India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad December 6, 2011

Narine kept building the pressure - Rampaul

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy and fast bowler Ravi Rampaul have praised the offspinner Sunil Narine, whose performance on debut helped his team win its first match on the tour of India. Narine took 2 for 34 in the third ODI in Ahmedabad, where West Indies won by 16 runs to keep the five-match series alive at 2-1.

"It was a good fight back from the boys. The way we batted, that spell from Rampaul, [Marlon] Samuels bowled well, and the debutant Narine also. It was a team effort," Sammy said. "Narine came here [to India] in the CLT20 and bowled in the pressure situations. He's used to it, it's a role he has performed for T&T [Trinidad & Tobago]."

Narine, 23, began his spell with the new ball during the mandatory Powerplay and also bowled during the bowling and batting Powerplays. He picked up the wickets of Virat Kohli and R Ashwin, after the No. 7 batsman had added 91 runs with Rohit Sharma to bring India back into the chase.

"He [Narine] came in and did a very good job for the team. It was a great way to start your international career," Rampaul said. "He bowled early and got a key wicket and came back at the end, there, to pick up another vital wicket for us. He kept building the pressure on the Indian batsmen and it paid off for us."

Rampaul had struck body blows himself by dismissing Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir with his first two deliveries in the second over of India's chase. The hosts were 8 for 2 chasing 261 and were set back severely. Rampaul returned to dismiss Suresh Raina and then picked up the final wicket, that of Abhimanyu Mithun, to finish with 4 for 57 in 8.5 overs. Mithun had scored 23 off 16 balls, and before his dismissal, India needed 16 off 20 deliveries with one wicket in hand to win the match and the series.

"I would say getting those early breakthroughs proved to be the key point in the match, when we bowled. We got up to a good score thanks to some great batting from Sammy and Russell but we still had a big job to do with the ball," Rampaul, who was Man of the Match, said. "I am used to bowling on these slow, low wickets as they are similar to what I play on in Trinidad. Also, the experience of playing here [in India] for Trinidad & Tobago in the Champions League as well as in the World Cup has helped me a lot.

"My strategy was to bowl wicket to wicket and it was good that I got the ball to swing as well. Finally, we have a win on the tour and it means a lot to us as a team. We came close on quite a few occasions and tonight we got the reward. We will look for more in the coming matches."

Rampaul has 28 wickets at an average of 19 in 14 ODIs in 2011, and Monday's four-wicket haul came after he had broken the record for the highest score by a No. 10, an unbeaten 86 off 66 balls in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam.

That West Indies had a competitive target to defend at Motera was because of a late assault from allrounders Sammy and Andre Russell. Sammy scored 41 off 17 balls and Russell 40 off 18 as 93 runs came off the final seven overs. Sehwag, the India captain, said his bowlers had not executed their plans.

"When two big hitters like Russell and Sammy were batting, it was difficult to bowl, they were connecting well," Sehwag said. "I told my boys to bowl as many yorkers as they could. They tried but couldn't get perfect yorkers, but the team fought really well."

Sehwag, however, took responsibility for the defeat, saying the top-order collapse, which he was part of, was the most significant problem. "It is very hard to chase when your top order fails. In the last three games, our lower order's contribution has been more than the top order and we need to look at ourselves. One of the top order batsman has to bat for 30-40 overs."

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  • todobless on December 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ spiritwithin..........sachin, dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant, 4players are missin, WI missed, dwayne, gayle, taylor, bishoo, Ben, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Sarwan,. 8 players missin for WI. 5 for India

  • mano-e-mano on December 7, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @ spirit within... i agree with naresh 28..y 2 grade teams??... i m neither against india nor in favour of wi.. but bear in mind that the z-grade team as u r calling it ruled cricket in 70's and 80's...call it minnow but nt with grade... i know very well wat india has done .. but i just wanted to remind that india had also lost agnst zim and bangla and they might well loose in future against them.. so can u call ind team a z grade on 1 or 2 performance..????,..so wat wrong has wi done to get that title..???.

  • Metman on December 7, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @ riverlime the Light,and all those who felt that Narine should have just walk into the team at all costs...certainly DO NOT know how selection processes are arrived at...Martin was the incumbant spinner,and Narine the newcomer.If the selectors had no intention of playing Martin,common sense would tell ANYBODY,that he would NOT have been selected for the tour !now,..having been selected common sense would again tell ANYBODY who knows about how players are selected,would tell you that Martin would have to be the FIRST CHOICE for the first match at least. I never said that Narine shouldn't play,I merely stated that he HAD to wait his turn,the same way that Lara ,for example had to wait his,and a host of others who are still waiting,because the incumbents are still performing,and riverlime says I am insular...yu need to check the meaning of the word insular,you above all should know...it is built into you!All ya felt that somebody should have been dropped to accommodate Narine !

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    yes too mush cricket is going

  • Naresh28 on December 7, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    PLEASE,PLEASE FANS DONT GRADE TEAMS. In this day and age anyone can win against anyone. SA, AUSTRALIA,ENGLAND,INDIA,PAKISTAN, WINDIES - even the winnoes can beat any team on their day. Its not like in the old days when there was clear positions of teams - lots of cricket has led to equality of teams. West Indies pace attack is up there amonst the best. Pakistan's pace attack is better than India. These are facts. Yes India does have good batsman - if only the bowling would match. In Ashwin we now have a thinking bowler and Ohja is a very accurate bowler. Test cricket demands on pace bowling is great. Zaheer has been there in Indias rise to the top of test standings. Pakistan and Indian fans need to tone down hate comments and rather enjoy excellent cricket between two teams.

