West Indies tour of India 2013 October 8, 2013

'Know I could cause some problems' - Cotterrell

Renaldo Matadeen
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Sheldon Cotterell, the left-arm seamer, is eager to make an impression after being called up for the West Indies Test team due to tour India in November. However, he is awaiting a fitness result that could hamper his chances of playing his first Test.

Cotterell was replaced on the A team's tour of India by Fidel Edwards due to injury, but was named in the 16-man squad led by Darren Sammy. Though twisting his knee knee in training had prevented him for familiarising with Indian pitches, Cotterrell remained buoyant about his prospects.

"I am really looking forward to going to India and playing, as with my pace, aggression and accuracy, I know I can take wickets", he said. "There is also the fact that the Indians tend to struggle a bit against good fast bowling, and with me being in some sort of form I know I could cause some problems.

"The injury is coming on much better now and there'll be an assessment this Wednesday," he added. "It's a scan and then a decision will be taken as to whether or not I am fit enough to go. I won't cheat myself and my body. If I know I am not fit enough, I will not go. There is a lot of cricket for me play and there will be much more opportunities if this one does not come through."

Cotterell has struggled to impress for Jamaica since his regional debut in 2011 - 40 in 18 matches - but did catch eyes in the 2013 CPL - eight wickets in seven matches, with a best of 4 for 20. The first Test is set to commence on November 6 in while the second is slated for November 14. The three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    if the selectors give him a chance 2 get into the 11 india's batsmen better watch out cause jamaicans normally back up talk wit action,

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Its important have confidence in all aspects of life,Englands great fast bowlers were ineffective when they were there recently it was Panasar & Swann who beat India, W I has Permaul /Shillingford a chance to make their names? Cottrell is getting a dusty pitch with no bounce if he goes, but why talk about Cottrell only,? what about Roach? Its mind boggling why these selectors would force a young bowler with a suspect knee in these conditions,when they have Rampaul and Edwards,even if Dwayne bravo was in the squad he is as good a bowler as Sammy or better, we need selectors who has the balls to do what is right.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 9, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Edwards/Powell 3.Samuels 4.Bravo 5.Chanderpaul 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy(c) 8.Best 9.Permaul. 10.Roach 11.Shillingford. This would probably be my 11, W.I can't go bowler light v India so the batsman Ramadin and Sammy will have to stand up with the bat to accommodate 2 spinner and 2 strike bowlers. I know he usually bats 3 but I'd open with Edwards as he's been in great form in the India A series and seems to have a real point to prove ! I also like to see Best at 8 he has great potential with bat and has shown this in both ODi's and Tests over the past year.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    It's good to have self confidence, but he needs to show respect to his opponents. You would have never heard anything like this coming from any of the great fast bowling legends that West Indies have produced. Is this a reflection of the media personell of the regional teams?

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    sheldon i love the attitude but u still have 3 hurdles to get over. 1st get over the injury. 2nd get match fit, and then the most difficult hurdle is to get into the playing eleven Cause more than likely we will be playing with 6 batsmen, a wicketkeeper, 2 spinners , 1 fast bowler & Sammy as captain. last time i checked that ads up to 11.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I remember a time when genuine pace bowlers used to be quiet and graceful in their execution of skills. Kids nowadays have big mouths and talk too soon before realizing their abilities. For Cotterell's sake, I hope he comes good in India against a quality Indian team. It's always better to remain quiet and move underneath the spotlight. Since he has spoken now, all eyes will be on him. If he goes for plenty, that could break his confidence big time and India is as tough as they come.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Big talk for a man who's trying to play his first test match.

  • POSTED BY Frayninho21 on | October 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Cotterell has serious potential. I'd rather he was saved for the NZ tour and that Rampaul had been picked for this trip.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Time will tell if he is a NATO man !!!

  • POSTED BY mus_tard on | October 8, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Ben Manning Cotterrell usually bowls around 85-90mph but I have seen him go up to 94 in the CPL

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    if the selectors give him a chance 2 get into the 11 india's batsmen better watch out cause jamaicans normally back up talk wit action,

