India in West Indies 2011 June 3, 2011

Future at stake in battle of the benches

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"Life is jokey but it's bloody serious. You got to plan. West Indies didn't do it." Ralph, an old caretaker of an inn, drawls as he lights up a cigarette. It's 11 pm and the small neighbourhood in Port of Spain is quiet. The glow from his cigarette lights up his grizzly beard. "We were too arrogant when we were winning and didn't plan for the future. Talent is all dried up now and we are watching the ego fights between the board and the players. It's all downhill. It's good to see India planning for the future by bringing in the younger players."

It's a puzzling series in many ways. The weaker team is ignoring its stars and testing its bench strength. The stronger team is being forced to test its bench strength while its stars choose to rest, some in fatigue, some following injury. The agenda is still pretty simple and straightforward: It's India's series to lose. They are the new world champions and will have to win this ODI series. Never mind that they are missing a couple of big players - a champion team can't have any excuses.

West Indies ran out of excuses for their decline a long time ago and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel of hope. It's a grim scenario. The evidence screamed out when the flight from London descended on Barbados. It was a breathtaking visual - a sparkling sea framing the houses like a jewel - but the question that immediately came to mind was, how on earth did such a tiny island produce a battery of world-class players? Now that same smallness offered another scary thought. How on earth will they find world-class players from such a small area? Trinidad is a much bigger place but big, of course, is relative.

Sometimes a win can just prove to be a setback. Is West Indies' recent Test win over Pakistan a boon or a bane? Will it make the hardliners in the WICB turn more adamant in their vision for a future that doesn't involve the bigger stars like Chris Gayle? Or does that win offer concrete proof of their new vision? This series against India can help decide it.

It was a series against India in 1976 that turned the corner for West Indies in many ways. That bloodbath in Sabina Park when Clive Lloyd, hurt after India chased down 403 in the previous Test, unleashed his fast men against the hapless visitors is a landmark event in West Indian cricket history. That victory made Lloyd, and by extension West Indies, realise that pace was the way to go and his gang of fast men went on to unleash such joyous violence - that still stirs the heart of cricket fans - around the world. Fire was raging in Babylon and Lloyd wasn't fiddling. Nostalgia is fun but not when the present is bleak.

If West Indies are to do well in this series, they can't reproduce tracks that were on offer in the series against Pakistan. If India has a weakness, it's against pace and bounce and West Indies, despite having a legspinner as their strike bowler, need to exploit it - like they did so successfully in the World Twenty20 held in the Caribbean region. Will they go for it?

For India, the absence of the seniors is the best thing that could have happened. This squad is perfect to test the bench strength. It's also the perfect setting for the new India coach, Duncan Fletcher, to ease himself in. He has been ostensibly roped in to help India prepare for a future sans the big names. Now he doesn't have to wait for the end of India's tour of Australia early next year to prepare for that eventuality. This series gives him a taste of things to come.

In the Tests, India are going with a new set of openers and in the ODIs, they will also be infusing fresh blood into the middle order. If West Indies are able to produce tracks that aid bounce, this Indian team can be tested by the likes of Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul and Andre Russell. It still won't be easy, but at least it will give them a chance.

If the tracks are flat, this could well turn out to be like the 1971 series between the two teams, when a debutant named Sunil Gavaskar gorged on a second-string attack to pile up the runs and launch himself into a calypso. This Indian team might not have anyone in the calibre of a Gavaskar but it's a team filled with ambitious young men, desperately seeking success and fighting for the few available spots when the bigger stars return for sterner tests. It's almost a fight for survival for many. Life is jokey but it's bloody serious.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • balajik1968 on June 5, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Well this Indian team has a different look from the recent past but frankly I feel it is a good thing to experiment, because in a couple of years this team has to be rebuilt when the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Zaheer decide to move on. Also Dhoni has been taking an enormous workload and deserves a break. For those who knock the IPL, remember that it is a BCCI tournament and hence the players are obligated to play Forget the money part. Personally I don't like the IPL, but it is here to stay. The club vs country is a new debate in cricket. Let us see how it evolves.

