India v West Indies, 5th ODI, Chennai December 11, 2011

Pollard special not enough for West Indies

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India 267 for 6 (Tiwary 104 retd, Kohli 80) beat West Indies 233 (Pollard 119, Russell 53) by 34 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

India completed a fantastic year as far as home one-day internationals are concerned with another victory over West Indies in a topsy-turvy ODI, on a sweltering day in Chennai, to make the series scoreline 4-1.

The focus in dead rubbers is usually on fringe players auditioning for bigger roles, and plenty took centre-stage at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Manoj Tiwary stated his case for a permanent place in an increasingly crowded India middle-order with his maiden one-day century and Kieron Pollard played his finest international innings without managing to complete a herculean task after West Indies' top order did its familiar house-of-cards impersonation.

Those two were the headliners but there were significant contributions from other players scrapping for a place. Andre Russell showed why he should be an automatic pick for West Indies, legspinner Rahul Sharma displayed great accuracy and a cool head in only his second international match and Irfan Pathan caused plenty of excitement with his famous inswingers with the new ball.

India were missing their four biggest ODI batting stars but that didn't prevent their next generation, led by Tiwary and Virat Kohli, from piling on 267 for 6 on a slow-and-low track. Then West Indies' batting floundered against an attack that featured at most one player who would make India's first-choice XI.

Irfan swung out Lendl Simmons first ball, and added the wicket of Kieran Powell soon after. Abhimanyu Mithun, one of the quick bowlers selected ahead of Irfan for the Test series in Australia, also took two wickets with the new ball. When Denesh Ramdin was adjudged lbw in the 16th over, the game seemed over as West Indies slumped to 78 for 5.

Pollard thought otherwise. The slow surface in Chennai is not suited to Pollard's explosive style of batting but that did not prevent him from stroking some effortless sixes down the ground. The one shot he did put some power behind, in the 16th over, cleared not just the rope but the stands as well, landing on the roof over long-on. There were very few slogs in his entire innings; virtually all of his the sixes were hit with a straight bat.

Keeping him company in an attempted revival was Russell, who has already shown his hitting skills several times. He matched Pollard stroke-for-stroke in a boundary-filled stand of 89 runs for the sixth wicket. Caribbean flair may be an old cliché but there was plenty of it in Russell's batting, highlighted by a flick for six over midwicket off Rahul Sharma. He bustled to his 50 off just 37 balls, outpacing even Pollard, though he did get two reprieves from wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

It was an athletic bit of fielding that broke the partnership that threatened to take the game away from India. Gautam Gambhir pounced on a Pollard dab towards short third man and scored a direct hit to run out Russell, who carried on running to the pavilion. Sammy failed once again but that still didn't stop Pollard from believing.

He farmed the strike and sprinkled in the odd nonchalant six in what was easily the longest innings of his international career. His wait for a first international hundred seemed set to be extended when he thumped Rahul Sharma to Kohli at long-on when on 99, but Kohli shelled the straightforward chance. With only the final wicket remaining, a rain of boundaries followed from Pollard before one mis-hit ended the game; he holed out to Ajinkya Rahane at long-off to leave West Indies 34 runs short.

If that was a special innings from Pollard, there was an important one from Tiwary earlier. It was Tiwary's first opportunity of the series, and he came in with a charged-up Kemar Roach on a hat-trick, three balls into the match. It was only his sixth game for India in nearly four years, spread across four different series. He had never made a hundred even in domestic one-dayers, and his previous highest score in internationals was 24.

He was greeted by a sharp bouncer from Roach, but grew more assured as the innings progressed. A couple of eye-catching off-drives early on eased his nerves, before he started picking off plenty of leg-side boundaries off the spinners. He first steadied the innings through an 83-run stand with Gambhir, whose 31 had a mix of sharp singles and panicky running.

That didn't prove a setback for India though, as Virat Kohli gave another example of his increasing ease at the international level. He worked risk-free singles off seven of his first eight deliveries, and opened up once he got used to the pace and bounce of the track. Kohli and Tiwary put on 43 runs in a five-over spell starting from the 27th over. It was not even the Powerplay and was supposed to be part of the 'boring' middle overs with the field spread out.

Tiwary had been cramping towards the end of his innings, and retired soon after reaching his century. Kohli became the highest ODI run-getter of the year and marched on towards his fifth one-day century of the year, but spooned a catch to long-off on 80.

The final stages of the Indian innings showed how difficult a surface it was to score on. Only three boundaries were hit in the final ten overs, as Sunil Narine proved hard to read, and Anthony Martin and Marlon Samuels didn't offer any freebies. The damage had already been done though, and despite Pollard's best efforts, West Indies couldn't reduce the margin of defeat in the series, which was far more closely contested than the 4-1 scoreline suggests.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • butterBum on December 14, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    I really dont understand why Darren Sammy is still the captain of WI cricket team,They have better BOWLERS, BATSMEN and ALLROUNDERS than him and its higggggggh time west indies fans realise(Selectors-- waste of time ) his place is costing a really Talented individuals! ITS so sad to see EGO ,PRIDE and FOOLISHNESS make merry when it comes to a NATIONS pride!

  • lugujaga on December 14, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    LOOSE LIPS SINK THE SHIP.. WHY IS IT THAT AFTER EVERY GAME SAMMY HAVE THE SAME POST MATCH SPEECH. DESMOND HAYNES AND RICHIE RICHARDSON ARE IN THE WEST INDIES SETUP JUST FOR THE MONEY. THEIR WAS NOTHING DIFFERENT THAT I SAW THE PLAYERS DID TO SHOW THAT THEY HAD IMPROVED IN THEIR BATTING ,AFTER BEING COACHED. AS FOR OTIS GIBSON HE ALREADY PROVED THAT HE CAN DESTROY MUCH MORE THAN HE CAN CREATE. THE W.I.C.B. AND THE WEST INDIES SO CALLED COACH AND SO CALLED BATTING CONSULTANT ARE NOT EVEN CAPABLE OF GETTING WATER WET... IT'S HIGH TIME THEY WENT. LET ANDY ROBERTS RUN THE SHOW BECAUSE HE SEEMS LIKE THEY ONLY ONE WHO IS NOT INERESTED IN ALL THE MONEY AND POWER THAT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IS FIGHTING FOR

  • arun02k81a0205 on December 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Can someone please tell me how the rating points are calculated??? At the start of the series India were at 118 points. Inspite of winning the series against WI why the rating points are reduced to 117?? They have won by far a comfortable margin(4-1). Will the rating points increase if a team lose the match or win the match??

  • on December 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Certain thing just can't happen when u want to win a series of any sort in cricket. Check this out. The ODI series; WI: Avg opening stand 7.2runs. 1st ODI 3-52-10ov; 2nd:5-63-17ov; 4th: 4-90-14ov; 5th:5-78-16ov; the rd ODI 2-97; was fine. Run outs at crucial pts; The foll. run outs in the series; Hyatt-27th ov; Simmons-36th ov; Powell-2nd ov; Russell-29th ov. All were match changing run outs. The capt avg 12 with the bat & drop nothing less than 6 catches. Bravo's injury didn't help either. Jadeja & Sammy r not friends u know why,don't u?