  • spiritwithin on December 7, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @mano-e-mano,whats wrong in calling WI a Z-grade team,they r hopeless against all the top teams at the moment losing most of the time,yes indian young team lost to zim last year but d u know what happened to that team after that?yes they wont the asia cup few weeks later beating pak & SL,won 5-0 against NZ,narrowly lost in SA by2-3,then won the WC,again won in WI,in between thrashed in eng but the same indian team is now leading 2-1 in the odi series against WI,a team is not called as Z-grade based on few performance that y WI is regarded as minnows nowadays which means winning against them is not regarded as great but losing to them is a shame

  • CandidIndian on December 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Oh boy , one victory and so many cocky comments by WI fans,and you guys expect us to be humble when India wins.I congratulated WI on no of times, even when they lost as respect should be given when its due,but i dont think anybody has made an attempt to reciprocate it from WI side.WI B team? is it our mistake that Gayle and Bravo are not ready to serve their team and are more interested in playing t20s .After losing 4 test series in a row since last 10 years and quite a few ODI series against India, suddenly one ODI win makes WI great?I dont support Indians who troll and disrespect others, but i am afraid lot of WI fans are doing so too.

  • spiritwithin on December 7, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty...u r talking about WI missing players but the same is true for indian team,they also missed sachin,dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant,munaf,nehra,shall i add few more LOL.. the whole indian attack in the series comprised of rookies-aaron,yadav,ashwin,vinay kumar,mithun,cant u see that??even in batting india is missing sachin,dhoni,yuvraj...stop giving the excuses of WI missing players bcoz the fact is india missed more impact players compared to WI..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 7, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD. yes, series win in ur dream !

  • mano-e-mano on December 7, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @PERL57....WI A Z-GRADE TEAM????..WELL THEN WHAT WUD U CALL THE YOUNG INDIAN TEAM WHICH WAS CHUCKED OUT OF THE TRI-SERIES IN ZIMBABWE LAST YEAR.. AFTER LOOSING 2 CONSECUTIVE MATCHES AGAINST ZIMBABWE..GRADELESS TEAM I SUPPOSE... AND F.Y.I.THE TEAM WAS ALMOST THE SAME PLAYING IN THIS SERIES ... ESPECIALLY THE BOWLING UNIT... DONT FORGET INDIA WAS THROWN OUT OF WORLD CUP 2007 BY BANGLADESH(ZZZ GRADE TEAM). SO NEXT TIME THINK B4 U GIV GRADES..BE IT AUSTRALIA OR KENYA...

  • todobless on December 7, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @ spiritwithin..........sachin, dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant, 4players are missin, WI missed, dwayne, gayle, taylor, bishoo, Ben, Edwards, Chanderpaul, Sarwan,. 8 players missin for WI. 5 for India

  • mano-e-mano on December 7, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    @ spirit within... i agree with naresh 28..y 2 grade teams??... i m neither against india nor in favour of wi.. but bear in mind that the z-grade team as u r calling it ruled cricket in 70's and 80's...call it minnow but nt with grade... i know very well wat india has done .. but i just wanted to remind that india had also lost agnst zim and bangla and they might well loose in future against them.. so can u call ind team a z grade on 1 or 2 performance..????,..so wat wrong has wi done to get that title..???.

  • Metman on December 7, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @ riverlime the Light,and all those who felt that Narine should have just walk into the team at all costs...certainly DO NOT know how selection processes are arrived at...Martin was the incumbant spinner,and Narine the newcomer.If the selectors had no intention of playing Martin,common sense would tell ANYBODY,that he would NOT have been selected for the tour !now,..having been selected common sense would again tell ANYBODY who knows about how players are selected,would tell you that Martin would have to be the FIRST CHOICE for the first match at least. I never said that Narine shouldn't play,I merely stated that he HAD to wait his turn,the same way that Lara ,for example had to wait his,and a host of others who are still waiting,because the incumbents are still performing,and riverlime says I am insular...yu need to check the meaning of the word insular,you above all should know...it is built into you!All ya felt that somebody should have been dropped to accommodate Narine !

  • on December 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    yes too mush cricket is going

  • Naresh28 on December 7, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    PLEASE,PLEASE FANS DONT GRADE TEAMS. In this day and age anyone can win against anyone. SA, AUSTRALIA,ENGLAND,INDIA,PAKISTAN, WINDIES - even the winnoes can beat any team on their day. Its not like in the old days when there was clear positions of teams - lots of cricket has led to equality of teams. West Indies pace attack is up there amonst the best. Pakistan's pace attack is better than India. These are facts. Yes India does have good batsman - if only the bowling would match. In Ashwin we now have a thinking bowler and Ohja is a very accurate bowler. Test cricket demands on pace bowling is great. Zaheer has been there in Indias rise to the top of test standings. Pakistan and Indian fans need to tone down hate comments and rather enjoy excellent cricket between two teams.

  • spiritwithin on December 7, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @mano-e-mano,whats wrong in calling WI a Z-grade team,they r hopeless against all the top teams at the moment losing most of the time,yes indian young team lost to zim last year but d u know what happened to that team after that?yes they wont the asia cup few weeks later beating pak & SL,won 5-0 against NZ,narrowly lost in SA by2-3,then won the WC,again won in WI,in between thrashed in eng but the same indian team is now leading 2-1 in the odi series against WI,a team is not called as Z-grade based on few performance that y WI is regarded as minnows nowadays which means winning against them is not regarded as great but losing to them is a shame

  • CandidIndian on December 7, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Oh boy , one victory and so many cocky comments by WI fans,and you guys expect us to be humble when India wins.I congratulated WI on no of times, even when they lost as respect should be given when its due,but i dont think anybody has made an attempt to reciprocate it from WI side.WI B team? is it our mistake that Gayle and Bravo are not ready to serve their team and are more interested in playing t20s .After losing 4 test series in a row since last 10 years and quite a few ODI series against India, suddenly one ODI win makes WI great?I dont support Indians who troll and disrespect others, but i am afraid lot of WI fans are doing so too.

