India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam

Kohli and Rohit overpower West Indies

The Report by George Binoy

December 2, 2011

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India 270 for 5 (Kohli 117, Rohit 90*) beat West Indies 269 for 9 (Rampaul 86*, Simmons 78, Yadav 3-38) by five wickets
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Rohit Sharma got to his fifth half-century in seven matches against West Indies, India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam, December 2, 2011
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma ensured India's chase did not fail © Associated Press
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Lendl Simmons withstood like the boy on the burning deck, while Ravi Rampaul shot from the hip like the last man standing. Their half-centuries were stirring for they created them from ruins, but neither led West Indies to victory. Instead, Virat Kohli's methodical century, which enhanced his growing stature as an expert of the chase, and Rohit Sharma's efficient finishing act, prevailed and led India to a 2-0 lead on a drizzly day in Visakhapatnam.

India's bowlers had a critical role in the victory as well, before they were rendered bereft of ideas by Rampaul's record-breaking assault at No. 10. Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar, the new-ball operators, exploited rare seam-bowling conditions on the subcontinent and cut through the West Indian top order. Under cloudy skies, on a cracked pitch that had bounce, they used consistent outswing to help reduce West Indies to 149 for 8 despite defiance from Simmons. The end should have quickly followed, but it didn't, because Rampaul blitzed 86 off 66 balls and added 99 for the tenth wicket to lead West Indies to 269 for 9.

The chase was not hiccup-free either. India suffered two early wickets and the loss of an off-colour Sehwag - whose 26 lacked enough strike and momentum - to slip to 84 for 3 in the 17th over. Sehwag could have fallen on 1 and 15 but was dropped by Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo, who is as poor a fielder as he is promising a batsman.

The moments that cost West Indies most, however, were the let-offs Kohli had. On 24, Kohli swiveled and tried to pull Andre Russell, a shot he would execute with success later during his eighth century. This time Denesh Ramdin failed to catch the ball and the umpire did not signal leg-byes. On 40, Kohli drove the ball hard back at the bowler Marlon Samuels, who couldn't hold on as he dived to his right. Kohli gave West Indies no more chances.

Rohit had a painful start to his innings. His third ball was a short one from Rampaul and it thudded into the glove of his bottom hand. Three balls later Rohit retorted with a audacious pull off the front foot that sent the ball into the crowd beyond the midwicket boundary. It was the start of a 163-run partnership that decided the game.

Though the challenge was sizeable, Kohli and Rohit ensured the asking-rate, which hit a run a ball for the first time after 23 overs, was always under control. Sammy, unlike his counterpart Sehwag who often had six fielders in the circle when India were bowling, spread his field and the batsmen were able to whittle down the target without risking their wickets.

There were a few more tense moments as the contest entered its home stretch. After closing the gap between runs required and balls left with five boundaries in ten balls - Kohli 3, Rohit 2 - Kohli was dismissed for 117. Raina was caught behind hooking a short ball soon after, and India needed 22 off 24 balls. Rohit, however, did the job he didn't do in Cuttack. He stayed the course, striking a six over long-off to reach 90 and then watching from the other end as the game was won.

A few hours earlier, the match didn't look like it would go into its 99th over. The floodlights were on as play began after a delayed start in front of a strong crowd and Yadav didn't take long to give them reason to roar. In the second over, he produced a late outswinger that grazed Adrian Barath's outside edge en route to the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

A feature of Yadav's bowling was how upright the seam was before the ball hit the pitch and seamed away. Sehwag had a third slip because of all the movement, and when Samuels edged Yadav, Raina dived to his right and took a low catch. West Indies were 25 for 2.

Simmons went on the attack, stylishly whipping Yadav to the square-leg boundary, and walking out of his crease to drive Vinay on the up through extra cover to bring up 1000 career runs. At the other end, there was false promise from Bravo, who flicked and straight drove Varun Aaron for fours before lofting Vinay to the fielder at mid-on. Two balls later, Danza Hyatt was walking back for nought.

Only after Ramdin - Yadav's third wicket - departed with his team reeling at 63 for 5, did things begin to look up for West Indies. Simmons reached his half-century and Pollard brought up the 50 partnership by launching the offspinner R Ashwin over the straight boundary. He followed that with another six over wide long-on next ball. Another slump was around the corner, though.

Pollard, Sammy and Russell fell in quick time and it was then that Rampaul made his entrance. He swept Ashwin for four and clubbed him over long-on, before targeting Jadeja and scoring two more fours. Between those braces of shots, Simmons had been run out for 78.

The boundaries were small but Rampaul would have cleared larger ones today. He brought up his half-century off 35 balls and hit half a dozen sixes and as many fours, most of them swung with power on the leg side. There was an inevitability about how the innings ended, with Rampaul slamming Aaron over the straight boundary. He walked off the field with a composed look on his face, knowing the job was only half done. He wouldn't be able to complete it, though.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
West Indies 186 24 9 39-2 26-1 (16-20) 19-1 (30-34) 61-0 1/7
India 140 27 2 45-2 22-1 (16-20) 38-0 (36-40) 60-2 (48.1) 0/10

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Posted by   on (December 5, 2011, 10:18 GMT)

Yeah robin uttapa should be in Team in place of parthiv patel

Posted by kaydi on (December 4, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

Despite the lost i'm still proud of how west indies payed especially Ravi Rampaul. West Indies has shown that they can be competitive.I just wish they would win matches instead of losing and drawing them.

Posted by MathewsAdelaide on (December 4, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

Hope Sehwag will use his bowlers in this match a right way, specially bringing spinners earlier, using pacers and part-timers accordingly to avoid "Rampaul" situation again. Give last chance to P Patel today, but not in the opening slot - lower order, opening must be SEHWAG and GAMBIR as they are most successful openers in Sachin's absence, anyhow selection committee should go with Robin UTHAPPA as wicket keeper batsman for the next matches

Posted by Sakthiivel on (December 4, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

@sinhaya : Watched Pak vs Ban .. Saw how may dolly catches they let down. As you said Afridi, Ajmal, and Hafeez are in good form. So What these spinners are going do in England pitches.. You must be crazy..

Posted by khiladisher on (December 4, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

ITS INDIA WHO HAVE ALWAYS PRODUCED GREAT BATSMAN LIKE GAVASKAR-MERCHANT-HAZARE-SACHIN-AMARNATH-VENGSARKAR-VISHWANATH-DRAVID-LAXMAN-GANGULY-SEHWAG AND PAKISTAN GREAT BOWLERS LIKE IMRAN-WASSEEM-WAQAR-SAQLAIN -ABDUL QADIR SO THIS LIST EASILY SAYS THAT INDIA IS THE LAND OF GREAT BATSMEN AND PAKISTAN PRODUCES GOOD BOWLERS.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

Rohit Sharma ! The perfect find for Indian Cricket. Rohit didnt repeat his mistake of first ODI and stayed there till India wins. This is the maturity. In second match as he arrived, clever Rampaul rightly targeted him as Rohit got a blow on the same finger he suffered in England. In England he was helpless. But yesterday within 3 deliveries he threw Rampaul over squareleg for a class six. This is the toughness. After this Rampaul never bowled any bouncer to him. I think amongst all three, Rohit, Virat & Suresh, Rohit is handling short rising delivery more comfortably. I remember in last T20 worldcup, Rohit handled Australian fast bowlers very easily. He hit sixes to all Australian pacers like Bowlinger, Nanus, Johnson, Watson etc. In that match every Indian batsmen suffered againt short ball. Now Rohit has to maintain this concistancy. He has done all the hard work. Gained the place for him in Indian squad. All the best Rohit. Keep it on !

Posted by R.AkKi.S on (December 4, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

I completely agree with Vpx23 and Nampally. We need our superb openers to come back, and Robin Uthappa can take Parthiv's place when the team needs an extra keeper. Parthiv only ends up adding pressure on the team, be it while fielding (by missing) or while batting (by getting out at low scores)

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 4, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

WAZA1234,My opnion was in regards to test matches that too in presnt contast .Agreed if we take over all stats AUS& PAK enjoyed supremecy over india even on indian grounds but that is during 80s-90s,pak used to win matches in sharjah,pak& in india ,even though at that period we had very talented team with formidable batting line up which includes greates like gavaskar,amarnath,vengsarkar azhahar& OFCOURCE KAPIL, but that team lacks agresion& killing iinstinct I ihad grown watching a lot of close contests loosing to pak .the senario changed at the elevation of ganguly,as captain now our team evenly matches to all top teams in all aspects including in agression ,can you tell me whether aus&pak had enyoyed the same daminance in home & aqway during LAST DECADE OVER INDIA i doubt.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

I fully agree with the views of Mr Nampally as I also would like to promote Viru to open the innings in the next 3 odi's since they not only our regular test openers (remember how they understand each other in taking singles, converting singles into 2's, etc., etc., but they will be also opening the innings in 1-dayers too (above all they represent Delhi and what more ofter they open for Delhi too) after Mr Sachin hung up his boots. Like Sammy so is Patel is a liability to our team but anyhow we cannot omit him unless we find a keeper. regards, R Neil Rashan.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 4, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

waza1234 -Likewise we wish that we had great bowlers like Wasim Waquar Imran Saqlain ,Abdul Quadir.Like i mentioned in my first post here i have deep respect for Pak cricket and i never meant disrespect .

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:04 GMT)

agree with vpx23...Robin should be included instead of Parthiv Patel.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (December 3, 2011, 22:59 GMT)

As I thought before the beginning of this ODI series, West Indies are putting up a much better fight than the English, who surrendered meekly barring some overs or hours here and there in that entire series. I'm glad at least there is some value for money, for the spectators, in this series. Seems to me that a win is right around the corner for our visitors.

Posted by Vilander on (December 3, 2011, 21:35 GMT)

I want to understant one thing. Does WICB understand that with Gayle,Dwayn and Sarwan this WI team might have won the last couple of ODI's ? Seriously although i love india winning how about some brains WICB !!

Posted by Nampally on (December 3, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

I like to see Sehwag & Gambhir open the innings for India and put up a big partnership in the next ODI. These 2 are going to be Indian openers in Australian test series. Why keep on putting Parthiv Patel to open the innings? It is a waste of time. Send him after Jadeja in the batting order. It is about time India starts playing the regular batting order to get sufficient practice at those positions.Also it is imperative for these 2 openers to get into form & routine of playing together.India also needs to see the potential of Aaron as a bowler by playing him regularly.Raina needs to be promoted in the batting order to get his form back by playing few responsible innings.Raina, Kohli, Rohit sharma are going to be the regular Indian middle order of the future. India should also check the potential of younger players after the 3 rd ODI - like Abu Nechim (pace), Pujara, Rahul Sharma, Rahane & Tiwary. The last 3 have been warming the bench far too long.Congrats to India again.

Posted by wnwn on (December 3, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

@CandidIndian I agree with you that it's very difficult to beat India in India. India has always produced world class batters and Pakistan world class bowlers. It looks like Kohli in particular is going to be a future great of the game. I just wish that we could produce batsmen like India.

