India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Kanpur November 27, 2013

Lost best opportunity to win series in India - Bravo

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Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, has said his team lost a great opportunity to win a series in India, having lost the Kanpur ODI by five wickets. The series was level 1-1 before this match, in which West Indies set India a target of 264 - the hosts chased that down with nearly four overs to spare.

"At times we were inconsistent with the ball and we paid for it," Bravo said. "We did a lot of things right but unfortunately just didn't win the game. We are disappointed because this was our best opportunity to win a series in India. We just have to regroup and keep believing."

Bravo conceded he was happy with the total the West Indies batsmen put on the board, but would have preferred one of them to kick on from their start. Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuels scored fifties, putting together a 117-run partnership for the second wicket, but neither got through the 70s. The subsequent batsmen could not get another substantial partnership going until the end, when Darren Bravo and Darren Sammy scored 67 runs in the last eight overs.

"The average score on this wicket is 230-235 and we did really well to get to 260-plus," Bravo said. "But the wicket did get better to bat [on] in the afternoon and the strong Indian line-up got a very good start. We were outplayed with the bat and we need to give credit where it is due.

"Samuels and Powell had a fantastic partnership but unfortunately none of them could carry on to score a big one. Samuels got out to a good ball from Ashwin, which was the turning point. I would have loved our batsmen to consolidate on their starts but as long as they keep showing signs of form, I am sure big score will follow."

India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his fifth ODI hundred of the year, said he was happy to get a big score in the series decider. Dhawan scored an attacking hundred, finishing with 119 off 95 balls, which laid the platform for India to chase the target.

"I am very happy that I made a century and the team won," Dhawan said. "I have been getting starts in the last two-three matches but was not being able to convert them into big scores. It couldn't have been better that I scored a century in the series-deciding match."

With the hundred, his new highest-score in ODIs, Dhawan took his runs tally to 1150 for the year and is third on the list of highest run-scorers, behind team-mates Virat Kohli (1237) and Rohit Sharma (1159). Ending the series with a ton, Dhawan said, would give him a lot of confidence for the upcoming South Africa tour.

"It's always good to end a home series on a high note," Dhawan said. "This century is going to give me lot of confidence when I travel to South Africa. I am really happy that I have been scoring lots of centuries. It's a good habit and I want to continue this habit, winning lots of matches for my team."

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  • kennyg on November 29, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Well Captain Bravo, WI came on a hastily and ill prepared tour. One wondered if any of the team, so called professionals, had motivation to apply themselves in their trade. Utterly embarrassing by giving India little or no opposition. Please pull up socks for the New Zealand leg of the tour or continue to embarrass yourselves in world cricket.

  • Nampally on November 29, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Bravo should be happy that his team fought back after being totally over whelmed in the first ODI. It would have been a shocking news if WI won the series because India are the World #1 Team. India did play poorly in the ODI #2. But one should not forget that the team has won 5th consecutive ODI series & can afford to relax occasionally. In ODI #2 vs. WI, India did more than relax- they played poorly particularly in bowling & fielding departments. In the 3rd ODI their fielding improved but still had few dropped catches. Their "death" overs left much to be desired. If truth be known Dhawan, R.Sharma & Kohli are 3 top class ODI players in the world. If one of them is contributing, they can rest assured that the rest of the batting can rally round. However Apart from the consistency of their spinners, the rest of the seam bowling needs much better show. All 3 seamers are young & lack experience. On the whole, WI performed above expectation & Bravo + WI side should be proud of it.

  • lyl67 on November 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Mr. Bravo had you contributed more or applied yourself better the team might have given India a better fight. A captain should be responsible and not give his wicket away playing the same shot.

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Really,what's wrong with West Indies?I thought they are striking back after the second ODI. Still I wanted India to win,but I expected a close match than this.I like it best when we win a match in the last over with one or two wickets remaining.

  • wirus on November 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    The comments of Brutalanalyst and several others should be made compulsory reading for the WI selectors and administrators. It is so embarrassing when someone doesn't even have the sense to admit that they were outclassed and had no real chance of success. As long as WI continue in this delusion of believing that they really are on par with the major cricket nations, the longer the pain and humiliation will continue. DELUSION!! That is what one sees in picking squads, teams, and even in the sorts of shots played and balls bowled. Most of these batsmen are deluded into thinking that because they are wearing WI colours they are therefore Richards, Greenidge, etc. THEY ARE NOT!