  • spiritwithin on December 7, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty...u r talking about WI missing players but the same is true for indian team,they also missed sachin,dhoni,zaheer,yuvraj,ishant,munaf,nehra,shall i add few more LOL.. the whole indian attack in the series comprised of rookies-aaron,yadav,ashwin,vinay kumar,mithun,cant u see that??even in batting india is missing sachin,dhoni,yuvraj...stop giving the excuses of WI missing players bcoz the fact is india missed more impact players compared to WI..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 7, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD. yes, series win in ur dream !

  • mano-e-mano on December 7, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    @PERL57....WI A Z-GRADE TEAM????..WELL THEN WHAT WUD U CALL THE YOUNG INDIAN TEAM WHICH WAS CHUCKED OUT OF THE TRI-SERIES IN ZIMBABWE LAST YEAR.. AFTER LOOSING 2 CONSECUTIVE MATCHES AGAINST ZIMBABWE..GRADELESS TEAM I SUPPOSE... AND F.Y.I.THE TEAM WAS ALMOST THE SAME PLAYING IN THIS SERIES ... ESPECIALLY THE BOWLING UNIT... DONT FORGET INDIA WAS THROWN OUT OF WORLD CUP 2007 BY BANGLADESH(ZZZ GRADE TEAM). SO NEXT TIME THINK B4 U GIV GRADES..BE IT AUSTRALIA OR KENYA...

  • SamRoy on December 7, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    West Indies is a decent ODI team but a terrible test team because of its batting. Its not technically good enough. Even Bravo (easily their best young bat) struggles when the pitch is turning or there is swing on offer though he can improve. About the rest except Braithwaite and Edwards (who like to grind it out) the less said the better. And Marlon Samuels was the most overhyped batsman of his generation (Yuvraj comes second). They (WI) always need Nash and the aging Chanderpaul to provide middle order stability. Wonder why Nash wasn't included in the test team against India.

  • on December 7, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    All this comparison between Narine and Bishoo seem very idiotic. Narine played 3 first class matches and 1 ODI and it is clear that he has huge potential. His fielding abilities will not endear him to field close to the bat. Nevertheless anyone that suggests that Bishoo is a better batsman could have Google both men stats and save themselves the embarrassment of appearing quite inept. In 17 Test innings Bishoo scores 118 runs at an average of 10.72. In 7 ODI innings he scored 10 runs and in 54 first class innings he scored 416 at an average of 10.14. Narine has not batted in his ODI debut but in his 5 innings of First-class batting he scored 68 runs at an envious average of 34. Nether Narine or Bishoo are going to make the team as batsmen but they are great spin bowling prospects that should make the West Indies happy.

  • riverlime on December 7, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @Metman... according to you players should wait their turn, no matter how good they are. Why then have the very green Brathwaite and Powell been included in the WI team? Or don't you have a problem with that? Your insularity is disappointing, but unsurprising, considering how bare the Bajan cupboards have been recently. It reminds me of the infamous "No Cummins, No goin's" boycott in Barbados.

  • g.narsimha on December 7, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    DEHRONSALVTOR , Domination means a patricular bowler maintains his wicket taking capabilities against batsman where ever he bowls irrespective of conditions pitches like shan warne did to all batsman of his era whereever he played exept indians particularly the way he MAIMED the clue less ENGLISH batsmen right from GETTING to present day COOKS.that is called domination ,reg AJANTHA MANDIS ,yes he had some success against indians in his first encouter , but our batsmen sortet him out , what happened next is history ,the INDIANS almost finised his carear ,if you call one off performance by a part time bowler like MICHEAL CLARK in MUMBAI test ,domination ,i cant help.

  • mano-e-mano on December 7, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @metman...talkin abt pressure..can u pls tell me.. how many spinners hav bowled 5 overs in mandatory feild restrictions in their debut match and with such good figures,..keeping indian batsmen queit who r best players of spin...

  • VivGilchrist on December 7, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Open with Pollard. WI too slow in first 10 overs. Sammy and Russell can do the hitting down the order. Barath should be tried at 5 or 6 in ODIs. Trust me.

  • todobless on December 7, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    @Yallanki, dat was for the other commenters who said India sent a B-team, WI are missin more players, @Metman....Narine may not be a better bowler atall...(as yet), but he can bat much better than bishoo.....

  • PaddyRasta on December 7, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    @Metman Narine was very economical (isn't this what pressure in an ODI is about) and had a dropped catch (Sammy). Yes it is early days but if you recall looking at the preview of the 1st ODI - he was the one bowler that Sehwag said watch out for and what happens? He's not played until the 3rd ODI and he did make an impact. I agree though he is certainly not Test material yet but yet another exciting prospect. I just hope they don't drop him for Martin to keep the "balance" of the team. And Ramdin actually did well in the last ODI - 38, good partnership with Pollard maintaining wickets that allowed Sammy and Russell to be free with their fireworks at the end. So why shoot him down just for the sake of it?

  • on December 7, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    i think WI needs to evolve and allow 2 specialist spin bowlers to play at the same time ( bishoo and narine) they both can give batsmen problems and could be a devastating bowling pair in the near future

  • NairUSA on December 7, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    Good show by WI. Team India would just have to accept that WI played with an intent to win and obtained the result. India needs to bring back the focus if they want to finish off the series. Hope the youngsters will step up to the plate. Good luck!

