West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, Antigua June 12, 2011

My best innings - Russell

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Allrounder Andre Russell has said West Indies' failure to apply pressure when Harbhajan Singh came out to bat when India were 92 for 6, still needing 134 runs for victory, cost them the game.

"When Harbhajan came to the wicket, we didn't really apply much pressure," Russell said. "We allowed him to score freely. That's the thing we have to tighten up next time. We had to bowl at right areas against him early on to make him uncomfortable. We didn't do that today. All of these things we can take as a learning experience."

There were hardly any people in for the game in the morning and those who had come were stunned by the West Indian top-order collapse as they crumbled from 65 for 1 to 96 for 7. It was Russell, who with his violent, unbeaten 92 and some clean hitting, lifted West Indies out of the hole. He started his innings slowly, ensuring he settled in before he unfurled the bigger shots. One ball flew over the midwicket boundary and landed in the parking lot. A few others also cleared the boundary. He ultimately hit eight fours and five sixes in his 64-ball knock.

"I always go in with a positive frame of my mind, "Russell said. "I believe in myself and I know I can hit the ball. What matters the most to me is that I get a start. As long as I get a start; start sweating a bit and see the bowlers, I can bang them around later. It was important for me to do well and express myself against a top team like India. I grabbed the opportunity with both hands."

Russell said he wasn't nervous when he walked into bat with West Indies reeling at 96 for 7. "The experience of playing in the World Cup helped. In fact I ran in to the crease and had no nerves. It was somewhat a similar situation against England in the World Cup. We had lost early wickets then as well. I just focussed on getting a start. There were lots of overs left and I knew if I could stay there as long as possible I would score some runs."

An innings like this is bound to raise the expectations of the fans, who will demand from him to perform as an allrounder, but Russell said he primarily saw himself as a bowling allrounder. "I try to balance it as the best I can. Bowling is my first choice. I bowl first in the nets and then have a hit. I don't go to training and just bowl and not bat. I want to have that balance and enjoy the success."

Russell said that Saturday's knock was easily his best innings of his life. "I had 65-ball 108 against Ireland for Jamaica but this was my biggest innings as it came on a big stage. That 108 was amazing but I really enjoyed myself today. If only we had 30 more runs the result could have been different."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Alexei on June 15, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    If Sammy wasnt captain Russell would surely take his place in the ODI side... Russell contributes more as a batsman than Sammy.. I dont hate Sammy, dont get me wrong.. I just wish he contributed more bcuz he is capable of more in ODIs as a batsman..but based on performances, Russell should be at no.8 with 9. Bishoo, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach/Taylor ....that's one aggressive bowling line-up, Bravo/Pollard would be there to play Sammy role so a team like that should prove successful

  • reghuh on June 13, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    This current WI team is a shame to the old legacies of WI cricket like Malcomm Marshall,Curtly ambrose,Walsh,Kalicharan,Lara,Haynes,Hooper,Lloyd,Richards,Richardson,Garner........current team is not even good to beat my 10 year old younger brother's team in my houses backyard........ Its madness not to play Players like Gayle whatever be the misunderstanding.

  • jimbond on June 13, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    What does this innings signify? Oh yes, Sammy does not have the game to be in the side- not his fault that he is in the side, but it indicates mediocrity if Sammy is in the side when people like Russel, or Dwayne Bravo sit outside.

  • everfaithful77 on June 13, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    @Mayfield I absolutely agree with you. It is high time that the WICB stop FOOLING AROUND with Gayle, Bravo and Pollard. These guys have demonstrated clearly that West Indies Cricket comes second to IPL and other big 20/20 competitions around the world. SO JUST LET THEM GO. Why Pollard and Bravo were included in the ODI team vs India when there are so many great players waiting for a call-up is a BIG MYSTERY. Why were Dave BERNARD and Rihad EMRIT completely ignored ? Both of them are currently in great form and would not have disappointed West-Indies. Bravo and Pollard have not done anything recently in ODIs to justify their pick. THE WICB AND ITS PANEL of SELECTORS NEED TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. Also the 3rd ODI WAS OUR GAME TO WIN after the heroics of RUSSEL. At 92 for 6 SAMMY should have TIGHTENED THE NOOSE around INDIA especially HARBAJAN. Instead he allowed the Indian batsmen to settle by being more and more DEFENSIVE. SAMMY MUST LEARN TO BUILD PRESSURE WHEN REQUIRED TO WIN.

