West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, Antigua June 10, 2011

Can West Indies learn from India?

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Match facts

Saturday, June 11, North Sound
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies with Chris Gayle are competitive at times. West Indies without Gayle have seemed as flat as a flawed artist who lost whatever little inspiration he had. The familiar script has played out: there have been few partnerships of substance, the precious few have been broken at the wrong time, and the house has collapsed in a heap. The bowlers have not been getting enough breakthroughs, when they have managed to, they haven't been able to sustain any pressure. Like a closed loop, West Indies continue to stumble from one failure to another.

Men placed in seemingly hopeless situations have no choice but to cling on to hope, and that is what Darren Sammy has been doing. After every loss, he puts on a brave face and undertakes an honest search for positives. When the execution is flawed, he talks about intent being there. He wants Ramnaresh Sarwan to play the role of a finisher; Sarwan's strike-rate has remained stuck in the early 60s.

Not that West Indies haven't had their moments so far. Not often does one find them in a commanding position of 175 for 2 with 14 overs to go. Nor do they often have the opposition on the mat at four down with more than a 100 still needed. Such potential match-winning positions have been frittered away though, allowing an Indian side missing several regulars to be on the verge of their third ODI series win in four tours.

While most attention has been focussed on West Indies' woes, Suresh Raina's side has efficiently chugged to three victories. The difference between the two teams has been India's ability to shut the opposition out, something West Indies badly need to do. There were concerns before the tour began about how India would fare with their depleted squad, and so far, the bench has showed it has strength, albeit against a team ranked six places below them.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: LLWWL
India: WWWWW

The spotlight

Nothing epitomises the spirit of this young Indian team better than the continuing growth of Virat Kohli. He realised he was risking throwing it all away, and has moulded himself into a batsman who is expected to bat through the innings and finish games. He did that in the previous match, also becoming the third-fastest Indian to 2000 ODI runs. The expectations will be the same tomorrow.

Sammy reminded Ramnaresh Sarwan in Trinidad that he was once compared to Michael Bevan as a capable limited-overs finisher. Sarwan has done it on numerous occasions, like when he took West Indies to a thrilling win against India in 2002 with a last-ball boundary. The Sarwan of old was classy and combative. The runs are still coming, albeit a lot more slowly and the fight doesn't seem to be there, especially when it is sorely needed in Gayle's absence. Can the vintage Sarwan make a re-appearance?

Team news

West Indies made a couple of changes to the squad, resting Dwayne Bravo and Ravi Rampaul. Sammy said the pitch in Antigua would have more life in it, which makes the decision to rest Rampaul seem a little strange. Darren Bravo should return tomorrow, making it unlikely that Danza Hyatt will make his ODI debut.

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

With Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth set to miss the Tests due to injuries, India would want to give Ishant Sharma a go during this series, considering there is no warm-up game before the next leg of the tour. Amit Mishra's four wickets in the second ODI mean an in-form R Ashwin will continue to miss out.

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.

Stats and trivia

  • In the previous ODI at the Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, Darren Sammy smashed an unbeaten 58 off 24 balls at No. 9 against South Africa in 2010. It remains his highest ODI score.

    Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 11, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Virat Kohli has truly stamped his authority at the international level now. His Test debut seems imminent, and the Lord knows he deserves it ! This series has allowed the selectors to assess the mettle of fringe players like Parthiv & Mishra.

    But Hey, werent "A" tours meant for that same purpose ? its a disgrace to see a second string side take to the field in every alternate series. Dhoni himself mentioned somewehre that before the World Cup, 18 months had gone by without India fielding a full strength side. Sachin's semi retirement has got something to do with that. But even Sehwag, Zaheer & Yuvi have been absent from the playing XI quite often. Half the series involving India now look like "A" tours !! I do not understand why the selectors keep dising out India caps to all and sundry : it just reduces the value of the Indian Blue. For eg. Sauarbh Tiwary & Ravindra Jadeja were slingshotted into the international arena before they were ready.

