India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 1st day

Debutant Shami puts India ahead

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

November 6, 2013

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India 37 for 0 trail West Indies 234 (Samuels 65, Shami 4-71) by 197 runs
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Mohammed Shami bowls on Test debut, India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 1st day, November 6, 2013
Mohammed Shami picked up 4 for 71 on Test debut © BCCI

Post-lunch session. A big partnership getting bigger. Suddenly, the game turns on its head. How often has reverse swing done that to a match on the subcontinent? How often have West Indies self-destructed? The umpires changed the ball after 40 overs at Eden Gardens, the replacement reversed appreciably, and the debutant Mohammed Shami bowled Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin in successive overs. In between those dismissals, Darren Bravo ran himself out and Darren Sammy torpedoed his own counter-attack, and the promising advantage of 138 for 2 lay squandered. Soon, Shami uprooted fellow debutant Sheldon Cottrell's off stump to end the innings on 234 and finish with four wickets.

Shami was the form bowler from the recent ODI series against Australia, and was handed a debut ahead of the experienced Ishant Sharma - who ironically presented Shami with his Test cap - and the quicker Umesh Yadav. And how he repaid his captain's faith. Shami bowled consistently in the late 130s on a slow pitch, and was a different proposition with the ball scuffed up, finding movement that had not been there for him with the new one.

It was a proper bat-first pitch at Eden Gardens, slightly uneven and expected to deteriorate later. There was little threat from the new ball and the lack of pace also hampered the spinners. The West Indies openers, however, failed to capitalise on favourable conditions and departed within the first hour. A tentative Chris Gayle succumbed to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's away-swing, and the solid Kieran Powell was done in on the pull by Shami's pace.

Samuels and Bravo put on 91 for the third wicket to bring West Indies back. Bravo came in to defend and defend, while Samuels took care of the scoring, hitting 56 of his brisk 65 in boundaries before his dismissal sparked the collapse. Every now and then both batsmen attacked the spinners, who were not much of a worry despite the odd delivery turning or kicking or keeping low. Samuels continued to pierce the off-side field against the quicks.

It was Samuels' desire to keep hitting off the back foot that gave India the opening. Even as Samuels set himself up for a punch through the off side, Shami swerved one through the gate from good length. In the next over Bravo, having resolutely blocked his way to 23 off 96, decided now was the time for a casual single to square leg, even though there was a fielder there and though Shivnarine Chanderpaul wasn't interested. Suicidal was the only word for it. In the next over, with so much reverse happening, West Indies realised having a keeper batting at No 6 wasn't ideal. Feet not moving, Ramdin was caught on the crease as another one zipped in late. He belatedly tried to chop it, but it had sneaked through by then.

At the other end, Pragyan Ojha was cursing his luck. He'd had Samuels, on 60, dropped by Dhoni, then had a close leg-before shout turned down against Sammy. But Ojha did not have to wait for too long because the West Indies captain gave it away. With long-off on the boundary, Sammy tried sending Ojha over, only to find the fielder with precision.

In his 199th Test, Sachin Tendulkar gave a disappointingly moderate Eden crowd another reason to cheer at the stroke of tea. Landing his legbreaks and googlies with control in his opening over, Tendulkar trapped Shane Shillingford - also dropped by Dhoni off Ojha - in front for his 46th Test wicket. Chanderpaul, playing his 149th Test, was left to survey and salvage something from another familiar West Indies collapse. He tried to do it his way, turning the strike over and trusting the tail. But R Ashwin eventually sneaked an offbreak past his back-foot defence to end his resistance on 36.

India's openers brought the deficit below 200 in the 12 overs they faced. Tino Best and Sheldon Cottrell, in particular, worked up plenty of pace but did not make the batsmen play enough. They also overdid the short ball, which, despite their speeds, was safely defended or avoided on this pitch. Shillingford sent down a few steady overs, but India's real test will come when the ball starts to reverse.

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Posted by mzm149 on (November 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

@APSK: ... and Sachin scored 10 runs too.

Posted by CricketFirstLove on (November 7, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

It was so heartening to see this young lad bowling at 140 km. The way is getting purchase off the wicket was amazing he is was even swinging in air. Lovely.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Oh my - this is getting worse - I can't keep up! I just deleted my 82 for 4 comment as it was already out of date before I could finish it! At 82 for 4 the West Indies score was looking a lot healthier. At 94 for 5 it is beginning to look like a mountain, and India are huffing and puffing quite badly. It seems as if it is all up to Dhoni & the debutant. What is going on? Have India forgotten how to bat without fielding restrictions? Is the red ball confusing them? This is beyond unexpected!

Dhoni dropped off Sammy! Wow - I can't keep up. Better post this before it is out of date!

Posted by   on (November 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

feeling for DRS , Tendulkar unlucky again ...?

Posted by rajcan on (November 7, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Why do you change the caption of the news but have unrelated story. I see this very often in your site, very bad practice. Please allow this comment as positive feed back and change it.

You have a heading, "Shillingford rips through India", when I clicked that to read, it takes me to another heading "Debutant Shami puts India ahead" where there is no news about Shillingford.

I couldnt understand why you guys do this often.....

Posted by android_user on (November 7, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

someone has to put his hands up to rescue from this plight. otherwise i forsee another embarassment for us st home. left to wonder if shillingford can create havoc to one of the worlds best players of spin in their own den, what was ashwin doing?? something drastic has to be done and some serious talking needed..

Posted by   on (November 7, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

People are yapping at Vijay's inclusion in the playing XI. Looks like he is the highest scorer.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (November 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Sschin was NOT OUIT...........TOO HIGH Umpire got the wicket...

Posted by Albie_Hanekom on (November 7, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Sachin LBW too high, luckily India agreed to DRS..... NOT!

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (November 7, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

Very good bowling by Shillingford, he just got Vijay's wicket with a straight one out side the off stump, as he noticed the batsman stepping out to him a lot. It feels like the rest of the world is doing well in spin bowling and perhaps overtaking us.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (November 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Shillingford is bowling very well, probably the best spin bowling so far in this test. No wonder he is picked over Narine.

