West Indies v India, 2nd ODI, Kingston

Young champions start afresh against hosts

The Preview by Abhishek Purohit

June 29, 2013

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Sunday, June 30
Start time 0930 (1430 GMT)


Shikhar Dhawan gets down to bhangra after India won, England v India, Champions Trophy final, Edgbaston, June 23, 2013
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Six months ago, Indian cricket was supposed to be at its nadir. On the back of those eight successive overseas Test defeats came a shocking home Test series loss to England. Reeling in the face of doomed conquests and fallen bastions, MS Dhoni and his men managed to come up with the ultimate public relations disaster - a home one-day series defeat to Pakistan. There was nowhere to hide. Australia had arrived to play four Tests. Fortunately for India, the visitors had no clue about facing spin and had plenty of demons of their own to handle. Then came the IPL to distract everyone. And then India went to England - where their mighty had begun to fall in 2011 - and won the Champions Trophy with a squad so young and inexperienced the major justification for its selection was that planning for the 2015 World Cup had already started.

Suddenly, it is India this and India that, Dhoni this and Dhoni that. So what do the No. 1 ranked ODI side, the World Cup and Champions Trophy holders have to gain from a tri-series arranged primarily so that the other participating boards could gain from their financial clout? To appreciate that, we have to recall what Dhoni often says about young players in the squad. As a World Cup approaches, he wants them to have played around 100-150 ODIs so that they have been exposed to multiple situations and have gained enough experience to tackle them. About half of the current squad have not even played 30. Yes, they won the Champions Trophy, but taking that as anything more than a start is to forget what state the side was in just six months ago.

The opening combination is nascent. The fast bowlers, barring Ishant Sharma, are new to international cricket. India need them to gain as much exposure as possible in the next 18 months or so, provided the selectors show their faith in this set of men can last longer than a couple of series.

India's opponents, West Indies, showed against Sri Lanka in the opening game why an ODI ranking of No. 8 does them no justice, especially when they actually use some of their enormous potential. West Indies have done little more recently than to terrorise Zimbabwe and New Zealand at home. A bonus-point win over Sri Lanka was a refreshing start but, as always, the question with West Indies will be, can they reproduce that kind of performance all through this series?

Form guide

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In the spotlight

India's openers had a dream run in the Champions Trophy, their partnerships reading 127, 101, 58, 77 and 19. Shikhar Dhawan returns to the venue of a failed comeback to the India side in 2011, while Rohit Sharma returns to the place where he was Man of the Series in 2011. Dhawan is the man who can do no wrong at the moment, while - despite successive fifties at an unfamiliar position in the Champions Trophy - Rohit is still walking around with the familiar tag of the underachiever. Both would have developed some sort of understanding during the Champions Trophy. How will they build on it in this series?

After 57 ODIs, Darren Bravo's average is similar to Rohit's, with a strike-rate from the 1990s. The aesthetic comparisons with his great uncle will probably continue for as long as he plays, but after four years of international cricket, it is time Bravo starts to draw comparisons in the areas of consistency and impact. He has shown glimpses of that at the Test level, and a 71-ball ODI hundred against Zimbabwe earlier this year was a sign of what he is capable of in this format.

Team news

The big win against Sri Lanka should encourage West Indies to go in with the same XI. Kemar Roach was a bit of a letdown in that match, but he earned backing from his captain, who said while West Indies were glad to have someone like Tino Best in the reserves, there was no issue with Roach's performance.

West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Kemar Roach

The conditions might have changed completely, but that does not mean India will be rushing to change the combination that won five successive games in the Champions Trophy.

India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Pitch and conditions

Angelo Mathews thought the toss was crucial on Friday, as the Sabina Park pitch eased out in the second innings. Sri Lanka had been put in on what Mathews called a two-paced surface, which had a few dark patches suggesting uneven distribution of moisture. However, there was no alarming swing or seam.

The expected rain didn't arrive on Friday though skies remained overcast for large parts of the game. There is some chance of rain again on Sunday.

