West Indies v India, 1st ODI, Trinidad June 6, 2011

Rohit helps India prevail in battle of attrition

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India 217 for 6 (Rohit 68*, Dhawan 51) beat West Indies 214 for 9 (Sarwan 56, Samuels 55, Harbhajan 3-32) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

In a contest of ordinary batting line-ups, India had the extra bit of quality to successfully chase an under-par West Indies total. West Indies seemed to lack enterprise and skill to handle India's bowling, but their bowlers and fielders were spirited in the defence, dragging India down. The top order faltered after a quick start, but Rohit Sharma and captain Suresh Raina steadied India from 104 for 4.

It was a slow and low track all right, fast becoming the norm in the West Indies now, but wasn't treacherous enough to justify either West Indies' total or the struggle India went through before getting there. The only batsmen that seemed at ease were Marlon Samuels, Raina and eventually Rohit. Samuels' half-century injected some life in West Indies' limp innings after early wickets and an extra-cautious Ramnaresh Sarwan had left them crawling to 74 for 3 in 25 overs.

Raina did much the same for India with a busy effort, but it was Rohit who was the most interesting study. There were two Rohits on display. The first came out, saw Devendra Bishoo spin one across him, and started slogging at everything. That Rohit refused to work hard, and looked to slog his way out. That Rohit batted alongside Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his maiden half-century in unconvincing manner and looked liked he could get out any moment.

West Indies' brightest phase came when legspinners Bishoo and Anthony Martin kept a tight leash on the scoring, with Darren Sammy and the alert fielders providing the support cast. For 13.2 overs India didn't get a single boundary. The edginess was apparent. S Badrinath played 11 straight dots before edging Bishoo to make it 61 for 3. Rohit's ways rubbed off on Dhawan, who started trying to hit every ball for four, finding either an edge or a fielder. His wicket, through a slog sweep that gave Martin his maiden wicket, was a freight train coming.

Rohit, though, was over the self-destructive period by then. And also a critical moment in the 24th over when a close lbw shout was ruled in his favour. He played Bishoo for the turn, and the straighter one kissed his back pad before hitting the bat. And it was right in front. The umpire couldn't really be faulted for not being completely sure it had hit the pad first, but West Indies could claim that the DRS would have got them their man.

Those early hiccups negotiated, the other Rohit was the one batting in a sweat-drenched shirt, running hard, looking to convert ones into twos, scoring his first 30 runs without a boundary. Raina came in and nudged a couple of boundaries to calm things further. Rohit's first boundary was a treat: an inside-out chip for six off Sammy. He added 80 in 14.3 overs with Raina without looking hurried at all. Raina perished looking to finish the game in the batting Powerplay, and a physically struggling Rohit would have had to dig much deeper had Martin held on to a simple return catch from Yusuf Pathan at 189 for 5.

Another half-centurion in the match, Sarwan, got off to a much better start than Rohit did, but played himself into a shell, during the other critical passage of play in the game. West Indies had got off to a start similar to India's, losing two wickets after a quickish opening, but Sarwan's 63-ball stand with Kirk Edwards featured 38 dots. Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh - who went for 108 in their 30 overs for five wickets - bowled well, but not least because the batsmen allowed them to. Neither of the two batsmen looked to drop and run a quick single, nor was a single fielder put under pressure. Harbhajan reaped the rewards as Edwards top-edged a straighter one.

Samuels, though, brought in the urgency, attacking Yusuf, becoming the first batsman to have a strike-rate of over 50. After a spell of 12 overs for 56, at 130 for 3, they asked for the Batting Powerplay. Forty-three came off the five-over block, but West Indies also lost Sarwan to a tickle down the leg side. The real blows came after the Powerplay as Raina snuck a short delivery through Samuels' legs, and Harbhajan did Bravo in with a doosra that dipped and kicked. The rest could add only 23 to the 191 for 6 in the 45th over, providing India with a seemingly easy chase. As it turned out, it took a dehydrated, cramping-up, and a slightly fortunate Rohit to pull it off.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BULTY on June 8, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    It is a given norm that any team, especially a touring team, would not want to start the series on a losing note and that too when they had the opposition make only a modest below par score of 214 to chase. So the Indians took time to study the behaviour of the pitch and also get acclimatised to the conditions. Hence the whole match seemed boring & laboured for the viewers. The writer obviously missed these points. But with the progress of the series and with a few changes in the team, the Indians will be back to their best. All the best for team India. As rightly pointed out here by some writers, these players who are going to replace the seniors when they eventually decide to retire & hang their boots. Yousuf Pathan was c&b by Ravi Rampaul and not otherwise as a writer sought to correct. Please go through the scorecard thoroughly.

  • Finn92 on June 7, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Neither side was very good but India have the experience of Bhajji and Raina to thank for this win, the rest are still obviously developing as international players. The West Indies will not win anything unless they start making pitches that offer no spin whatsoever as they cannot play it at all!

  • Leggie on June 7, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Mirchy, GV, Gandhi, Celestine and others who think Sidharth Mongia is being critical of this Indian win...... What Sidharth says in the heading is indeed absolutely true and is a true reflection of the match - though statistically it appears otherwise. A win is a win, and India must be certainly proud of it. It will however be incorrect to say that this was a game where Indians were on top of "their game". I've listed out a few points that Sidharth Mongia missed. Read them at your leisure ;-)

  • on June 7, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    the struggle made the match much interesting to watch... Its quite strange that on a pitch where sarvan had to starve for runs (he gulped in balls like a hungry fat boy), raina and samuels were at comparative ease. especially raina looked much confident. but going by the first ODI, it seems the series could be an even-steven contest unless india pull up their socks..!!

