India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi November 20, 2013

Back to familiar format after emotional farewell

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Match facts

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Start time 1330 local (0800 GMT)

Big Picture

Days after Sachin Tendulkar's emotional farewell, India move on to the format in which they are now quite used to playing without him. Unlike in the Tests, the cricket will no longer be the sideshow. An India win can no longer be taken for granted.

Only a few weeks ago, till the last Australia wicket fell in Bangalore, either set of batsmen could have edged the run-marathon of an ODI series. Over 3500 runs were scored in 11 innings; 350 threatened to permanently become the new 300. Did that series reveal to us the future of ODI cricket in India? Have bowlers been irreparably crippled in such conditions by the restriction of four deep fielders? The next three games will tell us more.

MS Dhoni said his fast bowlers had been working hard on their variations, including yorkers, ever since the Australia series, to ensure they don't leak too many runs at the death. India's batsmen, as usual, will be confident of hunting down whatever their bowlers concede. Dhoni will hope Yuvraj Singh, who had a horror run amid the Australia run glut, is one of them.

West Indies' showing against the No. 1 ODI side will be interesting to track. They lost both Tests inside three days. They have been criticised for being drunk on T20 cricket. Their Test captain's place in the team has been questioned for the umpteenth time.

In the ODIs, they will be a led by a man who was not part of the Test squad, but has similar - many will argue superior - skills compared to the Test captain. What will Dwayne Bravo do in the ODIs that Darren Sammy couldn't in the Tests? How will he lift the morale of a side thumped by an innings in both Kolkata and Mumbai?

Bravo will at least have fresher men to choose from. Apart from a different leader, West Indies will also have different options on all fronts - batting, fast bowling, spin, wicketkeeping. Will all this translate into some sort of a challenge for India? The hosts won 4-1 the previous time the two played in India, in 2011, although West Indies ran them closer than the scoreline suggests. Getting on the board this time will be an achievement, after the embarrassment of the Tests.

Form guide

India WWLWL (last five completed games, most recent first)
West Indies LLTWL

In the spotlight

Chris Gayle had starts in each of his four innings in the Tests, but went past 35 in none of them. He is less likely to not convert a start in limited-overs cricket, although he has had a poor year in the format. Gayle averages 55.85 in India and, barring Zimbabwe, his ODI record in any other Test nation does not even come close. Six of his 22 innings in India have been centuries, which again shows how much he likes to bat in the country.

Rohit Sharma has already scored more ODI runs this year than he did in the previous two years combined. Five days after hitting a double-century in Bangalore, he made a hundred on Test debut in Kolkata, and added another one batting with the No. 11 in Mumbai. Mindboggling is the word. And even during his fallow years, before his move to the top of the order, West Indies were his favourite opposition.

Team news

Vinay Kumar went for 102 runs in nine overs in the last ODI India played in Bangalore. Although he has made it back to the side as an injury replacement for Dhawal Kulkarni, it is hard to see him meriting a place in the XI. Ravindra Jadeja is back, after missing the Tests with a shoulder injury.

India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Jaydev Unadkat/Mohit Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami

Gayle moved down the order in Pakistan's previous ODI series after three failures as opener. Given his record in India, West Indies might want to move him back up. Sunil Narine, who many said should have played the Tests ahead of Veerasammy Permaul, will take his regular ODI spot. Kieron Pollard is injured and that will help Sammy keep his place in the XI.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Narsingh Deonarine, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Jason Holder

Pitch and conditions

Only ten overs were possible in the five-day Duleep Trophy final last month in Kochi. One of the finalists had to be decided by the toss of a coin as even two innings could not be completed over six days in the first semi-final, also played in Kochi. The Nehru Stadium, also used for football, has received a lot of flak for its refurbished drainage system. It has also taken a lot of rain. The southwest monsoon is over, but it is northeast monsoon time now in south India. Unusually for an India venue, and in anticipation of more showers, the entire ground, instead of just the square, has been kept under covers. Rain is forecast in the morning and evening of the match, but not during the afternoon.

Stats and trivia

  • Gayle averages 20.73 in ODIs in 2013, his lowest return since 1999, his debut year
  • Virat Kohli is 81 short of 5000 ODI runs. If he gets there in Kochi, he will tie with Viv Richards as the fastest to the landmark in 114 innings

Quotes

"It's important, not only for them but also for the team, that they score runs - the No. 4 and No. 5 spots are very important. After the openers set the platform, these guys capitalise in the last 10-15 overs."
MS Dhoni wants Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to fire

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Harmony111 on November 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1:

    Pls first define "Single handedly". Then we shall see how players have fared as per that definition and who is at what place....

