India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 3rd day November 8, 2013

Dhoni lauds 'fantastic' Shami

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The lead-up to the first Test against West Indies at Eden Gardens had been almost entirely about the impending retirement of the most experienced man in world cricket, but it was India's newest Test players that proved to have the biggest impact. MS Dhoni has lavished praise on debutants, Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma, after they played starring roles in India's innings victory that stretched their Test winning streak to an unprecedented five matches.

Shami's performance, in particular, caused plenty of excitement as he consistently bowled around 140kph and got the ball to reverse prodigiously to end up with nine wickets in the match, the fourth-best figures for an Indian quick bowler at home.

"I think it was a disciplined bowling performance," MS Dhoni said after the match. "Shami was fantastic. Most of the fast bowlers got reverse swing, but his line and length was key. He got the right length and that's why I think he got nine wickets in this game."

Dhoni elaborated further on the conditions in what he thought Shami would thrive. "You need a bit of pace to dominate. You can get a bit of reverse swing, and he's got very good seam positioning which means he can reverse the ball away from the right-handed batsmen. So on wickets that have a bit more bounce, I think he will be even more effective with the ball going both ways. We're all very happy with the performance."

While Shami's entry to Tests was something of a surprise, Rohit's debut was considered long overdue. He made the wait count with a gutsy 177 after coming in with India's batting is disarray. "Well, you have to believe in destiny," Dhoni said. "I remember in Nagpur, there was a game he was supposed to play, but during the warm-up he injured his ankle and missed that Test. So I think it's good to see him bat the way he has batted. He is very talented, but now that it is reflecting on the field, he's really enjoying his cricket. Hopefully he'll go ahead and take more responsibility."

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  • Nampally on November 8, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @Fan 1969: Your conclusion that MOM is always biased towards the batsmen, is logical. Ashwin scored a century + had a 5 wkt. tally in the match. So he has just as good a case for MOM. Without Ashwin's support, Rohit would have been left stranded - out of partners! Shami had a 9 wkt. tally. Strictly speaking, there were 3 eligible contenders- Rohit, Shami & Ashwin. They all contributed to the Victory in an outstanding manner- One as a Batsman, one as a Bowler & one as an All Rounder. Unfortunately there is only one MOM but each of the 3 deserved it. How Lucky is this Indian team to have 3 equally strong contenders for the MOM!

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Shami bowled really well, nice to see a fast bowler dominating in Indian Cricket, it is really good to see if he gets some support from another facer, India can take 20 wickets in anywhere in the world. Coming to the Man of Match, I feel it is correct decision if not Rohit then it should be Aswin(124+5wickets) only Shillingford also bowled well. Total WI score in second innings is less than Rohit's and important thing was he carried that score when India was 85/5. There is no chance for WI to draw or win even shami not taking 5, it may be little delay and India can win this match. The only diff is Rohit and Aswin's partnership. In my openion Rohit deserves man of the match. A confident Rohit is better than Kohli and rest of Indian top order in Tests. Kohli better than any other Indian in One Days. Both Rohit and Kohli are equal in T20.

  • Vnott on November 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Mohammed Shami was waiting to happen. He showed his class in the India A tour to West Indies itself with good performances thru and thru. if we pick Ishwar Pandey, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Shami and Umesh Yadav we have a terrific quartet of fast , swing bowling. Ashwin and Rohit did well. For no:4 and opening we still have a gap. Badri seems to be back in form. He or Karthik are much better than Raina or Yuvraj for no: 4. Selectors have to pick horses for courses....in tests u need better temperament than Raina, Yuvraj. Rohit needs to be tested in SA too.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Hopefully the Indian phsyios can keep him fit. I can't believe how many fast bowlers India have walked in and out of the Indian team over the years. Irfan Pathan.Ashish Nehra, Balaji, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Aashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Sreeshanth and now the two Kumars and Shami. Only Zaheer Khan has been a regular member of both Test and ODI team. So, hopefully the bowling coach will realize the recent trends in Indian pace bowling department and take required measures to keep him fit.

  • gauravm5 on November 10, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    so we Indian fans have again started doing the same, making a player superstar on the basis of one good performance (5 of his 9 wickets were that of tailenders) & that too against players of world's number 8 test team. Anderson, Steyn, Pattison, Ryan Harris & Ajmal does the same which Shami did in kolkatta in every alternate test match they play. Most of Shami dismissals were clean bowled & came against world number 8 test team batsmen. Do u people think batsmen like Smith, Amla, Kallis & ABD would allow the ball to pass between their leg & bat so easily. B4 start of tests, SA wud watch Shami videos & I assure u that it wud b very difficult for Shami even to create any trouble for them. Just wait & watch Shami's, he has to improve himself continuously if he want to last for 6-7 years. In last 10 years, India has seen lot of shamis coming in with a bang & going out as a fused bomb, RP, Ishant, Munaf, Sree, Irfan, Umesh, PK, Dinda, VK, Mithun, Balaji, Ashwin, Ojha & Nehra..

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Top stuff from Shami-whether he will be a world beater or not remains to be seen.He seems to have all the tools to do well-good pace,swings both the new and old cherry,etc.However it's his temperament which is so impressive...very unflustered and calm..perfect.Of course all Indian fans will be hoping that its not another case of the "great Indian fast bowling hope" and hopefully Shami is handled well and not overbowled in the future.He's a gem and they should manage his career carefully,keep him away from ODI's (apart from the World Cup).Suddenly Shami,Ashwin,Kohli and Rohit point the way forward to a world class Indian team capable of building for the no.1 spot for tests.

  • Night.angel on November 10, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @varun prabha thoniplackal , and who is James anderson? a guy with the average of 30 is not much to be reckoned with. Ofcourse he takes wickets in green tops. I would rate simon jones better than him.

    Moreover, don't hype about shami much after a single test against a deplorable WI batting line up. Let him play some more matches.

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    He is the James Anderson of India...

  • shabbir on November 10, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Vnott Not Kartik he was tried and tested a lot, Badri deserves a chance at international level. In younger lot Sanju Samson is bright prospect at young age. For Opening slot Ajinkay is there to fill in if needed

  • ChuckyDoll on November 10, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Happy to see Rohit have a good debut. Worried about the consistency in the long run.

  • Nampally on November 8, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @Fan 1969: Your conclusion that MOM is always biased towards the batsmen, is logical. Ashwin scored a century + had a 5 wkt. tally in the match. So he has just as good a case for MOM. Without Ashwin's support, Rohit would have been left stranded - out of partners! Shami had a 9 wkt. tally. Strictly speaking, there were 3 eligible contenders- Rohit, Shami & Ashwin. They all contributed to the Victory in an outstanding manner- One as a Batsman, one as a Bowler & one as an All Rounder. Unfortunately there is only one MOM but each of the 3 deserved it. How Lucky is this Indian team to have 3 equally strong contenders for the MOM!

