West Indies v India, 2nd ODI, Trinidad June 7, 2011

Room for improvement for both teams

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Match facts

Wednesday, June 8, Port of Spain
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

The first ODI epitomised everything that is going wrong with West Indies cricket. It began with the openers: in Chris Gayle's absence, the uncalled-for timidity from Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards ended up giving credence to Sunil Gavaskar's comparison of Munaf Patel to Glenn McGrath. Once the spinners came on, the middle order shut shop. Nothing captured West Indies' woes more succinctly than the number 169 - their dot-ball count on Monday.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has collared better Indian attacks in tougher circumstances in the past, was restricted to poking and jabbing in hope. Marlon Samuels also was a pale shadow of the batsman who thumped a fierce century against India eight years ago. The result was a score as underwhelming as the bowling attack that tried to defend it, and an easy win for India, despite their own skittish approach to the chase. West Indies will need a huge lift in all departments - including their lethargic out-cricket - if they are to match the Indians.

Twice in two games on tour, India's top order has faltered. The depth in their line-up opened up escape routes on both occasions, but Duncan Fletcher will want more application at the top. Parthiv Patel has a wide range of shots, but will be expected to put a bigger price on his wicket, after perishing to a needless run-out in the first ODI. Shikhar Dhawan looked ill at ease against seam and spin, but to his credit he managed to scrap his way to a half-century. S Badrinath knows how long it has taken him to get a second chance in the India side, and will try to make the opportunity count. And despite finishing in sublime fashion, Rohit Sharma will want to revisit his alarming shot-selection early on. In short, there is plenty of room for improvement from both sides.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: LWWLL
India: WWWWW

The spotlight

Amit Mishra goes about his work with such quiet efficiency that he rarely gets noticed. On Monday, he easily out-bowled Harbhajan Singh without getting the reward he deserved. There was loop, flight, drift and variety, and at times the West Indies batsmen were just not good enough to edge him. R Ashwin breathes down Mishra's neck for the spot of second spinner, but his rhythm on Monday should give him another chance. Mishra now needs wickets to back his case for the rest of the series.

Over the past year or so, Dwayne Bravo has struggled to live up to his own standards, especially with the bat. In the first one-dayer, he was beginning to get into his groove when he walked past a Harbhajan drifter. When Bravo is in good form, he is a fine player of spin, and the dominance is founded upon his sure footwork. Will he be able to reprise that fluency in front of his home crowd?

Team news

India are unlikely to fiddle with the two-seamer, two-spinner combination given the lifeless nature of the pitch at Queen's Park Oval. Manoj Tiwary might come up in team discussions, but S Badrinath has earned at least a couple of opportunities to fail in the middle order. Ishant Sharma, too, is likely to be eased into action later in the series.

India (possible): 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Praveen Kumar, 11 Munaf Patel.

West Indies will seriously consider bringing in Kieron Pollard to inject some urgency in the middle order. While Anthony Martin gave a good account of himself with the ball, it is tough to imagine West Indies succeeding against India with two specialist legspinners in their XI.

West Indies (possible): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Kieron Pollard/Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlton Baugh (wk), 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Devendra Bishoo/Anthony Martin.

Stats and trivia

  • This will be the 98th one-dayer between these two sides. India have won 40, and West Indies 54
  • Among the players in this series, Ramnaresh Sarwan (1319) has scored most runs in India-West Indies matches

    Quotes

    "When you play for India it is a given that fans and media would talk about your performance. I have no problem with it. But yes I have worked extremely hard over my fitness in the last three months and I want this tour to count for me."
    Rohit Sharma is determined to build on his strong start to the tour

    Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • rsrinath on June 8, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @t20 superstars,think twice before posting these kinds of senseless comments.by the way do you know anything about cricket or indian cricket team?

  • ravindias on June 8, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    My friend that is not true,Indians can't play in bouncy pitchers.that is cristal clear,Rankins doesn't mean much( If you go with it Aus the best odi team) which is not true.If the world cup was in SA, ENG AUS then India would not have had any chance of winning. SA is the best overall test team because they perform well in any condition.They have good bowling suitable for sub continent or bouncy pitchers.followed by Eng, SL , Ind,Aus, Pak.This is by looking at the way they can play on any given condition. SL is the best ODI team,because they play the bouncy ball well and can perform outside sub continent.They beat Aus in Aus before the world cup.They also have lasith malinga.Second SA followed by India,Aus,Pak,Eng,NZ. India is such a big country and they should be able to find players who can bat on bouncy pitchers like Tendulka and Dravid in the future.They don't have any bowling to win a test series outside sub continent

  • reghuh on June 8, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Whoever is talking about wridhiman saha is in a fools paradise....there will not be another wicketkeeper for 10 more years till dhoni is out of action......we do not want to breed any more wicket keepers who can bat for one dayers...its better to have some batsman who can keep develop his keeping skills...... Murali vijay is anytime better than shikhar dhawan...i do not know how a substandard player like dhawan made it to national team.....for that matter,wridhiman saha also when people like dinesh karthik are waiting for a chance.....