  • SangramSinghRana on June 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    For ODI, I will suggest three changes in the Indian side - (1) Replace Munaf Patel with Ishant Sharma, to bring in some genuine pace. The WI skipper has ordered bouncy pitches, hence Ishant's raw pace will be more helpful than Munaf's predictable medium pace. (2) Replace Ashwin with Amit Mishra. Ashwin was expensive today. Mishra is very economical and turns the ball more. (3) Replace Dhawan with Tiwari. Tiwari should play at number 6 and Rohit should open the batting with Parthiv Patel.

  • ashy2010 on June 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    What about a west Indies Line up like below.. 1) Chris Gayle 2) Lendl simmons 3) Darren Bravo 4) Marlon samuels 5) Dwayne bravo 6) Keiron Pollard 7) Darren Sammy 8) Kemar Roach 9) Jerome taylor 10) Ravi Rampaul 11) Devender Bishoo 12) Andre Russel 13) Fidel edwards...Being an India fan and general cricket lover I can think of a sensible and best line-up for WI. Why can the authorities think of it.. This back up India team on its own is too strong for this stupid WI team selected by their board.. We are looking for good competitive cricket and not putting together a team for the sake of it especially when they are in revival mode.. and trying to build a team for future.. India can afford it because of the vast amount of talent pool they have.. every one can be given a chance..If this ego clash continues the WI cricket will lose more atheletes to the NBA.. ICC needs to instill some control and sense in to WI board to help cricket lovers like us.. btw good luck India for the tour..

  • TheLight on June 4, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    look like no cricket today.

    In trinidad for the T20 and overcast conditions...getting worse.

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    i think only challenge will come from west indian bowlers .

  • arvindram on June 4, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    A very nice article.... well written... but this article is not a 'Series Preview' as the link on the front page says

  • richie95 on June 4, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Rohit, Kohli, Raina surely hold the key for this odi tour for India in terms of batting.. No doubt about that since all 3 are vastly experienced when it comes to the Indian batting department.. All in all, this strategy of bringing up new players to test the bench strength is a total waste!! They tried out the same strategy last year in the tour to zimbabwe, but at the end of it, they were back to their senior players and didn't even bother about those new selections in the tour!!

  • gaurav22584 on June 4, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan would deliver his best performance this time!

  • CanGrit on June 3, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    R.Ashwin should be an automatic selection!!No question he is THE BEST spinner in India right now. He actually spins the ball!!!!!!

  • crichype on June 3, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan should bat up the order and show his capability of playing fast bowlers....and also handling bouncers on carribean soil....There has been a lot of talks about him that he cannot play fast bowlers. This is the right time and right place to prove people wrong....

  • balajik1968 on June 5, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Well this Indian team has a different look from the recent past but frankly I feel it is a good thing to experiment, because in a couple of years this team has to be rebuilt when the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Zaheer decide to move on. Also Dhoni has been taking an enormous workload and deserves a break. For those who knock the IPL, remember that it is a BCCI tournament and hence the players are obligated to play Forget the money part. Personally I don't like the IPL, but it is here to stay. The club vs country is a new debate in cricket. Let us see how it evolves.

  • SangramSinghRana on June 4, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    For ODI, I will suggest three changes in the Indian side - (1) Replace Munaf Patel with Ishant Sharma, to bring in some genuine pace. The WI skipper has ordered bouncy pitches, hence Ishant's raw pace will be more helpful than Munaf's predictable medium pace. (2) Replace Ashwin with Amit Mishra. Ashwin was expensive today. Mishra is very economical and turns the ball more. (3) Replace Dhawan with Tiwari. Tiwari should play at number 6 and Rohit should open the batting with Parthiv Patel.