  • SBMURALI on June 7, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Indian players showed their inexperience through out the match... fielding was not excellent... last couple of wickets were last carelessly. yeah that was not a great batting line up we know that.... they struggled to chase an easier target.. congrats to young India.... and the wicket was not like a carebeian wicket..... i expect a pitch with more bounce rather big turn from the pitch... come on we dont need any more sub continent wickets in up coming matches.....

  • pramatha on June 7, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Shanx24, it is only when the surname is clearly not a surname (as in the "Dev" in Kapil Dev) that in my 40 years of following cricket have I seen a cricketer habitually referred to by his personal name for the entire length of an article. South Indian cricketers of course were identified by the their personal names ("Chandra" or "Srikanth"). Or else the person had to be famous. (Even Sunny G never got to be called Sunny throughout an article--in fact never, except in headlines). Rohit Sharma hardly holds the affection of the people. He is hardly Rohit yet.

    There have been plenty of instances where the team has had more than one person with the same surname. I can't remember headlines saying "Graeme hits 274" or "Peter destroys in England". Would be "Pollock hits 274" and "Pollock destroys England". Ditto in the days of the Chappells. Anyway Monga is in general a bad writer.

  • Divinetouch on June 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    The writer of this article and I were looking at two different gammes for him to describe it as a laboured win for BharatMa.

  • CandidIndian on June 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I never expected that Rohit Sharma and Dhawan will play a major role in India's victory.Its really a pleasant surprise.When Badri was out i thought the chase will be difficult and there will be lot of pressure on Raina but Rohit finally did some justice to his talent .Having said that approach of WI batsman towards spinners was pathetic to say the least, there was no urgency or will to steal a run.Its very surprising that WI is providing slow pitches which are helping spinners ,also WI batsman have poor technique against spin.

  • on June 7, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    yousuf was caught by rampaul and not martin!! get u r facts straight cricinfo..

  • Nampally on June 7, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    It is disheartening to see Ashwin being consistently dropped from the XI.He is better off spinner than Harbhajan. It was just a matter of luck that Raina picked up a couple of wickets.But Raina is a part time bowler who cannot do the same against good class batting like say Chris Gayle.Amit Mishra did not do as well as Bishoo on a spin freindly track.Will Ashwin be warming the bench like he did in South Africa and in the World cup? It is true that part time off spinners in Pathan, Raina means too many off spinners of the same type. Then why was Ashwin in the squad instead of say Ojha or even Jadeja? Rahul Sharma is better suited as an economical leg spinner instead of Mishra or Chawla. So the Selectors have a lot to answer for. Similarly omission of Mukund as an opener was poor. Dhawan played well but he seems to be at sea against spinners. Thankfully this Indian squad is only experimental but even so the Selectors did not pick the right guys for the job at hand.

  • BULTY on June 8, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    It is a given norm that any team, especially a touring team, would not want to start the series on a losing note and that too when they had the opposition make only a modest below par score of 214 to chase. So the Indians took time to study the behaviour of the pitch and also get acclimatised to the conditions. Hence the whole match seemed boring & laboured for the viewers. The writer obviously missed these points. But with the progress of the series and with a few changes in the team, the Indians will be back to their best. All the best for team India. As rightly pointed out here by some writers, these players who are going to replace the seniors when they eventually decide to retire & hang their boots. Yousuf Pathan was c&b by Ravi Rampaul and not otherwise as a writer sought to correct. Please go through the scorecard thoroughly.

  • Finn92 on June 7, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Neither side was very good but India have the experience of Bhajji and Raina to thank for this win, the rest are still obviously developing as international players. The West Indies will not win anything unless they start making pitches that offer no spin whatsoever as they cannot play it at all!

  • Leggie on June 7, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Mirchy, GV, Gandhi, Celestine and others who think Sidharth Mongia is being critical of this Indian win...... What Sidharth says in the heading is indeed absolutely true and is a true reflection of the match - though statistically it appears otherwise. A win is a win, and India must be certainly proud of it. It will however be incorrect to say that this was a game where Indians were on top of "their game". I've listed out a few points that Sidharth Mongia missed. Read them at your leisure ;-)

  • on June 7, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    the struggle made the match much interesting to watch... Its quite strange that on a pitch where sarvan had to starve for runs (he gulped in balls like a hungry fat boy), raina and samuels were at comparative ease. especially raina looked much confident. but going by the first ODI, it seems the series could be an even-steven contest unless india pull up their socks..!!

  • SBMURALI on June 7, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    Indian players showed their inexperience through out the match... fielding was not excellent... last couple of wickets were last carelessly. yeah that was not a great batting line up we know that.... they struggled to chase an easier target.. congrats to young India.... and the wicket was not like a carebeian wicket..... i expect a pitch with more bounce rather big turn from the pitch... come on we dont need any more sub continent wickets in up coming matches.....

  • pramatha on June 7, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Shanx24, it is only when the surname is clearly not a surname (as in the "Dev" in Kapil Dev) that in my 40 years of following cricket have I seen a cricketer habitually referred to by his personal name for the entire length of an article. South Indian cricketers of course were identified by the their personal names ("Chandra" or "Srikanth"). Or else the person had to be famous. (Even Sunny G never got to be called Sunny throughout an article--in fact never, except in headlines). Rohit Sharma hardly holds the affection of the people. He is hardly Rohit yet.

    There have been plenty of instances where the team has had more than one person with the same surname. I can't remember headlines saying "Graeme hits 274" or "Peter destroys in England". Would be "Pollock hits 274" and "Pollock destroys England". Ditto in the days of the Chappells. Anyway Monga is in general a bad writer.

