West Indies in India 2013-14

Roach sent home with shoulder injury

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November 9, 2013

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Kemar Roach passes on some advice to Shannon Gabriel, West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2nd Test, Dominica, 3rd day, March 22, 2013
Shannon Gabriel (right) will replace Kemar Roach for the final Test © WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks
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Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour of India because of a shoulder injury. Shannon Gabriel will join the squad as his replacement ahead of the second Test in Mumbai, which begins on November 14.

Roach did not play the first Test in Kolkata either because of his injury, and will miss the limited-overs leg of the tour as well. "We're sad to announce that Kemar has to return home to the Caribbean and will not have an opportunity on this tour, where we felt he could have made a major difference," West Indies head coach, Ottis Gibson, said.

CJ Clark, the West Indies physiotherapist, said the injury was rather uncommon among cricketers. "Kemar has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first Test," Clark said. "He is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation."

Roach is currently the highest ranked Test bowler for West Indies at No. 14. He has taken 85 wickets at 27.71 in 23 Tests.

West Indies currently trail India 1-0 in the series after they lost the first Test in Kolkata by an innings and 51 runs. The defeat was wrapped up inside of three days. The second Test of the series will be Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies batsman, will be playing his 150th match.

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Posted by   on (November 13, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

wish you all the best in your recovery.

Posted by TAJY on (November 11, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

Shannon Gabriel? I last remembered him spraying the ball all over the place in a game, basically costing his team the victory. I do think that Sunil Narine could've done something in india, he's an intelligently skilled spinner. Not sure how Permaul is seen as BETTER than Narine. Our fast bowlers definitely need help. I dnt have much confidence in Tino Best as I believe he is too erratic. Cotterell is new, I see nothing special about him so far. Sammy needs to perform, I don't care what people think about him, he just needs to perform NOW because he's hurting the team. Our best bowlers are always injured and these new ones really need to prove themselves. Someone needs to learn to swing the ball

Posted by everfaithful77 on (November 11, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

The WI selectors have basically stifled the development of young talent in the region because of their continued policy of RECYCLING players. As a result very promising fast bowlers like Johnson, Richardson and Cummins aren't getting opportunities to prove that they are as capable or even better than those they keep recycling through tests, T20's and ODI's. The selectors seem to be stuck in mud with a very small group of seamers: Roach, Rampaul, Best, Gabriel and only recently recruited Holder who are rotated to play all three formats of the game. Historically all these bowlers( not inclusive of Holder) are injury prone. So the selectors constantly have to adopt stop-gap measures to manage the situation that they created by their unwise selection policies. The SOLUTION ? Use the ODI format to debut young promising bowlers to the INTERNATIONAL ARENA. This is the perfect platform for them to DISPLAY AND IMPROVE their skills and also serves as a great recruiting ground for test cricket.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (November 10, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

West Indies selectors are ridiculous they specialise in killing of young talent, how is playign young inexpereinced fast bowlers in India or even on debut (Cottrell) going to help them with confidence in Test cricket or in Narine's case May in wetEngland when even Swanna was gettign nothing out the pitch ? In India you need bowlers that can keep it tight as there is nothing much in the trakcs you need bowlers like Rampaul and Santokie than can actually keep it tight especially when you already have Best and Cotrell out there ! then you need your best spinners that can actually cause batsman problems Shillingford/narine both spin it both ways so will always be dangerous especially bowling together without the batsman havin option to hide and get let off leash v Sammy. If W.I want a left arm spinner Miller is only choice a better bowler and he can also bat to help out this weak batting side Permaul just looks like a lamb lead to slaughter with bat and ball same as Sammy.

Posted by KapilsDevils1983 on (November 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Shame about Roach, but Cummins, Narine, Rampaul, Taylor, Miller (as an allrounder) are all better bowlers than the ones that played the 1st test (except Shillingford). Hell you can even give Russell and Santokie a go over Sammy and Cotterell!

Posted by creekeetman on (November 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

@ David Ingram.... Taylor has a poor bowling average of over 35, an even more mediocre strike rate of 10 overs per wicket, and in 49 innings of bowling, he only has 82 wkts... maybe that's why he's not playing. if he's the best fast bowler in the Caribbean, then wi should play an all spin attack.

Posted by creekeetman on (November 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

nikki miller averaged 49 with the bat, and 23 with the ball against india A in a 3 test series recently, he also took 13 wickets (more than any other wi bowler in that series)... why is he not playing????? not to mention india A had a strong team that included the likes of sehwag, gambir, yuvraj and pujara.

Posted by Whispering_Holding on (November 10, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Yeah, bring another bang it into the dead indian track bowler like Best. That really makes sense, apart from which, he too cannot sustain his pace for long spells like Cotterel. The Indian fat men defeated us with swing, and they send for a hit the deck bowler who is very erratic. I'm trying to be positive here but..What da. ...?