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Pollard is a waste. Doesnt seem to give 100% effort

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I've been saying before this series that Lendl Simmons should keep wicket. Thank goodness others feel the same way. God in heaven know what Baugh is doing on that team. My 11 would be: 1. Gayle (captain), 2. Simmons (keeper) 3. Sarwan, 4. Darren Bravo, 5. Chanderpaul, 6.Samuels, 7. Barnwell, 8. Russell, 9. Roach, 10. Rampaul, 11. Bishoo. Pollard is set to learn the international game and Sammy isn't on the team because of skill, but rather need for a captain. Barnwell bowls Sammy's pace and is a better batsman by far. Pace has always been West Indies' strength, hence 3 fast bowlers. Russell can always hit boundaries at the end of an innings - something the team needs. Gayle is an accomplished spin bowler who can bowl in partnership with Bishoo. I think this is the most competitive side WI can put together.

  • Stos on June 11, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    @Riaz Gul: Gayle? Gayle opens, and they didn't have any real problems getting a good start in the last match. @VivGilchrist: I'm fairly sure that West Indies, 'best team' or not, have generally been seen as glorified minnows for quite some time now.

  • shankythebiggestenglandfan on June 11, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    i think india is going to win this one and wrap up the series.

  • gurussm on June 11, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Ashwin ? Will he play only when harbajan singh is injured

  • yatinmalik on June 11, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Zimbabwe/bangladesh have been destructed by other teams. West Indies is on a self distruct mode....

  • on June 11, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    West Indies 'A' Vs India 'A' :D

  • reghuh on June 11, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I think Wi need to prove their mettle to play with India B team also........ let them qualify for playing with this indian team, else let us rest Kohli, Rohit Sharma ,Raina,Mishra and let some club players play first ....let WI win with them and then they shall play with India B team........... I think the next 3 games will be ultimate one sided ones with india b team clean sweeping the windies team.

  • on June 11, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I am quite confused why W.Indies left out Chris Gyle...they should have played him against India. As this is the time that India will win the series...

  • on June 11, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Virat Kohli has truly stamped his authority at the international level now. His Test debut seems imminent, and the Lord knows he deserves it ! This series has allowed the selectors to assess the mettle of fringe players like Parthiv & Mishra.

    But Hey, werent "A" tours meant for that same purpose ? its a disgrace to see a second string side take to the field in every alternate series. Dhoni himself mentioned somewehre that before the World Cup, 18 months had gone by without India fielding a full strength side. Sachin's semi retirement has got something to do with that. But even Sehwag, Zaheer & Yuvi have been absent from the playing XI quite often. Half the series involving India now look like "A" tours !! I do not understand why the selectors keep dising out India caps to all and sundry : it just reduces the value of the Indian Blue. For eg. Sauarbh Tiwary & Ravindra Jadeja were slingshotted into the international arena before they were ready.

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Pollard is a waste. Doesnt seem to give 100% effort

  • on June 11, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I've been saying before this series that Lendl Simmons should keep wicket. Thank goodness others feel the same way. God in heaven know what Baugh is doing on that team. My 11 would be: 1. Gayle (captain), 2. Simmons (keeper) 3. Sarwan, 4. Darren Bravo, 5. Chanderpaul, 6.Samuels, 7. Barnwell, 8. Russell, 9. Roach, 10. Rampaul, 11. Bishoo. Pollard is set to learn the international game and Sammy isn't on the team because of skill, but rather need for a captain. Barnwell bowls Sammy's pace and is a better batsman by far. Pace has always been West Indies' strength, hence 3 fast bowlers. Russell can always hit boundaries at the end of an innings - something the team needs. Gayle is an accomplished spin bowler who can bowl in partnership with Bishoo. I think this is the most competitive side WI can put together.

  • Stos on June 11, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    @Riaz Gul: Gayle? Gayle opens, and they didn't have any real problems getting a good start in the last match. @VivGilchrist: I'm fairly sure that West Indies, 'best team' or not, have generally been seen as glorified minnows for quite some time now.

  • shankythebiggestenglandfan on June 11, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    i think india is going to win this one and wrap up the series.