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Shami bowled really well, nice to see a fast bowler dominating in Indian Cricket, it is really good to see if he gets some support from another facer, India can take 20 wickets in anywhere in the world. Coming to the Man of Match, I feel it is correct decision if not Rohit then it should be Aswin(124+5wickets) only Shillingford also bowled well. Total WI score in second innings is less than Rohit's and important thing was he carried that score when India was 85/5. There is no chance for WI to draw or win even shami not taking 5, it may be little delay and India can win this match. The only diff is Rohit and Aswin's partnership. In my openion Rohit deserves man of the match. A confident Rohit is better than Kohli and rest of Indian top order in Tests. Kohli better than any other Indian in One Days. Both Rohit and Kohli are equal in T20.

  • Vnott on November 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Mohammed Shami was waiting to happen. He showed his class in the India A tour to West Indies itself with good performances thru and thru. if we pick Ishwar Pandey, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Shami and Umesh Yadav we have a terrific quartet of fast , swing bowling. Ashwin and Rohit did well. For no:4 and opening we still have a gap. Badri seems to be back in form. He or Karthik are much better than Raina or Yuvraj for no: 4. Selectors have to pick horses for courses....in tests u need better temperament than Raina, Yuvraj. Rohit needs to be tested in SA too.

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Hopefully the Indian phsyios can keep him fit. I can't believe how many fast bowlers India have walked in and out of the Indian team over the years. Irfan Pathan.Ashish Nehra, Balaji, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Aashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Sreeshanth and now the two Kumars and Shami. Only Zaheer Khan has been a regular member of both Test and ODI team. So, hopefully the bowling coach will realize the recent trends in Indian pace bowling department and take required measures to keep him fit.

  • gauravm5 on November 10, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    so we Indian fans have again started doing the same, making a player superstar on the basis of one good performance (5 of his 9 wickets were that of tailenders) & that too against players of world's number 8 test team. Anderson, Steyn, Pattison, Ryan Harris & Ajmal does the same which Shami did in kolkatta in every alternate test match they play. Most of Shami dismissals were clean bowled & came against world number 8 test team batsmen. Do u people think batsmen like Smith, Amla, Kallis & ABD would allow the ball to pass between their leg & bat so easily. B4 start of tests, SA wud watch Shami videos & I assure u that it wud b very difficult for Shami even to create any trouble for them. Just wait & watch Shami's, he has to improve himself continuously if he want to last for 6-7 years. In last 10 years, India has seen lot of shamis coming in with a bang & going out as a fused bomb, RP, Ishant, Munaf, Sree, Irfan, Umesh, PK, Dinda, VK, Mithun, Balaji, Ashwin, Ojha & Nehra..

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Top stuff from Shami-whether he will be a world beater or not remains to be seen.He seems to have all the tools to do well-good pace,swings both the new and old cherry,etc.However it's his temperament which is so impressive...very unflustered and calm..perfect.Of course all Indian fans will be hoping that its not another case of the "great Indian fast bowling hope" and hopefully Shami is handled well and not overbowled in the future.He's a gem and they should manage his career carefully,keep him away from ODI's (apart from the World Cup).Suddenly Shami,Ashwin,Kohli and Rohit point the way forward to a world class Indian team capable of building for the no.1 spot for tests.

  • Night.angel on November 10, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    @varun prabha thoniplackal , and who is James anderson? a guy with the average of 30 is not much to be reckoned with. Ofcourse he takes wickets in green tops. I would rate simon jones better than him.

    Moreover, don't hype about shami much after a single test against a deplorable WI batting line up. Let him play some more matches.

  • on November 10, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    He is the James Anderson of India...

  • shabbir on November 10, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Vnott Not Kartik he was tried and tested a lot, Badri deserves a chance at international level. In younger lot Sanju Samson is bright prospect at young age. For Opening slot Ajinkay is there to fill in if needed

  • ChuckyDoll on November 10, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Happy to see Rohit have a good debut. Worried about the consistency in the long run.

  • vipravara on November 10, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    A bowler attacks batsman with 11 (including himself) supporting him. Whereas, a batsman while scoring runs, encounters 11 opposition players or even 12 (including insensible partner getting him run out, at times). Of course, umpires' (genuine) mistakes can trouble or benefit either bowler or the batsman in the same way. Still, a bowler can have many more chances and ways of getting the batsman out in the same innings, but a batsman needs to get runs against all the odds (brilliant run saving fielding) in the same innings without committing a mistake as much as possible. Strictly speaking, a batsman's life at the wicket is for one more ball only. So, the immense necessity of caution, concentration (negotiating possible sledging) and not committing a mistake in an innings is much more for a batsman rather than for a bowler. Hence, with all due respect and recognition to bowlers and fieldsmen, by and large, batting is considered the toughest of the three aspects of cricket. (3 of 3)

  • vipravara on November 10, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    A careless/lazy shot by batsman resulting in soft dismissal, an exceptional/ sharp catch by a fielder, a sharp stumping by the keeper, or an erratic lbw/caught decision by an umpire are never truly bowler's wickets though they go to his account. All those incidents involve the effort/s of the other too sometimes, more than the effort of the bowler. A bowler can get a batsman out by a few variety of ways. However, a batsman can get runs only when the ball is intensionally or unintensionally hit with the bat, where in the latter case, the (top order) batsman is always criticized for his class/technique though. Indeed, a batsman may not get a second chance (barring an umpire's mistake or a drop by a fielder) unlike the bowler to show off in the same innings. (2 of 3)

  • vipravara on November 10, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Keeping aside, who should have been MOM (Shami/Aswin/Rohit) in Kolkata test, even the history shows a batsman-based MOMs were more than a bowler in cricket. Honestly, which is the toughest aspect of a cricket: batting, bowling or fielding? Keeping aside pitch qualities and rules of the game, four to five bowlers share the burden of getting the other side out or run restricting bowling at times, with the help of fielders and sometimes with a bit of unexpected support from umpire's mistakes. Bowlers operate in spells of 6 balls at a time. A bowler may be erratic in one spell in an innings, but can have a chance to come back strong in the same innings to compensate, which is not the same for a batsman. While the main job of the bowler is to get wickets (in tests), after all, what is truly a bowler's wicket? (1 of 3)

  • on November 10, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Ashwin, Rohit and Shami are all equally deserving of MoM, I would say Rohit got MoM, because of the intense situation he found himself when he came to the crease, after a top order batting collapse 150 behind, His initial partnership with Dhoni, then I'd say after Dhoni got out, he was able to bat in excellent partnership with Ashwin and to alleviate the pressure from him, and then go on to bat out the day and make 177 on debut. Shami probably didnt get MoM, because West Indies almost got themselves out, but was equally deserving, Ashwin probably also deserving, however Shami bowled better and Rohit batted better.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on November 10, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    I don't understand why a bowler is taken to heights just based on one performance. If he performs well then it is good for India but why do you want to praise him with no limits. So much of appreciation may spoil his career. Ishant, once who threatened Ponting withhis performance, is very good example for that. Indian media and fans are always crazy. If a player performs well then he is great and if he fails to do then he is worst.