  • enigma12345 on June 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    D.Hyatt,C.Barnell,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,K.Pollard,Dwayne Bravo,L.Simmons,D.Sammy,K.Roach,F.Edwards,D. Bishoo

  • on June 8, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    bajji is waste of time bring aswin. oza or rahul sharma

  • ChuckyDoll on June 8, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I don't understand the role of Yusuf Pathan in the team. Yes, I know he is that quintessential all-rounder that India is dreaming about, but dreaming is not the reality. How do you justify giving him only 2 overs ? Parthiv Patel as opener is a suspect; please give a chance to a specialist.

  • on June 8, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Windies: BATTING ORDER: 1.Reifer(wk) 2.Sammy(captain and world class opener, opening bowler) 3.Darren Bravo 4.Russell(best allrounder in the world) 5.MV Nagamootoo(no 1. spinner in the universe) 6.P Collins 7.Samuels 8.Smith 9.Bishoo 10.Rampaul 11.Martin - wen everything goes wrong in windies cricket, y not this line up prescribed by me a genuine one.

    Gayle and Roach are not needed wen Darren Sammy can do both of their jobs!.. wer can they fit in this terrific line up under Sammy...!! wow.

  • on June 8, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @BenKrankenhaus: India has defeated every test playing nation in their Home turf(including Aus,SA,Eng).Agreed have not one a series in Australia and SA. But in the last 5 yrs Ind has won Test months in those countries too and a series win last time in England. Anyways will set record this year striaght in Austalia.

  • pargat89 on June 8, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @amit1807kuwait I totally agree with you buddy. I don't understand why some people don't want to see Indian team on the top. They always keep on critisizing India, even when they have proved their talent by wining the CWC 2011. Come on guys, accept the reality, Indian era has started, be a good cricket fan..!!!

  • on June 8, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    ashwin needs to play this game!!! Mishra bowled well, but ashwin is better.

  • rsrinath on June 8, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @t20 superstars,think twice before posting these kinds of senseless comments.by the way do you know anything about cricket or indian cricket team?

  • ravindias on June 8, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    My friend that is not true,Indians can't play in bouncy pitchers.that is cristal clear,Rankins doesn't mean much( If you go with it Aus the best odi team) which is not true.If the world cup was in SA, ENG AUS then India would not have had any chance of winning. SA is the best overall test team because they perform well in any condition.They have good bowling suitable for sub continent or bouncy pitchers.followed by Eng, SL , Ind,Aus, Pak.This is by looking at the way they can play on any given condition. SL is the best ODI team,because they play the bouncy ball well and can perform outside sub continent.They beat Aus in Aus before the world cup.They also have lasith malinga.Second SA followed by India,Aus,Pak,Eng,NZ. India is such a big country and they should be able to find players who can bat on bouncy pitchers like Tendulka and Dravid in the future.They don't have any bowling to win a test series outside sub continent

  • reghuh on June 8, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Whoever is talking about wridhiman saha is in a fools paradise....there will not be another wicketkeeper for 10 more years till dhoni is out of action......we do not want to breed any more wicket keepers who can bat for one dayers...its better to have some batsman who can keep develop his keeping skills...... Murali vijay is anytime better than shikhar dhawan...i do not know how a substandard player like dhawan made it to national team.....for that matter,wridhiman saha also when people like dinesh karthik are waiting for a chance.....

  • enigma12345 on June 8, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    D.Hyatt,C.Barnell,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,K.Pollard,Dwayne Bravo,L.Simmons,D.Sammy,K.Roach,F.Edwards,D. Bishoo

  • on June 8, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    bajji is waste of time bring aswin. oza or rahul sharma

  • ChuckyDoll on June 8, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I don't understand the role of Yusuf Pathan in the team. Yes, I know he is that quintessential all-rounder that India is dreaming about, but dreaming is not the reality. How do you justify giving him only 2 overs ? Parthiv Patel as opener is a suspect; please give a chance to a specialist.

  • on June 8, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Windies: BATTING ORDER: 1.Reifer(wk) 2.Sammy(captain and world class opener, opening bowler) 3.Darren Bravo 4.Russell(best allrounder in the world) 5.MV Nagamootoo(no 1. spinner in the universe) 6.P Collins 7.Samuels 8.Smith 9.Bishoo 10.Rampaul 11.Martin - wen everything goes wrong in windies cricket, y not this line up prescribed by me a genuine one.

