India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi November 21, 2013

Spinners set up easy win for India

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India 212 for 4 (Kohli 86, Rohit 72) beat West Indies 211 (Darren Bravo 59, Raina 3-34, Jadeja 3-37) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continued their prolific runs to set up India's chase with effortless half-centuries after India's spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, had taken eight wickets to bowl West Indies out for a below-par total in Kochi.

Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind off a rising Jason Holder delivery in the fourth over, but Rohit and Kohli were unfazed by the dual nature of the pitch, and kept scoring freely throughout their 133-run partnership in 21.4 overs.

It was Kohli who did the bulk of the scoring in the first 10 overs, hitting five boundaries against Rohit's one. But as soon as Sunil Narine was introduced in the 11th over, Rohit took over the role of aggressor. The next seven hits to the boundary came from Rohit's bat, as he used a wide array of shots - from powerful slog-sweeps to deft late-cuts - to zoom past Kohli. During the course of his innings, he went past Misbah-ul-Haq to become the leading run-scorer in 2013, but just when a century looked certain, he pulled one straight to deep midwicket to be dismissed for 72, with his tally of international runs since October standing on 859.

Kohli had been happy to turn over the strike to Rohit during their partnership, but he switched gears as a struggling Yuvraj Singh - not Raina - joined him in the middle. A couple of powerful pulls were unleashed against the fast bowlers - the second one making him the joint-fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs along with Viv Richards, in 114 innings. But just like Rohit, he too was dismissed when a hundred appeared for the taking.

India needed 20 runs at that stage off 18.4 overs, which despite a brief flutter, was not enough for the West Indies to defend. Apart from Rohit and Kohli, none of the batsmen from either team found it easy to bat.

For Indian bowlers though, the Kochi pitch brought a respite, soothing the wounds they endured during the series against Australia last month, as they finally exerted some control over the batsmen.

West Indies had recovered from the loss of Chris Gayle in the first over to get to 63 for 1 after ten overs when spin was introduced. Jadeja, who had been left out of the Tests to nurse his injured shoulder, took only four balls to make an impact. Johnson Charles, trying to whip a flighted delivery to the leg side, got a leading edge towards Jadeja, who dived full length to his left to pull off a one-handed blinder.

That the ball had stopped a touch on the batsman was an indication for MS Dhoni to introduce spin at both ends. Raina didn't have to wait for long either. His eighth delivery barely bounced, hitting the base of the middle stump to dismiss a well-set Marlon Samuels.

Raina added two more wickets - Lendl Simmons was adjudged lbw to one which was probably spinning down the leg side while Narsingh Deonarine had himself to blame for playing across the line to a straighter one - and ended up with his best ODI figures of 10-1-34-3.

Darren Bravo, though, fought back with 59 off 77 deliveries. He manoeuvered the strike around in company of Simmons - both adding 65 for the fourth wicket - while being severe on anything that was pitched up. Twice, he hit flighted deliveries from Jadeja into the stands. However, he too was dismissed by one that stayed low from Mohammed Shami during the Powerplay. His dismissal signaled the end of resistance from West Indies as the rest of the batsmen could only manage 28 more runs. Jadeja finished with three wickets that also propped him up to the top of the ODI wicket-takers' charts this year.

Spin was thought to be a factor at the start of the match because of the presence of cracks on the pitch. West Indies chose to bat, hoping to build the pressure in a format they are more comfortable with.

The change to coloured clothing was supposed to bring relief for Gayle, who had endured a difficult time in the Test series with a top score of 35. But he didn't give himself a chance to settle. He dabbed the second delivery of the match towards the non-striker and called straightaway for a risky single. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has dismissed Gayle four times this year already, sprinted to his right, swiveled and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Gayle well short.

But as Gayle tried to make his ground, he took a tumble and injured his hamstring that is likely to keep him out for up to four weeks.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on November 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Windies totally outclassed again even in the shorter ODI format. On Indian wickets a total below 250 is due to below par batting or due to outstanding bowling. Indian spinners were good but not Outstanding to dismiss the side for 211. With top 3 Indian batsmen in terrific form, this total was like chicken feed. If Kohli had not thrown away his wicket after completing his 5000 ODI runs, India would also have a centurian in Kohli. It was a remarkable feat to equal 5000 runs in shortest period in history & equalling Sir VIv's record! It augurs well for the Indian Cricket. Dhoni's search for a #4 batsmen remains unfulfilled. Pujara & Kohli are the 2 best guys but Dhoni does not like Pujara in his ODI side. Neither Raina, Yuvraj nor Dhoni -all Finishers- are #4 batsmen. That is a fact. Trying to covert someone to adapt when there is already a player who fits in #4 position is a wasted effort! Congratulations for another easy win by India-the best & #1 ODI team in the world today. Well Done.

  • GreenBouncySpin on November 23, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Indian ODI team is at its peak now. Yes, it was not long ago that our bowlers conceded 300+ runs against Australia almost every match. But the combination of Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja will be a decent attack, if not a threatening one. If India can continue to restrict the opposition to 260-275 consistently, then rest is assured our batsmen will make a mockery of the chase on ANY SURFACE in ANY COUNTRY against ANY BOWLING. And in MS Dhoni, we have one of the greatest ODI captains and best ODI finisher. I certainly believe this team will go down into the books as one of the best ODI teams ever.

  • on November 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    rohit sharma is great. I hope he gets big hundred in second ODI. He had wonderful chance here but threw his wicket. I hope this ODI belongs to rohit

  • on November 23, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    well done india ! Dissappointment from WI to their fans. Being 100 odd runs for 3 down & getting bowled out for 211 doesnt enthuse much. they just dint apply. Another fine performance from rohit & virat. together they r bcoming a deadly combination ! touch wood ! But either of them should have gone for a century. Its high time yuvi & raina pull their socks up or else they will have no one to blame. this is the time to roar back to form against a relatively inexperienced bowling. i think rayudu needs a look in if india go 2-0 up.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Dhoni needs to use Bhuvaneshwar, Shami and Mohit. Unadkat is decent but he lacks pace and does not seam or swing. Unless unadkat can get one of those three i dont see him surviving in the international league for too long. If we are going to play Ashwin and Jadeja then either or both Yuvi and Raina need to make space for two batsman who are in form. Thats my two cents

  • YS_USA on November 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Now, I am watching T20 match between Pakistan and SA. It is vert interesting because SA has to chase a big score. So to conclude, test matches are interesting only if Bowlers have advantage and taking a lot of wickets

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I would like to remind u guys who r criticizing abt Indian team winning in their own back yard , well it hasn't been a long ago when india beat every single team right through warm up matches including south africa and beating west indies in west indies in tri angular.