  • Divinetouch on June 7, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    The writer of this article and I were looking at two different gammes for him to describe it as a laboured win for BharatMa.

  • CandidIndian on June 7, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    I never expected that Rohit Sharma and Dhawan will play a major role in India's victory.Its really a pleasant surprise.When Badri was out i thought the chase will be difficult and there will be lot of pressure on Raina but Rohit finally did some justice to his talent .Having said that approach of WI batsman towards spinners was pathetic to say the least, there was no urgency or will to steal a run.Its very surprising that WI is providing slow pitches which are helping spinners ,also WI batsman have poor technique against spin.

  • on June 7, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    yousuf was caught by rampaul and not martin!! get u r facts straight cricinfo..

  • Nampally on June 7, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    It is disheartening to see Ashwin being consistently dropped from the XI.He is better off spinner than Harbhajan. It was just a matter of luck that Raina picked up a couple of wickets.But Raina is a part time bowler who cannot do the same against good class batting like say Chris Gayle.Amit Mishra did not do as well as Bishoo on a spin freindly track.Will Ashwin be warming the bench like he did in South Africa and in the World cup? It is true that part time off spinners in Pathan, Raina means too many off spinners of the same type. Then why was Ashwin in the squad instead of say Ojha or even Jadeja? Rahul Sharma is better suited as an economical leg spinner instead of Mishra or Chawla. So the Selectors have a lot to answer for. Similarly omission of Mukund as an opener was poor. Dhawan played well but he seems to be at sea against spinners. Thankfully this Indian squad is only experimental but even so the Selectors did not pick the right guys for the job at hand.

  • Stos on June 7, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I was quite impressed with Anthony Martin's performance there, and with him, Sammy and Bishoo bowling the West Indies would have a very effective bowling partnership for the middle overs (Dhawan was looking like getting out to Sammy or the leg-spinners at around the point where Bravo came into the attack and let him loose). Once Roach comes back to bowl with Rampaul, they'll have a very solid attack which shouldn't give opponents 'fifth bowlers' to have a go at. From there, it's just a matter of keeping a basically stable team and allowing the batsmen to mature in the top flight, and they should be quite strong in a while. West Indies haven't been a good team for some time, so really it matters more that they play than that they win at this point. They also have to create a favourable atmosphere and attitude among the squad to foster the growth of these players, which means fairly tight discipline for older players, as well as hoping that the attitude of Sammy and such spreads.

  • kingcobra85 on June 7, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    its obvious that its more difficult for right handers than for left handers to face leg spinners.. Bishoo bowled brilliantly to badrinath...he extracted way more turn and bounce than amit mishra...looks like WI has got a match winner

  • prakash_mishra on June 7, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    The whole debate about Dhawan after a fifty is already a proof that he didn't convince many though he scored runs. He belongs to newer generation of batsmen who like to punch the ball hard but lack those swift off drives and cuts. I personally feel Parthiv patel is a better stroke player though he was bit unfortunate yesterday.He lacks elegance of Saurav and determination of Gambhir. He looks to hit big shots but again lacks the power.If Team India is being convinced that they have discovered a good enough batsman, then they are about to make a huge mistake.For first time i am seeing a batsman being criticized despite making an useful contribution and the obvious reason is,though he got runs but didn't show much promise.Murali Vijay on the other hand has the temperament to play on international level. The reason he could not cash much from the limited opportunities he was provided, because he had to compete against gambhir and Sehwag for the opening slot.too much pressure to start with

  • deusexmachina2011 on June 7, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Disagree with Mr. Monga's editorializations, especially when the first sentence of the article states ,"In a contest of ordinary batting line-ups". For Team India this is a talented batting line up and contains players who will be representing the country for years to come.We have to shed this attitude that this team is second string. Given that it was the first one day game of the series as well as a first for quite a few playing in the West Indies it is good to see the batsmen apply themselves and grind out a win. I'm excited to see Raina as captain.Being his second series it is a good test of his leadership skills and hope he motivates the team to do well.

  • on June 7, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    bring ashwin for the second match...and mishra effect nullified by the west indies batsman and he is unable to take wickets on a spin friendly wicket..

  • leftarmtweaker on June 7, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Sigh, what has happened to the Windies? Influenced by the Pakistani Cricket Board or Cricket Australia? A senseless policy of including players that are out-of-form and a captain who might blow hot the one day but is inconsistent on most others. Get Ramdin back - please through out Baugh ; his had enough chances already! Bring in a decent seamer like Gavin Tonge or Jerome Taylor and please give Kraigg Braithwaite a chance - the lad is immensely talented and may develop into a great if he finds a way to break through the majorly brittle West Indian batting order.

  • Vbsb on June 7, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    India have a gud bench strenght that paid off....dhawan came good...its gud for bth the team and him....rohit have proven his metal in the past.....i think this series is going to be in India's favour...it would be interesting if gayle come back in the last three ODIS...West Indies do need him.....

  • mirchy on June 7, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    I didn't bother to read the "story" (since you can't call it a report). Bit of mangled rubbish once again from Monga - going just by the introducing caption. "Laboured win" he says. Hehehehe, with four wickets and over 5 overs to spare is now a loboured win. I guess it's a case of His Master's Voice.

  • on June 7, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    I agree wit gv,gandhi. Sidharh Monga seems to take pride in finding fault with the Indian players in spite of the fact that India won - What did he want? Win the match without losing any wickets?

  • Balb on June 7, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Well said Sarwan in your post match comments. We all hope to see you back in your full form.

