India in West Indies, 2011 June 3, 2011

Seniors deserved a break - Raina

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Suresh Raina, who is India's captain for the limited-overs leg of the tour of West Indies, has admitted there will be huge expectations from his team despite the absence of some big names.

"[Being captain] is a great challenge to me and I'm really looking forward to that," Raina said on the team's arrival in the Caribbean. "We have good players who want to do well in this series. They have done well in first-class cricket and the IPL or in the World Cup team."

For the ODIs, India will be without regular captain MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zaheer Khan, who have been rested, while Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag miss out through injury or illness. Dhoni and Zaheer are set to return for the Tests, but the other seniors are set to miss the entire series. The tour will also be Duncan Fletcher's first assignment with the Indian side.

Raina said the senior players "deserved a break" and was hopeful the youngsters in the squad would make the most of the opportunity. "We have a young team here and they are focussed on doing well for India and I am excited to see how they perform over the next few weeks."

West Indies lost their recent ODI series to Pakistan and will once again be without opener Chris Gayle, who was the top run-getter in the IPL, but has been left out for the first two ODIs. When India last played ODIs in the West Indies in 2006, they lost 1-4. The two teams subsequently met in the World Cup earlier this year when India won by 80 runs in Chennai, en route to their tournament triumph. Raina, however, said India would not be complacent. "The West Indies team has been playing good cricket for the past few months and we are not going to take them lightly," he said.

The only Twenty20 game will be played on Saturday at Port of Spain, while the five-match ODI series begins at the same venue on June 6.

Meanwhile West Indies beat the High Performance Centre (HPC) team by 11 runs in a practice Twenty20 game in Couva on Thursday. Batting first, West Indies were restricted to 145 in their 20 overs on what appeared to be a good batting pitch. Opener Lendl Simmons carried on his good form from the Pakistan series, top-scoring with a rapid 43, while Danza Hyatt made 22.

Uncapped left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, who has been picked in the Twenty20 squad, and Christopher Barnwell shared two wickets apiece as HPC were restricted to 134 for 6. Wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich was their mainstay with 52 off 41 balls.

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  • Jim1207 on June 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Smithie, advantages and flaws of UDRS have been discussed in the Steen's column and if you could, please refute the flaws and then talk about what survey says and what majority says. We are all for UDRS, but for better UDRS and not for the current flawed one. That's a huge difference.

  • on June 3, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    India won the last ODI series played between the two in the WI, 2-1. Please get things right, Cricinfo!

  • on June 3, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @farhan Dude wiki pedia is not even a valid source ,plus even it says india won that series 2-1 one match by DL method check ur stats if u have any :P

  • on June 3, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    India have won a ODI Series played in June 2009, India winning it win a 2-1 margin..

  • TRAM on June 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    There is marked difference between Dhoni & Raina in their body language. Raina is all exuberant, celebrating, appreciating players big, etc., whereas Dhoni is calm, confident & cool. Both body languages are good to have in the team. I am curious to see the body language of Raina (as a captain) during tense/bad match situations. I think that would be the key to making a good captain.

  • journs on June 3, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Raina is wrong when he says that west-indies is playing some good cricket from the past few months. But he is choosing his words very cautiously. He knows the kind of burden he is having. He must be knowing the expectations of more than one billion people from him. Raina will have to really show some magical captaincy. What he has been doing for chennai superkings will have to do the same thing for team india to make his captaincy a debut success. The task is really tough if he comes out to be a champion he could be tossed as the next captain of team india. He must keep in mind that gambhir wont be injured always and not the captaincy of team india one can get so easily.

  • on June 3, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    there are XI for ODI and T20 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Virat Kohli 4) Suresh Raina 5) Yusuf Pathan 6) Badrinath 7) Herbhajan Singh 8) R Ashwin 9) Munaf Patel 10) Parveen Kumar 11) Ishant Sharma

  • Notredam on June 3, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    India will surely miss Dhoni, Zaheer,,and yuvraj...though dhoni impact will be maximum felt. for sure..

  • on June 3, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    I like the fact how everyone in Indian team speaks one language.. !! That shows professionalism, great work ethic and a good work culture as well.. !! no wonder these boys are the best in the world.. !! Keep it goin guys.. All the best..!!

