indian fan who is not afraid to address issues when things go wrong. PS - I was hoping that WI would win so that I could (in jest and also a dig at our OD side) write "Are you England in disguise?" @candidindian - you seem on the level too

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    martin is on the team because he is the teammate of sammy. they both should not be in the team

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that this depleted WI side(without gayle,dwayne bravo,rampaul) gave such a fight to the world champs in a single game(that too at home) which the SUPREME & MIGHTY England team c'd not give in five matches combined in the last odi series...

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    very much an under-par performance from India..Rohit showed that he has the talent that we've all known he has...he however needs to be consistent...the Indian top and middle-order (should there be sufficient number fo players who are fit) could follow some sort of rotation policy, to give players a few breaks...can anyone update me on the fitness of Pujara ? Ashwin is not athletic...he needs to work (very hard) on his fitness, otherwise his intl career may end even before it's begun..and, as for us Indian fans, lets keep our feet on the ground and learn to be mature...I agree with Dravid_gravitas completely...

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    On the question of wicketkeepers, neither Baugh nor Ramdin is suitable for the ODIs. In the ODIs u need batters who can keep. The Indian keeper is a class batter. In ODIs the more all rounders u have the better. Both WI keepers r better keepers than MS Dhoni but neither can bat. WI need a ODI keeper. U don't need a top shelve keeper for ODIs. It's a batter who can keep, check the rest of the world. 50 ovs behind the stumps,that's all. Come on guys,find that man.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    brain dead sammy cannot captain. he believes he is a fast bowler and can't get a #10and #11 batsman out. he bowled at the wickets instead of outside the off stump on a good length thereby forcing the tailenders to take chances. his bowling was pathetic andd the big zero he made shows he is not an international cricketer. sack the board and selectors at the same time

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Gambhir is on decline since he received the huge IPL offer and captaincy from KKR, since then his focus has shifted, he is not the same player who won Test cricketer of the year, i think he is running behind captaincy, he has to forget IPL offer, captaincy greed and concentrate on scoring hundreds in Test and ODI cricket, and try to win back Test cricketer of the year award, otherwise at this rate forget about captaincy, he will soon find himself out of the team. currently he is very inconsistent and throws away his wicket and on the field he is not a good fielder at all, pls get serious again Gambhir, don't waste your talent

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    what is so big fuss about sehwag hitting first ball for four!! he justifies his talent in Test matches, but wasted his talent in ODIs always by throwing away his wicket after quick 20s or 30s, what a waste of talent, he should stop trying to hit every ball, but rather should respect good balls and punish bad balls, its time he gets consistent if he wants to improve his ODI average (33) and no. of ODI hundreds (12), for his talent his average should have been close to 40 and no. of hundreds atleast 20.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    Our regular press reporter in these columns Mr Nampally forgot to report that Rohit Sharma made an unnecessary attempt to take a second run when it was not urgently needed, ignoring the game situation, ignoring Ashwin's cry of NO!, and without taking into account the running capability of a very promising youngster on the other end, and shouting at Ashwin "GO!!!" once he reached Ashwin's end -- which anyway Ashwin would have done... Yes, Rohit batted well, displayed his batting skills... but also displayed his immaturity.His theatrics from the sidelines when No. 10 & 11 were trying to get the team over the line were school-boyish. Mr Rohit Sharma, you are a great batsman in the making, but also try to be a good individual, then alone the world will recognize you a s a great "Cricketer". If you want to be just a great batsman one day, it is OK, it is up to you. But we fans (and the captain) while praising him sky high, should also point out his mistakes.

  • POSTED BY aclarity on | November 30, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Gross incompetence by Sammy, Xmas Gift to India or Sold! This was my reaction from the 23rd over of the Indian innings. Why was Anthony in the touring team let alone the final XI. Apart from Bishoo and Narine (the most successful bowler in the regional ODI tournament) let me indicate to the selectors better leg spinners such as Mathurin, Brown and Permaul among others. Why did Sammy in particular and Ramdin bat ahead of Russell? Is Samuels a better spin bowler than Narine? Samuels batting has been bordering on poor but he is now promoted to No3. 59 for 5 and the captain guards the boundary in a low scoring game where singles win it for the opposition. Sammy bowls at the death with his record in ODI? Give me a break. Was Gibson sleeping, dumb or dumbfounded. The WI selectors do not understand that Talent, Temperament and Tenacity are the critical components of a player at this level. Again I remind them that Samuels has only 1 T.

  • POSTED BY Whip on | November 30, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Spot on, Cric_Fan! Batsmen who leave it to the bowlers, and one bowler who can't run - hilarious!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Yet another classic example of how good our cricketers are in making heavy weather of what should have been an easy victory. Anyways, congrats to Shewag & Co. but with an advise: Let us learn from mistakes instead of repeating them!

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 30, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @abdul shamin whether you like it or not, India are the current world CHAMPS and we have won at home and away many a time. We played the most ODI's this year. This was a young team led by senior Shewag and was probably an experiment to see how they cope. They will learn.

  • POSTED BY rasmikanta on | November 30, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    this is one of the most entertaining,thrilling finish to a ODI match.whole credit must goes to rohit sharma & jadeja for their patience.

  • POSTED BY bhushansawant on | November 30, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    @sunny chaudhary: n you need to watch n listen to commentators also.only Rohit n Rahane were not stunned when Aaron refused that single.Indian dressing room, gavaskar, shastri every1 was amazed by that.when some1 have taken a lot of efforts to win the match n when some1 like Aaron take a step like that, one is bound to get agonized. And who told you that they were abusing?its just that people dont like to see Rohit doing good or rather Mumbai boys doing good.when they play well(go through ranji stats of this season) people tend look out for some non sense issues. Rohit n Rahane made people like badrinath, mukund, vijay sit on benches who did nothing on international level n who were inside only because of Shrikant.

  • POSTED BY bhushansawant on | November 30, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    @scitra:do you even listen to legends like gavaskar,shastri?they were blaming Ashwin for not taking first run quickly in both matches.they said Ashwin needs to improve on running between the wickets.it was rohits call n he was coming to danger end n not ashwin.they even showed the video of last ball of mumbai test.so when legends are backing up rohit, one needs to understand it n accept it. @sunny chaudhary: mate, he got out when we needed 11 runs n not 15+.so make it point that you know everything n then make a comment.he brought India to a stage of wining that match when our so called stars failed to even stand on wicket.so if you cant give him the credit which he deserves, then at least dont criticize him.after all he saved us from a disastrous loss.if you have ever played n got out in final moments after taking al the efforts,then only you can understand the agony of Rohit n Rahane.they dont need that camera for glamour.they have performed n thats y they are in team unlike others..

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    what is so big fuss about sehwag hitting first ball for four!! he justifies his talent in Test matches, but wasted his talent in ODIs always by throwing away his wicket after quick 20s or 30s, what a waste of talent, he should stop trying to hit every ball, but rather should respect good balls and punish bad balls, its time he gets consistent if he wants to improve his ODI average (33) and no. of ODI hundreds (12), for his talent his average should have been close to 40 and no. of hundreds atleast 20.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Goodbye Sid Ravindran... This match report was as brilliant as ever... we will miss you!

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 30, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Gambhir is on decline since he received the huge IPL offer and captaincy from KKR, since then his focus has shifted, he is not the same player who won Test cricketer of the year, i think he is running behind captaincy, he has to forget IPL offer, captaincy greed and concentrate on scoring hundreds in Test and ODI cricket, and try to win back Test cricketer of the year award, otherwise at this rate forget about captaincy, he will soon find himself out of the team. currently he is very inconsistent and throws away his wicket and on the field he is not a good fielder at all, pls get serious again Gambhir, don't waste your talent

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Well the greatest player sammy had to play meaning WI couldnt play a next pace bowler which the pitch was assisting and WI could of use to finish off the india team. Then a next great decision was to put on his self to bowl the second to last over before giving russel to bowl the over to finish off the india side. WI in a sad state with Sammy as captain finally they have blowers that can bowl out the opposition then they go an make a set of stupid decisions like dropping chanderpaul and gayle when will the people of WI see whats going on.