Posted by Dav1daKing on (December 3, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

west indies has a whole lot a issue to address, but takin tings a step at a time. wi cricket can be good again. firstly, there is the issues of the match winners missin in action fo W.I. Gayle, Bravo,Jerome Taylor (if fit) and to a lesser extent, Sarwan. then there is the issue of Captaincy, which in my opinion, a team captain should be a leader capable of being a match winner, to either play a CAPTAIN'S INNINGS or to come in and take vital wickets at important times to give their team a chance of winnin the match.ei, Simmons (i kno captaincy is more than performance, and a captain should know good field placements, when to bowl who, etc, but, seeing all these captains making clueless decisions, he can grow into being a gr8 captain.).and i know sammy has a good bowling average, but that is simply not good enough. sammy is a liability and he's only occupying a place in the 11 that is needed by another player. then there is the issue of finding a wicket-keeper!

Posted by Vpx23 on (December 3, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO BRING IN ROBIN AS THE KEEPER BATSMAN...AND HE CAN BE DRAFTED IN ANWAY DUE TO HIS BIG HITTING POWERS..HOPE THE SELECTORS ARE THINKING IN THE SAME LENGTH...

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

waza1234-By 2-0 @gnarsimha meant test matches and you are giving ODI stats,Aussies have struggled in India in last two series, both occasions they lost 2-0 and second one was whitewash.In last five years like our friend mentioned ,only SA were able to finish test series at 1-1 ,other visiting teams like SL,NZ,Eng,WI,Aus and Pak all lost the series that happened in last 5 years which proves that its very difficult to beat India at home.

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

waza1234-By 2-0 @gnarsimha meant test matches and you are giving ODI stats,Aussies have struggled in India in last two series, both occasions they lost 2-0 and second one was whitewash.In last five years like our friend mentioned ,only SA were able to finish test series at 1-1 ,other visiting teams like SL,NZ,Eng,WI,Aus and Pak all lost the series that happened in last 5 years which proves that its very difficult to beat India at home.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 3, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

waza1234-By 2-0 @gnarsimha meant test matches and you are giving ODI stats,Aussies have struggled in India in last two series, both occasions they lost 2-0 and second one was whitewash.In last five years like our friend mentioned ,only SA were able to finish test series at 1-1 ,other visiting teams like SL,NZ,Eng,WI,Aus and Pak all lost the series that happened in last 5 years which proves that its very difficult to beat India at home.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 15:58 GMT)

How can a guy who doesn't have a clue about playing short pitch bowling,make a century in a ODI match agst a four prong pace attack, on a relatively helpful pitch? Such a player will be back in the pavilion after 2 or 3 ovs agst the Aussies,but WI r not the Aussies.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 3, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

@CANDID INDIAN-WELL SAID MATE-INDIA HAS WON 2 WORLD CUPS IN ONE DAY CRICKET-1983-2011-1 MINI WORLD CUP-2002 AS ALSO BENSON AND HEDGES WORLD CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1985 FEATURING TOP 7 MAJOR COUNTRIES-AND ALSO NOT TO FORGET 5 ASIA CUP WINS-AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST THE 20-20 WORLD CUP IN 2007-ALSO BEATING PAKISTAN IN THE FINALS BOTH IN 1985 AS WELL AS2007. THE OVERALL RECORD OF INDIA VS PAKISTAN HAS A SHARJAH BIAS OF THE 80S AND EARLY 90S WHEN 90% OF MATCHES WERE HELD THERE.SO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT MATCHES ARE NOT MUCH.IT IS THE WORLD CUP AND ASIA CUP THAT COUNTS AND INDIA HAS A RECORD OF 12-1 IN THOSE MATCHES. INDIA ALSO HELD THE RANKING OF #1 IN TESTS FOR 2 FULL YEARS WHILE PAKISTAN WERE NEVER EVER RANKED HIGHER THAN 3 IN THEIR CRICKET HISTORY.SO THE STATS SHOW THAT INDIA WIN IN BIG MATCHES AND BIG TOURNAMENT EVENTS WHILE PAKISTAN WIN ONLY IN SHARJAH.

Posted by TheLight on (December 3, 2011, 15:17 GMT)

Well said nevertheless: "Sammy is captain of Test, ODI and T20. How ridiculous. He is an alrounder that cannot bat and sometimes bowls. His claim to fame is being from the same island as the WICB president and his CEO, and therein lies the problem, and I may add, therein lies the solution."

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

Firstly, I congratulate Rampaul for his record breaking innings and Simmo for his knock. Darren, better luck next time! I agree with Blackie that Samuels is becoming a liability to the side, even though I have seen improvements with the bowling.Maybe,for now, we should consider saving Barath for test cricket for at least a series or two to do some more work on his technique so that he can be more productive in ODIs. Something like this has worked for guys like Chanderpaul, so maybe it can work for him. Pollard can perhaps open.

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 3, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

Sinhaya-Read my last post ,adding to that since you are gloating one Pak victory in England, i must tell you India won series in England in 2007 , which is still a dream for u guys since retirement of Wasim Waquar.India won at Perth and won CB series in Aus where Pak team got whitewashed in all formats.Indian won WC, Asia Cup, India won in WI where Pak has not won series ever.Got the reality check?recent England tour was just one off series for India, whereas for Pakistan every tour is disastrous, whether its Aus, Eng,WI or WC.By the way cant you read this article is about WI and India not about Pakistan, still you are bringing Pak out of context here, that means you are just here to seek attention, no wonder you guys are never taken seriously by anyone.Prove with stats and not by words that which major series or tournament Pak won in last 5 yrs to claim they are better or best.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

right now no team can win in india specially in odis only south africa imo has chance to win a series australai currently wont even win a match against full fit indian side(in india)

Posted by khiladisher on (December 3, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

@WAZA1234-WHATEVER STATS U HAVE SHOWED IS FOR MATCHES THAT HAPPENED PRIOR TO 2000- AND THAT TOO IN THE ONE DAY MATCHES.INDIA HAS ONLY AND ONLY LOST 2 TEST SERIES AT HOME FROM 1987-2011 HAVING PLAYED 40 TEST MATCH SERIES-THATS WHY INDIA IS THE ALL TIME TOUGHEST TEAM TO BEAT AT HOME LOOSING JUST 2 SERIES OUT OF 40 PLAYED. COMING TO ONE DAY MATCHES INDIAN RECORD SINCE 2007 OCTOBER AT HOME IS WINNING A STUPENDOUS 35 MATCHES AND LOOSING JUST 6- A RECORD OF 35-6 IS ONE OF ITS KIND.THE MATCHES THAT PAKISTAN WON IN INDIA WAS BEFORE 2000 AND MOSTLY IN THE MID 1990S.NO TEAM IN THE LAST 6-7 YEARS COME TO INDIA AND WON IN ONE DAY MATCHES EXCEPT AUSTRALIA.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

How did Pakistan come into THIS discussion on India West Indies ODI?

Posted by PACERONE on (December 3, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

I wonder how the W.I will play to lose the next match.The captain leads by example...chats and is very enthusiastic then fails at the game.His catching has cost W.I.Now the other players are following his example.W.I have allrounders who are excellent fielders...Dwayne Smith,David Bernard etc. It is ironic that the WICB would not give Simmons a central contract...even after he was the best player in the ODI.Good to see that he is still performing.This shows that WICB has favorites.They have been giving Simmons a hard time for a while now.The young players will take note and when IPL contracts come their way they will be gone.WICB cannot be trusted.

Posted by tanstell87 on (December 3, 2011, 13:03 GMT)

plz dont bring Badrenath/Karthick or Mukund....bring in Uthappa...!

Posted by wnwn on (December 3, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

@ g.narsimha, I'm afraid you're wrong. The last proper odi series between India and Australia in India was won by the away side with a 4-2 margin. Overall out of 45 odi's played between India and Australia in India, Australia have won 23 while India have won 18. Also out of 27 odi's played between India and Pakistan in India, Pakistan have won 17 and India 10. The facts are on howstat website.

Posted by monisammy on (December 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

GOOD TO SEE INDIA WIN & GO UP 2-0 IN THIS SERIES...HERE ARE MY VIEWS... 1. LIKE SO MANY HAD SUGGESSTED, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE UTHAPPA IN THE INDIAN SIDE INSTEAD OF PARTHIV PATEL. ROBBIE IS AN EXCELLENT BATSMAN AND HAS BETTER KEEPING SKILLS THAN PARTHIV.. 2. SURESH RAINA IS ONE OF MY FAV CRICKETER, BUT HIGH TIME HE WAKES UP AND PERFORMS TO RETAIN HIS PLACE. ONCE YUVI & SACHIN ARE BACK THEN DHONI WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN ROHIT OR RAINA OR JADEJA... 3. AARON IS UNDER SERIOUS SCANNER NOW... HE SHOULD PERFORM OR ELSE THE DOORS WILL BE SHOWN TO HIM... 4. YUMESH YADAV WAS SIMPLY SUPERB AND VERY IMPRESSIVE.. 5. IRFAN PATHAN IS THE BEST REPLACEMENT FOR PRAVEEN KUMAR... SELECTORS PLEASE GIVE HIM A CHANCE.. GOOD LUCK INDIA..

Posted by Aravind2009 on (December 3, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

Rohit was never short of talent which he proved many times in past. after IPL 1 he got stardom and seems lost his concentration in game. now he is back and with bang. young generations like kohli, rohit are nest dravids and VVS. raina still need to prove himself in terms of temprament. but kohli, rohit should be in test and ODI team for sure.

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 3, 2011, 9:15 GMT)

waza 1234 ,no chance even the AUSSIES during their hey days struggled in INDIA ,& in the last series in INDIA the KANGAROOs lost 2-0 .IT is just imposible to any present day team to beat india on home HOW EVER .ONLY SA has an slite chance.provided INDIA plays as bad asi it was in ENG.paks increasing dependancy on spinners for wins makes it out of contast as in the last 2 decades no spinner from visiting teams ran through the mighty indian batting ,even recent greats WARNE& MURALI , WERE TREATED as club bowlers .

Posted by cricinme on (December 3, 2011, 9:14 GMT)

Enough of this Partiv patel. Bring in Robbie into the squad. He is in awesome form for Karnataka. Drop Gambhir as well and bring in Tiwary.

Posted by Romenevans on (December 3, 2011, 9:09 GMT)

Varun and Parthiv these two are waaaay too much over rated players and should be dropped. On the other side Umesh was fabulous and loved his Steyn like 145/kph out swingers. He'll be lethal in Australia for sure. Varun Aaron? Bah! Not impressed at all, his agitated attitude on the field remind me of SreeSanth, and that won't help him one bit.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

Sehwag- Gambhir: In terms of capability you two could be the most destructive and feared opening batsmen in current world cricket. But, when are you two going to learn the virtues of patience & responsibility? Gambhir used to bat more responsibly. But, for some time now, he seems to have fully embraced the philosophy of his senior partner -- " SEE- BALL-HIT- BALL". Irrespective of the context or situations. What a shame?