  • Metman on June 12, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    @rdwights and b4u8me2 !People are not bashing Gayle because he went to the IPL,at least not me !Most people are after him for his comments against Sammy,the coach,the Board ,Management and the WI public.

  • Metman on June 12, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Congrats Russell !Show the Pollard backers,(who obviously are still in the woodwork waiting like termites to come out when he scores some runs),how to bat !Shame was what caused Pollard to give the impression that he wasn't out.He was so shamed that he kept looking back all the time,couldn"t even face his team mates.The keeper knew he hit the ball,so why was he so shock ?He did the same in the last ODI,hesitating and looking shock when given out !Sometime ago in TnT ,Pollard stood his ground after playing forward and edging to slip in a match against Bdos.In Pollard's last 8 innings in ODIs against the test playing nations, he now has an av.of 5,what a SHAME!All the Ramdin backers were quietly in front their TVs,hoping and praying that Baugh fails,but congrats to yu too Carlton !

  • rdwights on June 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    i really wonder why the Gayle bashing. He was not picked for the Pakistan tour. He only went to IPL after he was not picked. Why are we so hypocritical.. wouldnt we all have done the same. Further more pollard and Bravo chose IPL over the tour so why not lambast them. Futhermore what is wrong with Gayle indicating a prefermce for the shorter form of the game..isnt Malinga Warne, and the whole group of australians doing the same. I personally love test but if I was able to play I would also go for the shorter form of the game. Just give the man a break... When Gayle is playing for IPL he is obviously more relaxed with the batting behind him, a luxury he doesnot have while playing for the West Indies, hence in the ipl he can hit at will

  • b4u8me2 on June 12, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    How can people sit there and bash Gayle when Gayle wasnt the one who turned his back on WI cricket. He was dropped for no good reason and only then did he go off to the IPL. He did not choose IPL over WI cricket - he was dropped from the team and then he chose IPL. It is also hypocritical to be bashing Gayle when Bravo and Pollard are the ones who chose IPL over WI cricket after they were considered for teh series against Pakistan, yet nothing is being said of them. Presently Bravo is the vice captain and he opted not to play the test series against Pakistan and now he has asked for rest because he's tired from the IPL. But like so many others, including the WICB, it is easy to target Gayle - who by the way has a better record than Haynes and Greenidge at this point in his career. Go figure!! They say he is only a 20/20 specialist yet he has two triple centuries against top test playing nations. Go figure again!!!

  • NCassie on June 12, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Rally rally round the Waste Indies, now and forever, Rally rally round the WI Board...these guys are brilliant! The best when it comes to treatment of players during injuries, tournaments, take a BOW Gibson, Haynes and company.

  • Mayfield on June 12, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    In response to Sawbo88 posting. This is exactly why the WI cricket is in the state it is in. Players who are not commited to WI cricket no matter what they say to the media. ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. Gayle is all about making money, and there is nothing wrong about that. But don't make believe that you are commited to WI cricket when your actions say different. And don't forget Gayle's position on test cricket. He is not alone in this dept. Bravo asked to be rested. Why? Because he was tired from playing IPL. His cricket is deteriorating badly, both his batting and his bowling. One could argue, that this is from playing knockout cricket-IPL. You cannot develop as a cricketer playing IPL. Just look at Pollard. Test cricket and ODI require a lot of dirrerent skill than what is req. in the IPL. The only thing you need to do is SWIPE. Period. WI are wasting their time with Pollard, Gayle and Bravo. Let them go.

  • Alexei on June 15, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    If Sammy wasnt captain Russell would surely take his place in the ODI side... Russell contributes more as a batsman than Sammy.. I dont hate Sammy, dont get me wrong.. I just wish he contributed more bcuz he is capable of more in ODIs as a batsman..but based on performances, Russell should be at no.8 with 9. Bishoo, 10. Rampaul, 11. Roach/Taylor ....that's one aggressive bowling line-up, Bravo/Pollard would be there to play Sammy role so a team like that should prove successful

  • reghuh on June 13, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    This current WI team is a shame to the old legacies of WI cricket like Malcomm Marshall,Curtly ambrose,Walsh,Kalicharan,Lara,Haynes,Hooper,Lloyd,Richards,Richardson,Garner........current team is not even good to beat my 10 year old younger brother's team in my houses backyard........ Its madness not to play Players like Gayle whatever be the misunderstanding.