  • POSTED BY batmannrobin on | November 30, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    @cric_fan- Well - I think 8 months back there was a tournament called the world cup , some 'X" team got shut out for 58 by some 'Y" team in X's team home ground. And Y recently won a ODI series in X's home territory again. Can you identify X and Y?

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    @cric_fan__ lol, even great aussie team struggled and needed BEVAN many times. bangladesh is not better than windies.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    It doesnt matter..WIN IS A WIN!

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 30, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas -I agree with you on the point of arrogance displayed in victories by our fellow Indian fans.With Indian team getting no 1 test ranking and winning the world cup, many fans are behaving as if we are another version of Aussies.Glad that Indian cricket team is far from all this,hence Dhoni rubbished the term revenge in India vs Eng ODI series.Happy to know that i am not the only one who thinks like this, appreciation for your comment,cheers.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 30, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas -I agree with you on the point of arrogance displayed in victories by our fellow Indian fans.With Indian team getting no 1 test ranking and winning the world cup, many fans are behaving as if we are another version of Aussies.Glad that Indian cricket team is far from all this,hence Dhoni rubbished the term revenge in India vs Eng ODI series.Happy to know that i am not the only one who thinks like this, appreciation for your comment,cheers.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | November 30, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @cric_fan..from when BD became a better team than WI?? WI just beat BD in their home ground in tests(1-0) and ODI (2-1)..in T20I BD won against WI but again WI also beat world champion Eng(T20) just before coming to BD...dont forget WI also won two match each against pak and india two months back,does it make BD better than WI,india & pak???...please think before posting such comments...cricinfo plz publish

  • POSTED BY BULTY on | November 30, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    The match, no doubt, thrilling to watch. But a few things could have been avoided to avoid this panic. First Rohit getting Aswin run out in a selfish manner when there was no need to take that risk for the second. Vinay throwing away his wicket immediately after Rohit's wicket should have been avoided. But with all these comedy of errors, India still made to the victory podium. Hope they don't repeat such silly mistakes in the coming matches of the series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    This is exactly what has starved the development of the Caribbean region, insularity. Trinidadians come here to make a case for Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine,Mohamed, in addition to those they need not claim for Bravo & Bravo, Pollard, Barath, Lindel. Thats 9 players. So how are you all different from Darren Ganga who spouted his rubbish in the 2011 IPL? We need a keeper who can bat. We should have done like india and go for the hard hitting opening batsman who can keep from Grenada. Ramdin and Baugh should not be in ODI nor T20. I am a massive Darren Sammy fan but he was so poor in that last ODI that i could clout him through the TV. If he is sacked and axed now I would have to accept. Sammy has to re-asses himself. The performance is not there and we now can ill-afford. If i come back here and see any mention of PATRICK BROWN again i will stay away for a month from this page. PATRICK WHO?? is that writer in his or her sane mind? I guess not.

  • POSTED BY cric_fan__ on | November 30, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    poor performance from India.. they can't even comprehensively win against windies.. look at Pakistan they thrashed Bangladesh, a better side than windies..

  • POSTED BY mohamedamin on | November 30, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Sammy gave away the game...should have given Russell to bowl that penultimate over......Sammy needs to go now....drop him he cant bat.....all he doing is passing instructions.....they need Narine ion the team in place of Martin and Rampaul comes in for Sammy...Ramdin Captains the side.....and Drop Hyatt and bring in Mohammed

  • POSTED BY Metman on | November 30, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    @The Light ......You keep on saying that Ramdin is the best keeper by miles....but Patrick Browne ,now back in the Bdos side,is just as good or better,and by far a better batsman than Ramdin, good enough to make the WI ODI side as a specialist batsman.He also has a better ODI's av.than any other keeper in the WI ! He started out well in this years 50 over competition,but as every body knows,rain ruined his and Bdos's chances.A good 2012 season for Browne ,and Ramdin,a pathetic batsman at the Int'l level would remain in TnT to guide his so called "powerhouse" team ( LoL).By the way,it must have hurt Ganga to the bone to give up the captaincy.I also wonder,when all of TnT 'stars' are available at the same time,if he would give up his place to accomodate J.Mohammed.Wonder also,why the haste in appointing Ramdin as skipper ahead of Dwayne Bravo.To all of you trinis who were critical of Baugh's batting from ball 0ne,.....as predicted, all of you will now remain silent.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Being soft on Ashwin will not help him at this stage of career.....he needs to be his biggest critic and he should speak out strong and clear that mate you grossly need to improve not only your athleticism but also overall alertness to the demands of the situation....he need not look beyond footages of Kapil dev's running between the wickets which should form a part of every budding cricketer's archive striving for perfection. What a whole-hearted cricketer he was!

  • POSTED BY Furymaster on | November 30, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    I am pretty much still in shock that the tail wagged for india. kudos to aaron for keeping his calm and taking control of the situation along with yadav. at first i didnt understand the logic of turning the single down, but hey... you cant complain when you win

  • POSTED BY hurting_westindian on | November 30, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    I'm so sick about all this talk of WI wanting to compete. That sould be understood at this level, the main object should always be wining! If you can't compete then you should not even be playing. Mediocrety has become the benchmark of WI cricket and those in authority (WICB, WIPA, etc) continue to do nothing. They only sit back, collect high salaries and hope for players with natural talent to do it all on their own.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Indian inexperienced bowlers played very well in one day as well as test matches but, experienced batting line up collapsed in last one day and last test match. Few things I have noticed that the mental set up of our few batsman. Just look at Kohil dismissal in last one day, it was a wonderful in swinger and the ball hit the stump between the big gap between bat and pad, pure technical fault and he reaction was slow to defend the ball. Now, check the dismissal of same person on last innings where India satisfy with draw, the ball was outside the off stump and bounced bit higher than normal, that shoot was really unnecessary and it causes the match end up with tie. The most embarrassing approach I found that, after the both dismissal, his body language was quite awful. I never deny the fact that, he is one of the best batsmen in the world cricket right now and with that respect, I would say his approach to his dismissals was not good. Both matches, after dismissals he was looking at pit

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | November 30, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    So Mr. Albert Mathew,

    You want to drop Ramdin who is the Caribbean's & one of the world's best wicket keeper for what reason? He scored more than Samuels, why not ask for him to be dropped? Is it because Samuels also bowls? Well, newsflash, Ramdin keeps wickets which is more important than a batsman who doesn't not score runs and bowls part timer. Samuels average in 1 day matches is horrific for a specialist batsman who has played more than 100 test matches. Why not get on his case? The WI tried a man who cannot keep wicket (Baugh) because they thought he could bat.....he failed miserably with the bat and although his wicket keeping skills improved a bit, he still dropped catches in the last test match and is not as good as Ramdin. Other options in the WI cannot keep against spin, so why not work with Ramdin who is just 26 years old? He has shown that he has the capability with his 166 against England,but then again, lots of WI supporters only support WI players, except from Trinidad

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Why we praising Rohit for this win over WI ? He left India sinking when 15+ runs needed and was abusing aaron along with rahane when he denied single off the last ball of 48th over. And whenever there was camera on him he was acting weird ..

  • POSTED BY scitra on | November 30, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Stop all nonsense.. 104 balls 48 to win!! Why to have risky singles? Very simple logic and basic thing.. No need for any intelligences to this!! Ashwins thinking was good.. 1. If Rohit is out, then there could be a problem 2. All of you see the Video - Ashwin was not NOT EVEN STEPPED ONE FOOT OUT AND HAS BEEN SAYING NO. What made the great Rohit to run? 3. Had I been there, i would not have sacrified my wicket - will play selfish game.. 4. It is a team game - Rohit MUST RESPECT WHAT HIS PARTNER SAYS - He cannot run like a shcool boy or a machine!! Secondly, all of you see the video of the test match - THERE IS NO 2ND RUN there. Finally, Finally why to blame Ashwin - What the hell all these fantastic Godly batsmen are doing? Why pressure on this guy alone?