    Gayle and Roach are not needed wen Darren Sammy can do both of their jobs!.. wer can they fit in this terrific line up under Sammy...!! wow.

  • on June 8, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    @BenKrankenhaus: India has defeated every test playing nation in their Home turf(including Aus,SA,Eng).Agreed have not one a series in Australia and SA. But in the last 5 yrs Ind has won Test months in those countries too and a series win last time in England. Anyways will set record this year striaght in Austalia.

  • pargat89 on June 8, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @amit1807kuwait I totally agree with you buddy. I don't understand why some people don't want to see Indian team on the top. They always keep on critisizing India, even when they have proved their talent by wining the CWC 2011. Come on guys, accept the reality, Indian era has started, be a good cricket fan..!!!

  • on June 8, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    ashwin needs to play this game!!! Mishra bowled well, but ashwin is better.

  • on June 8, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    I agree with a lot of comments here, Badrinath deserves chance in all the 5 ODI's and the 3 test matches. He is the best player on domestic circuit and has piled on runs and in IPL too, he was Man of Match in T20. I tell you now, badrinath can attack the bowlers as well, he can play consistently and score quick, but he WILL ONLY SCORE QUICK IF SITUATION REQUIRES IT. That is fine, in all the matches he has played he hasnt been required to score quickly, so he hasnt. He scored quickly in the t20, kohli as well MUST play all 3 test matches. Shikhar dhawan should play 1st 3 matches and depending on performance manoj tiwary deserves 2 games. Parthiv shud be replaced after 3 games for Saha. Makund really should have been in ODI side (instead of dhawan or tiwary) EVERYONE GET OFF DHAWANS BACK, he made 51 that is a great effort in his 2nd match, he batted well, he won the match for india along with rohit and raina , and idc if badri makes a nought in every game he still shud play all games!!!

  • SudharsanVM on June 8, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Is there any rule that two off spinners should not play in a side? How come ashwin has been kept out of the side thru the world cup and now also. Its very clear fact that ashwin wil give much better performance than bhajji. Though bhajji has taken wickets in first ODI, he has been a going thru a bad phase in ODI and doesn't deserve a place in indian XI. clearly ther mngmt is behind him and has given a vice-captain role to make him in the playing XI. Making ashwin sit in the bench is like wasting a talent.

  • stevedd on June 8, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    @ Arindham das you r right on the point, too much is talked about badrinath, let us wait and watch how he plays against worlds top teams like australia in australia and others, tiwary is a better one day player than badrinath and saha is a good wicketkeeper as well as a hard hitter!! hats off to u arindham!

  • Vbsb on June 8, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Only way for improvement of West Indies is that they play their best players...Pollard should not warm the bench,instead he should be in the feild...and in next 3 ODIS Gayle should come back...on India they are going good...and should carry on....and they should not loose early wickets...!!

  • on June 8, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    India have a problem of plenty. They are unable to play their second off-spinner in R Ashwin as Harbie is getting the wickets and can bat reliably. Manoj Tiwary, a good bat can hope to get in only if one of S Dhawan, Badrinath or RG Sharma fail. Ishant and Vinay kumar are also awaiting their turn of luck. Wriddhiman must bide his time until Parthiv shows a chink.

    Basically WI tactical ploy to prepare spin-friendly pitches is back-firing. Pakistan too exploited this half-baked approach. Not only do the Indians play spin better but they have better spinners too. Only Bishoo matches the Indian leggie.

    Moreover WICB will do well not to stand on ceremony and play their best team. Gayle and Pollard must be selected without demurring any further. I hope to see them lump their pride and do the right thing by the national team.

  • t20superstars on June 8, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    where is murali vijay???he is a better opener as compared to shikar dhawan....also, praveen kumar should be replaced with shanthakumaran sreesanth again...if sreesanth is der in d team, only den india will have that "luck" factor with them of winning all the matches....hope praveen kumar gets injured again....sreesanth gets a call at 3:00 am in the night(just lik how gayle got a call frm rcb)...arrives....den become a match winner....and alas take d man of d tournament award....*pretty too much i guess*

  • Woodsheart on June 8, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    My new team wud be : 1. rahane,2.paul valtahtty,3.Ambati rayudu,4.saurabh tiwary,5.Uthappa ,6.ravendra jadeja(all rounder),7.wriddhiman saha(wk)8.rahul sharma(leggie),9.sreenath aravind (lhd medium),10.Iqbal abdulla(leftie),Abu nechim(rhfm).. lolz

  • VivGilchrist on June 8, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @PaddyRasta, it's not just WI that makes stupid decisions, CA getting rid of Katich is madness. You can have Katich if you give us Bishoo. Please don't consider Bundy as Rum, Mt Gay or Appleton all the way.