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (November 10, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Lets hope for a speedy recovery for Roachy - sorely needed. The only true world class bowler Windies have right now. Promising speedster Miguel Cummins was surely considered but Shannon Gabriel has been chosen instead. I agree that Nikita Miller should have been i the squad - personally, I'd have him over any other WI spinner right now, but again, the selectors have deemed otherwise. The series with India will likely end 2-0, a sharp contrast to recent test exploits by the tourists. A re-think is required, urgently. Head to NZ with new leadership - yes, Sammy must step down now his time has come (a decent rebuilding job that was never going to take the West Indies all the way back to the top). The pack of young quicks need to be looked after - Roachy can't do it on his own (especially when injured). Cummins, Cottrell, Holder, Johnson, Gabriel and even Beaton eventually...the cupboard is hardly bare, so use the ingredients

Posted by HDG1978 on (November 10, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

I agree with SamRoy. Now that Roach is going home, Nikita Miller should also join the WI Test squad with Shannon Gabriel. Changes to WI XI for Mumbai that I, an Indian fan, would want for a more competitive Test for Sachin's farewell in Mumbai should be 1.Chris Gayle 2.Kieran Powell 3.Darren Bravo 4.Marlon Samuels 5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul 6.Narsingh Deonarine in place of Veerasammy Permaul 7.Chadwick Walton in place of Denesh Ramdin (Wk) 8.Darren Sammy (Capt) (should be replaced by Dwayne Bravo soon as all-rounder and Darren Bravo, WI's leading light in batting in the future as captain) 9. Shane Shillingford 10. Shannon Gabriel in place of Tino Best 11. Nikita Miller in place of Sheldon Cottrell. However, if you look at it, Cottrell, being new to Test cricket, may be retained, as he deserves another chance.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 10, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

The player WI have been missing the most is Nikita Miller. He is easily the best left-arm spinner in WI (and probably one of the best left-arm spinners in the world).

Posted by   on (November 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Can someone in the Caribbean PLEASE tell me why Jerome Taylor is consistently not picked? He's the best fast bowler in the Caribbean by miles - even Michael Holding says so...

Posted by   on (November 10, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

Hello selecters, what happend to ravi rampaul, he always get earlier break thoughts and he is better than any fast bowler on the west indies team, how you fight out saa, Gabrial na good man tell to stay a him yard.

Posted by   on (November 10, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

ravi rampaul is probably they best line and length bowler!is he injured?

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

The fast bowler in the W I is Miguel Cummins. The best limited overs fast bowler is Santokie. If you looking for the spin option then it must be,Shillingford apart,Narine,Milleror Odean Brown.Who is this Permaul fella?He must have some friend some where.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

what about ravi rampaul

Posted by legendscricket on (November 9, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

India has demonstrated to the cricketing world why she is the #1 team in cricket.INDIVIDUAL talent playing as a UNIT-A TEAM, Will defeat talented individuals who is not 100% focus on towards the same goal.The team is still not nearly as good as they think they are. Too many OF THESE GUYS THINK THAT THEY ARE WORLD BEATERS; Some of these Guys appear to be out of their league-The captain should be a World Class Batsman Who can be looked upon to pull The team together,not only with words of inspiration, but with a meaningful Score-He must be expected to go over 50+EACH time he comes to bat.It is High Time Bravo performs as A World class 1 down batsman,His concentration is still not where it should be at this time of his Game. Denesh Ramdin? Not on my team.Lets play Walton & Simmons-Yes Simmons,Windies need his bat.Do not kill Shillingford,Samuel is a Wicket-taking bowler also,he could have been effective here.Find a place for Jason Holder,Gabriel & Santoki,he is an effective seamer.Edward

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Where is Ravi Rampaul???. Where is Dwayne Bravo. He could have replaced Sammy in Tests. Come on WI, we need to see you manage. Why there is no comment from Cameron.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Vigai Mohansingh, Narine has been poor in tests. He might be good in IPL and limited overs, but his style doesn't work in test matches.

Posted by west_indiesBoss on (November 9, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

@vijai.. umm have you guys seen narine's returns in test cricket? and apart from numbers, he's simply not effective as he is in limited overs because batsmen arnt as pressured to score off him.. and then realistically.. we already have shillingford, permaul, samuels bowling spin :S id go with holder

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Where is RamPaul? He has been a real workhorse for WI and pretty consistent too.

Posted by possedoc on (November 9, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

India may be first team in history to be 83/5 then win a Test match by an innings. Given his familiarity of the ground, his familiarity of the players Narine would have troubled Dhoni, Sharma and Ashwin , it might have been a different game, no one will ever know. The fact is we lost by an innings and 51 runs inside 3 days, embarrassing . India chose an easy but popular victim to send off Tendulkar. GURANTEED VICTORIES.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Totally astonished !! Sunil Narine plays for KKR in the IPL. He knows Kolkata's as well as India's condition very well. But he wasn't selected for the playing XI ??!!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

You got to wonder if these windies selectors watch cricket or monitor the form of players.