Posted by pealivi on (November 7, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

A great article by S. Monga. In a few paragraphs he has so eloquently outlined the problem of West Indies cricket today. There is obviously no shortage of talent in the Islands, the problem is that of mind set - the desire to stay at the crease and bat into positions of strength, come what may. The batsmen have all the shots in the world, it's just a matter of application. Can someone tell me how the captain is going to go about the business of reprimanding his batters for lapses in concentration when he himself is consistently the worst culprit? Now, if people are looking for the difference in quality of the WI teams of the 70ties and 80ties, they don't have to look much further!! West Indies then had a team WITH a captain and not a team AND a captain as they have now!!

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (November 7, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Congratulations Rohit and Shami on your test caps!!! It is so heartening to see Rohit get his chance after what seemed like an eternal wait. The timing of his arrival along with not getting good breaks delayed his debut in test cricket. Way to go Shami, what a pleasant surprise to see a debutant bowler from India reverse swing the ball consistently at a good pace. Even more amazing is to see the outswinging reverse swingers from Shami. It is a dream debut indeed. I can imagine all the fans wishing for your longevity. Well done Dhoni and management, as the bold move paid off (who expected this surprise pick, as the general opinion was that they would go with Umesh over Shami). Thank you George Binoy for the breaking news on Rohit, you were well ahead of the television (as a restless fan was waiting for the news).

Posted by   on (November 7, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

Absence of two bowlers (Ishant & Vinay) and two batsmen (Yuvi & Raina)in the Test team, really helped.

Posted by arvin on (November 6, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

@APSK... not to forget sachin took his 46th test wicket... 4+6 = 10 ...

Posted by CharuKhopkar on (November 6, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Are there anymore Mohammed Shamis who can't get through the web of Indian cricket and team politics? Even Ganguly - who can't be accused of ignoring talent when he sees it - had been pushing for Shami's inclusion for a fair amount of time before the seamer's inclusion in the Indian XI. Wonder when we can hope for some transparency in the talent spotting process.

Posted by CapeKolpak on (November 6, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

My feeling is that India will put up a 550+ score declared and will be able to spin out an undisciplined West Indies batting line up for an innings victory.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 6, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

mbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium are a waste of time when it comes to putting test match on ????... No place to find tickets for the match .... No information at all on how to find tickets ????? .. I have booked my flight .. Paid over L100 just for the stupid indian visa ... You just get ripped off here by the indian officials .. Then you get ripped off in India ....... Toooo!!!!! .... To make things worse ... Only 4000 tickets for the fans.... I have watched this test in Kolkata ... Half the Eden park is empty's hard been an indian abroad ....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 6, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Shami and Pujara look like brothers. :-)

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (November 6, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Those who say cricket is a batsman's game and bowlers are for slaughter, are fools. I liked day-1 of Ind-WI test 100s of times more than the recent AUS-IND ODIs. In the test match, there was a supporting pitch, no field restrictions and the batsmen had to earn their runs. There was a contest between bat and ball and that is what sports is all about, a contest. Cricket at its pristine best. I hope ICC will reduce the ODIs and T20s dramatically, and increase Tests. The character, technique, class of players can only be judged in Tests.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Shami is to be admired for his intellectual honesty. He has admitted that his earlier success against Aussies was due to rain stoppage and the latest at Kolkata is due to ball change. In these days of regimented administrative and commercial gaggings, this is quite unexpected. Let us hope the ball change will not be the latest spot-fixing aid. Hope Shami will be durable considering the plight of so many, Joginder, Irfan, Ishant, Pravin, Aoran, Umesh, Vinay, RP singh, Nehra, Patel etc.

Posted by bhushanB on (November 6, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

Come on... someone ask Rohit's selection against Rahane, when the former did not bowl a single ball in the innings.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

umm west Indies this is test not 2020

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

I love the way this match started so far even though WI is on the back foot. WI have not lost a test for quite a while now and I honestly don't think India will push the team over at all. This is just the Tendulkar flare happening at the moment, when the flare fade and this test match progress, people will understand that this pitch is still unpredictable and the match is still open. Both team are very strong.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Now I am completely sure that ICC and Cricket is nothing because everyone is talking about Sachin did this Sachin did that no one talks about cricket it means that players are more important than the game that is way cricket is not recognized globally ( Long Life FIFA and Long Life Soccer )

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 6, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

With the West Indies seemingly incidental to the whole occasion, now would be an excellent time to sneak underneath the radar and give everyone a nasty shock. However the collapse of their batting was not a good way to start. Great to see Samuels again-such class!

Posted by PratUSA on (November 6, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

Eden Gardens was not full because tickets are not sold to fans who want to attend but given away as freebies. Whatever the online quota of tickets was, it got sold out in no time. Surely India bowling on a weekday was one of the reasons and some of the season tickets holder will show up on Thursday but still the tickets politics needs to be weed out of Indian cricket system.

Posted by bhushanB on (November 6, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Has Rohit justified his selection as the 5th bowler... Dhoni's reason for Rohit edging Rahane out.

Posted by san_cricinfo on (November 6, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Amazing Stuff From Shami Go India Go and give the best tribute (2-0 ) to the Legend "SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR"

Posted by Nampally on (November 6, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Perfect case of Shami & B.Kumar operating in pair against the WI. Whilst Bhivi removed the ever dangerous Gayle, Shami took care of the other recognized bats + #11. Shami bowls consistently in 135 - 140 KPH range with good direction & controlled swing. If only he can command a consistent length, he will be a force to reckon with. It was good to see this combo in action - Shami in XI instead of being Benched!. Dhoni also had a rational XI on the field with the right bowlers. India had a great day dismissing Windies for 234. Gone is the high scoring bonanza of the ODI's. Even pitch appeared less docile, although it was more the selection of bad strokes that cost WI some cheap wickets. Nevertheless it was great to see Indian bowlers packing WI innings for a modest total. Now it is up to India to show patience & discipline in building up a big total. Vijay & Pujara being left out of ODI's have to accept the challenge & score Big! Sachin must be focussed on a farewell century-Good Luck SRT!