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

parthiv out ....we need uthappa / d karthik..other things are fine

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 8:54 GMT)

Regarding Gambhir. Is there an inverse relationship between money and performance? Gambhir & Usuf Pathan had excellent results till they got their fabulous ( the top two) contracts from KKR. Once they got it, even for KKR their performance was below par. For the country too, more often than not , they failed miserably, post-KKR. Moral: Don't spoil our escellent cricketers with excessive money! West Indies, watch out. Rampo, with your fireworks at no.10, and excellent bowling skills, you are the next target to be tempted. Most of us who saw and admired your performance will be happy if you are also rewarded well; but be careful not to become Windies version of post-IPL 3-Gambhir/Yusuf!

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Kudos Team India. Nice to see youngsters like Umesh,Vinay,Virat and Rohit win the game for India. Umesh Yadav's outswingers were a treat to watch and Vinay bowled effectively.

On the flip side while Virat enhanced his stature as an effective chaser ,he did have few anxious moments which am sure the Aussies will watch thoise short pitched deliveries closely. Trust he soon will find a way to handle those. Aaron currently is faltering in line and length, but the learning curve shuold end soon.

We want to see Aaron hit the right areas@145kmph, swing and variation can wait for a while.

Recent ranji fixtures indicate Irfan in place of Praveen to Australia to be an absolute MUST.

Posted by Ashar8983 on (December 3, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

well played india......keep winning....best of luck for oz tour.

Posted by manisacumen on (December 3, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Parthiv should be dropped. He is a misfit for ODIs. Either take Uthappa or Dinesh Karthik. Utthappa I would prefer.

Posted by MathewsAdelaide on (December 3, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

Sad to see P Patel once again with poor batting show, he is in the eleven due to his batting not with the keeping ability. Sewag and Gambhir opening option with the current squad definitely will have better batting result. In form batsmen A Rahane is out while Patel in the eleven, why cant Rahane bat in the middle order???? when a player in form he must get some chances in same time, hope he will get some in AUSSIE test series. its good to have A Midhun and Rahul Sharm(leg spin) in the eleven instead of R Aswin and V Aaron, so that Aswin will get some rest and other bowlers will have some opportunities to perform…

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

@ Sinhaya Why are u Waiting for England Pakistan Clashes Get ready India are Playing Pakistan in April 2012,You guys willget ur true identity.We are not overjoys with the single victory like u and not fed up with the serie defeat like England series

Posted by KAIRAVA on (December 3, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

This game showed that the selection of Varun Aaron for the Australia tour was over-sighted. He is fast but is too wayward. He reminds of former India bowler David Johnson who generated so much hype with his pace in the 1990s but was also wayward. Compared to Aaron, Umesh Yadav consistently bowls more faster, bowls straight & is mature enough that to understand the demands of international cricket.

Posted by MathewsAdelaide on (December 3, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

lets forget about the records/9th wicket partnership or 100th century etc...it may happen some batting frindly and small grounds in india, end of the day " INDIA WON CONVINCINGLY" that's important,"WIN" is significant stuff not the records. Sehwag is a great player it seems CAPTAINCY IS NOT HIS JOB like Sachin.He losses his free mind/freedom to bat on. His some strategies also wrong, like in Indian conditions spinners Aswin/Jadeja must come in to attack around in 10 overs or before. so that he could use his in form fast bowlers in a situation like 'Rampaul's innings. if you wait your spinners untill 20th over you'd know how the batsmen behave against spinners, thats what happened there. Aswin didnt have to complete his overs.Captains must shuffle bowlers like Dhoni. Definitely Gambir or Raina are better options absence of MS.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

I watched rohit play on the chargers and he was good at times but some days he would just get out playing some rash shot. I think he reason for his under performing was because he thought he would have a slot for him in the ODI side due to his IPL/T20 stats. But I think another reason is that hes coming lower down the order where he cant play too many balls to score or has to fire away to reach a target. I never understood the whole perform in ODI to get a test spot. In odi you have to score where in test you can play for an entire day and not take as many risks. _ I wish sachin/dravid/laxman would step down in rubber matches and let guys like kohli/rohit/rahane/raina/etc play in tests. I think its ridiculous that some of these guys who have talent for test cricket have to "prove" something in odi cricket to get a slot while underperformers like bhajji n now gambir gets repeat chances while they fail.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 3, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

@Subhash Devadiga and Siddharth Sikka, watch out for January next year! Pakistan will hammer England 3-0 in tests, 4-0 in ODIs and 3-0 in the T20s! Afridi, Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez will make Trott, Cook, Strauss, KP and the rest look real comedians.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

@sinhaya Pakistan spinners might be unplayable but Pakistani batting and fielding cannot play just because you won against Bangladesh and in transition Sri Lanka doesn't mean you can win against top teams. Pakistan seems to lose everytime they play India since the last 5 - 6 yrs India losing to other teams doesn't matter man for man India is a much better team.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

Virat and Rohit - both are disciplined and committed crickets, with lots of talent. They deserve more and more opportunities. Since Parthiv is not successful as opener, let Sehwag and Gambhir open, kohli in one down and let Parthiv bat down the order. However, I suggest Rahane should play in the place of Raina and Dinesh Karthik/uthappa in the place of Parthiv. Let us see what the team management plans.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

@ Sinhaya Pakistan at the moment is no match to sit even on the toe of India You talking about Pakistan defeated India in 2005.We have beaten you 2-1 in Pakistan 2004,Than 5 times in World Cup twice in the t20 India won Asia Cup 4 times Pakistan won it just once.The Afridi,Afmal Hafeez you are talking about Indians had battered Wasim ,Waqar,Shoaib,Mushtaq.Gul,Saqlain Abdul Qadir etc Afrid... are just kid in front of us

Posted by dicky_boy on (December 3, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

GUYS WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM TODAY IT'S A MINNOW TEAM WINNING AGAINST BANGLADESH , WI ETC LOL AND SRILANKA IS RECONSTRUCTING , WE WILL DECIMATE SORRY CRUSH PAKISTAN 10-0 if we play THEM , THEY ARE A VERY WEAK TEAM

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 3, 2011, 6:42 GMT)

@Sakthiivel forgot how Pakistan won in England last year at the Oval by 4 wickets?? Pakistan won 2 ODIs as well against England last year!! INDIA WON NOTHING AGAINST ENGLAND THIS YEAR!!

Posted by manusloving_89 on (December 3, 2011, 6:37 GMT)

feels gud to see, extremely talented young players, kohli and rohit playing sensibly..both shud be there in Australian tour and waiting to see rohit there in test matches....he is an amazing talent for sure..

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:36 GMT)

The Problems for West Indies they allow India every time to fight back it seems they lacking self confidence at the moment ,If They miss huge oppoRUtunity TO WIN in 1st ODI They missed good one in Second ODI too after reducing India 80-3 in their chase to 269

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

@PAKISTAN _ GREAT _ ZINDABAD , When its come to India vs Pakistan its not about how many more matches you have won its all about how many important matches you won A score line 5-0 in World Cup and 2-0 in T20 will sufficient for you,Addition in 1996(QF),2003(league),2011(SF) its India that blasted Pakistan out of World cup.Your Playes dont have unity since last four year we have Dhoni as Captain ans since last four i dont know how many player Captained Pakistan Mr Pakstan first of all Check your own back yard please before putting remarks on other .The powerful equation is that INDIA ARE HUNDRED TIMES BETTER THAN PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

@PAKISTAN _ GREAT _ ZINDABAD ,First of all its an India vs West Indies game ,why you are putting Pakistan in this Thread.Ok we cant bowl the last men out in second ODI .Thats the game Ravi Rampaul and kemar roach are too good for us on yesterday and they played really well However all is well thats end well it doesnt bothered this understrength Indian Batting line up as they Chased down 270 quite comfortable.You better see about your side performance last night if the loose 5 Wicket to chase 90 against a Bangladesh side which ranked below West Indies they must have taken 20 wickets to loose (more than 2 inning ) to chase 270 set by West Indies.What Pakistan has done in last 10 years is absolute ridiculous apart from winning T20 World Cup they hit the headlines for wrong reason,They have taken 15 years to beat Australia in a test match ,Were as India regularly beating the Aussies,They have taken seven year to beat South Africa in Onedayer 1993-2000 which too terible.....to be Contd

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

Welll Played India to take 2-0 up in five match series the only blemish they made that West Indian tailender smashed them all around the park to reached Challenging 269-9 from hopeless 170-9

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

At the moment virat kohli is the best odi batsman along with AB deviliers and we are going to see a lot more of him in the future . But I also want to see virat kohli average the same test match cricket . We are always going to produce world class odi batsmen but test batting is what counts and we seem to have a lot of batting talent so our coaches have got task on their hand .

Posted by CandidIndian on (December 3, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

@out of context fans-Why you guys come to flaunt your immaturity in every forum by mentioning your team in every match played.I dont want to make this India vs Pak discussion as mentioning Pak here is out of context,its about India and WI.I want to ask which major tournament or test series Pakistan has won to inspire you guys to boast so much or display cockiness,did you guys win champions trophy?,World cup?,Asia cup? test series against top four teams?My advice, learn some sensibility from Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Waquar younis, and learn to live in real world instead of being in dreamworld.Rankings and stats of last five years does not suggest you guys are anywhere near to the best as you guys claim to be,hence grow up and learn to respect others.Dont bring disgrace to rich cricketing history of your country by behaving like clowns.For handful of sensible Pak fans i would like to mention that no disrespect is meant for Pak from my side.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

@sinhaya yes u r ryt,,,Pakistan is turning out to be a Gud team in recent tours,but sayin dat they can defeat Inida in India is something very Funny..remember the recent match Wc?(dat was the last instance they both met :P)

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

BRING BACK ROBIN UTHAPPA AS OPENING BATSMEN INSTEAD OF USELESS PARTHIV PATEL WHO IS YET TO SCORE DOMESTIC ODAY 100....USELESS PLAYER....UTHAPPA SHOULD BE THERE AS 2ND WK FOR LAST 2 ODI'S AND ALSO CB SERIES IN AUSTRALIA....ONLY THING NOWADAYS SELECTORS MAKING MISTAKE IS IGNORING UTHAPPA..OTHERWISE IN BOWLING DEPARTMENT SELCTORS DOING GREAT JOB LIKE 1.DROBBING USELESS BHAJJI 2. GIVING AARON N YADAV CHANCES 3.SLECTIONFOR NO 6 SPOTIN AUS SERIES LIKE VIRAt rohit n RAHANE INSTEAD OF RAINA OR YUVRAJ WHO CANT PLAY SHORT BALLS THAT WELL.SPEACIALLY RAINA..JUST BRING BACK ROBIN ''DESTROYER'' UTHAPPA .......PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by MysticalSpirit on (December 3, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

@insightfulcricketer While I agree that criticizing gambhir & raina after a couple of failures is not right, I seriously didn't understand your analogy of saying sachin was "frozen like a deer in front of headlights" in the business end of the world cup. He played superbly in the world cup, scoring one of the 3 half centuries vs Oz in the QF and top scoring with 85 in the high pressure game against Pak SF. It may have been a streaky innings but still it saved India. Again in the finals he was not struggling in fact he went after the bowling and got out in the process. I am all for encouraging youngsters but it makes no sense to just dole out unnecessary flak against a consistent performer like sachin who was the top scorer for India in the world cup.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 3, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

@rahulcricket007, forgot the fact that Pakistan are the last visiting team to win a test match in England? Forgot how Pakistan beat England by 4 wickets at the Oval last year and how Pakistan won 2 of the 5 ODIs against England last year when INDIA WON NOTHING AT ALL IN ENGLAND THIS YEAR!! Yeah India will keep winning by forcing the ICC and other teams not to use UDRS. Pollard was clearly not out yesterday but umpire made an error in India's favor. Pakistan has done well throughout last year and this year and Pakistan will beat England 3-0 in tests, 4-0 in ODIs and 3-0 in the T20s which will be played in UAE next month onwards!!!