  • Dhar40 on December 6, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Well Done Sunil Narine. Lets hope that Hyatt gets the axe and we can see Jason Mohammed make his debut and AB return if Bravo is injured. Would be nice to see Narine and Rampaul get into the IPL next year.

  • on December 6, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    @rolamat: Well said, but in two/three years time the current selectors will chop and change all players in this team. They've been doing this for years.

  • Precioustar84 on December 6, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    @Rhonda S. Garcia - Very well said!! Thank goodness that came from a non-Indian for once but tell you what, nothing you said will make a difference to them even though its completely true. Its pretty common to hold one standard for themselves and another standard for the rest of us. Cricinfo please publish.

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on December 6, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    West Indies 3rd string beating the best India has to offer! No Gayle, no Sarwan, injured Darren Bravo, no Dwayne Bravo, no Bishoo, no Fidel, no J.Taylor, no Chanderpaul. Amazing stuff!

  • Metman on December 6, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Narine kept up the pressure ??? man gimme a break ! Look ,the man ONLY got 2 wickets,not 5, and 1 was questionable ....and weren't 2 sixes hit off him ? His was an ORDINARY debut match ! After 1 match,people are saying he is better than Bishoo,and that he should have played from the 1st ODI.....not,according to WI tradition !We will wait and see....you can't judge a man after just 1 match,...pass judgement at the end of the series,people ! I hope if Sammy wins the toss in the next match,he sends in India....and opens with spin and pace .....he has to surprise Sehwag and company.If Bravo is unable to play,WI should open with Simmons and Powell,with Hyatt at 3 and Samuels at 4.and for heaven's sake ,don't send Ramdin at 5,send him in at no.10 to guide Roach and Narine !

  • on December 6, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    i don't think sunil narine is better than bishoo. bishoo is a better fielder than him and batsman.

  • on December 6, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @g.narsimha.. kid u said no spinner ever dominates india, guess ur a new cricket fan, welcome.... i seem to recall Ajanta Mendes doing it and even a part timer, Aus current capt, PUP aka Micheal Clarke doing........ get ur facts str8 dude....... now lets wait for the next game

  • kumar_10011 on December 6, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @sashi94, you cracked a joke on differentiating. What is the difference between gayle and bravo missing in international matches to Tendulkar and Dhoni taking rest every year for at least 3 series but giving 100% presence in IPL and CL matches.

    At least Gayle respects himself and fights against his board as it is not his mistake

  • on December 6, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I m not dissapointed to see india losing coz I wanted west indies to win they deserved to win that match . They have played With a lot of passion throughout the tour . Only if india can play with half of that passion india would hardly lose a match . Indian players just do not show that kind of passion .

  • sashi94 on December 6, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @ todobless .. so West Indies B team beat India? lol what a joke.. India is missing Tendulkar, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Ishant and Praveen. Maybe if the WI-A team did not have attitude problems.. they would have had the chance to participate! ala Gayle, Bravo sr. and Sarwan!

  • FairGameFan on December 6, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    @PACERONE thats the problem with the world. Sadly, many of us go to work just to collect a salary. This is what breed mediocrity. My mom was a teacher not as qualified as some of her counterparts, but year-in, year-out her students outperformed theirs at GCE/CXC. It was not about money for her, it was about making a positive contribution to society. I had workmates who came to work late, did nothing and left early. They were just there for the money. The love of money breeds corruption and mediocrity. Money will follow success, not the other way around. My solution would be lets be like American sports, no college no play. When you're done, you manage the money earned during your playing days and work like the rest of us.

  • MadhavY on December 6, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @todobless wow well said, so you think West indies sent a B team to India thinking that they could win at least one game, and avoid a white wash, are they don't want to win a series? if sachin, dhoni, yuvraj, zaheer, sharma, praveen plays then the total match won't even last for 60 overs.it's not about players who are not playing, it's about the team and WI is better on that day..

  • on December 6, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Defiantly India will lose the series(unless irfan takes a minimum of 4 wickets in a single match or perform as a alrounder), does anyone has guts to bet with me

  • PACERONE on December 6, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    What nonsense about "playing the game for the love of it".I never went to work because I loved it,and if i did would not work for nothing...love of work. If you loved your job...would you go to work for nothing or less than you are making now? These guys play for 10-15 yrs..starting at 16-20.Some get shafted by their boards,what should the do?Be content with the treatment handed to them or look for employment someplace else.They have families to take care of too.Simmons has been the best ODI batsman for W.I recently..but he does not have a central contract. If the IPL call what should he do? Wait for the WICB to drop him after a few failures or take the IPL offer? W.I is not at full strength either..they handled Domi before.

  • PACERONE on December 6, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Why is Narine considered a one day player.He goes for less than four per over in these games.W.I spinners are usually used in a manner i do not like.I would like to see our spinner on a few overs before an after an interval...not when the batsmen are set.It is good that W.I won.The captain produced some runs in a crucial time.Hopefully he will continue to produce when needed.Maybe he should field at mid off instead of close to the bat.W.I still have Shillingford and maybe Benn that could make this team stronger.

  • De.F.Man on December 6, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    good win for the West Indies ..... they have kept the series alive and the flag flying. THANKS A LOT

  • todobless on December 6, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Good victory by Windies B team over India, No Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders, Taylor, Bravo sr, Fidel, Bishoo, dats more dan half a squad. India missed dhoni kumar an yuvraj, 7 players vs 3...and we should have won atleast one of the frst 2 matches.

  • rolamatt on December 6, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    the West Indies Team have performed well under the circumstances. They are in a rebuilding process and the guys are doing well. Sammy is not the best captain the WI has ever seen. He is slow in learning the tactics that the game requires at this level but he will get there. He listens more than any WI captain of late. He will learn. Too much is demamded from him at times. One good thing that the Windies has going for them is the the unty that is very apparent and that cohesion can only come due to good leadership- I guess that a plus for Sammy and the management team. The youngsters are holdingtheir own very well. Give them a two/three years and they will be a force to be reckned with.

