West Indies v India, tri-series, Kingston June 30, 2013

Profligate West Indies escape with thrilling win

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West Indies 230 for 9 (Charles 97, Bravo 55, Yadav 3-43) beat India 229 for 7 (Rohit 60, Raina 44, Sammy 2-41, Roach 2-41) by 1 wicket
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The pursuit of the money shot nearly cost West Indies what should have been an easy win, and it took a 10-run stand for the last wicket in front of a nervous full house to end India's nine-match winning streak in international cricket.

With balls remaining in the chase of 230 out of equation, Kemar Roach and Tino Best, who had taken two wickets each previously, showed the more accomplished batsmen how to finish the chase off - they added 10 in 4.2 overs and still had 14 balls to spare - but it can also be argued that it was the free-flowing approach that put West Indies in comfortable positions in the first place in a chase that oscillated between the ridiculously easy and the plain ridiculous.

If West Indies kept India down to 229 for 7 through sustained pressure with the ball on a damp pitch, their response with the bat knew no caution: six of the nine wickets they lost were followed by boundaries immediately after, and five of their wickets were a result of extravagant shots when all they needed was 15 more minutes of sensible batting. The result was a thrilling finish where dot balls were cheered on vigorously, where three men around the bat became a regular sight, the annoying horns were almost all put away, and advice flowed freely from the engrossed crowd.

The teams could do with advice: they were both missing their captains. West Indies lost Dwayne Bravo to a groin injury before the match, and Kieron Pollard left behind three former captains to make his leadership debut. MS Dhoni injured himself while batting, and didn't take field. India's loss turned out to be more crucial: stand-in keeper Dinesh Karthik's gloves were visibly late to an R Ashwin offbreak with Johnson Charles stranded down the wicket.

What should have been a stumping to make it 198 for 8 now went for what was adjudicated four runs. Replays didn't show an edge, and even if there was one it was not significant enough for Karthik to be so far away from the line of the ball. It shouldn't take away from Charles' 97, though, who scored 60 in his last match against India.

Charles is not the most orthodox batsman, but he tends to put oppositions off. He has a low back lift, and decides late, almost too late, whether to move forward or back, and which shot to play. Somehow, though, he makes the best decisions on his day, which it was today. For company for most of his effort, Charles had Darren Bravo, who can be quiet the opposite: high back lift, a certain flair, a reliance on the early picking of the length, and a tendency to get better with the length of the innings.

Charles broke away early. His response to Chris Gayle's wicket, caught at short cover in the second over, was three straight fours hit straight down the ground off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over. His response to the next two wickets - Devon Smith and Marlon Samuels - in the next two overs was to cart Bhuvneshwar and Umesh Yadav for three more fours. Some time later, he took his first single. It took him to 25, and West Indies to 42 for 2 in ninth over.

With the pitch easing out, India were now reliant on spin, but Charles and Bravo attacked India's magic man, Ravindra Jadeja, immediately. Each of them hit a six in Jadeja's first two overs, and it was down to Ashwin now, who was introduced in the 15th over. He troubled the batsmen immediately, but they both broke free, and brought up their fifties.

However, in what was to become the trend, Bravo fell to Ashwin when West Indies were headed towards an impregnable position. He went to hit a short ball, was done in by the stopping of it, and ended up dragging it to leg, leaving the last six 88 to get. Charles responded with his fourth six, this one brought up with an inside-out six hit off an Ashwin carrom ball that he picked early. West Indies were now 155 for 4 in the 30th over.

Wickets kept falling at the other end, with West Indies possibly looking for a bonus point. Pollard followed one wide delivery, Denesh Ramdin swung wildly, and India had been let back in at 161 for 6. Darren Sammy now launched a counterattack - 29 off 26 laced with three sixes - but he, too, left the job unfinished when he tried to hit Ishant Sharma for a third boundary in 37th over.

Soon, Charles was reprieved. He even tried to farm the strike, but on 97 with mid-off up, he couldn't hold himself back, and left the game open once again. West Indies still needed 19 runs, India sensed the win now, but Roach and Sunil Narine knocked nine of those runs. Time, then, for another rush of blood to the head. Narine, this time, drove uppishly, and straight to mid-on. All India had to do was keep the field and hold on to their catches. West Indies were throwing this game.

Not with Roach and Best, though. They batted like their lives depended on this knock, and drop by drop they took West Indies home. Looking at the celebrations from the crowd, it seemed all that preceded was forgotten. It wasn't.

West Indies crowds can be deceptive that way. They had seen a near professional performance with the ball earlier in the day. On a pitch that provided some variable tennis-ball bounce for the quicks and turn for the spinners, they bowled with hostility and aggression to keep India down. Roach and Sammy set the agenda with four wickets for 82 runs in their 20 overs, but they were aided well by the spinners, and Best, who was replacing the injured Ravi Rampaul.

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina fought hard, but both fell short of damaging their reputations. Rohit is known to not convert starts and form into runs, and here he threw his wicket away after struggling through to 60. He is yet to score an international century outside the two he did inside three days in 2010. Raina's average, and his ability, diminish when he goes outside Asia, and just when he looked like he was en route to a special innings under pressure, he edged a wide ball for 44 of 55.

Outside these two, batting seemed a long struggle for India, and they also lost Dhoni when they were looking for the big push. West Indies needed all these riches considering they were going to bat like millionaires for whom the next hour didn't matter.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • andrew27994 on July 1, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Well played West Indies ! Both teams need to be congratulated for the way they played but WI were the team that held their nerve in this contest. However, it was a valiant fight put up by the Indian bowlers. Obviously India had to bat on a slightly damp pitch which made scoring very difficult in the initial 30 overs. Dhoni's injury was timely for WI as he was threatening to do some real damage in the last 5 overs. Hope he recovers shortly and is available for the crunch matches of the tournament.

    I'm very impressed with this new guy Johnson Charles. This lad has never scored a 100 in domestic level but comes into the international arena and scores 2 centuries and has an average of 37. He looks like a long-term opening prospect for WI.

  • on July 1, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Well done West Indies, especially Roach, Charles and Sammy. Good to see Polly get a gig at the captaincy, however, I thought Sammy may have got it back for this match with his experience and cool head under pressure. He should definitely have a permanent place in this team if he keeps these performances up, especially with his underrated mediums and lower order hitting. Keep it up Windies!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Well done West Indies. Not the 1st time they have collapses from a seemingly easy winning position BUT today they saw it through. This will build character and belief as cricket needs WEST INDIES!! Darren Sammy is one of the best team players and has helped to rebuild a West Indies team that is now believing in themselves. Love the way India play cricket never say die attitude that's what one them the champions trophy and the captaining of a mastermind in MS dhoni. But as a West Indian I am so happy we made it over the line in a tight fought match.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 1, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Fantastic game really these low scoring ODI's make for some fantastic cricket heart in your mouth stuff ! India didn't use powerrplay well and after Dhawan Kohli and DK all fell cheaply early it was never going to manifest. W.I looked like they were going to crumble but then Charles showed for me his best innings of his career really felt for him when he fell just 3 short of his century he might be excused that bit of madness after the so called experienced guys before him all threw their wickets away leavin him with the bowlers. Roach however batted with great heart and sense what a birthday that was for him to not only see W.I home but get the winnings runs.

  • pealivi on July 3, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Good to see WI winning again! Very impressed by Charles. I thought he played very responsibly until he rightly became frustrated at the end and lost his nerve. I have always maintained ODI cricket is not a slug feast. WI need some more regular batsmen in the team who can score the ones and twos regularly without throwing their wickets away. Darren Bravo I thought was sublime, hats off to him! Otherwise, a great game of cricket!! There is still a place for Chanderpaul and perhaps also Powell in this kind of format!!

  • SuperSharky on July 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Good entertaining game. Well done West Indies!

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    The article seems to have many holes in it. Dhoni's exit is a mere mention. Nothing is said about Kholi's captaincy. Why was Raina not utilised more as a bowler?

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    im reading time after time that Sammy is a "team player" now i dont mean to bash him but a "team player" would not have gone batting in the manner in which sammy did in this match under the circumstances. Of cause this is assuming that he can score runs with less risk and aggression. I can not recall any innings in which he scored runs using minimum risk. This is surly one area he can look to improve.

    WI have an inclination to make "easy pickings" hard. Its good to see that WI have won this game and i look forward to seeing WI win a lot more. But with that said, please WI im getting old and my heart may not be able to take much more of these close calls....

    To India well done.... You did not give up and is that kind of a fight that makes you a great team... In all a great game. I look forward to tomorrows match.

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Great win by the Windies........... Was there and enjoyed it to the fullest. Finally got to see all my Ipl stars on show, some for a while, others for a short period.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I thought tino best bowled with a lot of fire. nice to see a bowler from the west indies bowling consistently at speeds averaging 140. does not matter if he gave away a few runs. wi can get back to the with a few more like him. fidel Edwards is another one who used to bowl fast but was encouraged enough.