  • Sautrik on June 8, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    @indranil Basu, I completely agree with your team. I think wriddhiman saha is a better choice than parthiv patel because India r making the same mistake of having a wicket keeper for the sake of batting. Parthiv might have a wider range of shots, but wriddhiman is a much better man with the gloves. Furthermore, wriddhiman has capitalised on the few opportunities he got in the IPL, even earning a MOM award, whereas parthiv has been mercurial.And Manoj tiwaty is a far more consistant player than shikar dhawan, and he has proved that in all the ipls he has played.

  • Lakpj on June 8, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    This literally India A vs WI A. At end India A should come on top without much trouble.Terrible WI team this is.

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    "S Badrinath has earned at least a couple of opportunities to fail in the middle order" - what exactly the article writer mean by this? Is he suggesting that Badri can play few more matches and expecting him to fail? or Is he implying that Badri has failed in the couple of opportunities he got. Either way, the article writer needs to improve his cricket analysis skills. Badri is here to stay and not without reasons. His stats in domestic speak for his volumes, both in limited overs format as well in the longer version. After Sachin, Majrekar and Dravid we finally got someone who is technically really sound and has got the temperament.

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Windies: 1.Simmons(wk) 2.Pollard 3.Darren Bravo 4.Sarwan 5.Sammmy 6.Dwayne Bravo 7.Samuels 8.Russel 9.Bishoo 10.Rampaul 11.Martin

  • amit1807kuwait on June 8, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    @BenKrankenhaus - before you make unsubstantiated and rubbish remarks like "woeful overseas record of India", please check the stats of the last 10 years regarding that. The number of test matches which India has won overseas (and that includes test matches in England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand) is only second in comparison to Australia over the last 10 years, which is a huge improvement over their previous record. I understand if you guys have difficulty in accepting the rise of Indian cricket, but mate that is the reality of today's world. If you choose to close your eyes and ignore bare facts, sadly, no one can do anything about it!!

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    No need of any change.India played better than the scorelineindicates.It was a mad shot by Raina to finish things.!A victory by 6 wickets is always better than a victory by 4 Wickets!So no need to read too much thru the lines...!This youngsters are good...!All the best Team'Young'India..!

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Statement on the lifeless nature of the pitch at Queen's Park Oval appears rather bizarre. If there is no life in this pitch why both the teams could not make too many runs. In my view it has full life; almost all quickies and spinners have the chance to take the wickets and did not allow too many runs. How come you say it is lifeless pitch? The writer should think where to use the sentence of lifeless pitch. You can write as lifeless pitch if the teams make too many runs and if the teams cannot take the wickets. Here both have been achieved by WI and Indian the teams.

  • IndianNeo on June 8, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    @Arindam Das - brother thank god that you are not a cricketer, or that would have been biggest mistake of your life! You want badri and pathan to sit out...lolz.....are you from WI?

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    1. Badrinath 2. Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 3. Kohli 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Raina 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Yousuf Pathan 8. Harbhajan Singh 9. Ashwin 10. Pravin Kumar 11. Munaf Patel

    That would be my pick for this match.

  • PaddyRasta on June 8, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist - I agree with you entirely, they don't appear to have the Aussie "never say die" spirit. Now that CA has cast off Katich, can we feign Trinidadian parentage and enlist him? I guess we can have him for free on a Bosnan transfer. We can attract him with the allure of the islands and all the rum he can drink (but not Bundy).

  • on June 8, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Want badri to be replaced after one match? that too after an MOM in the T20? Hes got class to bat in difficult wickets. If he is to be replaced now, i rather wish he was left out of the squad itself. Show some confidence in the players. Its a 5 match series and so i hope the team remains unchanged for the 2nd ODI atleast. If at al there is a change, Harbhajan can be rested too and bring in Ashwin.

  • reghuh on June 8, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    This WI team is club like team.....India second tier team will sweep this series 5-0 for sure unless there is rain..... Instead of Shikar Dhawan, Manoj Tiwari was a better option....and also instead of Mishra, Ashwin should have got into the team. West Indies are mad in not playing Gayle and KP, who are their best players... This kind of attitude of WI board will see them loose all matches..... Indian second tier team did well in match 1....in coming matches, we would see some commendable authoritative wins

  • on June 8, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    India should play diz team in 4th odi : S.S.Das,S.Rameh,Saba karim,M.Ajharuddin,H.Kanitkar,S.Dighe,S.joshi,V.Raju,A.kuruvilla,V.Prasad.D.Mohanty. Give dese guys a chance.