Posted by APSK on (November 6, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Day-1 of 1st TEST WI scored 234/10 :-2+3+4+1+0 = 10

India scored 37/0 :-3+7+0 = 10 Number of runs scored today :- 234 + 37 = 271 = 2+7+1 = 10 Wickets fell 1st Day = 10 Sachin's Jersey no. = 10 10, 10, Everywhere!!!

Posted by kahvas on (November 6, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

@Wolf777: What has Jadeja done with the bat? He's worst than Ashwin while batting when it comes to pace, cant even connect bat and bowl. Rohit SHarma is in the team for a good reason. He has consistently performed as a batsman, adjusted to changing conditions from England to India. I mean I dont deny that Jadeja is doing a good job as a bowler, but he is not capable of batting any higher than 8 or 9.

Posted by ROXSPORT on (November 6, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

To all those so-called "experts" who continue to call that good-for-nothing Ishant Sharma as an unlucky bowler: Shami's performance is a slap on your face. We, fans, have been crying ourselves hoarse praying for Shami to be given a chance. And, when he got one, he grabbed it with both hands. Performed creditably in the ODI series against the Aussies and the joint 3rd best debut performance by an Indian pacer. Just goes on to show that talent is often over hyped. You also have to have the temperament (an area where Virat Kohli proved far superior to Rohit Sharma) and the skills (an area where Shami outperforms Ishant by a mile). Just harping on talent will not win you matches. At the end of the day, performance is what counts. If it had only been talent, Rahul Dravid and Shiv Chanderpaul would not have averaged above 50 in tests.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (November 6, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

@ Englishfan yes it is because its still international cricket and more scoreboard pressure in odis than any of the tests

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Sammy is not the right man for the test captaincy... Ramdin is the better choice. With Ramdin as captain the team has more options. West Indies need a batsman at no.6 . Ramdin should be batting at 7.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Another horror-show by the Windies batsmen. Powell, Bravo and Sammy gave their wickets away, Samuels and Ramdin had no answer to the ball reversing into them, also Gayle and Chanders defeated by good line/length. Leaing up to this i said that the boyz had to put a good competitive total on the board and they ended up at least 150 short. Now they have to try and restrict this formidable Indian batting line-up to as little a lead as possible, with a big improvement expected in the second innings, for them to have any chance of at the very least, taking this match into the 5th day. Good luck boyz you're gonna need it.

Posted by Rahulbose on (November 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

I feel even the Gods are smiling at Sachin. This test is now perfectly poised for a big knock from the master, thanks to early wrap up of the WI innings.

Posted by ladycricfan on (November 6, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Dhoni dropped couple of catches today. But which WK doesn't drop catches.

Dhoni's Test statistics:

Matches played: 78, 2nd most by an Indian WK next to S Kirmani's 88

Total dismissals: 248, most by an Indian WK, 7 th in the history of world cricket

Dismissals/inn: 1.722, best by an Indian WK

Total no of runs scored: 4209, most by an Indian WK

Batting average: 39.70, best of all the Indian WKs.

Dhoni is the best ever Indian wicketkeeper batsman statistically and hasn't finished yet. He has the added responsibility of the captaincy as well.

Posted by VinodGupte on (November 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

let's not go overboard with shami's performance. he bowled well but we have seen many flash-in-the-pan type of players in test cricket of late (RP singh, munaf patel, raina and ishant sharma). let's give him 10 more tests.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

What happened to all the arrangements made in relation to 70000 Tendulkar masks and the book? Were they able to pull it off?

Posted by xylo on (November 6, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

For all the effort that Shami put in, this test will sadly only be remembered for Tendulkar's retirement.

Posted by wolf777 on (November 6, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Disappointed to see Rohit Sharma in the Test side. It seems Ravindra Jadeja was given a rest just to make sure Rohit Sharma features in the playing eleven. He has been having a good run since last ODI series and he may put up a good performance. That's beside the point, however. How many careers were ruined or put on hold just give an inconsistent performer repeated chances and when there is no guarantee that he will not fail again. I wish him all the luck on the debut; however, I think it is unfair and sickening to see that despite repeated failure, Rohit Sharma has played so many ODIs and now he is making his Test Debut while Cheteshwar Pujara is still to make ODI debut despite string of good performances in Limited Overs domestic competitions. The sad part is that lesser performance of Rohit Sharma in same completions won him repeated comebacks.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

It's 'unfortunate' that the 'unlucky' Ishant Sharma didn't get a chance to play this test. Had he played, we would have easily seen 'unlucky' and 'unfortunate' figures of 40 'unfortunate' overs with only 1 maiden and 140 'unlucky' 'unfortunate' runs and 'unfortunately' 0 wickets. Yeah, he ran in hard, ball after ball after ball sincerely and was 'just unlucky' and 'unfortunate' to not have gotten even wicket. tsk tsk tsk how sad!!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (November 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

@Cricketlover54, so did you come to know that the tracks in England were flat before the tournament started or only after India won the trophy? Hilarious! And how do you convince yourself with your conclusions when the average score for the tournament was in low 200s? Oh wait a minute, I know the answer. The tracks that India batted on were flat. Right? Well then, how do you explain Indian opponents getting low totals? Well there is an answer for that too - the pitch became flat whenever Indians batted. Right? Sir, do you make any sense to yourself if not for others?

Posted by BigINDFan on (November 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Thankfully Ishant gave way to Shami. It is time Ind stick with young fast bowlers and shape and nurture them - Shami, Yadav, Bhuvi, Rishi Dhawan the list goes on. Don't bring back Zak or Vinay or Ishant until they prove themselves in English county cricket and Ind domestic scenes. Ind desperately needs good spinners - Ojha is good, Ashwin is good but there is no break-through bowler right now like Anil Kumble used to be. Ind should groom a proper leg-spinner from the young bowlers and give them chances.