  • Sachit1979 on December 13, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I would still praise Windies after their loss in ODI and test series knowing the fact that they are going through a reformation phase. Following are some positives for them to pick: 1.> They came really close to victory in 2 out of 3 tests and 3 out of 5 ODIs. Probably with experience they could learn to convert such opportunities into wins. 2.> Bravo Jr once again proved that he belongs to generation of caribbean classics. 3.> Roach has been sensational in phases. He needs to be more consistent with his firepower. 4.> Russel showed all signs of a quality all rounder. He needs to come up into the order and needs to be more desciplined with his bowling. 5.> Rampaul emergence as an all rounder. 6.> Narine and Martin made impression with limited opportunities given and certainly deserve more chances.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the way Sammy couldn't bat. I think I'm one of the Indian supporters who supported him to the hilt. But his batting is found wanting when the team was in trouble. Sorry Sammy for turning my back against you.

  • on December 13, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Mr Balajik68is very much correct in telling what he felt. I also felt on the same lines, Those who read my comments on Bombay Test .& later on on the ODIs might remember aboutvwhat I said about the need to change Sammy &making the Replica of Brian Lara Lara ;Yes BRAVO as the new Captain!Now I am more convinced with support from mr.BalajiK68 who shares the same view almost. Sammy can avoid. Defeat by wasting time for treatment of Injury w/o sending 12 th Man in to deny an extra over to the opponent to finish game in their favor.This is never was the Spirit of LLyoid,Kanhai,Richards ,Kallicharran ,Brian Lara or Courtney Walsh..Then why Sammy alone? The answer is with the WIndies Selectors & not with anyone in this Nation! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • Cricwiz82 on December 12, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    West indies should choose their best 11 players and pick their captain from that. A captain of a team in any sports should be one of the best player not the worst (SAMMY). This is the reason why west indies cricket is going no where, the board and selectors have no clue.

  • harshthakor on December 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Full credit to West Indies for running India so close and fighting till the very end..The fitting margin should have been 3-2 in favour of India,with windies almost winning the first one day international..In only one game were they convincingly beaten.Infact on the whole tour they have given India hard fight,running India close and coming into possible winning positions in 2 of the 3 test matches.

  • TTking on December 12, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has to play in Australia in front of Virat Kohli. His technique is more suited to bouncy wickets where as Kohli is more suited to sub-con conditions.

  • butterBum on December 14, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    I really dont understand why Darren Sammy is still the captain of WI cricket team,They have better BOWLERS, BATSMEN and ALLROUNDERS than him and its higggggggh time west indies fans realise(Selectors-- waste of time ) his place is costing a really Talented individuals! ITS so sad to see EGO ,PRIDE and FOOLISHNESS make merry when it comes to a NATIONS pride!

  • lugujaga on December 14, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    LOOSE LIPS SINK THE SHIP.. WHY IS IT THAT AFTER EVERY GAME SAMMY HAVE THE SAME POST MATCH SPEECH. DESMOND HAYNES AND RICHIE RICHARDSON ARE IN THE WEST INDIES SETUP JUST FOR THE MONEY. THEIR WAS NOTHING DIFFERENT THAT I SAW THE PLAYERS DID TO SHOW THAT THEY HAD IMPROVED IN THEIR BATTING ,AFTER BEING COACHED. AS FOR OTIS GIBSON HE ALREADY PROVED THAT HE CAN DESTROY MUCH MORE THAN HE CAN CREATE. THE W.I.C.B. AND THE WEST INDIES SO CALLED COACH AND SO CALLED BATTING CONSULTANT ARE NOT EVEN CAPABLE OF GETTING WATER WET... IT'S HIGH TIME THEY WENT. LET ANDY ROBERTS RUN THE SHOW BECAUSE HE SEEMS LIKE THEY ONLY ONE WHO IS NOT INERESTED IN ALL THE MONEY AND POWER THAT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IS FIGHTING FOR

  • arun02k81a0205 on December 13, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Can someone please tell me how the rating points are calculated??? At the start of the series India were at 118 points. Inspite of winning the series against WI why the rating points are reduced to 117?? They have won by far a comfortable margin(4-1). Will the rating points increase if a team lose the match or win the match??

  • on December 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Certain thing just can't happen when u want to win a series of any sort in cricket. Check this out. The ODI series; WI: Avg opening stand 7.2runs. 1st ODI 3-52-10ov; 2nd:5-63-17ov; 4th: 4-90-14ov; 5th:5-78-16ov; the rd ODI 2-97; was fine. Run outs at crucial pts; The foll. run outs in the series; Hyatt-27th ov; Simmons-36th ov; Powell-2nd ov; Russell-29th ov. All were match changing run outs. The capt avg 12 with the bat & drop nothing less than 6 catches. Bravo's injury didn't help either. Jadeja & Sammy r not friends u know why,don't u?

  • Sachit1979 on December 13, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I would still praise Windies after their loss in ODI and test series knowing the fact that they are going through a reformation phase. Following are some positives for them to pick: 1.> They came really close to victory in 2 out of 3 tests and 3 out of 5 ODIs. Probably with experience they could learn to convert such opportunities into wins. 2.> Bravo Jr once again proved that he belongs to generation of caribbean classics. 3.> Roach has been sensational in phases. He needs to be more consistent with his firepower. 4.> Russel showed all signs of a quality all rounder. He needs to come up into the order and needs to be more desciplined with his bowling. 5.> Rampaul emergence as an all rounder. 6.> Narine and Martin made impression with limited opportunities given and certainly deserve more chances.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 13, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    I was very disappointed with the way Sammy couldn't bat. I think I'm one of the Indian supporters who supported him to the hilt. But his batting is found wanting when the team was in trouble. Sorry Sammy for turning my back against you.

  • on December 13, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Mr Balajik68is very much correct in telling what he felt. I also felt on the same lines, Those who read my comments on Bombay Test .& later on on the ODIs might remember aboutvwhat I said about the need to change Sammy &making the Replica of Brian Lara Lara ;Yes BRAVO as the new Captain!Now I am more convinced with support from mr.BalajiK68 who shares the same view almost. Sammy can avoid. Defeat by wasting time for treatment of Injury w/o sending 12 th Man in to deny an extra over to the opponent to finish game in their favor.This is never was the Spirit of LLyoid,Kanhai,Richards ,Kallicharran ,Brian Lara or Courtney Walsh..Then why Sammy alone? The answer is with the WIndies Selectors & not with anyone in this Nation! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • Cricwiz82 on December 12, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    West indies should choose their best 11 players and pick their captain from that. A captain of a team in any sports should be one of the best player not the worst (SAMMY). This is the reason why west indies cricket is going no where, the board and selectors have no clue.

  • harshthakor on December 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Full credit to West Indies for running India so close and fighting till the very end..The fitting margin should have been 3-2 in favour of India,with windies almost winning the first one day international..In only one game were they convincingly beaten.Infact on the whole tour they have given India hard fight,running India close and coming into possible winning positions in 2 of the 3 test matches.

  • TTking on December 12, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has to play in Australia in front of Virat Kohli. His technique is more suited to bouncy wickets where as Kohli is more suited to sub-con conditions.

  • gloriouscricket on December 12, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Pollard,s maiden century, Russel,s 53 was timely and entertaining, they did not fall short, the top order did. Save your comments re: empire,s decisions etc,etc,etc, This is cricket and until the ICC, IPL and The big bash sponsors agree to have one rule where technology is concerned, we will have to suffer these decisions.Remember money runs international sports, Cricket is part of the family.Surely the WINDIES selectors should be looking at some changes in the teams; Those amongst us who keeps calling for Sarwan,s return, please state what he has done to merit such a return. "See you in Florida" Those words weren,t encouraging from a team that needed a lift. I respect Chanderpaul, he is on his way out, but he realizes that there is still something to be given and to a game that has given so much to him-He deserves and has earned another tour-Sarwan happens to be a favourite player of mine--I need to see him earned his recall,EARNED it-Commitment & Purpose comes to mind.