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    PS Front-Foot-Lunge I am aware that Eoin Morgan is considered the top T20 batsman--laughable as that is--but I'm afraid I did not consider him English as he was swiped from the Irish team. In fact, isn't that the case with most of your players, that they come to you from other countries (SOUTH AFRICA) because you can't produce enough talent to beat a West Indies B team otherwise? Or perhaps that's not really a fact. Well, this is--you haven't a SINGLE OTHER TOP RANKED PLAYER in any other format of the game. Period. When a team dominates, it does so across the board. Ask Australia. Or West Indies of old. Or India. But I guess it's to be expected that you don't know what domination looks like as you only won your first trophy in a contest where you had to play more than one opposing team last year. How quickly the FACTS slip your mind too, hmmm?

  • on December 6, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    You want some facts, Front-Foot-Lunge, here are some facts. First off, this article is about ODIs, not tests, which if I remember correctly, your team can't even make the top five in. Your T20 ranking nicely leaves out an entire World Cup that would have left you far from the top. Your test ranking only leaves you seven points clear of India. Hot on your heels are South Africa--you are one good test loss away from surrendering the ranking that matters, and mathematical gymnastics can't keep the T20 rankings from surrendering to reality eventually. Jeez, West Indies just drew a T20 series with you with none of our senior players. As for your players--you haven't got any bowlers at number one OR any batsmen. FACTS that must have escaped you while you were chuckling hollowly over your supposed superiority. In parting I'd like to remind you--he who laughs last, laughs best. Enjoy it, for this lowly West Indian predicts your team will enjoy their reign at the top about as long as Swann did.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    being a Team India fan, i say well done windies, at last they brought that smile on their fans face, smile for the last time, cos u wont be smiling again as far this tour is concerned.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    full credit to west indies,they played well.they deserved this win.but still India gave them a tough challenge.Indian batsman fought till the end, that is what i love about this Indian side.they are young and enthusiastic and hungry to win every match.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on December 6, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: If my memory is good, England had a 5-0 white wash against those bowlers you classified as "As fast as Bopara". So from your statement I can infer that England never have the quality to face some like Bopara?...good one ..really.

  • Erebus26 on December 6, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Narine might be a good complement for Bishoo in test cricket if Windies play a second spinner. Been really impressed with Rampaul over the the last year - he has been Windies best bowler at both test level and in limited overs cricket. Andre Russell looks a very promising player too.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge. Nice to see so many of your boys are ranked high. Good for you. Only one question: Then why don't you field 11 Englishmen, for international cricket? Why don't you use true blue blooded nationals, like most of the other national teams do? Instead of using imports for nearly half of your 11, most of the time. During D'Oliveira's time, or Tony Grieg's time, import was a sprinkling, just an icing over the cake. Now icing is nearly half the cake! A little shameful, is it not? For club cricket, by its very nature, imports look OK, but while fielding a national team? Incidentally, how many bright talented English boys are deprived of getting a chance to play for their nation, because of this liberal import-work permit- citizenship policy? Does your heart bleed for those English kids, waiting and waiting, and languishing on the sidelines?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 6, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Good days for Windies. Their cricket graph can only go in one direction - UP. I'm glad for Windies cricket. If only the Windies fans can grow above their regional differences! Tough. But not impossible.

  • satish619chandar on December 6, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    @Avinash Ramkaransingh : Don't brand as arrogant.. If WI can whine abot Gayle, indian fans have the same reason to whine about Sachin.. Dont u think India play with its second team? Dhoni, Zak, Nehra, Munaf, Bhajji, Yuvi, Sachin all missing from the WC squad? And, all were in form and not like a ever slow Chanders or completely out of form Sarwan or Bravo sr.. Gayle could have made difference but his arrogance is what stopping his inclusion into the team..

  • mano-e-mano on December 6, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    @front foot LUND.. dude i really pity ur gk..i hope u hav not mistaken them to b world no 1 in odis..they r a terrible odi team which they did prove recently agnst ind...and to say wi is better odi team by miles..and y does every english fan compare anyone with ravi bopara ..is he such a worst cricketer ..i didnt know that...talkin abt swann.. i m a big fan of his... but unfortunately he is slipping every day frm both odi n test ranking...so wat has eng got to boast abt themselves so much except for being no.1 for hardly 2 months,...

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    Delighted to see West Indies, rising again. Most of them are highly talented. All of them totally committed. Hey, Mr Virender Sehwag, learn from them what commitment means. What honesty and integrity to the game means. West Indies also need not worry about one or two mercenaries doing mostly club cricket around the world. If they lose one Pollard to the lucre of rich clubs/franchises, there are at least three more equally effective players -- Russel, Rampaul & Sammy. Yes, Sammy too. Despite the missed catches, a few genuine tactical errors, he has done everything for his team, unlike his counterpart who undeservedly was lucky enough to lead the World Cup champions, and bringing them down, match after match.

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    why wait until your do or die game to bring in Narine..... you flew him there specifically for this series ..let him play from if not the first match, the second. secondly while bad umpiring is never good, both sides have suffered through it for the series so I dont see why the big fuss about kholi....deal with it and move on...the next issue about an India B team... yuvraj en gettin rested.. he is out of form and the players that are there apart from a couple bowlers have all played against top opposition before so there is no excuse, a lose is a lose a win is a win... if any of the sides can claim to be depleted it is the west indies who are missing obvious starters and game changers at that... I am just glad that the series is still alive and looking forward to the next match

  • mathewjohn2176 on December 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @front foot lunge,seriously you are in to some delusions,this is one day cricket discussion,and I don't see England are no way above 5th rank currently.so facts are there to see,and WI odi team playing better cricket than England team who got two odi series whitewash in two consecutive odi series in India.(like how 5-0 odi series win in India is somehow lucky.lol.i guess no one wanted to take away England deserved no.6 rank in ODI's.)