  • jimbond on June 13, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    What does this innings signify? Oh yes, Sammy does not have the game to be in the side- not his fault that he is in the side, but it indicates mediocrity if Sammy is in the side when people like Russel, or Dwayne Bravo sit outside.

  • everfaithful77 on June 13, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    @Mayfield I absolutely agree with you. It is high time that the WICB stop FOOLING AROUND with Gayle, Bravo and Pollard. These guys have demonstrated clearly that West Indies Cricket comes second to IPL and other big 20/20 competitions around the world. SO JUST LET THEM GO. Why Pollard and Bravo were included in the ODI team vs India when there are so many great players waiting for a call-up is a BIG MYSTERY. Why were Dave BERNARD and Rihad EMRIT completely ignored ? Both of them are currently in great form and would not have disappointed West-Indies. Bravo and Pollard have not done anything recently in ODIs to justify their pick. THE WICB AND ITS PANEL of SELECTORS NEED TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER. Also the 3rd ODI WAS OUR GAME TO WIN after the heroics of RUSSEL. At 92 for 6 SAMMY should have TIGHTENED THE NOOSE around INDIA especially HARBAJAN. Instead he allowed the Indian batsmen to settle by being more and more DEFENSIVE. SAMMY MUST LEARN TO BUILD PRESSURE WHEN REQUIRED TO WIN.

  • Metman on June 12, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    @rdwights and b4u8me2 !People are not bashing Gayle because he went to the IPL,at least not me !Most people are after him for his comments against Sammy,the coach,the Board ,Management and the WI public.

  • Metman on June 12, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Congrats Russell !Show the Pollard backers,(who obviously are still in the woodwork waiting like termites to come out when he scores some runs),how to bat !Shame was what caused Pollard to give the impression that he wasn't out.He was so shamed that he kept looking back all the time,couldn"t even face his team mates.The keeper knew he hit the ball,so why was he so shock ?He did the same in the last ODI,hesitating and looking shock when given out !Sometime ago in TnT ,Pollard stood his ground after playing forward and edging to slip in a match against Bdos.In Pollard's last 8 innings in ODIs against the test playing nations, he now has an av.of 5,what a SHAME!All the Ramdin backers were quietly in front their TVs,hoping and praying that Baugh fails,but congrats to yu too Carlton !

  • rdwights on June 12, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    i really wonder why the Gayle bashing. He was not picked for the Pakistan tour. He only went to IPL after he was not picked. Why are we so hypocritical.. wouldnt we all have done the same. Further more pollard and Bravo chose IPL over the tour so why not lambast them. Futhermore what is wrong with Gayle indicating a prefermce for the shorter form of the game..isnt Malinga Warne, and the whole group of australians doing the same. I personally love test but if I was able to play I would also go for the shorter form of the game. Just give the man a break... When Gayle is playing for IPL he is obviously more relaxed with the batting behind him, a luxury he doesnot have while playing for the West Indies, hence in the ipl he can hit at will

  • b4u8me2 on June 12, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    How can people sit there and bash Gayle when Gayle wasnt the one who turned his back on WI cricket. He was dropped for no good reason and only then did he go off to the IPL. He did not choose IPL over WI cricket - he was dropped from the team and then he chose IPL. It is also hypocritical to be bashing Gayle when Bravo and Pollard are the ones who chose IPL over WI cricket after they were considered for teh series against Pakistan, yet nothing is being said of them. Presently Bravo is the vice captain and he opted not to play the test series against Pakistan and now he has asked for rest because he's tired from the IPL. But like so many others, including the WICB, it is easy to target Gayle - who by the way has a better record than Haynes and Greenidge at this point in his career. Go figure!! They say he is only a 20/20 specialist yet he has two triple centuries against top test playing nations. Go figure again!!!

  • NCassie on June 12, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Rally rally round the Waste Indies, now and forever, Rally rally round the WI Board...these guys are brilliant! The best when it comes to treatment of players during injuries, tournaments, take a BOW Gibson, Haynes and company.