  • andrew27994 on July 1, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Well played West Indies ! Both teams need to be congratulated for the way they played but WI were the team that held their nerve in this contest. However, it was a valiant fight put up by the Indian bowlers. Obviously India had to bat on a slightly damp pitch which made scoring very difficult in the initial 30 overs. Dhoni's injury was timely for WI as he was threatening to do some real damage in the last 5 overs. Hope he recovers shortly and is available for the crunch matches of the tournament.

    I'm very impressed with this new guy Johnson Charles. This lad has never scored a 100 in domestic level but comes into the international arena and scores 2 centuries and has an average of 37. He looks like a long-term opening prospect for WI.

  • on July 1, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Well done West Indies, especially Roach, Charles and Sammy. Good to see Polly get a gig at the captaincy, however, I thought Sammy may have got it back for this match with his experience and cool head under pressure. He should definitely have a permanent place in this team if he keeps these performances up, especially with his underrated mediums and lower order hitting. Keep it up Windies!!

  • on July 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Well done West Indies. Not the 1st time they have collapses from a seemingly easy winning position BUT today they saw it through. This will build character and belief as cricket needs WEST INDIES!! Darren Sammy is one of the best team players and has helped to rebuild a West Indies team that is now believing in themselves. Love the way India play cricket never say die attitude that's what one them the champions trophy and the captaining of a mastermind in MS dhoni. But as a West Indian I am so happy we made it over the line in a tight fought match.

  • BRUTALANALYST on July 1, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Fantastic game really these low scoring ODI's make for some fantastic cricket heart in your mouth stuff ! India didn't use powerrplay well and after Dhawan Kohli and DK all fell cheaply early it was never going to manifest. W.I looked like they were going to crumble but then Charles showed for me his best innings of his career really felt for him when he fell just 3 short of his century he might be excused that bit of madness after the so called experienced guys before him all threw their wickets away leavin him with the bowlers. Roach however batted with great heart and sense what a birthday that was for him to not only see W.I home but get the winnings runs.

  • pealivi on July 3, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Good to see WI winning again! Very impressed by Charles. I thought he played very responsibly until he rightly became frustrated at the end and lost his nerve. I have always maintained ODI cricket is not a slug feast. WI need some more regular batsmen in the team who can score the ones and twos regularly without throwing their wickets away. Darren Bravo I thought was sublime, hats off to him! Otherwise, a great game of cricket!! There is still a place for Chanderpaul and perhaps also Powell in this kind of format!!

  • SuperSharky on July 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Good entertaining game. Well done West Indies!

  • on July 2, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    The article seems to have many holes in it. Dhoni's exit is a mere mention. Nothing is said about Kholi's captaincy. Why was Raina not utilised more as a bowler?

  • on July 2, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    im reading time after time that Sammy is a "team player" now i dont mean to bash him but a "team player" would not have gone batting in the manner in which sammy did in this match under the circumstances. Of cause this is assuming that he can score runs with less risk and aggression. I can not recall any innings in which he scored runs using minimum risk. This is surly one area he can look to improve.

    WI have an inclination to make "easy pickings" hard. Its good to see that WI have won this game and i look forward to seeing WI win a lot more. But with that said, please WI im getting old and my heart may not be able to take much more of these close calls....

    To India well done.... You did not give up and is that kind of a fight that makes you a great team... In all a great game. I look forward to tomorrows match.

  • on July 1, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Great win by the Windies........... Was there and enjoyed it to the fullest. Finally got to see all my Ipl stars on show, some for a while, others for a short period.

  • on July 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    I thought tino best bowled with a lot of fire. nice to see a bowler from the west indies bowling consistently at speeds averaging 140. does not matter if he gave away a few runs. wi can get back to the with a few more like him. fidel Edwards is another one who used to bowl fast but was encouraged enough.

  • on July 1, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Posted by Anand Palwankar on (July 1, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

    In addition to your point, Rohit had to take risk at that point because some one has to take it to boost run rate. No point of criticism as we had enough criticized earlier players for playing for hundreds & records only. Apart from Rohit, no body has played. This is also point which fans forgotten. Unnecessary to criticize Rohit. All of team played good cricket but there was scope for better cricket than this. One bad day in the office nothing else.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    cricket once again proved its uncertainties.

  • on July 1, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    I think there is no point in making any baseless comments against Indian team. Yes one can say the result may be different with Dhonis presence. The critics against Rohit is unundestandable. He and Raina read only pitch. Dhawan, Virat both got out playing T20 shots. Rohit hit 4th ball of Sammys over out of point boundry. It was appriciated. Last ball he got out attempting a risky shot. He got out and everybody started critising him. Very sad. When he was not performing critisism was understandable. But why now ? Playing as opener in last 8 ODIs he scored 85,4,65,51,18,33,9&60. Whats wrong in this ? These all 50 plus he scored out of subcontinent. We should now appriciate him. Just push thoughts that he should look for 100 now. Why always crtisism ?

  • I_Love_My_India on July 1, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I watched the entire match from US and came to this page to complain about the horns. I see already some pointed it out. Though it was daytime, my little one was sleeping and had to mute almost half of the match.

    I think it was Rohit Sharma the only batsman who gave it away. I know DK could have done better. But it was a very tricky pitch and was difficult scoring. After Rohit gets a 50, he just tries to cut loose and always unsuccessful. He was the only batsman at that time who could have stayed till the end like Charles did for WI. He should learn something from Charles or his fellow partner Dhawan.

  • priceless1 on July 1, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @Samy Nathan you didnt miss any , he batted and lost his leg stump to Best

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    The horn is very much part of calypso cticket yhe West Indian way. The experiment in the world cup played in the WI failed miserably. The grounds will br half empty if the fans cant do it their way. How come the Mexican wave do not annoy?

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    msd will be back.. and take a revenge foe this loss. ..

  • on July 1, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    sterday I cancelled all programmes to see the dhoni batting. .but unfortunately he got injury. . hope I see my dhoni on next match.. ( can banned the irritating horn sound )

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Looks like the organizers are deaf. What's with that ridiculous incessant blaring of horns? I watched the match on mute. Then again it wasn't making sense. I turn the volume on and within a minute or so, I was back to mute. My struggles went on and on and on from mute to volume to mute to volume......... Dear Windies fans, could you please cut those irritating horns out? A genuine request from across the globe.

  • kahvas on July 1, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    India did really well to get the match this close defending 230 when they're bowling is regarded by many as pathetic

  • on July 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    The crowd didn't look too big by Indian standards but the unending blare of the horns made it difficult to hear the commentary on tv in India where we have to watch the match late at night keeping the volume low

  • SubhoGangulian on July 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Well done windies....Love to see tino best back into the side....He should be there in the playing eleven forall the matches....he is a gutsy bowler.....After shoaib akhtar and dale steyn....tino has impressed me with his attitude and effort in the field.....Well done tino....

  • ProdigyA on July 1, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Argh. those irritating horns... just couldnt watch the game. Can those be banned inside the stadium, its impossible to even listen to the commentary.

  • on July 1, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    All the critics who r criticising the batsman for playing shots & getting out can pls read the article by aakash chopra & make their inference.

  • Nampally on July 1, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Congrats WI for a fine win. It was a tough win made possible by Sammy's late heroics & a missed stumping chance by Karthik- with batsmen stranded yards down the pitch. Absence of Dhoni on the field made the difference between win or a loss. To start with Indian batting failed when both Dhawan & Kohli got out cheaply. These are the 2 most reliable batsmen. So instead of looking at 300 total, India got shot out for <230. This is not a competitive total with strong WI batting. However the Indian bowlers fought back mainly thru' Charles & Bravo followed by a swash buckling Sammy. Indian seamers Yadev & Ishant were quite wayward at different stages of the game with short pitched balls. These 2 bowlers at 140 KPH can get the tail enders easily with Yorkers. Only Ashwin bowled well but was unlucky. Jadeja was strangely erratic. Perhaps Raina should have been tried earlier in tandem with Ashwin. In a close game WI seamers won the battle of nerves!.

  • TRAM on July 1, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Just one question to the India selectors. Has Ishant ever taken wickets by "good balls"? If so, how many times? Whatever one or two wkts he gets occasionally seem to me more batsman's extravagant shots rather than anything in the ball.

  • dmqi on July 1, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    When will the WI batsmen learn how to be little more patient to win? It is very disappointing to see the big names' irresponsibility. Well done the bowlers. 97 score's last shot was truly pathetic. He should have got his century plus ensure victory. Looking for the next match.

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @Sudu_putha

    Nothing poor happened. It is a just one day cricket. One played slightly better than the other on a particular day and much better than the recent days. Let them congratulate for victory. And well played INDIA also.

    By the way some fans complaining about irritating horn. Is there any law in WI against noise pollution? One can't watch the game in mute position for 100 overs.

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Full house??? Half full at best.

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Darren Sammy - The most under rated and much maligned modern cricketer of West Indies. Sir Darren Sammy of "today" -not literally -- reminds me of Sir Ravindra Jadeja of "yesterday" , again not literally.