  • gurussm on June 11, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Ashwin ? Will he play only when harbajan singh is injured

  • yatinmalik on June 11, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Zimbabwe/bangladesh have been destructed by other teams. West Indies is on a self distruct mode....

  • on June 11, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    West Indies 'A' Vs India 'A' :D

  • reghuh on June 11, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I think Wi need to prove their mettle to play with India B team also........ let them qualify for playing with this indian team, else let us rest Kohli, Rohit Sharma ,Raina,Mishra and let some club players play first ....let WI win with them and then they shall play with India B team........... I think the next 3 games will be ultimate one sided ones with india b team clean sweeping the windies team.

  • on June 11, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    I am quite confused why W.Indies left out Chris Gyle...they should have played him against India. As this is the time that India will win the series...

  • vak1997 on June 11, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    without gayle, west indies r not gettin a good start. i think india r the favorites to win this game. they hav a good middle order with kohli, rohit, raina, badrinath, & yusuf. their bowling is also good with praveen, munaf, harbhajan & mishra. but still WI can give india a good challenge with the current team

  • on June 11, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Well , how can u imagine WI team without Gayle & Chaderpaul. They are most experienced players . Together with Sarwan have server WI for long . One can trust these players even in their worst forms . WI borad looking to prep fr next world cup , but no current younster is 1/2 capable of these players . WI board wake up & do some justice to WI's fan . I am indian , but still would like to see some competitiveness.

  • gargi_vizag on June 11, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    They still have the players to be competitive, if only the administrators/players come together for the benefit of the game in the WI. My 14 for the one dayers/tests would have been: Simmons, Chanderpaul, Gayle, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdhin (wk), Sammy, Roach,J.Taylor, Bishoo,Rampaul,Samuels. C'mon Windies.....world cricket needs more stronger teams to make the game more interesting.

  • Abhijasmine on June 11, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    India are without their best players..still this is the condition of WI... Just imagine had India brought the main players what would have been the condition of WI.

  • RameshSubramaniam on June 11, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    What will it take for selectors and Dhoni to understand Harbhajan is behind Ashwin (Best spinner in the country for sometime now), Mishra (Best leg spinner in the country), and Ojha. In IPL, Rahul Sharma bowled beautifully though he did not find any support from other bowlers. So I am not sure whether he fit in top 5? Harbhajan is living because of his past. Wake up Harbhajan, otherwise time is running out for even selectors...

  • BitsCrick on June 11, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    "West Indies learn from India" ha..ha... Earlier it was the reverse statement...

  • on June 11, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    It is ridiculous not to include world class players like Chanderpaul,Gayle , Jerome Taylor etc ... Young blood should be there ... It should not be at the expense team's performance ..

  • sudheercric on June 11, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    oh god..India are enjoying from full of players....Windies are suffering from lack of players

  • div09 on June 11, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I agree with you VivGilchrist...Windies were a team everyone feared from but now you are right, they have lost their respect. gayle and chandrapaul not playing is a big mistake these guys are making. I am Indian I live in Australia the matches here start at 11:00 PM I really want to watch them but there is no use if there is not a competitive match. I am hoping that todays match has some interesting situations involved because I have planned to watch it but still GO INDIA.

  • sircha on June 11, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    If we wrap the series today, the Indian team management should take a bold decision by resting Bhajji and playing Ashwin. That is the only way I see Ashwin playing a game. There is no way to leave out Mishra after his superb bowling performances. Bhajji should remind himself that he has the Test Series to worry about and give up his position for the sake of Ashwin in the last two ODIs. Although, it is highly unlikely considering the fact that Bhajji is Vice Captain of the ODI side.