  • ramli on November 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I don't understand ... 2 people have crossed a milestone in same number of matches ... how does this gets affected by playing more ODIs? What is the sin by comparing X with Y by the same yardstick? VK is certainly on par with Viv at least in this statistic ... and there will equal number of arguments for and against ... just relish the feat and move on

  • ramli on November 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @nampally ... MSD certainly has good figures batting at no. 4 ... only he can't do it now is simply because his services are much required for match-finishing rather than in the run-building phase ...

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Let us see what will the world best team do at South Africa?

  • Nampally on November 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Windies totally outclassed again even in the shorter ODI format. On Indian wickets a total below 250 is due to below par batting or due to outstanding bowling. Indian spinners were good but not Outstanding to dismiss the side for 211. With top 3 Indian batsmen in terrific form, this total was like chicken feed. If Kohli had not thrown away his wicket after completing his 5000 ODI runs, India would also have a centurian in Kohli. It was a remarkable feat to equal 5000 runs in shortest period in history & equalling Sir VIv's record! It augurs well for the Indian Cricket. Dhoni's search for a #4 batsmen remains unfulfilled. Pujara & Kohli are the 2 best guys but Dhoni does not like Pujara in his ODI side. Neither Raina, Yuvraj nor Dhoni -all Finishers- are #4 batsmen. That is a fact. Trying to covert someone to adapt when there is already a player who fits in #4 position is a wasted effort! Congratulations for another easy win by India-the best & #1 ODI team in the world today. Well Done.

  • GreenBouncySpin on November 23, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Indian ODI team is at its peak now. Yes, it was not long ago that our bowlers conceded 300+ runs against Australia almost every match. But the combination of Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja will be a decent attack, if not a threatening one. If India can continue to restrict the opposition to 260-275 consistently, then rest is assured our batsmen will make a mockery of the chase on ANY SURFACE in ANY COUNTRY against ANY BOWLING. And in MS Dhoni, we have one of the greatest ODI captains and best ODI finisher. I certainly believe this team will go down into the books as one of the best ODI teams ever.

  • on November 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    rohit sharma is great. I hope he gets big hundred in second ODI. He had wonderful chance here but threw his wicket. I hope this ODI belongs to rohit

  • on November 23, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    well done india ! Dissappointment from WI to their fans. Being 100 odd runs for 3 down & getting bowled out for 211 doesnt enthuse much. they just dint apply. Another fine performance from rohit & virat. together they r bcoming a deadly combination ! touch wood ! But either of them should have gone for a century. Its high time yuvi & raina pull their socks up or else they will have no one to blame. this is the time to roar back to form against a relatively inexperienced bowling. i think rayudu needs a look in if india go 2-0 up.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    Dhoni needs to use Bhuvaneshwar, Shami and Mohit. Unadkat is decent but he lacks pace and does not seam or swing. Unless unadkat can get one of those three i dont see him surviving in the international league for too long. If we are going to play Ashwin and Jadeja then either or both Yuvi and Raina need to make space for two batsman who are in form. Thats my two cents

  • YS_USA on November 22, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Now, I am watching T20 match between Pakistan and SA. It is vert interesting because SA has to chase a big score. So to conclude, test matches are interesting only if Bowlers have advantage and taking a lot of wickets

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    I would like to remind u guys who r criticizing abt Indian team winning in their own back yard , well it hasn't been a long ago when india beat every single team right through warm up matches including south africa and beating west indies in west indies in tri angular.

  • ramli on November 22, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I don't understand ... 2 people have crossed a milestone in same number of matches ... how does this gets affected by playing more ODIs? What is the sin by comparing X with Y by the same yardstick? VK is certainly on par with Viv at least in this statistic ... and there will equal number of arguments for and against ... just relish the feat and move on

  • ramli on November 22, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @nampally ... MSD certainly has good figures batting at no. 4 ... only he can't do it now is simply because his services are much required for match-finishing rather than in the run-building phase ...

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Let us see what will the world best team do at South Africa?

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Please dont compare the old time cricketers with the present day players with statistics.Those days the ODI was not played frequently like present days.A player may get 5to 6 matches per year and in his whole career may be 100 or little more.These days a cricketer get 30 ODI in a year. I saw a comparison note for Virat Kohli against Sir Viv Richards equaling 5000 ODI runs in equal number of innings.It is sacrilege to compare the great man with the present day players. It took 11 and odd years for Viv to complete 5000 runs where as Kohli did in 5 years? Can Kohli maintain the same average and strike rate for 11 years? Viv was a captain, bowler,exciting fielder and no.1 batsmen those days. No body can hold candle to Viv. Infact, he was the God father of ODI cricket.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    I think West Indies are good.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    @FFL,@ Ausie_the_Great. It seems like you have more interest in this series than Ashes. Termed as useless series and still commenting a lot here. lol.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @BDrox11. Hope you will watch the board again. So, a team cannot win a series not even at ZIM going to beat no:1 ODI team.lol

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 22, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @Albert_cambell. First get facts right and comment. It was reduced to a 5 match ODI series where India won 3-2.So, even if Aus was able to won those 2 abandpned matches, it will be 3-4 only. But a 6-1 or 7-0 was the only way to get the no:1 spot, kid. grow up. @Ausie_the_Great. So to improve rankings Australia played 3 tests against lower ranked SL recently and 5 ODIs against WI and even played against Scotland and Newzeland!!. Thanks for accepting that.

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Indeed the WI Selectors continue to make a mockery of the Caribbean people by continuing to select a bunch of no good cricketers who are all known failures. The best batsman in the WI Shiv Chanderpaul is at home while the worst All rounder in the world Daren Sammy is in the Team together with know failures Ramdin, Deonarine , Tino Best etc

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Dear Editor,

    The statistics in this page seems to be quoting wrong year. Please check.

    "West Indies' opening partnerships have added all of 85 runs in their last ten ODIs against India in India. The highest they have put together for their first wicket in the last ten ODIs is 34, added by Kirk Edwards and Dwayne Smith in the 2011 World Cup league match."

  • YS_USA on November 22, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    I watched OID match between India and WI all day today. Indian bowling was interesting to watch, but it became very boring to watch Indian batting and the match became one-sided. Now, I am watching the Ashes and it is more interesting as England is collapsing.