  • Shaan99 on July 1, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    So Indians Are you All Missing YUVI and GAMBHIR??? Missing Gambhir because the openers were too slow to start and missing yuvi because we didn't have any pinchhitter who can accelerate the runrate in middle of the innings? After All we are missing some big sixes from our batsman in the absence of YUVRAJ SINGH..

  • on July 1, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Will u people get rid of those blasted horns, West Indies gave me a real scare after batting so well they almost give it away. Well done anyway keep on keeping on.

  • Sudu_putha on July 1, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Oh poor India,,,what happened?

  • on July 1, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Just watched the H/L of this match and i must say that Ishant's bowling was terrible...If u want to bowl short then bowl at Head high with the speed of more than 140km/h not hip height with 130k's....he made his debut in 2007 and still hasn't learned anything,IND is better of going with either shami or mishra in place of Ishant....and what was dinesh karthik thinking,he kept blocking and blocking and blocking at the crucial stage of the innings and when you think he is going to cut loose,he gets out....If he had showed any urgency in his batting then IND cud have well reached more than 250.....i guess he should watch "THE MATRIX" and listen to what morpheus says to NEO-"stop trying to hit the ball and hit the ball".....ashwin bowled brilliantly and i guess he missed dhoni more than anyone else yesterday....

  • lemonstealer on July 1, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    how many ODI'S has ishant sharma played?60?not quite,more like he has played the same ODI 60 times.he clearly doesnt know where he is landing the ball and i dont think that can necessarily be attributed to what he and rapunzel have in common,i do however believe that this defeat can be attributed to ishant's penchant for consistently delivering the innocuous length ball drifting in to the batsmen

  • 2.14istherunrate on July 1, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    So the rumour that Windies cricket is starting to revive is not entirely without foundation. winning a close game like that with the tail is no mean feat and India have really taken all before them, so this is a shot in the arm for the Carribean side. I do wish Sammy would work on shot selection sometimes. He is an entertainer and can shift momentum fast,so why throw it away?

  • delboy on July 1, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Are the horns a substitute for the chalice?

  • Thyagu5432 on July 1, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I think WI are weak against leg spinners, in particular who can bowl googlies as well. Amit Mishra can come in only at the expense of either Ashwin or Jadeja and both are ruled out. Ashwin has been practicing leg spin and googlies, I think he should try that in the next match. I am sure he will be rewarded.

  • andrew27994 on July 1, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Many people talk about the heroics of Gayle, Samuels, Pollard and Dwayne Bravo but many fail to realise how regularly Darren Sammy performs when the team need it most. He may not make big scores but he performs his role very well as a finisher. Sammy also has the ability to play the long innings when required and he has displayed this for WI in Tests and ODIs and even in the IPL for SRH. I feel that he must retain his captaincy for ODIs as well because he has shown more promise than both Bravo or Pollard and he has a calmer head than either of them.

  • sents2013 on July 1, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    We need to include Amit Mishra along side Ashwin to West Indies, they are weak at playing spin. India needs to replace anyone of your fast bowler with a spinner(only against West Indies not against Sri Lanka)

  • VKPune on July 1, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    can someone please ban the blow horns in the stadium. I was watching on TV and just could not bear it. It was interfering with the commentry..very annoying. Isn't it obvious to the organizers?

  • vsroc on July 1, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 1,2013) It was truly a professional performance by West Indies in their first encounter against India in the tri-series played yesterday.W.I kept the pressure on Indian batsmen right from the word go on a damp pitch.They bowled and batted well to register their close and thrilling victory.

  • kdevil3 on July 1, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    West indies play slog cricket ..u dont need a coach for that..whats the role of gibson

  • on July 1, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    All this entertainment after lunch all hail 50 over cricket . West indies need to control their excitement when going after a low total . Coaching can help here. But maybe a physiological intervention

  • AkDoN on July 1, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    AL fans dont worry we have a match tomorrow...alien conditions for both lets see what happens there as usual IND has clear upper hand as SL are bottom of confidence than IND whose confidence will be high despite loosing the match against WI ..Even if SL bat 2nd tomorrow they are unlikely to win

  • BrianCharlesVivek on July 1, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    This side, barring Ramdin, looks like the team of the old. All aggressive, passionate and talented. I can see shades of all great players. Darren-Lara, Charles-Haynes, Roach-Marshall, Sammy-Roberts,Samuels - Richards etc...

  • on July 1, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    The Authority should ban those blow horn inside the stadium. It was so annoying that I could not watch the match on TV!!!

  • priceless1 on July 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    WI should drop Samuels , Pollard and perhaps Smith , these guys are nothing but T20 bullies , neither they have the temperament nor the technique to be regarded as a "specialist batsmen" in the ODI's or in Test's

  • on July 1, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @ Ramesh Ramakrishnan: I couldn't agree more. Those horns made me watch the match on mute. At least get the TV commentators a sound-proof room. :)

  • Shajahan.P on July 1, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    It is 100% doubtfull that can Kohli lead the team INDIA. I say he cud not, and he is not listening up DK, Rohit, Jaddu, Raina on the field.

    Why did not he learn from Dhoni! Dhoni would introduce Jadeja after 25th over but not yesterday. Ishanth late coming.

    Also finally, Bhuvnesh Kumar should be bowled after WI 8th down. but Kohli preferred Yadav to bowl 2 overs continuously and he did not bowl single Yorker.

  • gauravm5 on July 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    If you are a champion team then do not depend on the outcome of the toss, fight bravely till the last minute of the match, never gave up and try hard to pull out the victory from the jaw of defeat. Thats what India did yesterday by taking the game to the 47th over of WI inning. Although India lost but they displayed champions' character and showed how champions fight in a losing battle. India created a panic in WI dressing room, forced WI on to the back foot and made sure that it should not be a cake walk for WI unlike WI HAD AGAINST SL. I wont blame toss for India's defeat, the fact is "WI played LITTLE BIT, just LITTLE BIT better than India".

  • mark2011 on July 1, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Sammy got the BIG HEART for WI..

  • delboy on July 1, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    I used to think if Simmons really applies himself he could depose his country man and open and do the glove work in one dayers. I also thought he could bat middle order and keep in tests al a Jeff Dujon. Charles is ahead of him now and should be given the gloves in tests and bat 5 allowing young Powell to open with Gayle. This might not be necessary if Gayle no longer wishes to be involved in the longer format. Players must value the place and compete for it; that is happening now so the future looks good..Until poor coaching makes Charles the next Bishoo or Sarwan.

  • maddy20 on July 1, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Well played India despite the odds being stacked against them. Bad captaincy by Kohli let them sneak through. Dhoni always finishes B.Kumar's quota in the first20 overs. His lack of pace would be liability when the ball does not swing. The fielding changes in the first half and some bowling changes, were baffling, like not calling on Ashwin before Bravo and Charles were set. He has a long way to go as captain and it tells us how important it is to have captain cool in the side . @SL fans Did you forget how pathetic your team was a couple of days ago? Best joke comes after that complaining the pitch, the toss and all that. Pot calling Kettle black!

  • bleedblue22 on July 1, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    d writer says Rohit threw his wicket!!!!!!!!!!he made a well composed 60 and got out tryin to accelarate...dis is poor analysis!!!u hav to give credit to him for giving india a platform!!!!e1 kohli got out playin a high risk stroke nd he isnt blamed......so y rohit???well played rgs!!!!!

  • PeterJerome on July 1, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Congratulations Team WI for your victory. This should be the beginning of your steady ascent up the ladder. It is critical however that you guys start setting a higher standard for yourselves, which should keep on getting upgraded with every win. Guys like TB, KR need to step up and try to compete with guys like Dale Steyn and Anderson. Darren Sammy holds a very valuable position in the team, which he may lose anytime if he doesnt compete. His batting is good, but he needs to put a lot more thinking in the he uses the ball. All the best guys. A strong Windies team is the best thing that can happen to cricket. Rootig for you guys this series.An Indian fan.

  • on July 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is an amazing paradox - all silken grace one moment, followed by the inevitable and inexplicable flash of the most absurd stupidity. And this is not an isolated incident, this trait has been following him around for as long as he has represented his country or other senior-level teams. It seems that he is unable (or unwilling) to tame the demons in his head. One shakes one's head at this wanton wastage of obvious talent.

  • on July 1, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @Baseball--Sucks @Otuwa @mark2011 @siri12345

    Your respected national TEAMS (SL & ENG) are playing cricket with great passion & respect. However it seems that you are in indulging verbal war against passionate cricket fans. If you have some valuable points to share so as to benefit the cricket then we are always here to listen you. WI played really well as they did in 80s. It was fascinating to see how Charles hammers the bowlers reminding the great Gordon Greenidge. After long time WI had shown signs of their calypso cricket. It was also encouraging how young IND team fought closely with never say die attitude. There were more than many points to be discussed but sadly you are making mockery of the game & your respected nations. Please give your good inputs.

    espncricinfo please publish.

  • on July 1, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    After watching some of the WI bat's man, come Sars all is forgiven.