  • ashy2010 on June 4, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    What about a west Indies Line up like below.. 1) Chris Gayle 2) Lendl simmons 3) Darren Bravo 4) Marlon samuels 5) Dwayne bravo 6) Keiron Pollard 7) Darren Sammy 8) Kemar Roach 9) Jerome taylor 10) Ravi Rampaul 11) Devender Bishoo 12) Andre Russel 13) Fidel edwards...Being an India fan and general cricket lover I can think of a sensible and best line-up for WI. Why can the authorities think of it.. This back up India team on its own is too strong for this stupid WI team selected by their board.. We are looking for good competitive cricket and not putting together a team for the sake of it especially when they are in revival mode.. and trying to build a team for future.. India can afford it because of the vast amount of talent pool they have.. every one can be given a chance..If this ego clash continues the WI cricket will lose more atheletes to the NBA.. ICC needs to instill some control and sense in to WI board to help cricket lovers like us.. btw good luck India for the tour..

  • TheLight on June 4, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    look like no cricket today.

    In trinidad for the T20 and overcast conditions...getting worse.

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    i think only challenge will come from west indian bowlers .

  • arvindram on June 4, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    A very nice article.... well written... but this article is not a 'Series Preview' as the link on the front page says

  • richie95 on June 4, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Rohit, Kohli, Raina surely hold the key for this odi tour for India in terms of batting.. No doubt about that since all 3 are vastly experienced when it comes to the Indian batting department.. All in all, this strategy of bringing up new players to test the bench strength is a total waste!! They tried out the same strategy last year in the tour to zimbabwe, but at the end of it, they were back to their senior players and didn't even bother about those new selections in the tour!!

  • gaurav22584 on June 4, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan would deliver his best performance this time!

  • CanGrit on June 3, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    R.Ashwin should be an automatic selection!!No question he is THE BEST spinner in India right now. He actually spins the ball!!!!!!

  • crichype on June 3, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan should bat up the order and show his capability of playing fast bowlers....and also handling bouncers on carribean soil....There has been a lot of talks about him that he cannot play fast bowlers. This is the right time and right place to prove people wrong....

  • Herath-UK on June 3, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Sadly this is what is happening with IPL and coming SLPL. Boards will rest star players from low key series to give them the break;not a good omen for international series as could slowly disintergrate to football level. One day it will boomrang to hurt India too if all boards do not have the foresight to address it now.Sanctity of Bilateral series should be preserved;none of the rested Indian star is grudging today whereas in the past if you are not selected for any series it was considered a shame.This time it was by the BCCI and in future players will also choose where to play ,all in all it will be cricket that suffer. Ranil Herath -- Kent

  • Faizal23 on June 3, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Dr Ramadas rai bathrinath is now 28 how many chances India gave him to play while comparing with others. MUKUND played well in domestic so he got the chances k PLS DONT THINK SELECTORS ARE SHOWING PARTIALITY.. ITS IN OUR MIND... TRY TO ANALYSE BEFORE CONCLUDING.As Tamilan we suffered a lot at the hands of North Indian in the fast so this is our time....................

  • on June 3, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    @ the_Srikanth. Sachin will be the holder of all runs and hundreds records for at least 50 years. I guarantee it.

  • SamSonia on June 3, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    I AGREE WITH " Cool 123Shash" - the ODI team duly selected - 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Parthiv Patel 3. Virat kohli 4. Rohit sharma 5. suresh Raina(c) 6. Subramanium Badrinath 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10.Munaf Patel 11.Ashwin who is acually an all rounder (great bowler as well an opening batsman). If wicket support seamers then Ishant over Vinay because of an experience & his recent improvement we saw in IPL I ALSO AGREE WITH "AlbhaR" Youngsters are no doubt very talented but incase they are loosing, the squad should have one experienced player like Yuvi, Gambir, Rahul,or Dhoni as back up to save the ranking, which we cannot let it go down.

  • niksaims on June 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan will rock.. watch out for him!!!!

  • SriramNatarajan on June 3, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    @ArunKB: Sriram Veera said Gavaskar piled runs against second-string attack in 1971.. he didn't say all through his career.. moreover it is not an article abt Gavaskar's greatness also.. why try to find mistakes? instead you can apply for a job in cricinfo..