  • inswing on December 6, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    WI played well and deserve to win, it is not due to the absence of Dhoni or anyone else. The continuous failures of the Indian top order are too numerous to ignore. When India went to WI, Rohit repeatedly played the saving role. Team always in trouble when he comes to bad, and he rescues the team most of the time single handedly. Rohit won man of the series in WI for that reason. The same is happening again. India ends up winning many of those matches, which hides the failures of the top order. How long can Sehwag and Gambhir continue to fail? Is one 40-50 score in five matches enough?

  • TheLight on December 6, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I think we (WI) may have won if Narine played in the first 2 ODIs, he would have definitely made a big difference.

  • vkypak on December 6, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    avinash ramkaransingh very true comment.....this time team india played with 11 plyers not including umpire..... in 2nd odi umpire s ravi shud have been given man of the match...he gave out pollard wrong, and gave not out virat kohli in 2nd odi caught ramdin......that was clearly out...

  • couchpundit on December 6, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    LOL Narine kept up pressure? Narine just did what a decent bowler should do after the start given by pacers. Which ofcourse is a rare commodity in a WI cricket team without GAYLE.

    Sammy and Giibson needs to stop posturing and accept the fact that it was nothing short of miracle and not cricketing planning that they won this game. They have been selling that the changes in WI team and management being brought in for couple years is making progress, unfortunately it seems to be a mirage if you look at it honestly.

  • couchpundit on December 6, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Its nice to see Indian Team given a scary moment or two before Australian tour so that they are aware of their capabilities before travelling down under where they will have tough itme adjusting to Bounce. I am only hoping that present Coach makes these lads realise that if they can be beaten in Indian Conditions(ofcourse Motera stadium is known not to be an happy ground for Indian Team) they will have to apply themselves really well in Australia to even give half this performance, Its not enough just talking about "I know my game now" etc... Although i say that i have to commend rohit to stay there to score 95 runs when all around him were falling like pack of cards.

    But i would like him not to worry about the ton's like how Tendulkar had been doing all through his career, it will only fetch him more centuries than not and above all Match winner Status(unlike his illustrious Senior)

  • g.narsimha on December 6, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    DEHON SALVATORE ,really, you must be kidding man, no spinner ever dominated INNDIANS ,very first time they faced him that TOO after loosing top lineup , even BISHOO was effective in his first encounter with indians in wi ,now see how we tackled him ,IN NEXT MATCHES but very good prospect for wi,

  • bumsonseats on December 6, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    oh dont go on about we had a b team or were missing this player or that player. i got fed up during the eng v ind series during the summer. yesterday you were beat fair and square, by a better team on the day. india are no different to any other team. the players not playing, were left out because india thought you could win without them. in oz you better get your excuses in early because as lowly as the aussies are they will inflict further punishment on you. dpk

  • cricinme on December 6, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Though I am an Indian I would say, Well played West Indies. Thanks for keeping the series alive.

  • on December 6, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Can we just bat first for the next two games and set some real strong totals?

  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    blackie- You forgot mentioning Dhoni and Yuvraj,our best finishers, Yuvra lead India to victory on same ground against mighty Aussies in World cup Quarterfinal and Dhoni did that in World Cup final against SL.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 6, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Watching the delusions of some fans is one perk of being world number one I guess. Facts are an incredible way of settling arguments; Like how a 3-1 series win in Australia is somehow lucky...! LOL !

  • WICric101 on December 6, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Finally over the line...well done...Now try to make winning a habit we know we can beat any team on any given day,we just need to be consistent. Narine as i predicted would be great in limited over games.

  • NBRADEE on December 6, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Several key things about this match outcome concern me - why does Sammy follow the mould of several past Windies captains by allowing the opposing batsmen strike rotation which builds their platform for a run chase? This match and the first, all cricinfo.com's commentators were saying that the match was competitive when five Indian wickets were down; Sammy let his grip on victory slip by reducing pressure, something that Windies captains believe come via bowling out the best frontline quick! If the umpire decisions were reversed, the match decision would have been reversed, too. But then, the Indians asked for the UDRS to be removed, didn't they? Too many extras were given up by a bowling unit that is not yet disciplined enough to be competitive - no balls should incur a percentage of match fee from bowlers that bowl them. All of this overshadows the way that the Windies built their innings with a solid partnership from Samuels and Ramdin, or the histrionics at the end by Russel and Sa

  • Kumar_dude on December 6, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Full marks to WI.This ODI series is turning out to be an interesting one.WI came close to winning the 1st ODI.The 2nd game too was a closely fought contest.Honestly.. I did not expect WI to play such good cricket in the ongoing ODI series.Hats off once again.I thought Rohit would pull off another win for India but that did not happen.Kudos to Sammy for that direct hit.I would like to see Rahul sharma in place of Varun Aaron.2 spinners, 2 pacers would be ideal combination for sub-continent conditions.May be replace Ghambir with Rahane.Suresh raina should retain his place.But for WI I still feel they are a batsman less.If they wanted to play Sunil Narine they should have dropped any other bowler not a batsman.WI were able to reach a defendable score only due to some lusty hitting by Russel and Sammy in the last 7 overs.Otherwise they would have ended up with a score of 200.WI think tank has to revisit their combination without which India is going to win the 4th ODI hands down

  • on December 6, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    it amazes me to see these Arrogant supporters of team India...India B??? well then thats definitely Windies C....No Gayle, Sarwan, Chanders, Taylor, Bravo sr, Fidel...come on India take ur loss gracefully an stop talkin all this nonsense. as for the umpiring decisions should Pollard have acted like a big baby in the 2nd game like Kohli when he was given out? or what about Braithwaite in the 2nd test? A lose is a lose. so take it like men and not like the backward society u all are!!!!