  • Mayfield on June 12, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    In response to Sawbo88 posting. This is exactly why the WI cricket is in the state it is in. Players who are not commited to WI cricket no matter what they say to the media. ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. Gayle is all about making money, and there is nothing wrong about that. But don't make believe that you are commited to WI cricket when your actions say different. And don't forget Gayle's position on test cricket. He is not alone in this dept. Bravo asked to be rested. Why? Because he was tired from playing IPL. His cricket is deteriorating badly, both his batting and his bowling. One could argue, that this is from playing knockout cricket-IPL. You cannot develop as a cricketer playing IPL. Just look at Pollard. Test cricket and ODI require a lot of dirrerent skill than what is req. in the IPL. The only thing you need to do is SWIPE. Period. WI are wasting their time with Pollard, Gayle and Bravo. Let them go.

  • dragline on June 12, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    well done west indies and Andre Ruzzell. in the past we would have crumpled for a mere 1oo. i think th captain sammy could have attack the lower order of india more. hard luck it did not go our way in the end.We need to rest Edwards and bring back Darren; who is a much better player at this time. Let Darren bat at #4. Squad Gayle/Hyatt, Simmons, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Samuel, Pollard, Bough, Ruzzel, Sammy,Roach and Bishoo.

  • delboy on June 12, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Simple solution WI need to reverse the batting order.

  • on June 12, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Will you WI fans stop talking about Gayle,Gayle evert minute...Jezzzz the guy has already demonstrated that he is not interested in West Indies cricket...all the players you guy are arguing for to come back in the team have already been tried and they failed...Taylor, Edwards etc were the blowers when teams were consistently racking up over 400 plus runs for a bit of wickets...Go check the records over the past ten years and see who were playing and what the results were......I am backing this SAMMY team 110.0% just a matter of time before they come good...forget about idiots like Gayle and the rest who think they could hold West Indies cricket to ransom for a few dollars more..>GO Windies GO>GO>

  • Finn92 on June 12, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    He is a much better international prospect than Pollard, he may even be able to play in the top 6 one day who knows? But as he said he needs to concentrate on his bowling which is good but he can go for runs and so he just needs to tighten it up. The West Indies have a lot of potential and many good young players around they just need the fans to keep faith during the next couple of years as they have to be given chance to learn and play top sides, they may not win a lot but in the long run it will be very beneficial.

  • Percy_Fender on June 12, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    With this kind of talent, I just cannot understand what more is needed. A team of Chris Gayle, Adrian Barath,Lendl Simmons,Marlon Samuels,Darren Bravo, Andy Russell, Carlton Baugh, Jerome Taylor,Kemar Roach,Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo should be able to take on anyone really. I am not including Sarwan and Chanderpaul because of their fitness problems. The captaincy is the big question.

  • lyl67 on June 12, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    wheneveam they should the west indies do no select the best available they should have to justify themselves to the ICC and fined or payment from ICC witheld. Gayle have been in the proximity of the WICB management team but the problem with him is still ongoing. Why has it not resolved? Lets look at Prior the English wk.have you seen how quick they have acted. plus England can do without him more than west indies can do without Gayle and Ramdin. I hope Baugh does not contine as wk. even though he somewhat has saved WI by building a good patnership with Russell.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 12, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Wonder why he wasnt there in first odi. He is far better than pollard. Remeber the WC match against england?

  • lyl67 on June 12, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    What is wrong with the West Indies? let us look first at management and coach. who is responsibile for selecting the squad and the teams? Who ever it is has failed miserable and ought not to be in charge anymore payment for the the federation should be suspended until a best team available represent the islands, so long as this people in high places who have no clue are in charge nothing will get better and eventually they will lose their test status. Whenever west indies does not select the best team available tey should be f

  • KAIRAVA on June 12, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    It seems that West Indies has the highest number of medium pace allrounders in international cricket at the moment. Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell & Chris Barnwell constiture nearly half the playing XI who can bowl at a tidy pace and can whack the ball at will. With such talent at their disposal, WI should have been playing at bouncy pitches in the own backyard (like SA & Aus) rather than have opposition bowlers exploit "their alien" spinning tracks that WI pitches have offered in recent times.

  • on June 12, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    I always thought Russel could bat

  • Aussasinator on June 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    The West Indies need to get four 90mph quicks bowlers into one side and unleash them on the world. The days of glory will be back. And they must be having such bowlers, unlike less blessed countries. It seems to be a management problem and poor HR.