  • Shajahan.P on July 1, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Guys, This is first Game for India and The local team won in both of the matches. So be cool.

    Today is the day against India thats all. We have lost the Toss that played main character here. It is not easy batting First for any team. Also We have lost the Captain Dhoni here. Our Bowlers (as usual) have no pace or swing.

    Karthik basher would obviously blame him for the 1 missing Stumping, However that was in inside edge and not easy for any Wicket Keepers. I enjoyed his athletic to save our pacer's wide deliveries. It is pride for DK comparing with Dhoni (is in't it)

    Let us watch the next game.

  • lazymouse on July 1, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Ramdin should be dropped asap and charles should keep, that allows an extra batsman/bowler in the team. ramdin has been given so many chances and has never come up to the mark, all he did was in his first series at australia, after that he has been a burden to the team, and why the hell was he given vise cap position? we need to find out new keepers, thomas should be given more chances in the odis.

  • shinewindies on July 1, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Great win for windies, cannot understand Ramdin in the side, did any one see charles keeping in CT, he was neat, i dont think he made even a single mistake, sumtimes i wonder if ramdin pays half his match fees to the selectors,

    Anyways i just pray that he is dropped for the next game and Devon smith keeps his place, this WI team looks a completey different team with a genuine batsmen wicket keeper. Always Shine windies.

  • jimbond on July 1, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Rohit Sharma scores 60 at a reasonable pace, and got out trying to accelerate. And according to Monga, this is all his fault. The way I see it, Dhawan and Sharma are the best things to happen to India for quite a while. Gambhir may yet return, but he and Sharma can play in the middle order also. It was a collective failure of the middle order which did India in, this of course compounded by Dhon's injury. Dhoni as a captain in the field could also have made some difference. As we saw in the recent past, it is not often that the Indian middle order fails completely. So, this must be an aberration and not the rule.

  • mark2011 on July 1, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @ siri12345 on (July 1, 2013, 7:12 GMT); nice comment....lol.. then how about SL-INd semi final at CT. then why did u take that win? what about 'unfiar' in that match..???....

  • delboy on July 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @siri12345 It seems you have a lot off catching. up to do. The pitch and weather condition will always be variables required to plug into the functional equation used to calculate a result. A runner has been outlawed in cricket for some time now, I guess you have not watched any of the recently completed IPL? What is your view on the umpire not officially warning Ishant for running on..this would have meant he could not bowl or take the crucial wicket which he did?

  • gtr800 on July 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    What this game has highlighted is that India need to consider life after Dhoni. Dhoni is now 31/32. He was got atmost 6 years left in him. India need to assign a vc who is probable to be Dhoni's successor. Kohli is just not working in my opinion, he doesn't have the same presence of a Dhoni- and that is what is most important to create pressure on the opposition and lead the Indian team from the front. I think Ashwin should be considered, Kohli's captaincy with RCB has never been great either despite their talent.

  • delboy on July 1, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Can anyone confirm that in addition to his recent ban Ramdin was striped of the role of the team vice captain? Why was he overlooked for Pollard in Bravo's absence? I know the management might have thought it would reflect badly if the man they just demoted then refused to do the job. In any case if Pollard is seen as a future leader (did not perform bad overall) apart from sign of visible temper tantrums when young Bravo was a bit lax on realising he took a catch off a free hit. If the statement is ANYONE at that level is capable then why not let Samuel lead in front of his home crowd or birthday boy Roach?

  • BMDeep on July 1, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    some other ppl from SL also commented that Dhawan was d only reason for IND to have won d CT. So, may I say only Murali was responsible for SL to have won wat ever test matched they have won during his regime and all others members in d team r just members? What I am trying to say is, a team doesnt bank on any singe person to attain success, and Cric is not a single mans game. After d firast match, they said WI only won coz Gayle played well and SL lost only coz they r unlucky. After 2nd match, they r saying Ind lost only bcoz they r mediocre nd dont know how to bowl even to a below par WI batting line up though they got Gayle early. I havent heard a single comment from my fellow SL commentors that WI won both games coz they played better than us. SL and IND lost becoz they didnt play as good crckt as WI both in different levels respectively, Thats is,end of d discussion. I also have an opinion that MSD;s absence had some effect but dat doesnt take anny credit away from WI.

  • BMDeep on July 1, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Well earned win for WI.The match was a closely contested one and in the end a more consistent team won.I am from India and I see some commentors here talking abt batting of Charles being not impressive,but O got to tell u all that as long as he gets d job done, there should nt be any debate abt how good looking his batting is.The general phenomenon attributed to WI batsmen in d past are power nd brute force, some being exception. Charles, IMO is effective in his own style and I liked his intent. He against Ind ystdy nd CT as well didnt allow d bowlers to settle though he fell short early in CT, nevertheless the intent was shown. I dont want to bring LUCK factor into this game as some of d SL fans did after their lose. Better team won. No further excuses.I still believe 230 was good score to defend.I heard from SL fans dat only diff bn their loss and WI win was Gayle and had they took his wkt early,they wud have won d match.But wat hapnd ystdy? Gayle was out early and yet WI won. TBC

  • siri12345 on July 1, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    though wi were without their best batsman bravo and their best bowler rampaul yet it was really unfair for india as the game was played in westindies.atleast the matches involving india should be played in india if not for other matches.

  • siri12345 on July 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    it was also unfair for india as india had to bat in very very difficult pitch conditions compared to wi who batted in a batting paradise compared to the pitch where india batted.it was really unfair for india considering how no team ever in the history of cricket has got this bigger disadvantages only due to the spin of a coin called toss than india got in this game.that is also one of the main reason why india lost but at the end of the day india is a great team.

  • on July 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    If the so called Windies were so good enuff with thier batting y then did the score read 26 /3 before the initial 10 overs.... see World Champions are World Champions.. a defeat or 2 cannot deprive the Men in Blue of thier talents. Watch out.... This Cup will also be lifted by Dhoni himself. Then that day I would want to see the Windies fans stammering with no words to say.. . pls wait patiently until then... As the saying goes .... this is just a silent west wind blowing before the actual "Hurricane India" comes... so enjoy until then....

  • yorkslanka on July 1, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Well done to the Windies on a good win. Great innings by Charles but such a shame he threw away his wicket as he deserved a ton.excellent composure from roach to knock the runs of sensibly. Excellent to see Best back,I have missed seeing a tear away pace bowler from the West Indies.Yes he was wayward but he certainly rattled a few cages. After watching the Indian batting,looks like our score in the first match was about par.before I get slated,not making excuses-we were still outplayed but if the mighty Indian batting line up only scored 220ish then we weren't too bad with 200.

  • on July 1, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Ind Just lost a match and already the vultures are preying for India's downfall...lol...this shows how jealous other team fans are...proud of my Indteam.....some windies fans here seems to be following SL fans footsteps...just two wins and they are already celebrating as if they have won the World cup or whatever..the tournament is not over yet guys.....with this batting and bowling lineup as you guys are exaggerating you cant even qualify for the semis in CT.....wonder what can we say abt that...

  • on July 1, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I hope the match officials do away with the cacophonic horns. It's impossible to listen to them for 7hours+. It may be okay for a football game (approx. 2hrs) but it's a bit too much in an ODI. It also is drowning the fun carribean music from the stands. Really hope that the cheap plastic horns are banned ASAP at the venue. Good match, WI almost grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory. Well played Charles and Darren!

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    without DHONI, india never going to win these series. Only dhoni can lead the indian team succefully..so support dhoni

  • Naresh28 on July 1, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @mark2011 - you still hurting badly. Be objective. You win some and lose some. One loss cannot make India bad. Yes India's pace bowling unit is not as good as any in the world. They should have polished the tail. No use attributing TC and WC and U19 WC as flukes - they were done in different countries.

  • AkDoN on July 1, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    It was also cake walk for IND...but IND just slipped over it :)...any ways lets pray that Port of Spain pitches will be lot more sporty than theses Dulls

  • sachinisawesome on July 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    My Fellow Indian Fans please don't blame pitch conditions and external factors for the toss we are the champions and behave like that. So what we lost to a team which played better than us on the day our players should look at the mistakes that were committed like not rotating strike and improve in the next game. Please don't behave like our neighbors.

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I think India should include Mishra and left out Ishant Or Yadav,,,

  • groundreality on July 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @mark2011 -- if gayle had batted long innings.. what a nonsense argument. He couldn't bat long innings because we were good enough to get his wicket unlike your poor team. End of story. Find some better point, don't blabber here because your team lost CT and got absolutely thrashed by WI unlike India who lost narrowly.

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Well played both teams...Ind did well trying to defend the low score...well played..proud of you guys..best of luck for the next game...bring the cup home..

  • sachinisawesome on July 1, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @ Baseball--Sucks So a team which lost by one wicket and 2 overs to spare is a one sided affair and was dominated but a team which lost with 13 overs to spare with a BONUS point was closely fought. One of these times please explain the reason behind your comment as well. Today you are not mentioning "LUCK" but you did mention it when Dilshan got injured whole cricketing world is aware that if Dhoni hadn't got injured we would have scored at least 20 more runs and with his supreme keeping and captaincy we have made it. But I can still stick my neck out and say that there is no Luck WI played better than us and won but we fought hard. We Indian fans don't feel ashamed when we loose and we don't look for petty excuses hope you can learn.