  • Suresh123456 on June 3, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @ the_srikant... he wilol hold on to the centuries record for a little longer though, before Alistair Cook ambles past it in 5-6 years time... dude Cook holding the record for most test centuries (more than 51 atleast)... that shows ur knowledge and understanding of the game

  • on June 3, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Suresh Raina,Shikhar Dhawan,Amit Mishra They may play well. Virat Kohli Munaf Patel Yusuf Pathan Manoj Tewary may be average.Their graph does not show outstanding performance

    WEST INDIES Marlon Samuels, Ravi Rampaul, Christopher Barnwell, Ashley Nurse may prove too good.Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Krishmar Santokie may also do well. Darren Bravo,Lendl Simmons-Mixed Devendra Bishoo average.

  • on June 3, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Tendulkar has served Indian cricket since age of 16 and burdened the batting responsibility for India for 22 years all over the world against the best attacks and he has delivered time and again. After that much service...I think he definitely gets the right to choose series he wants to play and rest.He should have the freedom to choose when he wants to spend time with his wife and kids....at least now after so many years...Please dont bring club and country argument. for that manner since 2007 Dhoni has not lost more than 1 test series and won for India W20 cup, Wcup and CB series. Yuvraj and Gambhir have both played major roles in those victories. So has zaheer. If they choose to rest 1 series its not that they have stopped thinknig or playing for country. Even soilders in the army takes days off during wartime to be with their family.

  • nickydude on June 3, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Discount the opposition at ur own peri!l. Always remember, history shows India have generally struggled against weaker teams. Ind in Aus - 1977, ended in a 3-2 loss against a really weak team. Ind in Aus- 1986 ended in 0-0 against a raw Border team. NZ in India - 2002 was the weakest team, still they went with a creditable draw 0-0 whole series. In short, the best Indian team till now have never gone beyond a 1-0 win in any country. Also, it takes one spinner & one fast bowler to screw us- Grew Matthews in 1986, Shaun Udal in 2006 :)

  • krishkrish on June 3, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    To Dr.Ramdas rai , I m from TAMIL NADU . Sir , domestic perfomance award not given for current year. moreover Although Manish pandey averages 102 this season he his second only to MUKUND. Mukund is much consistent in test and by far the best opener in domestic.. ASWIN is better than Bhaji in limited overs. PLS DONT THINK SELECTORS ARE SHOWING PARTIALITY.. ITS IN OUR MIND... TRY TO ANALYSE BEFORE CONCLUDING.

  • crikkfan on June 3, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    'wait for the end of India's tour of Australia' ? - does the author know something we don't ?! any guesses?

  • the_Srikanth on June 3, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Yuvi pulled out as he did not want to play under Raina as captain, which is totally understandable. He is a boon to Indian cricket and deserves better, but unfortunately, India are probably doing the right thing by nurturing youngsters in leadership roles and the only amicable solution here was for Yuvi to drop out of the squad. I am not complaining or criticizing anyone, but just saying that what has happened is probably best for all. As for Sachin holding on to his test records, not gonna happen. If Emperor kallis can run in and bowl at 140 + kph at this age, there is no question about his longevity in the game. He is just 2600 behind Sachin and a couple of years younger than him. He will give up ODIs and T20s very soon, and continue playing tests purely as a batsman. and the kind of form he is in, sachin can say goodbye to his record of career runs. he wilol hold on to the centuries record for a little longer though, before Alistair Cook ambles past it in 5-6 years time

  • exuma on June 3, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    The real test for WI is "test match". WI should not get carried away if they win the T20 game, as they did against Pak recently, just to go on and loose the ODI series. WICB want an answer from Shiv in 10 days- talk about messing with a player head, just before a major series. Probable punishment for speaking out against WICB will be 2-3 match suspension during the test series or suspension of his contract. This India team may be young, but is rich in talent, and hungry for success. India "A" should have no problem running through the full strength WI team. EXUMA

  • on June 3, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    dear sirs, i do not understand why domestic cricket is given a miss when you select indian teams-why have you neglected manish pandey and abhimanyu mithun-inspite of nominating them as the best domestic performers-for the year-mithun with his pace and lift should have been an automatic selection for any overseas tour-and any cricketer with an iota of cricketing knowledge-would have seen the the genius that resides in manish pandey-dear srikkanth,wake up-you are an indian selector-not tamil nadu selector- regards, prof-dr.ramdas rai

  • on June 3, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    I think it's a shame that India chose to send an "A" team instead of a real team, it reeks of arrogance, and has nothing with players hurt, or wanting to spend time with their children. But I guess that's what you get when you have the World Cup and the mega-retarded IPL back to back, tired worn out players. I hope the West Indies can shame them, and send them packing ala 1976. We'll be making a new calypso after this one.