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    WI will be trashed again. Gayle->0 on B. Kumar. What is the point of the series, when we all know the outcome.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    we want gayel show this time.....

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    i Seriously do not understand the planning put in by BCCI in scheduling the matches..every one knows that this is a time when it usually rains in Kerala or as a matter of fact, entire South India, then why to schedule a game there?? Am not very sure how many overs we will get out of the 1st 2 matches in Kochi and then in Vizag. Also, if we see over last few years, few venues like Mohali, Jaipur, Delhi, etc have received loads of matches coz of IPLs and CLTs etc. Where as the venues like Indore, Vadodara, Gwalior, Jamshedpur, Fairdabad, Jodhpur and lot others have been completely forgotten. I think there is a serious need to rethink the locations of ODIs to be played in India

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I would be surprised if we don't beat Windies 3-0. Having said that, our weak links are no.4 and no.5. I like Yuvraj Singh very much for the way he fought his disease and made his come-back. I would love him to succeed. Good luck Champ.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Yuvi should be back to the No.4 spot & Dhoni should come at 5 and then follows raina & Jaddu... Hope Yuvi & Raina may get back to form...

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    So Kieran Powell opens in Test Matches yet W.I don't think he is good enough to play ODI's ? where is the logic in that surely he has to play Odi's would give him some more confidence to as there is much less pressure andmore freedom to play. He has a good technique I don't see how both SImmons and Charles play one should be in side as keeper and Powell.

  • D-Ascendant on November 21, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Why Suresh Raina, at 4 or anywhere else?

  • on November 21, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Raina may not be useful in Tests but one can't deny his abilities in ODI cricket, specially in SC conditions, he's a good attacking cricketer who can clear the boundary at will and can strike in the slog overs, Dhoni, Raina & Yuvi are the main reasons due to which we have became a successful run chasers over the years in ODI's.

  • chrishb on November 21, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I am starting with the Subject of this article " Back to familiar format" I am sure each playing have a6t least 24 good player ( not only 12) . The value of Test is missing now a days. Most of the test finish within 3 days as players have NOT much patience to stay in crease . This change in behaviour is because of change in cricket format. Why the country can not keep Total separate team for Test and One Day match. I think each country will perform much much better if they have totally unrelated and separate team for each format. I am sure that each country have more than 24 good player .

    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KEEP THE VALUE OF TEST CRICKET , CHANGE THIS FORMAT IMMEDIATELY ELSE THE VALUE OF TEST CRICKET WILL BE LOST .

  • Harmony111 on November 21, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1:

    Pls first define "Single handedly". Then we shall see how players have fared as per that definition and who is at what place....

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    WI will be trashed again. Gayle->0 on B. Kumar. What is the point of the series, when we all know the outcome.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    we want gayel show this time.....

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    i Seriously do not understand the planning put in by BCCI in scheduling the matches..every one knows that this is a time when it usually rains in Kerala or as a matter of fact, entire South India, then why to schedule a game there?? Am not very sure how many overs we will get out of the 1st 2 matches in Kochi and then in Vizag. Also, if we see over last few years, few venues like Mohali, Jaipur, Delhi, etc have received loads of matches coz of IPLs and CLTs etc. Where as the venues like Indore, Vadodara, Gwalior, Jamshedpur, Fairdabad, Jodhpur and lot others have been completely forgotten. I think there is a serious need to rethink the locations of ODIs to be played in India

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I would be surprised if we don't beat Windies 3-0. Having said that, our weak links are no.4 and no.5. I like Yuvraj Singh very much for the way he fought his disease and made his come-back. I would love him to succeed. Good luck Champ.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Yuvi should be back to the No.4 spot & Dhoni should come at 5 and then follows raina & Jaddu... Hope Yuvi & Raina may get back to form...

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 21, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    So Kieran Powell opens in Test Matches yet W.I don't think he is good enough to play ODI's ? where is the logic in that surely he has to play Odi's would give him some more confidence to as there is much less pressure andmore freedom to play. He has a good technique I don't see how both SImmons and Charles play one should be in side as keeper and Powell.