  • Navidb on December 12, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    Performing is India in front of the home crowd is a different thing than performing away. These are talented bunch of youngsters but their real test would come when they play away against quality fast bowling attack. This will define how long their career would be. They will have to perform consistently to cement their place. At this moment Virat and Rohit seems to the on the right course.

  • lugujaga on December 12, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    SAMMY BOY YOU GOT TO GO!!!! THATS RIGHT.TRUST ME, I USED TO BE ONE OFF YOUR BIGGEST DEFENDER AND BACKER.YOU LOST YOUR TOUCH WHEN THE HAPLESS W.I.C.B. ALONG WITH GIBSON AND THE GRAVY TRAIN CREW ,TURNED YOU INTO A POLITICIAN.ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU FORGET HOW TO PLAY SENSIBLE BASIC CRICKET.IT'S FULL TIME YOU STOP MAKING THE TEAM AS CAPTAIN BECAUSE YOU ARE NO GOOD AT THAT EITHER.IT'S A SHAME HOW YOU LET THEM TURN YOU INTO A NON ENTITY.THE W.I.C.B. MIGHT AS WELL MAKE RAMPAUL THE SKIPPER AND KEMAR ROACH THE VICE SKIPPER. THE WISE GUYS AT THE W.I.C.B. HAVE TO BRING BACK GAYLE AND SARWAN TO HELP THE TEAM WITH THEIR EXPERIENCE AND A LITTLE FEAR FACTOR FROM GAYLE TOWARDS THE OTHER TEAMS..SO LONG SAMMY YOU TRIED BUT OTIS AND CREW KILLED YOU.

  • aclarity on December 12, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    The WI team played better than expected. The WICB, the WI St. Lucia Administration (President, CEO, Events Manager, Captain), and selectors should all hang their heads in shame. To install Sammy as captain is one thing but to embarrass him to the cricketing world is quite another. Sammy clearly should not be on the ODI team. It is obvious that Sammy was used in the most disgraceful and dishonorable way by small-minded, dishonest men in high places. Sammy should stand up! Stand up for principles! Stand up for your children, St Lucia and WI. Do the honorable thing and resign as ODI captain.

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Irfan Pathan: The banana curve through the air before pitching. and moving in off the seam seem to be returning. But, his pace? He never was very fast. But can he regain at least what he used to. Being a well wisher of Pathan, I hope so. But,at least at Chennai he wasn't. Mithun is supposed to be fast. But the pace of both Pathan & Mithun were very similar, around 130s, whereas both Yadav & Aaaron are around 140s. Yadav & Aaaron are also constrained by the same Indian pitches and infrastructure, and support systems!

  • zico123 on December 12, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Gambhir lack of runs and panicy running between the wicket is a concern, India can not afford run out in Australia test series

  • Arunvilla on December 12, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Those who say pathan is waste,overrated...i will give you two stats that he is a great talent...he is the man Who is the man of the match in the inaugural t20 world cup and in the famous perth test match win.overrated players dont win you matches but he won a lot for india..so shut up

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    What a great series,full of intrigue, drama & excitement. And then the calm before the storm,Sehwag 20; 26; 0; 219(25x4s; 7x6s) 64.8% in boundaries. Inconsistency, Danger, Greatness. Pollard 13;35;29;3; 119(4x4s;10x6s) 63.8% in boundaries. Inconsistency & Danger. The Gods spared both men. They both had simple chances put down. Is Polly on his way to Greatness? I hope so.

  • Naresh28 on December 12, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    @nampally predicted a 4-1 win to India. He also predicted that Rahul Sharma will do well. Signs are good in both spin and batting department. Fielding is taking on better look especially with the youngsters in ODI's. We hope to see the last of big three in Australia - hope they get a fitting farewell with an Indian win. Please fans be realistic and NOT predict the scoreline like the series in England. Rather give blunt predictions like closee fought series. Dont write off any team cause on their day anyone can win. Pace department is still weak - and hence India cannot claim to be number one till this is addressed.

  • Faircricket11220 on December 12, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    what is sammy good for hes a captain he should not be getting out less than 30 everytime and pick up atleast a wicket so to me that is not an allrounder either be a batsman and forget bowling thanks west indies lets not mention their is no Gayle and all indian bowlers are afraid of him as you can see in the IPL how much talent and progess he brought to RCB kind of like when tendulakar and surav were of akhtar

  • Doublejay on December 12, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Theres is obvious improvement in the WI team, but the boord are still hindering progress. First of all with team selection and the captaincy. Unfortunately Sammy is not a captain, It is clear for all to see except the WI board, seems like he can only play cricket one way not thinking or has the ability to be adaptive to the situation. For example in this 5th ODI, you have Pollard in and batting well, why does Sammy not just support him instead of throwing the bat and getting himself out for 3 runs? This adds more pressure onto Pollard. Sammy then leaves the field shaking his head, lik eit was a poor decision or a piece of bad luck? Also in the test matches when it was clear the Windies were on top he sets defensive fields, which allows India back in the match. You cannot win matches without a decent captain, one who will take risks when necessary. Why not try Ramdin?

  • hurting_westindian on December 12, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Another disgraceful purformance from WI as a whole. I don't know how much more we the fans and majority stakeholders of WI cricket have to suffer. I am pleading with ICC to mandate term limits for administrators to serve on the cricket boards of their respective countries. These guys are there to serve themselves and not the game. For over 20 YEARS we have been in the dog house and nothing is being done. We don't deserve our cricketing legacy! Sides like Sri Lanka or South Africa are more deserving of it than we are.

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    And, Thanks WI for providing energy filled display in the tour.. I have always been a big fan of WI and hope cricket again becomes the top sport with you in top 4..

  • Naresh28 on December 12, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    @birdz_eye - The oldies will retire after Australia. They will impress for the last time. Rohit Sharma and Virat have already proved a lot. The first 4 by Rohit in this last game had class written all over it. Yes the pace bowling has been a worry for years now. BCCI needs to wake up and do something about this, otherwise all other aspects are great of the Indian team. Rahul sharma, Ashwin, Ohja and even Jadeja have shone in the spin department.

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I had totally agreed & appreciated the postings of Mr.Andiron Meredith comments of 11/12/11 posted at. 20:07 PM(GMT)in regard to the fact that the MOM award belonging to KAPollard.He made Cricket A Game Of Glorious WillPower the way he played despite Collapse in the form of 5 early wickets.he alone with able support from Russels took the score to the brink of Victory when Suresh Raina struck with his Magic Fingers like Sachin did on Various occasions. But this does not mean that he did not deserve MOM award. At least he should have been presented with a Special Award for his Batting in Which he hit 10 Sixes & many fours.A great Batting to Watch since A long time for the will power behind it!!! SreedharanMundanat

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    It is nice to see Irfan bowling accurate ling and length till 8th over. However, he needs to work on his batting. Manoj Tiwari batted well and Virat as usual. Pollard's hitting was very exciting. Rohit well deserved the man of the series award, though he was under-rated by the fans. Now, these players have to working on maintaining the rhythm. Now, it may be difficult to the selectors to ignore Irfan Pathan, who has gained more moral support with his performance.

  • Sakthiivel on December 12, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Irfan not going do anything in Australia. With his slow medium Aussies going to sent him out of park., so better leave him in india to play rest of ranji...