  • shashankqvivek on June 3, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    My team for one day series will be:- 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Parthiv Patel 3. Virat kohli 4. Rohit sharma 5. suresh Raina(c) 6. Subramanium Badrinath 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10.Munaf Patel 11.Vinay/Ishant/Ashwin As Ashwin can bowl in powerplay and death overs so he can be given priority over 3rd seamer... If wicket support seamers then ishant or Vinay can play.. Give a look at team,I think its a very good all round team.. and FIELDING wiil be awesome... India rocks...

  • NCassie on June 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Honestly the young Indian cricketers will be better prepared than the WI youngsters as the both Boards don't have the fools that run the WI cricket. The WI plan tours so well that they choose the beginning of the rainy season in Trinidad for games. I hope that atleast one full game is played as the Trinidad fans finally have international cricket in June. Anyways welcome to the home town of BC Lara, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Bharath, Simmons, Ramdin, Ganga, Pollard and Ian Bishop just to name a few...Best of Luck!

  • on June 3, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    every stalwartpalying now and the legends of the game who are not were once a debutant.it is not how they make their debut that will count but the way they go after that which will be counted.many have shown great promises on their debut but have fallen apart after that.for the Windies it will be a struggle to redeem their lost glory and as far as India is concerned,it will be a test to find out people who can fill in the void once the Sachin's, Dravid's and Laxman's finish their career.In a way it will be evenly contested.

  • AlbhaR on June 3, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Well said!! India is testing their youngsters. at the same time they are not supposed to show this reason in case they are on the losing side.

  • ArunKB on June 3, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Sriram: I hope you are a smarter person than what you are as a writer. Following is one of the most silly comments I have read in a long time: "Sunil Gavaskar gorged on a second-string attack to pile up the runs". Absolutely idiotic. Gavaskar did reasonable well in 1976 also. Even in the fourth test, he scored 66 in the first innings before being bowled off an inside edge. What about all the runs scored against the Indian attacks from 1930's to current. Please have a senior editor review your articles before they are published,

  • TheScarletChapati on June 3, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    However you slice it, whatever the excuses offered( unless terrorist threats/serious family health issues) , this is the beginning of the end of Tendulkar.He endears himself to us thru a respectful humility to the tenets of the game,and treating each Test as if it is his first .Now he, (who cannot be unwitting that the BCCI have even moved schedules and conjured extra Tests , when their greedy little money lenders were whispering ODI-profit -ODI in their ears , over the last few years -, all just to massage Sachin ahead of Ponting in the all time stakes) sits out a test series!!!!.Given the wealth he's amassed , it can't be the IPL buck that he had to chase .If Sachin R Tendulkar is thinking of legacy considerations, he should drop everything else and just play Tests.It lacks respect, if it's a matter of blooding youngsters , stop completely and retire ,else try to accomplish your and all your fans' dreams, amass as many Test runs between now and your curtain call as possible!

  • on June 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    jah no i comin to see dis game

  • Irarum on June 3, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well written article. No matter what it will be interesting to see these youngsters get tested. It is also time for Windies to put cricket ahead of other issues and unearth some talents. I am Indian but It hurts to see such great team of past competing with minnows to keep ranking. And there is no way you can win matches without big players. Not sure who can instill that in WICB. Money, contract whatever can not be solved without good/best cricket. You got to create richness to share it!

  • agam99 on June 3, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Nice test for all youngsters. Not all countries can dare to rest 7 regular players of a WC winning squad but India has done so to prepare for future. All that we can do is to hope for a great series ending with India as winner (hopefully).