Stats and trivia

  • Amit Mishra's last ODI was in June 2011 against West Indies in Kingston
  • West Indies lead India 3-2 in completed one-dayers at Sabina Park
  • Chris Gayle is only the third batsman to hit 200 sixes in ODIs. MS Dhoni is the next current player on the list, and eighth overall, with 152
  • Denesh Ramdin will be playing his 100th ODI

Quotes

"That's a big advantage. It gives me, as a captain, and the team a better insight into how individual players think and how they play."
Dwayne Bravo on another positive of the IPL

"If I'm happier than the person who has actually scored a century or a fifty, you understand that's the kind of atmosphere you want, because at the end of the day, what we play is a team sport.".
MS Dhoni on the vibes in the India dressing room

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Posted by mar2000 on (June 30, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Pollard as captain, what a surprise . In the squad is Sammy, Ramdin and Gayle .

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

Sehwag used to click once in 20 innings & Rohit at his best, clicks 5 times in 20 innings. Good job by selectors.

Posted by shayalmathew on (June 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Here Dhoni loss the Toss and sent to bat first, in bad conditions. Today he is not enough lucky to win toss! Watch all India haters how he gonna lead India to win! Hope this match will prove India's wins are not because just luck over the toss but performance based on strategy!

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 30, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

wat a one sided series. if sl loses one match from india out of 2 then they cant reach finals as they already conceded a bonus point. so it will be india wi finals with india winning by 10 wickets or 215 runs.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

@ sameer_warun..funny to see Ranatunga at no.1 and Azhar at no.7..Ranatunga has done nothing apart from that one 1996WC..whereas Azharudding has done nothing in any ICC event as well as in any tests away from home other than winning only at home series,infact azhar was so poor as a captain that india never managed to win even in Zimbabawe..same way Ponting is never a great captain,yes he's many wins as captain but thats not bcoz of his captaincy skills but only due to the awesome players his team had,we saw how good his captaincy was when he's unable to win any in the absence of warne,mcgrath,gilly and hayden..after these players retirement Ponting lead his side for 3yrs more without much success..

Posted by Fan01 on (June 30, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@sameer_warun...The list you produced has retired players..Wait and watch until Dhoni gets retired..He will be the best..Though I would not deny that Ranatunga and Sourav are great captains..

Posted by vsssarma on (June 30, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

eee255: Thanks for comment. What I showed are not statistics, which are there in Cricinfo. The data is inference of relative performances. This is a computer programme that I developed after following cricket for over 40 years.

It relatively assesses each player's performance in each match, for batting, bowling, fielding and overall. It also measures all-rounder performance. All on a scale of 0-1,000. The higher the number, the more reliable and performing is the player.

In batting, it looks at each player's runs made, whether out or not, strike rate, strike rate of all the 22 players and rates each batsman 0-1,000 scale in that match. In bowling, it looks at each bowler in a match, balls bowled, runs conceded and wickets taken and computes the relative performances on a 0-1,000 scale. In fielding it looks at catches taken and stumpings effected by each player and determines ranking. This programme is in made in MS Excel & MS access.

Posted by sameer_warun on (June 30, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster - caption of caption is Arjuna Ranathunga & 2 nd is Steave Waugh 3rd Mark Tealor 4th Imran Khan 5th Ponting 6th Ganguly 7th Azar ...yes 8th you can say Dhoni

Posted by Fan01 on (June 30, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

@STRIKETHUNDER ; I agree that Ind bowling is not good as its batting ..But their bowling is on par with other teams(though not the best)..If you say the ENG pitch is more batsmen friendly, then why other teams failed to win cup...don't they have good batsmen in their line up?? Indeed IND will have tough time in SA but that doesn't mean IND is overrated..they played the best cricket in CT and they deserved to be the winner...They collectively fair ed in all 3 depts.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 30, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@STRIKETHUNDER..many contradiction in your statement....first you said batting was easy in England,if that's the case how come most team struggled to bat in CT,also except for SA all the other team struggled to bat against india in the same pitch where indian batsman made merry(except in final)??second you said indian bowling is mediocre,well nobody's saying Indian bowling is the best but they r not mediocre by anyway,if you look at the bowling chart u will find atleast two indian bowler in the top 5 during CT,if bowling is mediocre how come WI made only 232,pak 165,SL 181 and Eng failed to chase 130??and indian team is not overrated because before the champions trophy indian team was the underdog,its by their performance in CT that many are rating them..and if indian team is mediocre then y wait for SA tour infact india should have crumbled in CT as well as they will struggle in WI..please dont show sour grapes,appreciate this young indian team