  • on November 10, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Well what to say at this fantastic victory of India Vs. WI, which unfortunately turned out to be absolutely an one-sided one!! I am really bewildered at the way WI succumbed to our new exciting debutant speedster Shami!?..And about Rohit, nobody was doubting about the enormous talent that he has got and all are happy at last he learnt to be patient (his excellent responsible stint as MI's captain at last IPL has its impact I am sure) and has blossomed as one more exciting batting prospect along with India, and this I am sure is a great news for India in all 3 forms of Cricket. MSD must be the happiest person to have such a nice blended team that we have now!! Hmm..wait and see how would this team perform when they Tour South Africa, with fingers crossed !?..Jagadeesh K R

  • Greatest_Game on November 9, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    "… India's innings victory that stretched their Test winning streak to an unprecedented five matches."

    So avoiding playing SA and adding in 2 games against as weak WI team extended "a test wining streak, against horribly poor teams at home, to an unprecedented five matches." Wow - what a recored. Five matches at home against teams without batsmen!

    That will end as soon as India play a real team on a real cricket pitch!

  • pitch_it_up on November 9, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Seriously, when will we ever stop being so partial to batsmen?? Tests are won by bowlers. Considering the cricketing history we have, we should have won far more Test matches. And this is the very reason why we don't win Test Matches. My choice of MoM would have been b/w Ashwin and Shami. Shame on the MoM selection panel and Indian cricketing psyche.

  • on November 9, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    I agree Ashwin should have been the MOM.

  • NumeroUnoAnalyst on November 9, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Regarding man of the match Ashwin is my 1st choice then Shami comes 2nd only rohit

    Ashwin performed wellin all 3 depts....also 124+5w >> 9w or 177 runs Also when dhoni got out rohit was on 31 means if Ashwin didn't support he would have ended 50+*

    If motivating debutants is a constraint, then shami deserves be coz in Indian sub continents bating is.easier, fast bowling is tough and the bowlers need to toil hard....also rohit purse is overflowing wih ipl money....and he also received mom n man of series vs Australia....so shami should be encouraged

  • NumeroUnoAnalyst on November 9, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Where is Ravi Rampaul, Jeremy Taylor, Sunil Narine, Jason holder ....Roach who was brought was told injured and went-off......guys are you joking?? ....West Indies playing with toothless bowling attack except shilling ford who unexpectedly bowled well......BCCI planned for this series in quick time, looks like they asked WI to bring to 2nd rated attack to lose for a good sachin farewell, maybe to get few more centuries...unfortunately the umpire didn't allow it......after all WI has to listen to BCCI....India will win 2-0 .....only good thing about the series is the new find SHAMI.......rohit has a fantastic backup, his century will make a strong case for his position in the team

  • soumyas on November 9, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    West Indies is nothing more than a flamboyant T20 team, Test cricket is not for them. Don't get carried too much away by the Shami's performance, better Test playing country's batsmen will sort him out very fast.

  • soumyas on November 9, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Rahane and Gambhir should make into the team for Tendulkar and M.Vijay for the next Test series...

  • Arrow011 on November 9, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Bhuvi is a way better paceman than Shami, by the next test match the shami bubble will burst like Ishant sharma's once in a blue moon performance.

  • on November 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    exclusively fantastic

  • kannan225 on November 9, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Shami did bowl very well. His line and length together with reverse is impeccable. Maybe he should be rested for the one dayers and preserved for the SA and NA tours. Should be a match winner in those conditions

  • Arrow011 on November 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    I think Shami is being hyped the way Ishant was, it is time to be more sensible in making a player a star. Our media usually makes a mountain of a molehill. Ishant if all of you remember was compared with Brett lee, then his real talent was exposed, he is no better than any average first class bowler. Let time decide, after 10 tests we will know the real ability of a player. If anybody deserved man of the match it is undoubtedly Ashwin & nobody else.

  • on November 9, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    when we r going to encourage our fast bowlers??hate to think in this manner but can't help it that Mumbai lobby of Gavaskar & Shastri ensured that MOM should go to Rohit Sharma. Nothing against Rohit and his knock as a debutant is exceptional but what we have seen from Shami Ahmad is absolute RARITY in Indian cricket and this performance came on a very good batting pitch. Totally agree with @Fan1969

  • on November 9, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    the same thing he told for bhvi also.. buy now bhuvi completely gone..

  • on November 9, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Sammy need to step down...bring sarwan back....need Fudadin on the team.

  • Ghazanfarr on November 9, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    hi, Man of the match should be give to Muhammad Shami along with Rohit. on Debut its a Fantastic performance by these two players especially of Muhammad Shami performance. best of Luck for both 2 players in future. secondly, once again i m saying, we will also missing as Pakistani Great Sachin as his last test is soon be played. now all over the world of Cricket, only one name is calling that is Great Sachin. and its much pleasurable that India is given FULL respect during his last tests. best luck for Great Sachin for next test.

  • ladycricfan on November 9, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Night.angel All those who mentioned with FC averages over 60 are not opening batsmen. All of them are middle order batsmen. Most opening batsmen around the world have FC averages in 40s. eg. cook, strauss, sehwag, gayle. Few like gambhir, Gsmith touches 50.That is because opening batsmen have high chances of getting out early in the innings with the brand new ball and the bowlers with fresh legs.

  • on November 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    nice bowler

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 9, 2013, 7:34 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 one wicket and 'unlucky' to have given so many runs. tsk tsk tsk how sad!!

  • CricPissu on November 9, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Mohammed Shami is sensational....India always go blah..blah...over their batting and have no respect for fast mowlers...Thanks Dhoni....You always gave credit where it"s due.....

  • India2014 on November 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Also get back Zaheer Khan, while he is fit.

  • Night.angel on November 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Nevertheless, all is not well.. You need experience in the middle order to settle the nerves of young batsmen of this team. In this match, 5 wickets gone down too easily, with Sachin not in a great form for some years now. Moreover, young kohli is vulnerable still in the tests. This is where the service of Badrinath is required, a guy who averages 60+ in FC, which is significantly higher than that of Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly

    Secondly, Ind still needs a left hand batsman or a fast bowling allrounder in the batting line up. Abishek Nayar (55+ batting avg) and Rishi Dhawan ( 43+ batting avg that is high for someone comes down at 6 or7 usually in FC and bowling avg of 25) . But both of them should be in reserve bench as at present as there is no spot currently available.

    These guys render balance to the team.

    My team would be: Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Badrinath, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, ashwin, Bhuvi, shami, yadav ( except Dhawan& kohli, top six have a FC avg of 60 is really incredible

  • on November 9, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @samir hajiyani, your team has too many batsmen. I would prefer dropping vijay and giving rahane a chance to open. Also I would like to give Zaheer a chance instea of inconsistent yadav. While everybody talks about performances of rohit and ashwin, Murali vijay's poor performances go unnoticed. It is time they dropped him.