  • manish053 on June 11, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Westindies supporters are woefully abhor to the WI Cricket Board who are responsible to make turmoil in the carribian cricket while thing are going on well. WI Board is undermining the supplications of the supporter and undermining the interest of carribian cricket. It is proverbial that wthout gyale the carribian team is flittered and they should not clin on hope and should abdicate the hope. WI team has not dismayed while selectors has made myriad supporters dismayed. still there is a time to discourse with the dismayed players and can end the iteration of woe in the carribian islands where nature throws its boon to inhabitants. Dogged WI board should come forward to discourse with players without thinking weather its is a decorous or not. Indian side may face hitch to have trimph in a row because of abrupt injuries to some of the players albeit they still have potent to defeat westindis not because that they have to confrot with the weaker side because Indian have virat and raina

  • nickydude on June 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Well, the true Indian win will be when we start winning abroad regularly, as 5-0 or 4-1, SA do it almost regularly & against WI last yr, even Pak won against WI on their last tour, even SL won 5-0 against Eng in 2006!. Its time India officially stopped celebrating close margin series victories especially minnows. A 3-2 win here will be unforgiving.

  • satanswish on June 11, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    WI team looks like Kenyans playing in maroon outfit.

  • Ceaser9495 on June 11, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    India played really bad....still they won all the matches till now....reason WIN are playing worst.

  • on June 11, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Why don't Indians give a chance to Saha and Tiwary in place of Parthiv and Yusuf

  • kd7889 on June 11, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    i heard that the antigua pitch is going to have some pace and bounce so according to me india should play ishant in this game...even 5 bowlers option is good..i.e. munaf, ishant, praveen, mishra and bhajji/ashwin...this will make indian bowling attack much stronger than WI...

  • vswami on June 11, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    What does Ashwin need to do to get a game.

  • VivGilchrist on June 11, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    The Board, Selectors, and some rebellious players are doing some massive damage to cricket in the Carribean. How can a weak team like WI afford not to have Gayle, Taylor, and Edwards in the squad? Like why aren't they playing with two frontline bowlers taking the new ball? No other good team does this. Look at the result, 2-0. India haven't even brought out there best squad. Why? Because no one respects playing WI anymore. Indias best players are being rested from the Test series to freshen up for the more important series in England. Even Australia at there peak never rested players in Tests...even when they played Bangladesh. You can't blame India, if WI doesn't pick there best team why should India? Read between the lines...WI has lost the respect of there opponents.

  • on June 11, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    I am indian but still ishall say the Windies best ODI team: Gayle, Simmons, Chanders(c), Sarwan, Ramdin(wk), Dwayne Bravo, Rusell/Pollard, Bishoo, Taylor, Fidel/Roach, Rampaul

  • pearsa on June 11, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Lets go windies ..beat India.

  • KrazyCricketKid on June 11, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    India are doing realy well this series. Screw all those people that doubted us to win a single game!

  • pearsa on June 11, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    west indies need to drop baugh, he cant bat at all.

  • on June 11, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    WI needs miracle to win against india...definately they are missing gayle due to some poor decisions taken by the board..i love to watch gayle plz bring him back....

  • on June 11, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    In present day ODI cricket it is not acceptable to have a wicketkeeper who does not contribute with the bat, thus it is imperative that WI pick their keeper who performs best not only behind the stumps but with the bat at regional level. With that said, for the 3rd ODI Simmons should be allowed to keep, he seems to have the mental capacity for the responsibility. This would allow for an extra strike bowler to be included. Every spot on the team is critical, the more genuine batsmen the better WI stand. Team: Simmons(keep), Edwards, Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Hyatt, Pollard, Sammy, Russell/Martin, Roach, Bishoo. With this batting line up WI will definitely be a challenge for the Indians

  • on June 11, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    time waste series!! WI board is too harsh towards Gayle, what do they want to achieve without him? where is Chanderpaul they say that he is injured even if he is not!! If one of these 2 players come back Sarwan will be taken off!! OMG want to see WI with full strength atleast in Tests!! Please make it interesting don't make Cricket a bored game!!

  • aamir51398 on June 11, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    West Indies squad should be Gayle,Barath,Sarwan,DM Bravo,Samuels,Simmons,DJ Bravo,Roach,Rampaul,Benn,Bishoo,Edwards,Pollard.Lendl Simmons should keep wicket and Windies should pick their bowling based on pitch conditions.