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Barring a couple of pretenders, this WI team can really be a force to reckon. Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards and Chris Gayle should ideally walk in to bolster the top and middle order. Sammy has to make way for Darren Bravo, once he is fit. Of course, they also need to look at a more solid hand behind the wickets, than Ramdin and Baugh. Congrats to Team India, but as the piece said, the series was much closer than the score line reads and India only dominated one match completely - the Sehwag special !

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    West Indies = 10 player team to play cricket and Darren Sammy as the one who sets the fields.

  • on December 12, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Unfortunately for W.I to lose the series and cong. to INDIA again win at home. but in my point of view W.I won the series by 5-4, Because India is almost unbeatable team at home so if any team beat them at home that beat is so great and it is equal to 5win instead of one so W.I won the series by 5 to 4. Cong. to W.I. But now India is going to play with Aussie at their home ground this will show the whole world that INDIA is pussie cat out side their home.

  • sravanmalle on December 12, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    If you look at the individual results of the series, WI came so closer, they would have won the series had fortunes favoured them, (except Indore game) and drop catches went again them. They really bowled well and also batted well without Chris Gayle. Kierran Pollard, Sunil Narine & Andre Russell are future players for West Indies Cricket. Andre Russell is someone to watch out for the future. From India's point of view, they maintained good record at home consistently. It's now time to maintain the same record away as well. India suffered a massive defeats in the England tour. Irfan Pathan inclusion would have been the best option in the Australia tour down under. His late reverse swing is really handy in those conditions. Moreover, there are few players in the Austrlalia current squad who didn't play Pathan before. Altogether bowling department is a major concern whey they play down under with the combination they picked. All the best "Team India'

  • PiyushD on December 12, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    scorecard for India(max 10): Viru 7, GG: 4,PP 1,Virat Kiohli 7,Rohit Sharma 9,Suresh Raina 3,Jadeja 8,Ashwin 7,Rahul Sharma 7,Umesh 6, Mithun 4, I Pathan 8, VinayKumar 6, Varun Aaron 5, Manoj Tiwari 8

  • East_West on December 12, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    BTW, why did Manoj Tiwary ran retired hurt after century...can he do that??? Also, fellow indians, don't talk rubbish about SAMMY! He is like Ganguly who got WI into a stable team when WI is filled with lazy-and tantrums-ridden players! He might not be Gangly material but at least he is way HUMBLE that our price of kolkata!

  • birdz_eye on December 12, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Not much impressed by the Indian side oldies are about to retire no real life in the bowling attack & young guns in the batting line up are good on home batting wickets not so much in away series. The positive is this that their management has recognized this very fact & trying to expose the new ones more to get in the groove quickly. Lets keep the fingers cross as the Australian tour is approaching hope that we don't see England tour replay again.

  • ramli on December 12, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Irfan ... case as all-rounder got a beating with 49th over maiden ... but .. first ball strike created sensation .. not enough to get into the test team .. keep up good work in ranji .. get selected for ODI series in Aus ... do well there ... then .. stake claim for test team ... it is a lot of hard work ... good luck Irfan ...

  • ramli on December 12, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    We were one bowler short ... that is the reason why WI came close ... this is not to take any credit away from Pollard for his magnificent innings .. good contest came to a conclusion with the predicted result ... go India .. conquer Australia ...

  • on December 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Congrats India for the series Victory but more thankful to West Indies team as they are way better team than than 1-4 scoreline suggest.The ony major differnace between both the team has been Indians held their nerves better in crical condition West Indes doesnt other wise it caould have been a different history

  • Naresh28 on December 12, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    INDIA definetly have a dearth of new talent - recent showing by Rahul Sharma Manoj Tiwari join the ranks of others like Rohit, Virat, Yadav, Ashwin, Raina and Ohja. We still have others like Pujara who have to come in. Pathan showed glimpes of his past. He tried ever so hard. A good sign. Gutsy players like Ishant,Pathan and Praveen Kumar will lift India. If only we would invest in pace bowlers. We need to identify a pool of pace bowlers and work on them. If this is done we could be top of the world. Right now we are home tigers - our spin trio is being formed. Our batsman thrive on home conditions due to the fact that low bounce on Indian pitches. Kohli has a big task in transforming this outside India - he is a short player but like Sachin he needs to prove himself. Dhoni and Gambhir are the link between the past and present.

  • satishsasikumar on December 12, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Can anyone let me know if DRS is being used in the India-Australia series 2011-12?

  • rahulcricket007 on December 12, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    THIS SERIES HAS AGAIN SHOWED THAT PARHTIV PATEL IS COMPLETE WASTE . CAN'T BAT , CAN'T FIELD , CAN'T KEEP . WHY HE IS IN THE TEAM FOR SO LONG ? HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN AXED AFTER THE ENG ODI SERIES WHERE HE FALLS EARLY EVERYTIME TO STEVEN FINN . I HOPE SELECTORS SELECT DINESH KARHTIK AS BACKUP WKT KEEPER AGAINST AUSTARLAI ODI SEIRES .KARTHIK IS BETTER THAN THIS RUBBISH PARHTIV.

  • on December 12, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Beautiful innings by Tiwary and Pollard... I can't understand why Parthiv is in team??? And like Parthiv another irritating guy Mithun... And thanks Tiwary for ur batting...

  • on December 12, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    People are wrong in criticizing Sammy: 1. Sammy was a livewire in the field, dropping only one catch per match. 2. Sammy scored 48 from 53 balls in the entire series with a Bradmanesque average of 12. 3. Sammy took 1 wicket in the entire series for 35 runs and that was the wicket of dangerous Batsman Vinay Kumar. 4. WI were in a losing position when in the 1st game when India needed another 11 to win and had only Umesh And Aaron were left, both devastating batsmen. Russell was not given the over but Sammy himself took it but unfortunately was outmatched by the 2 legends occupying the crease. Darren Sammy deserved MOS coz he helped India win.

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Congrats India for 4-1 series Victory but equally Thanks to West Indiies for providing a Great Fight.Even though the winning margin Scoreline is 4-1 the series is never been highlights of Indian Dominance West Indies had the chance to win atleast couple of matches.They too played well in 0-2 Test seriees defeat shown some great Character but their inconsistency had done them in.Unlike one sides Pakistan-Bangladesh,India-England ODI THIS HAS BEEN GREATER advertisement for DDI cricket

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Good coma back by Irfan, Selectors wake-up and send him to Australia since he is at his best form.

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Come on who should have been the Man of the Match? It is not necessary that the Man of the match should be from the winning side. Pollack scored faster and more than anyone else in the match. A little help from the others WI would have won the match. Although India won 4-1 WI had a chance to win 3-2!

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 12, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Very well done! This might be a India - 'B' team, but it still did well to beat a international side....

    Special congratulations to Tiwary on scoring a 100 on such a slow track....

  • NairUSA on December 12, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Team India showed that it can finish off the games regardless of the situation and WI deserves credit for displaying great improvement and intent in this series.

    Let us hope some of the youngsters like rahul and tiwary who had performed well in this series get a second outing. Irfan might get a chance if Zaheer has fitness issues in Australia.

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Pathan can succeed against WI only. Who says he can bat. Sometimes it clicks he is made to look a hero. He and his brother has been given enough chances. Both of them are not good. Yes they can be given a chance when we play Bangladesh or zimbawe. Let the good momentum of Indian team continue, please.

    I also feel that Pollard should have atleast shared the MOM.