Posted by westindiesupporter on (June 30, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Wi will win this and the series.Gayle another century.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 30, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

This match going to be a BOWLERS game . Batsmen will be challenge once again on this surface and No one will find it easy enough to make a TON . The team that stay CALM will come out on top . GOOD LUCK WI.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (June 30, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

I believe Indian team is overrated. They won because batting was easy in England and the spinners got help from the pitches. The bowling is really mediocre. Their real test will come in south africa where they will be hammered by a powerful team like SA.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Liju - From the 2012 WC, we have replaced Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Zaheer, Yuvaraj...... Effectively, this is the Indian bench strength being tested. They are coming off well. Just relax & let these guys stabilize before looking for a bench strength test again. Maruthudelft, The easy thing to do sitting on the side is to say drop 3 players from the squad - Team India is just testing replacements for Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Lakshman, Yuvaraj, Zaheer, Kumble & an out of form Bhajji. In addition, some of the guys are injured, selectors' options are limited.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft

India should get rid of Rohit, Raina and Ashwin. Why so? They really don't have enough potential & look deceptive. How do you judge? Find 3 other exciting cricketers like Dhawan, Kohli and Jadeja. Need 4 urgency & how? Don't hesitate to drop Kartik, Umesh, Bhuvan and Ishant. Why again?

These are the best in the country now. Players can't excel in overnight. We can't make 500 in 50 overs and take all 10 wickets for 50 runs. Let them continue for some time. There are many in reserve bench & they will get opportunities most definitely. Go slow man and enjoy good moments of winning TEAM IND.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (June 30, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

India should get rid of Rohit, Raina and Ashwin. They have been given enough chances. They really don't have enough potential. Rohit and Raina appear to have potential but together in more than 100 ODI's it didn't come through so the looks are deceptive. Ashwin survives because he speaks well; not actually well but to Indians he looks intelligent. Come on India; send them home and find 3 other exciting cricketers like Dhawan, Kohli and Jadeja. Give a few more chances to Kartik, Umesh, Bhuvan and Ishant but don't hesitate to drop them if they don't apply.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

This series is going to be walk in the park for team India.India is very fortunate to have such a genius captain in the form of Dhoni.Anything he touches turns to gold.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

This series is a waste of time and energy. The players deserved a well earned break now. Then send an A team to the even more pointless Zimbabwe ODIs tour. The A team tour of South Africa is a huge series and a lot of senior players should be on that- Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara (c), Rohit (vc), Rahane, D Kartik, R Jadeja, Parvez Rassol, Pankaj Singh, Shami Ahmed, Sid Kaul Mukund, Rayudu, Ishwar Pandey, S Nadeem

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Hope to c the the Tri nation cup wid India again!! But we want to c what our bench strength is all about... Let c if with likes of Mishra, Shami and few others, can we hold that Cup and dominate the series!! Wud luv to c these guys play and make the selectors scratch their heads.. lol.. Good Luck Team India!!! Cheers

Posted by BMDeep on (June 30, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

@ Vssarma : Mate U r doing some very good compilations. But I really dont understand d point behind all dat. R u just giving stats or r u infering something from them? It is good to make a statement and add stats to support ur statement. cheers

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

@baseball_Sucks::: In ODIs, Mahela has consistently scored lot of runs all over the world but in Tests, his record outside subcontinent is not as good as his ODI record. In tests, Mahela average in australia is 31.42, in England 34.11, in New Zealand 27.11 and in SA his average is 27.87.