    Point to be noted for Mr. u_dont_know. India sent a cricket team to the West Indies and chose to rest their top players. No where in the world it was stated that they are sending a "B" team. It has nothing to do with knowledge of World Cup cricket, or India's best eleven. India is also using this tour to expose young players for future selection. Let it be.

  • on June 7, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    I think the team management can send Ashwin back to India, i am sure he is not going to take any more part in this tournament!!! Atleast he can spend some time with his family and look to play for the next Ranji Trophy!!!

  • atuljain1969 on June 7, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Hats off to this win coming after a gap and that too with former world champions in their own den. Please don't underestimate these victories. Being world champion does not guarantee you win everytime.

    This is also right to induct Parveen Kumar in test team. He moves the ball both ways, and always is in hunt for a wicket.

    This Indian team should never think of themself as either No. 2 or B team. This to my mind is our No. 1 team. Pls. remember that Sehwag/Gambhir/Jaheer/ Sachin are too injury prone along with growing age and may not play any eventful cricket hereafter.

    Virat needs to be more in control of himself and vigilant. He is the right material for future Indian captaincy, but throwing the wicket senselessly is not going to help.

  • lijihas on June 7, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    PLESE DONT PRAISE TOOOO MUCH ABOUT ROHIT..HE WILL PLAY ONCE IN A WHILE IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.... IM SURE NEXT COUPLE OF MATCHES HE WILL BE BIG BIG FLOP...... LOOK AT THE HISTORY... HEZ JUST AN IPL KID.....

  • Leggie on June 7, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    The other aspects of the match not covered in this bulletin are: a) Pathetic catching by India b) Lackluster performance with the gloves by Parthiv c) The "fifth" bowler void left by Yuvraj clearly being felt and d) the unimaginative chase till Raina walked in and brought in some sense. Other noticeable miss/gap - absence of a true "captain". This is not to belittle Raina's performance. He did a terrific job in bringing the right bowling changes, setting the right field and playing a true captain's innings - providing the right direction for the chase. The time when a "captain" seemed missing were when there were instances of bowlers shouting at the fielders (Bajji at Pathan for the overthrow, PK @ Parthiv for a miss, Munaf @ Rohit Sharma etc etc.). Haven't seen this kind of tempers going around in the Indian team for a long time. When Dhoni is the captain, the atmosphere is just so COOL :-)

  • on June 7, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    What a boring match to watch. Why dont the west undies atleast play fidel edwards or kemar roach to unsettle Indian batsmen with pace. They have to prepare better lively pitches like the ones prepared for world T20. the silver lining for the islanders was devendra bishoo's bowling. He looks like a genuine legspinner who spins the ball - at last.

  • on June 7, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Rohit sharma should not get chance in middle order and in Indian team he can replace Yusuf only so he should get chance like Yusuf. may be 10 balls in inning.By supporting Rohit sharma, Gavaskar and Ravi shastri are making fool of themselves. He let MI n Sachin down in IPL.

  • gv.gandhi on June 7, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    I didn't agree with Sidharth Monga's title or tone of the story. Given this team was put together to replace so many experienced and regular players, they are achieving right results, even if that is against WI. All of these players are winners for there individual IPL teams, but to play as a unit for Indian team is a big ask.

    it takes a while for player to understand each other and play as a UNIT with new captain, new vice captain and only a handful of proper seniors like Bhajii!!

  • on June 7, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    I saw dhawan in the 1st t20 and wasnt impressed, but no he has scored 51 runs in his 2nd ODI, he should be treated with some respect, he is a good player, just the question is, IS DHAWAN THE BEST AVAILABLE OPENING BAT FOR T20 and ODI CRICKET?? I would prefer dhawan over vijay for ODI, vijay played poorly in all his matches. I'm not sure why India didnt pick Makund, he is avg near 60 in domestic one dayers and is in test squad. Lets see how Dhawan goes after this series be4 judging him. I wouldnt call india's "B" team "an ordinary batting line up" I feel they have a strong batting line up, They lack a bit of experience and consistency but all have talent. They will step up, there certainly A LOT better batsman then west indies, because indian batsman are actually scoring pretty quickly, while west indies are just playing out dot balls, india took their time after west indies made a mediocre total, but if india batted 1st they would have attacked more

  • rahulcricindia on June 7, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    @Dr.Navdeep Johar i think there is no cemented place in team ..few bad performances from kohli and his place will be in danger..

  • CRKS on June 7, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    "Rohit steers India to laboured win" - Err, what's so laboured about it? India reached target with more than 5 overs left. write also missed number of chances WI batsmen got stumpings missed, 3 drop catches. sarwan and samuels lucky with couple of lbw decisions .

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    y the hell is the only life that rohit got,being mentioed here again and again....didnt u see sarwan being given not out twice,one of it being a plumb....sarwan should have gone thrice in fact...kirk edwards too was lucky to survive... even india thought of DRS at those moments my dear...

  • VishalPathak on June 7, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan would be out of team with return of Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir. Kohli and Raina have almost cemented their place in middle order. The contest is between Badri, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf...any 1-2 of them would rub their shoulders with main string players once Yuvi is back. Patel is good batsman but poor keeper, he should ideally go out when Dhoni returns. Hopefully India should win series by 4-1 if Gayle is not selected in the WI team and if selected the margin should be 3-2 in favour of India. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

  • athar.cricket on June 7, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    well played rohit and well led by suresh raina.it certainly tested indias bench strength.

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    I agree with Mr Gokhale about his remarks on batting of Shikar Dhavan. He is an ordinary player who does not fit in the national team. We have better openers like Murli Vijay and Manish Pandey back in India. Even the latest success Valthaty is also better than Dhavan. Shikar Dhavan's ugly reaction when he was given out in 20-20 match held earlier is a shame for him and his team. He should not have been given a chance to place in ODI.