Posted by Sakthiivel on (December 3, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

@Sinhaya : Talking about 2005, Very long back.Talk about the present. Dont take credit for winning matches with minnows like SL,ZIM and Ban.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 3, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

@PAKISTAN _ GREAT _ ZINDABAD . WELL YOUR COMMENT REMIND ME OF HOW YOUR PAKISTAN BOWLING WAS UNABLE TO BREAK THE MATCH CHANGING PARTNERSHIP IN SYDNEY ( HUSSEY & SIDDLE CONTRIBUTED 133 RUNS FOR 9 TH WKT ) . OR MAYBE WORSE WHEN STUART BROAD MADE 169 AGAINST PAK AT LORDS2010 . AND TAKE SCORE TO 450+ WHEN THEY WERE 112 /7 AT ONE TIME . OK BROAD ALSO MAKE 50 S AGAINST INDIA RECENTLY BUT NOT THAT BIG HINDRED THAT WAS MADE AGAINST YOUR SIDE .ALSO DON'T GET CARRIED AWAY WITH YOUR TEAM 'S SUCCEESS AS THEYARE PLAYING WITH SOME VERY STRONG TEAMS LIKE ZIM , BAN , SL (HAS FORGET THE METHOD OF WINNING MATCHES BOTH HOME & AWAY)

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

West Indies need to drop Sammy from the One Days. The team should include Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul for the One Days. West Indies can't seem to put together the right team to compete.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

@insightfulcricketer Ashwin needs to show against top 5 team??? Man did u see this WC,,he played against Oz's No.1 team in ODI's and he returned with really gud figs (40/2) ..........he s a proven player and same goes for rohit too,,plz stop bashing these Younsters and back them wen they ere performing

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

Sammy and the guys. Even if you score 300 plus and like today, you bowl 1 please hit me for 4 ball an over you will still lose the game. Far more 2 and 3 four balls an over. And 6 singles an over means the scoring rate is 6 an over and you will still lose having scored 300. So tighten it up guys. And win us the remaining games.

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 4:05 GMT)

We all wanted to know why LLoyd was so great, the word is intelligence. Not education. The ability to analyse & formulate an appropriate response. It wasn't just the 3 or 4 pacers, but when to use who. If yr team is on such a high, & u can't seize the moment, u r no good for captaincy. Home or abroad, 270 with that bowling attack is a victory total. Kholi & Sharma made use of poor captaincy not poor bowling. Sammy has to go. I will finally have to accept it. The team was fully MOTIVATED, what else do u need. The scene was pathetic.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 3, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

FROM THE ENGLAND TOUR GAMBHIR IS OUT OF TOUCH , SEHWAG DIDN'T MAKE ANY 100 IN WI SERIES , NOW IN THIS SERIES TOO THEY ARE NOT MAKING RUNS , TENDULKAR IS UNDER HIS 100 TH 100 GHOST , THAT MEANS ONLY DRAVID & LAXMAN ARE THE SENIOR BATSMEN IN THE TEAM WHO ARE IN FORM AND CAN MAKE RUNS IN AUSTRLAIA THIS IS NOT A GOOD SIGN . SACHIN SHOULD HAVE PLAYED 0DIS TO COMPLETE HIS 100 TH HUNDERD SO HE CAN GO TO AUSTRLAIA ON A HIGH .

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 3, 2011, 3:36 GMT)

@ SINHAYA . DON'T GET TOO CARIED AWAY WITH YOUR TEAM'S SUCESSS INDIAN BATSMEN SOMEHOW ALWAYS PLAY PAKISTAN BOWLERS COMFORTABLY . OK. ALSO AFRIDI , HAFEEZ ARE NOT THREAT TO INDIA . INDIAN BATSMEN CAN EASILY PLAY THEM . ABOUT GUL WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPEN TO HIN IN THE WC SF ( 5 FOURS IN AN OVER ) . AJMAL CAN BE A THREAT BECAUSE INDIAN BATSMEN HAD NOT PLAYED AGAINST HIM MUCH . BUT AFTER PLAYING SOME MATCHES AGAINST HIM WE CAN ALSO TAKE HIM TO FLOOR LIKE WE DID WITH AJANTHA MENDIS .

Posted by simonviller on (December 3, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

Maybe we have too many choices in the W.I ,so that's confusing the issue . Why certain players [Samuels /Barath] gets selected for every game ? why aren't they reserved for test and give some of the others like D R Smith and Kirk Edwards chances in the one-dayers to get further match conditioning .?

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 3, 2011, 2:26 GMT)

@khiladisher, forgot how Pakistan beat India in a test match in 2005 in Bangalore (Bengalaru)? If Pakistan plays India today in India, their bowling attack comprising of Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez is unplayable to say the least!

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 2:22 GMT)

Really Kohli is becoming a Chase specialist, especially in subcontinental. Rohit is Gaining his confidence.Raina Failed to track the situation again.

Umesh Yadav looking good. Still in some cases the team is missing Dhoni. But the way team India bowled for last WKT partnership is a point to think about. A salute to Ravi Rampaul.

Posted by saccs76 on (December 3, 2011, 2:11 GMT)

@padmanabhangg, I fear for it too - that they don't lose speed due to other influences. Aaron's espncricinfo profile already shows him as a medium-fast while one would expect him to be fast or atleast a fast-medium. I was a bit disappointed seeing that. Hope today's pacers Yadav,Aaron or Sharma doesn't going forward turn out to be Venkatesh Prasad past his prime or even worse !

Posted by insightfulcricketer on (December 3, 2011, 1:59 GMT)

Little sick and tired of so many people get after Gambhir,Raina etc for who ? Rahane,Rohit Sharma whoever is the flavor of the day. Let Rohit Sharma first win a meaningful game against one of the top 5 team and same goes for Ashwin.Lets reserve the judgement for that day. Gambhir and Raina have delivered in the business end of World Cup when the great Sachin had frozen like a deer in front of headlights.These guys have the guts to deliver when the going gets tough.They have run a temporary bump and will soon bounce back.

Posted by jdhillon on (December 3, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

Enjoy this series while we can. Another white wash is on the card soon.

Posted by sankar8000 on (December 3, 2011, 1:21 GMT)

Virat and Rohit batted very well! Umesh and Vinay bowled superbly! Good Show by India...... Parthiv, Gambhir and Raina failed miserably......Good Captaincy by Viru but he must get back his fluency....

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

Hello,This posting is with reference to my earlier posting referring to Zico123posting made at 1510 PM(GMT)wherein I had commented upon Utappa&AMBATTI RAYYDU.Both appears to be young Cricketers deserving yet another look at ODIs! tThe selectors may please remember that this is the best time for a replacement of Parthiv' inspire ofvhis being a good player. But a Wicket keeper Batsman is an added attraction to any International Team.Please remember,Dhoni,Gilchrist,Mark Boucher,Ian Haley,Brendon McLLUM & many a England wicket keepers& again Nayan Mongia,Farook Engineer, Syed Kirmani& so on.Sona thought to this matter might lift the youngsters like Rayudu&Uthappa.It is a matter of concern of the very moment & not for long run as Dhoni should reign for many years more having been the second captain brought Glory for India.Hip Hip Hurray! TeamIndia! Sreedharan Mundanat

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:22 GMT)

I think there is no point in blaming Sehwag..He starts aggressively..But when both Parthiv and Gauti throw their wickets quicky,he has to slow down his scoring rate to lose a wicket and put pressure on the rest..Thats how a batsman should think..But sterday when Kohli was able to strike 90+ ,Sehwag must have scored in 100+ striking rate...But As I said earlier, captaincy affects his natural batting..he should play in his own way..Dont slow down Viru

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

Sehwag should not change his way of playing since he is the captain..u play ur natural innings..give a quick 50 + start for India as u did in Tests..thts enuf..we hv a gr8 middle order to perform the rest..I want Parthiv to be dismissed out of the team..Include Saha or Utthappa or Dinesh Karthick..Whenever Saha gets a chance,he is pushed down to No 7 where a batsman cannot be tested unless wickets fell quickly..But Parthiv is allowed to open the innings despite another star opener Gambhir is in team.Include Saha and allow him to bat at No 4..Test his ability in atleast one or two matches..

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:11 GMT)

get rid of sammy and gibson an they might win a game

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

Why is Saha not keeping wickets so that he can get experience in the International format, so ghambir can open the batting with Sehwag and so as the middle order follows, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Saha, Jadeja, Ashwin.............Congrats Kohli and Rohit it was a Fantastic innings......... Sammy will be thinking how to get rid of Rohit Sharma because he's been there nightmare since they toured West Indies

Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

I totally agree withZico123(posting at 14:24GMT).Parthiv Patel is of course a good player& very young. But his performance in the last 2 ODIs are not encouraging & should volunteer to pave way for Uthappa or Ambatti Rayudu. Both are good & easy with Bat as well as gloves.For that matter every player might experience lean period sometimes. but Parthiv's failure with Bat appears to be a result of lack of Will Power. This Glorious B Game of Uncertainty should be renames as Glorious Game of Willpower.I have come to this conclusion after watching RohitSharma, Jadeja&Vinaykumar -along with Umesh Yadav at Cuttack & here Kohli&againRohit&Jadeja.Thanks Zico123! SreedharanMundanat

Posted by here2rock on (December 3, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

Youngsters shined and senios failed, again! This is a worrying trend for the tour of Australia coming up. Sehwage lost the plot with the West Indies last wicket partnership and his batting again. I don't know why he has to hit every ball in the air to score? At his best he hits his most shots are along the carpet but nowdays everything is in the air. Gambhir refuses to learn from the same mistakes, how many times have we seen him opening the blade and getting out in the same manner? What is the role of Duncan Fletcher in sorting out his problems? If a coach can not sort the problems then why does a team need a coach anyway? Parthiv Patel is not taking the opportunties given to him in the absence of Dhoni. I am afraid he is going to run out of his chances soon. He has bee very disappointing with this batting, getting out in almost the same manner as Gambhir.