  • sawbo88 on June 12, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    I am disappointed with Gayle. I was starting to warm to him coming back as we lack fire at the top, but then I read his Twitter encouraging IPL into Russell's mind. It is obvious that Gayle is no longer dedicated to the W.I and should not be allowed to disrupt the team around him. Ideal Team: Simmons (wkt), Chanderpaul, Da Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Barath, Sammy, Russell, Rampaul, Roach, Bishoo

  • on June 12, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    The real weaklink of wi is their captain. if we select first choice eleven , he wouldnt be there. wi selectors must select more pace bowlers. they concentrating too much on all rounders like sammy , bravo,pollard and russel. in my opinion wi must play frontline three seamers(jerome taylor,ravi rampaul,roach/edwards) and must try to bounce india out.

  • qpzmwoxn on June 12, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    @ Indrasis Acharya as far as i know samuels is not allowed to bowl any more because of his bad action. Team should be Gayle, simmons, da bravo(WK), sarwan, samuels, barath, dw bravo, sammy, rampaull, roach, bishoo other squad members pollard, russel, khan, chanderpaul

  • deegowd on June 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Is Russel becoming Windies' Irfan Pathan? A bowler, who became a bowling all-rounder and ultimately lost his place because his bowling was no longer upto the mark?

  • Mayfield on June 12, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    The WI need to build a team with the followin: Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Samuels, Kyle Brathwaite, Thomas, Darren Bravo, Chanders, Nash, Roach, Rampaul, Taylor,F. Edwards, Bishoo, Russel, Shillingford.

  • on June 12, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Feeling depressed to see WI series loss despite heroic innngs from Russel.Gayle and Darren Bravo should have been there. Sammy needs to use his bowlers with much more agression and intelligence. Why is he not asking Samuels and Simmons to bowl...They both have a good record with ball.Best of Luck WI . If I as an Indian is behind you then am sure you will get to cheer for you. Go and make the WI cricket proud again.

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    These players from WI have invested so much in the game and the home board has invested so much in them that they are bearing fruits at the international arena. But once they are in the limelight for all the good reasons by playing tremendously well they shouldnt forget their commitment to their home nation for lack of pay. Nowadays with lucrative IPL around, lack of pay from home boards should never be a demotivating factor for these players and players have no reason to take the board to ransom whenever they want.

  • VivGilchrist on June 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    WI have the talent. They may not have the bench strength of the top teams, but if they select wisely they can still win. They have 4 genuine opening bowlers - Roach, Rampaul, Taylor, and Edwards. They have two bowling allrounders in Sammy and Russell. They have a very good leggy, Bishoo, and a useful offie, Benn. A untried spinning allrounder in Khan. Two of the biggest hitting batsmen in world cricket, Gayle and Pollard. The experience of Chanders, Sarwan, and Samuels.two good young batsmen in Simmons and Bravo jr, that can both also keep wicket. And a dasher on the sidelines, Barath, who while being a Test opener, I think would make a really good ODI no6. The talent is there, just use it properly, end the bickering, and get some team balance.

  • VivGilchrist on June 12, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Great knock, but the teams balance is out. Russell is a first change bowler and so is Sammy. If these are both going to play then 2 of Roach, Rampaul, Taylor, or Edwards must take the new ball. Bishoo is a definite starter so Sammy or Russell must bat as high as 7. This then pushes Baugh into the top 6. If he can't be depended on then another keeper must be found or Simmons/Bravo do the job until someone is found. With this set up there leaves no room or need for Dwayne Bravo. Gayle has to come in before everybody loses interest in WI cricket. Sport is part of the entertainment industry. If it's not entertaining people won't watch. If people don't watch, there's no money being made. If there is no money, it dies. End this stand off NOW.

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    He's definitely an exciting prospect. It's a welcome change to see a bowler who reads "Fast" instead of "Fast Medium" or "Medium Fast". Pity that numerous issues of WICB and WIPA mean we can't see a Caribbean attack with Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor hunting like a pack. Let's hope he has a long, injury free and successful international career.

  • Chetan007 on June 12, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    It was really a great inning from a lower order batsman. WI cricketers need same kind of approach all time if they want to win matches or at least give a good fight to their opponents. They have good players in the team. As now they need Rampaul and Roach as their strike bowlers with Sammy in form. I feel they have good balling. Only they need a good spinner. Better to give either Keiron Pollard or Bravo a chance up the order. Might be they can be useful at the position. WI need some good start. With Gayle only left with few more years. Better to try out some youngsters and play Gayle in some important matches. At least give him a chance in every series at the start.