  • on November 9, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    When i saw Shami bowl a few times, i knew there was a gem. Dhoni if you are liistening, take Bhuvi, Shami, and Zaheer. If Zaheer is not fit, there is Bhuvi, Shami, and Mohit would make a great fast bowling unit.

  • DaGameChanger on November 8, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @US_Indian@ Fan1969 = I think you guys are wrong. Wickets are shared pool vs Runs are not which means if 1 bowler takes 10 wkts, chances of other bowlers to do same is almost impossible probability while thats not the case in terms of Runs. Just by assuming most of commentators are not bowlers and they appreciate batsman is really undermining knowledge of great players of cricket. As I said, all 3 deserved to be MoM but if they had to decide one, it should be person who change the course of the game first, which in case was Rohit. The other factor that may have worked for Rohit was a Momemtum. He scored double hundred in ODI and almost double hundred here oon debut so you feel the guy is on verge of something great. @Lord_Buddha..I really hate when Rohit gets out, his displeasure is very annoying.

  • DaGameChanger on November 8, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I think MoM to Rohit Sharma is good choice on this occasion. You can't deny that all three Rohit, Ashwin and Shami made good contribtions but the fact is Rohit made partnership with Dhoni and Ashwiin to save India the blushes. He was the first in leading Indian fightback and rest joined later. If it was not for him, India would've had any lead and Indian bowlers would have been in spot. If this was a close match and Shami took 9 wkts, he would been better choice as MoM in my books.

  • on November 8, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    It was a debutantes' game which we really enjoyed.Congrats selectors for picking up the good freshers for the test match. Likewise some more new faces should be given chance to prove.Thanks...........

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 8, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Agree with @Vnott - Shami was waiting to happen. He showed his class in the India A tour to West Indies itself with good performances thru and thru. Ishwar Pandey did the same in India A tour to South Africa recently. If we can have Zaheer to lead and mentor young Ishwar, Bhuvi, Shami and Yadav, we can have a battery of medium pacers. They may not be as intimidating as the West Indies pace battery of 70s and 80s, but they can be as effective in getting wickets.

  • on November 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    This is what you get when you dropped bowlers who trust more on luck then skills. Great finally captain and coach understand that and they dropped unlucky bowler and bring this guy who is hardworking with skills set. I wish they give more and more chance to such bowlers instead of bringing back unlucky after couple of matches.

  • on November 8, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    it is going to be my 11 in s.a. dhavan vijay pujara kohli rohit dhoni rahane jadeja bhuvi shami yadav

  • Nampally on November 8, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Whilst the Crowd & Fans had gathered to give a big send off to Legendary Tendulkar, it was the 2 debutants who stole the show in the First test at the lovely Eden Gardens.But the way they stole the show captured the hearts & imagination of ALL Indian Fans with renewed faith for a good Indian performance in the forthcoming SA tour next. As Shami ripped the WI batting twice, Rohit Sharma showed great character & determination in rebuilding the Indian batting innings from 83 for 5 to finish at 453. It also revealed the batting talent of Ashwin who got a fine century batting at lowly #8 spot! These sterling performances from 3 future stars totally over shadowed the fading star-Sachin's failure, albeit due to poor Umpiring decision. The whole limelight shifted to these 3 heroes of the First Test where WI were totally outplayed with an innings defeat on Day 3 of a 5 day Test. No better way to celebrate the retirement of a "Great Legend" with 3 younger potential "SuperStars" in-waiting!

  • on November 8, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    this series will be a good farewell to the great Indian... can never imagine a 11 without him.... hope to see some big runs from him in the final test

  • Fan1969 on November 8, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Thanks @US_Indian. Unfortunately MoM did not always exist and thus cannot do the analysis.

    I want Indian pace bowlers like Shami to be preserved in cotton wool. He can win India foreign TEST matches - just 28 in history (excl B/Z) and 9 of them won by the spin quartet! Only 14 since 2002 and just 1 in NZ since 1976.

    He must not bowl on flat track ODIs and IPL. He will just become defensive, bowling yorkers and lousy outside the offstump full tosses.

    ODIs, T20s are won by good batsmen and frankly India has a good crop of them. Kohli, Dhawan and Rohit can get the runs but only if bowlers get batsmen (like Kallis, Amla, ABde, Cook, KP, Clarke before the match is out of reach) OUT can India win TESTS.

    High time India stops losing Irfan, RP, Munaf, Ishant to ODIs and IPL. Pacers must be made to practice getting the top batsmen out. That is all.

    Overseas TEST victories are what LEGENDS are made of other than WC/ICC Finals. All routine ODIs, T20s, IPL have few long term memories.

  • Roshini on November 8, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Wow!What a gem for India in Mohammed Shami. We Sri Lankans have just seen the Waqar Younus of India. India was always known for batting and spin legends but to witness this very rare talent in action was something to really cherish folks.Many can debate its just a one off game but boy the amount of reverse swing he produced to get as many as six batsman bowled neck and crop that too on your debut game tells something very special of this lad.Exciting times ahead for young Shami and India while we cricket lovers can sit back and enjoy "Asia's Newest Sultan of Swing" in action..Good luck Shami and congrats India! Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • GRVJPR on November 8, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Who adjudicates man of the match awards. I mean, does Shami needs to take 15 wickets to get a man of the match.

  • on November 8, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    if dhoni is listening, please pick zaheer for next series.zaheer, shami and bhuvi will one of the best pace trio in the world.

  • rdr_1019 on November 8, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Really good bowling effort by Shami! Great to see an Indian fast bowler getting some much deserved applause and encouragement for his efforts. Shami along with Bhuvi can form a lethal attack with their consistent line and length. To go along with them, we have Ojha and Ashwin in the spin department supported very well by Jadeja. The only thing India needs now is a fast bowling all-rounder to accomodate this team in overseas conditions. At the moment, only Irfan looks capable of fitting in that role. The batting line-up looks settled with Rohit all set to move up to No. 5 and Kohli to No. 4. The team for the sub-continent tracks looks all set with the following line-up. 1. Dhawan 2. Vijay 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami and 11. Ojha. For overseas conditions, we just need a fast-bowling all-rounder to replace Jadeja or Ojha. Things are looking good for future of Indian Cricket Team...All The Best !!!

  • McGorium on November 8, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @Lorde_Buddha: Of the current crop, Rohit Sharma is best equipped to handle bouncy tracks. He has the best backfoot technique of all batsman in the Indian lineup, and can play the pull shot well. Kohli has improved his backfoot play tremendously, but I think he can still be suspect against genuine pace on fast wickets. I wouldn't worry about bounce as far as RS is concerned. RS is a bit like VVS in my opinion; very good off the backfoot (great by INdian standards), but can occasionally be loose. (Then again, which Indian batsman apart from Pujara has a tight defence?) If he can match VVS, Indian cricket would be well served. I've always rated RS a notch higher than Kohli (although Kohli has produced superior results in ODIs due to his hard work). Glad to see RS do well in test cricket, the format that is best suited to his style of play.