Jadeja belongs in the ODI and T20 format not Tests. Ind needs specialist bowlers and batsmen in Tests if they think of challenging SA in their backyard.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 6, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

@English_Fan Jadeja's batting against fast bowling isn't of international quality. He can handle spin pretty well. But bring on any decent medium pacer (above 84 mph) who can move the ball around and he keeps playing and missing (just like a tailender). One more thing Ashwin's weakness is not his ability, it is his lack of patience. I have seen the best and worst of Ashwin. At his best, he bowls beautiful off-spinners at varying speeds with varying drifts and mixes the odd top-spinner and the odd arm-ball. At his worst, he bowls rubbish trying all kinds of variations without concentrating on a good line and length. He bowls his worst often, if he doesn't pick wickets for a prolonged period of time. But I still think on his batting and bowling ability he is India's most talented cricketer in the current test team (he is unsuitable for ODIs and T20s). If he fulfills his potential, should end up with 300+ wickets and 3000+ test runs (75+ test caps).

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

@Ramesh I agree 800 was stretching a point. On Dhoni I'm not sure why it's "Laughable". Is ODI and T20I batting and the end of the innings an indicator of a test wicketkeeper's ability?

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

@englishfan knows it all and has seen it all no suspense left so all can just switch it all off. But India going on till 800 pretty far fetched. Dhoni wouldn't go for such an overkill even if it was possible. Dropping Dhoni from the team is just plain laughable.

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

@Sam Roy I understand what you're saying but Jadeja is a clever spin bowler who doesn't really turn it, therefore I don't believe he needs turning pitches to be successful.

@Latecut thanks for the compliment. I made the mistake of calling Dhoni's keeping and test batting "poor" before and got accused of being a "hater". I think Dhawan, Vijay and Jadeja are all cool heads and therefore negates this need for his "cool head". I've only just remembered commentators mentioning Jadeja has scored triple hundreds so should be a more than capable no7. Samson could then move to 8 and focus on his keeping. Team: Dhawan(c) Vijay Pujara Rahane Kohli Sharma Jadeja Samson Kumar Yadav Shami - could cause RSA and England problems in their own countries. It's certainly a team I would fear.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Selectors should not hesitate to drop Ishanth, Vinay and some extent even Zaheer for SA tour

Posted by 200ondebut on (November 6, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Why is everyone going on about SRT retirement? He may soon play his last game but he will be mentioned for years to come on these forums. He'll always be part of the game.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 6, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Congratulations to Tendulkar on picking up another wicket. Perhaps one of the best bowlers India have ever had! They'll certainly miss him when he's gone.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

look this is the beauty of cricket .first day show of shami is the subject matter of most of the comments pushing the topic of sachins retirement in the backyard, atleast as a game cricket never lacks context,for its being a moving phenomenon;presence of a big star or two notwithstanding.retirement of sachin is a totally different issue than a tailor-made personal episode eclipsing anything else,as claimed by some people.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 6, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Anyone who underestimates India's bowling is believing the stereotypes. India is pretty damn good team. The series against SA would be fun to watch. I believe that India will gain #1 ranking in that series. I just don't see India losing in SA. The current batsmen they have are pretty solid against fast bowling and bounce. SA cannot find new talent fast enough. SA's batmen remind me of aging Indian batsmen a few years ago.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 6, 2013, 14:04 GMT)

@EnglishFan I agree with almost everything you said, except one. Jadeja is like Monty Panesar (except Monty giving the ball a bigger rip). Bowls quickly, with some turning and some not on rank turners. That is his strength. He is more accurate compared to Monty. But he isn't a classical left-arm spinner. He doesn't have the flight and the guile to a threat on all kind of surfaces. Yes, he can probably tie on end up. But isn't going to take many wickets on the pitches that don't offer turn. I will prefer Ojha (a classical left-arm spinner and probably the best of his variety in the world) over Jadeja on good pitches. On square turners Jadeja is India's No. 1 spinner.

Posted by INDIAN_CKT_FAN on (November 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Most Matches in Odi:463 Most Matches in Test:198 Most runs in Test:15837 runs Most runs in ODI:18426 runs Most Fours in odi:2016 fours Most Fours in test:2044 Fours Most 150+ scores in odi:5 Most 150+ scores in test:20 Most hundreds by a batsman in Test:51 hundreds Most Hundreds by a batsman in ODI :49 hundreds Most Ninties in Odi:18 Most Ninties in Test:10 Most fifties by a batsman in Test :67 Most fifties by a batsman in ODI :96 Most Man of Match in odi :62 Most Man of series in odi :15 Most Balls Faced in odi :21367 Most ODI runs in a calendar year :1,894 in 1998. Most centuries in a calendar year :9 in 1998. Most runs scored by a batsman in ODI tournament finals:1851 Most centuries hit in ODI tournament Finals:6 ton Most Runs in world cup :2278 Most Runs in single world cup :673 Runs in 2003 Most Hundreds in world cup :6 Most fifties in world cup :15 Most successful batsman in wins :(11157 runs in 234 matches) Most successful batsman in chases :(5490 runs in 127 matches) SACHIN

Posted by S.Jagernath on (November 6, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

A lovely test match surface was prepared.The seamers had a say in the first innings,with the spinners showing the way the game is heading.Sachin Tendulkar got some decent turn also.The West Indies needed a century from somebody,a score of 350 would have been a lot.India should not have omitted Ajinkya Rahane,Rahane was good enough to be selected for India's last test,I do not understand why he isn't good enough now.Ishant Sharma is finally dropped.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

what I like in shami is, he looks to Hit the wickets all the time... he has pace, he knows his limitations, he is a TEXT BOOK BOWLER.... bhuvi , umesh, shami should be good team for SA tour, with mohit sharma, in the queue, ishant should not be afforded to be in team..... what I like in shami is, in his last spell today, ball was reversing, you need to bowl full up to the stumps to get more swing, and shami did exactly that, that shows he reads the game well, unlike ishant who sticks to short of length balls hoping for some miracle to get wicket...all the best's India's game to loose from here...