Posted by dragline on (December 2, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

it was an amazingly good effort from the lower order batsmen of the W.I today. in particular Rampaul and Roach. yet we came out on the loosing side. i would like to sugget a number of changes that i think is needed if W.I. are going to win. we need to either bench Ramdin or Sammy for the next game. it is quite obvious that sammy is a burden to the team and Ramdin is not performing, so let simmons keep wicked. bring in narine for sammy; mohammed for Ramdin and Powell for barath. the big question if ramdin nor sammy can't make the eleven then who will captan? my best pick is Pollard. he plays a lot of limited over cricket and should have enough experience to lead this W.I team

Posted by NRI- on (December 2, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

They might as well let Saha or Dinesh Karthik or Rayadu be the wicketkeeper and get some experience at no 7, letting Jadeja move up to no 6 and drop Parthiv. Also drop Gambhir so take Rahane to open with Sehwag in ODIs. This way Kohli & Rohit can move up to 3 and 4 with Raina at no 5. Of course if Tendulkar comes back to play ODIs, Raina will also need to vacate his new no 5 spot and from Rahane downwards to no 4, everyone will move down one spot.

Posted by padmanabhangg on (December 2, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

The best to come out of the series is the resurrection of fast bowling in India: I mean genuine fast bowling, averaging in the mid eighties with a foray into the etherial 90's I hope, Indian coaches and captains do not turn Yadav and Aaron in gentle medium pacers. The competition seems to also have woken up Sharma into bowling fast. The fast bowling attack will be tested in Australia, but I suspect at least one of the quicks will come good

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (December 2, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

I a Huge Sammy supporter, but i think his Time is running out for me. these two last ODI, West Indies could of Won, Poor tactics by Sammy and his Own performance made West Indies Lost. I Know Its very hard to Beat India in India, but West Indies had two chances, in beating this India Team. Along with the 2 Test match.the first and third one. For me bring back Gayle and Senior its Not the case i am happy without them, but at least let Chander Play the ODI and maybe give Sarwan another Chance, both of these player are DEDICATED west Indies cricket than Gayle. Make Sarwan Fit and let him lead the Side, my view. The team is building up and yes we see a bright future of West Indies Cricket, Sammy have prove it's possible that we can beat team without Gayle, but his performance with the bat and bowl is very poor mainly in ODI. If WICB dont want Gayle, then who care about him, lets Move on choose a better Captain, Sarwan or Ramdin (Plays good when he is captain).

Posted by Gizza on (December 2, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

Raina only averages 34 in ODI's. So does Rohit Sharma but he hasn't played as many matches and touchwood looks like he may fulfil his talent at the moment. Raina OTOH has played 134 matches. That's a full One-day career in some countries. He plays on easy batting wickets and doesn't contribute enough with the ball. Okay, his strike rate of 91 is strong but still feel he doesn't do enough for the team. And like I said earlier unlike Rohit he doesn't even have a beautiful technique so what are the chances of him improving when the older generation retire?

Posted by anexpat on (December 2, 2011, 23:34 GMT)

It is about time for sehwag to score runs. He seems to score 30-40 runs now-a-days. What has happened to his old form? Not good enough. WI had a decent score for India to chace. The failure of top three put a lot of pressure on Kohli and Rohit. They played brilliantly. Raina once again succumbed to his nemesis short rising ball. It might be a good idiea if Sehwag and Gambhir should open the inning and Parthive comes down the order.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

good solid batting performance by both the youngsters... i wouldn't consider Kohli's innings important than Rohit Sharma's or vice-versa. both of their innings should be considered as equal as virat showed agression while Rohit answered with elegance. i am confident that we have replacements if anyone form the trio-dravid, tendulkar or laxman gets injured Rohit can be given a chance to prove in Aussieeeee............. Iwould definitely drop Gambhir as he as forgotten how to bat and would give chance to Rahane. Varun needs someone to guide him and umesh is becoming better everyday. Good performance by windies batting team A good match overall. Indian bowling just needs that stability which will eventually come as Zak gets back in test team..

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

Again they have done it.Thanks to Virat Kohli,RohitSharma Sharma& Jdeja finally for keeping his wicket in tact without allowing a collapse under tension/pressure filled moments.Congrats to Kohli for his Timely Ton& RohitSharma for his able support till the end.One should also thank the Weather God also for interfering first& then shown reluctance to play Spoilsports allowing the match to be decided by D/L method.Despite the fall of their Captain who was expected to pave way for their Team but miserably failed,Kohli&Rohit shown terrible courage without succumbing to the pressure tactics from WI.We must also thank WI for their magnificent performance & making the match a great Feast for Cricket lovers. I enjoyed the Feast & look forward to have 3 more Feasts from the Wi& India in the coming Days.Thanks a lot to everyone concerned with the game especially Cricinfo.com. Sreedharan Mundanat(TCR)

Posted by Precioustar84 on (December 2, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

Why is Parthiv STILL in the playing XI?? Seriously we have better wicketkeepers if thats the sole reason. Wonder if Sehwag is feeling pressure from captaincy or something else when he's batting. Just hope this time he isn't hiding his true fitness. Tough choice between Kohli and Rohit for 6th spot in the tour down under but glad to see them fighting hard and hopefully both will shine there too if selected. And I agree with others, selectors still making wrong choices by not giving chances to Uthappa, Rahane and I Pathan. We cannot underestimate India or Aussies at the moment as both teams are going through rough phases but at least we hope to get good series to watch. @waza1234 - A team that lost 5 wickets while chasing a small total of 91 and a team which just had 47 all out has slight chance to beat India in India? Haha! Very good joke! They can win a game in their own den maybe but not the series in India currently. SA is the only correct answer. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by Nampally on (December 2, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

Fine & responsible batting by both Kohli & Rohit led India to an easy win. However I was disappointed to see both Gambhir & Sejwag in such poor form. I hope they buckle down in the next ODI and get at least a 50 each. India needs these 2 openers to be in top form for the Australian tour. If the opening stand is not good Indian middle order batting generally fails. So it is crucial for these 2 to start batting well. It was great to see some fine batting by both Rohit & Virat under pressure. Their 163 run partnership carried the day for India. Raina failed once more playing an attrocious casual half hearted hook to a wide. In the last match Gambhir played as similar wild shot. Raina will also have to perform and rais e his game. There are a lot of guys fighting for the ODI spot. Raina hsa been a dominant ODI player for India and he should bat like one.But for Rampaul's heroics WI were outplayed and need to do much better.Well done India.

Posted by SnowSnake on (December 2, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

Rohit and Kholi are developing into great batsmen. I think Parthiv Patel and Ghambhir removed from International matches and sent to play regional matches.

Posted by VickGower on (December 2, 2011, 22:06 GMT)

Two comments. 1. Can we make photocopies of this pitch and send them to all the curators in India? Please, please, immortalize the curator of this pitch AND put both in a cryogenic chamber. 2. Raina, I love you. You single-handedly embody the culture of zestful fielding that in decades past has seemed so offensive to Indian cricketers. Please, DO NOT lose your confidence in batting even though your neck must be burning with Rohit Sharma's breath. I do not want to see you fail.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

Yes trinibay, right on. Narine and Jason would of make a Huge difference. I think Chanderpaul should be captain, I'm sure if he was asked to, given the current situation he would say yes. Besides he has been the best and most consistent ODI and Test batsman for the past 10 years on the WI team. Why leave him out?

Posted by VivGilchrist on (December 2, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

Look people, stats wise Sammy deserves to be in the Test team. He may not bowl 140+ but he does his job keeps it tight and takes wickets. BUT, for some reason that does not translate for him in ODIs. Narine would've been a good addition today. Pollard should open the batting, Hyatt is out of his depth at this level, and both Samuels and Ramdin are major disappointments. I think K.Edwards deserves another chance in ODIs and would love to see the experience of Sarwan at no6 playing a M.Hussey type of role. WI also still have Taylor and Santokie on the sidelines. There is plenty of upside - just need better tactics and selection.

Posted by BigGeorgeMehemood on (December 2, 2011, 21:47 GMT)

ATTN: WI SELECTORS- RAMPO NEEDS TO BAT AT NO. 5 - NOT HYATT. GIVE HIM A CHANCE.

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 2, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

INDIA wins most of its games thru batting power. We need great improvement in our bowling. That is why we lost in England. BCCI needs to invest in this aspect otherwise we will always be regarded as a mediocre team. Yadav is the only great find. Spinners will not always win us matches. These days it appears that India can only win matches with 5 bowlers - in the past we won with 4 bowlers.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 21:28 GMT)

Just can't understand Sammy's strategy here!! This guy just looks to remain on the defensive instead of pressing for the victory. His spread-out fields made it comfortable for the Indians to play their natural game & they never looked hassled anytime.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 2, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

Lets see how you go in Aus.Hope you get what your cricket acumen deserves.Can't bat and can't bowl outside of sub continent. The last your went well though didn't it

Posted by Ananthsviews on (December 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Good show by the Indian team. It would be good to bring in Robin Uthappa instead of Parthiv Patel as Robin can bat aggressively and also keep wickets. That would give Uthappa the chance to go to Australia. We need fearless batsmen like him to handle the fast wickets there.

Posted by m_ilind on (December 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

Impressed with Yadav. Nice easy action, relaxed run-up, generates decent pace 140+kph, he should be an asset for India in the tour Down Under.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 21:23 GMT)

@ THINK_BEYOND 19.36pm GMT:Each and every bowler have her worst day, every one got their WoW a day...

Match Thoughts:

Varon disappointing me a lot, Lack off Pace/No Line & Length/ No Wicket Taking idea. Yadev growing and using her chance very well, If Zak & PK back to national side the third Pacei is UY only... Virat & Rohit took the responsibility well, congratz. Patel/Guti keep their wicket for more time is better. Aswin wants to come back to his aggressive attitude asap.

VEERU must keep his words "no excuse for anybody not scoring runs"

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

Really a good win.. and now Indian team has won 14 consecutive matches chasing (in INDIA)..... This might be a record..

Posted by nickynik on (December 2, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

Its good to see some fight from WI team after losing 5 wickets for a low total,credit goes to rampaul.I guess MOM should have been shared between kohli and rampaul. And where are the other wicket keepers for india other than parthiv patel ? why dont they play wridhiman saha ?Why is sachin rested ?

Posted by khiladisher on (December 2, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

@VILANDER-WELL SAID PAKISTAN CAN NEVER BEAT INDIA IN INDIA MIGHT BE AUSTRALIA OR SOUTH AFRICA HAVE A CHANCE OF ABOUT 10% BECAUSE OF HAVING GOOD BOWLING ATTACKS AND GREAT FIELDERS- SINCE 1987 TO NOW 2011 ONLY AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA HAVE WON TEST SERIES IN INDIA NO OTHER TEAM HAS COME CLOSE TO WINNING IN INDIA-AND WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA HAVE ALSO NOT PLAYED THEIR FULL STRENGTH TEAM AND STILL THRASHING TEAMS 5-0.THE POWERFUL BATTING LINE UP OF INDIA CANNOT BE TAMED EXCEPT MAYBE ON GREEN DARK PITCHES.

Posted by nyc_missile on (December 2, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

Wonder what the bowling coach is doing with these guys,so much pace to work with for a change & yet not ONE yorker at the tail enders,something seriously wrong with their thought process

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Good win by India. At least the WI are showing some guts and fighting it out... something the England team lacked when they were thrashed 5-0. If only the WI had held their catches.. perhaps something different could have happened. It's winter in India... the seam bowlers certainly have something their way. Kohli is a magnificent player and he will do well in Australia.