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  • agam99 on June 3, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Nice test for all youngsters. Not all countries can dare to rest 7 regular players of a WC winning squad but India has done so to prepare for future. All that we can do is to hope for a great series ending with India as winner (hopefully).

  • Irarum on June 3, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Well written article. No matter what it will be interesting to see these youngsters get tested. It is also time for Windies to put cricket ahead of other issues and unearth some talents. I am Indian but It hurts to see such great team of past competing with minnows to keep ranking. And there is no way you can win matches without big players. Not sure who can instill that in WICB. Money, contract whatever can not be solved without good/best cricket. You got to create richness to share it!

  • on June 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    jah no i comin to see dis game

  • TheScarletChapati on June 3, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    However you slice it, whatever the excuses offered( unless terrorist threats/serious family health issues) , this is the beginning of the end of Tendulkar.He endears himself to us thru a respectful humility to the tenets of the game,and treating each Test as if it is his first .Now he, (who cannot be unwitting that the BCCI have even moved schedules and conjured extra Tests , when their greedy little money lenders were whispering ODI-profit -ODI in their ears , over the last few years -, all just to massage Sachin ahead of Ponting in the all time stakes) sits out a test series!!!!.Given the wealth he's amassed , it can't be the IPL buck that he had to chase .If Sachin R Tendulkar is thinking of legacy considerations, he should drop everything else and just play Tests.It lacks respect, if it's a matter of blooding youngsters , stop completely and retire ,else try to accomplish your and all your fans' dreams, amass as many Test runs between now and your curtain call as possible!

  • ArunKB on June 3, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Sriram: I hope you are a smarter person than what you are as a writer. Following is one of the most silly comments I have read in a long time: "Sunil Gavaskar gorged on a second-string attack to pile up the runs". Absolutely idiotic. Gavaskar did reasonable well in 1976 also. Even in the fourth test, he scored 66 in the first innings before being bowled off an inside edge. What about all the runs scored against the Indian attacks from 1930's to current. Please have a senior editor review your articles before they are published,

  • AlbhaR on June 3, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Well said!! India is testing their youngsters. at the same time they are not supposed to show this reason in case they are on the losing side.

  • on June 3, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    every stalwartpalying now and the legends of the game who are not were once a debutant.it is not how they make their debut that will count but the way they go after that which will be counted.many have shown great promises on their debut but have fallen apart after that.for the Windies it will be a struggle to redeem their lost glory and as far as India is concerned,it will be a test to find out people who can fill in the void once the Sachin's, Dravid's and Laxman's finish their career.In a way it will be evenly contested.

  • NCassie on June 3, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Honestly the young Indian cricketers will be better prepared than the WI youngsters as the both Boards don't have the fools that run the WI cricket. The WI plan tours so well that they choose the beginning of the rainy season in Trinidad for games. I hope that atleast one full game is played as the Trinidad fans finally have international cricket in June. Anyways welcome to the home town of BC Lara, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Bharath, Simmons, Ramdin, Ganga, Pollard and Ian Bishop just to name a few...Best of Luck!

  • shashankqvivek on June 3, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    My team for one day series will be:- 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Parthiv Patel 3. Virat kohli 4. Rohit sharma 5. suresh Raina(c) 6. Subramanium Badrinath 7. Yusuf Pathan 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Praveen Kumar 10.Munaf Patel 11.Vinay/Ishant/Ashwin As Ashwin can bowl in powerplay and death overs so he can be given priority over 3rd seamer... If wicket support seamers then ishant or Vinay can play.. Give a look at team,I think its a very good all round team.. and FIELDING wiil be awesome... India rocks...

  • on June 3, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    I think it's a shame that India chose to send an "A" team instead of a real team, it reeks of arrogance, and has nothing with players hurt, or wanting to spend time with their children. But I guess that's what you get when you have the World Cup and the mega-retarded IPL back to back, tired worn out players. I hope the West Indies can shame them, and send them packing ala 1976. We'll be making a new calypso after this one.