  • everfaithful77 on November 22, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    SHAME ON YOU WEST INDIES TEAM, you surrendered once again. SHAME ON YOU COACH GIBSON, it's hard to see any POSITIVE RESULTS in your coaching. SHAME ON YOU SELECTORS AND WICB, this team does not represent the BEST TALENT we have in the region. Thanks to you and your POORformance on/or off the field WE ARE NOW THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD and are being COMPARED TO MINNOWS LIKE ZIM & BANG. MR.CAMERON(Pres of WICB) it's TIME FOR ACTION. Something has to be done by your board to stop the rut. BIG, BOLD DECISIONS are required. The current group of selectors are too CONSERVATIVE, too CAUTIOUS and probably too fearful of BACKLASH to make BOLD, BRAVE selections. Hence they keep selecting from the SAME SMALL POOL of players and this ODI team is a typical eg. No DEBUTANTS to test their skills at int'l level. In contrast look at the INDIAN ODI team today & compare to team that won WC. There are several new faces in team that beat Australia & now Windies. Windies NEED CHANGES!

  • on November 22, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    I can't really stand how people criticize the pitch for WI failure.Indian batsmen had no problems playing there.And the quality of a pitch is not based on how much the pace and bounce the ball gets.If you can't play on slow and low bouncing pitches as well as fast and high bouncing pitches the same way,then you're not worthy to be called an international batsman.

  • on November 22, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Few want ashwin to be axed from the odi team. but remember that he is the 5th highest wicket taker in this year. Remember that, Jadeja and Ajmal who were in top of that list have played more matches than ashwin this year.

  • class9ryan on November 22, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Whatever India has achieved over the past, has been very underestimated. Now this performance, can't be underrated. The problem is when India win vs West Indies at home - these are home conditions but when England win against WI in UK, England have climbed a mountain. Why not same yardstick for all teams ?

  • on November 22, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    All our three pacers look so frail, thin and lacking in physical strength. Appearance could be deceptive, ike Shami's pace. Out of the three, Bhuvi & Shami are very skilled. Special care should be taken to help them improve their strength & stamina, during breaks, National Academy at B'lore should have a small dept (and specialists) for such players.

    Pankaj singh wasgiven opportunities, but did not grab them. Can be tried again. Dumit Sharma. Rushi Dhawan & Ishwar Pande are the other ones who has physical strength ans skills ( which can be improved considerably)

  • on November 21, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Big mistake from Virat - 18th century is there for the taking. There are absolutely no surprises in this match. Indian batsmen (Rohit and Virat) have chased this with ridiculous ease

  • on November 21, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    When India score was 129 runs with one wicket down, West Indies had already given up any hopes. It was evident from their body languages and from the faces from their management team.

    Cameron, you need to roll some heads from the top. Something is not right from the inside because it doesn't matter what combination you choose for which format the team looks like they are in La La Land.

    Sammy was right in a way; the WICB board need total mental reconstruction.

    Look out, a young fourteen year old Indian school boy just made 546 runs in a top level school cricket competition so 3 - 5 years from now another genius will hit the national and international scene.

  • Akshay_mehta1 on November 21, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    i know it a far fetched dream but i just can't wait to see Rohit, Pujara and Kohli killing English and Ausi bowlers ..!! these new Indian batsman not only have style but a better brain then old India cricketers.... Not so sure about Raina, Yuvi and Jadeja .. this new India test team need 2 more pullers and hookers and we are going to run down anyone anywhere

  • Nerav on November 21, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    @englishfan Dhoni, Raina , Yuvraj are all three finishers. But in chess the pawns go first, hence why Dhoni comes in lower than them.

  • Naresh28 on November 21, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    EXCITING TIMES for INDIAN CRICKET at the moment. The striking feature is that we are producing batsman at all age groups. What needs to be seen is whether we can reproduce the home form overseas. I dont see why not? Our senior team gets a chance to play in SA soon. Just today I read of an Indian 14yr old batsman breaking the world record scoring 546 runs in two days (Prithvi Shaw of mumbai)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 21, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    It should be a walk in the park for this mighty young Team India. I'm just worried if they might get over-confident and succumb to its accompanying complacency. Otherwise, hard to see any team putting up any kind of fight against this Indian team, in any format. Proteas must be really worried about their upcoming series against us. I won't be surprised if we brown-wash them in all the formats in that series. Once Umesh Yadav comes in, it's going to be game, set and match for this mighty young Team India. If Kohli continues his current form for another 5 years, he would have rewritten many records by then. I'm just getting a little restless about his test match exploits, though.

  • on November 21, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Another disgraceful excuse for a cricket pitch. Can't believe the groundsman cannot produce decent pitches out there. Must be that's the sort of ragging rubbish they are told to produce.

  • ProdigyA on November 21, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    If it needed someone to be the caliber of Kohli to reach to fastest 5000, then he surely must have been good. Respect to Sir Viv.

  • Mayaro_Man on November 21, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    One bad umpiring decision can change a match. The same umpire that gave Pujara not out when replays showed him clearly out and everyone agrees, is the same umpire that gave Simmons out when he was doing well with Bravo and just starting to launch. Notice the way the zIndians appealed to him vociferously whenever the ball hit the pad, either to cow him.....or worse. I agree though that India was better by miles, it is unfortunate when umpires intervene and kill off a contest.

  • Cricfever_PM on November 21, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Congrats to Virat for crossing 5k runs!!! other then this serious is totally meaningless!!!

    All talks going around that India can't bat in bouncy track and bla bla... This Indian team is slowly growing up and if see most of the players are played below 25 Tests!!! Once this team grow up then nobody can beat them and this team has quality to grow as big team!! The next two to three years will be crucial period for Indian test team!!

    As usual Eng & Aus fans started accusing Indian team.. why don't they go and watch Ashes other then poking their nose on other teams quality!!!

  • AnoMaLy on November 21, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @ all the haters/bashers - case of sour grapes and u wish u had a rohit sharma & virat kohli in your lineups. Ind on the rise again.

    @FFL - Agreed it doesn't compare to the Ashes but its not the players who decide what format they want to play, which team and where they want to play. Team Ind is very much looking fwd to the SA series - finally some competition.