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo needs to be kicked out the side no exception ! I'm sorry but 3 out of 3 the worst most pathetic suicidal soft dismissals. Sammy however has shown why he is the real leader of the short format with 2 gutsy performances when his team was all but dead and he should still be captain. Dwayne does not warrant a place in any format hilarious his friend Lara says he should be in the Test side. No other Country would allow an experienced player to get away with 3 back to back dismisalls like that in the circumstances without being dropped let alone a Captain ! If a Captain from other nation played as irresponsibly careless the way he did they would unlikely ever represent their Country again.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies always seems to field the wrong mix of players. Putting Holder in against India as their number one fast bowler was ludicrous. The last ODI was lost in the first four or five overs of the game. They need to plan better. But even if they had the right selection they would have still lost, because the truth is that the Indian side are a vastly better team than West Indies. They have more quality batsmen, bowlers, a better captain and a better winning strategy. But they should have. After all, they have a billion people to select from.

  • GRVJPR on November 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    "lost best opportunity??" , Give Thanks to heavens that your misery is over.

  • pitch_curator on November 28, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Is Bravo referring to the just concluded series? At no stage in the series did the WI look like beating India except in the dying stages of the second ODI where conditions were favorable to them. I see that some of the posters are actually saying that the WI batsmen are "talented". I don't think so. Dwayne Bravo and Powell apart, the rest of the batsmen do not have a decent technique at all. With Sloggers like these a team's chance is only in T20s. You only need to look at the way Samuels or Sammy or Simmons plays for 5 balls to understand that his technique is very poor. Footwork against seamers or spinners is absent. Placement of the ball is missing and awareness of the situation of the game is non-existent. A truly talented batsman can score all around the ground. Most west indies batsmen have only few areas where they can score. Look at the way Dwayne Bravo scores. He can score only through square leg or deep cover. I think people are confusing hard hitting with talent.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Finally It's over... What a waste of time to have this series & the preceding test series was another bore... What should have been an enjoyable South African summer has been reduced to mundane two series against a team that needs some serious introspection... As a cricket fan, it's sad to see this WI team in action.

  • kennyg on November 29, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Well Captain Bravo, WI came on a hastily and ill prepared tour. One wondered if any of the team, so called professionals, had motivation to apply themselves in their trade. Utterly embarrassing by giving India little or no opposition. Please pull up socks for the New Zealand leg of the tour or continue to embarrass yourselves in world cricket.

  • Nampally on November 29, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    Bravo should be happy that his team fought back after being totally over whelmed in the first ODI. It would have been a shocking news if WI won the series because India are the World #1 Team. India did play poorly in the ODI #2. But one should not forget that the team has won 5th consecutive ODI series & can afford to relax occasionally. In ODI #2 vs. WI, India did more than relax- they played poorly particularly in bowling & fielding departments. In the 3rd ODI their fielding improved but still had few dropped catches. Their "death" overs left much to be desired. If truth be known Dhawan, R.Sharma & Kohli are 3 top class ODI players in the world. If one of them is contributing, they can rest assured that the rest of the batting can rally round. However Apart from the consistency of their spinners, the rest of the seam bowling needs much better show. All 3 seamers are young & lack experience. On the whole, WI performed above expectation & Bravo + WI side should be proud of it.

  • lyl67 on November 28, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Mr. Bravo had you contributed more or applied yourself better the team might have given India a better fight. A captain should be responsible and not give his wicket away playing the same shot.

  • on November 28, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Really,what's wrong with West Indies?I thought they are striking back after the second ODI. Still I wanted India to win,but I expected a close match than this.I like it best when we win a match in the last over with one or two wickets remaining.

  • wirus on November 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    The comments of Brutalanalyst and several others should be made compulsory reading for the WI selectors and administrators. It is so embarrassing when someone doesn't even have the sense to admit that they were outclassed and had no real chance of success. As long as WI continue in this delusion of believing that they really are on par with the major cricket nations, the longer the pain and humiliation will continue. DELUSION!! That is what one sees in picking squads, teams, and even in the sorts of shots played and balls bowled. Most of these batsmen are deluded into thinking that because they are wearing WI colours they are therefore Richards, Greenidge, etc. THEY ARE NOT!