Posted by vsssarma on (June 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

During the last 2 yrs, India used 32 batsmen in ODIs. How many matches they played and how well they batted (marks per match) are given below:

1.S Dhawan 5-93 2.V Kohli 44-45 3.MK Tiwary 5-42 4.MS Dhoni 38-40 5.G Gambhir 33-35 6.SK Raina 44-33 7.Yuvraj Singh 8-33 8.SR Tendulkar 10-29 9.V Sehwag 15-27 10.RG Sharma 27-26 11.RA Jadeja 35-23 12.R Dravid 5-22 13.IK Pathan 13-21 14.AM Rahane 16-20 15.KD Karthik 5-20 16.PA Patel 15-15 17.A Mithun 3-11 18.R Ashwin 42-10 19.B Kumar 13-7 20.P Kumar 16-4 21.VR Aaron 4-3 22.UT Yadav 19-3 23.R Vinay Kumar 19-3 24.Z Khan 9-3 25.I Sharma 13-2 26.Rahul Sharma 4-2 27.AB Dinda 8-1 28.PP Ojha 2-0 29.RP Singh 3-0 30.YK Pathan 1-0 31.Shami Ahmed 5-0 32.MM Patel 5-0

Posted by android_user on (June 30, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

this is new series, india as world champ should allow benchers to play game and give experience for 2015 world cup

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (June 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

BEST and Roach both must play v India and get serious.

Posted by Alakakumar123 on (June 30, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Shikhar Dhavan's temper really appreciable. . . after a long waiting, he got a chance and he utilized properly ! all the best shikhar !!

Posted by PeterJerome on (June 30, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

I am supporting the Windies this series. Want Roach & Best to fiercely test this Indian batting line up with throat level bouncers, esp S. Raina & MSD. Disgusting to hear that the pitches here too are low and slow. When will we Indians be tested on the green mambas of NZ 2002 again. Go Windies Go. Play well Bravo Bravo.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

When I compared all the teams I found that India,westindies,S.A and england are most balanced teams.When you see the history you can find that S.A and ENGLAND are chokers in ICC tournaments.So this match is between the potential world champions of 2015 WC.

Posted by Tribal_Cricket on (June 30, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Sanga was struggling even on Indian pitches where Indian batsmen were belting runs, so I don't think its a fair assumption that India batsmen would struggle because Sanga had a tough time.

Posted by android_user on (June 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

gayle can b d x factor but still feel there r minimum three gayles in indian team gudluk wi

Posted by calcu on (June 30, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@darkmanx12155 Agree with you 100%

Posted by android_user on (June 30, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

india will win easily. ...

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Now we'll get a better look @ this indian team.

Hoping the west indies bring their magic!

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (June 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

@ Baseball--Sucks - Funny to see you still support SL when they lose so badly mate... I actually thought SL will qualify for the Finals and then get trashed by mighty India but now it seems like they'll be trashed by WI and India during the group stage it self! Keep praying Sanga and Mahela to do well mate! coz that's all SL got! Dont worry abt Indian young batting line up. They showed what they are capable of in England. Just try to figure-out a way for SL to win at least one match in this tournament! Cheers

Posted by phbe3211 on (June 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Rohit the star, wating for his ton in todays match :)

Posted by calcu on (June 30, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

@baseball_sucks This tri series should be a cakewalk for the champions. India thrashed WI and SL in CT and their recent form against them has been excellent. IND VS WI last 13 matches- INDIA 10, WI 3. IND VS SL last 11 matches- IND 8, SL 2, TIE 1.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

does raina really deserve a place in playing 11 , given his perfomane in recently concluded champion trophy he didnt did well against australia, south africa , srilanka, and vs england in final. and do india have a bench strenght for wc2015.

Posted by ravikiran.bits on (June 30, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

good to see ppl backing WI for this match, if even the pitch remains same, and india's bats first just like SL did, and if pitch suits batmen in the secnd ings two times more than the first ings, indian batsmen are faar btr than that equation than wi batsmen, it just comes to the bowler's performance and i feel indian bowlers will be on high after consistent good perfrms in CT.