    When credit is due it should be given. Full marks to broad

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 21, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    @EnglishFan: It is nice to see an English supporter applaud India's victory in an ODI game. Unfortunately, MOST Aussie, English and even some Asian neighbours of ours underestimate the efforts of the Indian team. It is very frustrating considering the fact that India have a good balanced record in every format over the years. Recently, India have been unbeatable in ODI cricket. Many people blame India for embracing limited overs and I think that is a MISTAKE. Look at England for example, they embrace TEST cricket and are good at it. That's not bad. It is always good to choose a particular discipline and become good at it. ODIs are India's forte and they are excellent at it. The BEST team in the world at the moment in that regard. Our batting is MIGHTY. Just look at that middle order. No team comes close. What's left now is to transfer that to test matches and I bet we will see a special Indian team in the next decade.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Nampally thanks. While Pujara and Kohli are superb, they have tough competition for the best in Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers. I look forward to seeing them come to my local ground the Ageas Bowl.

  • Nampally on November 21, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @Englishfan: One should not berate any format because all 3 formats are unique & here to stay. I also concur that Indian Test Team is again on the rise & will be strong challengers for the #1 spot. Batting is greatly boosted due to presence of Pujara, the sheet anchor. As for your comment regarding Raina, he is in the team as a "Finisher" & as a superb all rounder. He is an outstanding fielder + great hitter of the ball + a very useful off spinner- much under rated. So his place in XI is guaranteed. He definitely deserves his ODI spot more so than Yuvraj- a good batsman but lost his skills in bowling & fielding. Dhoni has his own quirks, the chief amongst them is exclusion of Pujara & trying to convert others into #4. Kohli & Pujara are arguably the best #3 or #4 in the world today. Pujara is a World class batsman & too good to be excluded from ODI, especially on Overseas pitches. The Sooner Dhoni & India accept this, the better it is for India. Good Luck to England in Ashes Series!.

  • on November 21, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    My friend it was a difficult wickets. I will still have Yuvraj at4 and rain at 5 for world cup . We need so.e experience as this is still a young tesm and with Sachin anf SEHWAG gone we need some back upmindyou rohit still untested in oversea conditions. So wont jump the gun yet. YUVRAJ anf raina are both match winners so will come good eventually. .

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @GRVJPR I agree that everyone belittles Indian victories in India. The truth is you have a superb batting line up. What your batsmen did to Narine was a batting master class.

    I get what your'e saying about Raina, but do India not have a better finisher. Or at least if he's there as a finisher, can he not bat below Dhoni?

  • pitch_curator on November 21, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    @ Englishfan - I watch every live game on TV irrespective of the teams playing and irrespective of the format. I even watch county cricket which star cricket sometimes shows in India. So you can consider me as a fan. But the fact of the matter is that most fans are not watching test cricket. The TRPs and the stands tell you that. It is sad but it is true that test cricket is dying. We just need to move on.

  • on November 21, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    who says test cricket is the dying format of the game , only because the bunch of new players who r better odi players doesnt mean test cricket is dying . if u ask the best batsman of the world cricket , they would say test cricket is the real cricket . a player is not one of the best until he proves himself on 5 days match.

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    @Mali-T658, "Raina and Yuvraj may just fare like a duck caught in the lights on the bouncy pitches of Australia", It seems you did not see Ashes 1st day. Forget about fast and bouncy. it was flat as a pancake. And both our guys would play short pitch ball better than what Aussie opener 'Rogers' and then 'Michael clarke" played. Seem people take performances from certain players just for granted. Raina even contributed with ball today. He is excellent fielder as well and thus no liability.

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    I think the problem with us, the Indians. We always belittle our victories at home. It is extremely difficult to play spinning ball straightaway, then there is reverse swing. Fact is that batsmen in India are tested more and more consistently with ball reverse swinging and spinning from day. On foreign pitches it might swing for first session and then it is flat as a pancake.

  • rayinto on November 21, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    How can we justify Chanderpaul as a spectator given Deonarine & Sammy's performance in this game?

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @pitch_curator "Who cares about average teams playing a dying format of the game" is a bit harsh. While there will probably be more global interest for this ODI series, the Ashes will be a more even contest than this series. I will watch this ODI series as a cricket fan who wants to see the highly quality cricket of the number one team across the formats. But obviously being English the ashes will mean more to me. Obviously you are entitled to your opinions, but calling test cricket "dying" is just not what cricket fans say. It's also interesting considering that India are on the way up in test cricket and embark on tours to SA and Eng where they could leave both places with incredible victories.

  • Mali-T658 on November 21, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    As someone pointed out, the purple patch of the top 3 Indian batsmen is hiding the pathetic run by the middle-order batsmen. S Raina and Yuvraj may just fare like a duck caught in the lights on the bouncy pitches of Australia, and this is where Pujara should be drafted into the middle-order.

    My ODI squad for World Cup 2015: S Dhawan, R Sharma, V Kohli, C Pujara, Y Singh, M S Dhoni, R Jadeja, I Pathan, B Kumar, U Yadav, M Shami. 12th Man: R Ashwin. Reserves: D Kulkarni, A Rahane, D Karthik, M Sharma

  • arnav.c on November 21, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Boring match which ended in the predictable trashing. I didnt even watch it completely. Looking at WI team during the test and now in the ODI, makes me feel, that the team has a completely disinterested look . They seem to lack unity and for some reason not very keen to compete. They look more keen to chat , joke or smile with the Indian players with whom they have a great relationships, courtesy the IPL. But they are forgetting they are representing WI , a once proud team.

    The Indian board should announce the SA tour test team and he likes of Shikar, Rohit, Kohli, Ashwin , Bhuvi, Sami along with Pujara should be in SA now. And yes, we need Gambhir and Zaheer for the SA tour. The batting inspite of its recent heroics looks inexperienced without Gambhir or Sehwag. Gambhir is a must in place of Murli Vijay. The trio of pujara, kohli and rohit will be severely tested. Sehwag should come in at no4 now and Zaheer needs to be back if we have to prevent a 0-2 loss to SA.