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    pollard was fortunate 2 b dropped on 99 by kholi. that being said i think he played really well. there were at least 3 umpiring errors that cost wi though for some reason this only seems to happen 2 wi. sammy started out well strategicly as captain but during this series he has done poorly and should b dropped but i dont think gayle should be captain either a major part of the reason sammy is under performing to me is bcus of all the flames he is facing for the captaincy flames being fanned by gayle and wipa. dont get me wrong gayle 2 me is a great entertainer but is that wat we want or a team player. this team may not b winning all their matches but i am seeing a fighting spirit and a passion for a scrapp that wasnt there wen gayle was there. if he is willing i think young bravo 4 capt

  • WhenDWestwas1 on December 12, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Looking forward to the Australia tour India has some work to do. Australia is rebuilding but india offer two many chances to WI in the test and ODI matches. WI just could not capitalize on these mistakes. India batting needs to come good in this test series when they do india will have a good chance to win. Because Aus batting is kind of shaky now. Hope to see pathan and tiwary feature more for india please let mithun practice more on his bowling and not in international matches.

  • on December 12, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    My suggestion to the West Indies Selection Committee. Considering you do not want Chris Gayle in for ever. 1) Get 2 players in the top 6 who can bat the full 50 overs. Opening with your test opener Braithwaite would be good; he is young & surely has the technique to play 50 overs. The 2nd when he plays is Darren Bravo, who has the hallmarks of a future great. The rest of the stroke players can play around them. If you play these two then Sarvan & Chanderpaul need not be looked at as you build up for the future 2) You cannot have a captain who is only there for being a captain..look at a new captain. I suggest Darren Bravo or Andre Russel who can hold their places in all formats. 3) If you get rid of Sammy, then replace him with another penetrative fast bowler like Fidel Edwards, the rest if the bowling already looks fine.

  • veerakannadiga on December 12, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Feel sorry for the Windies in genral and Sammy in particular.Nice people.WI is on the up and in a couple of years will be the world beaters they were.Thank you WI for being such good human beings and also for putting up a solid fight against us in our soil which is not a deed common to all cricketing nations.

  • Saad.Navaid on December 12, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    The main problem with the West Indian team is Sammy... he can neither bat nor bowl... and if you have watched this series you would know that he can't even catch the ball...!!! I think West Indies should get rid of him as soon as they can... and try and get Gayle back (if he has come back to earth that is...)... congrats to team India though... everybody is talking that west Indies fought closely but in the end it was the Indian team that held its nerves and got through...!!! and to do that without their captain and main players is another big achievement... (that is why I like India when they are not playing against Pakistan that is...) really looking forward to the Australian tour...!!! :)

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Congratulations to the West Indies team. You guys have in you, to take the journey back the to glorious international cricketing days once again, in the not so distant future -- provided your administrators handle you well.. Many in India would love to see that happening. Both, WI's fall and Pakistan's 'de facto' exclusion for no fault of their great players, are two of the saddest things for global cricket lovers. Hope the best for both.

  • vj78 on December 12, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    welcome back I PATHAN..u dont need to prove more.they will need u for aust.

  • sjhussaini on December 12, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Congrates Team India, it seems they are ready to have a go at Australia.

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Good win for India with a very depleted bowling attack.. Irfan has done enough to get into the best available choic as anytime required replacement for Aussie tour.. Mithun looks too one dimensional.. Pollard and Russel are the real all rounders for WI.. A decision need to be taken about Sammy. Play him in tests and in the pitch where it aids his slow medium controlled bowling but not in the flat tracks.. Pollard bowls better than him in the slow/flat tracks.. He can be well replaced by a batsman in those conditions.. India almost have covered all the bases.. Rahul is tested now and he can be very handy in ODIs from now.. Irfan back and Tiwary too joins the list of replacement batsmen.. need to sort out the replacement keeper for Dhoni and Parthiv could well replace him in tests rather than ODIs.. DK looked a far better opener than Parthiv.. Also, DK can bat even well in middle order too! Good luck India down under..

  • Jaijo on December 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    I dont understand why Parthiv is in the team. Is there a dearth of good wicketkeepers in India. Too many dropped catches and very poor batting since last 3 series! still retains his place

  • on December 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    I am sorry to say this but mithun to me is a bad choice for australia series.he just doesn't have it in him to trouble top class batsmen . He has only got 3 wickets @100 in 6 matches,even my gradma would bowl better than him as boycott would say . There is no denying that he works hard but that's not all you have got to have some sort of talent to succeed.oh boy does he look poor...

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    irfan has bowled well in today's match but in batting he has not done so well today..in the 49th over he not even got the single and gave the strike to raina..he is in a bad form with batting asfar of bowling is concerned he is doing well he should be pick for oz tour..and he know the condition about their and he can swing the ball well..

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    i was taken aback by pollard's innings. he played every shot with straight bat and and guess what with ease!!!!. to him i guess there is no word called 'stroke' coz every ball he makes contact with the bat was raising away to the boundary. it was only the work of the fielders to stop the ball from getting to the fence. "promising player for windies like gayle". the only thing which makes bad fortune for him is that he lacks 'consistency'.

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    now its very clear.. pollard should bat up the order to get a double ton in his name.. he deserves it..

  • Raj12345 on December 12, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    My dream comes true, Raina will be removed from team one day. Being Tiwary proven his case and took 4 years to get 5 ODI chance. Pray god, he should get more chances. Don't force him out of site, since what I remember people forget Pujara and he is ben discarded to make way for Kohli & RG. No doubt in RGs batting. But at same time, don't treat Pujara badly.

  • PruthviNath on December 12, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    obnoxious selection policy this,.. goin with vinay kumar n mithun ahead of irfan khan pathan. they jus posses tricks for succes in limited overs format but defnitely not the tactics as gud as irfan who shows great signs of a potentional world beatin bowler once again,... go pat go,...

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Very entertaining innings by Pollard and Russell. The scoreline of the match and Pollard's innings somehow reminded me of Yusuf Pathan's innings against South Africa in the final ODI earlier this year. Quite remarkable considering that both the players are known for their big hitting. I am sure that once West Indies get used to winning, they will be even a lot more competitive, given that the talent and commitment seem to be in a pretty good quantity for the team.

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    i think Gambir didnt used pace attack against Pollard & Russal, both scored very eazly against the spinners.

  • monisammy on December 12, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    DISCUSSING INDIAN INNINGS.... PARTHIV- IS THE MOST USELESS CRICKETER I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE... GONE CASE. RAHANE- WASTED ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY. GAMBHIR- STILL NEEDS TO IMPROVE & PERFORM TO MAKE HIS PLACE WORTHY IN THE PLAYING 11. MANOJ TIWARI- GOOD TO SEE HIM GET THE TON, BUT HE SHOULD HAVE SCORED A LITTLE QUICKER ONCE HE GOT HIS HALF CENTURY. HE WASTED TOO MANY A BALL AND COULD NOT MAKE IT UP LATER COZ HE RETIRED HURT. VIRAT-GOOD AS USUAL. ROHIT- I KEEP REPEATING THE SAME, HE IS A PERFECT PICK FOR TESTS & NOT ODI. THE LAST 2 ODI'S HE PROVED THAT HE COULD NOT UP THE RUN RATE & FALTERED. HE DOES NOT HAVE THE NATURAL ABILITY LIKE DHONI, RAINA,YUVI TO SCORE RUNS AT WILL. HE NEEDS TIME TO SETTLE DOWN. IRFAN- NEEDS TO BE FORGIVEN FOR THE MAIDEN OVER THAT HE PLAYED OUT, ANY CRICKETER WHO MAKES A COME BACK NEEDS TIME TO PERFORM. RAINA- DID HIS BEST TO SCORE AS MANY RUNS AS POSSIBLE. COZ OF ROHIT HE HAD VERY FEW BALLS LEFT TO SCORE.