Posted by latecut_04 on (November 6, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

@English Fan..very spot on and accurate comments from a neutral fan(which is a rarity regardless of nationality)reminds me of Landl47.And you have been gracious in saying 'Dhoni's keeping has decliend over the years'.he has never been an international test standard keeper.sad but true.Remember Eng tour when he coudlnt stand up to PKumar.He is a great leader and and a great player in ODIs.He doesnt merit a place in SA tour test squad based on glove work or batting.Sad again but true.But we need a level head like him for the ordeal.just gets the feeling we will see..we maysee many more misses from behind the stumps in the coming months..wish i will be proved indian cricket fan

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@cvenka on (November 6, 2013, 7:26 GMT):

"I Strongly deplore BCCI's action in inserting this meaningless...."

You are flogging a dead horse! More than dead; dead & decomposed! A little too late, Mr. Infinitely stale; to rake up the controversy of reducing the duration of the SA tour.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (November 6, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

We should all thank Faulkner for getting rid of Ishant Sharma for us. Neither Dhoni, nor our selectors had the clarity of mind to get rid of a rubbish bowler masquerading as pace spearhead. This series should retire 2 people - Ishant and SRT. We have no shortage of batsmen. We need more quality bowlers. Please, no more Ishant Sharma or Vinay Kumar. How about trying more hungry youngsters like Ishwar Pandey and Imtiaz Ahmed?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (November 6, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

India may have found a quality paceman who could partner Yadav.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 6, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Shami has now caught Dhoni's attention as a good wicket taking bowler. I also like Ishwar Pandey he is quite fit and bowls at a lively pace. We can now say goodbye to Ishant.

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

@Rishav Dharewal I've watched enough cricket to know that Dhoni is the best ODI finisher on the planet but his keeping over the last few years has been declining.

Why can't Indian fans appreciate that Shami and B Kumar are quality bowlers. Yes WI aren't great at batting but India still took 10 wickets on this road of a pitch.

Posted by Rohit... on (November 6, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

@ Fan1969 : Do you want Bhuvi to go the R P Singh & Irfan's way??? Lose the control of the ball for the sake of speed.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

@english fan 2 drop catches and u leave ms dhoni out of indian XI and who is the replacement-18 yr old much cricket have u watched?

Posted by SamRoy on (November 6, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Ishwar Pandey must play in SA alongside Shami, Bhuvi, Umesh. Pandey is as good as Stuart Clark in his pomp (ok I am exaggerating) but he can be as good as Stuart Clark in his pomp. We can play a 4-man pace attack with Ashwin as opener in SA. Pandey won India A a test and is easily the best pace bowler in the country who hasn't yet played for India. I saw one match of Vinay Kumar to decide he was rubbish, ditto for Dinda. I finally lost patience with Ishant when he threw away the elusive test series win in SA (Jan 2011) by bowling rubbish to an one-legged Kallis and an out-of-form Boucher with SA only 130 ahead and 6 wickets down in Cape Town. Admittedly, it takes Dhoni far more longer to see things compared to some of us in this forum. Well Dhoni has a lot of patience for his bowlers. And Shami showed he was really good in that West Indies tour with A Team more than one and half years ago. It took so long for the selectors to figure it out...

Posted by OttawaRocks on (November 6, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Its amazing how many haters miss the point. Great players are usually afforded a farewell opportunity which may or may not include retiring at home such as Bradman, Gavaskar, Steve Waugh, Kumble, Mariano Rivera, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur etc. The authorities made sure the same was afforded to Tendulkar. No surprise here.

Posted by Ankitsuperking on (November 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Terrific performance on debut by Mohd. Sammy..He definitely looks talented and can generate lively speed. But lets hope it is not a nine day's wonder as has been the case with so many Indian fast bowlers in last few years....... Lets hope we have found one good fast bowler who can consistently deliver for his team.......

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Shami's debut performance was just wonderful. As Sir_Ivor said, he has almost every skill a swing/seam bowler needs; and by striking the right line (middle & off) and and length (a wee bit fuller), he can get wickets in SA.

From the comments of quite a few, I get the feeling that many do not seem to realise that it is skills (as Shami has) and not necessarily speed (as Varun Aaron had) which gets wickets.

Unless Yadav & Ishant start applying their mind intelligently, their speed will go sheer waste, in SA, NZ, OZ, & ENG.

Duncan is great for batsmen, but NOT a great coach for Bowlers. None of the overseas bowling coaches clicked so far, not even Eric Simons, who was better than most.

Zak has a brilliant mind, and he would be an excellent bowling coach. (Of course he will consider himself still young enough to be a bowler in the playing XI than be a coach). I am looking for someone who can convince Zak (and the Board) to transform Zak's role, for his own good and the team's good.

Posted by simonviller on (November 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Despite the strides made by this WI team ,there is still a long way to go to be competitive with the top teams . Yes ! they are talented players ,but not quite as talented as a team because of the team makeup . WI have struggled for many years for consistency at the top of the batting order ,as well as accuracy with the new ball bowlers . A good example of such is this match so far ,wherein the Indian bowlers were spot on with their lines length and movement ,while WI have started wasting the new ball after a poor start with the bat . These two areas alone are enough to push any team to defeat ,not to mention other flaws within the team . [ For starters I would like to see Best batting no:7 and Sammy batting no:10 ,because Sammy as it seems ,will never learn to bat ] .

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

India to post a huge score- 800-4. Vijay 100, Dhawan and Pujara 200 each, Tendaulker a low score (sorry Indian fans),Kohli and Rohit both to score not out 100s as well. The rest will come from extras. This WI bowling attack is poor- missing Kemar Roach- and bowling against an in-form batting line up on a not too difficult a pitch.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Assalamulaikum. .first of all thanks to allah swt to made him easy .Mashallah , Really appreciate his outstanding, incredible performance to lead to win india. inshallah india will definitely win. I can say to sami, you are the future of india. try you best like you are doing now. play for country not for you, and all the best. May Allah make you easy to play honest game. Aamin.