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    ROHIT AND DHAVANS ARE ONLY STOP GAP ARRANGMENTS. THEY ARE WAY BEHIND GAUTI, YUVRAJ AND SEHAWGS. THEY NEED TO BE CONSISTENT, ROHIT WAS OUT TWICE JUST RIDING HIS LUCK.. NOTHING ELSE

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Having watched the legendary Windies team of Richards, Greenidge,Haynes, Kallicharan, Lloyd, Roberts,Holding,Croft,Garner and Marshall on fast wickets and with the likes of Sunny Gavaskar playing without helmet smashing them around the ground in Trinidad not to forget Mohindar's wonderful knocks against the quartet, this simply looks like paltry club cricket.

  • Notredam on June 7, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    my prediction is 3:2 india...or 3:1 india if it rains (1match)...or 2:1 if (2 rain mthces)..

  • BULTY on June 7, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    In my opinion it was a good win for Team India, considering they batted second in climatic conditions that was sapping, to say the least 'cos even the WI batsmen were seen gasping and even when they bowled, were running out of breath. Asfar as batting of Team India is considered, no doubt it was average. But mind you, it is a young side, in the learning mode in international levels in "away" tours; so they can't be faulted for their lack lustre display. Even Sachin(who became famous even as a schoolboy cricketer) failed initially and I don't know how many of you remember, he took a long long time and after so many matches to score his first century in ODIs. His highest until then was 82*. Give the youngsters their chance, let them mature and then start rating. As far as WI, their batting was below par and no urgency shown to increase run rate and this let them down. Baffles why Samuels not used as a bowler. Sarwan also was too slow in batting. Better luck WI for next matches.

  • AjitNarayan on June 7, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    And MaruthuDelft wins the joke of the day award. " again fails to impress at the international level; wasting an opportunity." Raj12345 has said it nicely.

  • Parthacus on June 7, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    I don't get it!! A sub-par Indian team without almost any star players won against another international team with 5 overs left and 4 wickets in hand. How the hell is that a labored win and why are we criticizing the Indian players. A win is a win is a win in my books so ... good job team India.

  • on June 7, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    The best quality of Rohit Sharma is dat once he gets in he score very fluently he looks different player all together and his short selection becums perfect n more mature. Datz wat happend in diz match.

  • furkhanhaq on June 7, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    The dot balls by both the teams make this match a boring one. WI have played 184 dot balls which is 30 overs and India have played 144 dot balls which is 24 overs. Teams must score at a good strike rate to make ODI's intresting to watch.

  • on June 7, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    It is really pathetic batting by the WI,once i used to enjoy watching WI batsmen play, now its terrible to watch... The match was really boring commmon west indies try to put up a show.. the Indian team should learn from their batting falters. and it is really unfair to describe the player's potential so early

  • VivGilchrist on June 7, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @Shawnsunder, surely it's worth a shot. Nothing else seems to be working. Simmons and Edwards were batting as if it was a timeless Test.

  • hari.pes100 on June 7, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    continue @Rahul Gokhale 5. Poor Running: Well that improves with time and playing with his teammates more. Need I remind you of the running of Dravid, Sehwag and Gambhir in their initial days?. 6. Regarding your points about Badri and RAina scoring freely, have you seen todays match? Badri was clueless against Bishoo and was just blocking when Dhawan was rotating strike . As far as Raina, he had to face only 2 overs pf Bishoo. Dhawan was the one who steadied the ship when R. Sharma was new to the crease. Except Raina show me another batsmen in this match who was scoring freely than Dhawan?. I generally dont contribute much here but it pains me when you start dismissing players after 1 game even without watching them. I folld Dhawan's career since his MOTourney performance in 2004 U19 WC and he certainly has many attributes similar to Gambhir and we should be patient with him as we were with Gambhir

  • KAIRAVA on June 7, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Sharma/Sarma is the most common surname in India. It is the most widely used surname among the Brahmins of both South & North India. My guess is there might not more common surname of the "hindu" players in Indian cricket (from 1932 onwards -) than Sharma. The other common surnames of Indian cricket are Singh & Khan. So people in India and around the world don't call/refer Harbhajan Singh as just "Singh" or Zaheer khan as just "Khan". Just like Sharma, one can find people with surnames of Singh or khan from all over India, whereas a Tendulkar, Sehwag or a Gambhir or a Raina is comparatively rare and region-specific and hence this players tend to referred by their surnames.

  • hari.pes100 on June 7, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    @Rahul Gokhale 1. He HAS good timing. check his six today. 20%power and 80% timing. 2. "Technically Correct" you have to elaborate on that one as his defence shots loked pretty good and use of his feet against spinners was impressive. All in all better technique than Sehwag and Dhoni who were labelled iniatlly as weak technique players. They seem to have had an ok career without "International Class" technique. 3. He doesn't has enough power in shots. So does Kohli, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, etc..,. Need I continue on this point? 4. He seem to do well in domestic tounies with couple of big scores. Also he scored 3 centuries in 2004 U19 WC and was Man of Tournament in that series. Ok U19 WC is not a barometer for temperment, but still he was the shining star of the team containing Raina, Uthappa, Rayudu(C), KD Karthik and I. Pathan.

  • shanx24 on June 7, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Pramatha, get over yourself. There's only one Raina in the India team. There are many Sharmas -- Ishant etc. People call the players by the name that is the simplest and the most distinctive. We call them Kapil or Akram or Dhoni or Raina because those are the names that are best to individually identify them.

