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

'We are missing Gayle' - Sarwan

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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.

"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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  • 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

  • on June 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on June 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 7, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    our batting is fine..gayle will definitely boost it up..but we need a world class seamer on our attact..jerome taylor?..fedel edwards?..and maybe another opening pair with simmons..barath?..gayle?.

  • on June 7, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Why persist with the Baugh, and maybe bringing Ramdin back. Shane Dowrich is better than those two.

  • yocasi on June 7, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    So many Windies fans are like Rip Van Winkle. Must've been fast asleep since 1995. I am certain that our won-loss ratio is better without Gayle than with him in the team. His obvious lack of respect for Captain Sammy could only undermine team unity.As for Chanders,this bloke is too selfish a player to help propel Windies at this stage in limited overs cricket.

  • CandidIndian on June 7, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    More than missing its a SOS call from Sarwan and his teammates.Gayle will be selected in any team presently as he is a great player , such a waste of talent.

  • on June 7, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    even gayle is overhyped player i believe..good only for T-20..and even this indian-b side will give a whitewash in the presence of gayle also,though in that case, the series would be fought hard

  • bobagorof on June 7, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Gayle and Chanders are wonderful players, but a lot of the comments seem to imply that they are the saviours of WI cricket and that the team would be winning with them in the side. The reliance on one or two players is exactly what the selectors is trying to overcome by giving other players a chance to develop and get some experience - after all, Gayle and Chanderpaul won't be around forever. Also, chopping and changing the team isn't helpful either - a player needs to be given a few matches in succession to find his feet; Samuels is a good example of this, as he makes his comeback.

  • indianzen on June 7, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Indian Origin players play very well against India, bring back Chanders, Bharath, Ramdin. Now you know why Bishoo, Sarwan, Ravi are all doing well...

  • Cyprian on June 7, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Tragic. Ludicrous. Gayle is Gayle, he is special. He proved it in the IPL. What more convincing do people need. Get a life.

  • Notredam on June 7, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    They miss Shiv chanderpaul the most..more than Gayle..or even anyone..say lara,,,becoz..shiv wud jst play 10 times bter against India...as he has grudge,,against them..or u can say extra motivation...even sarwan gves more effort against india...so...bth these players hold the key..

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    I'm surprised Kirk Edwards was persisted with after he didn't stand out in the Pakistan tour. There are lots of new, young players, eg Hyatt, Barnswell, Perkins who would be a good replacement. Hopefully Gayle, Pollard, Taylor and Edwards will return soon to strengthen the squad. The lack of a quality wicketkeeper is really troubling. We need someone wo help the tail, not everyone can be a powerhitter, so I believe Baugh should be persisted with, while the WICB has training camps for all WK in the region.

  • on June 7, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    SARWAN, GAYLE, SHIV ARE THE BEST PLAYERS WE HAVE..THE BOARD IS MESSING OUR CRICKET AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO...I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING NOT SHOWING UP OR SUPPORTING THEM...

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

    Yes i watched the match whole night from nepal. I really dis-apointed with the performance of W-Indies team, with both the bat and ball. The bats man never gone against the bowler. Please train Polard or sarwan for the opening pair. Even Samules can do that. The opener has to be best in the business. Why not to bring your top guns like dilshan who came to no 1 openign from his 4 or 5th position from srilanka. please take the fear of bowler with your openers. Staring is the key of sucess or get your starter very best of your team.

  • rayinto on June 7, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    We are missing both Gayle and Chanderpaul. Wake up Hillaire and hear our cries!

  • Andy500265 on June 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    A lot of people aren't big Gayle supporters and I can understand why, but the Windies don't have anyone good enough to replace him. Also, how the hell has Kirk Edwards beaten Adrian Barath in to the squad? Oh, and how the heck is Carlton Baugh playing ahead of Denesh Ramdin? Ramdin might be out of form with the bat, but Baugh is an absolute joke. Also, where the heck are Chanders and Roach!? And if they really want stability, Brendan Nash is still around! At least he can hang in there!

  • Planetindia on June 7, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Sarwan is a great player for the WI and if they want to turn around then they gonna need him and gayle for at least 3 to 4 years. Board has mess thing up for the WI in the last five years.

  • on June 7, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I see Sarwan standing up its about time!

  • on June 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    OH plz..This guy is such a loser..You need Gayle back in the side so you all could go liming...It's certainly not because you think he could help win matches..>If i recall West Indies is rank where they are because of players like you, Gayle and all the other under achievers who people wanna see back in the team....REMEMBER it's not because of SAMMY why we are at the virtual bottom in the test and one day rankings...So go figure you SAMMY haters..