  • D-Ascendant on November 21, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Why Suresh Raina, at 4 or anywhere else?

  • on November 21, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Raina may not be useful in Tests but one can't deny his abilities in ODI cricket, specially in SC conditions, he's a good attacking cricketer who can clear the boundary at will and can strike in the slog overs, Dhoni, Raina & Yuvi are the main reasons due to which we have became a successful run chasers over the years in ODI's.

  • chrishb on November 21, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I am starting with the Subject of this article " Back to familiar format" I am sure each playing have a6t least 24 good player ( not only 12) . The value of Test is missing now a days. Most of the test finish within 3 days as players have NOT much patience to stay in crease . This change in behaviour is because of change in cricket format. Why the country can not keep Total separate team for Test and One Day match. I think each country will perform much much better if they have totally unrelated and separate team for each format. I am sure that each country have more than 24 good player .

    IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KEEP THE VALUE OF TEST CRICKET , CHANGE THIS FORMAT IMMEDIATELY ELSE THE VALUE OF TEST CRICKET WILL BE LOST .

  • Sachit1979 on November 21, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    No idea why Windies selectors have constantly ignored potential of Dwayne Romel Smith and Kevon Cooper. With t20 world cup in site, they should have been given chance in this series to prove their metal.

  • bramville on November 21, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Lets not forget, Rohits extremely good recent statistics, were achieved on Indian soil. let him also try to repeat this feat abroad.

  • JoyJunior on November 21, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    I am not much worries about future of Indian batting . Even if Yuvraj/Raina fails, we have immense talent in the domestic circuit . Rayudu, Rahane are the best example. Let us leave the young lads Samson, Aparajith, Zol for the time being. Please allow them to play a good one complete season of Domestic cricket.

    Bowling is always a worry . At the moment, Shami is the spearhead of Indian fast bowling . Apart from Shami, Bhuvi and Umesh, none of the others in the team doesn't show any international class. They are very good at domestic level, but just average at international arena. . I still have expectation in Ishant if he can correct whatever went wrong with him. Not ignoring Zaheer, he is a true champion bowler, but of the past.

    We need to find good fast bowlers. My request to BCCI to make good lively pitches. Otherwise,we are going to trouble a lot again in the foreign conditions.

  • on November 21, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    india will win after all the team has well informed batsman at the top and the emerzing seamer like shami and kumar.and the bonus is the allrounder like ashwin and jadeja.but raina bat well.

  • hotcric01 on November 21, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Cannot judge batsmen by not using helmet or other protection equipments.That is their choice.And also don't compare batsmen who are in two eras.Kohli has just started his career.Who knows?He will be better than all past greats in future.

  • on November 21, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    It is beyond ones thinking why selectors persist with Raina. It is a record that nobody has given this much longest rope and unfortunately Raina does nor know what is consistency. Even the selectors should understand what is consistency and they are showing consistency in selecting such unperformed guys at will. Why? God alone should find an answer.

  • Riddymon on November 21, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Do you guys not follow the stories on here? There was an article just before the test started dedicated to roach and pollard. They're both injured . Heck, it says in this article "Kieron Pollard is injured and that will help Sammy keep his place in the XI."....reading is fundamental people..lol

  • on November 21, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Sammy is more a ODI player than a Test Player, but WI selectors always see things upside-down. Where is Pollard now?

  • on November 21, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Yes ODI team selected for WI vs. India first two matches seem to be alright, except for Yuvi and Raina being selected amongst XI. No doubt they both are good players and can be match-winners on a given day. Should they fail in the first two matches they should be rested (?) and give chance to other promising youngsters who may be knocking doors fiercely..!?,...Jaggudada

  • Yogesh_Sawant on November 21, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    What would be interesting to see is how early can West Indies forget their test performances and start this ODI series afresh. They still have the capability. They are a much better ODI outfit than a test and 50 overs is a different ball game. Newer rules will help their batsmen to score freely. Hopefully Gayle and Co would strike form and make it more interesting for the viewers. India on the other hand would be raring to go into this series. They are proving to become a dominating ODI team. Its a disappointment to lose Dhawal Kulkarni and hopefully Mohit Gupta can take advantage of this opportunity that is all his. Make or break series for Yuvraj and important 3 matches for Raina. The next time they play an ODI the ball will bounce 12 inches higher so this is the right time to prove themselves

  • on November 21, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Gavaskar played at a time when there were no helmets. He wore a funny looking skull cap that was no protection from a fiery bouncer. Those were gutsy players who braved the odds and piled the runs. I am glad there is protective gear today. The players should be protected. But Gavaskar and Viv Richard and Sobers and Zahir Abbas ......to name a few of the older warriors, were the bravest of all.