  • pramatha on June 7, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Why is he Rohit, and not Sharma? Or put another way, why aren't Raina and Dhawan not Suresh and Shikar? Funny the ways of writers. I don't yet feel Sharma is a personal friend of mine, and don't really care if he is of Sidharth Monga, and so him being called Rohit all the time sounds weird.

  • Pradeep_Reddy_Billa on June 7, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Dravid should b given a chance at least on slow tracks like this...

  • US_Indian on June 7, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    Rohit Sharma next Rahul Dravid? Are you insane?

  • on June 7, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    congrats team india.well played.WI desperately need gayle.why pollard is not playing 2 day.bad decision.still wi team look good.bravo should come up the order.

  • on June 7, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    The Windies struggle even to a second string Indian team.. or to put the other way even a second string Indian team has defeated the Windies! Now we start to prove why we won the world cup; khudos Raina:) Clearly, not rotating strike is the cause of loss for Windies in this match and the previous T20

  • on June 7, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    @hari.pes

    when i said dhawan has no future, i meant:

    1. He does not have a good timing 2. He does not seem very technically correct. most of the shots looked clumsy 3. does not have a whole lot of power like pathan does 4. Did not seem to display temperament and a hunger for big scores 5. Poor running between the wickets (in fact got patel out today) 6. definitely not someone who can create opportunities for scoring runs when they are not coming easy

    he seems fairly average and i would be surprised if his international career lasts too long. players often do well in domestic games but theres a big gap between domestic and international standards of cricket. You could argue that the pitch was slow and this was his first game, but remember badri was in a similar situation. it never looked like the pitch was slow when raina was playing or rohit was playing (later in the innings).

  • shawnsundar on June 7, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: Polly can open against medium pacers, but against the likes of Steyn, Lee, Morkel, Maslinga, even Zaheer, he might fail. Just my opinion. I say he needs way more time in the middle to develop his skills, keep in mind he started playing at a late age.

  • KAIRAVA on June 7, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Dhawan is the next best opening specialist option available to Team India (in ODIs ) in the absence of Sehwag, Sachin & Gambhir. In the present context, I don't rate Vijay above Dhawan. But in case Dhawan is also abent/injured, Vijay is the next best option. Why I say so is backed up by these two guys records in List A. Dhawan averages 43.82 with a strike rate of 84.0 while Vijay has an average of 40 with a stk rate of 78.5. To top it, Vijay has got to play 11 ODIs and yet to score even a half century while Dhawan needed just 2 matches to make his maiden 50. And for those who feel that Dhawan plays ugly, one need not look beyond Shivnarine Chanderaypaul who plays even uglier and yet has been consistently rated as one of the top batsmen in international cricket for the past 10 years.

  • Jama on June 7, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I was right. WI should be stripped of the test status. They lost to India B team.Gayle is not a reliable player either. His average his hopeless if we compare it to the top class batsmen today. my prediction is 4-0 or 5-0 in india's favour. 4-0 only if rain ruins a game.

  • on June 7, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    I wonder how you mentioned Rohit, Yusuf and Dhawan as fortunate and forgot to mention, as far as i remember, 4 times lbw decisions given in favour of Sarwan and Samuels which could have been out 9 out of 10 times...the fact remains that the batting standards of either teams are average...but the umpiring standards are appalling...

  • VivGilchrist on June 7, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Pollard must open the batting. You should use players to there strengths. Pollard strength is hitting over the top. It would then make sense for him to bat while the field is up ie at the start of the innings. WI could get off to big starts if this comes off taking pressure off the middle order. Is anyone else hearing me?

  • shawnsundar on June 7, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Btw Sarwan is a decent spinner and should be given the ball.

  • exuma on June 7, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    1 down, 4 to go. Only way india will not sweep WI, is if gayle come back for the 3rd ODI>. hope wicb is paying attention and see that the seniors are the one making runs-sars, samuel, dj bravo. nice to give the youngsters a try, but they are being outplayed. EXUMA

  • hari.pes100 on June 7, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    @Rahul Gokhale whats meant by International class? Is it playing lovely cover drive or elagant straight drive or delivering a brutal hook shot? All the batsmen today struggled to play along the line due to the nature of the picth and hook was removed out of the equation since WI only had Rampaul with any pace.It's only his secong ODI and he made a 50. What more can we expect from him. If elegance in shots is the prerequisite of International class and abandoning young players after 1 match is the norm, then we wouldn't have had Dhoni leading us to WC glory. Have some patience and confidence in the players :)

  • shawnsundar on June 7, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    We badly need Chanders, Gayle, and Benn back into the squad ASAP!!!

  • u_dont_know on June 7, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    Mr Balb and Akash Maniam, I don't think you follow the international cricket. This is not THE INDIAN team that won the world cup. This is India B team......bunch of kids sent to represent India. World cup winning captain Dhoni and superstars like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Ghambir, Yuvraj and Z Khan have been rested after a long cricketing season. Beating the real world cup winning Indian team is an uphill task for the West Indies

  • ranpath on June 7, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    How can we look forward and also keep returning to the same group of players ? I keep hearing calls for Gayle's return. He clearly has shown repeatedly in teh past that he is neither professional nor consistent. And while people keep calling for his return the best gloveman in the WI is still awaiting his recall and we keep experimenting with the likes of Fletcher and Baugh who plainly are not effective either side of the wicket. Marlon Samuels was a surprise today as he was miserable against the Pakis and I thought we'd seen the last of him. More likely the 50 he scored today would be his highpoint for the entire series. I keep saying this to people but no one seems to be listening ----- forget the deadbeats from the past !!! Invest in the young players and aim for the future !!! In other words the following have had their day and need to go ---- Sarwan, Nash, SAMMY, Edwards, Gayle, Samuels, ......