Posted by Army_rangers on (November 6, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

@bokesh,varun aaron is just recovered from an injury which kept him out of action for more than one tommarrow he will be playing Fc game,so lets hope he will be fit and in form..

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

@Boomslanger you're talking rubbish. Pace isn't everything, ask Vernon Philander, Glenn Mcgrath and James Anderson. I reckon an attack of Yadav, Kumar, Shami and Jadeja would cause problems when touring England. Hardly finished articles but have a lot of potential. Kumar in particular is accurate and swings the ball. Look at Graham Onions' record. Shami looked good in the ODIs as well as today. All these bowlers need is to keep what they're doing and a decent wicketkeeper.

On Murali Vijay, he will be vital in South Africa, England Australia to see of the new ball and to prevent collapses. I think a lineup of Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Kohli, Sharma, Samson, Jadeja, Kumar, Yadav, Shami would be successful on tour, but maybe less so in India. I backtrack on what I said earlier and think Dhawan should captain the side, he looks cool, calm and captained sunrises in CLT20 so has some experience. It would allow Kohli to focus on batting.

Would love Tendaulker to get 50 test wickets

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

The little Shami show I saw makes me believe a Steyn in the making. May be its too early to say, but the balance, composure and the little jump and perfect landing of the front foot in the delivery stride reminds me of a Steyn like action. If he can develop a good outswinger with the new ball and keep himself away from injury (fingers crossed), he will reign for long. Think, he should be playing less one dayers, given the surface generally prepared for those in the subcontinent. It will also give him rest and time to regain from the wear and tear of fast bowling. All the best Shami, wish you all the good luck. Keep going.

Posted by ladycricfan on (November 6, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Day one belongs to india. Shami was exceptional. Others chipped in nicely. Windies should curb their six hitting instinct and play proper cricket. Nice gesture by Dhoni to give the ball to Sachin. He didn't disappoint the fans.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

dream debut for shami excellent spell of bowling,i hope india dominates for next two days and bat once in this test match.i would like to see vijay and pujara hit tons with master back in form........go india gooooo

Posted by scred on (November 6, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

45k packed in a weekday in a 67k seater stadium and according to cricinfo this is disappointingly moderate Eden crowd. some people cannot be satisfied. How many tests in last 10 yrs got these much crowds ?

Posted by boomslanger on (November 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Unfortunately, as we have seen, the Umesh Yadavs, Bhuvis, Vijavs are all one match wonders. Either they forget how to bowl the next match or are just discarded by the Indian Team Selection System ( which has probably destroyed more talent than any other system/factor). True Shami bowled well today. But let us wait and see if he runs out of steam in a couple of more innings of sustained fast bowling. Even so, a single bad performance and it is bye bye. One wonders where the likes of Rudrapratap Singh are? As it goes, looks like Zaheer and Ishant (who can bowl at 130+ on and on and on) are the only two who have been around for a bit (and may be called in again if Shami goes bananas) Seriously, India should not even consider a bowler who cannot bowl 140+ in sustained bursts. With the 'new' pitches a bowler working with 125 to 130 Kmph is going to costs India runs and matches. Surely there are one or two among the few hundred million who must play the game who could be nurtured? Nurtured!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

To succeed in test cricket, the players must have discipline. If this discipline is missing then the team must have at least a few really talented players. The current WI team seems to be lacking in both. I guess this series will be a cake walk for the Indians. But that should not give them a false sense of supremacy. SA tour is not very off and that will be, in all probability, a different story altogether.

Posted by Fan1969 on (November 6, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Good to see Shami perform, as predicted. Shami, Zaheer and Umesh will make a good combination in SA. Bhuvi needs to pick up more pace else he will contain but will not get wickets. It will be great if they can put one test across SA...tough but I am hopeful.

I would have loved to see Mishra given a chance ahead of Ojha. Mishra will keep Ashwin under pressure as he can be a match winner on his own.

Once Jadeja is back, Ojha will be out of overseas tours also being a left arm spinner. Mishra vs. Ashwin is a good contest for overseas tours where we can have just one spinner in the team.

Next 15 months India need to tour SA, NZ, Eng and Aus.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (November 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 i thought ave of 33 was pretty good on those green turfs in zim for that series, esp when zim could hardly cross 200 in most of the games. remember how zim were competitive i.e 2-3 with pak on the same wickets but we dominated them 5-0

Posted by Bokesh on (November 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

shami could really be an asset on SA tour, only hope that he doe not go the same way as ishant has. I remember he was somewhere around 140km/hr in Australia on his debut, and today reduced to merely 125 plus.By the way, if somebody can tell me where is varun or( varoon ?) now a days ?

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 6, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Theres no shortage of good fast, pace bowlers from the WI. They must lead in cricket by producing one after another pace bowler. Watch out to all teams the talent in that department is there. Same with spinners as well they keep producing them time and again.Only their batting lags behind.

Posted by creekeetman on (November 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

why no nikki miller for wi? he did so well with the A team recently. why the persistence with best??????? and especially with sammy. wi will never win a test series against a quality side with those two in the attack, and only 5 batsmen.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Imagine if the Little Master snared 50 test wickets before retirement! An outside chance, he needs 4 with 3 innings available to him.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (November 6, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

I said earlier in the week, decision to go with five batsmen is wrong. West Indies should have selected Deonarine, he is also a more than competent bowler and would have solidified the middle order. Ramdin and Sammy are not consistent all-rounders, so having them at six and seven puts West Indies top order under added pressure against an already strong home team.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Great players, no matter the sport should leave the sport when their decline has started for history must remember their contribution while they dominated the sport and not when they were at their past their best

Posted by Bokesh on (November 6, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Really pleasing to see the "all whites",appears cool to the eyes after seeing so much "technicolor" in the field.By the way shami reminded today of earlier zahir khan.