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 21, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Neither Kohli, nor Tendulkar will ever be able to match anything that King Richards was able to achieve, without helmets, without body armor, and without modern day bats. He could win a match single handedly. When was the last time Kohli or Tendulkar did that?? Actually Kohli has done that a few times already

  • Mayaro_Man on November 21, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    WI selectors are never flexible. Seeing the nature of the pitches, Shillingford and Narine combined in the ODIs makes sense but not to be, because they are not flexible or maybe common sense does not apply to selections.

  • on November 20, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Viv Richards is a greatest batsman and there is no doubt about that. But what I find funny is that people show the usage of cap as opposed to helmet is one of the ways of show casing the greatness. I'd never agree to that. Usage of helmet/cap is a choice, imagine how stupid it will look if a player uses cap instead of helmet, gets hit on the head and then the batting collapses there after. Instead I'd say Kohli does the right thing of using helmet and there by concentrating on the batting than thinking about getting hurt...

  • ProdigyA on November 20, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    With Yuvi and Raina not looking good, India should blood another no. 5/6. Manoj Tiwary is an ideal option and must get at least one chance. He is far better than Rahane and DK. Also I don't see the need for playing both Yuvi and Jadeja at the same time. I'm a huge fan of Yuvi but looks like this is going to be his last chance, hope he does well.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    chanderpaul should play odis, he is the perfect man for the middle overs, with him in team w. indies would be gurenteed at leadt 250. then with ravi rampaul and narine anythings possible on the day.

  • on November 20, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    well, russel and pollard is injured and people remember pollard was drop from the odi team becuz of poor form, interesting i see people keep asking for charles, i never thought of him in test before, he has bad foot movement but the importaant thing about him is he scores runs, thou his first class record his bad he didnt have a good list a record and he was selected and doing well he is wi best odi batsman this year in terms of runs, his wicketkeeping is ok for t20's and odi's but if they work on his keeping more he could deffinately be in the test team at 7, he hardly moves his feet but unlike most he has a very strong deffence very strong, all he need to do is work on his batting a bit and everythign is good

  • AnoMaLy on November 20, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    WI team - Why is Sammy still in the team? Is Pollard injured? Also J Charles can easily replace Ramdin in the test. Ramdin has not done too bad but hasn't done anything exceptional either. WI desperately need some kickass players in their test lineup.

    Ind Team - Good selection for the 1st ODI. However if Yuvraj and Raina dont perform in the first 2 ODIs give them the kick. Players should be fighting for their place and not get comfortable. Also why is Umesh Yadav being ignored. He is 10000 times better then these 120KMPH jaydev and vinay kumar type avg bowlers. Yes he was expensive in the last series but if Ishant can get such a long rope why not give Umesh a chance. Unless they are saving him for SA series which does kinda make sense but then he may lack int match practice.

  • on November 20, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    why is Sammy still in this team ..where is pollard?

  • vishtej on November 20, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    How is the pitch like? Another road? This is going to deter the little left confidence of the Indian bowlers. It's been a while since we witnessed a good competition between bat and ball in ODIs in India. BCCI, please do something about this.

  • Nampally on November 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    @DangerousDevils: Sorry - I meant WI are the Workl T20 champions! The fast paced batting in a shorter format is more in their blood than the 5 day Test matches with longer boundaries. Of course India are the ODI World Champions & current #1 ODI team.

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    There is a reason why certain individuals are revered more than others... People like Tendulkar, Dravid, VVS, Kumble in addition to their records and skill... played cricket like gentlemen, the way it is/(was?) supposed to be played....

    Even Richards, for all his aggression, has always said... "Counter sledging through performance"

    Even my blood boils when they sledge Indian players out there... and at the moment I enjoy Kohli's response on field... but if you take a minute and think... it would be more fitting to answer with your batting...

    When Watson got out in one of the ODIs, the way that Dhawan mocked his injury.. this is not the way Indians play the game....This is not something that a Tendulkar or Dravid would do....