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    India won the match partly due to they developed the never say Die spirit and Partly due to lack of killer instinct from the West Indian out fit.When India were reeling at 59-5 West Indies should have applied more pressure cut of the singles bring more man in but instead they given many singles to Rohit Sharma and Ravindra jadeja to involve in a Partnership that proved vital in the end.When you Defending 212 in this age You cant win by Restricting the opposition but by bowling them out

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 30, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    A couple of points-and I'm not saying this as a dig at the Indians as it didn't affect the result-but I noticed that Raina tapped his bat on the crease a few times and then when he looked up Russell (I think it was , was nearing the delivery crease) and then Raina stood away in a Not Ready gesture.I also noticed that another Indian batsman did a similar thing later on.Raina was out next ball anyway,but I was always under the impression that by tapping your bat on the crease indicated that you're ready and it should be the batsman's responsibility to make sure he's not looking down after he's started banging his bat down. I know there are occasions where the batsman has to withdraw because something disturbs him-that's different.Also re WI- I saw T+T put up a great showing in the CLT20 and was impressed with some of their bowlers. A guy I particularly liked - for his batting even though he's more a bowler was Kevon Cooper.Is he anywhere near the reckoning interested in WI fans opinions

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Is Darren Sammy indispensable? or is he captain just to shake hands and give a pat on the back? Is that all he can contribute to our team? Sammy has reach to a stage where he has to prove that he is capable of holding his place in the team as a player and he has failed miserably, please Sammy do the hohorable thing and resign as Captain and try to earn your place on the team as a Batsman, bowlew or Alrounder,

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    what a big deal if they win like this on their own grounds against a weak opposition like WI,now Indian cricket team is showing that they are good at nowhere,either they are playing at home or away,they are good for nothing but for acting only.they have no right to call world champions.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY dablubgp on | November 30, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    it was superb match for all of us . But INDIA is not playing like a world champion.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    @snow snake r u sure wc final ??? do u remember this should happen with suresh raina its high time he is dropped to accodmate someone deserving he has no technique at all rohit is 100 times better than raina but currently not than gambhir gambhir is our key player is oz

  • POSTED BY dablubgp on | November 30, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    it was superb match for all of us . But INDIA is not playing like a world champion.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    batting ins australia sehwag (sitting duck) gambhir (always gets better when opposition and series is important ,would be solid) dravid( would be best batsman of the tour),tendulkar(lookes in good form will get 100 in melbourne just wait and watch),laxman(aussie killed :D) kohli (tehnically he is good enougn ,mentally he is ever improving,has lot of fight will be solid no 6 and a danger man at no 6 wont be surprised if he gets 1-2 centuries ,dhoni(another sitting dick :p) so this time we have 2 passengers but others are good ,rhit another bat who would not be in team is also tehnically good enough for australia,rahane is solid veru solid would ve loved to seem him in place of sehwag but we all know that wont happen,wish pujara is fir :((

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    India did its very best to ensure a WI win

    In return WI actually toiled to ensure India's tenth on the trot victory !

    Both played so that the other team can win and made the match Hiraliously exciting.

    # 10 & 11 showed great resolve to play 15 dot balls from the available 23 and proceeded to strike 2 fours to get the required 11.

    Aaron and Yadav need to be congratulated despite their hilarious technique and comical running between the wickets. On a seriuos note the sweetly timed last boundary by Yadav could have done proud to established batsman.

    Aaron needs an additinal pat on the back for PROTECTING Yadav and refusing a single of the last ball.He did score a 72 in a first class match ! Their partnership overshadowed Vinaykumars effort.

    What is it with Sehwag and Gambhir these days ? Just a little off colour?

    Trying soem one like Ajinkya for a match or 2 wont be a bad idea

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | November 30, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    What happened if West Indies has played with Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo as well as Sunil Naraine in place of A Martin....India in India at least with this present line up should win easily....

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 30, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    @Hemant Gandhi its a team sport not one man event. The running between the wickets should be at the speed at which both of them can run. Not at the speed at which the fastest between the two can run. Ashwin is a slow runner and he knows he cannot make it. So ROHIT being more experienced instead of charging down should have looked at Ashwin . Plus the run rate required was not high it was ridiculously low.Rohit needs to up his game temperament and concentration ...look at the way he got out when we needed just 11 more runs to win...Instead of a easy win we had a tense finish

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | November 30, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    This Indian Top order is failing far too often. Home conditions, weak opposition and falling like cards... I have to see this team beat Australia in Australia to believe it...

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | November 30, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas ....I like your comments. But is it same applicable to you also ? Here many Indian fans showing arrogance and over confident and criticizing other nation players. I saw many of your coments criticizing Sachin for no reason but because you like Dravid more. Bro both are legends of game and deserved more respect. I know there are many Sachin fans who criticized Dravid and that might trigger you but that doesn't mean you do the same mistake. I am Sachin fan but that doesn't mean I dislike Dravid, VVS, Sehwag, Gambhir or even Lara, Kallis or Ponting. I like all of them but I like Sachin more. Even I can't ignore the contribution of each of these palyers for there team.

  • POSTED BY AmrDx on | November 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Well let me make something clear to you all... Rohit was running towards the danger end, so its his call whether to take run... its the second time Ashwin showing negligence to take doubles... yes indeed he is a brilliant n thinking cricketer, but he definitively should work on this... Rohit Sharma showed maturity throughout his innings, n he was relly disappointed wen he got out... Jadeja n Vinay supported him brilliantly... n haha I saw some guys telling Gambhir should be capt instead of Sehwag... What i am saying is next match why not Manoj Tiwari or Rehane instead of Gambhir ??

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    it was Russell who deserve the ball in last over,not Sammy.want to see specialist batsman in the slot of pollard,Simmons can keep in odi,play 2nd spinner narine,my team: barath,powell,hayat,bravo,samuels,simmons,russell,sammy,martin,narine,roach

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | November 30, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    @Iyer....not sure about Gavaskar but you look more biased to me. First of all it was regulation two and not cheeky two. Second it was Rohit's call and Ashwin should respond it. I am not blaming Ashwin but only point is he has to imporove his running which make him better cricketer. Even in the last match I agree if Ashwin would have run fast it was never two there but point is to try your best. He was slow and then he slowly turned and stopped to see whether his partner is running the second or not and then he started second. On the other hand look at Aaron he completed the first and quickly return for second without watching his partner. Still Ashwin batted and bowled superbly but he has to improve his running.

  • POSTED BY atthipatti on | November 30, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas....totally agree with you mate. Its time us fans show some respect towards the opposition. Yesterday's match was evidence enough, WI aren't what they were a coupla years ago. I can only imagine them going forward hereupon. You rightly said of Dravid, Kumble & Sachin that they were never gungho about their opposition, thats why they are not alone great players but also Legends.

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | November 30, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Look gibson , west indies need to win there matches now , enough of experiment with new player . You are success and you gave good gift to west indies side as like narine , jn Mohamed , Edwards , Powell , russel , bishoo and bravo . Now please think about how to win the match . We need some exprience buddy who can crontrol game like rohit sharma at the middle . Last couple of games we can see west indies has no middle order . Please bring back bravo again in the team you will get a seamer and a batsman , he is experience in test and One day format . He used to be west indies vice captain as well . Gibson you have no choice after lose yesterday easy game because of Sammy . Either you chose bravo or chose sammy ! Kick out Martine . Use bishoo and narine and badre , when you come to play in srilanka , India Bangladesh and sharja surface then you have to bring spin bowler with you at lest 3 man . Gibson bring bravo , rest of the team is balance

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | November 30, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Now what we realised from the last 2 innings, the second inning of drawn MUMBAI TEST& CUUTTUK ODI INNING our entire team is suffering from OVER CONFIDENCE .It apperrs that they learnt nothing from drubbing at the hands of ENG ,Even after meek surrender of NO I ranking their is hardly any noteasable change in their attittude .the main culprits are SAHWAG& GAMBHIR .If they percist with such an attittude I fear for the worst at DOWNUNDER, uNLESS&UNTILL these seniors play with dedication to their true potential ,we cant avoid another humiliation . The way SAHWAAG & GAMBHIR tHREW THEIER WICKETS at MUMBAI & CUTTAK both should have been dropped besides deseplanary acins .The acrobatics displayed by SAHWAAG at crease prior to being bowled in this match is un pardonable , After watching his NAUTANKY at INDs score realing at 50 for 4 I Presumed WE WILL BE soon 50 FOR 5 & i chanched the channel ,in the news channel the caption flashed IND 50 for 5 SAHWAAG CLEAN BOWLED in that over .