  • US_Indian on November 8, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @Fan1969- What a beautiful analysis and justification- I normally do not comment but I read most comments and I believe the best ever comment I found on this site is yours. But one thing you missed is you never mentioned how many times a batsmen or a bowler got MOM. We always complain that we do not have fast bowlers but never encourage them by motivating them, even the parents of kids want their kids to become batsmen rather than bowlers more so a pace bowler for few reasons, Fast bowling needs lots of hard work, fitness, and is not conducive in indian conditions and lastly not given due recognition and appreciation by the public and media alike and we can see the reason why our so-called neighbors produce a line as if manufacturing in a mass production and we are just the opposite and we keep producing batsmen because they get all the accolades and recognition which is really unfortunate. I am not against Rohit getting MOM but there were two others who equally deserved it.

  • cshir on November 8, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I was very excited to see the number of 'bowled''s in the WI batting card..the last time I remember an Indian fastman run thru batting orders like that was during Srinath's time. Well played Shami!

  • Fan1969 on November 8, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    My earlier comment should have been featured. Fans must understand importance of bowlers.

    How much ever we hate Sreesanth for his IPL deeds now, TWO tests in SA were won by him. Agarkar won us in Adelaide in 2004. The bowlers could not do it in Sydney in 2004 when Steve Waugh saved the match despite Tendulkar's 241.

    Batsmen can make sure a team does not lose by scoring 750 runs in a test but TESTS are won by bowlers who get 20 wickets, else you will have only draws.

    India has the highest percentage of Test draws in the world at 45% because we have great batsmen but few bowlers.

    We keep lauding batsmen and do not encourage bowlers like Shami. Next he will be asked to bowl defensively in ODIs and we will say he is losing his nip.

    Give him MoM and preserve him for TESTS. India has only 28 overseas TEST victories in its history (excl Zim, Bangladesh), 14 of them since 2002.

    Shami may win a TEST in SA, NZ (1 victory since 1976 in 2009), England but batsmen can only ensure a draw!

  • GRVJPR on November 8, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @Lorde_Buddha Your comments against Kohli are unnecessary. For me he is grounded and down to earth for what he has achieved. And rohit did not show any disrespect to umpire. People called him "nohit" and what not, and now when he was working terribly hard and was on the verge of double hundred was given out when he clearly wasn't. Just imagine if that decision was given to him if he was on zero. The way people criticise in India, his career could have ended before it started. So please cool down and understand that players are also human beings and have emotions.

  • Alexk400 on November 8, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Sunil gavaskar plotted against shami and gave MOM to rohit sharma. What a surpirse. :)

  • cricket-is-passion on November 8, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Indian seamers both Shami and Kumar did really well. If Kumar wouldn't take GAyle off it would have been completely different considering Gayle ability wiht the Bat. Rohit steadied the innings under pressure when India was in trouble built the innings from crises. He surely deserves MOM, but I would consider Rohit, Ashwin and Shami to share MOM since these their contributions are really critical to win this match. Speaking of considering other players for No4 spot, I think Rahane would be good prospect, also he has been with the team for more than 15 months. Rahane also not getting any match practice that would also impact his ability in the future. Happy to see India on winning note though SRT wasn't able to contribute much due to controversal decision but he was on winning side :). Job well done guys, continue doing the good work.

  • on November 8, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is finally gone. Cheers!!!

  • Rahulbose on November 8, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I hope they don't turn him into another medium pacer. An Indian who can reverse swing the old ball at 140+. Who knew such things were possible.

  • Brahams on November 8, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Well done Shami! It is heartwarming to see fast reverse swing bowling, and that too in subcontinent. Shades of Waqar - truly exciting! Hope you stay grounded, fit and work hard at your skills. Please don't go the way of Srisanth, who promised much but decided to become a crook instead, and Ishant, who became the self-anointed 'spearhead'.

    Good innings by Rohit - he still appears to be mentally soft, unlike Kholi. His true test will be indeed in SA, Australia and England,where fast bowlers can ruffle him by words and actions. Will be interesting to see how he copes up on bouncier tracks. And please show respect to the umpires - your exaggerated show of displeasure is not going to earn you any Brownie points.

  • Fan1969 on November 8, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Most fans are correctly disappointed that Shami was not given MoM.

    LET ALL READERS UNDERSTAND WHAT SHAMI ACHIEVED. Future adjudicators of MOMs must read.

    To illustrate my point did some research. In the history of 243 TEST matches played in India ONLY 20 occasions exist when a pace bowler took 9 or more wickets (13 by foreigners and 7 times by Indians)

    Three by Kapil Dev (in 65 Home Tests), twice by Srinath (32), once by Balaji (5 tests) and NONE by Zaheer (38 tests), Ishant (22 tests) and now SHAMI (DEBUT)

    In 243 tests 197 centuries by foreigners and 248 by Indians. Total of 445 centuries but 20 occasions for a pacer getting 9 or more wickets!

    Most commentators are batsmen and they adjudicate MoM. They ignore bowlers and then keep commentating why India does not produce good pace bowlers. We produce flat batting tracks, make 300+ runs in ODIs and then give MoM to batsmen.

    Great WI team of 1980s and Aussies in 90s-2000s won because of bowlers who got 20 wickets, else a draw!!

  • Sultan2007 on November 8, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    I am really excited to see Rohit do so well. With the time he has on his shots and compusure (when he is on song), he could potentially fill VVS's shoes. My view is that if Rohit stays focused and fit, he is the kind of batsman that will require either a special delivery to get rid of or a mental error. He cannot control the former and it is the latter that he has a history of being guilty of. One only hopes that having earned his recent successes the hard way, he will now not let it go. And Yes, Virat is a terrific batsman but he will be the first to concede that Rohit is superior. However, it is Virat's mind that is vastly superior and that's what makes him the cricketer that he is.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 8, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Salaam Shami bhai !!! Welcome to the Indian team. Now all we need is Zaheer bhai to partner Shami bhai in SA and we can bowl them Saffers out for 20 wickets. What a sensational find for team India !!! We are a gifted nation in that we find match winners out of no where. Not all teams can boast about this. Our batting looks awesome; yes they the top 4 failed in this test match but that can even happen to the best teams. We have a wonderful future in test cricket. We now have a realistic chance against the South Africans next month. Congratulations Mohammed Shami and enjoy the win.

  • on November 8, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    MOM candidates were, in order of preference: 1. Shami 2. Ashvin 3. Rohit Sharma 4. Shillingford. Why are batsmen preferred to bowlers when giving MOM awards?

  • on November 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Rohit Sharma as MOM is the RIGHT CHOICE all as per BCCI & ICC standards leaving behind our (public, viewers) own desires & opinions. "Man of the Match award is generally meant that one had put up a match-winning performance for their team". In any match, it is at first looked at the special batman performance, if found none, then the specialist bowler, if none then to the good all-round performer.