  • adis26 on November 21, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    All those complaining about India winning at home, what do you want us to do? Apologize for winning? This has been our home season and we are nearing the end of it... We have SA, England, Australia and NZ coming up next year. So we will be put to our test. This whole India bashing is getting ridiculous sometimes. I think BCCI has been reasonably fair. We had our away series last year, defeated WI in WI and drew SA in SA 1-1, and then got whitewashed by Eng and Aus 8-0. Since then we've made a LOT of changes. In the coming away season we will not have Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid and Laxman. Our new team and players have groomed and prepared a fair bit at home and gained valuable experience required for our next away season coming right after this WI series. So all you critics need to shut the hell up and wait and watch how we do...until then...all I have to say is we are sorry we have been thrashing most of you guys..yea..We are almost invincible at home :)

  • pitch_curator on November 21, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge - How many people turned up at the GABBA and how many people turned up for this match?? How many people saw this on TV and how many people saw the ashes on TV? haha. Get your facts right man. The eyes, ears and heads of the world are always turned towards the # 1 ODI team which is the defending world champion. Who cares about average teams playing a dying format of the game.

  • hurting_westindian on November 21, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Why waste time playing out the rest of this tour when you have a team whose players and administration are so unbelievably stupid and caught up in their own ignorance that they continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. The WI players and staff should just return to their homes and the WICB should take the money saved and spend it on something far more useful... like dance classes or pottery making on anything else as cricket clearly does not mean anything to them.

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    @ Englishfan Raina's batting average is about 36 with strike rate of 91, combine with his bowling and fielding. That's an excellent package at number 6.It is an extremelt difficult position to score consistently as many times Raina is left with only few runs to get and at other times the number of balls left are about 50 to 60. He is required to go after bowling and on spinning tracks that always is dangerous.

  • CricketChat on November 21, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    This win for Ind is as easy as they come, who were never really tested by WI thus far on this tour. Now that Sammy is not the captain any more, can he be replaced with someone more deserving. No matter how positive thinking and smiling you are, you can't win matches for your team if you can't perform. Based on current performance, I would rate WI at the lowest of all test playing nations, even below Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. They are probably at par with with some of the associate teams like, Ireland and Afghanistan.

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    After so many blamed India that they play test cricket on flat tracks, I waked up early today and set to watch Ashes and what are so called fast bouncy tracks. It was a waste to rise so early from sleep. Not a single ball spun, reverse swung. First the aussie batsmen played like school kids, Micahel clarke got out to a short ball and he handled it worst that Suresh Raina. Later the English bowling couldn't polish off the tail. On the other hand we saw batsmen tested in recent test series in India. In last few series against england, australia and west indies ball turned, reverse swung and there was enough bounce which saw results and some exciting cricket. Batsmen were tested to the core. I think the real fact is that that pitches outside India are too overhyped. Real challenge is in India where test matches are getting over in 3 days.

  • BigINDFan on November 21, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Yet another great win but I agree these matches are meaningless. Instead Ind should be playing in SA right now. WI need to improve and it starts with picking the right players for each format and grooming and encouraging them. Gayle should only be played in T20s due to his attitude. What a waste of talent. Thankfully Rohit has come out of his shell and is doing really really well.

    Dhoni is not good at picking the right team combination. He is great on the field leading the team but is too biased to certain players and combinations that it is frustrating. One of Yuvi or Raina needs to go and make way for a Pujara, Rayudu or someone who is in form and can do well at #4. That is the weakest link now in this Indian team and it will be exposed by better teams. Mitchell Johnson made a mockery of Dhoni's choice of #4 in the ODIs.

  • FRpunk on November 21, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @ Rajesh.Kumar exactly . nowadays its becoming quite cool to write off what ever matches india play at home infront of massive crowds ( for odis & T20 ) as useless cricket . for them cricket is only taken seriously when played in Australia , england or SA . any pitch which does not offers pace and bounce is considerd a bad one and the one which turns is considerd a disgrace . even when india produces Flat pitches ( which btw is the best chance for an oppostion to beat india in india ) is being criticized .

    i do believe that overseas success means a lot but still i do value this ODIs . these are international matches . and crowds are always jampacked for an odi in india .

  • TAJY on November 21, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Just another ODI where WI is crushingly outplayed and outsmarted. Several batsmen misread the pitch and got out. The ball had a tendency to keep low as Kohli correctly pointed out, so a straight bat would be required. Try telling that to our WI batsmen, who got out to some poor strokes yet again because they fail to read the situations. And of course the poor habits of some players remain (Sammy has gotten out to the same shot how many consecutive matches now?). Bravo said the WI team is gonna need to outsmart India to win this series. Well good luck to that, as the Indian team clearly has far more cricketing sense than the WI players. When you listen to the players speak, you can tell who has real cricketing sense and who does not

  • GRVJPR on November 21, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Good to see ball spun, reverse swing and exceptional batting on two paced surface. It was worth a watch unlike that first day at Ashes test played on flattest track ever where australia batted so bad that it looks like bouncy juicy wicket. Also english bowling finally got exposes. They can't polish of taileneders.

  • ladycricfan on November 21, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    To be selected for SA tour Yuvi needs to show some fluency in the remaining two matches. Pujara should be in the team as a floater just like CSK use Badrinath as the SOS man. Samuels and Simmons were unlucky to get out the way they did. Both could've put up a better total. India's spinners did most the damage on a helpful pitch. Rohit Sharma's excellent form continues. Congrats Kohli for the record.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Surely India should try out some other players to develop a squad for the world cup next year. Also I'm not sure about Raina and never really have been- he averages mid 30s after nearly 200 matches. India have such an abundance of batting talent yet he is playing? It makes no sense.

    My starting 11 (in batting order) and 15 man squad for the World Cup in Aus and Nz: 1.Dhawan 2.Sharma 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6.Yuvraj 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi Kumar 10.Shami 11.Yadav. Squad players- Rahane, Mohit Sharma, Unedkat, Samson (try and give them more experience and exposure).

    Dhoni is too good an ODI batsman to bat 6. Pujara at 3 can protect Kohli because I assume pitches wil generally help quick bowlers. No need for a spare spinner because there are two in th line up. If somebody outbowls Ashwin in the next IPL they can happily replace him.

  • on November 21, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    For ODI'S all you need is a couple of decent spinners and there you go, West Indies all out below 230!

  • cooljack_143 on November 21, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @vvbr nice one.liked that!!!!!!!!

  • Albert_cambell on November 21, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Indian fans Have something to cheer, before they come to SA. They will see where their team belong. Beating low ranked team like WI at home is not a big deal. Even BD defeated this overrated team at home. They are lucky to reduce the 7 match ODI series to 3 march ODI series. Otherwise they will be losing the No.1 ODI spot to us at the end of the SA series.

  • on November 21, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    front foot lunge - which world are we talking about?