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | November 30, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    India did not deserve to win this match. If they play like this in Australia, the English tour is going to look like a picnic.Sehwag and Gambhir should open with Parthiv Patel coming at No 7 or 8. Feel Sorry for the West Indiies. They really deserved to win

  • POSTED BY dicky_boy on | November 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Being an Indian still I miss gayle To all the WEST INDIANS PROTEST WITH YOUR BOARD AND REMOVE SAMMY AND GET GAYLE

  • POSTED BY saqskhan on | November 30, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    WI could have won this match easily if Sammy would have given the over to Russell instead of coming himself, Russell is a quick bowler and he was having a good match, definetly the tail enders may b afraid to face him rather than facing Sammy...Anyways, Good job Rohit, Jadeja and Vinay Kumar, in the end, Ind won the match by Luck..

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Well played India (bowling dept).. Batting still needs some work. The way GG and PP got out was very bad. Those were reckless shots. Sehwag and Virat missed straight deliveries. Rohit sharma for a change has a played good innings under pressure. Let us see how consistent he will be. Bowlers like Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav deserve permanent place in playing X1. Vinay kumar is good but sometimes very expensive. On the other hand Sammy was disgusting to say the least. His captaincy was pathetic and poor. This guy is liability to the team. His egoistic and arrogant behavior is costing WI alot. WI team can be very potent if they would have taken Dwayne Bravo instead of Sammy and Chris Gayle in the team. But because of some horrendous tactics of Sammy WI is in the position they are now. The day Sammy gets out of this WI team I am sure it will shine again. WI team played very well and they deserve applause for the kind of fight they have shown. This WI team has good future. Congrats India !

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | November 30, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Rohit sharma is another Irfan Pathan in making. He batted well but he doesnt look responsible at the curial time, when the batsmen matter most. Ashwin run out look so silly, As we need only 3 RPO why need to take risk, as ashwin called for a loud NO. Still Rohit taking the run, But matured ashwin sacrifice his wicket. Rohit need to matured but still he have not learn.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | November 30, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Sir Ravindra Jadeja should be knighted for his contribution to India's poor cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    WICB seem committed to Sammy as Test captain, that should not make him automatic for ODIs and T20s where he cannot command a place as an all-rounder. His inclusion keeps out Russell as the all-rounder with pace and another fm bowler such as Edwards or Rampaul who could have been better than Sammy either up front or at the death. We could also have played Narine as a second spinner on these surfaces who has good success in India. With Sammy it is a case of see off the quicker bowler with the new ball and then enjoy the medium pace since ODI wickets have little in them anyhow. In that scenario Ramdin can captain or Samuels or even Ramapul who is a qualified coach. Note there is no mention of Bravo and Gayle who have shown themselves to be less committed to the Windian cause.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | November 30, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Well done west indies. They have done it again findiing the weaknesses and going for kill but they could have taken more advantage of the situations. They got them 55/5 but could not capitalize on it. They can be very strong after return of Gayle, Sarwan and Shiv and also they are getting good talent now. The committment of windies board is paying off and they should win at least a couple of games in india. On the other hand the habit of taking windies lightly is continuously backfiring. It again proves that india are a different proposition in the peresence of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman and are world cup holders. Further many of the windies players are now very much in practice to play on Indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY puneriMisal on | November 30, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    India needs to up its game a bit, England or Australia or South Africa would make them pay for their lapses in concentration.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas. Its not called gloating. Its called 'fans faith' in their team. It is love for the team that fans expect their team to win everytime they play. Anyways. Its not everyday that the Indian batting collapse happens. I'm sure the batsmen would have learnt their mistake and would work towards it. People were much worried about the bowling in absence of PK. But looks like we found the medicine. Now the batting needs to click and we will be a formidable Team India. Cricinfo publish.

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | November 30, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Congrats India on a hard fought victory.Can't help feeling sorry for the Windies. They all but had the match wrapped up.Vinay Kumar proved his worth, both as a bowler and as a reliable batter. The delivery he bowled to Adrian Barat would have got the likes of Dravid, Pointing,Sachin,Amla etc, out.I do not want to sound critical, but I still feel Rohit Sharma's got an attitude problem. The casual way he was playing Samuels & Sammy proves my point. He is considered the best of the Indian young guns by no less a person than Shane Warne.He could do with some attitude makeup.Jadeja is a much improved cricketer than he was 2 years back. Parthiv Patel could be replaced by Uthappa or Rayadu.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    WE WON ........................

  • POSTED BY arrowbabu on | November 30, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Wait Wait Wait..... every one talking about rohit right ?????? batting is bats man job (rohit). and he did very well. good job rohit keep it up. what about the great Ravindra Jadeja. and superb vinay kumar is fast bowler he did fantastic, is running between the wicket like MS Dhoni. and also nice jobs comes in end varun & yadav. only the thing indian tail end also gets match winning capability.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    I am disappointed at another loss though I think I have come to accept it! It is not that the West Indies cannot play they fail to compete! I believe Pollard should be dopped; Ramdin as well; Sammy I feel for him but he would not have helped his cause by not batting and probably bowled an over too much! I also would have played Narine! Let Bravo bat at no. 3! My 11 would be 1. L. Simmons 2. A. Barath 3.D. Bravo 4. A. Russell 5. D. Hyatt 6. M. Samuels 7.J. Mohamed/ Kieran Powell 8.D. Sammy 9. K. Roach 10. A. Martin 11.S. Narine. Let one of Simmons or Powell keep! What do you think?

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Hence it is a fact that India are the masters in pressure and heavy weather matches !!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Ashwin is the soft target,not surprisingly..Be it Kumble,Dravid,Laxman and now Ashwin,they are not supposed to make any mistakes and fail in one or two matches..!,Knives will be out immediately..!!

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | November 30, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Sehwags golden run is finished! Looking forward to the next few years. What goes up must come down. Happens with every great batsmen. The problem for Sehwag is he looks like a club cricketer when he is out of form. How long will India be able to tolerate shots like that?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 30, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I'm just imagining these batsmen in Australia (o_O). hmmm.... not encouraging by any stretch of imagination......

  • POSTED BY Faircricket11220 on | November 30, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    is it really that difficult to post 250 plus against india batting first with the talent of west indies batters and indian bowling line weakened by the loss of zaheer khan... this game should have been won by west indies to begin with...kudos to rohit sharma for playing an important knock... why does sammy bowl himself in death overs doesnt have the pace to restrict runs anyways hope for more exciting cricket

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    WI should have Russel as their first all rounder and not Pollard.. Bat Russel up and add Rampaul to the team in place of Pollard.. Russel is anyday a better batsman than Pollard for sure.. His fielding is an asset but when you are allowed to have fielders in the form as substitutes, no necessity to play him in the 11.. My WI 11 would be, Barath, Simmons, Samuels, Bravo, Russel, Hyatt,Ramdin,Sammy,Narine,Rampaul and Roach.. I dont care about what others feel about Sammy but he is WI's go to man just because of his diehard spirit!! He did do some mistakes but which captain doesn't?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 30, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    BTW, did anyone notice that Darren Bravo seems to be in a totally different league? Awesome lad! What a find! Hope he keeps his feet properly grounded while scaling peaks.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | November 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Rohit should move to no 4 on ODIs ahead of Kohli.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | November 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Sehwag is a poor captain, not at all imaginative. Gambhir should have been made captain. Both Delhi Dare Devils and Kolkata Knight Riders performed better when Gambhir took over the captaincy from Sehwag and Ganguly respectively.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 30, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    On a lighter note, I can only imagine the inflow of non-subcontinent cricket fans into this article if we were to lose this ODI ;). 5wombats, just in zest mate! I hope he and all his Brit friends follow the Indian Team when we tour down under. I thoroughly enjoy their digs, especially wombats', at us and Team India.

  • POSTED BY fearless69 on | November 30, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    @Nishit Goyal, i agree with you mate.. Gambhir does a good job when he is captain.. He leads the team exceptionally well + he performs.. India vs NZ ODI's in india last year, ind won 5-0 under gambhir's captaincy.. // for the next match, i'd like to see rahul sharma playing in place of vinay kumar..