Posted by Naresh28 on (November 6, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

I must say I was not a SHAMI fan. I have to change my mind he is much better than Ishant, Vinay and Unadkat. He should mature and put in some gym work. So for SA we now can see Shami leap frogging Mohit, Pandey, Shukla - I would like to see ZAKS back as well. We always hear rival fans calling us FLAT TRACK BULLIES....the question to them is it not the SAME for both TEAMS? Its not that India cannot score overseas as well? Weather and pitches overseas are not in our hands? Someone said in a fan blog that the CT in ENgland was a FLAT TRACK.

Posted by muruknavasalapuri on (November 6, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

i have already said this but needed to mention it again i have seen many comments in cricinfo blaming tendulkar for this series, so that he can play final on his ground, and do you think he cant bat against SA, one thing i need to say to you all, all of you are missing the big fact that srinivasan is safely hideing behind all this the SA series is curtailed because of him, if this series has not happened every one would have talked about that, hence he wisely diverted us towards tendullkar so that he can escape............

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

Very well bowled by Muhammad Shami on his debut test match...Hats off to you.

Posted by CodandChips on (November 6, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Predictable. WI batsmen lack Test skill and temperament except Chanderpaul. They're facing the consequences of cancelling all their home tests earlier this year.Indian bowling looks good but I'm not convinced by Ashwin.

Well bowled Tedndaulker. I now can't stop smiling.

Again not convinced by Dhoni behind the stumps. Surely young Samson deserves a go, especially at home to a second rate team like WI when all the focus will be on Tedndaulker.

Posted by drnaveed on (November 6, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

before , i thought that perhaps Pakistani side has the longest tail in their batting line-up ,but today , the WI side proved me wrong ,they have even more longer tail in their batting line-up ,starting from Ramdin. he is not a number 6 batsman ,neither is Sammy a number 7 batsman. perhaps , asking too much from them. there is no point in sending a batsman of class of chanderpaul at number 5 , when he is followed by all tailenders.Chanderpaul should come in at number 3, because he has the potential to occupy crease for loger duration of time ,regularly, only if WI ants to win test matches.

Posted by muruknavasalapuri on (November 6, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

at the end of 75th over WI scored 37 singles and 39 boundaries (4s- 35, 6s 4) is this the way of batting in test.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Common Shibu (S. Chaderpaul) make a century. Show ur class & temperament once again . WI need u today once again......common make a huge. best of luck for u Mr. Chanderpaul

Posted by vsroc on (November 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman(November 6,2013) Shami is one of the best bowlers produced by India.He has got potential to play in all formats for India. Let us all congrajulate and bless him for his stupendous feat on the first day of his maiden test.Further,Sachin Tendulkar needs pat for taking his 46th wicket at the stroke of tea today.

Posted by Iceman29 on (November 6, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Wow...and the little master took a far so good for Sachin...

Posted by Siddiee on (November 6, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

@joe_antony, availability of tickets is more of a concern than price. I want to watch the 2nd match in Mumbai but organizers have made available 4000 tickets for general public against the stadium capacity of 33,500. Rest are for reserved for members and their associates who prefer to attend the match for a session or two over five days.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

MSD dropped twice today and both were cost less than 5 runs. As a Indian Fan, I suggest he needs to drop Chanderpaul as well if he wanna wrap up WI.

Posted by alwaysroyal on (November 6, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Grand preparation for this series and Tendulkar's farewell. The way WI are throwing their wickets seems like it will be one sided story. Indian batsman will make a mockery of WI bowlers. Everything looks well planned and hence this emergency series was planned. Indian team is capable of playing against the best teams of the world in all forms of cricket, then why this drama.

Posted by vswami on (November 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

@Mohammad Zamin Funny. Indian bowlers are so lethal that they can only take wickets on so called flattest batting wickets in the world. Go figure.

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

W/I tail starts after chanderpaul. It's a pity that a player like Tendulkar must end his career against one of the weaker sides in the world. Did the BCCI pick them to give the great man an opportunity to score big runs in his last series? What if he is injured in this match and cant play the last match. Will he come to South Africa to get his 200th??? Lets face it. He is past his best and should have retired long ago.. After the world cup win would have been the best time.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Well, Dhoni is having a miserable day behind the stumps, of course as usual. He's already dropped 2 easy catches.

Posted by joe_antony on (November 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

I see empty stands in the pictures. Though BCCI tried so hard to sell this Sachin centered extravaganza, people are not buying. One important reason for the empty stands is the unrealistic ticket pricing. The boards prefer empty stands but don't want to lower the prices. Cricket business in India is becoming so sick day by day.

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Iceman29 on (November 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT Its NOT Rocket science-Cricketlover54's team is the Doctored track bullies Pakistan! Who else would follow and comment on every World Champions (ahem) progress! Who else would make each victory of the world champions sweet with the nonsense baseless comments ?. More Pakistan supporters watch and comment on World Champion India;s matches! This website is proof of that mighty following India generates

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

Cricketlover54 on (November 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT If CT was played on FLAT TRACKS how come your Pakistan team was the worst team of the tournament? They are the real flat track bullies! By the way was ALL the pitches in England were FLAT TRACKS or only the ones in which the WORLD CHAMPIONS India played in? You are very knowlegable in cricket so please keep your opinions coming! Its you and alikes who make every win soo much sweeter! Hope you will follow the doctored pitch match SA/vs your FLAT TRACK BULLY Pakistan

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (November 6, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

D ramdin doesnot deserve a place in playing eleven even in club level anymore. He is batting equalent of bowler rohit sharma.

Posted by Fijicricket on (November 6, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

@cricketstarbest on (November 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT Hope you wont be watching- or following the meaningless series. Good riddance!

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

then why dont u show them how to ball seems that u cld b the quickest in the!