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 28, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo needs to be kicked out the side no exception ! I'm sorry but 3 out of 3 the worst most pathetic suicidal soft dismissals. Sammy however has shown why he is the real leader of the short format with 2 gutsy performances when his team was all but dead and he should still be captain. Dwayne does not warrant a place in any format hilarious his friend Lara says he should be in the Test side. No other Country would allow an experienced player to get away with 3 back to back dismisalls like that in the circumstances without being dropped let alone a Captain ! If a Captain from other nation played as irresponsibly careless the way he did they would unlikely ever represent their Country again.

  • on November 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    West Indies always seems to field the wrong mix of players. Putting Holder in against India as their number one fast bowler was ludicrous. The last ODI was lost in the first four or five overs of the game. They need to plan better. But even if they had the right selection they would have still lost, because the truth is that the Indian side are a vastly better team than West Indies. They have more quality batsmen, bowlers, a better captain and a better winning strategy. But they should have. After all, they have a billion people to select from.

  • GRVJPR on November 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    "lost best opportunity??" , Give Thanks to heavens that your misery is over.

  • pitch_curator on November 28, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Is Bravo referring to the just concluded series? At no stage in the series did the WI look like beating India except in the dying stages of the second ODI where conditions were favorable to them. I see that some of the posters are actually saying that the WI batsmen are "talented". I don't think so. Dwayne Bravo and Powell apart, the rest of the batsmen do not have a decent technique at all. With Sloggers like these a team's chance is only in T20s. You only need to look at the way Samuels or Sammy or Simmons plays for 5 balls to understand that his technique is very poor. Footwork against seamers or spinners is absent. Placement of the ball is missing and awareness of the situation of the game is non-existent. A truly talented batsman can score all around the ground. Most west indies batsmen have only few areas where they can score. Look at the way Dwayne Bravo scores. He can score only through square leg or deep cover. I think people are confusing hard hitting with talent.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Finally It's over... What a waste of time to have this series & the preceding test series was another bore... What should have been an enjoyable South African summer has been reduced to mundane two series against a team that needs some serious introspection... As a cricket fan, it's sad to see this WI team in action.

  • himanshu.team on November 28, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I think Bravo is beig too generous on himself and his team is saying that this was a good opportunity to win a series in India. The win in Vizag was fluke, resulted by some poor luck and a careless attitude shown by the Indian team. The loss made them focus a bit more and Kanpur was another no-contest between the two sides. It is just because this was a 3 match series, that Bravo says they had a good chance to win. If it were a 5 or 7 match series, WI might have lost 4-1 or 6-1. I agree with people's comments that people running WI cricket need to introspect and find ways to make WI a cricketing force. they have the talent, but seem to lack mental strength and maturity to do justice to that talent, and the board must take responsibility for it.

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    In recent years, we have seen many different WI players captaining their side. Despite all the snide remarks people make at Sammy, I think he is the best person to do the job. He will be a unifying person within the team.

    He keeps his coll. Could be daring when needed. Will keep the atmosphere pleasant within the dressing room as well as in the ground, through personal example. Plays the game within his constraints. Straightforward guy. Does't play "games within games" like the Ash contestants do.

    Is he the best player in the team? No. The Captain need not be the best player. Ask Brearley. Or, ask someone who knows Brearley well. He wasn't the best player in his team. But he was a great captain. Same was the case with G.Ramchand of India. Same is the case with Bailey in the current Australian ODI team.

  • on November 27, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Referring to historical statistics and drawing a comparison with the average score is rather daft considering Kanpur hasn't played host to an ODI over four years. The game has changed so much since then. For a team filled with talented players, the failure to perform on a consistent basis is striking. Samuels, despite notching a half-century yesterday, was ungainly at the crease. Roach's absence has been telling. There's neither any genuine pace nor good back-up bowling for the likes of Narine and Rampaul to win matches. Hopefully, the trip to NZ would see better days.