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | November 30, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    WI cricket gone to the dogs!!! One must learn from this WI team how to lose matches from winning position.

  • POSTED BY bang_on_target on | November 30, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    sehwag is not a captain material...he is not mentally strong like dhoni to handle the pressure..in past the burden of captaincy affected the batting of the likes of sachin,dravid,azhar,ganguly etc,sehwag is at his best when he is under no pressure..gambhir or raina would have been a better choice...ashwin needs some serious running between the wkt coaching,yadav and varun bowled well..yadav is clearly the better bowler as he has better control and more pace than varun...i think the internationall careers of nehera,munaf,harbhajan and sreesanth are almost over..great to see 2 indian fast bowlers bowling at 145 km/hour in a match...it is the beginning of a new era of genuine fast bowlers and attacking spinners....

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | November 30, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    All batsmen in the top order batted as if the target is going to be a cake walk. over confident and irresponsible as they were the windies spotted it soon and were all over them until Rohit Sharma and Jadeja did it (almost) for India before the tail - the absolute end bit wagged and did that much enough to win the match. It was dissapointing that the windies lost- Am happy that India won- but I thought the way the teams played - Windies should have won and that would have been the ideal result. Indians whould have hopefully learnt the big lesson of being complacent and over confident with winning over his team. Roach looked a very dangerous bowler in this match than he was during the test match. And Russel bowled his heart out. Martin added that variety - although expensive a bit- he should be happy the way he performed. Pollard disappointed everyone. He should be rested permanently. Windies should play him once in 20 matches thats when he performs

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Needed Narine. Bad captaincy. Can't believe Chanderpaul is ignored.

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | November 30, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Sammy should be made captain of the test team only. He is a nice guy, but has no place on this one day team. And why is Krishma Santokie not on this team? He s the best limited over bowler in the Caribbean. Cannot understand why Narine was left out. Good to see Roach bowling well after a string of poor performances.

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | November 30, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    I feel sorry for WI. It seems that there is no hope for WI as they couldnt win this match. They have their opponent pinned to the wall, and at the end they gave up. May be they have totally forgotten about winning in the cricket. Congrats to IND.

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | November 30, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Merman

    Ramdin is the best wicketkeeper in th WI by several miles. He is a young man only 25 with a batting average no different in one day cricket than other west Indian keepers we consider great such as Dujon and Murray. He scored a couple hundreds in this years domestic season and a few fifties. Just before he was dropped, only one series before, he scored the second highest score of any wicket keeper. If that is not justification for his pick then you have something personal against him. And you think Narine should wait his turn like everybody else? Like Young Brathwaite who spent years on the sideline......ooops, he came into the team after a great u19 performance. Or like Martin who waited years on the sideline? Ooops, he never stood out in the west indies in any form of cricket and only god and the selectors knows why he made the team. Narine is the only bowler in the world to spin the ball both ways with the same action and developed his own variations.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    Getting those last 11 runs was a miracle. How to make a heavy weather of chasing a low score? India are the 'go to' team. WI missed the trick in selection, a quality spinner. Very sporting of R. Ashwin to let Rohit continue, but that 2nd run was there. Batter, bowler or a fielder, you have to be on the button in this game.

    Teams get tested when they get to be in the hot seat.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    hmm good effort by windies....All there efforts in vain.. anyway my predict comes true. Rohit the only man who plays a good knock in this game...

  • POSTED BY USIndianFan on | November 30, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Irresponsible and poor play by the Indian top order. Frankly, looks like we are in for a pasting in Australia if this is what they have to offer. Irresponsible play by Rohit, too. Not sure if he is Test calibre. Overall, disappointing play by the Indians.

  • POSTED BY mohan1959 on | November 30, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Bowling a no ball, bowling a wide and getting run out are three controllable events and hence any of the above three acts is unpardonable. No point in pointing fingers after the event. Winning a match using the prowess of the tail or by using the prowess of the bowling skill of non-specialist bowlers is not really a win at all.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    I think Sammy should step aside as captain of ODI. I will like to see a West Indies line up with Dwayne Bravo, and Fidel Edwards, Powell, and Roach

  • POSTED BY Mayfield on | November 30, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    If there is anyone that needs to be drop, it is Pollard. This so caledl 20/20 specialist is just a joke. WI do not need to persist with this guy in the 50 or 20 over format. Michael Holding is correct in his assessment of him. If you look at his record, it speaks for itself. Pollard will soon not be able to even play on a 20/20 hit and giggle team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    @Precioustar84: Simple rule of running between the wickets...if the ball is gone behind you and your partner calls for a run, you DONT THINK....you respond and run hell mary..... If your partner gets run out, its his problem, not yours...Ashwin failed to follow this basic school boy rule....does not make him a bad cricketer, many others have done it in the past, but mistake is a mistake....

  • POSTED BY tappee74 on | November 30, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    The Indians need to be congratulated,while winning seems to be an impossibility on the part of the West Indies.Sammy should give way,while Shivnarine Chanderpaul needs to be in the team.The batting except for Bravo crumbled to ordinary bowling.However,the future holds some hope with some new faces. Andre Russel is full of promises and should also be considered for the test matches,he should also be batting higher up the order and definitely before Ramdin who i think should be watching rather than playing. Kevin Pollard is yet to prove himself with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 2:01 GMT

    i like d way westindies fought!!!!!!!!!!1

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | November 30, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I do not understand why they don't open with Pollard - especially in the absence of Gayle. Wouldn't he be better suited to facing a hard ball with only 2 outfielders for the first 10 overs? Surely WI would get more value from him opening than coming in when the field is out.

  • POSTED BY netcricketfan4ever on | November 30, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    @TRAM I guess you know a lot about cricket to predict everyone except Dravid, Sehwag and Laxman will fail in the Aussie tour. It would be helpful if you can post the batting and bowling averages as well so that everyone can stop following the tour and count on your predictions.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    Y DEVENDRA BISHOO OUT OF THIS TEAM????? SAMMMY IS A GOOD BACK UP PLAYER NOT A LEADING PLAYER.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Ashwin lacks a brain !! its pretty evident from last test match and this ODI

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | November 30, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    A majority of Indian fans here are going overboard with putting down the opposition. Yes, we want 5-0, but that will be when we play good cricket. Moreover, it's quite disrespectful and inane at this stage to predict 5-0 result; the WI have showed that they will not go down without a fight; quite frankly they have good talent. The fans should be a little more respectful to the opposition team and fans.

  • POSTED BY sundoo on | November 30, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Ashwin has proven again that he is not as smart as he thinks he is. He also has to shed lot of flesh and train hard running.

    The bumbling last wicket pair really created lot of panic courtesy Varun Aron

    Some sort of punishment like being dropped for one or two ODI's must be meted out to Gambir for his irresponsible n arrogant batting and also to Viru for his atrocious shot in the third Test Match.

  • POSTED BY skepticaloptimist on | November 30, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    @TRAM - Inane comment. I don't know what statistical evidence you have your assumption; I'm not sure if you have any, to be honest. In the last tour of Australia, Sachin was the highest run scorer for both the sides. 493 runs @70 isn't exactly a failure in any sense of the word. In the same tour, Rahul scored 237 (in the same number of innings as Tendulkar) @ 33; Laxman, 366 @ 45. My maths tells me 70 is a touch better than 33 and 45. Link for the data: (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=3163;type=series)

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 30, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    @Precioustar84: Here is an explanation for your question. 1) Rohit is a better batsman than Ashwin and was trying to protect fall of India's wickets as India was down 6 wickets at that time. Rohit was trying to maintain strike. 2) It was Rohit's call for 2nd run because throw was directed on his side. Had Ashwin responded to the call then he would not be run out and two runs would have been taken with Rohit maintaining strike.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | November 30, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Great sign of a West Indian revival! Hope to see more exiting matches in this series.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 30, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Now you all miss DHONI?. when sehwag captain , every player want to play like sehwag and get out. PP , gambhir, kohli all want to be sehwag. That said roach is good for ODI games not for TEST. i think players play well as a team under dhoni than under sehwag. Sehwag tells too much truth and it upsets players. Either he praise too much or upset players with his words. He needs to be encouraging. You can be truthful once in a while , not all the time. No need to tell the obvious.