  • on June 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    INDIA LAST PLAYED AN ODI SERIES IN 2009 where the WON 2-1 correct your facts before posting such aticles dude..

    Go through this link for complete details ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_cricket_team_in_West_Indies_in_2009

  • Jim1207 on June 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Smithie, advantages and flaws of UDRS have been discussed in the Steen's column and if you could, please refute the flaws and then talk about what survey says and what majority says. We are all for UDRS, but for better UDRS and not for the current flawed one. That's a huge difference.

  • on June 3, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    India won the last ODI series played between the two in the WI, 2-1. Please get things right, Cricinfo!

  • on June 3, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    @farhan Dude wiki pedia is not even a valid source ,plus even it says india won that series 2-1 one match by DL method check ur stats if u have any :P

  • on June 3, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    India have won a ODI Series played in June 2009, India winning it win a 2-1 margin..

  • TRAM on June 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    There is marked difference between Dhoni & Raina in their body language. Raina is all exuberant, celebrating, appreciating players big, etc., whereas Dhoni is calm, confident & cool. Both body languages are good to have in the team. I am curious to see the body language of Raina (as a captain) during tense/bad match situations. I think that would be the key to making a good captain.

  • journs on June 3, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Raina is wrong when he says that west-indies is playing some good cricket from the past few months. But he is choosing his words very cautiously. He knows the kind of burden he is having. He must be knowing the expectations of more than one billion people from him. Raina will have to really show some magical captaincy. What he has been doing for chennai superkings will have to do the same thing for team india to make his captaincy a debut success. The task is really tough if he comes out to be a champion he could be tossed as the next captain of team india. He must keep in mind that gambhir wont be injured always and not the captaincy of team india one can get so easily.

  • on June 3, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    there are XI for ODI and T20 1) Rohit Sharma 2) Parthiv Patel 3) Virat Kohli 4) Suresh Raina 5) Yusuf Pathan 6) Badrinath 7) Herbhajan Singh 8) R Ashwin 9) Munaf Patel 10) Parveen Kumar 11) Ishant Sharma

  • Notredam on June 3, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    India will surely miss Dhoni, Zaheer,,and yuvraj...though dhoni impact will be maximum felt. for sure..

  • on June 3, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    I like the fact how everyone in Indian team speaks one language.. !! That shows professionalism, great work ethic and a good work culture as well.. !! no wonder these boys are the best in the world.. !! Keep it goin guys.. All the best..!!

  • on June 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    INDIA LAST PLAYED AN ODI SERIES IN 2009 where the WON 2-1 correct your facts before posting such aticles dude..

    Go through this link for complete details ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_cricket_team_in_West_Indies_in_2009

  • Smithie on June 3, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @Criketanand - no problem with democracy but not by threat. The BCCI should consider the public support for UDRS stated by Viru, Dravid, Gambir, Kirsten, Ravi Shastri, the umpires , the recent FICA players survey and the fans survey on BCCI's own website that showed 80 % in favour of UDRS. Pretty weighty opinions in favour.

    The simple logic of improvement in playing conditions and outcomes can only be good for cricket. The BCCI, Sachin and Dhoni seem to have painted themselves into a corner and are trying to save face and demonstrate where the power lays. With power comes mature responsibility. This is one battle that it is in their interests to retire gracefully from. It is certainly not the issue to use as a post colonial tit for tat. Cricket is too important.

  • Vbsb on June 3, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    there's nthing to worry for the indians...they have players who are match winners..many of them have done well in intrnational cricket like rohit sharma....and also they are world cup winners..whose benchstrenght should be rock solid...best of luck to both the teams....!!

  • Guru_Bennur on June 3, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    It's Good opportunity to the young stars in India. I do hope young players will shine in this series. my playing xi for T20 is>>>Raina, Badrinath, kohli, Rohit sharma, Parthiv patel,shikar Dhavan, yusufpathan, Ashwin, R Vinaykumar, Ishanth, Munaf patel.

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    even this ODI team will knock the windies out..sorry to say this..but we know..a second string indian side is actually full strength pakistani team of preset day

  • agam99 on June 3, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Correct ur facts...India won the ODI series played in WI with a scoreline of 2-1. Dhoni was MoS in that series.

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Raina n yusuf ll be d hero diz time

  • on June 3, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    I think Virat n Munaf will b e d trump cardsin dis tour dis tim......