Posted by Vilander on (December 2, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

waza1234 realistically many teams have chance of beating india in india, but pakistan is not one amoung them, sorry.

Posted by Vilander on (December 2, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

Ravi Rampaul deserves a fat IPL contract. I am not a west indian.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

we under estimated rampauls capabilities .today he had nothing to lose so he played that way

Posted by nyc_missile on (December 2, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

Sehwag & Gambhir are perilously treading on the danger zone,I think if they continue with this irresponsible and arrogant style of batting,we might as well see 'em replaced by either Rahane or some of the young guns waiting at least in ODI's; have become totally useless in this format for quite a while now.Given the way selectors are thinking,I wont be surprised if it happens.Kohli & Rohit -class dripping all over!

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

The team of Indian fast bowlers really need to Polish their bowling towards the end of the game...they need to LEARN TO Bowl more Yorkers and make it difficult for the batsmen, today Aaron was like Club cricket bowler , bowling short picth deliveries and wide of the wicket to be hammered by any batsmen. why do these bowlers never realise that just bowling fast is not enough bowling good line and length like the English bowlers did. They never learn from other bowlers brilliance, just getting into the team and playing ODI for India is not enough, get to bowl well at the end of innings is.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Shewag is starting to look like spent force. And Gambhir is not too far behind it is best these guys stick to the ILP, Neither have performed in a test matches for a long time. Can India afford more Shewag cameos against stronger opposition.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

Dont know why our pak fallows comments on Indian Game once they had a marvelous victory,it needs to be admit the man Virat Kholi is belong to a true pure magnificent class,way he is been batting since the start of his carrier its look to me Indian Got another Tandulkar may be more great.Indian Selectr shdnt get disappointed if he get fail in test cricket intialy,He is the man who can deliver in any format.Moreover its good to see indian get some good pace bowler to compete AUS in next series..

Posted by Davgood on (December 2, 2011, 19:46 GMT)

The Indians are now 2-0 up there is no more time for the Management to be conservative,decisions will have to be made now, it is silly to sit back with the same squad just competing and not winning.Big changes will be required all those guys sitting on the bench should be given a run Narine cannot be any poorer than Sammy(Who should sit out injured the next game), Powell can do no worse than Bharrat,Mohammed can easily replace Samuels once Narine is included.Sammy is really struggling, not batting,dropping catches,poor decisions in the field and ordinary bowling.It was clear to see the thinking of the WICB with making Sammy Captain but it is not working out for forms of the game, this will only cause Sammy to lose all confidence and perform even poorer. Prior to this Sammy was a good striker of the ball and a containing bowler,skills that are now severely diminished.

Posted by NairUSA on (December 2, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

Absolutely a great winner from team India! Delightedl to see Indian youngsters managing on their own.

Great play from West Indies too. WI is making steady progress since they arrived in India.

Posted by 360review on (December 2, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

although India won, there are quite a few takeaways: First, it about time that Parthiv, Ghambir and Raina are sent back to Ranji before they are allowed back in ODI. Shewag needs to mature as a captain and need to stop throwing his wicket away, he also needs to use bowlers effectively to finish off tail-enders. By the way does anyone know if Shewag and Raina are from opposite camps? Do they get along well?

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (December 2, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

FOR THIS MATCH: ASHWIN STATS - 10-0-74-1; SAMUELS STATS 10-1-40-1.

SAMUEL THE PART-TIME BOWLER IS BETTER THAN ASHWIN OR WI IS BETTER PLAYER OF SPIN THAN INDIA. PLS HELP ME TO SOLVE THIS PUZZLE. BTW - HE IS INDIA'S LEAD SPINNER IN AUS TOUR. GOD BLESS INDIA.

Posted by pamaran on (December 2, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

I am an indian fan. But just love the way West Indies are fighting. Darren Sammy may not have the skills. So what, he has the fighting spirit of Steve Waugh.

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (December 2, 2011, 19:27 GMT)

@ shameekdas: GOOD OBSERVATION, BUT LET ME TELL U SAHA WILL NOT BE PICKED FOR ANY OF THE ODI. IF PARTHIV FAILS NEXT MATCH SELECTORS WILL PICK SOMEONE ELSE, AND HE'LL GET CHANCE AHEAD OF SAHA. SAHA IS JUST PICKED UP TO KEEP EASTERN REGION HAPPY. HE'S NOT A VERY GOOD BATSMAN BUT IT IS TRUE THAT HIS KEEPING IS REALLY GOOD. HE AND RAHUL SHARMA WILL SIT IN THE BENCH THROUGHOUT...AGAIN NOT SURE WHY HE'S NOT EVEN TRIED FOR AT LEAST ONE MATCH.

Posted by mannysyb on (December 2, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

Hi George

I hope the Match is between India and West Indies But the Stat pic is showing Pakistan where it should be India...............Lol

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (December 2, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

IF INDIAN SELECTORS ARE WISE ENOUGH THEY SHOULD CONSIDER IRFAN PATHAN FOR AUS TOUR. IN ONE OF MY POST I PREDICTED IT WILL BE 2-0 FOR THE AUSSIES. NOW LOOKING AT SEHWAG AND GAMBHIR'S FORM, I FEEL IT WILL BE A CLEAN SWEEP FOR AUSSIES. GIVE CHANCE TO RAHANE AHEAD OF GAMBHIR PLS PLS PLS..AND ALSO PLS SELECT IRFAN IN THE LAST TWO ODI. THE ONLY POSITIVE IS UMESH YADAV, WHO WILL DO GR8 EVEN IN AUSTRALIA.

Posted by trinibay on (December 2, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Enough of Sammy enough of the coach..are the selectors blind? playing 2 and a half fast bowlers against India on a spin wicket while one of WI best 20/20 spinner sits on the bench...WI cricket cann0ot go forward unless Sammy is removed...He is taking up 1 valuable place..

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

@Navin84: Correct, only that Sachin maintained those stats over 22 years of cricket. If Virat can continue like this for similar long period, then he have high chances to overtake Sachin. There were many who started like great, but to be great you have to maintain that authority over a long career. Virat, Rohit, Suresh all have that start, it depends on what they do next and can be next Sachin, Dravid, Saurav.

Posted by soumyas on (December 2, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

GAYLE,Dwane Bravo shud come back in WI team and they shud find a better captain..i dont think sammy belong's to WI team, he isn't a natural cricketer... try making pollard/bravo the captain and see... At present they have talented cricketers in team but just lack in the application of plans...Even sehwag failed to counter late assault of rampaul, allowed 99 runs of last wicket partnership to happen, if dhoni was there he cud have trapped rampaul early and WI cud have got all out less than 200...dhoni is very good in application...knows how handle his resources...

Posted by wnwn on (December 2, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

Realistically there are only 3 teams who have a slight chance of beating India in India at the moment and they are Australia, South Africa and Pakistan. The rest have no chance.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

its too strange to see the score past 250,even after restricting them 149/8 i feel india need to rethink about bowling to the tail enders. many a times we can see india after having a very good control in restricting the middle order and slips while removing the last 2 bats man

Posted by puneet_usa on (December 2, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

Guys- Just be paitent- the way i see is that- These youngsters are going to jell so well with the seniors in the upcoming Aus Tour- Down Under- That we probably be in for one of the most memorable tours in recent history- Specially with India getting some quality bowlers under them- What you all think?

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 2, 2011, 19:00 GMT)

@JG2704 kohli already scored a couple of centuries against australia... so whats your point??

Posted by khiladisher on (December 2, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

VIRAT KOHLI AND ROHIT SHARMA FUTURE BATTING SUPERSTARS OF INDIA AND DESTINED TO FOLLOW THE GREAT TRADITION OF INDIAN BATTING LEGENDS-GAVASKAR-SACHIN-DRAVID-LAXMAN-SEHWAG.ALL THE BEST TO BOTH OF THEM.

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 2, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

@PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD oh well well well, what do we have here, a Pakistani fan commenting on the indian bowling... Oh wait wasnt it the indian bowling that defended a below par 260 target in the semi final against pakistan and that too handsomely... oh wait now we all know if indian bowling is below par than what about pakistan batting, can we describe that for good measure :)?????

Posted by TTking on (December 2, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

Hope my beloved windies avoid a whitewash...have to get kohli,sharma,sehwag and gambhir early to stand a chance. We will go down the die hard way..

Posted by khiladisher on (December 2, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

@ TALHA TALUKDER- WELL SAID THAT INDIA HAVE THE GREATEST BATTING LINE UP EVER IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET AS WELL AS THE GREAT BATTING STARS-STARTING FROM VIJAY MERCHANT-HAZARE-UMRIGAR-VIJAY MANJREKAR IN THE PRE 1970 DAYS AND STARTING FROM 1971- GAVASKAR-AMARNATH-VISHWANATH-VENGSARKAR-AZHARUDIN-SIDHU AND STARTING IN 1990S SACHIN TENDULKAR-DRAVID-LAXMAN-GANGULY-SEHWAG-YUVRAJ-DHONI- GAMBHIR AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST-THE FUTURE BATTING GREATS LIKE VIRAT KOHLI AND ROHIT SHARMA WHO ALREADY AT 23 YEARS OF AGE ARE BATTING LIKE CHAMPIONS.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:56 GMT)

Watching Sehwag's batting is pleasing, but still he cant (even if rite) criticize others loose shots as he himself gets on an avg at least two lives in his each inning in form of dropped catches... Gambhir is waste shall be kicked out. Raina is one of the the best & most dedicated player....

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 2, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

While at least this series is showing that the West Indies are atleast up for a fight.. unlike the last series that England played in, the english went around the park like chickens in a farm house..... thank you West Indies for showing how overhyped the english cricket team really is, anyways kohli and rohit have a great future ahead of them

Posted by netcricketfan4ever on (December 2, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

@PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD You are right dude, our bowlers are just pathetic. Our bowlers can't bowl to the tail enders just as the Pak batsmen cannot chase down 91 without losing 5 batsmen.

Really very pathetic.

Posted by vinodpalrvangala on (December 2, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

It is about time Sehwag takes some time off....he ain't batting well....go to Australia early Veeru and work in the nets....there is less humiliation in the nets and more to gain.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

sammy is the worst thing to happen to WI cricket. He cant bat,bowl or catch.

Posted by Navin84 on (December 2, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Kohli can be compared to the great Sachin, look at his stats in ODI after this match: 68 inns; avg. 46.38; 8 hundreds (avg of 8.5 inns per hundred); 17 fifties (avg. of 2.72 inns per a score of 50 or more); Strike rate 83.41. Now Sachin: 442 inns; avg. 45.16; 48 hundreds (avg of 9.2 inns per hundred); 95 fifties (avg of 3.09 inns per a score of 50 or more); Strike rate 86.32. Kohli has already scored 8 hundreds after 68 inns and Tendulkar score his first century in his 76th inns. If Kolhi continues like this he will be one of the greatest ODI batsman!