    The journey has only just begun for Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Dhawan...

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    For the record.... I truly loved the ODI during the 90s and most of the first decade of the new millennium....

    As long as there is a balance between bat and ball.... After watching the recent run fest, where every batsman good or bad, hit or mishit got runs.... where every bowler got hammered around and over the park..... for some reason those 100s does n't bring as much glory...

    Just like inflation... a 100 in a 240 team total... may need to be adjusted.. .to an average team total of excess 300 consistently...

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @GRVJPR continued...

    Hopefully Kohli does not go the path of Barren Bravo.. who for the first many tests.. drew lot of comparison with Lara.. and maintained the same aggregate and average.... but soon found it difficult after the purple patch....

    I am sure the few away series in the next 15 months or so.. will surely have a good indication of what to make of the young blood....

    And I sincerely hope they come good.

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @GRVJPR

    Sure, but those 49 went along with the 51 in the TEST format.... It is still early days in TEST cricket for Kohli..

    Once he has few more chances in TEST cricket (now that he will have a consistent run in the test team), once he can bump up his 4 in TEST to match with his 17, in different parts of the world...on testing wickets.... when almost every other great in the team has failed to put bat to ball.. and you score those three figures....

    Long way to go before we can start comparing these younger generation... Kohlis, Pujaras and Rohits....with the greats like Richards, Sachin, Gavaskar....

    Hey, for sure.. the greats just do not see themselves in these youngsters for no reason.... Bradman in Sachin,Viv in Kohli..

  • GRVJPR on November 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @bhushanB Then don't forget 49 of 100 centuries of tendulakar were also in so called 'Exhibition' format. Kohli deserves all the credit, just like tendulkar.

  • GRVJPR on November 20, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    India will win this. Anything else will just be an Accident!

  • indianzen on November 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    where is the big fellow pollard ? WI bank on Gayle and Narine. No real consistency from others. On the other hand, everyone is firing in India some or the other way...

  • on November 20, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    I disagree with most comments that Windies are a better ODI outfit. They rank lower in ODIs than they do in tests. On the other hand, India is the #1 ranked ODI squad, playing in their backyard. Windies need to do something special here to come out with a series win. But I'm hoping for a cracking contest, none-the-less.

  • on November 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    mohit... can get another choice???????????

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    'Kohli reminds me of myself' - Viv Richards

    Hope Kohli lives up to Viv's expectations....

    Not yet truly a fan of Kohli.... last few years I have moved on to watching test cricket.....

    something I grew up wondering how can one watch 5 days of such slow cricket....but this is what keeps me awake nights, than the 20-20 bash...

    So I will wait until he proves equally capable in the "examination" format.. as he has already proved in the "exhibition" format.

  • vrkp on November 20, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I think the bowling line up should be Bhuvi, Shami, Mohit and Jadeja with Raina, Yuvi, Rohit and Kohli to share the 10 overs. Buvi should be tried at the death overs so that he get enough practice with old ball. This will not only help him for the WC 2015, T20 WC next year but also in SA tests. We can't keep a player who can only bowl max of 10 overs with the new ball however good he is with the new ball.

  • bhushanB on November 20, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Agree with Harmony and Sweet spot to certain extent on Viv...

    What a player he must have been...sad that I missed most of his career. 47 average at 90 strike rate, in those days.. truly amazing..

  • rayinto on November 20, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Why not play Shillingford in the ODI's? Combined with Narine & Rampaul, Windies might have had something going!

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on November 20, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Please no vinay kumar or Ishant sharma .. we've had enough of 'em...also please don't bring back Dinda and Co - if the new bowlers(unadkad, shami) fail..Going by the recent form - it would appear that Ind might beat WI hands down - but lets not get complacent here - and keep it real - WI are a better ODI/T20 Outfit than what we have seen from their test team.. here's to another cracking contest -- Hope Ind wins this and maintain the momentum for the SA series - where the real test starts!

  • on November 20, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    This will be a very easy win for west indies.

  • rayinto on November 20, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Wi are not ODI champs! They are 20/20 champions!

  • on November 20, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Windies are so going to get thrashed ...

  • DangerousDevils on November 20, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    @ Nampally - "It will be a closer match than in the Tests knowing that the WI are the World ODI champions."

    I don't know if you are thinking right. WI ,, World ODI Champions. C'mon. Yes, this series might be more competitive than the test. But to state WI as World ODI champs.