  • div09 on June 8, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    I think Parthiv is a good keeper but the main thing he is in the team is because he has a variety of shots. And acts as a good opener. And I reckon badrinath is a good skillful batsmen and should get two or three more chances to play for the Indian Cricket Team because playing for India is always tuff and has too much pressure.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 8, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    @Rayinto you are absolutely correct Right now West Indies is completely inexperienced, even though they are talented. West Indies must balance out the experienced with the inexperienced or the youngsters will lose confidence and thus their talent. Interesting battle though, because this Indian team is also inexperienced.... its literally the battle between the future of Indian and West Indian cricket

  • skidmarks on June 8, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    how about ashwinand mishra, drop harbajan

  • on June 8, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    i think saha is better than partiv .partiv was pathetic behind stumps in last 2 matches..raina should bring tiwary in place of badrinath cause badri is not an one-day player.he plays too many balls for very few runs and puts pressure in the lower middle order..even tiwary can replace yusuf cause yusuf fails to impress in recent matches also..

  • shaileshacharya123 on June 8, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Kp must come for WI an INDIA mst have same side....i want parthiv to play nicely

  • AABIRSABEEL on June 8, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Dear RAINA pls send YUSUF PATHAN as opener he can replace the slot of SEHWAG

  • VivGilchrist on June 8, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Windies have no bite, no aggression. Edwards and Simmons looked so limp the other day. Pollard should open to try and kickstart the innings. A keeper shouldn't be hidden down at no9. If a keeper isn't good enough to bat top6 in ODI then he doesn't play. Fidel or Taylor should be in squad. Windies need wicket takers. Roach will be back after rest and Bishoo doing well. If Sammy is in the team no need for Russell. Balance is crucial.

  • on June 8, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    Best Batting order(India):Dhawan/Parthiv(wk), Rohit, Kohli, M Tiwary/Saha(wk2), Badri, Raina(c), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan, A Mishra/R Ashwin, Praveen/Ishant, Munaf.

    Windies Best Batting :Lendl Simmons(Wicket-Keeper), Darren Sammy(c)(smashed 46[i reckon] of 20 balls when batting at no. 3 during the ICC CWC. PS{they shud try him as no one is opening well except for simmons}), Darren B, Sarwan, Samuels, Dwayne B, Kieron Pollard, Russel, Rampaul, Bishoo, Anthony Martin.

  • DennisChettiar on June 8, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    I think Team India has the best Bowling team since 1983 world cup, they dont have good fast bowlers but who cares we have the best seamer's playing against west Indies team. its always said that ODI is a batsmen game, but in the Indies its always the bowlers who win. GOOD LUCK TEAM India

  • Vnott on June 8, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Badri and Virat shd play all the One dayers and Tests. Virat has proved himself in One dayers anyways and getting a full run is the least Badri deserves...

  • on June 8, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Munaf Patel is a lot like Mc Grath during his late days.. Even then McGrath was very potent, just lacked pace. Munaf is accurate, can move the ball both ways off the seam, which is McGrath enough for me.. Yes McGrath not at his peak, McGrath before retirement..but if I were Munaf I d be delighted even at that.

  • asayadeepak on June 8, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    @@@ Umbuly.... I think u dint see the entire match.. bcoz the catch which Parthiv took to dismiss Sarwan is not that easy catch....

  • maddy20 on June 8, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    @AvidCricFan Forgot the WC final so fast(Well I don't blame you due to IPL overkill!) ? Kohli came in at 31-2 with both Sehwag and Sachin gone and strung a vital partnership of 81 with Gambhir. Lets not forget our players' achievements so far.

  • on June 8, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    @umbuly...yeah, I agree with you. I think we'll come to understand the value of MS Dhoni behind the stumps through Parthiv's lack of ability with the gloves. Dhoni isn't technically a very good keeper, but he's solid and takes most catches that come to him. He's also a fantastic keeper to spin; he's one of the fastest i've ever seen when getting the batsman stumped. Karthik and Saha are technically better keepers than Parthiv. Given how much batting ability we have, i'd rather have Saha over Parthiv. Saha is pretty able with the bat as well.

  • CRICINFO_11 on June 8, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Badri was defensive against spin, but, what happent to mr. Mendis and murali . Badri debute match against srilanka.mike hussey was badri ideal so, dont forget, he will rock wi. Badri was the best.

  • on June 8, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Munaf Patel Compared with McGrath. Wow... not sure how Sunny could do that comment.

  • umbuly on June 8, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    @AvidCricFan: I am not sure. Do you think Parthiv's wicketkeeping was any good in the first ODI? Any comments? He missed a stumping chance and let some easy balls go past him. He couldn't collect the ball well as I saw him perform in the first ODI match.