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Its important have confidence in all aspects of life,Englands great fast bowlers were ineffective when they were there recently it was Panasar & Swann who beat India, W I has Permaul /Shillingford a chance to make their names? Cottrell is getting a dusty pitch with no bounce if he goes, but why talk about Cottrell only,? what about Roach? Its mind boggling why these selectors would force a young bowler with a suspect knee in these conditions,when they have Rampaul and Edwards,even if Dwayne bravo was in the squad he is as good a bowler as Sammy or better, we need selectors who has the balls to do what is right.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 9, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    1.Gayle 2.Edwards/Powell 3.Samuels 4.Bravo 5.Chanderpaul 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy(c) 8.Best 9.Permaul. 10.Roach 11.Shillingford. This would probably be my 11, W.I can't go bowler light v India so the batsman Ramadin and Sammy will have to stand up with the bat to accommodate 2 spinner and 2 strike bowlers. I know he usually bats 3 but I'd open with Edwards as he's been in great form in the India A series and seems to have a real point to prove ! I also like to see Best at 8 he has great potential with bat and has shown this in both ODi's and Tests over the past year.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    It's good to have self confidence, but he needs to show respect to his opponents. You would have never heard anything like this coming from any of the great fast bowling legends that West Indies have produced. Is this a reflection of the media personell of the regional teams?

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    sheldon i love the attitude but u still have 3 hurdles to get over. 1st get over the injury. 2nd get match fit, and then the most difficult hurdle is to get into the playing eleven Cause more than likely we will be playing with 6 batsmen, a wicketkeeper, 2 spinners , 1 fast bowler & Sammy as captain. last time i checked that ads up to 11.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    I remember a time when genuine pace bowlers used to be quiet and graceful in their execution of skills. Kids nowadays have big mouths and talk too soon before realizing their abilities. For Cotterell's sake, I hope he comes good in India against a quality Indian team. It's always better to remain quiet and move underneath the spotlight. Since he has spoken now, all eyes will be on him. If he goes for plenty, that could break his confidence big time and India is as tough as they come.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Big talk for a man who's trying to play his first test match.

  • POSTED BY Frayninho21 on | October 8, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Cotterell has serious potential. I'd rather he was saved for the NZ tour and that Rampaul had been picked for this trip.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | October 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Time will tell if he is a NATO man !!!

  • POSTED BY mus_tard on | October 8, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Ben Manning Cotterrell usually bowls around 85-90mph but I have seen him go up to 94 in the CPL

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Haha a new kid making big claims. Wait till you run into Dhoni or Dhawan or Kohli.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Really have to wonder what selectors are thinking with Cottrell. He is fast and irratic at best. Very young not yet ready for test cricket. WI selectors have sent young express pace bowlers to India where they can expect this flatest pitches and would need to grind it out. Really WI selectors are the worst. Hopefully it will not ruin the confidence of these bowlers and they can manage without getting injured. No Bravo means a medium pacer very accustomed to Indian pitches and who performs well there is out. Sammy better be prepared to bowl 20 plus overs per day. With two spinners bowling combined at least 50 overs with short bursts from the two pacers 20 overs between them no more than 5 over bursts of express pace. That will be WI best chance in India. Darren Bravo needs to perform as well as Samuels to support Chanderpaul. Gayle usually does well against India. Just want to see some good competitive cricket from both sides

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    cotterrell is supposed to be a medium pace seamer according to the Wikipedia profile. is it mistaken? is he as fast as Gabriel, Johnson, holder, Cummings or the forgotten Jerome taylor? what are his MPH stats?

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Look at that regional record. Pace with no accuracy is nothing. I've seen him play regional cricket and he is not there yet. Good prospect though.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    As KrikIndFan said, Rampaul has proved, that one does NOT have to be aggressive with words to be an aggressive bowler! After every innings, look at the 4th figure in the bowling analysis data; that should speak!

    However, most of us Indian cricket fans wish well for WI, and hope new stars will emerge for them from this tour -- both in batting & in bowling. With best wishes for good cricket!

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | October 8, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Here are two you want to target. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Keep it short and fast for both. Target Rohit Sharma with bowling outside the off stump in the channel and mix in with sharp in coming ones and short ones. For Suresh Raina…just target his rib cage. You will always have their wickets.

  • POSTED BY KrikIndFan on | October 8, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I like the way he's trying to play a mind game, but its not that easy to threaten the current Indian batting skills especially on their own pitches. So, the reason I respect Rampaul on the current WI bowlers who knows Indians, their pitches and lets his bowling do the talking. I still wish Cotterell the very best of luck if he's fit enough to go and play in India.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | October 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    This guy is a real talent and I'm glad he has a mind set of an agressive fastman. I saw him in CPL and was wondering why he was not much talk about. He is smart, very fit, tall and fast and I'm sure will create some impression in the coming tour to India.

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | October 8, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    It is nice to hear from a West Indian fast bowler such things because one only hears such pronouncements from others. I have never known the likes of Roberts,Holding, Marshall and others that they would do this or the other. If he is as good as he says he is we should welcome him. It is always nice to see these athletes from the Carribean Islands come and show everyone how good they are. I was expecting Cummins to come. But their selectors obviously think he can wait. I wish him the best in his endeavour.