    Now applying this rule over this 1st Test of WI-INDIA series, Rohit Sharma is CHOICE Nr 01, CHOICE Nr 02 is Mohammed Shami & CHOICE Nr 03 is R.Ashwin. Reason why always the batamen are at CHOICE Nr 01 is "it is ONLY THEIR SCORE building the base for the complete match". Once again in this match, it was the RG Sharma's 177 runs which not only saved Indian Team, but also build a good lead AND it was then Mohammed Shami, captain MS Dhoni and the whole team who all defended their team-built lead of 219 runs. Thanks to Team India, its management and the selectors for their splendid works.

  • on November 8, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    My plan WCUP pacer slot....where is that guy varun aaron...i want to see him bowl@saf...if he does well he can be a good contestent for wcup in aus....For wcup we have zaka nd buvenesh as frontline options i would like to pick up any 1 frm ishanth,umesh,varun depends on their skills....and one new pacer with 5 to 10 match exp..

  • on November 8, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    India is very lucky in the sense that the fabulous four had arrived with in one year of exiting the scene by real four gems of indian cricket & before the last god had said adieu to the game. SEHWAG-DRAVID-SACHIN-LAXMAN are replaced by DHAWAN-PUJARA-KOHLI-ROHIT. Now it is up to the new fabulous four to carry forward the legacy of the real FOUR. One last advise to ROHIT while batting he should keep always in mind that SACHIN had handed over the INDIAN CAP to him & he is duty bound to take indian cricket to new heights, than SACHIN will feel proud of you.

  • ball_boy on November 8, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Get the benchers to a special clinic in the mountains build up their strength and help them focus on their strong points.Get a bowling coach who is willing to spend time in the mountains.Allow these benchers to be loaned to their respective team only 7 months of real important cricket.Yes i know that the batsmen should be playing against these benchers to become better in the road to facing international bowlers but let us face the fact bad pitches does not allow a bowler to become better.If a swimmer is to swim in dirty ponds or an athelite to run on uneven grounds will they perform better in the future.NO they will become worse and lose hope.Every man on his path to reach his goal needs some encouragement for a bowler it is wickets and he improves further,if the pitch does not allow bounce or spin at a pace will a bowler want to bowl.NO.So have the clinic in the mountains build up their trength and kkep to only limited members to maintain a high standard.

  • sss_m19 on November 8, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    don't worry guys! depending on their next match performance shami & ashwin will be contending for the man of the series award for sure!

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    its really disappointing to see MOM award goes to a batsman.. cricket is not just about batting especially Test cricket.. and taking nine wickets in a match on Indian pitch by an Indian Fast Bowler is a rear case .. he should be appreciated by MOM.

  • on November 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    It's been ages since i have seen an Indian Fast Bowler rocking the wickets the way Shami did today since the days of legendary Kapil Dev's and Manoj Prabhakar's banana swingers. Shami's entry to Indian Cricket is the most heartening to see in beleaguered pace department and the likes of Umesh Yadav, B Kumar, Mohit and Ishwar Pandey have to be persisted with. They all bowl with a Head and that is what separates them from the bunch of Ishant, Vinay,Dinda or Nehra. Shami has shades of Waqar which is what makes him dangerous.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on November 8, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @Vnott Pujara avg in South africa 10 , kohli avg in australia 37 so not only rohit but also pujara,dhawan and kohli should also be tested along with rohit. But my opinion is kohli and rohit will succeed in sa and i doubt the other two

  • on November 8, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    this is very good performance by young fast bowler Mohammed Shami but it is vein after his terrific performance still he could not get the man of the match it is very easy to score hundred on indial soil but it is rare to see fast bowler took 9 wickets in a match he should appreciated for his performance rather than giving man of the match to batsman ashwin also score hundred he is second deserve to be man of the match.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 8, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Agree with @Neeraj Goyal - It was disappointing to see a batsman getting MOM award in the match where a young fast bowler had taken 9 wicket (and a run out)....i mean how many time we heard that an indian fast bowler had taken 9 wickets and thats too in india...really disappointed. We give all the awards to batsmen, and then we wonder why India can't produce good pace bowlers !!

  • cnksnk on November 8, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I think the team to S.A. Has already been penciled in , injury not with standing. This is what I believe will be the team.

    Openers;:Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane (maybe Gambhir may replace Vijay due to his experience but he is in poor form and I do not see the selectors taking a younester on the S.A tour.

    BATSMEN: Pujara, Kholi, Rohit, 4 th batsmen will be one from Yuvaraj, Raina and outside chance Badri although I would fancy Yuvaraj to go as a sentimental favorite. Anyway Rahane can also double as a middle order batsmen.

    WK: Dhoni and Karthik ( can also double as a middle order batsmen / opener.

    Fast bowlers : BUvi, Sami, Yadav, and one among Zak, Mohit , Pandey.

    Spinners :Ashwin, Ojha and Jadeja.

    This comes to 16 and if only 15 are chosen the 4 th batsmen will not be selected but Rahane and DK will be expected to pitch in. Besides it is only 2 tests.

  • cnksnk on November 8, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Whatever else we all feel the only 2 changes for the S.A. test will be Jaded in place of Sachi n and Yadav in place of Ojha. Cannot see Dhoni going without Jadej a. Rahan e will continue to be on bench unless some one is injured. KHOLI at 4 and Rohit at 5 followed by Dhoni Jadej a and Ashwin.

    Rohit played a very good innings. Shami should have been MOM. But we have to keep in mind that the team of commentators are the MOM selectors. With Ravi Sastri and SG in the panel Rohit would have got the MOM even if had scored 80 and the explanation would have been that it was a match saving / changing innings. Tough luck Sami but you came good in the wrong match.

  • Karunk on November 8, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Earlier, Indian fast bowlers used to bowl 2-3 overs with new ball and then patrol the third man or fine leg region for the entire innings till spinners got the opposition out. Many times, India has played with one fast bowler. In addition, they were completely ineffective with old ball. Today, in the second innings, Shami bowled only 2-3 overs with the new ball, and Dhoni brought him back after ball lost it's shine and he claimed 5 wickets. These days, in Indian conditions, fast bowlers are more effective with old ball and reverse swing, than with red shining new ball. Spinners are becoming more effective with new ball when it has shine & hard, since it gives more bounce & zip. Things are really changing on the bowling front.

  • on November 8, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    it was disappointing to see that a batsman getting MOM award in the match whom a young fast bowler had taken 9 wicket (and a run out)....i mean how many time we heard that an indian fast bowler had taken 9 wickets and thats too in india...really disappointed

  • u_guys_are_history on November 8, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @tanstell87,

    "Badri struggled against Steyn on a green wicket in Nagpur in 2010"

    LOL , that really cracks me up. In the innings you are referring to (Badri's first innings in tests) he was the second highest run getter with a half century on debut against a rampaging Steyn (7 wickets). None of the big names apart from Sehwag and Gambhir touched double figures. Badri played only 2 tests before he was cast aside. He deserves more faith than that, at least 1% of what was shown in Rohit Sharma.