  • on June 7, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Winning by 4 wkts in 45 overs that too by a bunch of second best talent would not exactly be that bad a win......not to forget a difficult track to bat on Ok agreed some of the players threw away their wicket but then keep in mind they are young and even experienced players of all countries have done mistake shots in past. It is unfair to call it a laboured win. It was an facile win which went upto 45 overs mainly due to some minor mistakes which are always going to happen even if 11 Bevans are in the team.

  • on June 6, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    Congrats to my World Champions... Rohit Sharma is the next Rahul Dravid :)

  • on June 6, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    The only thing that is labored is this article. Its hard to get motivated to play against a lackluster team- just like it is to write an article about it. Sid- we like bulletins to reflect the state of the game- this reads more like an opinion piece.

  • Raj12345 on June 6, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: Badri played 4th ODI international. I don't know, how people says that he wasted his chances. unbelievable comment. Even Tendulkar scored 0 on first match. People had patience that time, so we found our cricket god later. Just wait. Badri has not given even 11 matches like M Vijay or 70 matches like R Sharma or 55 matches like DK. People always don't want to see Badri. Even cric info writer Sidharth Monga don't like Badri & R Sharma. Afraid of Badri & Sharma rising? Let it be, good for our cricket, so that people can't think that their place is granted. Even our so called super star Raina played 30 matches in last year, but produced nothing. He scored only 3 to 4 matches. He managed because he used to take 2 wickets in each match that is what team want. worked out for him. He is there. India is rocking. no matter who plays. we will win.

  • NCassie on June 6, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    WI are really missing the services of Gayle as a part time bowler and explosive batsman, the top 4 batsmen are playing too many dot balls the strike is not being rotated as it should be. Please WICB but aside or iron out your issues with the big man and let him play don't let the Indians escape his big bat. Another combination to maximize or improve the batting is to really have one of the genuine bastman maybe Bravo wicketkeep because frankly Baugh is not making much sense. I consider the WI always batting 2 short when they play Sammy & Baugh, these two dead weigths are not contributing enough with the bat. Let Bravo wicketkeep and bring in Pollard, drop BAUGH, please do something about that line up. Please try to make the series a competitive one otherwise the India bench team will continue to beat the jokers the selectors continue to select to represent the WI, I have all the right to express my opinion becaue I am a WEST INDIAN!

  • CaoBoi on June 6, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    "India is world champion in ODI but not no.1"

    In most people's book World Champion = No. 1, as it outta be.

  • CaoBoi on June 6, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    "Rohit steers India to laboured win" - uhh, what's so laboured about it?

    Totally agree. And what's with the title "Rohit Sharma: not elegant, but effective". You'd never see Aussies/english/NZ batsmen mentioned in the same manner. Bias against India at ESPN cricinfo is so GD evident. Grow up BSPN !!!!!!

  • Jim1207 on June 6, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Problem with Dhawan was he is not able to run between wickets briskly. He runs two when he bats but when the other batsman calls for a risky single, he does not respond. Another problem is he does not even shout his response to the other batsman when his partner comes running down the pitch. He has to learn a lot to play at international level. He reminds me of 90s' Indian cricketers who would not win a game but labour very badly to score personal milestones and lose their wicket eventually. His first class average of near 40 suggests he has a huge bridge to cross across. Indian selectors could have found a more enthusiastic opener, may be the likes of Rahane, Rayudu and Vijay.

  • on June 6, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    I think people need to understand that the Young Indian side is full of players who are under pressure to perform and win. Their skill is brought out greatest under experienced players such as Dhoni, Sehwag and Tendulkar. With those players in the camp you have the freedom to play your game, here you dont. Here Raina cannot be his self free hitting character, he now will be able to learn how to accumulate runs and when the time is right, unleash the fury. As captain Raina is still inexperianced however he is learning quickly. And to the writer of this article, Dhawans half century may have been lacklustre but it carried determination. How can you say Samuels batte well if both got similar strike rates? An insult to a debut performance worthy of praise.

  • hari.pes100 on June 6, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    I can't understand how Dhawan's fifty was unconvincing. I cant remember him giving any chance to the bowlers and was never edgy until he reached 36. It was only then he started to manufacture shots to up the run-rate. Heck he even played Bishoo better than all the others batters and was the only one looking to use his feet against spinners ala Gambhir. His innings may look ugly, but that was due to the nature of the pitch which made playing straight difficult.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 6, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    @Balb: India is world champion in ODI but not no.1

  • on June 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    There really is no point in wasting time on shikhar dhawan. the guy just doesn't have the class to succeed at the international level. he looks like an average batsman and quite frankly does not inspire any confidence watsoever. dont get me wrong, i know this is probably his first game, and he should be tried out but there have been many others who have looked convincing. Badri is a good example of someone whos also playing his first game, and scored only 17 in this game. I think the two people who did well today were badri and raina (he really is a find), and in the end rohit (who is classy but inconsistent and looks uninterested).

    anyway dhawan really is not cut for inclusion in a country rich with batsman, hopefully we can try rahane next time

  • on June 6, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    agreed @Balb. We definitely can beat India if we apply ourselves..and that idea of moving Sarwan up is one that should be taken seriously..Darren is too inexperienced at the moment to be number 3. We can beat Ind.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 6, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Badrinath gets back to the nudgers shell; again fails to impress at the international level; wasting an opportunity. He has forgotten his attacking intent brought him success in IPL; although he looks technically correct I noticed he quite regularly plays the wrong shot; unlike say Alan Border who once settled would hardly play a false shot; therefore Badri must try to score fast.