  • john53 on July 1, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    congrats WI ...India lacked intensity and gave away too many boundary balls,but they came back well towards the end..anyway that was a good match..

  • Thyagu5432 on July 1, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    WI wins are always either very comfortable (like they did against SL) or tight (like they collapsed against Ind). There is never the in between thing. The ease with which WI chased down most of this target shows our batsmen failed miserably. If only Indian batsmen had rotated their strike, they would have easily picked up another 20 odd runs and an occasional dance down the pitch to spinners to get those odd boundaries, would have been more than enough to win. Karthik was the main culprit who defended ball after ball and got out in the most innocuous way.

    May be, this is the shock treatment that India required.

  • Naresh28 on July 1, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Well done WI. They deserved the win. India still has problems on the bowling front. Their spinners are ok, but the pacers dont look like they can win you a match on pitches offering little.Although Jadeja did not get the wickets, he bolwed well towards the end. Ashwin was terrific and Raina bowled but did not look like he would get wickets - one lucky one.Anyway a loss should spur India and better luck next time.

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on July 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    My request for all the WI supporters and fans..Don't react too much..To be honest, pitch is a very big deciding factor in Cricket and yesterday's match is one big example..When one look at tournament's first match between SL and WI..SL too struggled in the crumbly, damp pitch while batting first.in the same pitch, WI scored 208 in 37 overs.Is this WI team better than SL batting unit or SL bowled rather poorly.?..the same happened yesterday, Indian team are world champions at the moment and they have played all the different pitches in CT 2013 and they won all the matches very comfortably..Here what Im trying to say is this pitch is very tricky to bat first, very slow, difficult to score runs...in second innings, the pitch changes a lot and it becomes easy to score runs not like England pitches ..so WI is lucky to win toss in both matches..and Im sure for both matches if WI batted first in this Kingston pitch, they would not have crossed 150 runs....

  • NareshPodi on July 1, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Rohit Sharma can never be a better captain than Kohli. RS is a club class batsman. He struggles to score runs. Now he is making few runs only because his place in the team is in trouble. If you can't score runs, how can you tell the others to play well?. Jus for the sake of captaincy no one wants a player to be in the team. look at Dhoni's captaincy, he is awesome. He can change the game at any moment. A better player can be better captain.

  • mark2011 on July 1, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (July 1, 2013, 5:54 GMT); had Gayle was batting a long inning, this too wud have been ended much earlier...most of the match it was WI dominating the India and though they lost 9 wkts, still enough balls remained to score. this is what happn when luck didnt work for you..like in CT final.. wat was that match... surely it was Eng match to win easily, but as DHonis luck turned on, this time Kholi didnt have that ... so Indi lost...

  • peterss on July 1, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Jadeja disappointed and his efforts with the ball let the team down. Only if he had complimented Ashwin with the ball India could have won. Or if Dhoni was captain India would have emerged winners in tight situations. Kholi just wasnt good enough to pull it through

  • venkatesh018 on July 1, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    This pitch at Kingston was a disgrace. It didn't help the batsmen nor the pacemen.

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    If India wants to do well outside the subcontinent , it is essential that they find some good fast bowlers . Ishant is a useless bowler and bowls so mechanically that he has still not learnt his art even after being in the international arena for some time . Umesh is almost following the path of Ishant and unless he corrects himself he will soon become a liability to the team . Bhuvanesh is doing really well and if his body permits him to up his pace to a40kms , we will have a very good fast bowler serving India for a long time.

  • on July 1, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Well it was a match of inertia & whenever either of the teams looked 2 go over d ground, they got stuck. For india, it was a change from formula 1 race strip in england where they motored along to a sticky country side drive where their engine was like start-stop car. whenever they tried 2 accelerate, they got stuck. it was other way round for the windies though who kept on speeding depite repeatedtly getting stuck & reached home safely with some gas 2 spare. for d home crowd it was a proud moment with their team unbeaten for eighth time on this ground. a consolation for a pompuous crowd.

  • ravi_88 on July 1, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Its not much of a difference between the two keepers denesh & dinesh when we look at their performances in all these years...Isn't it....?

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    If the so called Windies were so good enuff with thier batting y then did the score read 26 /3 before the initial 10 overs.... see World Champions are World Champions.. a defeat or 2 cannot deprive the Men in Blue of thier talents. Watch out.... This Cup will also be lifted by Dhoni himself. Then that day I would want to see the Windies fans stammering with no words to say.. . pls wait patiently until then... As the saying goes .... this is just a silent west wind blowing before the actual "Hurricane India" comes... so enjoy until then....

  • Baseball--Sucks on July 1, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Great WIN for West Indies . Complete domination from WI. This was a one sided match. The match between WI & SL was more entertaining with Gayle storm and Angelo has shown how to bat on these sluggish pitches. This young Indian team has to learn a lot. India now have a tough match against SL .

  • Otuwa on July 1, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Indians won the CT just because Shikhar Dhawan.Yesterday Dhawan had failed early and Indians lost the match.That shows Indians are rely heavily on Dhawan's shoulders.Karthik is trying hard to keep his place in the team.

    And it's funny to see after CT final Indian fans called to Indian bowling attack as a world best.But now they called to them as a club level bowlers.Honestly MSD is a better bowler than Ishanth Sharma.At least MSD bowls wicket to wicket.

  • GRVJPR on July 1, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ ms2000 Huge difference men, while sri lanka was hammered and finished in 37 overs, India fought till the end. In the end, West Indies really lucky to escape a loss. Also Ishant bowled brilliantly and took wickets when it mattered, need to give him credit!

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I always think, in the world class cricket there is nothing only Indian bating but yesterday they hurt me. hope they will come back

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    somehow Sammy's contribution has not been judged properly. He bowled really well. With the bat his runs became crucial.

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    I feel its sheer luck of the Windies & the absence of Mr. Captain Cool that took the game away from India. Kohli is still a learning captain when it comes to crunch situations like yesterday when there was just 1 wicket left. Dhoni is an in-born talented captain for such crunch or crucial situations. Datz y he is named "Captain Cool".....

  • AravindNair on July 1, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    A much needed defeat 2 keep team India grounded.Indian's fought well but Windies managed to pull it in their favour.Cheer Up guys Best is Yet 2 come.

  • Ayub_marc on July 1, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    after posting low score india tried well again good move by dhoni to introduced Raina that crucial time and he succeed too not a bad game both team played well

  • rienzied on July 1, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Kohli needs to mature as a leader, he just needs to calm down. Good on the Windies ... Charles scoring fast allowed the last two to chip away at the score and not rush the victory, unlike Sammy, Charles and Sunil..

  • on July 1, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Pretty impressive that the West Indies have now beaten all three of the sub-continent crickets, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the space of a couple of weeks AND tied South Africa (almost beat them) AND beat New Zealand the last time they played each other in this format! So it means that England and the Aussies are the only ones left to conquer. This win was a little unconvincing, though, if WI have to rely on the tail end bowlers as batsmen, especially when they profess the strong and deep batting lineup as their main strength. Still it is a big congrats to the team, and to the saviour once again, Roach.

  • Otuwa on July 1, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    What a pacer Tino Best is.He has the pace,aggression,physical strength. looks like a heavyweight boxer.But his line and length was not good.That's why Malinga is best when he comes to the game.Shaun Tait,Tino Best both are in same boat.What a shame...But i love to see Best's bowling.Because anything can happen when he bowls.Sometime stumps fly through the air,sometime kookoboora fly through the air.Anyway i wish you all the BEST to BEST show your BEST performance and be a world BEST.

  • JohnnyRook on July 1, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Great match. Well played West Indies. Tino Best is best No 11 batsman as of now in cricket. So kudos to WI tail. When Ramdin was banned during CT, I had commented that this is good for WI since now Charles can keep and Sammy can be in playing eleven too. When Bravo returns, I hope it is not in place of Sammy but Ramdin. That makes WI a lot more potent. India also has no reason to be disappointed. They played well too. Lady luck didn't favor them in this match in terms of Dhoni injury and important toss but this is bound to happen occasionally. Kohli should have bowled himself, Raina or Roht more, especially in the end. I am sure they would have troubled last pair more than fast bowlers on this pitch.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    India came back strongly in the second half of the second innings. Had india have lethal bowler would have won the match. I really dont know why india still persisting with ishant, he is useless bowler. Even if he get 1000 more chances he will not learn how to bowl. I think umesh yadav is also following ishant's way of not willing to learn his stats shows.

  • on July 1, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I hope they will never make Kohli India's captain, he is a in different class and no one can match him when it comes to batting. He's a CLASS APART, but i think after Dhoni, Rohit Sharma would be a better captain, because he is cool and street smart, where we'd need Kohli as a killer batsman who'll win us games.