  • on November 8, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    A great win by the Indians this way, an eye catching bolds by Md. Sami and Rohit & Ashwin's performances with bat. Best debudends by team India simultaneously . Thanks to sachin for the tips & techniqs that he has given to the team and will be continue inshaallah in future.He is only leaving team in the ground,not after ground. Team will always require to learn about cricket by this cricket legend. Congratulations to team India ...

  • on November 8, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Well done Team India !! Once again Dhoni proved he is one of the shrewdest Captains in the game today, perhaps the Best Captain in International Cricket today. Rohith & ashwin outbatted the Windies from the Match. Rohit is proving that he is indeed a special talent. For a change Ashwin excelled with the bat & not with the ball. And then , Mohammed Shami, the lanky Fast Bowler, well, well, what to say about him ? India have a genuine lethal Fast Bowler in him, who can consistently bowl at 140 kph, win matches with his Line & Length & Reverse swing. With Bhuvaneshwar & Umesh joining Shami, India will atlast have a lethal, fearsome Pace Bowling attack. Umesh, Shami & Bhuvanesh are sure to strike fear in the the hearts of the Opposition batsmen in the upcoming tours of South Africa, England & Newzealand !Shami shud have been the Man of the Match, according to me. What do U folks have to say ?

  • rahuja on November 8, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    MoM - I too felt Shami deserved more.. But, for whatever it is worth there have been 229 innings of 177 or more and 450+ instances of bowler taking 9 or more wickets in a match..

    May be more difficult for fast bowler in India.. but I didn't do that much analysis

  • itsthewayuplay on November 8, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Some terrifc genuine wicket-taking deliveries from Shami that would challenge any batsman. Great to see him move the ball both ways, old and new, with accuracy and pace. But I can help but think that we've been here before with Munaf, Sreesanth, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ishant, Agarkar, Nehra etc all who showed early promise, lost their pace and never fulfilled their potential. Even with Varun Aaron (remember him) and Yadav, their careers have been hampered due to injuries. Cricket India must understand that fast bowling is a marathon and not a sprint and these guys will hit their peaks when they're about 28 /29 with about 4 years at the top. Until then, they'll have to be managed and into bowled into the ground. Investment in them now and returns will come later.

  • nayonika on November 8, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    True,Rohit batted well and resurrected the Indian innings after the early blushes and got us the lead but it was Sami who actually demolished WI with his pace,swing and hatred of the stumps in both their outings to end the test in three days. Surely he is the MOM.

  • nayonika on November 8, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    True,Rohit batted well and resurrected the Indian innings after the early blushes and got us the lead but it was Sami who actually demolished WI with his pace,swing and hatred of the stumps in both their outings to end the test in three days. Surely he is the MOM.

  • Biophysicist on November 8, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    While Rohit and Shami made excellent contributions, we are forgetting the contribution of Ashwin who got a century at a crucial stage and also got 5 wickets (including Chanderpaul in the 1st innings and Powell and Bravo in the second innings). I think he deserved the MoM award as much as the other two, if not more.

  • M@sK_Lanka on November 8, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    In india who is famous ins famous, no matter what performance.. thats why MOM went to the wrong guy.

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I really believe shami should have been the man of match. @tanstell - what r u talking about. Badri got a 50 on debut. Then failed in another 2 innings and there was the axe. Raina failed for 7 consecutive innings in England, failed in SA, failed for 6 consecutive innings against NZ, but was yet persisted with. Fact is he got a raw deal.

  • Naresh28 on November 8, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Two prizes should be awarded (1) Best batsman (2) Best bowler. Bowlers are less rewarded and are just as equally important in Test Matches. Some of these debutants would not mind the recognition and any financial reward. In this particular case Shami should have received it cause getting 9 wickets is a great achivement and in fact he swung the game single handedly. Whereas in the batting department three players stood up.

  • GodHelpsAlways on November 8, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    I still remember a match in 1987 world cup, IND vs NZ, where they gave Men of the Match award for Gavaskar's first and the only one century and Chetan Sharma's Hat trick. They should have followed that way in this match to give both Rohit and Shami the MOM awards.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 8, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Well played India in what looks a fairly hefty win. Pace bowlers getting 9 wickets on debut in India must fairly few and far between,which bodes well. West Indies really need an attack, because Shillingford is desperately overworked. Why not someone a bit more experienced than Cottrell or Permaul, such as Narine and Roach? Their batting has hope, but their bowling little, apart from the obvious. Ashwin is obviously a fast developing all rounder at least 1 place too low in the batting, while Sharma showed the benefits of waiting for a player to mature first, instead of throwing a kid to the lions. 3 days for a result seems indecent haste.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 8, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I have had the great fortune to see the greatest exponents of reverse swing in Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram bowl together for a long time and I used to marvel at their sheer brilliance. Both in conventional and reverse swing. On many occasions Waqar used to get wickets of successive balls all bowled on the same line and length with the incoming reverse.The way Shami bowled in this game reminded me of Waqar in his pomp. I think Sami is probably as tall as Waqar was and possibly that is the ideal hieght to have good reverse swing. One will understand better if I say that optimum hieght is important to be able to get the right height on the ball after reversing for it to hit the stumps or get the LBWs. If the ball bounces too much it will sail over the stumps. So in my opinion, hieght is a crucial factor. The weatherm conditions call for sunny and there has to be a ball that can reverse better. For some strange reason all the balls do not behave consistently. Well India has a gem in Shami

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Well played India but let's face it West Indies are a pale shadow of their former selves. For some reason they keep playing T20 cricket in Test matches. (Yes I am talking to you Chris Gayle.) It's good to see Rohit stepping up on debut. I hope for the sake of the Indian team he is as good as he as the praise he is getting. We will know soon enough when India comes to SA. On our green wickets Rohit will face his sternest examination.

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    What nonsense! Give the MOM to Mohd. Shami. He won this match for India.

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    for a bowler 10 wickets is the equivalent of a century, 12-13 is worth a double and 14+ is a triple - so I would rate Rohit's 177 some way ahead of Shami's 9 wickets

  • tanstell87 on November 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @Vnott - Badrinath at number 4 against South Africa in South Africa....a big no brother...Badri struggled against Steyn on a green wicket in Nagpur in 2010...Virat should bat at 4 followed by Rohit at 5 & Rahane at 6....Vijay will fail as usual...Karthik should open in tests just like he did it successfully in England in 2007... My 11 against South Africa

    1. Dhawan 2. Karthik 3. Pujara 4. Kohli 5. Rohit 6. Rahane 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvneshwar 10. Shami 11. Zaheer

    India should not go with Ashwin or Ojha in South Africa....Jadeja will be more handful on South African wickets...let him play at 8...