    PP is waste though. he is streaky player , i should have selected DK better batsman and can score 35+ runs and even win you game once in a while. PP problem is not mental , it is physical issue , he is so tiny , can't field , can't keep , can't bat. Why he is getting selected is beyond any common sense. As dujion say common sense is not common among our selectors bunch. :)

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | November 30, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    I understand why people would start to criticize Ashwin's running ability after last test match but can someone please answer me what was need to hurry from Rohit when they were going steady? I do agree Ashwin needs to practice his running and it was Rohit's call, no doubt but I felt sorry for Ashwin as there was no need to run like fools between wicket at that point. Did Rohit really want to keep the strike or wanted to finish the match asap? Plenty of overs were left so why even give opposition a chance of a run out? Ashwin must've thought this match is ours if we play steady so he was right in a way since there was time. Personal opinion. I'm sure some will disagree. Cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY srisri on | November 30, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    By looking at the crowd today, BCCI should organize India matches only in non-IPL cities. IPL cities are bored to death with hell a lot cricket.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | November 30, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Why should the chase come down AGAIN to Ashwin, Aaron, Vinay, eh? Take it from me. Every one among Gambhir,Dhoni, Kholi, Raina, SRT (of course, yes) will fail in Aus. It will be only Sehwag, Dravid and VVS who will score that too one in 4 innings. Indian spinners will be ok and fast bowlers will be thrashed. You can imagine the results. The end.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | November 30, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    A F 219 ... obviously you are not a cricket fan of Sammy. If West Indies had gotten the last wicket and won all praises would have gone to the skipper and his team. Is this really the No. 1 side playing a West Indies team that is ranked close to last ? If yes , then Windies , not withstanding mistakes should be very proud of their efforts under Sammy and focus on the next game and Sunil Narine should be given an opportunity , replacing the off spinner.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    Well, the only difference between the victory and defeat was SUMMY. How he could have bowled himself before RUSSELL??? And when Rampal is back you know who will be dropped? Yes, poor RUSSEL again despite he is better than PATHETIC Summy. What a joke, a player who doesnt even qualify for the XI, has been made the captain.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    ODI Team1 : 1) Sehwag 2) Viraat Kohli 3) Sachin Tendulkar 4) Yuvraj Singh 5)Rohit Sharma 6) Suresh Raina 7) MS Dhoni 8) R. Jadeja 9) R. Ashwin 10) Zahir Khan 11) Umesh Yadav.

    Backup Choise : 1) Gautam Gambhir (to replace Veeru if he is injured again or Sachin when he is rested , 2) Varun Aaron 3) Parthiv 4) Manoj Tiwari, et all

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 29, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    It was a rather over confident top order that dragged India into the quagmire they had to dig themselves out of. Suresh Raina, Sehwag, Kohli and Gambhir's dismissals could have been avoided if they batted more sensibly. Hope they have learnt their lessons not to take WI lightly especially with a batting line up missing three key players. Well played WI. IF not for Sammy's brain freeze in the end, they could have won it.

  • POSTED BY NCassie on | November 29, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Give Sammy a rest, not drop him permanently, why Sunil Narine is not playing, he has more variation than Martin. 2nd ODI WI team - Barath, Simmons, Samuels, Bravo, Hyatt, Pollard, Ramdin, Russel, Sunil Narine, Rampaul and Roach

  • POSTED BY Whip on | November 29, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    This is the future of East Indian cricket you saw today. Batters who can't endure. Bowlers who can't kill after the West Indians were 7/169. Let's leave alone people who can't run a run. Can't wait for the Australian summer!

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | November 29, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    I think that after Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma is the best batsman in India. I saw him perform in Australia and have been very impressed with him ever since. I was very surprised when I saw Virat Kholi being pushed ahead of him. For example, I predict that India will perform very badly in Australia on their up coming tour - worse than what they did in India. For the batsmen, only Dravid and Rohit are going come back with any respectable performances; and Dhoni is always a fighter. I don't think that Virat would make it there.

  • POSTED BY sankar8000 on | November 29, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    What an absorbing Match! The Young Indian team led by Sehwag fought hard and deserved this scintillating victory! Congrats....

  • POSTED BY Metman on | November 29, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    What is Ramdin doing back in this team ? Unbelieveable ! NOTHING has changed !Nobody would believe seeing this man bat,that he has 85 ODI's under his belt .Who the hell is this Ramdin guy ? and Narine MUST wait his turn ,like all the others who had to wait also.....Lo and Behold! Pollard the name comes to the fore AGAIN ! NOTHING has changed with him also ! I , along with many others await the day Pollard the cricketer is considered for WI selection !..and Bravo, why did you wait and WATCH until Hyatt was halfway down the pitch to shout no ? For the next match, Pollard should make way for Rampaul.

  • POSTED BY AMUSMANI on | November 29, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    i think westindian team need a good coach,

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    sunil narine should have played over Martin, dont know what the Coach and captain was thinking.......im glad they lost, so they can make changes to the team now

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 29, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    I'm sorry to say but I'm very disappointed in the Indian Fans. The kind of crowing they are resorting to is very repulsive. This talk of we will beat so and so team 5-0 is plain disrespectful. No respect whatsoever for the opposition. Posts filled with arrogance and overconfidence. I'm sure even the technically and mentally superlative Dravid or the great Sachin wouldn't be as overconfident as the fans who are ridiculing the Windies with their chest beating and gloating. I'm glad the Windies are bringing the Indian Fans down to earth. BTW, I'm an Indian. How about bringing a semblance of balance, respect for the oppostion sans overconfidence and humility in our posts?! What's the point in worshipping Dravid or Sachin or Kumble if we can't emulate them at least in their humility if not their game? Have we ever seen our Dravid or Sachin or Kumble uttering one wrong word let alone a wrong sentence about our opposition's abilities? I can't remember any such stupidity from our icons.

  • POSTED BY CheeseOnAStick on | November 29, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    I am a Sammy supporter but today he let me down. That the winning runs came off his bowling is excusable; could've happened to any of the other bowlers. What is inexcusable was his utterly ridiculous field placements while Rohit was batting with the tail. Instead of having everyone inside and attacking to get those last 3 wickets he had the field back with plenty singles. I am glad the winning runs came off him.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 29, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    @Iyer, take it easy. It wasn't a cheeky second. It was a regulation second and Ashwin had no business to make the call. It was Rohit's call which means Ashwin didn't even stick to basics. Whether he is a fast runner or not is not the only question here. IT'S JUST NOT HIS BUSINESS TO MAKE THE CALL FOR THAT SECOND RUN. PERIOD!

  • POSTED BY kantipur on | November 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Sammy is the worst player and he has been costing matches for West Indies. He dropped Sangakara in a test against Sri Lanka cost west indies the test. He dropped Dravid in west indies in a test, and cost west indies the series. West indies could have won the test series. Again in 3rd test here in mumbai he drops Shewag which west indies would have won. He is good for nothing. With him West indies don't win anything. Not even a toss.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    Isnt this a big worry seeing India panicking so much in absence of Dhoni.Rohit saved the day for India,it was certainly not the 5 for 59 pitch,poor batting from top 5 Indian batsman.I think India underestimated WI ,on the other hand WI had great chance to upset India but they were unable to handle pressure yet again and gave away a match which should have been won.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 29, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Isnt this a big worry seeing India panicking so much in absence of Dhoni.Rohit saved the day for India,it was certainly not the 5 for 59 pitch,poor batting from top 5 Indian batsman.I think India underestimated WI ,on the other hand WI had great chance to upset India but they were unable to handle pressure yet again and gave away a match which should have been won.