  • Reuelsean on November 21, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Regardless of how many players wi change we still suffer similar failing results. The batsmen keep playing the same irresponsible shots, Management seems to be making no real difference, proving to be just as useless as the wicb themselves, and the structure of wi cricket is even worst than it was 10 yrs ago, and it has been horrible for a long time before that. Our cricket isn't going anywhere but down. WI Players need to take more responsibility for themselves and hold themselves to a much higher standard of play.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I would suggest to the WICB that they use the main selector and coach from every territory in the caribbean together with the West Indies coach and captain to select a touring sqad for each series, in that way there will be less confusion and dissatisfaction, because right now no one cannot understand the present selectors criteria for selecting a team to represent us. This is surely not the best set of players in the caribbean to represent us at the moment!

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Mohit Sharma should be tried out in place of Jaydev Unadkat. These experiments with alternate options should start soon. In fact, we are already a bit late; since we missed (did NOT use) many opportunities in the last year or so.

  • premclement on November 21, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Who cares about Ashes in this part of the world. This is a great win for India.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    I find it difficult to understand, why WI did not think of Ravi Rampaul & Jason Holder for the just concluded two tests. Especially, when Roach got injured.

    If properly handled, Jason Holder will be their cutting edge, in the pace dept,, at a for quite a few years to come. He is such a natural. With more experience and right guidance, he will be among the star bowlers global level.

    If the Board do not take enough effort to develop this young man, I would advice him to spend as much as time as possible with Courtney Walsh during long breaks. Of course depending on their mutual convenience. I'm sure. Jason will benefit a lot.

  • vrkp on November 21, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    If Ponting can be a great batsman even though he performed miserably in India, then why not Kohli or any other indian batsman? This double standard really annoys me.

    Also, please remember that there is T20 WC next year in Bangladesh which is in sub-continent. So, it makes sense that MSD is trying more spin options now. Preparation for WC 2015 can take place later.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 21, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    No offence to WI fans, but I feel India should stop playing such meaningless series against lowly ranked oppositions. Instead, they should have already left for SA and start preparing to play tour matches before the test series. I am not much of a test fan but it was satisfying to see India put away the WI 2-0 in the recently concluded Sachin farewell. Now the same needs to be done overseas. What we have going on now is a string of useless games against a poor opposition. It was indeed satisfying to see the Aussies get flogged by our batsmen last month but this is the WI we are talking about. This is why I strongly feel the ICC needs to have 2 ranking tables instead of 1 for tests and ODIs. India, England, SA, Aus, SL belong to one group; PAK, WI, NZ, BD, and ZIM belong the other. Then we can avoid seeing such mismatches.

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Vineet Patni: Murali Sharma doesn't exist in indian cricket :p

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 21, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Another meaningless ODI when the eyes of the world are turned to the Ashes. The two just don't even compare.

  • Night.angel on November 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Why Unadkat?

    When Jason Holder was bowling, L.Siva and Gavaskar was commenting ; he is tall, can extract bounce and although not too quick he is the most intimidating bowler in the W.I lot.

    Can you compare this with Unadkat? Well. Truth is, he got no pace, no height, thin and emaciated, and the least threatening bowler in this match. Why he is in team?. Well, it was because Wasim Akram vouched for him during IPL and thus fooling the selectors. Like Ponting did it for Dinda.

    Pankaj Singh on other hand is exact answer for India's tall bowler. He is masculine and a proven wicket-taker.

    India should look into their own resources, rather than like Shiva and Gavaskarl just being amazed at opponents strength.

    Pankaj Singh can do better than M,I .sharma, unadkat, V,B,P, kumar, Dinda, M patel,mithun.

    Even Rishi Dhawan is a lot better than Unadkat, Vinay, dinda, sharma

    What say you? Why can't we try new bowlers rather than investing in those who don't have skills again?

    What say you?

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Yuvi & Raina:

    It may be a nice gesture to give a lot of chances to these two to regain from. But there is a limit to even good gestures. It is foolish not to look at other options too, NOW itself! Then alone we can be sure about our No 4 & 5 for the next World cup.

    I don't care, how Dhoni is going to re-arrange the sequence of appearance for the batting from No.1 to No. 6. But Pujara SHOULD be in the mix. This obsession in keeping him out from ODIs is not understandable.

    There are also many young boys who seem to be ready to be at least tried out. Two names come to my mind immediately: Baba Aparajit & Sanju Samson! Samson could also take over the big gloves, in case the necessity arises in the middle of a match.

    There should definitely be more options, both among the slightly older ones too.

  • vvbr on November 21, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Now-a-days WI has become a factory which produces cricketers for T20 leagues. International cricket? Who cares! The attitude of WI in this tour is like.. "We told you..! We were not interested in this tour. You pleaded us. Now don't blame us"

  • mahi678 on November 21, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    good thumping win for india, but i dont like the way team is backing two out of form layers!! that too they come one after other. there is chance of opposition put pressure on middle order. go for some replacements!! i think pujara, kedar jadav are good contenders.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on November 21, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @ BDrox11 - LOL - Funny looking comment - too bad BD can only compete - Note - i am not using the word "win" - against lowly ranked teams like NZ,WI and SL.... what happened in the last asia cup was blip - which will be comprehensively reversed come asia cup 2014 with a hiding which will never be forgotten by BD spectators (remember 2011 WC?) - so nobody here with a sane head above their shoulders will be taking your comments seriously anyway...

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    According to some fans, every win needs to be perfect. Even if India restrict them to 220, they try to pick weakness and criticize. At 190/2, sometimes you lose quick wickets, for poor shots. that is also criticized. Even if India win comfortably next, they talk about home and overseas. according to some fans, home matches are not internationals. Even if India win away, like in Champions Trophy and the Tri Series, it's luck, or wickets suited us so. So sad to see we never celebrate or be happy with victories. even in international matches. Even though we are world. no.1 ODI side. Strange world!

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    What a desperate state West Indies cricket is in...not even county/state/province standard. Some of their bowlers wouldn't worry a club cricketer on a Saturday afternoon. The WICB are reaping what the have sown for many years of indifference, self-interest and sheer neglect. The officials and administrators of their cricket shouldn't be allowed near it ever again. The sad part of it is that after The Ashes, England have the misfortune of having to tour there...what a waste of time...the days of two divisions in international cricket seem to draw ever closer...