  • on July 1, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Ishant is really a club class bowler - no pace, no variations to keep the batsmen guessing (rather, he keeps his wicket keeper guessing by bowling on middle and leg stumps of the batsmen). India needs to try out other bowlers they have and find a reasonable replacement for Ishant at least an year before next World Cup. Coming to the batting, Karthik presented a pathetic picture, blocking trundlers from Marvin Samuels. How India's batting can allow Samuels to bowl so many maiden overs is unfathomable. Pitch conditions are no excuse. International cricketers must be able to adapt. Darren Sammy too seems to have a sway on India's batting- they just can't get him away.

  • ms2000 on July 1, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    not much of a diffrence between india and sri lanka against west indies!

  • Sandt on July 1, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Once again shows the importance of Dhoni's captaincy.Those who were seeing the match can clearly understand that India was clueless while bowling.In the first 15 overs we lost the match. Thanks to Kohli's useless captaincy.He should have introduced Aswin immediatly after 10 overs.Ashwin is the best bowler to put pressure on WI batsmen.Instead of that Kohli peristed with Ishanth and Jadeja.See how Dhoni was using Jadeja.Jadeja is not our frontline bowler, he is a usefull bowler who can break a partnership when from other end bowler put pressure.Also Isanth sharma is useless.Why he is still in the side.He dont have variety.Also both opening bowlers bowled lot of loose bowl and was not able to put any pressure on WI batsmen even when they were struggling.

  • Sunil_Agarwal on July 1, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    I don't understand why bowlers prefer to bowl short balls and yorkers at the death overs. Why cant' they keep it simple - just bowl a good line and length. A good line and length would make it very tough for batsmen to score and thus they would be forced to "manufacture" shots and make mistakes. It was pathetic to see Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav bowling short balls and half volleys (especially at such low speeds) and easily getting belted for sixes and boundaries. Don't these bowlers ever learn? Einstein defined "stupidity" as "doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome".

  • bat_first on July 1, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    periodically some teams come up some go down, that's the nature of cricket or everything. Indians are so far from this truth.

  • DILEEPMJOHN on July 1, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Lessons confirmed from this match 1) Indian Pacers dont know what yorkers are 2) India relies too much on opening partnership that in case if they lose a couple of wickets in first 10 overs,they try to consolidate for far too long. 3) People might have thought DK is the better keeper than Dhoni when he caught Pollard and all that thinking would have proved wrong when DK missed the stumping 4) Both Samuel and Jadeja bowls lots and lots of darts and see the difference in their economy rates(although jadeja's economy improved in last 3 overs).India played out far too many dots balls especially of Samuels. 5) In this ODI.Sammy proved he is not a Test Material.When 9/10 times a no 8 batsman would have just took his time and try to win it in singles,Sammy went for big shots and was going for Bonus point..!

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 1, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Indian fans are deviating the actual fact towards an internal conflict regarding Sammy within the WI cricket. This post is about the WI vs IND match which is won by WI in a thrilling finish. Champions never fall in the immediate game after the crowning game but it happened to India y'day. It is the sad truth! I profoundly predicted that Dhoni is running out of his luck soon after India won the Champions Trophy and now you have the clear evidence in the v.next game. My next prediction. India will be losing to SL in next game. Again I say, please mark my words.

  • on July 1, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    I was disapointed with Darren Sammy performance today as a former captain I thought he would steady his performance and carry the team to victory but he decided to play wild and almost cost west indies to loose the match disappointing

  • Sunil_Agarwal on July 1, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @Kennyatta Chery: Is that the best batting West Indies can come up with? These guys look just ordinary. West Indies' bowling is their strong point so if you post a good score on the board they are all but finished.

  • Rally_Windies on July 1, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    At the end, it was a seamer's wicket....

    Arshwin did really well for his two wickets ....

    one was from flight and one was with a slower ball ......

    Narine was relying on bounce and turn ....

    when the pitch is not helping the spinners variations in speed and flight will work..

    In the end .. this game was decided by the fact that the WI tail has more batting ability than the Indian tail ...

    Tino scored one of the "Best" Test 90's in History in England .. he is no dolly with the bat at 11 ..... It is nice to have a tail like Sammy, Narine and Tino ...and Roach is proving quite solid ....

    but , Best's bowling was quite horrible..

    India is lucky Rampaul and Bravo did not play on this wicket, they would not have made 200, and the game would have been over by about the 42nd over ...

    and Bravo's batting would have probably yielded more than Smith's "0" anyway .. Rampaul, Tino and Narine would not have had to bat if WI played the same team that Sri Lanka faced ...

  • ARJa on July 1, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Can't believe West Indies nearly lost this game chasing a small target against a weak bowling attack. They should really rethink their combination for Trinidad games. Those wickets are worst than what is their in Sabina Park and with a bunch of sloggers in their line up in would be tough. Surely the organizers would have had the brain capacity to schedule these games in somewhere like Barbados where Windies would be stronger than their subcontinental opponents. However, what yesterday's game did was put Sri Lanka under enormous pressure as they just cannot beat India. At the start of the Tournament, it looked like SL vs India final. Now its looking more and more like SL are one that may be eliminated. It also shows how strong India's batting is. With such a weak bowling attack, they are still No. 1 in ODIs. The problem is when the batting fails like yesterday.

  • JustIPL on July 1, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Certainly, India missed "Dhoni the keeper" and Dhoni the captain" this time as their bid to realize more from Karthik and Kohli did not bring the desired results. Karthik falling short with bat and gloves while Kohli failed to inspire. Offcourse, this opportunity was created by Dhoni getting injured. Indian seemers also got luck specially Yadav who is the best of three indian seamers. India lately depended on the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja during CT who were easily picked in this match. Unless Jadeja comes big with either bat or ball or both he is still the liability. Same applies to Karthik who recently got life due to his batting but failed in this match with the gloves necceciating Dhoni to be in all the time. On the other hand, WI did it without Bravo who would have made impact with the bat and ball.

  • MichaelBurton on July 1, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    @ kumarcoolbuddy, @Venkat R Nandanavanam: Sour grapes buddy...lol

  • ramesh80 on July 1, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Winning is habbit as loosing is. West Indiese have lost lots of match for long time. Now they should develop a habit for wining matches. Although this win is little bit scrappy but victory is victory. If it has come against world champion side. Well done Windese !!!

  • Sudu_putha on July 1, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Poor India.. You can't wuin every tournament.... Undestand that

  • Robster1 on July 1, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Thrilling win indeed for the Windies - aren't the most exciting games usually when the ball slightly dominates the bat.

  • sweet2hrme on July 1, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Honestly speaking, India played poorly in all 3 department! WI was 1-or 2 bolwer shot but instead of playing positvely indian star batsman played these weak bowlers as bad as u can imagine. See the bowling figure of Samuel. Why amit mishra was not playing ??? Leg spinner in these kind of slugish pitches is always handy. Yeah its true pitch played poorly in the first half and eased out in second, but this is not the excuse. when wi tail was batting we had hardly seen any yorker or bouncer attemted by indian fast bowler. Amazing consistent yorker is missing somewhere now in these morden games.

  • IndianCoolGuy on July 1, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    It was a tight match. India was almost there to win the match. India was missing Dhoni in the field. Dhoni's injury turned match while batting and fell short of at least 1o runs at the end. In the next match probably we should give chance to Amit Mishra in place of one of the fast bowlers. Hopefully Dhoni returns in the next match. Overall it was not a bad start by India in WI (unlike SL).

  • Balb on July 1, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Time to let Ishant go or give him a hair cut so that he can bowl against the wind and see what he is bowling. He is responsible for India lost.

    Kholi brought on Ashwin too late and delayed BK second spell too long allowing Ishant to waste runs down the leg side.

    I am not sure either what West Indies is doing with Polllard and Ramdin in this 50 over ODI's. They drop Chanderpaul and Sarwan for lesser reasons.

    Lucky win for WI. Had Khartik stumped Charles, India would have won this match. Thanks to a dogged innings from Roach and Best.

    Hope Gibson is taking notes.

    Hoping the next match India vs West Indies would be more competitive in this tri series.

  • class9ryan on July 1, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    2 wins in a series of max 5 matches....

    West Indies should take that any day. WI look real forces in their backyard and they can be one of the top teams in the they can be a little more consistent

  • class9ryan on July 1, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Once the Jamaica leg of this tri-series gets over we would witness a typical Premadasa or Hyderabad type of pitch in Port of Spain. Just want to leave Sabina Park now

  • on July 1, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    its okay how india started, shikar dhawan would hav punished windians as his was dismissal was not very good

  • on July 1, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    i didn't watch the match ...can someone help me with the highlights of it....

  • y4yoga on July 1, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    MSD's absence really felt. World champions only when MSD present else ordinary team. Poor captaincy for virat kholi, not able to go to the right bowler at the right time.. Raina is the right man to to be the captain after MSD

  • nlambda on July 1, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    I think if Dhoni had been there in the field India would have won. But a good experience (albeit a losing one) for the youngsters on trying to defend a below par total. Kartik really cost India this match w/ his slow batting and missed stumping - feeling too much pressure?