  • aclarity on June 10, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    The WI selectors need help badly. Consequently, I will start them in Grade 1. Pick your best five bowlers, your best five batsmen and a wicket keeper. Forget about all-rounder. The WI does not have any. Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Russell and Sammy are not. Your best five batsmen now are: Simmons, Samuels, Bravo, Hyatt, Sarwan (do not forget Devon Smith). Your best bowlers are Roach, Bishoo, Rampaul, Brathwaite and Pascal. Sammy takes the place of Rampaul because the latter needs a rest. Give Baugh a longer run. There you go selectors.

  • shawnsundar on June 10, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    @Stephon Joel Ramlogan. Your team would be beaten by Trinidad Women's Cricket Team. Yea sure leave out Sarwan despite making the most runs in the tour thus far, great logic. Rampaul should't be rested unless he really needs to. They need Fidel and Jerome back as well as Chanders and Gayle. NCassie has it all summed up nicely. I don't think, We, as West Indians, know that we could make all this crap change. Don't show up at matches. See what happens.

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Come on give Vijay a chance! give him few hits before the test matches!

  • VivGilchrist on June 10, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    If the pitch is fast and bouncy and If Rampaul deserves to be rested, logic would say that Roach should come into the team. That they've done. Better logic would suggest that Taylor and Fidel should also come in at the expence of Russell and Martin. The message is simple, WI haven't been taking enough wickets...bring in wicket-takers. Let's rush these Indians up a bit. Open with Pollard, drop Baugh, tell Sarwan to hurry up. STOP being so limp. AGGRESSION Windies, AGGRESSION!

  • on June 10, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Best Indian XI for tomorrow 1 Parthiv 2 Kohli 3 Badri 4 Raina 5 Yusuf 6 Rohit 7 Tiwary 8 Praveen 9 Ashwin 10 Mishra 11 Munaf

  • dilipm on June 10, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    It is time for Raina to make some changes for this and subsequent matches.The players sitting on the bench need to be tried out. Ishant and Ashwin should come in for Munaf and Harbhajan.That will allow Ishant to settle in for the Tests and provide opportunity for Ashwin to put Harbhajan on notice.Harbhajan has not been very effective during the last few series.He is bowling flat and is not varying his line and length much.His doosra is also in cold storage.Swann of England and Ajmal of Pakistan display much more variety and therefore pick up wickets regularly.Harbhajan has become a defensive bowler.He shouldn't take his place for granted. He needs to work on his bowling and become the strikeforce he was earlier in his career.

  • hassaboy on June 10, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Look!! West Indies cricket is in shambles. The executives and member of the WICB have egos bigger than the Empire State Building. All of them, including the coaches and chairman of the selection committee, should attend courses in management with emphasis in motivation. They should also seek advise from their parents on how to be humble. This may assist them to think more mature and consequently of the future of West Indies Cricket. Why it takes so long to have a simple discussion with Gayle? What about Chanderpaul? Here is a professional who could help the younger players in a nay match whether ODI or Test. Come on! Enough with petty difference and giant ego. Think West Indies Cricket. Where's Clive Lloys, Richie Richardson, Viv Richards, Lance Gibbs, Joey Carew, Gordon Greendige - Help!!!!!!!

  • NCassie on June 10, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    India should win easily as the WI Selectors/Board continue to make all the wrong/poor decisions. The omission of Gayle and Chanders, the resting of Rampaul, sticking with Baugh the WI are playing right into the hands of India as they seem to be clueless and guessing when it comes to tactics. They are not picking 2 strike bowlers its either Rampaul or Roach why can't both medium pacers play together. Yes the other bowlers are not effective Sammy, Bravo & Pollard but still stick to Rampaul, Bishoo & Roach as the main 3 bowlers and rotate the allrounders. BAUGH is not trying or looking to improve he constantly throws his wicket effortlessly away. Why do as a West Indian it is so fustrating and hard to get a good balanced team when all the good seniors are no longer considered and the younger ones who are getting the chances are not stepping up. Atleast pick a team that can win one game, a 5-0 series defeat to this bunch of Indian players is a INSULT to the West Indian public! SHAME SHAME!

  • mohamedamin on June 10, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Drop Baugh...let simmons keep...so Danza Hyatt plays....but still ind 3 wi 0.....until u bring bak gayle and chanders

  • kingcobra85 on June 10, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    why there is no hope for in-form ashwin ? drop wicketless harbhajan play amishra and ashwin together...

