West Indies v India, 1st ODI, Trinidad

'We are missing Gayle' - Sarwan

Sriram Veera at Port of Spain

June 6, 2011

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Ramnaresh Sarwan has admitted that West Indies are missing Chris Gayle but said the players knew they couldn't do anything about the situation. Gayle was not chosen in the squad for the opening one-day internationals against India due to an ongoing disagreement with the WICB, and in his absence West Indies struggled to 214 for 9 in the first ODI.

"You are putting me in the spot," Sarwan said with a smile after the loss in Trinidad. "Yes, we are missing him to be honest. It's very difficult to replace someone like Chris at the top. He is the most feared batsmen in world cricket when it comes to ODI or T20. The selectors have made a decision and we need to work with what we have."

Sarwan also said that he wasn't at his fluent best yet but that he remained confident of a turnaround. He made 56 off 94 balls after Darren Sammy won the toss and chose to bat, and West Indies' total wasn't enough to hold off India.

"I haven't had the best run since the World Cup," Sarwan said. "I am not still fluent. Few things are wrong; I am working hard at it with Desmond Haynes. For me it's the matter of rotating the strike. I don't think I am as fluent as I used to be. My strike rate has been a little awkward . This innings will give me some confidence and hopefully I can kick on from here."

West Indies' struggles with spin were accentuated in the series against Pakistan and the problem has continued against India, with Harbhajan Singh taking three wickets in the opening ODI, while Suresh Raina collected two and Amit Mishra bowled tightly. Sarwan said the team was working hard to rectify the situation.


Ramnaresh Sarwan celebrates his half-century, West Indies v India, 1st ODI, Trinidad, June 6, 2011
Ramnaresh Sarwan made a half-century against India, but he knows he's not yet at his fluent best © Associated Press
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"It's a matter of adjusting to the conditions and to the quality of the bowlers we have been playing against," he said. "It's not frustration. It's bit disappointing for us. Most of us have got starts since the World Cup and it's a matter of improving on those. We have tried to help each other. It's just a process and hopefully couple of young guys will pull through."

West Indies have lost the opening Twenty20 game and the first ODI but Sarwan was confident of a change of fortunes in the rest of the series. "The spirit is still pretty high. Don't forget we did well against Pakistan. We won the last two ODIs and the first Test. We haven't got the start we wanted this series but there are four games to go. We have had some positives: Marlon Samuels hasn't played for a while and it was good to see him get a good score today. Bishoo has consistently bowled well and Anthony Martin did well today. Dwayne Bravo is a sort of individual who never lacks confidence. Before this series ends he will come back with a good knock."

There has been lot of criticism of West Indies lately, especially in the way their batsmen have struggled to score against spin, and Sarwan sees it as an obvious fall-out of the team not doing well. "When you are not winning, everything becomes an issue with media and public. It's bound to happen. Yes, the spinners have been giving us trouble in the middle overs; we need to bat well and get more consistent. We haven't had the best of runs in the last 15-20 years. It's the matter of us getting everything together. We need to be consistent with batting and bowling. Consistency has been lacking."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by S.N.Singh on (June 9, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

MR. SIRAM VEERA. IS SOMETHING WROG WITH MY COMMENTS ? ARE YOU FROM THE WEAT INDIES OR INDIA. NONE OF MY COMMENTS ARE POSTED BY YOU. DO I HAVE THE WRONG WEBSITE ? AM I WRITING SOMETHING NOT ACCEPTED ?S.N.SINGH FLORIDA USA

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

I have lost interest in this series. Shiv and Sachin are not in.

Posted by roopans64 on (June 9, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

West Indies cricket was taking a turn for the best under the leadership of Mr. Carl Hooper.If the West Indies board would have let Mr. Carl Hooper lead for another couple of years instead of drop him from the captaincy for Brian Lara ,who knows where they would have being today.Do not forget they have beaten India in India 3-2 in the ODIthen after they drop Carl Hooper .This is another example on how WICB treats and banish good players.