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | November 29, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Isnt this a big worry seeing India panicking so much in absence of Dhoni.Rohit saved the day for India,it was certainly not the 5 for 59 pitch,poor batting from top 5 Indian batsman.I think India underestimated WI ,on the other hand WI had great chance to upset India but they were unable to handle pressure yet again and gave away a match which should have been won.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 29, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Goes to show that you don't need a good pitch or technically high level of performance to produce an exciting ODI game. The game was even more satisfying particularly given the backing given in Cricinfo comments to Swann's view that the 50-over should either be reduced to 40-overs or even done away with. How do T20 games give you this kind of drama. Thanks to both teams for some great entertainment and hope the remaining games are as good as this and that it goes down to the wire ie 2-2 going into the final game. Long live ODIs.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 29, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Good fighting cricket from both sides. WI are improving by the day. India held their nerve. I look forward to another entertaining match next.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Firstly our total was 2 low. With our bowling strength 250+ will win us most ODI matches. No Pollard, he is for circus cricket(T20). Sammy made a few tactical blunders; u don't defend agst tailenders u attack. 2 many easy singles in the latter ovs. We need more runs, that's the bottom line. If it make u feel any better give Pollard 1 more try, other far more useful players r around.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | November 29, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    India's victory in the first ODI against the Weat Indies provided the greatest happiness to 5wombats, Yorkshire Pudding, Yorkshire Lad, JG274 and all die hard England fans. Their happiness exceeds even the Indian fans.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Knives are out for Sammy again. Give the guy a break he is starting to make a difference to the test team and should be given some leeway with the ODI outfit. These are alien conditions for most of these West Indian boys and India are almost unbeatable at home. I don't know who can teach the West Indies how to be mentally tough and ruthless though , they seem to be a nice bunch of guys you would like to take home to meet your mother.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | November 29, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    The entire top order and Ashwin should be made to do 20 laps around the next stadium wherever they play for brainlessly throwing wickets away and again running like a tortoise respectively.I guess the top order took the cue from captain Sehwag as regards the chicken brained batting was concerned.Shame on the top order for huffing and puffing to a mere 210.This way the series does look a hard battle indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    first of all congrats to Indian team for winning the first ODI...though not convincingly but still some how managed to do so...Rohit was not at all responsible for Ashwin's dismissal ( Ashwin needs to learn and well said by one of the mate that he shud wake up earrly in the morning and run as fast as he could with mind on his head...Jedeja showed patience ...but anyhow I still believe Sehwag is not the right choice for captaincy ...and all the one who think that Gambhir is the next after Dhoni please like the comment.. :))

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | November 29, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    @Asim Ali the game could have gone either way. Can't see India rolling over west indies in this series. They way west indies fought was gd to see as was lacking in the past.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    I dont really know that why those two guys Varun arun and yadav are overhyped...they are none better than Mohammad Sami and Sohail khan...bowls at 145 and get smacked, let them play in australia...but must give credit to them that finally India has found sum1 abv 140 mark...job done..:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    what ramdin and sammy,barath doing,changes is gud,gibson need to go,play two gud spinners,narine can bat gave him a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Because of close matches like this wi players, fans, administrators and coaches will continue to think that the team is improving and will one day be world beaters again. Sorry, not with the present captain and team line-up. Everyone I talk to keeps harping on the "brilliant fight back" in the recent third test. They seem to have forgotten that the team scored nearly 600, took a lead of over 100 and still almost lost the match. Since when do we "celebrate" drawing a match in the west indies ?

  • POSTED BY AF219 on | November 29, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Who the hell is this sammy guy ? Bowling himself over Russel what a joke ..... He cant bowl he cant bat and he is the captain of the team ..... That can happen only in WI cricket .... Pathetic

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | November 29, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    There was a time when best of Indian team was always second best to Windies in bilateral series or otherwise. The only exception was World Cup of 1983. WI were ruthless and never showed any mercy for the fact that Indians were slow in adapting to 50-60 overs cricket and were definitely lesser talented than West Indians. The current situation is reversed. Its the Indians who are more talented than West Indians so logically they should dominate and be ruthless. But this wasnt evident at Cuttack. This Indian bunch has to do better than this. I read in papers that the pitch at Cuttack was full of runs and curator said 300+ score is possible. This wasnt evident again in the way both teams batted. Rohit Sharma batted well but he needs to learn to finish the game. His was a very soft dismissal and he was equally guilty in Ashwin's runout.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 29, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    I think India should replace Gambhir with R. Sharma in all forms of game. Gambhir has not been performing and is playing recklessly.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    This is a good start and i will say that new batsman are arising in our Team. thats great !!! keep it up India !!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    If Indian batsmen tie one of their hands behind their backs and play with just one hand, West Indies will still lose. Most important thing is the desire to win, and this West Indian team doesn't have it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    The way the last pair batted it shows they had strong determination of only bowling fast. I dont think so they even strike six full deliveries in the nets. Duncan Fletcher seriously need to work on their batting or his dream to have good fast bowlers in the team would be very short lived as the selectors would also have been reacting like Rohit Sharma and Ajankiye Rahane on their couches. For Ashwin man you dreamt of being an opener for your team!!! Please Please GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN WITH YOUR PADS ON.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    ITS GREAT NEWS THAT ROHIT SHARMA IS FINALLY GETTING HIS ACT TOGETHER AND SCORING AT THE WAY HIS TALENT ALWAYS SPOKE.HE CAN BE THE NEXT GREAT TALENT FROM INDIA AFTER SURESH RAINA AND VIRAT KOHLI. HIS PERFORMANCES IN WEST INDIES AND HERE SHOW THAT EVEN AFTER THE RETIREMENTS OF SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN-SEHWAG AND YUVRAJ THE GREAT INDIAN BATTING TRADITION WILL CONTINUE.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    It was very lucky win for India. A very experienced middle order collapsed like Nine pins playing irresponsibly. Parthiv & Gambhir swung at a ball wide outside the off stump & were caught. I ask you sir, Do such foolish shots befit an international batsmen? You are playing a 50 over game not T-20. Kohli was bowled due to a rank bad fundamental defence - a huge gap between bat & pad! Raina & Sehwag were out to silly shots as well. All these guys are top ranking batsmen in the ODI cricket. Fortunately Rohit Sharma decided to play sensible cricket to build 2 good partnerships witn Jadeja & Vinay kumar. Again each of these partnerships looked like carrying India home until Jadeja got out to an uppish drive & Rohit fell bowled off his pads. Vinay's out was again irresponsible.It was just a stroke of luck that Aaron & Yadev managed to go past the finish line. I think the Indian batsmen need to seriously question their commitment & responibility on eve of the Australian trip next month.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    WHY ARE YOU STILL CAPTAIN SAMMY? WHY ARE YOU STILL IN THIS TEAM? TACTICS WERE ABYSMAL YOUR BOWLING RUBBISH AND YOUR BATTING, WELL NON EXISTENT.

    You throw the whole balance of the team out. And are you all telling me this Martin guy IS THE BEST SPINNER IN THE WI!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE. BADREE SHOULD BE PLAYING IN FRONT OF HIM. YOU TAKE SUNIL THERE TO WARM THE BENCH. IS RAVI INJURED? WHY ISNT HIS NAME THE FIRST ON THE TEAM SHEET.

    If WI lose with the best team on the pitch then i take my hat off to the opposition. The frustrating thing is they are not and are persisting with this idiot.

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | November 29, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Nerve breakIng exciting match .finaly Indian lower Ordermake it . In last stage of the game thought st Gina make it easily but indies brainless captain lose and out side pitch delivery cost a match when 10 runs were ahed that 4 runs get back Indian lower order confidence back. As a captain and as a regular bowler Sammy should have use more technical bowl at this stage of game . As a supporter we accept lot more from him , game was in hand only he left it away . Damn ....It was a good chance to take a lead in the series . Does not even fit with bat with out score use 8 balls at that time everybody makes run . Come on I can't believe indies lose such an good opportunity against team like India .shame it. Whatever narine could have use today . In this surface of pitch he could have provide better delivery than Martine I guess .