  • Naresh28 on December 6, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    NARINE is a far better bowler than Bishoo for sure. @Front-foot-lunge - SA has a better pace battery than England. Stuart Broad is your best talented player.Australian pace attack is rebuilding and looking great. Australia have been on the decline since - Mcgrath, Warne, Hayden, Gilcrist left. India has some great batting talent. If BCCI woke out of their slumber and invested in fast bowling we could be up there with England, Australia, SA. Right now India wins games thru strong batting only. Pakistan and West Indies are teams that should not be taken lightly. So there is lots of teams jostling for that NO1 spot. I dont think England can hold onto it for much longer - only time will tell.

  • RFeynman on December 6, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @blackie: Not to be picky but a little known guy called Dhoni, who is the best finisher in ODI game today (ask the England team who visited India recently if you don't believe me). But that takes nothing away from WI. They deserved to win all the 3 matches in the series so far. They are a delight to watch, especially the youngsters, who play the game for the love of it and not with ulterior motives of moving on to IPL and other cash rich leagues.

  • on December 6, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I would wonder what makes this Indian team an A-team? Indians are just talking because West Indies which happen to be a more younger team beat them.

    Did not England convincingly beat the Indian team on English soil with the missing Indian players?

  • cricchic on December 6, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    We all know that cricketers are human, but there are behaviour and performance one does not repeat over and over again...Take Sammy for e.o he constantly does the same thing over and over drop catches at crucial moments of the game...There is no excuse for constant failure...Narine has very good temperament..Have been following him keenly over the pass months.....Seems to me Bishoo has some competition..would love to see these 2 bowling in tandem..Sammy need to shape up. his batting is too inconsistent...

  • satish619chandar on December 6, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge : Let England come out of home and prove themselves.. Even Manjo Tiwary outbowled Swann in ODIs here.. Steyn, Anderson and Broad in same level? Broad JUST had one good series and he is not even upto the standards of Tremlett yet buddy.. He is being saved by batting alone.. Dont need to wait too long to see the self proclaimed no.1 team to be dethroned from Completely home series win No.1 position!! Apart from one lucky Ashes win away..

  • satish619chandar on December 6, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @blackie : Dont count on Taylor or Sarwan.. Indians could well include Ishant, Nehra, Zaheer, Bhajji and everyone who is not playing.. Missing a Sachin or Zak is entirely different story. .WI is missing only one player and it is Chanderpaul.. Gayle can never be counted as a consistent player.. He is "On his day" player like Sehwag..

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, i will accept your comment if you say the same thing after the pakistan series

  • blackie on December 6, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    To perl57. If you want to be picky, Windies fielded a B team as well. After all, there is no Gayle, Bravo sn, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Taylor. Apart from Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, who was missing from India that would've been selected if fit??????

  • CandidIndian on December 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    First of all congrats WI ,well played.About India ,they have taken WI lightly in all three matches.Against Eng everyone was alert and committed as there was fear of losing at home too after disaster in England.In-spite of taking lead of 2-1 i would say that so far India has been disappointing and they have taken the opposition lightly .Sehwag has to understand that India are so difficult to beat at home as they are capable of chasing any kind of total but for that good start is very important,you can get away once or twice when your top four gets out under 50 runs but not every-time,no surprising that Indians got found out here.Rohit Kohli Jadeja Ashwin are taking the pressure and responsibility but Sehwag and Gambhir are not,surprising but true. India has to comeback hard in next match ,WI have the momentum now.

  • jasonpete on December 6, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @front-foot-lounge,England ranked no.6 in odi and got thrashed by India 5-0 in India,I guess this topic is about WI- India odi series,so England are no where near to top 5 in odi rank.By the way WI are playing better cricket than England in Indian conditions.swann is no longer no1 odi bowler.After Australia whoever ranked top are all disputed world number one .no one is dominating currently like Australia used to be in both test and odi formats.england is below average team in odi format.hope that helps.please publish

  • on December 6, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    they're praising narine now, i've been saying it all along, this guy should have played all 3 matches and maybe WI would have been 3-0 in the series.....

  • Lmaotsetung on December 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Here we go again...so without Dhoni this is India B team...lmao. You guys never cease to amaze.

  • josh2david on December 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Of course Sammy should proud of his bowlers, the are doing a fantastic job. Well done guys!

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I have fallen into the trap of being critical of Sammy. The guy is just human, he drops catches, he plays faulty strokes, he produces poor deliveries, all the things cricketers do. What is most important is ,he has built a confident team, & a very competitive one. Without a doubt,Rampaul is our most improved cricketer. I remembered Rampaul as a promising all rounder, this guy can bat. His bowling has improved leaps & bounds. Now to Mr. Narine,I almost lost my head for this guy. The truth is that I've never seen the guy bowl. He is without a doubt an exciting prospect & will give Aus,SA,Eng & NZ batters all sorts of problems. What a find. I like his courage. Long live WI cricket.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I think its time for a reshuffle in the line-up. At least for the next one-dayers, India needs to do the following 1. Bring back Gambhir- Sehwag as opening pair. If they struggle in this ODI, try to introduce Rahane in place of one of them. 2. Replace struggling Raina with Manoj Tiwary. 3. Kohli should bat at 3, followed by Rohit Sharma, Patel and Tiwary 4. Rest Ashwin and replace with Rahul Sharma. 5. Replace Vinay with Pathan for left-arm variety, to allow Aaron and Mithun to play for the 4th ODI, and den drop Mithun / Aaron ( one of them can leave early to Aus) and bring back Vinay for last ODI.