Posted by S.N.Singh on (June 8, 2011, 23:44 GMT)

I DO NOT THINK GAYLE WILL MAKE MUCHOF A DIFFERENCE. ALTHOUGH THE TEAM WILL NOT LOSE IF THEY PLAY GAYLE INSTEAD OF POLLARD ? IF ASHWIN AND HARBHAJAN ALONG WITH MISRA THEY ALL WILL HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH THE INDIAN SPINNERS. REMEMBER THEY HAVE OJHA ALSO. CRICKET IS TODAY "FULL" OF EXCUSES. GAYLE IS A SLUGGER IF GET TO SLUG HE WILL DO IT. HE IS SUSCEPTABLE TO BALL ON THE MIDDLE STUMP GOING TO THE SLIP. SO IS SARWAN HE LIKE THE BALL TO COME ON TO THE BAT. THIS HE WILL NOT GET. LET US DO NOT SPECULATE. SARWAN AND GALE WILL NOT GET OFF IN THE SAME INNINGS. WHAT HAPPEN TO CHANDERPAUL, HE STAYED FOR THE WEST INDIES IN THE ONLY MATCH THEY WON AGAINST PAKISTAN. ALSO BARRAT IS OUT. ARE THE INJURED OR THE ARE WAYWARD ? S.N.SINGH USA

Posted by   on (June 7, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

YOU GO SARWAN...GET SHIV AND GALYLE BACK...!!!....I AM GOING TO STOP VIEWING CRICINFO ..THEY NEVER POST THINGS THAT ARE IN FAVOR OF SARWAN , SHIV OR GAYLE..THEY ARE FUELING THE WICB ALSO...SO I WILL GET MY SCORES FROM ANOTHER WEB SITE..

Posted by GTCricketer on (June 7, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

@bobagorof No, no no... Dropping all of your senior players is not a good approach to developing independence in a team and I agree with you indianzen.

Posted by gottalovetheraindance on (June 7, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

Respect to u Sarwan. You Know almost everybody in charge dont like Gayle but still you spoke up!! Notice how Gibson & Sammy try to make it seem that Gayle would not help the situation in press conferences. they avoid mentioning him as much as possible because they dont like him . Why? because there are mediocre & having more talented individuals around them who are not afraid to speak their minds makes them feel uncomfortable! so they tried to get rid of the best players in the team for Pakistan series.look how they treated Shiv & sarwan? look how they treating Taylor? He been bowling his heart out for west indies ever since he was fresh out of high school. look how they treating fidel now hmm? he cant even get a game!! you think they wont soon try to get rid of Samuels too? hmm? even look how they treating Benn? After the incident with Dale Steyn did anybody speak up for him? Did they ask CSA to look deeper into the matter? Gayle is right calling dem users.

Posted by Paul_Ramcharitar on (June 7, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

WE are struggling against Spin and our best player of spin is not playing: Shivnarine Chanderpaul!!! I understand bringing in new players to gain experience, but the new players are just not up to scratch for international cricket. Imagine they can't even beat a second string Indian team. The pitches aren't helping the young guys either, we need to stop preparing pitches for the opposing teams.

Posted by Silva-Surfa on (June 7, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

I've criticised Gayle on different articles, but it's never been his ability as a player, he proved in the IPL that he is arguably the most destructive batsman in world cricket and one of the best pure-strikers of a ball that i've ever seen. My issues has been his flippant attitude and the power-games that he's playing with the Board. There's no doubt that Chanderpaul, Gayle and Sarwan have been our standout batsmen since Lara retired, but i can also see why the Selectors are blooding in new players, due to how disappointing the three of them were in the recent World Cup, a trial & error basis was implemented against Pakistan and now India. I think bobagorof comments are spot on, all this uproar is made about Gayle's absence, but a question i put to some of you is, between Gayle's debut a decade ago, right up to present day, how much of a improvement has the team's rankings in all forms been during that time?...and for that reason alone, i don't see the problem in experimenting.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

Spoken like a team captain, at least Sars did not make claims that they can handle Harbhajan better than they did Ajmal!! Interesting enough it was spin once Again that did our batmen in! Wake up Sammy, one match down or technically 2 matches down is one too many, the spin is killing us.

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