  • on November 21, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Yet another display of backyard cricket.I promised myself not pay attention to WI cricket,but the DNA runs beyond my blood.How paltry,how disgraceful,what a cheap act.I think of the days when the names of the Ws,Sobers ,Kanhai,Gibbs and others were triumphantly spoken of.They made us proud,we were respected and recognized in world cricket.Then came CH LLoyd with the most magnificent assembly ever,some were from the old school while others like Rowe, Holding ,Richardson Kallicharran,Roberts,Croft,Fredericks etc added fuel to a team that would rule like Alexander the great for the next two decades.But gone are those glory days when time seemed to pause in anticipation of the next trashing.

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Why MOM to Kohli. It should have gone to a bowler. Raina deserved it for the three wickets. The target was very less and no batsman deserved the MOM.

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Well done India.Windies have gone from great to worse.Lets see the second episode in"the downfall of windies cricket".

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Where is Shillingford the stand out bowler dropped because they don't think he's an ODI bowler ? He and Narine need to both play in India not all these bits and pieces allrounders. I'd rather see proper batsman like Kirk Edwards or Powell replace them along with Shillingford and another young bowler. WI seem to think throwing young players straight into Tests without even playing ODI's is the answer though . . .

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 21, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    If W.I had actually put a good fielder on the catch for Narine Rohit would have been out before making 20

  • JoydeepGupta on November 21, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Do this kind of matches really count? Clearly, WI is today's Bangladesh or Zimbabwe...I would be keen to see how this Indian team performs abroad on a green wicket, as that is the ultimate test of skill and character.

  • NAYANADINI on November 21, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Congrats india. This is massacre. Also windies playing pathetic cricket at the moment. Loss of gayle will be a further blow. Team india has some promising players. Best wishes from srilanka

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    I think ajinkya rahane or murali sharma are good replacements for raina.. should msd think about it.

  • bdsmaruf on November 21, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    what about umesh......................

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Unadkat again a waste selection.

    Not being harsh on him but to survive as international player you need pace, swing and bounce.

  • vvbr on November 21, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @Vishwas HS I am happy to see that you have to started to consider fast bowlers and seeing beyond the wickets taken by spinners and talking about match practise for fast bowlers.

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    the way virat has matured or evolved in his batting is unreal.... what a batsman he is turned out to be....wow..... he is bating like he can score anywhere anytime at any pace...... if he goes at this pace , man i tell you he will break every record in his way.....

  • on November 21, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    congrsts virat.... well played rohit..... and shikar is prooving he is really the replacement of sehwag ( plays one good innings once in 5 to 6 matches ) .... what i dont understand is why was shami not given the new ball??? unadkat doesnt have pace, he wont get much swing either..... unadkat may be used as middle order bowler or a death over bowler , he is good in death overs..... or bring back yadhav , give some match practice to mohit sharma.....

  • on November 21, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    It is disappointing to hear the tv commentators making negative comment on Narine bowling. WI average under 220 runs a game in ODI this year. Not even close to sub power in 50 overs more like T20. Show me a bowler in world cricket who can perform with the likes of the Indian batting line up. Put a decent score to defend and see the different an ordinary bowler and a world class, e.g.As good as Ajmal with a much better product around him...

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Batting masterclass from India. Considering how much turn their spinners got to take apart Narine like this is excellent. Narine looking ordinary like he did in England 2012 (during the wettest period ever tbf)

  • rayinto on November 21, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Looks like Narine no longer a mystery!

  • Llka on November 21, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    As predictable it can be.west indies loose to india badly yet.

  • on November 21, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Two reasons why the indian batsman are on form and scoring runs 1. Poor West Indies bowling 2. Dead flat pitches. Do u remember what happens to this same batting line up when they play away in England, Australia , South Africa? Wait and see again in 2014 starting with England. Indian commentators are just a hype.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Feel sorry for India as their success will be belittled. But don't forget this pitch is good as there is something for the bowlers and that WI attack of Narine Holder Rampaul is strong. Therefore well done Indian batsmen.

  • dibuCricketCrazy on November 21, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    India need to build team for WC-15 .. Bowling is a must needed area to improve. don't know how long we will persist with Aswin.. ..why keep on selecting this 120-130 bowler .. Unadkat not a bowler in this standard.. he will be another failure . we need to look for Umesh and prepare him.. .. and bowler who can bowls atleast 135 + how umesh will learn without playing match.. we need some pace bowler like him in Aus-NZ and We have a very vulnerable middle-order having both raina and Yuvi.. India need one batsmen out in the Middle who can build innis with solid defense .. all are hard hitter.. Get rid one of raina or either Yuvi....

  • jaikishan_k on November 21, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    The current form the indian batsmen (Sharma, Kohli, Dhawan, etc) are in .. I wouldnt be surprised if they chase down today's target with atleast 20+ overs to spare ..

  • soumyas on November 21, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Gayle back in sleep mode...!! until next IPL, do not expect anything from him.

  • gsingh7 on November 21, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    ashwin need to improve if he has to play in odi team. raina and jadeja outbowled him. shillingford,narine,ajmal, monty,swann all outbowled him when faced one on one. he is good on rank turners in tests but in odis he has been below par. unadkat is a joke,not a funny one.why select below par medium pacer like him when some other youngsters cud be given a chance. hoping that kohli comes to bat early and score a quickfire century. dhoni never gave bowling to yuvi in past few matches,i dont know why.

  • vvbr on November 21, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Looking Indian team line up is like seeing a badly written code with lot of hard-coded stuff and lot of hacks .. but it works in Indian environment. Dhoni is a proud author of this code. WI is like a buggy software which crashes everywhere.

  • Cricdew on November 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great .........your fellow countrymen need you as they are mourning on your teams batting ...better go there mate....

  • vvbr on November 21, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @ ketaann.. I see you have a fair point!

  • on November 21, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Rainy Raina all over Kochi!!

  • ketaann on November 21, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    why dhoni is so reluntant to give yuvi ball?? May be he fears that if he does then yuvi will get wickets n somehow he will survive. Basically after dravid's retirement dhoni don't want any senior in team but he can't do anything with SRT so he waited for his retirement. But he had success in departure of bhajji,vvs,zaheer,gauti,viru n now yuvi.

  • sarathvalsalan on November 21, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    The bowling is not good. 2 balls is not the reason. good bowling units like pakistan and SA have restricted better batting lineups to lower totals.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 21, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I think India should accept DRS to avoid umpiring howlers. But the way DRS is practiced today, it is more like a gamble. If you lose two chances which you have, you can't even complain against a howler. The number of available chances should be increased for starters...