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  • Chetan007 on June 12, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    It was really a great inning from a lower order batsman. WI cricketers need same kind of approach all time if they want to win matches or at least give a good fight to their opponents. They have good players in the team. As now they need Rampaul and Roach as their strike bowlers with Sammy in form. I feel they have good balling. Only they need a good spinner. Better to give either Keiron Pollard or Bravo a chance up the order. Might be they can be useful at the position. WI need some good start. With Gayle only left with few more years. Better to try out some youngsters and play Gayle in some important matches. At least give him a chance in every series at the start.

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    He's definitely an exciting prospect. It's a welcome change to see a bowler who reads "Fast" instead of "Fast Medium" or "Medium Fast". Pity that numerous issues of WICB and WIPA mean we can't see a Caribbean attack with Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor hunting like a pack. Let's hope he has a long, injury free and successful international career.

  • VivGilchrist on June 12, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Great knock, but the teams balance is out. Russell is a first change bowler and so is Sammy. If these are both going to play then 2 of Roach, Rampaul, Taylor, or Edwards must take the new ball. Bishoo is a definite starter so Sammy or Russell must bat as high as 7. This then pushes Baugh into the top 6. If he can't be depended on then another keeper must be found or Simmons/Bravo do the job until someone is found. With this set up there leaves no room or need for Dwayne Bravo. Gayle has to come in before everybody loses interest in WI cricket. Sport is part of the entertainment industry. If it's not entertaining people won't watch. If people don't watch, there's no money being made. If there is no money, it dies. End this stand off NOW.

  • VivGilchrist on June 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    WI have the talent. They may not have the bench strength of the top teams, but if they select wisely they can still win. They have 4 genuine opening bowlers - Roach, Rampaul, Taylor, and Edwards. They have two bowling allrounders in Sammy and Russell. They have a very good leggy, Bishoo, and a useful offie, Benn. A untried spinning allrounder in Khan. Two of the biggest hitting batsmen in world cricket, Gayle and Pollard. The experience of Chanders, Sarwan, and Samuels.two good young batsmen in Simmons and Bravo jr, that can both also keep wicket. And a dasher on the sidelines, Barath, who while being a Test opener, I think would make a really good ODI no6. The talent is there, just use it properly, end the bickering, and get some team balance.

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    These players from WI have invested so much in the game and the home board has invested so much in them that they are bearing fruits at the international arena. But once they are in the limelight for all the good reasons by playing tremendously well they shouldnt forget their commitment to their home nation for lack of pay. Nowadays with lucrative IPL around, lack of pay from home boards should never be a demotivating factor for these players and players have no reason to take the board to ransom whenever they want.

  • on June 12, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Feeling depressed to see WI series loss despite heroic innngs from Russel.Gayle and Darren Bravo should have been there. Sammy needs to use his bowlers with much more agression and intelligence. Why is he not asking Samuels and Simmons to bowl...They both have a good record with ball.Best of Luck WI . If I as an Indian is behind you then am sure you will get to cheer for you. Go and make the WI cricket proud again.

  • Mayfield on June 12, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    The WI need to build a team with the followin: Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Samuels, Kyle Brathwaite, Thomas, Darren Bravo, Chanders, Nash, Roach, Rampaul, Taylor,F. Edwards, Bishoo, Russel, Shillingford.

  • deegowd on June 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Is Russel becoming Windies' Irfan Pathan? A bowler, who became a bowling all-rounder and ultimately lost his place because his bowling was no longer upto the mark?

  • qpzmwoxn on June 12, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    @ Indrasis Acharya as far as i know samuels is not allowed to bowl any more because of his bad action. Team should be Gayle, simmons, da bravo(WK), sarwan, samuels, barath, dw bravo, sammy, rampaull, roach, bishoo other squad members pollard, russel, khan, chanderpaul

  • on June 12, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    The real weaklink of wi is their captain. if we select first choice eleven , he wouldnt be there. wi selectors must select more pace bowlers. they concentrating too much on all rounders like sammy , bravo,pollard and russel. in my opinion wi must play frontline three seamers(jerome taylor,ravi rampaul,roach/edwards) and must try to bounce india out.