Posted by siri12345 on (June 30, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Wi will start as clear favourites for this game.if the pitch will behave anywhere close to the first game it would require a miracle for india to win the game.i cant c indian batsman scoring runs in this type of wicket against narine.and if wi batsman bat a little sensibly i cant c jadeja and ashwin troubling them much

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 30, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Sanga and Mahela itself had tough time in the first match . I don't think this young Indian team will prevail in WI conditions.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 30, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

I see stars shining for India now as long standing desire of Dhoni to replace non performing seniors with whatever young talent has come to reality finally.However, have been many chances before that but did not impress much. Also, after the match fixing turmoil all the cricketers are focusing on cricket only and results are there. Also, IPL has made indian players stronger in contrast to its initial editions hurt indian cricket.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (June 30, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Team India is winning track......balanced with mature young brigade ,these days all cricket playing nations are not as balanced as India (Indian cricket team )...so they will win this series easily .....INDIAN CRICKET TEAM IS REAL CHAMPION ......NO one could stop them.......basically I am Southafrica cricket team fan ....But India is the best......good luck..!

Posted by sweetspot on (June 30, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Without the context of the recent past, this would be a ho-hum tri-series. But right now, the most enjoyable spectacle in world cricket is India's attractive batting, followed closely by Pakistan's superb bowling. The West Indies have flair players and can turn it on at any time, so this could be a fun game. If India were to gain any real advantage, their batting depth needs to get tested in this series, while SL should look to rebuild something in their core that was sadly missing in the CT. MSD won't let that "settled" look go into complacency, but this is a good time for him to try a few new tricks.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Why not giving chances to Murali Vijay and Amit in the team

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (June 30, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

I believe this will be an entertaining match.As For WI we still fear the Gayle force as we Indians have seen what he can do in the field more than anyone else through IPLs and other games.Yes their fast bowling is too good for us as we dont care about any other teams bowling except WI,SAF and PAK.We will give due respect to these teams bowling.All other teams bowling is absolutely rubbish for us.Maybe other team still think WI as a weak team but we Indians know how strong a Gayles WI can be.And regarding the third team in the tournament-SL.I dont know what to tell about them.They dont deserve any respect from Indians.They have to show us that they are capable of winning against us.But i lost the hope as for the past 3 years they havent.And if they win it will be a miracle.Yes miracles can happen but Not in SL-IND game anymore.

Posted by xylo on (June 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

"Amit Mishra's last ODI was in June 2011 against West Indies in Kingston" I believe that will continue to be the case unless his fielding/running improves dramatically, or Ashwin gets injured.

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

"Those who are far too optimistic about the Indian victory must remember that W.i have the luxury to own the world most devastating batsman in their squad and trust me if he clicks he will turn you into dust his blazing wooden plank will not bother that you are the world champions so expect no mercy from him as he already tasted the fresh Lankan ls blood...The only way India can escape is if they get him early....This match will be played around the GAYLE FACTOR I.e vital for both of the teams.....!"........

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (June 30, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

This meaningless series is a perfect time to test our bench strength, especially in bowling. It's a good thing that Shami Ahmed finally made it to this squad. However, Selectors erred by not sending other bowlers like Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Sid Kaul, Parvez Rasool, etc. in place of the regular bowlers.

Posted by swarzi on (June 30, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

How can the Indian team be packed up and sent to the West Indies to be engaged in another competition before they had been allowed to go home to celebrate their victory in the Champions Trophy, with their nationals and fans? Suppose they were to lose badly in the tri-series in the West Indies? One could appreciate the 'watered down effect' of their achievement in that big tournament in England, when they get home after losing in the West Indies! I am therefore concerned about the blatant lack of respect that our cricket authorities show for our cricketers and cricket overall! I think the travel schedules should always take into account, special considerations for what happens to the teams just after the completion of a major tournament, eg. the Champions Trophy. I think about five days of "no cricket for any team" should be allowed at the end of these tournaments that the winning team would have the pleasure of returning home to meet their nationals and fans to celebrate their win.

Posted by vsssarma on (June 30, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

West Indies used 17 bowlers in ODIs during the last 2 years. How well did each bowl ? At the rate each bowler bowled, opposing teams would score the following number of runs.