  • gibbs.175 on July 1, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    HI ,..there is no room for IF s or BUTs....there was 22 yard ptch that was same for both sides .the team who is fully prepared to use that ....wins..@,TOSS ,Batting First or Bowling First ,does nt matter..so World Champion should play as THE WORLD CHAMPION......DHONI never scored good runs in overseas touney......nevertheless he is a great one captain...Good luck

  • ODOM1 on July 1, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Posted by rajapost on (June 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT) india will score 260-280 and west indies all out 190-210............ So much for your predictions. There goes Kholi again struggling to find a reason for a poor batting performance blames the pitch. After being 113 for 3 in 30 you should have gone on to 260 plus. good going WI even without contributions from Gayle, Samuels Pollard and Bravo.

  • cricketfan10000 on July 1, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    I would like to see indian bowlers bowling yorkers. None of them tried to bowl them.

    Sir Jadega will not be effective if bowl donot spin

    Lets see how can India win without Dhoni luck

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on July 1, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Oh India was little over -confidence, that s why upper order could take good start....but we are sure India will the series......good luck....

  • Dashgar on July 1, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    West Indies are very lucky. They should have won this by 5 wickets or more. Disappointing that Kohli went back to blaming the pitch in his post match speech. I thought India were past petty stuff like that.

  • Twinkie on July 1, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Trully great teams win even on pitches that don't suit them. When Windies were number one they beat India in India despite poor umpiring, hostile crowds, rule changes and pitches made to order for India. Win the toss, win the match should only apply when there is not much difference between the teams. The best cricketers are those who adjust to suit the conditions. Modern day cricketers seem to have lost that art. Stop griping and learn to play in all conditions is what I say to the Indian and Sri Lankan teams both of which I support against all other opposition.

  • on July 1, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    I really don't understand why WI keep selecting useless Ramdin for long. Since, Charles can keep the wicket why they just keep blocked a chance of a bowler. They were really short of one bowler yesterday. Fortunately, they were strong enough to win with this fault too.

  • on July 1, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    DO NOT UNDER ESTIMATE INIDA's BOWLING ...AT PRESENT ..THEY HAVE ONE OF THE BEST BOWLING COMBINATIONS ..the conditions in the west indies favour spin ,but they also favour batsmen who are willing to bat through the innings ...Sarwna epitomised this fact when the team beat india 4-1 2 ODI series ago ,when lara was captain ..Charles made a huge difference .as did gayle in the first match ..so far ,,the otich has been uneven, so much so ,that ball skids one moment and holds up another ..the home team has the natural advantage but performance beats old talk everytime !

  • colincarpenter on July 1, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    Charles does not impress me at all I saw him bat against Austrailia and even though he got a hundred it was never impressive. WI however could reserve him for t20 where his slogging is needed. Devon Smith feel sorry for him and like Daranga Ganga makes a lot of runs in the regional games but on the international arena just cant transform. I notice Darren Sammy is taking on the captain issues seriously from his interviews I notice his gestures and certain statements tells that he is still very disappointed however he should move on and just play his natural game. he is very useful bowler and can certainly be a finisher at the end.

  • on July 1, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    WI deserved to win and win they did in the end. Dhoni's absence was felt and India will realize the asset his captaincy brings on the field. Virat is not yet ready for taking up the big job and the in fighting among DK, Rohit and Virat did tell you the mindset. for 2015 we need Dhoni to be the leader. Well done WI for the win and congrats again.

  • TRAM on July 1, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Pitch was little difficult ok. But should RSharma defend such over-pitched balls and fulltosses as well? And no power behind his shots even when he goes for them? This was not cautious batting. This is either playing for self or something else, I dont know. Even the usual aggressive DK was awfully not going after loose deliveries. May be playing for holding on to his place in the team. Seemed like we are going back to the last decades.

  • on July 1, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Let`s considering about the Indian Cricket team,When they haven`t big ground support they can`t do anything special with bat & ball, as well as if we consider about Ind-SL matches, it can be proved well,when India play in SL with SL,they hadn`t performed well,if consider about other neutral venues,always India has bigger ground support, that`s why they always performs well against SL, let`s see about the next match between two teams with a least ground cheers in WI to the both teams,

  • on July 1, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    we almost lost we are the team that was coasting then faltering we will have 2 perform much better than that latter on in the tri series still we did well hahah India now champs defeated Tino why we pick him Mr no ball n wiide king jeez thought he learned something over the years as Jeff Boycott stated short pitch just sit up n begg 2 be hit for 4runs learn tino learn.

  • on July 1, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Tough luck India.. But I really felt for the last wicket the bowlers should have Bowles full and aimed at the stumps.. Better luck next time..

  • Vishal_07 on June 30, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    The boring India-SL encounter now mean something, woohoo!

  • AnoMaLy on June 30, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    @Kennyatta Chery - That was not a bad effort considering they were defending a sub par total. Is that the best WI can come up with that they struggle to chase even 229? India just needs to score 250 next time.

  • on June 30, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    It's interesting to note that West Indies defeated India, the no1 ranked ODI team, and the Champions Trophy winners with both Gayle and Pollard barely scoring runs. I am almost sure in their team talks before the game they stressed the importance of getting these two cheaply. This must get inside their heads.

  • on June 30, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Gayly ur da best

  • cyborg on June 30, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    profilgate ? , a win for west indies is good for the cricket world okay so hats off to them

  • Cpt.Meanster on June 30, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    A fine game in the end. Clearly, India seem to have a hang over from the Champions Trophy. It was evident in the way they conducted themselves in the field. West Indies played well. However, in all honesty, the pitch was a poor one for 50 over cricket. Once WI won the toss, it was an advantage to them. How they managed to still panic goes to show two things - the fact that this Indian team never give up, also, the WI team can still lose it from winning positions. But this is the first game of this competition and India will be back to winning ways. So I hope people criticising the Indian team don't jump the ledge too early. A lot of cricket to be played here.

  • Bang_La on June 30, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    I wrote earlier, I was wary of Indian bowling. My comment was not published only because it was against India!

  • mar2000 on June 30, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Roach, the only batsman in the squad with a LEVEL HEAD under pressure . Good win for WI.

  • on June 30, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Congrats to WI. Really don't like the word the author of this article used to describe WI, but it doesn't matter, WI won. I'm not a big fan of Charles, but he did impress today. I was very disappointed with Sammy's knock. As a WI capt he should have seen us to the end. Not good at all. All and all a good performance by WI. What a different team the Indians r without the shrewd Dhoni to marshal them.

  • Abitha on June 30, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Virat for Captain? Sorry , he could not handle the pressure. Compare a person who defended 130 and this man. Maturity comes from experience. Apart from the missed stumping, Virat should have used B.Kumar when Charles was going great guns against all bowlers. He should have continued with Raina after he got a wicket. "Failure is the stepping stone for SUCCESS".Hope Virat learnt his lesson. Best of luck for the next match

  • Herath-UK on June 30, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Credit should go to the last pair absorbing the immense pressure .Looks both Ramdin & Narine did not want to stay at the wicket however. It was a close win India would feel aggrieved they should have pulled off this win when the WI were tottering in 160s.Game with the Lankans will be more important & I hope Sri Lanka will put up a better fight now. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • abhi026 on June 30, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Well Played India & West Indies , but the better team on the day won . Would have been hard to believe for windies had they lost but a good game of cricket ended in a nice way .

  • kc69 on June 30, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    The difference between a win and a loss was 1 wicket but actually that difference is the 1 person who leads the team. This was clearly evident with the absence of MSD and Virat Kohli's (VC-acting captain in Dhoni's absence) game plan. Especially with the field settings and bowlers shuffling. Having said all that the game was lost due to some irresponsible batting earlier by Indian batsmen and bad bowling by some. Although I'm proud the way they fought to get back in the game and made Windies earn their victory. Great game of cricket and amazing fight back shown by both teams. KUDOS !!!!!!!!!

  • on June 30, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    it was indeed a good match... lucky WI... they were bit better than India today. . they had an advantage of home ground and crowd too

  • on June 30, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    Excellent performance from star player Ravindra Jadeja 15 runs and 0 wicket for 50 runs. Good birthday for Mr Roach, played like a true all-round today.

  • on June 30, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    "Well nerves kept by both Roach and TIno....Tino though a number 11 but I always saw his zeal to deliever with his limited capabilities both with bat and bowl he always try to do his best work...ALL the WINDIES team should learn a lesson from him the lesson of discipline and urge to deliever......And as far as this victory is concerned the allrounders must understand their roles..There was no need to be that desperate when you were placed on top....They have thrown the game after all the hard work but they should take that victory a fluke as they must need to make it far more comprehensive........But at last thanks to see them home and who knowd they have won coz the man with lucky mascot was sitting in the dressing room! ".......