  • POSTED BY nenez on | October 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    It is no good Cottrell talking a good game. For nearly 20 years every WIndian that comes into the Test side talks a good game but are really found wanting in the Test arena itself. He also needs to understand that just because you can bowl fast, that does not necessarily mean the Indian team will quake in their boots. Him and the other quicks will have to bowl with discipline which means line and length, thereby making it difficult to score, even if they are not taking wickets at regular intervals.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Most Welcome Cotterell to India. It is always easy to say i can do this or i can do that. But in cricket if you let your skills talk for you. That's what will make u great player. I would like to see with kind of question you will put in front of India Batsmen. Because We have players who are very well known for their back foot game. JAI HO

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | October 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Who are you man?Have you ever visited india?

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Cotterell needs to understand that it is not only Indians, almost every team struggles against good fast bowling!!! "Good" is the keyword here. Can WI come up with "Good" bowling, fast or spin?? I doubt. The present young Indian team needs to carry forward the legacy of the Golden Age of Indian cricket, 2000-2011. The likes of Sachin , Dravid, and VVS were never troubled by fast bowling or for that matter even spin bowling and took India to the top of the test rankings. India won tests in Australia (no one else could during their peak), South Africa (missed winning the series in 2010 due to a Jaques Kallis masterpiece) , England ,WI , New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, thanks to the exploits of these three plus Viru Sehwag. Time for the young guns to emulate these greats.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Cotterell needs to understand that it is not only Indians, almost every team struggles against good fast bowling!!! "Good" is the keyword here. Can WI come up with "Good" bowling, fast or spin?? I doubt. The present young Indian team needs to carry forward the legacy of the Golden Age of Indian cricket, 2000-2011. The likes of Sachin , Dravid, and VVS were never troubled by fast bowling or for that matter even spin bowling and took India to the top of the test rankings. India won tests in Australia (no one else could during their peak), South Africa (missed winning the series in 2010 due to a Jaques Kallis masterpiece) , England ,WI , New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, thanks to the exploits of these three plus Viru Sehwag. Time for the young guns to emulate these greats.

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | October 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Who are you man?Have you ever visited india?

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Most Welcome Cotterell to India. It is always easy to say i can do this or i can do that. But in cricket if you let your skills talk for you. That's what will make u great player. I would like to see with kind of question you will put in front of India Batsmen. Because We have players who are very well known for their back foot game. JAI HO

  • POSTED BY nenez on | October 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    It is no good Cottrell talking a good game. For nearly 20 years every WIndian that comes into the Test side talks a good game but are really found wanting in the Test arena itself. He also needs to understand that just because you can bowl fast, that does not necessarily mean the Indian team will quake in their boots. Him and the other quicks will have to bowl with discipline which means line and length, thereby making it difficult to score, even if they are not taking wickets at regular intervals.

  • POSTED BY Sir_Ivor on | October 8, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    It is nice to hear from a West Indian fast bowler such things because one only hears such pronouncements from others. I have never known the likes of Roberts,Holding, Marshall and others that they would do this or the other. If he is as good as he says he is we should welcome him. It is always nice to see these athletes from the Carribean Islands come and show everyone how good they are. I was expecting Cummins to come. But their selectors obviously think he can wait. I wish him the best in his endeavour.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | October 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    This guy is a real talent and I'm glad he has a mind set of an agressive fastman. I saw him in CPL and was wondering why he was not much talk about. He is smart, very fit, tall and fast and I'm sure will create some impression in the coming tour to India.

  • POSTED BY KrikIndFan on | October 8, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I like the way he's trying to play a mind game, but its not that easy to threaten the current Indian batting skills especially on their own pitches. So, the reason I respect Rampaul on the current WI bowlers who knows Indians, their pitches and lets his bowling do the talking. I still wish Cotterell the very best of luck if he's fit enough to go and play in India.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | October 8, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Here are two you want to target. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Keep it short and fast for both. Target Rohit Sharma with bowling outside the off stump in the channel and mix in with sharp in coming ones and short ones. For Suresh Raina…just target his rib cage. You will always have their wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    As KrikIndFan said, Rampaul has proved, that one does NOT have to be aggressive with words to be an aggressive bowler! After every innings, look at the 4th figure in the bowling analysis data; that should speak!

    However, most of us Indian cricket fans wish well for WI, and hope new stars will emerge for them from this tour -- both in batting & in bowling. With best wishes for good cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Look at that regional record. Pace with no accuracy is nothing. I've seen him play regional cricket and he is not there yet. Good prospect though.