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    At some point in time those from the top who control W.I cricket must come to a sober conclusion that some thing is not working. Most fans have been calling for the removal of those at the top. ,with no avail. We see our batsmen making the same mistake over and over. We see our promising players making the same mistake over and over again. That is nothing else but lack of discipline. Whose responsibility is that? The coach is not hired to bat,bowl or field, and certainly not just to talk as the coach alluded to earlier. We have been in the longest rebuilding phase for far too long and there is certainly no end to the draught. We do have a good crop of young talent, what they need is some one who can mold them into greatness. without a doubt that is lacking.

  • Batmanindallas on November 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    WI has lot of talent but a very poorly managed team. Till things change and harsh decisions are made victory will be sporadic....

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on November 27, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    The fact that Dwayne Bravo called the partnership between Powell and Samuels "fantastic" speaks volumes. It was a 127 run partnership at 5 an over and was just WI 2nd 100 run partnership of the series. On an Indian pitch, a 100 run partnership between 2 of the top 4 is the bare minimum. India (and indeed most touring teams - well Aus, Pak, and SL at least) get a 100 run partnership with their eyes closed. Be more objective Bravo, only Aus and Pak have won ODI series in India in the last 10 years and that's because they matched India in the batting department and outbowled them. WI have done neither and should have lost 3-0. They can go to NZ now where they can play another team that has gone woefully downhill in the past in tests, but remain competitive in ODIs. If you look at ODI records after the 2007 world cup, India and Australia are the only teams winning ODIs outside home. Everyone else has not been consistent in multi team tournaments and away from home.

  • crickethung on November 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    WI cricket need people who can think and who can make SENSIBLE cricketing decisions. The players and selectors are for the most part lacking in basic cricket sense. As a West Indian we have to be honest with ourselves and realise that we are not going to turn any corner for the next 25 years. We may be able to think for twenty overs but not much beyond that. Bravo is not captaincy material and he is a reasonable club cricket bowler. He is a cricketer with very little cricket sense. Darren Sammy is a great trier but really lack the skills to be a long term Test captain. The inconsistency of batsmen and especially our bowlers is a lack of personal ambition and professionalism. The WICB should take our bowlers and have them learn to bowl a consistent line and length for the next 6 months continuously until they learn discipline. This is the major all round problem in the team with bat , ball and field. If we have disciplined players we will set the course for a good team.

  • switchmitch on November 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    WI never looked like winning any match. They squeaked through the 2nd one, could have gone the other way too.

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    WI were pushing their luck and they should be glad they didn't lose 3-0. If Kohli had got a century in the second ODI, India would have probably batted WI out of the game. With a little bit better death bowling they could have still won. Only India gives Darren Sammy so many ODI runs. In the other 2 ODIs, WI had way too few runs for the in form Indian lineup. WI hardly ever win any bilateral series against anyone apart from NZ, Bangladesh, and Zim (they lost to Bangladesh too), so it's sign of their decay that they rejoice over the odd ODI win, rather than a series win. Their last away series win was in 2007 and that too was a 3 match series. WI are not a threat in any long ODI competition and are only going to be a threat in international T20 matches when their batsmen can get away without having to build an innings and their bowlers get wickets when batsmen look to attack them. Otherwise, they don't have the temperament to win a series and their bowlers rely on errors from batsmen.

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  • KeshavSeshadri85 on November 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    WI were pushing their luck and they should be glad they didn't lose 3-0. If Kohli had got a century in the second ODI, India would have probably batted WI out of the game. With a little bit better death bowling they could have still won. Only India gives Darren Sammy so many ODI runs. In the other 2 ODIs, WI had way too few runs for the in form Indian lineup. WI hardly ever win any bilateral series against anyone apart from NZ, Bangladesh, and Zim (they lost to Bangladesh too), so it's sign of their decay that they rejoice over the odd ODI win, rather than a series win. Their last away series win was in 2007 and that too was a 3 match series. WI are not a threat in any long ODI competition and are only going to be a threat in international T20 matches when their batsmen can get away without having to build an innings and their bowlers get wickets when batsmen look to attack them. Otherwise, they don't have the temperament to win a series and their bowlers rely on errors from batsmen.

  • switchmitch on November 27, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    WI never looked like winning any match. They squeaked through the 2nd one, could have gone the other way too.