  • monisammy on December 12, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    CONGRATS TO INDIA FOR COMPLETING 4-1 RECORD. CONGRATS TO TIWARI & POLLARD FOR THEIR MAIDEN CENTURIES.. POLLARD DESERVED THE MAN OF THE MATCH..

  • on December 12, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    To all those that want Yusuf Pathan t included in the squad to Australia - He is not a good caliber bowler. He can swing the ball occasionally but no accuracy and no variation. He will get clobbered. No way.. No how. Keep him playing Ranji Trophy.

  • Dev9212 on December 12, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    I will still not rush Irfan into the Test side and even though I see him in the ODI squad I still dont see him in the eleven because the all rounders spot has already been grabed by Jadeja n its going to be tough for Pathan to get that place and to be honest I was surprised yesterday that Pathan was sent ahead of Jadeja and as a result of that his bowling suffered. Jadeja deserves a proper run and at the moment he is far far better than Pathan.

  • mainul079080 on December 12, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Indian fans,India's real test is coming up in Australia.They were whitewashed in England.If the same thing happens in Australia,then nobody can claim this team to be worldclass.Same goes for England.Whitewashed by India,they are up against a spirited Pakistan.They have to prove that they are real no.1 by beating Pakistan.Otherwise i shall say both England and India are tigers only in ranking.Ranking doesn't speak the real truth always.

  • on December 12, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Good to see Irfan Pathan bowling excellently. Irfan requires to concentrate on his batting as he is a good batsman as well. Of course, with more matches, he will gain confidence. Now, it will be difficult to ignore Irfan Pathan. Alslo Pollard batted with grit and at once stage, it appeared that WI has won the match. Manoj Tiwari also batted well.

  • on December 12, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    This new postings from me is w.r.t.postings Fro Mr. Adrian Meredith dt11/12/11at 20.07PM GMT I totally agree with mr.Adrian Meredith for 2 reasons.1)although Tiwari,IrfanPathan,Virat Kohli,Jadeja ,Raina all were in line for MOM award,it really belonged to K.A.Pollard of WI because he shown terrific WillPower& hit10sixes despite a collapse of 5 early wickets.2) His OneManShow almost took WI to the Brink of Victory though he fell unfortunately to the Magic fingers of Raina.But for this BadLuck,Pollard Alonewas deserving- a victory for WI.And that too a well deserved one.Even the 10th man gave able support w/o even scoring& just by giving stand for the hero of the Day pollard.The outcomewas painful for WI & Happier for India. It could have been the reverse had Pollard survives final assault.but this does not prevent him the award for the way he had performed!!! Sreedharan Mundanat

  • balajik1968 on December 12, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    I personally felt Pollard should have got the MOM. Sure Tiwari got his runs in a winning cause, but he had excellent support from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma did a reasonable job of finishing. Pollard had support only from Russell and had to play a lone hand. Sudhir Asnani had a bad day today. West Indies did well throughout the series, but could not cross the finishing line. Sammy did not add much value to the team in terms of performance, but led them well. However the Windies needs to look beyond Sammy because it affects the team balance. They need a good player who can lead the team well. In its current situation, West Indies do not need a Brearley.

  • nzcricket174 on December 12, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    Would love to see Pollard playing test cricket one day. It may be a very long time though, people seem to consider him just a slogger. That innings showed how sensibly he can play. I can't recall any runs scored behind the wicket, 75% for sure were in the V.

  • on December 12, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Great come back by Irfan. I like many other fans of Indian cricket want to put up the case of Irfan Pathan. Mithun hasn't impressed neither does he show any potential to improve. He is an honest trier as someone here said, but that alone isn't enough. Please let Irfan be added to the squad in Aus. Selectors: he deserves it more than Mithun...who is average on his best day.

  • on December 11, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Sorry about umpire Asnani, WI. You have a terrific team. Get rid of Sammy, bring in Chris Gayle and make Darren Bravo captain and you can be world beaters. Pathan needs to play for India

  • on December 11, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    the biggest relief & joy for Indian fans is that finally we can see the bright light at the end of the tunnel = there is life after the big four retire and go into a well deserved sunset . the young guns : Rohit Sharma , Virat Kohli, Pujara & now Manoj Tiwary are able replacements & technically gifted enough to last the distance. Maybe there are not a patch on the big four who anyway are once in a century players but we should give them time & occassion to succeed . spin bowling also looks in good hands post bhajji & kumble . Now only if we get someone to partner ishant .

  • Precioustar84 on December 11, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Congrats to the Indian team for 4-1 win! And really well played WI team. I'm a fan of both for various reasons. Congrats to Pollard and Tiwary for maiden 100! Although, I'm a Team India fan, I honestly believe Pollad played under pressure so should've been given the MoM even if he did not take the team over the line or at least shared MoM. I guess Tiwary retired hurt could've played more who knows. WI always brings the correct spirit to cricket and deserve more wins than they get. Sad that people think its a minnow team as minnows don't give tough competition to opposition always. Once the entire team will click, it will be the team to watch out for like the past. Still not happy with Indian selectors like others as I don't know what will it take for them to understand Mithun and Vinay are worst choice for Aus. I guess Aus have 2 advantages there already. Oh well, best wishes to my fave Team India as I know you will do well either way!! Cant wait :)

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    West Indies could really use another batsman (perhaps Gayle) instead of Sammy. They have enough quality allrounders in the from of Russel, Pollard & Bravo

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Pollard can overcome any obstacle in his way, if he puts his mind to it. Would love to see him playing in the white clothes some time in the future.

  • THINK_BEYOND on December 11, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Gr8 that Manoj made his point, he's been waiting in the bench for too long. I would also like to see Rohit Sharma gets chance in Indian 11 against in AUS in no. 6 position. He seems to be good against fast bouncy deliveries as well as spin bowling even if that means dropping Kohli and trying him out.

  • THINK_BEYOND on December 11, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    @ TamilIndian : I would like to voice your comments. Hope the selectors pick Irfan for Aus tour, he also can bat. Great show by Pollard today. He's unlucky, but he and A Russell will be future assets for WI team...gr8 allrounders. Hope we also get couple of players like them to perform well in ICC champions trophy in England, I know it's in 2013, but it is important that we find medium fast bowlers who can bat well. Our spinning allrounders will do well in T20 world cup in Sri lanka, but i am thinking little ahead for the future. WI is a good team in the making, they have good spinners like Martin, Narine and a no. of fast bowling allrounders...they only need confidence to show that they can win tight matches.

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    GET HIM IN THE SQUAD TO AUSTRALIA!

  • on December 11, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I think Pollard should have been given MOM, that was one of the best individual knocks of recent times.Sammy, he needs to go, I used to support him, but he is just pathetic, he makes others work for him in a way, because he doesn't even bowl. Forget batting, and forget taking wickets, he does not even bowl decently. How about handing over captaincy to someone like Bravo or Russell?? They are probably too young, but atleast then windies can accomodate a performing player in the team, say Dwayne Bravo

  • Nrutik89 on December 11, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Congratulation.. Team India.. Best Of luck for Australia. Indian young side are giving a promising attitude for the team... Irfan... A good comeback today... Rahul Sharma... Manoj Tiwary.... Congrats man... Best of luck...