Posted by nevertheless on (December 2, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Sammy is captain of Test, ODI and T20. How ridiculous. He is an alrounder that cannot bat and sometimes bowls. His claim to fame is being from the same island as the WICB president and his CEO, and therein lies the problem, and I may add, therein lies the solution. I say no more. The captaincy incompetence is there for all to see again in the second ODI. May God help WI and the captaincy selection madness. We are always playing 1 player and 1 captain short to one of the best teams in the world. Even when we can win we will lose.

Posted by nlambda on (December 2, 2011, 18:41 GMT)

Hey PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD: why are you commenting on this thread. Go watch the replay of the WC semi final where your batsmen smashed the weak Indian bowling to bits... oh wait ;-)

Posted by shameekdas on (December 2, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

well another indian win.....still we have to give credit to the WI tail for putting up a good total which seemed unlikely...but its hard to hide the indian bowler's inability to pick up the last wicket....a grt mature batting performance frm kohli and rohit.....seriously kohli has been one of the main architect of indian success for the last year and a half.....and has matured as a batsman.....gambhir has been goin through a rough phase, but surely he is goin to come back in the series downunder...few days back in the article abt india's test team in the aussie tour, people were takin abt why saha was picked ahead of parthiv....now they may understand why....parthiv has been pathetic while batting ....and is keeping is no way closer to saha's.....comin to the point...with two close matches WI still dnt hav any chance of winning unless there captaincy and strategies during middle overs while fielding improve drastically....and even fielding........

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

as an Indian supporter , i would like to see a Strong west indies . There is so much history between the two countries, and world cricket is at at loos without a strong west indies. Well done west indies , hope the young bunch you have improves day by day.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

@Gadsbino Sachin did not make 99 paying first class cricket but real hard international cricket. 31 more than the next best that cricket can offer. That's what makes him immortal like bradman.

Posted by JG2704 on (December 2, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

To be honest I did only casually watch the game , in between watching and doing other things. But I must admit I thought Sammy as a captain wasn't too proactive in trying to squeeze the game when India needed over a run a ball and gifted India singles. I have the same criticism of Englands captain Cook. Having said that Rampaul did a terrific job for WI as Kohli and Sharma did for India. A year or 2 ago (from the IPL) Raina and Kohli looked to be the 2 that would come through for India and if anything Raina looked the better player , but recently Kohli has looked the better. Obviously you have to take into consideration that India have been playing 2 low ranked teams in this format so we'll see how he plays vs Australia etc.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

IF ONLY

GAYLE BARATH SIMMONS BRAVO SAMUELS POLLARD RAMDIN BISHOO ROACH RAMPAUL NARINE

THATS A WINNING SIDE.

Posted by vkypak on (December 2, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

umpire s.RAVI shud b given man of the match...india always playing wth 12 players at their home....

Posted by soumyas on (December 2, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

gr8 batting by rampaul,kohli,R.sharma... with parthiv patel failing in batting they shud have tried Uthappa as keeper and opener in absence of dhoni...

Posted by svenkat02 on (December 2, 2011, 18:12 GMT)

@Jose Puliampatta: You dont know anything about Ashwin. Even while playing for CSK, Ashwin had this record of always picking up a wicket the very next ball he was hit for a six or a four. Thats why most teams never tried to go after Ashwin as they found out that he got better when he was attacked. Today, he just had an off day. He still picked up the crucial wicket of Pollard. The truth is, they (India) didnt have a plan for Rampaul and they paid the price for it. But all this is one off. From now on, dont expect Rampaul to repeat his heroics.

Posted by abdubaba on (December 2, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Sammy needs to be sent to captaincy school. For real. I understand if he's been given the captaincy slot because he's the only one willing to perform the job but then he needs to know how it's done. He doesn't really qualify in the playing 11 based on his abilities as a non-captain player so if he's going to play as the leader and the strategist then for pete's sake, employ some strategies, some tactics! do something to get the batsman out. don't just sit there and watch the match like any other spectator. West Indies have a good batting line up now which just needs to mature a little bit. The skill and the talent is there. The bowling needs a good spinner and a good medium pacer and that's not Sammy. The fast bowling department is well stocked though in Roach, Rampual and Russel. However, they do need to discipline themselves a little and employ some wise varieties.

Posted by dicky_boy on (December 2, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

MAN @PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY AGAINST OUR TEAM MAN , WE ARE NOT EVEN PLAYING PAKISTAN

Posted by PACERONE on (December 2, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

Sehwag should of been out for 1,he gave 3 chances in the previous match.Should he be dropped?Pathiv imight not be the best opener or keeper but to pick on him is unfair.With the defensive field set from the beginning of the game by W.I shows that the captain has no clue.The bowlers have to take charge and get more aggressive fields set.No short leg for Sehwag Gambhir and Kohli when these guys are known to not like balls in the rib area.No planning by W.I. Let us see if Sammy will be named captain or even make the team for the Australian and England series.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (December 2, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

This Indian team is surely one of the best One-day outfit the game has ever seen.....Its so so difficult to beat them......

With so many young talented batsmen and bowlers, India looks on course to defend its title for some time to come......

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

Kohli has beginning to impress everyone with his outstanding maturity. Rohit has missed several opportunities earlier but apparently coming off his age. Would like to see Raina act more as a finisher (Bevan class) in absence of Dhoni. Well done otherwise team India, who should now look to sweep through the one day series against Westindies as hard tests lies ahead..

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

sehwag said in presentation ceremony "Rohit and Virat batted very maturedly", i wish he himself and Gambhir start doing the same themselves i.e. bat maturedly.

Posted by cricveda on (December 2, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

seriously gambhir and sehwag should score runs otherwise its wise to dop them and go with in form batsmen for aussies tour

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

Aaron has been chosen for Oz but it is not a good choice. I feel Irfan's career with team India should be revived. The other choice is Sreesanth who is good only in patches. Nehra should be part of the ODI bowling unit.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

Rampaul has embarrassed the WI batting line up. Samuels is a waste.Carribeean people will have to get radical with gibson and the WICB because they got us looking like fools> we want Gayle back now and sars too. this nonsense has to stop. guys with decent stats that have contributed to WI have been marginalised its time to take drastic action against gibson and the other. Why must Gayle apologise, damn fools. If Gayle don't get picked next series me and my crew goin and start protesting in front on the WICB head office.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 2, 2011, 17:55 GMT)

why do have parthiv patel? he is a club cricketer and worst wicket keeper. He is not athletic either. May be he is in the team for quota?. I think robin Uthappa should be in the team in the absense of dhoni. There is not much differenc between wicket keepings kill between karthik , patel and uthappa. Uthappa batting tower over these two. K. Srikkanth wake up and pick the right people.

Posted by TheLight on (December 2, 2011, 17:51 GMT)

Very happy to see Roach back in form. WI needed a quality spinner on this track.

Posted by pekacricket on (December 2, 2011, 17:50 GMT)

What rubbish. First of all W.I. got their bowling attack wrong as they used the wrong spinner - he's not effective at this level. Second W.I. had the wrong captain - Sammy should never be in the team - whoc got the tactics wrong, just as in the first game when he let India walk away with the win scoring possibly the most single in a one day game. Thirdly the catching was pathetic with teh captain himself culpable on a couple of occasions. Finally the umpering was pathethic as it too often is against the W.I. Symmonds was clearly not out (faint touch on the gloves my foot...) - there is no way the unpire could see any such thing and the video was inconclusive - hence the batsman should have got the benefit of doubt. Pollard was absolutely murdering the Indian bowling and was actually changing the gam at that point. Sammy's LBW decision was not LBW either. When would W.I. get a fair break in world cricket?

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (December 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT)

West Indies fight back made this game interesting for all to watch. I enjoyed watching it. Well done India.

Posted by TheLight on (December 2, 2011, 17:47 GMT)

Based on his batting and bowling figures, one of the best all rounders in the WI will sadly be dropped (Russel)..... :(..........Too bad another person which is failing even worse with both bat, ball and leadership seems to be untouchable (Sammy). Can cricinfo or anyone say of a captain has ever been dropped from a team?

Posted by TTking on (December 2, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

T&T rules this team- Barath, Simmo, Pollard, Ramdin, Rampaul and in a few days Narine...

Posted by AMUSMANI on (December 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

westindian and bangladeshi team should quit international cricket. they need a lot of practice to play against good teams

Posted by THINK_BEYOND on (December 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

ROHIT REMINDS ME ABOUT INZAMAM, LOOKS APPARENTLY LAZY BUT A KILLER OF THE OPPOSITION!!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (December 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Rohit and Virat are the core of the next generation team. Sachin's reflexes and eye sight have deteriorated - England. These two should be in both the test and ODI team, Raina is good finisher at ODI. Raina has lost confidence but should not worry he will make it into the test team later when the seniors are gone. The future of the bowlers is not as bright as the batting side. Maybe BCCI should invest in this aspect. Wonderful win by India a bit disappointed by bowlers

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

Sehwag and Gambhir should learn from Kohli how to convert starts into big score. Sehwag and Gambhir always thorw their wickets away after a start !! specially in ODIs.

Posted by TTking on (December 2, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

Very good batting display by Kohli and Sharma for India win.....Windies should have played Narine.....Rampaul for MOM.

Posted by psubbu79 on (December 2, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

Virat Kohli should become Virender Sehwag's coach! Sehwag is the most irresponsible player and played the most irresponsible shot today! I believe Kohli is the perfect replacement for Sachin and a person who can potentially overtake Sachin's records in ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Virat Kohli & Sharma in charge to throw some ray of hope for the Hosts inspite of the fall of their Captain.Indians must be encouraging them at Vizag with roar every ball they play!. Sreedharan Mundanat

Posted by TTking on (December 2, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

Sammy is an inspirational leader who has the backing of his players..... he has to perform with the bat, if not, sooner or later he will be axed.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (December 2, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

The Windies may yet lose 5-0 but it's already been a step up from the feeble attempts of England. But never mind ODIs should be scrapped. (sarcasm)

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

Gadsbino - your point about India not being great on bouncy pitches - is not incorrect. But I doubt this aussie team will "destroy" India - I think it will be a close series by virtue of Australia still trying to come together as a unit. As for Tendulkar's 100 th ton - it won't have to wait for a first class game- the guy's pretty good - people keep forgetting how difficult it is to score that many centuries - he's good for a few more!

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

yet again Sehwag throws his wicket away after getting a start, how often he does that, no wonder his ODI average is mere 35 and he has only 14 ODI hundreds, for his talent his ODI average should have been atleast 40 with atleast 20 ODI hundreds, what a waste o talent, wonder when he would start playing long innings in ODIs

Posted by heavens on (December 2, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

This has exposed team india's weak bowling attack. India will struggle outside sub-continent...

Posted by FrankJR on (December 2, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

as a die hard fan of the WI it is hard not seeing Gayle...he needs to be back in the side ASAP....also I am not sold on Sammy as captain....nor him in the test team....D. Bravo should be there...

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 15:20 GMT)

selectors please get rid of Gambhir immidiately, he is in terrible batting form, always poking, slashing through slips, gully and throwing away his wicket, he is a terrible fielder too, the slump from Gambhir, test cricketer of the year to this gambhir has started ever sense he got the million dollar paycheck and captaincy from KKR, what a waste of talent!!