  • crickethung on November 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    WI cricket need people who can think and who can make SENSIBLE cricketing decisions. The players and selectors are for the most part lacking in basic cricket sense. As a West Indian we have to be honest with ourselves and realise that we are not going to turn any corner for the next 25 years. We may be able to think for twenty overs but not much beyond that. Bravo is not captaincy material and he is a reasonable club cricket bowler. He is a cricketer with very little cricket sense. Darren Sammy is a great trier but really lack the skills to be a long term Test captain. The inconsistency of batsmen and especially our bowlers is a lack of personal ambition and professionalism. The WICB should take our bowlers and have them learn to bowl a consistent line and length for the next 6 months continuously until they learn discipline. This is the major all round problem in the team with bat , ball and field. If we have disciplined players we will set the course for a good team.

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on November 27, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    The fact that Dwayne Bravo called the partnership between Powell and Samuels "fantastic" speaks volumes. It was a 127 run partnership at 5 an over and was just WI 2nd 100 run partnership of the series. On an Indian pitch, a 100 run partnership between 2 of the top 4 is the bare minimum. India (and indeed most touring teams - well Aus, Pak, and SL at least) get a 100 run partnership with their eyes closed. Be more objective Bravo, only Aus and Pak have won ODI series in India in the last 10 years and that's because they matched India in the batting department and outbowled them. WI have done neither and should have lost 3-0. They can go to NZ now where they can play another team that has gone woefully downhill in the past in tests, but remain competitive in ODIs. If you look at ODI records after the 2007 world cup, India and Australia are the only teams winning ODIs outside home. Everyone else has not been consistent in multi team tournaments and away from home.

  • Batmanindallas on November 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    WI has lot of talent but a very poorly managed team. Till things change and harsh decisions are made victory will be sporadic....

  • on November 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    At some point in time those from the top who control W.I cricket must come to a sober conclusion that some thing is not working. Most fans have been calling for the removal of those at the top. ,with no avail. We see our batsmen making the same mistake over and over. We see our promising players making the same mistake over and over again. That is nothing else but lack of discipline. Whose responsibility is that? The coach is not hired to bat,bowl or field, and certainly not just to talk as the coach alluded to earlier. We have been in the longest rebuilding phase for far too long and there is certainly no end to the draught. We do have a good crop of young talent, what they need is some one who can mold them into greatness. without a doubt that is lacking.

  • on November 27, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Referring to historical statistics and drawing a comparison with the average score is rather daft considering Kanpur hasn't played host to an ODI over four years. The game has changed so much since then. For a team filled with talented players, the failure to perform on a consistent basis is striking. Samuels, despite notching a half-century yesterday, was ungainly at the crease. Roach's absence has been telling. There's neither any genuine pace nor good back-up bowling for the likes of Narine and Rampaul to win matches. Hopefully, the trip to NZ would see better days.

  • on November 28, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    In recent years, we have seen many different WI players captaining their side. Despite all the snide remarks people make at Sammy, I think he is the best person to do the job. He will be a unifying person within the team.

    He keeps his coll. Could be daring when needed. Will keep the atmosphere pleasant within the dressing room as well as in the ground, through personal example. Plays the game within his constraints. Straightforward guy. Does't play "games within games" like the Ash contestants do.

    Is he the best player in the team? No. The Captain need not be the best player. Ask Brearley. Or, ask someone who knows Brearley well. He wasn't the best player in his team. But he was a great captain. Same was the case with G.Ramchand of India. Same is the case with Bailey in the current Australian ODI team.

  • himanshu.team on November 28, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    I think Bravo is beig too generous on himself and his team is saying that this was a good opportunity to win a series in India. The win in Vizag was fluke, resulted by some poor luck and a careless attitude shown by the Indian team. The loss made them focus a bit more and Kanpur was another no-contest between the two sides. It is just because this was a 3 match series, that Bravo says they had a good chance to win. If it were a 5 or 7 match series, WI might have lost 4-1 or 6-1. I agree with people's comments that people running WI cricket need to introspect and find ways to make WI a cricketing force. they have the talent, but seem to lack mental strength and maturity to do justice to that talent, and the board must take responsibility for it.

  • on November 28, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Finally It's over... What a waste of time to have this series & the preceding test series was another bore... What should have been an enjoyable South African summer has been reduced to mundane two series against a team that needs some serious introspection... As a cricket fan, it's sad to see this WI team in action.