  • SirViv1973 on December 11, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    I have been for a long time a doubter of Darren Sammy's abilty at this level. For a while he started to win me over and to be fair his record as a test bowler is actually decent 59 wickets at 30. However he dosen't have any real pace and is in the team as a bowling all rounder but only ave just over 17 and has made just one 50. His record with bat and bowl in this series has been woeful. I think he got the captanicy due to a lack of candidates and the fact the head of selectors was from the same island. I think Russell deserves a run in the test side. I think his bowling has more potential and he will certainly get more runs. I think he could probably bat at 7 which would benefit the team as neither Ramdin or Baugh get enough runs at 7. I guess though the capt is the problem and Windies lack of senior players, Perhaps the selectors should make a bold move and appoint Darren Bravo. I know he still lacks experience but he is one of the few players sure of his place.

  • NRI- on December 11, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    In the last two matches, Rohit was sacrificed by bringing hin late, he should have batted ahead of Tiwary & Kohli. Parthiv Patel should be abandoned now in favour of Saha or D Karthik as the stand-in for ODIs. He dropped at least two easy catches and even his batting is not good enough. Indian selectors keep doing this donkey trick by selecting too far ahead of the plane baording date instead of waiting for all the matches to finish. If they had waited, Irfan would have got the Oz ticket ahead of Mithun. It is ridiculous that Sammy keeps guys like Jerome Taylor and Andre Russell out of the test team. WI, you can make a good showing against Oz when they visit you provided Gayle is back and Sammy is out of the team; even out of the 15 or 16 that you may name for the series.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 11, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    What a return for Irfan with a wicket and his banana swing and with the white ball but sad to see he has lost a yard or two of pace. His swing makes him an asset with the new ball but his lack of pace make him a liability after the ball has lost its hardness and before reverse swing kicks in. Whilst it may be unrealistic to expect him to regain the pace when he first arrived hopefully he will get quicker than he is now with increased matchtime. Dear Selectors, it's not too late to add an extra seat on the plane to Aus for Irfan.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 11, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Whilst I pleased to see improvements in aspects of India's cricket throughout the ODI series, the win today is heavily tainted with some atrocious umpiring decisions against the WI by mainly Umpire Asnani. To add insult to injury Pollard was IMO the MoM with an incerdible innings. Matches often depend who wins the key moments and I'm afraid to say it was the umpires in the tests and ODIs who won the key moments for India. Even the BCCI must recognise that even with the decisions going in Ind favour throughout WI visit, DRS has to be accepted.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Although it is early to tell it might be possible that Irfan may take Zaheer's place as leader of the pack on his retirement.He does have talent .If he increases his pace some more he will become more effective. Although it isn't always about speed people.

  • supercraziey on December 11, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    well well well exciting match. pollard was amazing, hats off for a yusuf pathan type show which almost pulled of the game for the WI, but luck doesnt favour him right now. i wana say congrats to the indian team for their great show. manoj tiwari grabbed the chance with both hands with a brilliant century in tuff conditions. vriu great captaincy,gambhir future captain but needs to get his form back and he is the only person who has a great concentration, when on the pitch after the GREAT WALL. the most important thing now, WELCOME BACK IRFAN PATHAN .. 1st ball wicket it shows your hunger for playing at the grandest stage of them all. the same swing and the same character but little lack of agression, but that doesnt seem to be important right now. 8th over 30runs 2 wickets shows the brilliant hard work SIR ,until d 9th over which had to be like that because pollard was at its best! 1 match and you showed it that u still r worth the new ball! I HOPE THE SELECTORS GIV U ANODA LOOK IN AUS!

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    Coming back to the bowling of India... I feel Abhimanyu Mithun is an average bowler who relies on CHEAP wickets and some help from the umpire. Irfan Pathan is clearly a CLASS apart. I hope the selectors change their minds and add Pathan to the test squad instead Mr. NOBODY Mithun. Vinay Kumar is only slightly decent compared to Mithun. Mithun is better off playing for his state Karnataka for the rest of the Ranji season. But then again.. this was India's C team. So I am all cool about it. The series was already won. I feel sorry for West Indian fans though. Their captain Sammy is NOT an international standard player. He should be axed immediately. He's BLOCKING a vital spot that could go to another good player. Congratulations to Manoj Tiwary... you earned your place man. TONS of exciting players for India and it's exciting to watch.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    It was a fine series to watch. My WI team, put in a great effort. I believe that they are on their way up and will do better in the next series. I hope that there are not too many changes. Sammy lost his confidence over there, but he will be back, Captain or not he will rise.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    this game though put a lot of positives in the one day game;the return of irfan the century to tiwary and polly this game was won by the poor officiating.the time has come that the west indian cricket board stand up for the team and not accept these officials that has TWO GAMES EXPERIENCE.

  • noplay on December 11, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Sorry to get on Darren Sammy's case. In five ODIs he scored 48 runs off 65 balls, one innings of 41 from 28 balls. So the others were seven runs off 37. He bowled 21.5 overs and took one wicket for 135. As a captain he led WI to defeat after defeat. And he did not even have Mahindra Singh Dhoni to contend with. It is not good enough to credit him with good performances by individuals. In the match that WI won, he showed that the team needs a genuine allrounder in the positon he is occupying. The WICB could save face and name another ODI captain. He is being kept on the team with the same alacrity Chris Gayle, Sarwan and others are being kept out.

  • hsitasP on December 11, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    Cheers to India for the 4-1 ODI series win. As mentioned in the post, the scoreline doesn't reflect the fact that it was closely contested. One reason for the same was that India won the toss for all five matches. Which is way I think the toss should be held only for the first match of the series and then should alternate between the teams for every subsequent match. India was at the receiving end for the ODI series with England earlier this year for much the same reason.

  • noplay on December 11, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Sorry to get on Darren Sammy's case. In five ODIs he scored 48 runs off 65 balls, one innings of 41 from 28 balls. So the others were seven runs off 37. He bowled 21.5 overs and took one wicket for 135. As a captain he led WI to defeat after defeat. And he did not even have Mahindra Singh Dhoni to contend with. It is not good enough to credit him with good performances by individuals. In the match that WI won, he showed that the team needs a genuine allrounder in the positon he is occupying. The WICB could save face and name another ODI captain. He is being kept on the team with the same alacrity Chris Gayle, Sarwan and others are being kept out.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    The match at Chennai was yet another exciting one between the two Top cricket playing Nations.The strange date viz11/12/11 & still more one man Show from Pollard made me to think that WI was going to win another match which they deserved to win in all respects. After a collapse of 5 early wickets ,wrecked by Irfan Pathan with his first ball strike,it was one of the wonders of Cricket which followed with the fight from Pollard& Russels,.But unfortunately enough towards the end Russel & 3 other players fell in quick succession. And when it looked as if Pollard alone with the able support from the 10 th man they were about to reach the target fixed for them Suresh Raina whip is fan mous for his Magic fingers to stilrike did the trick yet again like Sachin who used to do it when he was employed as Part Time bowler in the past.The outcome. Sad& haplppy both for WI & India respectively!!! Great match indeed.!