  • shawnsundar on June 8, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Chanders should be brought back to open, I know he does not like to be moved around the order but I think it's fair to say we need him, well at least in my opinion. How can people actually hate on Sarwan when he had the highest score and been the most consistent along with Chanders and Gayle since the WC? WI will never get it right, we blame the big players when the rest of the team fails. I would say my 11 but its just a waste of time. Another thing, how is Nash able to be Test vc but not even considered for the ODI's? How can Benn be dropped after being the best spinner in ODI's since last year? What did Chanders do wrong? Why is Fidel not even considered? I NEED ANSWERS!!!

  • umbuly on June 7, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    What must it feel like after having come this far and played the T20I and getting benched for the ODIs? I am talking about Ashwin. I feel he would have definitely taken wickets in the last match if he was given a chance.

  • on June 7, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    Best XI for India tomorrow 1 Parthiv 2 Kohli 3 Badri 4 Yusuf 5 Raina 6 Tiwary 7 Rohit 8 Bhajji 9 PK 10 Ishant 11 Munaf they must adhere to the batting order described above

  • on June 7, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @ Pratik Pandey. You've got to be kidding me, Kohli's a class act. So is Rohit Sharma. If these two fulfill their potential, it'll go a long way in keeping India at the top. Raina has a lot of ability as well, but if he wants to be successful in test cricket, he has to know where is off stump is and learn to leave carefully outside the off stump. Shot selection is something pretty much all our young batsmen can work on.

  • b4u8me2 on June 7, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I cannot respect Darren Sammy as the captain of the West Indies cricket team. He seems to be nothing but a puppet controlled by the WICB. I do not get the impression that he has any say at all in the team selection even though he is the captain. He doesn't appear to stand up for his team even when it is obvious the players are not the ones at fault. I think the WICB had a major problem with Chris Gayle because he was not willing to be a puppet captain. I do not get the impression that the players feel they have a captain that will back his team. I wonder if he sets his own field or Gibson tells him how to set it as well.

  • AvidCricFan on June 7, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Why leave out Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan out in the improvement list? Pathan clicks once in 10 games. He need to be more consistent. Virat Kohli has not done much in the last 4-5 games. Parthiv add better depth to batting than Karthik. Selection committee made a better choice of picking Parthiv in Dhoni's absence.

  • on June 7, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    @Pratik Pandey - You need to watch some cricket.

  • on June 7, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Badrinath and Dhawan deserve a longer run...atleast 5-6 matches. So do Rahane , Pujara , Mukund , Tiwari ,Rayudu .Only an extended run can determine if the talent is good at international level. Very few players start performing from day 1. Just dismissing these players after 2-3 chances is unfair. Rohit is considered by many experts to be a great talent so he should be given a little more chances. Of course many players like Hick / Irfan Pathan excel intially only to fizzle out later while some take time to excel.Out of the above mentioned 6 players even if 3 turn out to be good in long run in tests and ODI ,India would not have huge gaps when VVS/Wall/Master retire.

  • xxxneilxxx on June 7, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    why dont they bring back ramdin in edwards place...try him in the opening slot and plus the keeper...get rid of the waste they call baugh...and bring in an extra bowler... Simmons Ramdin Bravo Sarwan Samuels Bravo Pollard Sammy Rampaul Russel and Bishoo...much more balanced team!!!!

  • on June 7, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Badri can onli be succeded if he ll carry his t20 style batting otherwise he gonna be a big flop. N kohli ll be a big flop in diz series note ma words nd afta diz series his career gonna hav fullstop.

  • on June 7, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    After long time its gud to c, the competetion amongst indian spin department..For last decade hardly anyone ws there who can challenge harbhajan singh... hope this competetion will bring best out of harbhajan...and he perform better than wht he acheived earlier.....as per as batting department concern i love style and temperement of rohit, but seems he has some attitude problem...like to c Badrinath to shine in this tournament and hope he will able to cement his place in this multistar indian cricket team....

  • ChuckyDoll on June 7, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Parthiv Patel does not appear as someone who intents to bat for a long time. I wish they gave the opening spot to a specialist opener and moved Patel down the order (at the expense of Pathan). Allowing Parthiv Patel to open is not making optimal use of the bench strength. Give a traditional opener 5 games.

  • on June 7, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    it has been just one ODI happened so i think we should not change the team and v should give them an extra chance... even after 2 or 3 ODIs if some player doesn't perform better then he should be replaced and others should be given chance... its too early to think about replacements..