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies team should be: Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Fidel Edwards, Bishoo, Rampaul, Narine, Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Brendan Nash, Keiron Edwards.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 6, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Have to say with England sitting pretty at the top as the undisputed world number 1, most England fans are finding India's current woes very funny to say the least. The best India can do for fast bowling is bring in guys who, despite being talked up by some desperate fans, can bowl no faster than England's Ravi Bopara. The rankings are a joy for any England fan right now: Swann the number one in the world, albeit quite obviously for nearly a couple of years now, and Jimmy and Broad up there with Steyn. The rustling's of teams down the rankings, fidgeting around with their line ups has never looked so remotely meaningless: None of the current teams in the world are anywhere close to challenging England, as the facts and stats solidly show. Having thrashed all before them, silenced their harshest critics and recently re-written the history books, the real focus is on when the World Number One next play.

  • perl57 on December 6, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Good victory by West Indies over Team India B. But no bickering about it. But let us face the fact that Raina, Kohli and Mithun's decisions were atrocious. The fact that Kohli and Rampaul behaving in different ways should have been scheduled under match refree punishments. Kohli was worst. Learning points, there is no place for honeymooners like Sehwag and Gambhir. ICC still keeps umpires on heads and allows them to make mistakes and calls it human. What garbage. Or wants to keep a mediocre system that was never audited into picture that would no doubt be against India. Our young bowlers need to be taught not to get carried away against z grade teams. It would take ages for Windies to even dream of beating India comprehensively.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 6, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Well done WI. Both teams top order is not contributing enough. In the last match it was Rampul who brought WI to respectable total and today it was Russel and Sammy.

  • PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD on December 6, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    champions should be perform like ausltralia.good effort by west indies.you can also win the series from india.good luck.

  • on December 6, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    And Sehwag wakes up! Thanks buddy. Now go and play like you mean it! And while you are at it, get on Gautam Ghambhir's case too. I hope it's still a matter of playing for India's pride!

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  • on December 6, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    And Sehwag wakes up! Thanks buddy. Now go and play like you mean it! And while you are at it, get on Gautam Ghambhir's case too. I hope it's still a matter of playing for India's pride!

  • PAKISTAN_GREAT_ZINDABAD on December 6, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    champions should be perform like ausltralia.good effort by west indies.you can also win the series from india.good luck.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 6, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Well done WI. Both teams top order is not contributing enough. In the last match it was Rampul who brought WI to respectable total and today it was Russel and Sammy.

  • perl57 on December 6, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Good victory by West Indies over Team India B. But no bickering about it. But let us face the fact that Raina, Kohli and Mithun's decisions were atrocious. The fact that Kohli and Rampaul behaving in different ways should have been scheduled under match refree punishments. Kohli was worst. Learning points, there is no place for honeymooners like Sehwag and Gambhir. ICC still keeps umpires on heads and allows them to make mistakes and calls it human. What garbage. Or wants to keep a mediocre system that was never audited into picture that would no doubt be against India. Our young bowlers need to be taught not to get carried away against z grade teams. It would take ages for Windies to even dream of beating India comprehensively.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 6, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Have to say with England sitting pretty at the top as the undisputed world number 1, most England fans are finding India's current woes very funny to say the least. The best India can do for fast bowling is bring in guys who, despite being talked up by some desperate fans, can bowl no faster than England's Ravi Bopara. The rankings are a joy for any England fan right now: Swann the number one in the world, albeit quite obviously for nearly a couple of years now, and Jimmy and Broad up there with Steyn. The rustling's of teams down the rankings, fidgeting around with their line ups has never looked so remotely meaningless: None of the current teams in the world are anywhere close to challenging England, as the facts and stats solidly show. Having thrashed all before them, silenced their harshest critics and recently re-written the history books, the real focus is on when the World Number One next play.

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies team should be: Chris Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Fidel Edwards, Bishoo, Rampaul, Narine, Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Brendan Nash, Keiron Edwards.

  • on December 6, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    I think its time for a reshuffle in the line-up. At least for the next one-dayers, India needs to do the following 1. Bring back Gambhir- Sehwag as opening pair. If they struggle in this ODI, try to introduce Rahane in place of one of them. 2. Replace struggling Raina with Manoj Tiwary. 3. Kohli should bat at 3, followed by Rohit Sharma, Patel and Tiwary 4. Rest Ashwin and replace with Rahul Sharma. 5. Replace Vinay with Pathan for left-arm variety, to allow Aaron and Mithun to play for the 4th ODI, and den drop Mithun / Aaron ( one of them can leave early to Aus) and bring back Vinay for last ODI.

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    I have fallen into the trap of being critical of Sammy. The guy is just human, he drops catches, he plays faulty strokes, he produces poor deliveries, all the things cricketers do. What is most important is ,he has built a confident team, & a very competitive one. Without a doubt,Rampaul is our most improved cricketer. I remembered Rampaul as a promising all rounder, this guy can bat. His bowling has improved leaps & bounds. Now to Mr. Narine,I almost lost my head for this guy. The truth is that I've never seen the guy bowl. He is without a doubt an exciting prospect & will give Aus,SA,Eng & NZ batters all sorts of problems. What a find. I like his courage. Long live WI cricket.

  • josh2david on December 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Of course Sammy should proud of his bowlers, the are doing a fantastic job. Well done guys!

  • Lmaotsetung on December 6, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Here we go again...so without Dhoni this is India B team...lmao. You guys never cease to amaze.