Posted by TTking on (December 2, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

Great batting from Rampaul....... Roach was very sensible also, hope Windies win this one.

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

selectors can try Uttappa or Ambatti Raydu as wicketkeeper batsman for ODIs in absence of Dhoni

Posted by jadel on (December 2, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Sammy needs to take a break..or rather be given a break. Any other player with that pathetic record would've been dropped ages ago. Sammy can only redeem himself if he takes a minimum of 5 wickets. Well done Ravi.. always thought you were a competent batsman.. both you and Russell should be coming in ahead of Sammy, ie if Sammy makes the team. What will it take for de coaches to see that..SMH

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

This West Indies team is a bunch of lovable guys; but they don't have to be so charitable to Sehwag. One Sehwag is bad enough, but three? Yet, India may lose because of the frenetic hitting of Ravi Rampaul. By the way, if Sammy was not the Captain, would Ravi have played in the first ODI, in Sammy's place. I wonder!

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 14:53 GMT)

I look at the last game and the starters were choosen. Spinners coice was a joke especially when you pick a spinner who took wickets for Trinidad and then dont play him. That was a match looser.Martin over a better spinnerhmm!! I wonder if The West Indies management actually realize that without sammy and current team we can actually win in India.Sammy is a joke!! He was never supposed to be in the team muchless captian. Think of it this way. ENgland the #1 team never gave India this much challege in the last match. Come on man

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

its batting paradise..with good bounce..ind bowled wel to restrict them to 270..very gettable..but selectors need to THROW OUT parthiv patel..aftr karthick,patel,ojha,saha now india need to give opportunity to UTHAPPA..he can keep n better than sehwag also in odi's..

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT)

its good for westindis team great oppurtunity keep it up but its match was indias jai ho india

Posted by indian_wi_fan on (December 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

why does Sammy come before Russel? No run,poor fielding ...sammy please replace yourself by Narine/Bravo/K Powell...

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 14:27 GMT)

Gambhir is in terrible form, he should be immidiately dropped, Ajinkye Rahane is better choice as an opener for Australia Test series. let Gambhir be happy with his million dollar paycheck and captaincy from KKR !!

Posted by zico123 on (December 2, 2011, 14:24 GMT)

wht rubbish!! from 170/9 WI reached 270 !! pathetic!!

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

Ashwin is a very good bowler.... EXCEPT when he is attacked! I am sure some one in the Australian camp would have noted it. Steve Rixon, you know Ashwin so well from your CSK stint.

Posted by PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD on (December 2, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

what a poor performance by indian bowlers.even they can not bowl to tail enders.

Posted by dicky_boy on (December 2, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

As an Indian fan who supports IN THE IPL , it's a pain that Chris gayle is not playing for your country, With gayle and bravo WI CAN EASILY BE A TOP FOUR SIDE

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

Sachin,Virender and Gauti high scores are Sachin:200 Viru:175 Gauti 150. Sachin has 25 more runs than Sehwag and Viru 25 more than Gauti,isn't it?

Posted by Gadsbino on (December 2, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

The fact that the Windies have been able to push India so hard in the Tests and now in the ODI augers well for the future of the Windies but is a bad sign for India. India have been ordinary all year long and I am afraid they will be destroyed on the good, true bouncy pitches in the land of Auz. At best they should be ranked No. 4 or 5 in the world. Tendul will have to get his 100th century playing in a 1st class match!

Posted by blackie on (December 2, 2011, 13:57 GMT)

Sammy' abilities as a bowler cannot be questioned. Check the stats. He has been Windies best bowler over the last year or so. Even if you don't like him as captain, he deserves his place as a bowler.We really should drop the allrounder title from him. In the caribbean, we are accustomed to tearaway fast bowlers but as we can see, Fidel, Rampaul and Roach, though usually fast and tight, seldom get wickets as often as front line bowlers should. Sammy averages 30, with a 2.9 economy rate with the ball in tests. Roach averages 32 with a 3.2 economy rate.Fidel averages 37 with a 3.9 economy rate and rampaul averages 34 with 2.9. Even new boy Bishoo averages 36 with a 3.1 economy rate.

Posted by ThatzMyView on (December 2, 2011, 13:53 GMT)

Parthiv Patel doesnt deserve to be in there..!

Posted by ThatzMyView on (December 2, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

AARON is brought in very early, he should have proved himself in domestic circuit first..After seeing him bowl one can say, hez too much hyped up and overrated.. Umesh Yadav and Vinay Knumar have all come up based on their domestic performances, we should rather had a look at Pankaj Singh/MS Gony if they were fit..

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

Well said.. The job is only half done... I dont understand why people expect Sammy to make runs, he has an ODI Ave of 19 and his highest score is 58....

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

india has the worst bowling line up in the world and best batting line up.....pakistan vice versa

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Well done Ravi, now. go get 5 wickets

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

Well done Boyz...Now India has a task cut out to do...

Posted by PACERONE on (December 2, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

I know that the Indian fans and commentators are excited over their young bowlers.Well,from what i have seen they get wickets when batsmen are tentative and go fishing.Australia will be a different proposition.batsmen there will be attacking them,using their feet etc.None of this groping stuff.Rampaul and Simmons played beautifully.W.I cricketers still make too many sill mistakes to get out...Simmons run out going for 2 off the last ball of an over.he should of been glad to have the strike. Sammy is the best captain,,he has the motivational skill of Frank,The ruthlessness of Clive and the brashness and confidence of Viv.Too bad he cannot bat or catch...maybe he should spend less time with the coach.The batting line up needs a shake up.Poor Pollard..cannot get a break when it looks like he is going well.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

This is the 3rd Highest partnership for the 10th wicket between R Rampaul and KAJ Roach.

Posted by N.Sundararajan on (December 2, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Umpire Ravi has had a forgettable first match ! He gave Pollard wrongly out and could not decide about the Raina catch---which appeared to have bounced off the ground------If India were to be served with natural justice, chances are that India would lose today! The last two matches they won by the skin of their teeth---hope India wakes up ! West Indies is no roll-over ! And India cannot afford to fare so badly just prior to the Australian tour !

Posted by JIRAIYAPRO357 on (December 2, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Ravi has always been a great player for the W.I.. He simply rose to the occasion and took the bull by the horns. A true inns of pure class.. This always shows that India when put under pressure simply goes flat.. Clear evidence of that is Ashwin looked cueless as to where to bowl and the Indian attack looked like souls floating over the oceans..

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

A trailer of things in store for Indian bowlers, in Australia? By the way, has the art of bowling yorkers disappeared? Is Malinga the only one who can manage it almost on demand, so to say? (Can the bowling coach put them on the yorker drill for hours & hours before they board the flight to Australia? Or, is that yorkers can't be taught? Trained? Practiced & practiced and gain some skill and control over it? Where are you, Eric Simons?

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

269 in 9 overs, wow cricinfo that must be a new record lol

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

absolutely phenomenal I enjoyed it. Good lesson to Indian pacers, when will they learn to bowl accurate Yorkers consistently to tail-enders. well played man.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:09 GMT)

Congratulation Mr Rampaul for breaking a world record highest scorer as 10th man and 99 runs stand for the 10th wicket with 11th Man agains WORLD CHAMPION? India.

Posted by vkypak on (December 2, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

s ravi shud b man of the match ....

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

HATS OFF TO RAVI RAMPAUL AND KEMAR ROACH INDIA HAVE TOUGH TASK ON HAND

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

well done windies.. keep it up one of the best performance that ever showed. Well done Ravi....

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

OMG! What is happening to this wonderful game called "Cricket" guys, this is wonderful! The test series between Aus & S.Africa and than test between these two nations not ending up the tail and giving this one dayer's.. Are v seeing all this in a single year.. Great advert for Cricket lovers.. This is the sport to watch guys!

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

Well played Ravi !!! thats showing your top order how to bat! Apart from him mand Simmonds im very disappointed....

Posted by cric_fan__ on (December 2, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

SUPERB BOWLING performance from India particularly towards the End of the innings...

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

I have been there for Sammy thru out the criticisms, but if he cannot lead us to victory here he should not be the WI capt. I have always said that a total of 250+ can win us most ODI matches, with our bowling attack. And in this match we have the ideal attack. GREAT RAVI KAMAR. BUT they have to bowl how unfair, Sammy may have to divide his salary with these guys.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Has Ravi win this 1 for us? MY MY is Ravi a better batter than Sammy? Unbelievable. I love this game! And ROACH has activated his brain.

Posted by earli on (December 2, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

Rampaul batting should give India something to think about before they go down to Australia. Ashwin looked cueless as to where to bowl when his bowling is being attacked and the fast bowlers pitch much too short and wide.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

I said at the beginning of this tour that this will be the tour that will define the future of Sammy not only as a capt but also as a WI player. D Bravo sr would have been the ideal replacement, but as they say u can't suck cane & whistle at the same time. He has made his choice. Ramdin fans, r u now convinced. Maybe i'll keep him for test matches. Was Polly out or was that his best score for the series? Watch it Marlon, u might be next. Or maybe save by the bell( bowling).

Posted by blackie on (December 2, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

I'm a Marlon Samuels fan but realistically his stats don't inspire as much confidence as his obvious talent does. He averages 29 with the bat and 74 with the ball in test and 30 with the bat and 42 with the ball in ODIs. He makes occasional good scores but is very inconsistent and cannot be depended on as a batsman. I think he made himself a marked man by running off the field straight to the embattled Gayle who was in the stands, after scoring the winning runs in an ODI in Jamaica earlier this year. Deliberately running out Lara in the 2007 World Cup and the match fixing scandal haven't helped him much either. He should remember that he doesnt have the reputation which could make him a high earning freelance player like Gayle & co so he needs Windies cricket. His place in the team is endangered as much by his behaviour as by his batting.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

How much longer must West Indian fans endure this nonsense. As the last game blatantly showed, he is not good tactically. As all the games have shown, he is not up to it with the bat, and he is an OK bowler. So please tell me, why is Sammy (1) in the team and (2) Captain? Because he has the 'belief'? I know the man. I've met him several times and he is a good person so it is nothing personal, but give me a break WICB.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

Clearly pollard wasnt out....is that how India likes t win matches.....also the catch by Raina in the slip was questionable..

Posted by VivGilchrist on (December 2, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

Can I just say what a major disappointment Samuels is as an international cricketer. I also still don't understand why they don't open with Pollard at the top - think about it .... 10 overs of Powerplay. Tactics, WI, Tactics.

Posted by aclarity on (December 2, 2011, 10:12 GMT)

Barath misses too many easy balls on his pads because he is over balanced on the off side. This results in him edging towards slips. In training, they should bowl him constantly on his leg stump. This may correct his balance problem and prevent the edges to slip. A leg guard may help also.

It seems that the WI selectors will take a long time to discern that Samuels (McMorris) does not cut it at this level. They also think that he is a better spinner than Narine. I wish them luck. Powell batted better than Samuels in the tests. Try him!

Posted by   on (December 2, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

goor start team india.......................

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