  • on June 7, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA NEEDS TO BE DROPPED FOR MANOJ TIWARI, HE IS A TOTAL FLUKE WHO PLAYS ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.... AGARKARS BROTHER ..... IN PERFORMANCES JUST BCOZ HE IS FROM BOMBAY U CANT TAKE FROM GRANNTED

  • royalg on June 7, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    india shud give all the 15 players a chance sumtime in the series, cause they r the future n defo needs as much experience as possible,

  • on June 7, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Let's not compare Dhawan to Badri. Badri's technique is tight and rock solid, with great driving ability, stroke-making etc. Both might have worked hard for their caps, but runs on the Ranji circuit has never guaranteed runs in the International circuit. You can judge certain players by watching them and Badri is one of those players. Also, he has waited so long, so he is the most hungry. He will be consistent in this series, no worries about that.

  • Andhravala on June 7, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    This is not the best time to talk about replacements, all that matters is India won the last match. Stick to the same squad and they will be at their best.. in last match no one was sloppy and everyone is looking to prove their caliber.. So we better wait for 2 more games.. before talking about replacements

  • rayinto on June 7, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Why do we keep settting Kirk Edwards for failure? We drop people like Gayle & Chanderpaul because they are too proven to give experience to the unproven? Poor team selection will continue to kill us and India continue to lick their lips! When will the selectors realize that experience is required to lead the inexperienced. Except for Sarwan & Samuels, the experience and skill of Gayle and Chanderpaul makes them 10x more suitable for the team than the others. Darren Bravo and Simmons needs to feed off the experience of the seniors otherwise their talent is doomed. West Indies selectors and CEO sucks! Instead of quality players we pack the side with mediocre so called all-rounders. The love for sport and team i was born with is dying within me because of a strategy with no direction. The future looks bleak with current West indies leadership. With every team selection, a piece of me dies.

  • BenKrankenhaus on June 7, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    West Indies Cricket is dead...India would do better if they found some other team to improve their woeful overseas record...The Windies should perhaps start playing more with Canada and USA...

  • MSreeni on June 7, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    I would like to give Chance to Aswin and Mishra. For Bajji there is nothing left to prove. Also give a break to Munnaf and boost some confidence to Ishant. I guess India will first aim at the series win and then try other options. Badri is best bet to give him more chances. He has class and talent. Also it is unfair on Yousuf as he is not getting enough time to play, need to experiment sending him up the order.

  • CricketMaan on June 7, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Badri deserves a few more chances, Rohit has already played 50 odd matches and is yet to prove his mettle consistently, to write off Badri after 3 or 4 ODIs would be very cruel. Having said that time is running out, when Viru and Sach hang thier boots only one slot will be open and most likely Rohit or even Tiwary would be favoured given thier age, may be even Pujara. Badri has his best chance to cement his place in the Test side for if he clicks can play for 5-6 years. Good luck Badri..hope you dont become another Raman, Ramesh or Sharath..

  • Nampally on June 7, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    India should have included a specialist opener like Mukund in the squad. Dhawan is a good opener but with limited experience in playing spin.Badrinath was also unable to play aggressively against the spin bowlers.With Sehwag & Gambhir missing, the opening pair is a big question mark in this team. The current openers need a 50 run partnership. Secondly Badri @#4 is somewhat of a liability with his strike change. Unfortunately Kohli got out to a rash stroke. He needs to curb his T-20 shots so early in the innings and focus on playing a long innings.Raina should bat #4, Sharma#5. This will improve the run rate significantly. Pathan or Badri can come in 6 & 7. In bowling there appears to be no room for Ashwin who is a better off spinner than Harbhajan. Munaf with either Kumar or Ishant will supply the pace. Mishra seems to hold his place for now.But Ashwin needs to come in for either Badri or Pathanor Mishra to give India a potentl spin attack which can control the runs as well.

  • venkat_75r on June 7, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    It is unfair to comment on Shikhar Dhawan. Like Badri & others, he has toiled hard in the domestic circuit and earned his place. The pitch was not ideal for batting yesterday. It was slow and the ball was not coming on to the bat at times. Even guys like Yuvraj, Sehwag would have struggled to come in to terms with this wicket. To his credit he struck out there and scored a half century. He needs a bit of confidence at this level. I am sure he will do a good job. Just one game and people are jumping on his back. Fyi..I am not from Delhi....

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    we have to give few more chances to S. Badarinath and Shikar Dawan. both are struggled in last game but we dont forget that pitch was too slow pitch

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    This is the best series to play all the players on the tour. Ishant, Ashwin, Manoj Tiwary, all of them deserve to get a chance or two. I believe they are good as their colleagues who played the first game. especially Ishant, to regain his lost touch and Ashwin to cement his place in the first string playing eleven

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan unfortunately is just a case of someone who should have never got the India cap in the first place. If the WI attack was even a little better, he would be totally out of depth. That's not to say he can't improve. I just feel that if Rahane was on tour and Pujara was fit, they could make really good one day openers. The problem the selectors face is that they are creating two different teams, with Kohli, Sharma, Raina etc. as ODI replacements and Pujara, Mukund, Rahane as test replacements. India needs one team, not two or three.