  • Balb on June 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    We can beat the # one team India in the West Indies. We have to score challenging total of more than 275 - 325 runs to allow our bowlers competitive work. For the longest while West Indies are getting out in the lower 200's and that is not enough. West Indies scored the same way against Pakistan and they lose. Here is an opportunity to once more learn to play 'Spin' and 'Win' at the same time. Sarwan should be moved up in the batting order. He seem to play and score faster when the ball is new. Bring Darren Bravo one notch down and allow him to mature. India will not struggle a second time round because they have their hearts in the game. West Indies need to score bigger and make India fight for every run. West Indies can really win if they want to but they always drop the ball when they have the momentum going. Come on West Indies Wake up. Enough is enough.

  • CricketChat on June 6, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan's innings was ugly. He also seemed to have limited strokes laboring to fifty and throwing his wkt away soon after and not carrying on. Hope he does better on fronts whenever he gets next opportunity.

  • sharpfielder on June 6, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    "Rohit steers India to laboured win" - uhh, what's so laboured about it? They took 44.5 overs to score the required runs in a 50-over ODI match. I thought the team approached it well to knock out the target without any unnecessary risks. Please don't let T20 or IPL influence you too much into believing that it was a laboured effort. Well done team India!

  • prakash_mishra on June 6, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    A low scoring affair. The pitches in West Indies are never sporty when it comes to limited over matches.If these types of track is what WI got to offer then I suppose its really going to be a boring tournament.West Indies should be playing gayle and Pollard forgetting the past, as this is only hope remaining if they want to make a comeback in the series. May be the board is trying to prove a point or two here. Since India has arrived with much truncated batting line up, WI is also not playing a full strength side against them. But arrival of Gayle shall certainly turn the tables around for WI.India is certainly going to miss their great guns as they progress further in the tournament. The way they batted, has already exposed few areas where they are vulnerable. Rohit looked very confident and played an excellent innings under the circumstances.Raina looks far more relaxed.Kohli will have to regain the focus asap.Dhawan scored maiden fifty but Mr.Monga is right,it was so unconvincing.

  • on June 6, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Good victory for a young India side. I hope the 2nd game would be more exciting with plenty of runs.

  • TheLight on June 6, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    yawn. what a boring match.

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  • TheLight on June 6, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    yawn. what a boring match.

  • on June 6, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Good victory for a young India side. I hope the 2nd game would be more exciting with plenty of runs.

  • prakash_mishra on June 6, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    A low scoring affair. The pitches in West Indies are never sporty when it comes to limited over matches.If these types of track is what WI got to offer then I suppose its really going to be a boring tournament.West Indies should be playing gayle and Pollard forgetting the past, as this is only hope remaining if they want to make a comeback in the series. May be the board is trying to prove a point or two here. Since India has arrived with much truncated batting line up, WI is also not playing a full strength side against them. But arrival of Gayle shall certainly turn the tables around for WI.India is certainly going to miss their great guns as they progress further in the tournament. The way they batted, has already exposed few areas where they are vulnerable. Rohit looked very confident and played an excellent innings under the circumstances.Raina looks far more relaxed.Kohli will have to regain the focus asap.Dhawan scored maiden fifty but Mr.Monga is right,it was so unconvincing.

  • sharpfielder on June 6, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    "Rohit steers India to laboured win" - uhh, what's so laboured about it? They took 44.5 overs to score the required runs in a 50-over ODI match. I thought the team approached it well to knock out the target without any unnecessary risks. Please don't let T20 or IPL influence you too much into believing that it was a laboured effort. Well done team India!

  • CricketChat on June 6, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan's innings was ugly. He also seemed to have limited strokes laboring to fifty and throwing his wkt away soon after and not carrying on. Hope he does better on fronts whenever he gets next opportunity.

  • Balb on June 6, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    We can beat the # one team India in the West Indies. We have to score challenging total of more than 275 - 325 runs to allow our bowlers competitive work. For the longest while West Indies are getting out in the lower 200's and that is not enough. West Indies scored the same way against Pakistan and they lose. Here is an opportunity to once more learn to play 'Spin' and 'Win' at the same time. Sarwan should be moved up in the batting order. He seem to play and score faster when the ball is new. Bring Darren Bravo one notch down and allow him to mature. India will not struggle a second time round because they have their hearts in the game. West Indies need to score bigger and make India fight for every run. West Indies can really win if they want to but they always drop the ball when they have the momentum going. Come on West Indies Wake up. Enough is enough.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 6, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    Badrinath gets back to the nudgers shell; again fails to impress at the international level; wasting an opportunity. He has forgotten his attacking intent brought him success in IPL; although he looks technically correct I noticed he quite regularly plays the wrong shot; unlike say Alan Border who once settled would hardly play a false shot; therefore Badri must try to score fast.

  • on June 6, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    agreed @Balb. We definitely can beat India if we apply ourselves..and that idea of moving Sarwan up is one that should be taken seriously..Darren is too inexperienced at the moment to be number 3. We can beat Ind.

  • on June 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    There really is no point in wasting time on shikhar dhawan. the guy just doesn't have the class to succeed at the international level. he looks like an average batsman and quite frankly does not inspire any confidence watsoever. dont get me wrong, i know this is probably his first game, and he should be tried out but there have been many others who have looked convincing. Badri is a good example of someone whos also playing his first game, and scored only 17 in this game. I think the two people who did well today were badri and raina (he really is a find), and in the end rohit (who is classy but inconsistent and looks uninterested).

    anyway dhawan really is not cut for inclusion in a country rich with batsman, hopefully we can try rahane next time

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 6, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    @Balb: India is world champion in ODI but not no.1