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 21, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Why are people getting so impatient about Ind-SA series? It is starting on Dec 5, which is not too far away. Looking down upon Ind-WI series amounts to insulting WI. Should India stop playing WI altogether to appease a certain group of people?

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Even Rohit is doing better than Ashwin. OMG. If we start complaining against umpires, India will have a long list themselves. Remember SRT given out LBW being hit on SHoulder. Ouch. Who can forget the great umpires in Sharjah. Opposition used to play with 13 players. 3 LBWs in a row.

  • on November 21, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Windies would do well to complain against umpire kulkarni who again jolted them with a poor decision against simmons where the ball was clearly going the leg side. This is the same umpire who as third umpire in last test ruled that a genuine close in catch was not cleanly taken.

  • INDSlider on November 21, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    @Llka: If Ind goes to SA before this series, their ODI No. 1 ranking and test No. 2 ranking would be in jeopardy. Thats the reason they use this type of series to secure their ranking before a big series.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great - What did your great auusies do in India? You were treated like minnows in tests. England is going to trash you this time too.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Look at the bowling figures of the 3 spinners. No further proof needed as to why Ashwin should be selected only for tests and nothing else. he has given 75% of the runs Jadeja and Raina gave in half the overs without a single wicket. Jai ho Srini. Jai ho dhoni.

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Looking Forward for one more Finest innings from Rohit Sharma ( Hit Man )

  • Yuosufahmed on November 21, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Good luck Windies. You can do this easily. I wish you all the best for 3-0 thrashing.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Nice looking pitch. Interesting to see how India will bat on it against Narine, Holder and Rampaul. I'm sure they'll do well India and chase the score easily.

  • BDrox11 on November 21, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    west indies will beat India and in Asia cup again our Bangla boys will beat India

  • on November 21, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Another top class Indian surface- one ball was almost subterranean - disgrace. Pathetic

  • Llka on November 21, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    India should have went to sa aftr the test series.this is really pointless series.

  • yuvi_gladiator on November 21, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great aren't you busy cleaning up all the mess that broad created today at gabba. you guys should seriously consider inviting zim for a tour. England are probably tired of beating you again and again, btw i have a smirk on while i write this

  • Llka on November 21, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Why on earth india is playing this medicore west indies?india should have cancelled limitted over series against this side.west even lost to bd in series.

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    what are the chances of showers

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Roach is injured. Roach can bowl 150+ hostile. Yuvi & Raina would have failed again. So hard to believe that Yuvraj is keeping Pujara out of the side. Ridiculous.

  • INDSlider on November 21, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Ashes distracted the attention from this match so that India can score bucketful of runs against Windies without any humiliation from the cricket world. Paying with minnows will be a good boost for their No. 1 ranking.

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Gayle should be dropped from all formats of internation cricket of WI. this guy is done. once a good bastman, right now is a worst one.

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on November 21, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Jaydev Unadkat.,, Selectors are seriously kiddin'. My Street Players Bowl Faster Than jaydev. he must seriously consider some protein diet,as soon as possible.

  • Vijay_P_S on November 21, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Let's determine the size of this puny ground. Over 3.2, SIX square of the wicket was 65 m long and it cleared the ropes by at least 3 m. So the boundary square of the wicket is at 62 m. Don't blame the bowlers if this ends up being a run fest.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Vijayi gone for a duck in Ranji trophy. He is failing since that hundred against Aus. I hope selectors dont select him for SA. But knowing dhoni and Srini, He has a confirmed ticket to SA. He and Ashwin. I wont be surprised if even Mukund and badri snick in. The one player who is performing well is not getting a chance. Baba Aparijit. Mature cricketer at such a young age.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Gayle doing his usual bit.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    God knows why is Ashwin still in limited overs. he is clueless in ODI and T20 format. Use him only for Tests. Are there no other spinners in India? Oh forgot there are no other spinners available from Srini's den. Why not give chance to Baba Aparijit. Young and an allrounder. Would develop faster than ashwin definitely.Ashwin over the years has not learnt. Tries the same things as tests. Bhajji atleast was economical which allowed other bowlers to claim wickets. Bhajji was 10 times better fielder than ashwin too. It seems dhoni and selectors like to field with just 10 players.

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Lol, as i predicted gayle is out at 0. He is going to be a duck legend.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Hope this time WI put a good show.

  • on November 21, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Hope this time WI put a good show.

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Lol, as i predicted gayle is out at 0. He is going to be a duck legend.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    God knows why is Ashwin still in limited overs. he is clueless in ODI and T20 format. Use him only for Tests. Are there no other spinners in India? Oh forgot there are no other spinners available from Srini's den. Why not give chance to Baba Aparijit. Young and an allrounder. Would develop faster than ashwin definitely.Ashwin over the years has not learnt. Tries the same things as tests. Bhajji atleast was economical which allowed other bowlers to claim wickets. Bhajji was 10 times better fielder than ashwin too. It seems dhoni and selectors like to field with just 10 players.

  • CodandChips on November 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Gayle doing his usual bit.

  • Haleos on November 21, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Vijayi gone for a duck in Ranji trophy. He is failing since that hundred against Aus. I hope selectors dont select him for SA. But knowing dhoni and Srini, He has a confirmed ticket to SA. He and Ashwin. I wont be surprised if even Mukund and badri snick in. The one player who is performing well is not getting a chance. Baba Aparijit. Mature cricketer at such a young age.

  • Vijay_P_S on November 21, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Let's determine the size of this puny ground. Over 3.2, SIX square of the wicket was 65 m long and it cleared the ropes by at least 3 m. So the boundary square of the wicket is at 62 m. Don't blame the bowlers if this ends up being a run fest.

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on November 21, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Jaydev Unadkat.,, Selectors are seriously kiddin'. My Street Players Bowl Faster Than jaydev. he must seriously consider some protein diet,as soon as possible.

  • black_bird on November 21, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Gayle should be dropped from all formats of internation cricket of WI. this guy is done. once a good bastman, right now is a worst one.

  • INDSlider on November 21, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Ashes distracted the attention from this match so that India can score bucketful of runs against Windies without any humiliation from the cricket world. Paying with minnows will be a good boost for their No. 1 ranking.

  • on November 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Roach is injured. Roach can bowl 150+ hostile. Yuvi & Raina would have failed again. So hard to believe that Yuvraj is keeping Pujara out of the side. Ridiculous.