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 29, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    THE WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA ARE VIRTUALLY UNBEATABLE IN INDIA EVEN WITHOUT GREAT ONE DAY PLAYERS AND FINISHERS LIKE SACHIN-DHONI AND YUVRAJ.THEY HAVE NOW HAD THEIR 10TH CONSECUTIVE WIN AND THE THE ONLY LOSS THEY SUFFERED THIS YEAR WAS AT THE HANDS OF SOUTH AFRICA{A MATCH THEY SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON} WHEN THEY WERE 267-1 IN THE 39TH OVER AND WERE ALLOUT FOR 296-WITH SOUTH AFRICA WINNING WITH 2 BALLS TO SPARE. EVEN AT 59-5 THEY HAD A FUTURE GREAT ROHIT SHARMA AND THE FAST LEARNING ALL ROUND CRICKETER RAVINDRA JADEJA AT CREASE-WITH THE BOWLERS UMESH YADAV AND VARUN AARON PROVIDING THE FINISHING TOUCHES. INDIA SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE WINDIES AND SHOULD WORK HARD FOR A SERIES WIN AND IF LUCKY A 5-0 RESULT.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | November 29, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Ashwin cannot be criticized. The asking rate was only 3 an over with another 15 overs to go, and a such a cheeky second run wasn't required at that situation. Ashwin was playing more maturedly and didn't see a merit in such risky running between the wickets. Rohit should be criticized for not listening to Ashwin's NO. Also rohit should be criticized for losing his wicket at the end without ensuring India's victory. Rohit should also be criticized for taking too many first ball singles and leaving vinay exposed to face the rest of the over. It was a very risky strategy, and luckily vinay didn't get out. Instead of criticizing all this, the commentators (gavaskar and arun lal) were picking soft target - Ashwin. Gavaskar is also partial bcos rohit plays for bombay.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | November 29, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    India won a nail biting match by one wicket thanks a last wicket stand. To be honest, India should have batted sensibly as it they only had to chase a small target to chase with less than 4 runs an over. Over-confident contributed to India downfall today to a certain extent. It is a relief they won thanks to Rohit Sharma. Indian cannot take West Indies lightly, as the visitors were on a brink of a gifted win due to some very poor cricket from the Indian team. Well done India anyway. The bowling and fielding was very good, but the batting needs to be more composed and solid.

  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | November 29, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Gayle scored a Hundred in Zimbabwe when that should of been in India in today's match, martin favored over narine, when narine was one of the best bowlers in the champions league. But I guess the selectors ensuring that too much trinis cannot be on the team. And now we left to wonder where we going wrong. Sammy has been proven time and time again, that he cannot win matches. Today's match could of been won by better captaincy and woth narine bowling

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  • POSTED BY ramps_wi on | November 29, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Gayle scored a Hundred in Zimbabwe when that should of been in India in today's match, martin favored over narine, when narine was one of the best bowlers in the champions league. But I guess the selectors ensuring that too much trinis cannot be on the team. And now we left to wonder where we going wrong. Sammy has been proven time and time again, that he cannot win matches. Today's match could of been won by better captaincy and woth narine bowling

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | November 29, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    India won a nail biting match by one wicket thanks a last wicket stand. To be honest, India should have batted sensibly as it they only had to chase a small target to chase with less than 4 runs an over. Over-confident contributed to India downfall today to a certain extent. It is a relief they won thanks to Rohit Sharma. Indian cannot take West Indies lightly, as the visitors were on a brink of a gifted win due to some very poor cricket from the Indian team. Well done India anyway. The bowling and fielding was very good, but the batting needs to be more composed and solid.

  • POSTED BY Iyer on | November 29, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Ashwin cannot be criticized. The asking rate was only 3 an over with another 15 overs to go, and a such a cheeky second run wasn't required at that situation. Ashwin was playing more maturedly and didn't see a merit in such risky running between the wickets. Rohit should be criticized for not listening to Ashwin's NO. Also rohit should be criticized for losing his wicket at the end without ensuring India's victory. Rohit should also be criticized for taking too many first ball singles and leaving vinay exposed to face the rest of the over. It was a very risky strategy, and luckily vinay didn't get out. Instead of criticizing all this, the commentators (gavaskar and arun lal) were picking soft target - Ashwin. Gavaskar is also partial bcos rohit plays for bombay.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 29, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    THE WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA ARE VIRTUALLY UNBEATABLE IN INDIA EVEN WITHOUT GREAT ONE DAY PLAYERS AND FINISHERS LIKE SACHIN-DHONI AND YUVRAJ.THEY HAVE NOW HAD THEIR 10TH CONSECUTIVE WIN AND THE THE ONLY LOSS THEY SUFFERED THIS YEAR WAS AT THE HANDS OF SOUTH AFRICA{A MATCH THEY SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON} WHEN THEY WERE 267-1 IN THE 39TH OVER AND WERE ALLOUT FOR 296-WITH SOUTH AFRICA WINNING WITH 2 BALLS TO SPARE. EVEN AT 59-5 THEY HAD A FUTURE GREAT ROHIT SHARMA AND THE FAST LEARNING ALL ROUND CRICKETER RAVINDRA JADEJA AT CREASE-WITH THE BOWLERS UMESH YADAV AND VARUN AARON PROVIDING THE FINISHING TOUCHES. INDIA SHOULD NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE WINDIES AND SHOULD WORK HARD FOR A SERIES WIN AND IF LUCKY A 5-0 RESULT.

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | November 29, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Nerve breakIng exciting match .finaly Indian lower Ordermake it . In last stage of the game thought st Gina make it easily but indies brainless captain lose and out side pitch delivery cost a match when 10 runs were ahed that 4 runs get back Indian lower order confidence back. As a captain and as a regular bowler Sammy should have use more technical bowl at this stage of game . As a supporter we accept lot more from him , game was in hand only he left it away . Damn ....It was a good chance to take a lead in the series . Does not even fit with bat with out score use 8 balls at that time everybody makes run . Come on I can't believe indies lose such an good opportunity against team like India .shame it. Whatever narine could have use today . In this surface of pitch he could have provide better delivery than Martine I guess .

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    WHY ARE YOU STILL CAPTAIN SAMMY? WHY ARE YOU STILL IN THIS TEAM? TACTICS WERE ABYSMAL YOUR BOWLING RUBBISH AND YOUR BATTING, WELL NON EXISTENT.

    You throw the whole balance of the team out. And are you all telling me this Martin guy IS THE BEST SPINNER IN THE WI!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE. BADREE SHOULD BE PLAYING IN FRONT OF HIM. YOU TAKE SUNIL THERE TO WARM THE BENCH. IS RAVI INJURED? WHY ISNT HIS NAME THE FIRST ON THE TEAM SHEET.

    If WI lose with the best team on the pitch then i take my hat off to the opposition. The frustrating thing is they are not and are persisting with this idiot.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    It was very lucky win for India. A very experienced middle order collapsed like Nine pins playing irresponsibly. Parthiv & Gambhir swung at a ball wide outside the off stump & were caught. I ask you sir, Do such foolish shots befit an international batsmen? You are playing a 50 over game not T-20. Kohli was bowled due to a rank bad fundamental defence - a huge gap between bat & pad! Raina & Sehwag were out to silly shots as well. All these guys are top ranking batsmen in the ODI cricket. Fortunately Rohit Sharma decided to play sensible cricket to build 2 good partnerships witn Jadeja & Vinay kumar. Again each of these partnerships looked like carrying India home until Jadeja got out to an uppish drive & Rohit fell bowled off his pads. Vinay's out was again irresponsible.It was just a stroke of luck that Aaron & Yadev managed to go past the finish line. I think the Indian batsmen need to seriously question their commitment & responibility on eve of the Australian trip next month.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    ITS GREAT NEWS THAT ROHIT SHARMA IS FINALLY GETTING HIS ACT TOGETHER AND SCORING AT THE WAY HIS TALENT ALWAYS SPOKE.HE CAN BE THE NEXT GREAT TALENT FROM INDIA AFTER SURESH RAINA AND VIRAT KOHLI. HIS PERFORMANCES IN WEST INDIES AND HERE SHOW THAT EVEN AFTER THE RETIREMENTS OF SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN-SEHWAG AND YUVRAJ THE GREAT INDIAN BATTING TRADITION WILL CONTINUE.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    The way the last pair batted it shows they had strong determination of only bowling fast. I dont think so they even strike six full deliveries in the nets. Duncan Fletcher seriously need to work on their batting or his dream to have good fast bowlers in the team would be very short lived as the selectors would also have been reacting like Rohit Sharma and Ajankiye Rahane on their couches. For Ashwin man you dreamt of being an opener for your team!!! Please Please GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN WITH YOUR PADS ON.

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    If Indian batsmen tie one of their hands behind their backs and play with just one hand, West Indies will still lose. Most important thing is the desire to win, and this West Indian team doesn't have it.