Gabriel is certainly a talented bowler, but since he last played tests vs ZIM has been bowling very loosely in the regional one-day competitions for Trinidad (bowling a few beamers), similarly that was the case in the CPL & ODI's vs PAK. He was quick but loose. If this test was being played on a bouncy track in the caribbean i would pick him, but with Best/Cottrell also quick & loose windies dont have need another quick like that on these flat Indian pitches. Especially now that WI best two quick bowlers in Roach/Rampaul who can combine pace and accuracy are unavailable.

If they wanted to pick a fast bowlers, they should have picked Holder or Cummins who would bring some control option to the pace attack.

But really Narine should have been called up....the selectors clear tactic in treating Narine as a ODI/T20 bowler only currently is simply illogical.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

as a wi fan those team selection are hurting to watch .wi selectors are pathatic

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

i dont know why but i have a feeling that Gabriel is more of a conventional swing than reverse swing bowler and he wont find much conventional swing while bowling in India. However it seems he is the best option as Rampaul who has prior experience is still injured. hopefully rampaul and roach can recover in time for the New Zealand tour where we should look to feld a 4 man pace attack with Sammy as substitute fielder .

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Should send home Cotterell too. He not ready. On my list of young bowlers he is far behind. Has pace but nothing else. A left arm Tino Best. My rankings are 1)Cummings 2) Holder 3)Johnson 4)Beaton 5) Gabriel 6) Coterrell. The top ones have pace and can also move the ball. I have seen Holder swing the white ball. That's impressive and he has height.

Posted by king-ashoka on (November 9, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

what about pollard. he is also not playing odi in india too..

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

i think bowling is still ok for them there batting is not suitable for test match coz tracks are batting friendly. they are playing test with t20 team. Below may be good for them 1. bring someone who can bat patiently like sarvan n chanderpaul 2. replace ramdin, useless batsman just hv avg of 26 3. chanderpaul should come at no. 3 or 4 coz he doesn't know hiw yo bat with tailenders, God knows why he was rotating strike with tailenders instead of keeping it with himself like dhoni n laxman who bats n batted resp well with tailenders

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

@ Vijai Mohansingh + @Brutal analyst

Narine was given enough chances in Test matches. What happened in Windies last test series in Sub continent?

Against Bangladesh, the so called minnows, he was a rank failure.

A Sries in which people like sohag gazi made a name for himself, Narine failed miserably. So, lets accept the fact that he is a Micheal bevan of the Bowling and move on.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Narine might have failed against England Test team in England. But this is India; and on Indian pitches he had been very effective.

By the way, Ravi Rampaul had also been effective on Indian pitches. Horses for courses, Gentlemen of the WI Cricket selection Committee!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Coach got to go, we got an opportunity to correct a selection error and wasted it. Narine and Shillingford are our strike bowlers. A talent like Narine you don't waste.

Posted by simonviller on (November 9, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

I would rather see young Cummings ,but Gabriel should do well ,because he is quite accurate and should make the batsmen play at the ball instead of all those wide deliveries sent down by our present bowlers . Let's hope Sammy doesn't bowl him into injury now ,but spread the load around to Gayle and others .

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 9, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Serious questions need to be asked of not only the current WI Medical Team but previous ones. Since the retirement of Walsh/Ambrose, we've seen their heir apparents limp off as if it's fashionable.

Roach has been around for quite some time, yet he's played only 23 Tests. I'd like to see CricInfo give us more details on Rampaul, Fidel Edwards and Jason Holder. Surely Gabriel wasn't the next cab off the rank, it will be difficult for him to suddenly acclimatize to the Mumbai pitch.

With this being only a two Test series, isn't the ODI squad already here? I bet it isn't even announced yet, the smart thing to do would have been to have those ODI specialists in India already, any injuries can then be quickly covered. Gabriel now has to make a very long flight to get to Mumbai.

BTW, I would have taken a punt and replaced K Powell with Dwayne Smith. I just can't see Powell getting more than 20 something.

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

it wouldn't have made any difference even if he had played!

Posted by pral1492 on (November 9, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

What about Jason Holder? His first class bowling average is around 21!

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Why not Narine ? This is d reason West Indies cricket will not go forward .

Posted by   on (November 9, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Are you kidding me ? What is it WI taking injured players on tour each time . And surprise surprise he is unable to take part. It is hight time MGT is held accountable in WI . Similarly Cottarel is so unprepared he is unable to keep his pace over ONE DAY ...

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (November 9, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Should have given Narine a shot to partner Shillingford

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