  • on June 3, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    i dont think they r gonna use more than a spinner ....might b either Bhajji or Ashwin ...

  • Criketanand on June 3, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @smithie. arent we being paranoid about this. was a time when australia and england used to sit together and make up rules and wasnt that long ago. but thats not what has been happening now so arent we paranoid. ICC more democratic now & in democracy everyone tries to get their bill passed with support. isnt that what happens even in parliaments and senates in every country. :)

  • on June 3, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Correct your facts. India last played ODI series in West Indies in 2009 and India won that 2-1.

  • on June 3, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I support the Young Indian Team. Get some global practice guyzzz

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    the T20 to be played is at the same ground where suresh raina scored 100 against SA(steyn,morkel,roelf) last year in the T20 WC and was india's highest run getter on pacy windies tracks and 3rd highest overall in the tournament hence ODIs are gonna be cake walk for india my team is parthiv,rohit,kohli,badri,raina,yusuf,bhajji,ashwin,mishra,munaf,ishant 3 SPINNERS AND 5 BOWLERS ARE MUST AS BHAJJI CAN SMACK AND ASHWIN CAN HANDLE BAT TOO AS CAN MISHRA U SAW IN IPL AGAINST MI(MUNAF) THIS THE THE PERFECT LINE-UP

  • Smithie on June 3, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    And there will be no chance for Raina to develop his captaincy skills in using the UDRS system - even though it was used last week in the WI/PAK series. Guess that shows how confident Srinivasan is about bullying the ICC into not using UDRS in the future. Can imagine what sort of "inducements" are now being offered to the Chairmen of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies to vote against UDRS implementation at this month's Hong Hong ICC Exec meeting. The Sepp Blatter of cricket strikes again ???

  • rahulcricindia on June 3, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    go raina go......this is your time make the most of it....take the attack to the westindies ...show what second string WORLD CHAMPION team can do!!!!!

  • rustyryan on June 3, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    India last played an odi in west indies as recently as 2009 where they won the series 2-1. But both the MoM's of that series yuvi and mahi are missing this time.

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  • rustyryan on June 3, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    India last played an odi in west indies as recently as 2009 where they won the series 2-1. But both the MoM's of that series yuvi and mahi are missing this time.

  • rahulcricindia on June 3, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    go raina go......this is your time make the most of it....take the attack to the westindies ...show what second string WORLD CHAMPION team can do!!!!!

  • Smithie on June 3, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    And there will be no chance for Raina to develop his captaincy skills in using the UDRS system - even though it was used last week in the WI/PAK series. Guess that shows how confident Srinivasan is about bullying the ICC into not using UDRS in the future. Can imagine what sort of "inducements" are now being offered to the Chairmen of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies to vote against UDRS implementation at this month's Hong Hong ICC Exec meeting. The Sepp Blatter of cricket strikes again ???

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 3, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    the T20 to be played is at the same ground where suresh raina scored 100 against SA(steyn,morkel,roelf) last year in the T20 WC and was india's highest run getter on pacy windies tracks and 3rd highest overall in the tournament hence ODIs are gonna be cake walk for india my team is parthiv,rohit,kohli,badri,raina,yusuf,bhajji,ashwin,mishra,munaf,ishant 3 SPINNERS AND 5 BOWLERS ARE MUST AS BHAJJI CAN SMACK AND ASHWIN CAN HANDLE BAT TOO AS CAN MISHRA U SAW IN IPL AGAINST MI(MUNAF) THIS THE THE PERFECT LINE-UP

  • on June 3, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I support the Young Indian Team. Get some global practice guyzzz

  • on June 3, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Correct your facts. India last played ODI series in West Indies in 2009 and India won that 2-1.

  • Criketanand on June 3, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    @smithie. arent we being paranoid about this. was a time when australia and england used to sit together and make up rules and wasnt that long ago. but thats not what has been happening now so arent we paranoid. ICC more democratic now & in democracy everyone tries to get their bill passed with support. isnt that what happens even in parliaments and senates in every country. :)

  • on June 3, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    i dont think they r gonna use more than a spinner ....might b either Bhajji or Ashwin ...

  • on June 3, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    I think Virat n Munaf will b e d trump cardsin dis tour dis tim......

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Raina n yusuf ll be d hero diz time