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    please drop carlton baugh and give lendl simmons the gloves and bring pollard to replace him on the side... drop russel so u can play both bishnoo and martin!...simple... russell is already useless and on a Trinidad pitch he's even worse....

  • shawnsundar on June 7, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Forget West Indies, Trinidad all the way!!!

  • Arthaurian on June 7, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    West Indies cricket has moved back, imploded and caved in on itself...

  • llemux on June 7, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    I cannot be the only one who notices that this is a totally different Sarwan from even 3 years ago. I don't attribute it to injuries either. I would just like to see the batsman that is my favourite cricketer of all time once again. Something has shot his confidence and prevented him from pushing on to fulfill his potential. For the sake of West Indies cricket..we need Sarwan back. Good luck to WI tomorrow..we will need it.

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  • llemux on June 7, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    I cannot be the only one who notices that this is a totally different Sarwan from even 3 years ago. I don't attribute it to injuries either. I would just like to see the batsman that is my favourite cricketer of all time once again. Something has shot his confidence and prevented him from pushing on to fulfill his potential. For the sake of West Indies cricket..we need Sarwan back. Good luck to WI tomorrow..we will need it.

  • Arthaurian on June 7, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    West Indies cricket has moved back, imploded and caved in on itself...

  • shawnsundar on June 7, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Forget West Indies, Trinidad all the way!!!

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    please drop carlton baugh and give lendl simmons the gloves and bring pollard to replace him on the side... drop russel so u can play both bishnoo and martin!...simple... russell is already useless and on a Trinidad pitch he's even worse....

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan unfortunately is just a case of someone who should have never got the India cap in the first place. If the WI attack was even a little better, he would be totally out of depth. That's not to say he can't improve. I just feel that if Rahane was on tour and Pujara was fit, they could make really good one day openers. The problem the selectors face is that they are creating two different teams, with Kohli, Sharma, Raina etc. as ODI replacements and Pujara, Mukund, Rahane as test replacements. India needs one team, not two or three.

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    This is the best series to play all the players on the tour. Ishant, Ashwin, Manoj Tiwary, all of them deserve to get a chance or two. I believe they are good as their colleagues who played the first game. especially Ishant, to regain his lost touch and Ashwin to cement his place in the first string playing eleven

  • on June 7, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    we have to give few more chances to S. Badarinath and Shikar Dawan. both are struggled in last game but we dont forget that pitch was too slow pitch

  • venkat_75r on June 7, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    It is unfair to comment on Shikhar Dhawan. Like Badri & others, he has toiled hard in the domestic circuit and earned his place. The pitch was not ideal for batting yesterday. It was slow and the ball was not coming on to the bat at times. Even guys like Yuvraj, Sehwag would have struggled to come in to terms with this wicket. To his credit he struck out there and scored a half century. He needs a bit of confidence at this level. I am sure he will do a good job. Just one game and people are jumping on his back. Fyi..I am not from Delhi....

  • Nampally on June 7, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    India should have included a specialist opener like Mukund in the squad. Dhawan is a good opener but with limited experience in playing spin.Badrinath was also unable to play aggressively against the spin bowlers.With Sehwag & Gambhir missing, the opening pair is a big question mark in this team. The current openers need a 50 run partnership. Secondly Badri @#4 is somewhat of a liability with his strike change. Unfortunately Kohli got out to a rash stroke. He needs to curb his T-20 shots so early in the innings and focus on playing a long innings.Raina should bat #4, Sharma#5. This will improve the run rate significantly. Pathan or Badri can come in 6 & 7. In bowling there appears to be no room for Ashwin who is a better off spinner than Harbhajan. Munaf with either Kumar or Ishant will supply the pace. Mishra seems to hold his place for now.But Ashwin needs to come in for either Badri or Pathanor Mishra to give India a potentl spin attack which can control the runs as well.

  • CricketMaan on June 7, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Badri deserves a few more chances, Rohit has already played 50 odd matches and is yet to prove his mettle consistently, to write off Badri after 3 or 4 ODIs would be very cruel. Having said that time is running out, when Viru and Sach hang thier boots only one slot will be open and most likely Rohit or even Tiwary would be favoured given thier age, may be even Pujara. Badri has his best chance to cement his place in the Test side for if he clicks can play for 5-6 years. Good luck Badri..hope you dont become another Raman, Ramesh or Sharath..