  • ricardowill on June 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    West Indies is a suicidal team that continues to surprise me with their selection process. The idea of opening up a one day with a spinner is disturbing. Gone are the days when fast bowlers 7 feet tall intimidated batsmen. West Indies can do better than this, and I think the problem lies with the selectors. I will like to see selectors changed at the same paced with which the team is changing.

  • exuma on June 7, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    WI is not only missing gayle, how about shiv. WI is struggling to bat 50 overs. after this disaster of an experiment is over, we will be back to the same players-gayle, shiv, sars,pollard-who are needed along with the younger guys. hope wicb can swallow their pride and the players also and learn to work along.sars and samuels, did not bat slowly. how ablut the other guys-they need to produced too. EXUMA

  • cgtboy87 on June 7, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    SARWAN YOU GO OUT THERE AND PLAY YOUR GAME AND DONT LET THEM TELL YOU HOW TO BAT

  • cgtboy87 on June 7, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    yes sarwan you talk the truth....they cant do you nothing for speaking the truth..gayle is need at the top order.he is the most fear batsman in the world and i cant see why he is not in the team...again west indies is acting like the have opening batsman of gayle caliber at their disposal but its not so. we need him badly imagine if gayle play today we woud have had a fighting chance.. he is a game changer no doubt.

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  • cgtboy87 on June 7, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    yes sarwan you talk the truth....they cant do you nothing for speaking the truth..gayle is need at the top order.he is the most fear batsman in the world and i cant see why he is not in the team...again west indies is acting like the have opening batsman of gayle caliber at their disposal but its not so. we need him badly imagine if gayle play today we woud have had a fighting chance.. he is a game changer no doubt.

  • cgtboy87 on June 7, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    SARWAN YOU GO OUT THERE AND PLAY YOUR GAME AND DONT LET THEM TELL YOU HOW TO BAT

  • exuma on June 7, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    WI is not only missing gayle, how about shiv. WI is struggling to bat 50 overs. after this disaster of an experiment is over, we will be back to the same players-gayle, shiv, sars,pollard-who are needed along with the younger guys. hope wicb can swallow their pride and the players also and learn to work along.sars and samuels, did not bat slowly. how ablut the other guys-they need to produced too. EXUMA

  • ricardowill on June 7, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    West Indies is a suicidal team that continues to surprise me with their selection process. The idea of opening up a one day with a spinner is disturbing. Gone are the days when fast bowlers 7 feet tall intimidated batsmen. West Indies can do better than this, and I think the problem lies with the selectors. I will like to see selectors changed at the same paced with which the team is changing.

  • on June 7, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    OH plz..This guy is such a loser..You need Gayle back in the side so you all could go liming...It's certainly not because you think he could help win matches..>If i recall West Indies is rank where they are because of players like you, Gayle and all the other under achievers who people wanna see back in the team....REMEMBER it's not because of SAMMY why we are at the virtual bottom in the test and one day rankings...So go figure you SAMMY haters..

  • on June 7, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I see Sarwan standing up its about time!

  • Planetindia on June 7, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Sarwan is a great player for the WI and if they want to turn around then they gonna need him and gayle for at least 3 to 4 years. Board has mess thing up for the WI in the last five years.

  • Andy500265 on June 7, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    A lot of people aren't big Gayle supporters and I can understand why, but the Windies don't have anyone good enough to replace him. Also, how the hell has Kirk Edwards beaten Adrian Barath in to the squad? Oh, and how the heck is Carlton Baugh playing ahead of Denesh Ramdin? Ramdin might be out of form with the bat, but Baugh is an absolute joke. Also, where the heck are Chanders and Roach!? And if they really want stability, Brendan Nash is still around! At least he can hang in there!

  • rayinto on June 7, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    We are missing both Gayle and Chanderpaul. Wake up Hillaire and hear our cries!

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

    Yes i watched the match whole night from nepal. I really dis-apointed with the performance of W-Indies team, with both the bat and ball. The bats man never gone against the bowler. Please train Polard or sarwan for the opening pair. Even Samules can do that. The opener has to be best in the business. Why not to bring your top guns like dilshan who came to no 1 openign from his 4 or 5th position from srilanka. please take the fear of bowler with your openers. Staring is the key of sucess or get your starter very best of your team.