  • TamilIndian on December 11, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Aus are showing their issues with swing - it would be best if Irfan is sent to Aus.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Pollard should have got the man of the match award.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    No team in the world can beat india with the kind of batting talent they have in indian pitches.the bowling also is improving every match . So we aren for some very fruitful year as far as odi cricket is concerned

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Well tough luck to Pollard and the WI team..they should have won this game. Too many wickets lost by WI at the wrong time. Congratulations to India on the other hand who technically played with a C team and Gautam Gambhir captained very well. He was smart, innovative with his bowling selections were impressive. Overall a pretty good series. WI have some very good players for the future. Russell looks like a class act to me. I am sure all the IPL franchises will be keeping tabs on Russell. Sunil Narine is another positive from a very poor team. Sammy MUST be axed now. The WI selectors have to take drastic actions. WI cannot turn up and only PARTICIPATE. They have to start winning games OR let the WI team disintegrate. Good luck to team India though. Cheers for a successful tour of Australia !!

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Virat sitter is worst in this match, Welcome Irfan.. Mithun is nothing in speed or swing, a ordinary bowler who play @ domestic matches not for International standards. Rahul is superb..virat batting is lovely to watch, Tiwary batting is nice to watch but to work on his fitness to with stand 50 overs. GG always got some panic, Parthiv is waste to be in this squad, give some one this chance...

    Great series for Team India...but Bowlers must take the tail wickets asap. what the use of only took the top order and slip the runs through the tail...

    Congratz Team India....Get ready for Down Under...

  • WeeBee on December 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Bad Luck with WINDIES but they really fought very well! .. every time one or two of their players really gave a tough time to indians

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Good job Polly. Nice to see maturity from you. Only if Sammy could follow suit and bat like a captain supposed to.

  • samya1980 on December 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    wht d hell parthib is doing...y not wriddhi given a much needed international practice instead of "cope with d condition" practice in aus...

  • Nampally on December 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Congats. to India on a fine 4-1 series win. Congrats. also to Sammy & his young WI team on their fine fighting spirit and great sportsmanship. There was not a single moment when there was any bad blood between the team.Sammy deserves all credit for being such an excellent PR man. Except for one match all others were close ones and it was just the home team advantage that pushed India for what looks like a lop sided result. WI could have won at least one or 2 more games if they had chips falling their way.Today Pollard almost carried them to victory - just 6 sixers away. Great innings by Pollard and in my opinion he should have been the Man of the Match!.Kohli's dropped catch almost cost India the match & I am sure Kohli took Rahane for a symptuous dinner. I was delighted to see all bench players playing. Great Job by selectors at long last!.Irfan & Rahul bowled well & deserved more luck than their figures show. Tiwary made a briliant ton & Kohli was great as usual.Well Played India.

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Another terrible show from West Indies...the outcome of this whole series was Sehwag's 219 runs..another milestone achieved by any other indian batsmen after Sachin...but still the indian bowling line up looks very ordinary...and i am sorry to say that..none of the fast bowlers are capable of taking wickets..these are NOT "Wicket taking" bowlers..they just try to secure runs...will INDIA's ordinary bowling line up will be successful against Australia?

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Welcome back Mr. Irfan Pathan. You have been missed. I am puzzled at Indian selectors -- do they actually watch domestic cricket (or get done by looking at cricinfo stats before making selections). To have someone like Mithun (who is an honest trier at best, not express pace not much swing, just angling across either side) picked ahead of Pathan is a mystery (corruption or regionalism). Irfan would rank in Top four Indian seamers of all time (Kapil, Zaheer and Srinath being the other three), despite his short 3-4 years stay at top. Mithun has to develop some wicket taking skill to get top order wickets, just enthusiasm is not enough. Ishant is similar (much better) bowler and he does not get many test wickets for same reasons. If you hit the deck hit it at 90 mph, if you swing, have good control while the ball is new or when it is reversing.

    Good innings by Pollard, though India was one bowler short. Also puzzled at Parthiv retaining his #3 spot after being dropped down at Indore.

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  • on December 11, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Welcome back Mr. Irfan Pathan. You have been missed. I am puzzled at Indian selectors -- do they actually watch domestic cricket (or get done by looking at cricinfo stats before making selections). To have someone like Mithun (who is an honest trier at best, not express pace not much swing, just angling across either side) picked ahead of Pathan is a mystery (corruption or regionalism). Irfan would rank in Top four Indian seamers of all time (Kapil, Zaheer and Srinath being the other three), despite his short 3-4 years stay at top. Mithun has to develop some wicket taking skill to get top order wickets, just enthusiasm is not enough. Ishant is similar (much better) bowler and he does not get many test wickets for same reasons. If you hit the deck hit it at 90 mph, if you swing, have good control while the ball is new or when it is reversing.

    Good innings by Pollard, though India was one bowler short. Also puzzled at Parthiv retaining his #3 spot after being dropped down at Indore.

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Another terrible show from West Indies...the outcome of this whole series was Sehwag's 219 runs..another milestone achieved by any other indian batsmen after Sachin...but still the indian bowling line up looks very ordinary...and i am sorry to say that..none of the fast bowlers are capable of taking wickets..these are NOT "Wicket taking" bowlers..they just try to secure runs...will INDIA's ordinary bowling line up will be successful against Australia?

  • Nampally on December 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Congats. to India on a fine 4-1 series win. Congrats. also to Sammy & his young WI team on their fine fighting spirit and great sportsmanship. There was not a single moment when there was any bad blood between the team.Sammy deserves all credit for being such an excellent PR man. Except for one match all others were close ones and it was just the home team advantage that pushed India for what looks like a lop sided result. WI could have won at least one or 2 more games if they had chips falling their way.Today Pollard almost carried them to victory - just 6 sixers away. Great innings by Pollard and in my opinion he should have been the Man of the Match!.Kohli's dropped catch almost cost India the match & I am sure Kohli took Rahane for a symptuous dinner. I was delighted to see all bench players playing. Great Job by selectors at long last!.Irfan & Rahul bowled well & deserved more luck than their figures show. Tiwary made a briliant ton & Kohli was great as usual.Well Played India.

  • samya1980 on December 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    wht d hell parthib is doing...y not wriddhi given a much needed international practice instead of "cope with d condition" practice in aus...

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    Good job Polly. Nice to see maturity from you. Only if Sammy could follow suit and bat like a captain supposed to.

  • WeeBee on December 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Bad Luck with WINDIES but they really fought very well! .. every time one or two of their players really gave a tough time to indians

  • on December 11, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    Virat sitter is worst in this match, Welcome Irfan.. Mithun is nothing in speed or swing, a ordinary bowler who play @ domestic matches not for International standards. Rahul is superb..virat batting is lovely to watch, Tiwary batting is nice to watch but to work on his fitness to with stand 50 overs. GG always got some panic, Parthiv is waste to be in this squad, give some one this chance...

    Great series for Team India...but Bowlers must take the tail wickets asap. what the use of only took the top order and slip the runs through the tail...

    Congratz Team India....Get ready for Down Under...

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    Well tough luck to Pollard and the WI team..they should have won this game. Too many wickets lost by WI at the wrong time. Congratulations to India on the other hand who technically played with a C team and Gautam Gambhir captained very well. He was smart, innovative with his bowling selections were impressive. Overall a pretty good series. WI have some very good players for the future. Russell looks like a class act to me. I am sure all the IPL franchises will be keeping tabs on Russell. Sunil Narine is another positive from a very poor team. Sammy MUST be axed now. The WI selectors have to take drastic actions. WI cannot turn up and only PARTICIPATE. They have to start winning games OR let the WI team disintegrate. Good luck to team India though. Cheers for a successful tour of Australia !!

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    No team in the world can beat india with the kind of batting talent they have in indian pitches.the bowling also is improving every match . So we aren for some very fruitful year as far as odi cricket is concerned

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Pollard should have got the man of the match award.