  • sufi_cool91 on June 10, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Sensible cricket from INDIA can win them one more game easily..!!

  • jokerbala on June 10, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    why is darren bravo given so many chances. just because he a brian lara look alike?

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    drop bishoo and bring on anothy martin and hyatt time for sammuels to step drown and bring in thomas for baugh drop roach and bring baker and drop sarwan and let devon return dis is the only way west indies is gonna win !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    west indies need some luck & inspiration going their way to at least win tomorrow's game & keep the series alive till thye loose their next game...

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Where is Chanderpaul? There have been 2 ODI's and still no Chanderpaul? What kind of nonsense is this?

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  • on June 10, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Where is Chanderpaul? There have been 2 ODI's and still no Chanderpaul? What kind of nonsense is this?

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    west indies need some luck & inspiration going their way to at least win tomorrow's game & keep the series alive till thye loose their next game...

  • on June 10, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    drop bishoo and bring on anothy martin and hyatt time for sammuels to step drown and bring in thomas for baugh drop roach and bring baker and drop sarwan and let devon return dis is the only way west indies is gonna win !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jokerbala on June 10, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    why is darren bravo given so many chances. just because he a brian lara look alike?

  • sufi_cool91 on June 10, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    Sensible cricket from INDIA can win them one more game easily..!!

  • kingcobra85 on June 10, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    why there is no hope for in-form ashwin ? drop wicketless harbhajan play amishra and ashwin together...

  • mohamedamin on June 10, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Drop Baugh...let simmons keep...so Danza Hyatt plays....but still ind 3 wi 0.....until u bring bak gayle and chanders

  • NCassie on June 10, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    India should win easily as the WI Selectors/Board continue to make all the wrong/poor decisions. The omission of Gayle and Chanders, the resting of Rampaul, sticking with Baugh the WI are playing right into the hands of India as they seem to be clueless and guessing when it comes to tactics. They are not picking 2 strike bowlers its either Rampaul or Roach why can't both medium pacers play together. Yes the other bowlers are not effective Sammy, Bravo & Pollard but still stick to Rampaul, Bishoo & Roach as the main 3 bowlers and rotate the allrounders. BAUGH is not trying or looking to improve he constantly throws his wicket effortlessly away. Why do as a West Indian it is so fustrating and hard to get a good balanced team when all the good seniors are no longer considered and the younger ones who are getting the chances are not stepping up. Atleast pick a team that can win one game, a 5-0 series defeat to this bunch of Indian players is a INSULT to the West Indian public! SHAME SHAME!

  • hassaboy on June 10, 2011, 22:06 GMT

    Look!! West Indies cricket is in shambles. The executives and member of the WICB have egos bigger than the Empire State Building. All of them, including the coaches and chairman of the selection committee, should attend courses in management with emphasis in motivation. They should also seek advise from their parents on how to be humble. This may assist them to think more mature and consequently of the future of West Indies Cricket. Why it takes so long to have a simple discussion with Gayle? What about Chanderpaul? Here is a professional who could help the younger players in a nay match whether ODI or Test. Come on! Enough with petty difference and giant ego. Think West Indies Cricket. Where's Clive Lloys, Richie Richardson, Viv Richards, Lance Gibbs, Joey Carew, Gordon Greendige - Help!!!!!!!

  • dilipm on June 10, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    It is time for Raina to make some changes for this and subsequent matches.The players sitting on the bench need to be tried out. Ishant and Ashwin should come in for Munaf and Harbhajan.That will allow Ishant to settle in for the Tests and provide opportunity for Ashwin to put Harbhajan on notice.Harbhajan has not been very effective during the last few series.He is bowling flat and is not varying his line and length much.His doosra is also in cold storage.Swann of England and Ajmal of Pakistan display much more variety and therefore pick up wickets regularly.Harbhajan has become a defensive bowler.He shouldn't take his place for granted. He needs to work on his bowling and become the strikeforce he was earlier in his career.