  • jam-11 on November 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    why all you people talking about vinay kumar, Bhuvi had support from Dhoni,Raina... he bowls first 6 or 7 over,not in depth. When last time Bhuvi bowl in Depth over. in first ODI vinay bowl in first power play gave away only 18 runs in 4 over,if Dhoni gave him 6 or 7 over and finished then his economy rate will be same as Bhuvi. Every time vinay got bowling in batting powerplay.

  • The-love on November 20, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I think Raina is better at no 6 as he is known for some quick runs even in different situations.But if you ask him to build an innings,I don't think he will be able to do it consistently.He is best lower order number 6 left-hander,India have right now as we should not expect Jadeja hitting big sixes regularly against a decent attack.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    rohit will surely hit century again. He is in form and he is opening and he know west indies bowling very well. Ot is going to be precious time seeing rohit sharma bat

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    please dont experiment with 4 and 5. yuvraj has proved what he can do in position 4 . how is dhoni so sure that raina will play world cup 2015. y cant he think yuvraj will play world cup 2015.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    India will thrash windies imon the home soil

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Where is dwayne smith for west indies?He was a cracker for mumbai indians in IPL and champions league

  • Nampally on November 20, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    The inclusion of Dwayne Bravo, Rampal, Narine & Simmons will make a huge difference to the WI side from the Test XI. Why were these 4 excluded from Tests remains a mystery! Had Shillingford been retained in the XI, that would have been the best WI XI. It begs the question - Why is he excluded? As for the Indian team, Raina & Yuvraj will perform better in absence of real pacer Johnson. I still do not think Raina is #4 batsman, although Dhoni keeps persisting with him @ #4 despite his failures. Dhoni is a better option at #4. It will be another Do or Die effort for Yuvraj! Young talent like Chand & Samson + A.Nayar are in waiting. Actually A.Nayar was a better choice than Vinay in the squad. India will rely once again on their top 3- Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli to give them a big score. It will be a closer match than in the Tests knowing that the WI are the World ODI champions. The X Factor for WI is Gayle. Can Kumar claim Gayle again? Good luck to both the teams & to Kohli for 5000 ODI runs.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    This will be a good test for the Indian bowlers,especially Mohit/Unadkat who's gonna be coming into the team.Hope the wickets aren't too flat.Expecting nothing but a whitewash.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    IPL west indian giant should fire in this format

  • SamRoy on November 20, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Rest for Bhuvi and Shami. Play the rest. We need those two + Umesh + Ashwin + Zaheer/Ishwar for SA tests. I don't want injuries to our key bowlers playing meaningless limited overs cricket vs West Indies. I can bear to watch Vinay Kumar bowl and taken for over 100 runs in each ODI vs WI if India can pull off a miraculous test series win over SA in SA next month.

  • on November 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    WI performance is a the reflection of poor administration and malice to prominent players.These phenomenon have helped to strangle the confidence of players and create bigotry on both sides.Once this continues,we will continue to see a decline in performance.A complete cleansing of top level administration is required.Gibson should be fired! We have talent,but we need the right mechanism to function as a unit.Make use of Shiv's intelligence while he is around.He can still play ODI,why is he not selected?

  • PrasadDeoorkar06 on November 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    I want to see some exciting bowling and fielding from India now..

  • legendscricket on November 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Jonathan Carter would be an excellent addition to this 11 if he is available;HE IS A GENUINE ALLROUNDER who can bat lower down the order while sharing the bowling with Rampaul & Holder.

  • wirus on November 20, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    The key for WI is team spirit. If Bravo can somehow convince them that they are not the team that got slaughtered in the tests but rather a new and positive unit he may be able to be competitive. For more than one reason, having Sammy in the team will work against that. Furthermore WI need 4 wicket taking bowlers plus Bravo, Samuels and Deonerine to back up. Sammy is not a wicket taking bowler and though he can hit some big blows with the bat sometimes, there is simply no room and no need for him in this team. This is not being disrespectful to him. He deserves praise for his efforts of the past. Also Charles must wicketkeep so no need for Ramdin. This team is not mentally as prepared for this as they should be and as we have seen, against a team like India one has to be 100 percent ready, voraciously hungry, supremely confident and up for the fight. I somehow don't think WI are that at this time. After this series is done major changes of personnel should take place. There is hope.