  • Johnny_129 on November 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Agree with SamRoy - We really need to recognise great contributions from pace bowlers in India. It was a good win by India and congrats to the whole team. I don't mean to whinge but it is important to improve systems constantly. If you look at other countries, they reward fast bowlers - pace bowlers will never constantly take 6 or more wickets per innings like spinners often do. To encourage pace bowling their contribution needs to taken very seriously! MOM should have been shared by the two debutants.

  • bluebillion on November 8, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Shami was outstanding. It was a close call for MoM but all the people undermining Rohit's performance should remember that this is a guy under immense pressure to perform, making his debut and walking in at 82/4 (soon 83/5). Maybe a bunch of 100s have been made on debut on Indian pitches but let us now forget that Rohit's is the 2nd highest score ever by an Indian batsman on debut.

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    I personally believe that. 2. Awards for MOM should be given as both shami and Rohit were way above others in their respective areas. ,. Rohit was way above others in batting. Shami showed his class in bowling. Joint awards sometimes be shared.

  • on November 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Ashwin should have been given MOM as he showed all-rounder performance in this test match...

  • jaggi.jagan on November 8, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @ Chirstopher Daniel, couldn't agree with you more. Ashwin should have been the man of the match. If this was an opportunity to reward a debutant, then it should be Shami.

  • on November 8, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I don't Understand what Chanderpaul did in this match !! The hype that was created around him in the beginning proved to be unworthy! !! It seems like he played for improving his average rather than taking responsibility as a most senior batsmen in the side !! He was always exposing the tail to the bowlers in 2 innings he batted and he was quite happy at the other end ! ! !

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Who selects these MOMs? Test matches are won by bowlers and not by batsman. Unless the batsman singlehandedly wins the match. Ashwin's batting was as important as Rohit's and he got 5 wickets as well. But just for the pleasure of watching stump after stump flying I would have given it to Md. Shami (plus he was by far the best bowler in the match).

  • indianpunter on November 8, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    "unlucky" Ishant ! your time is up.

  • TheShoebKhan on November 8, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well, Rohit Sharma should replace Sachin Tendulkar at no. 4 in the upcoming test series against SA in their own backyard. Kohli would be fine at no. 5. One between Rahane or Badrinath can take up the no. 6 spot. I dont see a place for Suresh Raina in the team because of his limited abilities. Ashwin should be the solitary spinner. While pace attack should comprise of Shami, Bhuvi and Zaheer/Umesh. I dont see any change in the opening combination, and of course, the Captain.

  • ramli on November 8, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Wrong choice of Man of the match ... it should have been Mohd. Shammi ... hard luck young lad, it's batsman's world

  • CricketChat on November 8, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Shami was a revelation! Didn't think a Indian medium pacer would have that kind of success, that too on debut on Indian pitches. If he can add an extra yard of pace to go with his ability to swing both ways and reverse swing, he would be effective at home and abroad as well.

  • chin-music on November 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Ridiculous that Shami got passed over for MoM - but not surprising in a country where batting-obsessed fans thought the recent Ind-Aus one day series was an "exciting" series (more aptly described in one of the cricinfo articles as "batting pornography"). Ask yourself how many centuries have been made on debut on Indian pitches & schoolboys can reel off names - ask how many bowlers have come close to a 10'fer on debut - & it is difficult to go beyond Hirwani.

  • avmd on November 8, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Credit should go to many people. Indian system of nurturing new talent is working, Shami's talent was spotted, and selectors and Dhoni should be credited for giving this bowler with "Pakistani" action and wrist position an early debut. He will be even more successful in foreign wickets.

  • on November 8, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Shami is the best thing that happened to Indian cricket who have been waiting on Ishant to perform for eons. I would love to see Mohit Sharma Rishi dhawan etc be given a chance to play there by increasing the bench strength instead of going to the same old Ishant and Vinay route over and over again

  • subbuamdavadi on November 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Destiny! Manoj Tiwary was supposed to make his debut in Bangladesh but injured his shoulder in training....today he is a forgotten man. I wonder whether he will be given these many chances to prove his worth!

  • on November 8, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    I can't imagine how rohit got player of match. Either shami or ashwin would have received it because shami did magic with ball by swinging either ways and ashwin showed class with bat and bowl . No respect to bowlers.

  • on November 8, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    I can't imagine how rohit got player of match. Either shami or ashwin would have received it because shami did magic with ball by swinging either ways and ashwin showed class with bat and bowl . No respect to bowlers.

  • subbuamdavadi on November 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Destiny! Manoj Tiwary was supposed to make his debut in Bangladesh but injured his shoulder in training....today he is a forgotten man. I wonder whether he will be given these many chances to prove his worth!

  • on November 8, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Shami is the best thing that happened to Indian cricket who have been waiting on Ishant to perform for eons. I would love to see Mohit Sharma Rishi dhawan etc be given a chance to play there by increasing the bench strength instead of going to the same old Ishant and Vinay route over and over again

  • avmd on November 8, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Credit should go to many people. Indian system of nurturing new talent is working, Shami's talent was spotted, and selectors and Dhoni should be credited for giving this bowler with "Pakistani" action and wrist position an early debut. He will be even more successful in foreign wickets.

  • chin-music on November 8, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Ridiculous that Shami got passed over for MoM - but not surprising in a country where batting-obsessed fans thought the recent Ind-Aus one day series was an "exciting" series (more aptly described in one of the cricinfo articles as "batting pornography"). Ask yourself how many centuries have been made on debut on Indian pitches & schoolboys can reel off names - ask how many bowlers have come close to a 10'fer on debut - & it is difficult to go beyond Hirwani.

  • CricketChat on November 8, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Shami was a revelation! Didn't think a Indian medium pacer would have that kind of success, that too on debut on Indian pitches. If he can add an extra yard of pace to go with his ability to swing both ways and reverse swing, he would be effective at home and abroad as well.

  • ramli on November 8, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Wrong choice of Man of the match ... it should have been Mohd. Shammi ... hard luck young lad, it's batsman's world

  • TheShoebKhan on November 8, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well, Rohit Sharma should replace Sachin Tendulkar at no. 4 in the upcoming test series against SA in their own backyard. Kohli would be fine at no. 5. One between Rahane or Badrinath can take up the no. 6 spot. I dont see a place for Suresh Raina in the team because of his limited abilities. Ashwin should be the solitary spinner. While pace attack should comprise of Shami, Bhuvi and Zaheer/Umesh. I dont see any change in the opening combination, and of course, the Captain.

  • indianpunter on November 8, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    "unlucky" Ishant ! your time is up.

  • SamRoy on November 8, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Who selects these MOMs? Test matches are won by bowlers and not by batsman. Unless the batsman singlehandedly wins the match. Ashwin's batting was as important as Rohit's and he got 5 wickets as well. But just for the pleasure of watching stump after stump flying I would have given it to Md. Shami (plus he was by far the best bowler in the match).