1 SP Narine 198 2 V Permaul 208 3 LMP Simmons 220 4 A Martin 229 5MN Samuels 233 6 DJG Sammy 235 7 N Deonarine 240 8 D Bishoo 254 9 R Rampaul 254 10 TL Best 258 11 JO Holder 258 12 DR Smith 259 13 CH Gayle 259 14 KAJ Roach 263 15 AD Russell 283 16 DJ Bravo 283 17 KA Pollard 317

West Indian bowling appears very strong; compared to the Indian side.

Posted by Ali_86xz on (June 30, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Bravo vs Dhoni - both from CSK, not in Dhoni's home land but in Bravo's this time. A cracker of a contest!

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Murali Vijay should be in for Rohit Sharma, no-one can believe Rohit is a long term opener?

Shami Ahmed in for Ishant Sharma

Posted by   on (June 30, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

For heaven's sake; watch out for complacency. At the same time, we Indian cricket fans must give these young boys, a sufficiently long rope to develop into world beaters -- which, they probably can.

Posted by kc69 on (June 29, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Unlike everyone I would say both teams stand equal chance here. And a lot will depend on toss as it its a flat pitch then team chasing will definitely have an edge. If India have good batsmen in their lineup Windies have a long lineup of fairly good batsmen. However India's bowling is much dependent on spin(pace is not so good at all). All I see is Chris Gayle's wicket is a million dollar wicket and none of the West Indies batsmen have a strength to bat through for a long time(good stroke players though). Batting first India may be in some sort of trouble. Lets hope for a good game of cricket.

Posted by vsssarma on (June 29, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

India used 26 bowlers in the last 2 years. Matches played by each and performance per match are given below in a descending order.

1 Rahul Sharma 4/72 2 R Ashwin 42/70 3 B Kumar 13/67 4 RA Jadeja 35/63 5 IK Pathan 13/61 6 Z Khan 9/57 7 P Kumar 16/54 8 RP Singh 3/54 9 I Sharma 13/49 10 R Vinay Kumar 19/47 11 YK Pathan 1/46 12 Shami Ahmed 5/43 13 AB Dinda 8/43 14 MM Patel 5/40 15 UT Yadav 19/37 16 VR Aaron 4/36 17 A Mithun 3/34 18 MK Tiwary 5/23 19 V Sehwag 15/15 20 SK Raina 44/15 21 RG Sharma 27/8 22 PP Ojha 2/7 23 V Kohli 44/7 24 Yuvraj Singh 8/6 25 SR Tendulkar 10/1 26 MS Dhoni 38/1

I wonder why we are persisting with Umesh Yadav? He took 21 wkts for 910 runs off 888 balls in 19 matches. If India bowled at his level, opposing team would score 307 runs. Irfan Pathan has taken 21 wkts for 596 runs off 661 balls in 13 matches; and at that rate, opposing team score 270 runs.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

I would like to see umesh yadav and ishant being rested. they are playing non-stop cricket in all forms of the cricket since IPL and they are the only ones capable of touching 90 mph mark. we don't want them to burn out before the south africa series in november as in one dayers slower bowlers can do the trick. but in test critcket you require quick bowlers who can get reverse swing at 90 mph and can hit the deck hard. my eleven: 1) dhawan, 2) rohit, 3) kohli, 4) raina, 5) karthik, 6) jadeja, 7) dhoni, 8) bhuvi, 9) ashwin, 10) vinay kumar, 11) shami ahmed, 12) vijay, 13) mishra, 14) umesh, 15) ishant. putting raina, karthik, jadeja ahead in batting order of dhoni so that they get more exposure in batting before world cup 2015.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 29, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

WI must come good in the bowling department . India batsmen are on top of their game , so WI bowlers must be focus from ball one .Too many 4 ball come along after bowling a good 5 balls earlier . I will start with a fast bowler and a spinner to change up things a bit and keep India guessing .