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    bowling line up.. bhuvi, shami, unadkat/mohit jaddu, ashwin... that should be good....

  • know_ur_game on November 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    For god's sake don't experiment with No. 4 & 5. Yuvi had won so many matches for India batting at 4 and Raina also didn't fared badly at 5 and we saw what happened when the order changed during Aus series. So please don't make political statements as " if Yuvi is not there for WC 2015 ".How can Dhoni guarantee Raina's position/availability, when he cannot guarantee his own availability for that event which is some 1.5years away.

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I reckon a better West Indies 11 would be Gayle Charles Powell Bravo Samuels Simmons Bravo Sammy Narine Rampaul Holder. Very balanced. Powell was in great touch in the test series and uses his feet well to the spinners. Deonarine isn't much of a one day player. With Gayle and Charles a hit and miss combo, Powell is a solid number 3 with Darren Bravo and Samuels to come and the hitters Simmons, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy.

  • SridharKalyan on November 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Kochi has always been a favoured venue for ODIs - and yet neither the KCA nor the GoK have found it fit to try and build a good cricket stadium for the city!!! This is absurd, given the public support for international matches, and the present day phenomena of some exquisite talent emerging from the state!!! The Nehru Stadium was built for Football, and caters to cricket with some pre-match modifications, everytime and for every match since the late 1990's and the paying spectators get the worst of this bargain!! It is a shame, really.

  • sweetspot on November 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I have to agree about Viv. He had those numbers in an era when 250 was considered a big enough score to win an ODI. He played without head protection, and launched assaults against much greater bowling attacks than Kohli has ever had to face, on surfaces that were nowhere near as flat. He was audacious, enormously powerful, and played with such a joy for the game. If Vivian Richards had the kind of bats today's kids have, he would have hit many a mile further, it would have been like a video game. It would be silly and unfair on Kohli to be compared to the great Viv, even if the statistics would allow such fallacies.

  • TRAM on November 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Young talents have proven their worth to the selectors that they are worth the investments. Both in batting and bowling depts. Raina & Yuvi are known failures esp against shortballs and dont merit chances. Both of them should play Eng county and improve their play against short balls.

  • ladycricfan on November 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The pitch should be somewhere between 260 - 300. Anything more than that will be a repeat runfest of Ind V Aus series. Enough of that kind. Low scoring pitches wouldn't suit WIndies style of play. Hope rain stays away and we have a thriller.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 20, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Oh, what a surprise...its time for more junk food cricket...

  • joseyesu on November 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Ohh is this going to be a 200 + 200 match,,,

  • satishchandar on November 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    One good thing for Raina and Yuvi might be, there is no Go-to bowler for them in the WI side.. ie, like Mitch.. But there is always Narine.. As for the team here, all of Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Raina and MSD would find Narine ok except for Yuvraj.. He is a bit susceptible about the mystery spinners.. The Indian bowlers might find it very tough to control the WI big hitters.. If the tracks were what we saw against Australia, WI will be hitting 6s relentlessly and make it even tougher for the Indian batsmen. Rampaul is key among the bowlers.. Holder was decent in whatever IPL games he played over in this country. Sammy and Bravo are likely to leak a bit runs but might end up with wickets too.. Too much reliance on Narine and Ramps..

    I feel WI are a little bit more weaker against leggies than offies. Resting Ashwin(he deserves rest after all) and bringing in Mishra might be effective but we do need to have our best 11 for first game with Ash in it.

  • Harmony111 on November 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Ref: ---" Virat Kohli is 81 short of 5000 ODI runs. If he gets there in Kochi, he will tie with Viv Richards as the fastest to the landmark in 114 innings."---

    Kohli has been quite incredible since the World Cup. He has been making tough -tougher-toughest challenges seem like a unit test all this while. Who would have thought that a team, any team and not just India, would chase 359 runs for just 1 wicket in 44 overs? Who would have thought that 350 can be chases twice in succession? Who would have thought that 321 runs can be scored in 37 overs as a constraint?

    Not only does Kohli score 100s, he scored BIG 100s, he usually remains unbeaten & he takes the team home. He seems to fill all the gaps that some ppl would find in Sachin's glittering ODI career, although all these gaps exist for no major fault of Sachin.

    But look at Richards. He played in a diff era yet Kohli, in today's age can only equal him for 5k runs. Proof that Richards was an amazing player.