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 30, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @Kennyatta Chery, I agree partially that India is lacking good bowlers.India need bowlers who can bowl yorkers especially at death bowling but you are talking as if WI had won the match easily. If India bowled yorkers it would have won the match. WI took the advantage of toss and almost lost the match. Batting 2nd is relatively easy considering the weather but India was able to screw WI batting lineup despite bowling 2nd.

  • on June 30, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Congrats to Virat for leading the team, from a situation of 43 to win in 12 overs with 4 wickets to bring it to 219-9 with the leadership is credible, Indian bowlers bowled like Champions, regardless of the result!! Prayers to Dhoni's recovery!

    My fellow indians back up our team, no team can will all matches, we need to win enough to win Championships!!

  • Raveey_ on June 30, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    what a great match , reminded me of the one in which yuvi got bowled by bravo in the last over .. sammy , really has shown yet again why he is one of the best in the west indies team .. his cameo with the bat and miserly bowling proved to be match winning yet again ..great innings by charles.. he should definitely replace ramdin in the next match .. bravo should come in place of ramdin ..great match ..congrats west indies .. u deserved to win this match ..nature of the pitch is no excuse.. well played india too , what a great comeback .. its so heartening to see this fighting indian team ...its exactly the opposite of what toured england last year.. as an indian fan , eagerly hoping to see the men in blue bouncing back hard :)

  • on June 30, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Great Game!! Congrats WI ......the Happy Bday Roch.

  • darsh127 on June 30, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    This is why I love west indies and they are my second favourite team. I am a die hard indian fan and was praying for indian victory, heck when they loss, i was smiling.

  • forzaps on June 30, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Well played Windies, but I couldn't help but notice the empty stands, and hardly any home fans. I bet the stands would have been full if it was a T20. You can argue that test cricket is like a classical art form that needs to be preserved/subsidized. but ODIs now seem like a sham staged for Indian expats and the Indian TV market. We really need more international T20s to keep the international game alive.

  • on June 30, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Is that the best bowling India can come up with? These guys look just ordinary. India's batting is their strong point so if you get them out cheaply they are all but finished.

  • AvidCricFan on June 30, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    What happened to Ishant Sharma's speed? Lately he is bowling mostly around 125k. With his style of bowling devoid of movement, he is not going to be a strike bowler. I doubt he has longer future in Indian cricket if he bowls like this. Even Bhuvi has been bowling faster than him.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 30, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Kumar and Ishant warned for stepping on the pitch: Bowlers get no-balled for overstepping by a millimeter, got no-balled and warned and called for wide for bowling over the shoulder/head bouncers, get called for wide if the ball strays marginally on the leg side. I have a only one question for ICC: Is it a crime to be a bowler? When the batting team is in dire straits, the batsmen are allowed to defend and defend and defend for days and days. And when they salvage a draw, they are hailed as heroes. But when the bowlers get spanked all over the ground, why are the bowlers not allowed to go on a defensive, and bowl outside leg? The way Warne bowled to Sachin. Then it is the batsman's skill to tackle the leg-side bowling. I think cricket rules are rubbish.

  • kdevil3 on June 30, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    west indies batting unit consists full of slogers...really brainless batting..they may win ..but ...i dont knw what is the roll of coach

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Need Bravo wicket, then it will become very tough for WI. Pollard will not stay for a long period. Charles cannot win alone.. Good start by India.. all the best India.

  • on June 30, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    It could be a Defending total at this condition!!! Cheeeer for India ;)

  • Rally_Windies on June 30, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    at 1/2 way point, match is even...

    Samuels was EXCELLENT , on a seamer's wicket .... Tino Best was wayward, and luck the pitch assisted him.

    If Rampaul & Bravo were playing, Sammy, Roach, Bravo and Rampaul would have dismissed India for less than 200 ....

    It is up to India's seamers to win this ..

    lets see what Yadav can really do ...

  • on June 30, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    This pitch again shows why cricket in West Indies is boring. Has been a while since I saw A slow pitch as this.

  • on June 30, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    West Indies bowling attack is far better than it was, and their batting is not less than world class either. In this match India should have score about 50 more runs; however, their bowling can rescue them given that west indies play the rest of this match in a defensive mode. If West indies bats men come out and bat moderately, they will still win. If they come out in a ruthless manner, this match could be over in 25 overs!

  • kumarcoolbuddy on June 30, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Hamstring injury to dangerous Dhoni at crucial scoring time was a blow to India but that is all part of game. Test for India in defending 229 on this "Win toss win game " pitch.

  • rajapost on June 30, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    so after 1st inning I think india is 30 runs short..but this pitch is looking difficult

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    220-230 would be a good score on this pitch.

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    This is West Indies strongest side in recent history only Charles and Ramdin are a problem and 2 of them together even bigger. If Charles is playing he should also keep and give Ramdins position to another bowler like the Left Armed Delorn Johnson or taller Shannon Gabriel as a 3rd strike bowling alternative to the shorter Roach and Best. It is great to see Roach and Best together finally and it should always be this way ideally with a 3rd strike bowler, for the last 5 yrs it has been painful to watch Roach operate as a lone strike bowler.

  • Happy_hamster on June 30, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I never thought I would agree with GSingh7 but in relation to Sammy I agree, he always contributes and is a great team man; HOWEVER being as he has predicted India to win all matches I would suggest putting all of your money on WI as previous predictions are right maybe 1%.

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Rocking Rohit India has got a new opening batsman

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Shouldn't Mishra get a chance? He is at the peak of his form. Dhoni- don't let India lose an excellent leggie. Ishant or Aswin should make way

  • coldcoffee123 on June 30, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Boy, Indian batting order is strong or what !! Batsman after batsman, all quality too !! As an opposition player, when you see that with every falling wicket, out comes yet another quality batsman, I would be demoralized even before a game begins. Reminds so much of the dreaded Aussie team from 1995-2005.

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Lets go super SAMMY

  • gsingh7 on June 30, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    sammy is best wi player when it comes to crunch time. sad to see him sidelined for bravo and pollard. pollard buckles under pressure 95% of times. never seen him score a century or show courage when others are failing. sammy thrives under pressure. although he has skills of decent cricketer at best. overall wi team is much weaker than india and only "choking" by indian team can win them the match. but i think india will win tournament going undefeated like ct2013.

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I am from India but a huge Sammy fan. He is largely responsible for rebuilding the culture and revive the WI team. Feels sad to see him badly treated. While Bravo and Pollard are very good cricketers, Sammy is a much better leader and can match both these players in both batting and bowling. Go Sammy get a hundred today. I still will cheer for India though!

  • USIndianFan on June 30, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Best - 5 overs, 30 runs, no wickets. Sammy - 4 overs, 2 maidens, 1 wicket. That sums up Sammy's performance. Very dissappointing to see people complain - Sammy has brought WI cricket back, but so short are the memories..

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    It is really amazing the way some WI fans think. They are overly critical of Sammy yet just watching Best bowl is pathetic. Is there a conspiracy? Pollard is skipper? Sammy T20 and test captain being sidelined? Against India? All you Sammy haters ease off we are all WI supporters.

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Seems like Sammy will never learn to catch.....

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    let's go west indies

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    This is not a Soccer game. Please stop blowing that horn. It is hard to watch cricket. Thanks west indies fans.

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Sooooo right if Ramdin is the VC and u dont give it to him, you feel too ashame to give it to the former one? hmm interesting. WINDIES for life so good luck polly

  • rajapost on June 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    india will score 260-280 and west indies all out 190-210

  • rajapost on June 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    india will score 260-280 and west indies all out 190-210

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Sooooo right if Ramdin is the VC and u dont give it to him, you feel too ashame to give it to the former one? hmm interesting. WINDIES for life so good luck polly

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    This is not a Soccer game. Please stop blowing that horn. It is hard to watch cricket. Thanks west indies fans.

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    let's go west indies

  • on June 30, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Seems like Sammy will never learn to catch.....

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    It is really amazing the way some WI fans think. They are overly critical of Sammy yet just watching Best bowl is pathetic. Is there a conspiracy? Pollard is skipper? Sammy T20 and test captain being sidelined? Against India? All you Sammy haters ease off we are all WI supporters.

  • USIndianFan on June 30, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Best - 5 overs, 30 runs, no wickets. Sammy - 4 overs, 2 maidens, 1 wicket. That sums up Sammy's performance. Very dissappointing to see people complain - Sammy has brought WI cricket back, but so short are the memories..

  • on June 30, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I am from India but a huge Sammy fan. He is largely responsible for rebuilding the culture and revive the WI team. Feels sad to see him badly treated. While Bravo and Pollard are very good cricketers, Sammy is a much better leader and can match both these players in both batting and bowling. Go Sammy get a hundred today. I still will cheer for India though!

  • gsingh7 on June 30, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    sammy is best wi player when it comes to crunch time. sad to see him sidelined for bravo and pollard. pollard buckles under pressure 95% of times. never seen him score a century or show courage when others are failing. sammy thrives under pressure. although he has skills of decent cricketer at best. overall wi team is much weaker than india and only "choking" by indian team can win them the match. but i think india will win tournament going undefeated like ct2013.

  • on June 30, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Lets go super SAMMY