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Why West Indies are bearing this kind of flop wicket keeper for a long time ? D. Ramdin has only avg of 26 after playing 51 Tests. And only avg 20 after playing more than 100 ODI. Whenever D Ramdin has arrived in India- he faces a lot of trouble. I hardly remembered any good innings in this sub- continent ? Dont u think- WI should be replaced as early as possible...

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Wish Sammy good luck with 5 batsmen.

Posted by Iceman29 on (November 6, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Hope this will be a good farewell series for the great Man "Sachin"....Thanks for all the Entertainment you gave us Sachin...Most us started watching and playing cricket because of you....thanks for all the memories...

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

tendulkar will flop in the series with the bat. west indies will draw the series

Posted by Iceman29 on (November 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54: You said about Rohit as Flat Track whatever.....Now you tell us which team ur supporting and we will tell about those players calibre.....

Posted by wanatawu on (November 6, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

I hope they give Sachin a bowl in on this tests, remember him being a partnership breaker in days gone by.

Posted by muruknavasalapuri on (November 6, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

WI again doing the same mistake, not doing enough running between the wicket just concentrating either to block or hit, i dont think this will help their cause

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

India needed a 5th bowler here... perhaps Rohit can chip in later

Posted by muruknavasalapuri on (November 6, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

what is the point in giving complimentary tickets to those who doesnt turn up for the match and taking is as just an option, why not give to the die hard fans. Why give free ticket to those how making their day busier in other ways, why not for those who r ready to pay for it and also compromise their office/school/college/etc. for just to see the match. i am not blaming those prefer their activity than match but why then you need those tickets just to show others about your prestige or some thing

i heard that there is only 4000 tickets are to sale for fans other r to be distributed as complimentary for mumbai test. is this fare?

Posted by Rohit... on (November 6, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54: So that's why the average score in Ct was only 220... Wow!!! It seems as if you were following only Indian Batting and switching the TV off once Indian Innings was over.

Posted by PrasPunter on (November 6, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

What if WI wins "that" test ?

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

Well the farewell series of the Master Blaster and the Debut Series of Rohit Sharma.. Who knows Nature has conspired it.. Since Champions Trophy he has played responsibly, So thats how the trust has built on him. My all wishes to Him. Shami a good bowler of swing. Bowling in with Bhuvi will make it a Lethal Indian Fast bowling, All capable of surprising the Batsmen in the first session.

All the Best Team India. All the Best Sachin.. You have really made a standard and a benchmark for others. Its a proud feeling to be born in ur era and watching u play.

Posted by Surajrises on (November 6, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Samuels has taken a good advantage of the fact that the Indian team and the fans are more bothered about Sachin's retirement. This is a terrific start to his innings and he is not going back to that dressing room unless he has at least 150 runs to his name. By the time Indians realize, Windies would have already score 350 or more and then they have a some good pace bowlers with them who could test our batsmen. But right now, Windies are having the upper hand for sure... I won't be surprised if we lose this Test Match to Windies...

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (November 6, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

@Rohit. Because most tracks in CT were flat.

Posted by vxttemp on (November 6, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

@Rajasekar KS: I really don't understand people like you. why are u bringing Mumbai into the equation. Stupid response to a comment is no better. Vijay performed well in the last series and deserves his place. Why don't people show some respect to others irrespective of the country/place they are from.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

Rohit the debute s in the indian test team cheer for him...

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

west Indies will attack. they are use to playing on Indian ground now with IPL experience. India will have a hard time winning the series

Posted by vxttemp on (November 6, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

Am not a Vijay fan but he deserves his place on his last test series performances. Rahane will get his chance in the next series. Hopefully he will live up to the expectations.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has shown an attitude shift towards playing responsible and long innings. His ability was never in doubt. He deserves a chance gang congratulations to him for earning his debut.

Posted by android_user on (November 6, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

vijay dvorrd 2 tons in last e tests and still people question why he is in the team. pls undetstanf cricket is played not ib Mumbai alone.

Posted by Rohit... on (November 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

@ Ramesh Kulal : Vijay had a terrific last test against Australia... How can he be removed from the Opening spot... And Rahane will have to work on his foot-work against incoming deliveries before getting the management nod.

Posted by Rohit... on (November 6, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 : Why don't mention the average in CT held in England & the WI tour where he received the Award for most Consistent batsman??? Please don't be biased... Show Complete facts before giving hate speeches like "Flat Track Bully".

Posted by vxttemp on (November 6, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@cricketstarbest : If this series is meaningless, what are you doing here? :-)

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (November 6, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

cricketstarbest You really take the cake with your observation. This is a good West Indies side. Any side with Gayle,Samuels,Bravo and Chanderpaul Sammy,Best,and Shillingford has to be good. That apart,most of the these players have played a lot in India. At Eden gardens West Indies used to do very well in the early years but India too have done well here. The West Indies have a line of fine players to choose from. It is just that some captain should have thegood luck to turn things around like Frank Worrell had in the series against Australia in 1961, known for the first tie drawn Test.In this Test India will bat last. One cannot say for sure that they will be able to ward off Shillingford,Samuels and Permaul. So please wait and watch.It could be a great test match.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (November 6, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Rohit Sharma averaged 33 in his tour to Zimbabwe, 99 runs in 4 inning. Another Indian flat track bully

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

I not understand why Vijay in the team.? and Whats wrong with Rahane?

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

phew.. we will hve the same old problem with Rohit.. hes not an opener now... the way you play changes from opener to anywhere else... phew more testing for this guy to get him a place in the team... i am not complaining about his place in ODI... that looks solid.. its just that how many tests we will have to see him to get him to the right position..... i never hated him.... its just that his presence in the team hasnt brought balance until he started opening in the ODIs.... just my thought...

Posted by Resultpredictor on (November 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

This series is meaningless as INDIA WILL WIN THIS SERIES 2-0 EASILY

Posted by   on (November 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

If Kemar Roach wasn't fit when the squad got on the plane why bother taking him for a 2 match series. There are other decent quicks that the WI could have taken.

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