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

It is not clear to me whether the Indian Teams success in England in Champions trophy was based on the pitches being subcontinental or not. The pitches were taking sharp spin and Indian spinners were effective, but there was bounce in the pitches as well. But basically Indians still have to master conditions outside India and India has a long way to go outside the subcontinent. In Westindies the condtions are unlikely to be subcontinental and therefore it is going to be a good check for the Indian team

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

again it will be India and India is going to win the match what ever the conditions are. they are batting well, bowling well, and fielding nicely according to their plans. here west indies played well against sri Lanka in the last match. but there is a huge difference between India and sri Lanka. Lanka is lacking form in all fields but India is touching stars. i cant see any change in the match which was played in the champion trophy few days back. so if the indians wins the toss and fields first the pressure will be on west indies, what score will be a par score , no body knows bc india is batting extra ordinary. best of luck to both the teams. javed karachi

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

As MSD says for him wining the nxt game more important than achieving something!!! You have to be spl to be MSD... The modern day legend!!! nothing to add to his feather!!!

Posted by popvaels on (June 29, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

@Osman-khan I accept what you said, West indies looks strong in papers but that doesn't mean they are unbeatable on their home turf. As far your concern who will turn up for the match won't help west indies. Remember cricket is a team game.

Posted by CurrynOz on (June 29, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

India's big worry probably could be their rather average bowling.. In England where the pitches assisted bowlers it was not such a big draw back but in West Indies with much more docile pitches it is going to be a little more challenging. Swing is hard to get-Big reason why I Pathan's downfall started with 2006 WI tour. Spinners may get some assistance but it will be slow turn.. West Indies along with Pakistan and India make up for the most boring cricketing venues ..

Also the pitches in West Indies are not best for stroke making so Indian batters should temper their game a little bit.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

There is no room for complacency for the Indians. Winning is a good habit. If they can keep up their good form they should win easily.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

India will no doubt be the favourites but they have been brought down to earth in WI before. They shouldnt take it lightly. There is no way the batting order should be changed but i would like to see shami come in place of bhuvi. This guy has been playing non-stop for 6 months now. Either here, or in Zim, the guy has to be rested. He is one of the rare positives in the pace deptt. I dont see Vijay making it to the 11 anytime soon.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Well I hope the West Indies team are really taking this next game seriously, because this is a huge opportunity to establish the credibility of the current lineup around the world. Taking on the number 1 ODI team, current world cup and Champions Trophy holders and beating them would put the fear of God into the likes of England and Australia. This team has already beaten Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand the last time they played each of them, and they tie (and would have beaten) South Africa. The Aussies are now beatable, so really India and England are the only current obstacles to total world domination again by the mighty West Indies!

Posted by shayalmathew on (June 29, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

No matter how WI gonna play, India will continue their tremendous form and momentum! If India batting first they can score about 300 and defend WI below 260. If India bowl first then another expect 8 or 7 wicket win!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

@vijaym644 The Indian team should approach every match with an aim to win it howsoever inconsequential it may seem (and thus choosing the best XI). Ultimately some time sooner than later we all would like to see an Indian team as dominant as the Australian team of yesteryears.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (June 29, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

Such kind of tri series and the upcoming tour to Zimbawe for which many fresh faces are likely to play should be a perfect platform to built a pool of say 25 probables for WC 2015 .Having already won the the all important Champions trophy there is no harm in trying the bench strength and experimenting . Fitness of fast bowlers and shrewd rotations should be planned . Meanwhile all the best for this series to all teams .

Posted by cricdick on (June 29, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

As an Indiafan, I think, Dhoni has a big task dealing with these WI in WI. They are flambouyant. Apart from Gyle they have others who can change the game. Will be good friendly but fierce games as all the players of India,WI,SL know eachother so well.

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

In spite of India's superior ODI ranking and their tremendous success in England. I believe that the Windies is a strong side on paper. Now that the Windies have won the first ODI, this will no doubt boost their confidence. From past history my only worry is will who will turn up for the match- windies good one day bad the next. Let us hope for a good days cricket.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

What more can I say ? This Indian team is a FANTASTIC team led by the Captain of Captains !! I am sure they will have a wonderful tri series. The WI are a good unit and will have the crowd to support them so India should play good all round cricket to beat them. It promises to be a good game. Can't wait !

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