    Hats off to you Sir Viv.

  • on November 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I will be there in Nehru stadium tomorrow to watch the action live....best of luck team India..continue your dream run..

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  • on November 20, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I will be there in Nehru stadium tomorrow to watch the action live....best of luck team India..continue your dream run..

  • Harmony111 on November 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Ref: ---" Virat Kohli is 81 short of 5000 ODI runs. If he gets there in Kochi, he will tie with Viv Richards as the fastest to the landmark in 114 innings."---

    Kohli has been quite incredible since the World Cup. He has been making tough -tougher-toughest challenges seem like a unit test all this while. Who would have thought that a team, any team and not just India, would chase 359 runs for just 1 wicket in 44 overs? Who would have thought that 350 can be chases twice in succession? Who would have thought that 321 runs can be scored in 37 overs as a constraint?

    Not only does Kohli score 100s, he scored BIG 100s, he usually remains unbeaten & he takes the team home. He seems to fill all the gaps that some ppl would find in Sachin's glittering ODI career, although all these gaps exist for no major fault of Sachin.

    But look at Richards. He played in a diff era yet Kohli, in today's age can only equal him for 5k runs. Proof that Richards was an amazing player.

    Hats off to you Sir Viv.

  • satishchandar on November 20, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    One good thing for Raina and Yuvi might be, there is no Go-to bowler for them in the WI side.. ie, like Mitch.. But there is always Narine.. As for the team here, all of Rohit, Dhawan, Virat, Raina and MSD would find Narine ok except for Yuvraj.. He is a bit susceptible about the mystery spinners.. The Indian bowlers might find it very tough to control the WI big hitters.. If the tracks were what we saw against Australia, WI will be hitting 6s relentlessly and make it even tougher for the Indian batsmen. Rampaul is key among the bowlers.. Holder was decent in whatever IPL games he played over in this country. Sammy and Bravo are likely to leak a bit runs but might end up with wickets too.. Too much reliance on Narine and Ramps..

    I feel WI are a little bit more weaker against leggies than offies. Resting Ashwin(he deserves rest after all) and bringing in Mishra might be effective but we do need to have our best 11 for first game with Ash in it.

  • joseyesu on November 20, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Ohh is this going to be a 200 + 200 match,,,

  • SNIFFLEATHER on November 20, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Oh, what a surprise...its time for more junk food cricket...

  • ladycricfan on November 20, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    The pitch should be somewhere between 260 - 300. Anything more than that will be a repeat runfest of Ind V Aus series. Enough of that kind. Low scoring pitches wouldn't suit WIndies style of play. Hope rain stays away and we have a thriller.

  • TRAM on November 20, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Young talents have proven their worth to the selectors that they are worth the investments. Both in batting and bowling depts. Raina & Yuvi are known failures esp against shortballs and dont merit chances. Both of them should play Eng county and improve their play against short balls.

  • sweetspot on November 20, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    @Harmony111 - I have to agree about Viv. He had those numbers in an era when 250 was considered a big enough score to win an ODI. He played without head protection, and launched assaults against much greater bowling attacks than Kohli has ever had to face, on surfaces that were nowhere near as flat. He was audacious, enormously powerful, and played with such a joy for the game. If Vivian Richards had the kind of bats today's kids have, he would have hit many a mile further, it would have been like a video game. It would be silly and unfair on Kohli to be compared to the great Viv, even if the statistics would allow such fallacies.

  • SridharKalyan on November 20, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Kochi has always been a favoured venue for ODIs - and yet neither the KCA nor the GoK have found it fit to try and build a good cricket stadium for the city!!! This is absurd, given the public support for international matches, and the present day phenomena of some exquisite talent emerging from the state!!! The Nehru Stadium was built for Football, and caters to cricket with some pre-match modifications, everytime and for every match since the late 1990's and the paying spectators get the worst of this bargain!! It is a shame, really.

  • on November 20, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I reckon a better West Indies 11 would be Gayle Charles Powell Bravo Samuels Simmons Bravo Sammy Narine Rampaul Holder. Very balanced. Powell was in great touch in the test series and uses his feet well to the spinners. Deonarine isn't much of a one day player. With Gayle and Charles a hit and miss combo, Powell is a solid number 3 with Darren Bravo and Samuels to come and the hitters Simmons, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy.