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

India have potential to be a great side - Fletcher

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One of the important events of this series for India, apart from the opportunities for the youngsters to prove their worth without the guiding presence of the seniors, is the debut of Duncan Fletcher as coach. He came heavily recommended by Gary Kirsten and his approach to coaching is slowly filtering through the anonymity that he cherishes. In the training sessions, he rarely addresses the players in a group. He will pick out a player or wait for him to walk up and have a chat. Even inside the secrecy of the team hotels, he says he prefers one-on-one conversations.

"If someone comes and chats to me, we just have a quiet chat," Fletcher said. "But that's just been the way that I have always operated and I will continue to operate like that. I have always liked one-on-one situations. People tend to be more free and comfortable in that situation. They are freer to ask questions so if they get it wrong they are not embarrassed. It's between me and the player. Why should I get it out in the media and help them get onto the bandwagon? That's why I go one-on-one because I think there is a lot of confidentiality required."

At the end of the third ODI, Fletcher went to Rohit Sharma and told him that he had rarely seen someone finish a game in such style and with such ease, and lavished more praise at the press conference.

He also talked about his coaching philosophy. "It's important that I come here to first observe and understand them, to gain each other's respect, I mean that's the first thing. Get to understand how they think. People accept messages in different ways. So it's crucial how they communicate with other people. Sometimes if you rush in, it's very easy to destroy a cricketer and far harder to help a cricketer. I just have to be patient."

This tour doesn't have many Indian reporters and so far Fletcher hasn't been hounded by the media. He did get a sneak peek, though, before the third ODI. Suddenly, a reporter asked him, "Geoffrey Boycott has said that even his mom can coach this Indian team. What do you have to say?" Fletcher didn't show any anger, nor even slight irritation. He just said calmly, "I don't want to comment on that."

As you would expect this is the warm-up tour for him as a coach. The time to get to know the players, settle in and be accepted and respected. Respect is a constant theme in his vocabulary. Even in his first media conference in Chennai after he was named as a coach, he said, "You have to gain their [players'] respect and they have to gain my respect. And that's what this is about. Once you have that then it makes your job easier."

It must be hard not to come with any perceptions about players, especially in a team like India, but Fletcher says that was the most important thing that he had to do before he took up the job. "A lot of people have a lot of things to say about the players and other people involved in the set-up, but it's very important that you go in with a very clear mind about the players and make up your own mind about them. That's why I have stood back and observed and see how they react to things. It's important for me that this procedure takes place."

He has liked what he has seen so far from this Indian team. "This [third ODI] was a game where we struggled but we won. It shows two things: the character of the team, which is very very important, and that we can win from those situations. That's not easy. Most sides would crumble under that sort of pressure and so it's good to win so that you know how to win from those situations. By winning the series three-nil already they have shown great capability with bat and ball. What has impressed me is the way they have thrown themselves on the field in this heat. They have got the potential and the ingredients to be a great side."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • BiSONN on June 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    "Potential" to be great? Someone please till our new coach that we're currently the number one ranked test side in the world AND we just won the world cup. Potential to be a great side? We ARE a great side!

  • on June 13, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Well said SudharsanVM !!!

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on June 13, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    India would have lost the last series in 2007 if DRS was in play - poor lbw decision against no.11 in 1st test was given not out when scores were England 298 & 282 drew with India 201 & 282-9! Bad light then saved the India team.

    India may win later this summer, but their recent form is patchy. How many sides have they bowled out for less than 100?

    Incidentally Kumble did score 100 in last series but none of the other "golden generation".

    I have noticed also my recent comments do not get posted - what about it CricInfo?

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 13, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    England are on the seventh planet just bcoz of winning the ashes from a depleted aussie side ( and not to forget they where white washed in odi's) and beating sides like sri lanka and bangladesh (not to forget the only world class player of bangladesh , tamin iqbal got stuck into them) in their own backyard. So , why they are jumping up and down and day dreaming about becoming no.1 in some months. They will be grounded , let the indians come to england.

  • on June 13, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    India cant play fast bowling is myth now. India played ,survived and even won or drew series against the best bowling all the nations could put up and that too abroad. Two olden days facts are now myths. 1) Indian cant play fast bowling 2)India cannot take 20 wkts . India has taken 20 wkts of each opposition wherever and whenever needed.

  • moko58 on June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Since Fletcher has declared that India will dominate cricket for the next 10 years, maybe we should just switch off our TV's and come back in 2021 to see India cricket matches.

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep "(India) Should have won the South African test series 2-1 instead of drawing it. South Africa had collapsed and if was not for Mark Boucher the match would have been India's" Bad news Prayoth, I've checked the ICC guidelines and it does say that almost winning does not count. There is talk that the match may be awarded to India on the basis that 9/10 times Boucher would not have played so well so it should basically count as an India victory. I'll keep you posted on any new developments on that one.

  • T.SB on June 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I dont understand why people refer dhoni the alltime best captain, if players start perfominig at the right time any team will win the game.look at ponting for that case,he won two world cups back to back because he had the match winning resources in the unit at that time,that don't mean he is the best captain, becoz hw won two worldcup.The previous world cup showed the world what it is abt captaincy,because the match winners are missing in the auz team,they dint win the worldcup,even though the captain is the same!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @moBlue "you don't remember that IND drew a much stronger SA in SA under much more hostile conditions" you apparently don't remember England doing the same at the start of 2010. The reason people are saying that India have to beat England to prove their dominance is that if you look at the last few years not much separates England and India's test records. Its not that England is some holy land where India have never won before (they won in 2007) but that these are the two form teams in test cricket and if England win they may edge ahead in the test championship. People are getting way to upset, lets just wait and see what happens.

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    True test will be when India play England , next month .

  • BiSONN on June 13, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    "Potential" to be great? Someone please till our new coach that we're currently the number one ranked test side in the world AND we just won the world cup. Potential to be a great side? We ARE a great side!

  • on June 13, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Well said SudharsanVM !!!

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on June 13, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    India would have lost the last series in 2007 if DRS was in play - poor lbw decision against no.11 in 1st test was given not out when scores were England 298 & 282 drew with India 201 & 282-9! Bad light then saved the India team.

    India may win later this summer, but their recent form is patchy. How many sides have they bowled out for less than 100?

    Incidentally Kumble did score 100 in last series but none of the other "golden generation".

    I have noticed also my recent comments do not get posted - what about it CricInfo?

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 13, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    England are on the seventh planet just bcoz of winning the ashes from a depleted aussie side ( and not to forget they where white washed in odi's) and beating sides like sri lanka and bangladesh (not to forget the only world class player of bangladesh , tamin iqbal got stuck into them) in their own backyard. So , why they are jumping up and down and day dreaming about becoming no.1 in some months. They will be grounded , let the indians come to england.

  • on June 13, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    India cant play fast bowling is myth now. India played ,survived and even won or drew series against the best bowling all the nations could put up and that too abroad. Two olden days facts are now myths. 1) Indian cant play fast bowling 2)India cannot take 20 wkts . India has taken 20 wkts of each opposition wherever and whenever needed.

  • moko58 on June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Since Fletcher has declared that India will dominate cricket for the next 10 years, maybe we should just switch off our TV's and come back in 2021 to see India cricket matches.

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    @Prajyoth Pradeep "(India) Should have won the South African test series 2-1 instead of drawing it. South Africa had collapsed and if was not for Mark Boucher the match would have been India's" Bad news Prayoth, I've checked the ICC guidelines and it does say that almost winning does not count. There is talk that the match may be awarded to India on the basis that 9/10 times Boucher would not have played so well so it should basically count as an India victory. I'll keep you posted on any new developments on that one.

  • T.SB on June 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I dont understand why people refer dhoni the alltime best captain, if players start perfominig at the right time any team will win the game.look at ponting for that case,he won two world cups back to back because he had the match winning resources in the unit at that time,that don't mean he is the best captain, becoz hw won two worldcup.The previous world cup showed the world what it is abt captaincy,because the match winners are missing in the auz team,they dint win the worldcup,even though the captain is the same!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @moBlue "you don't remember that IND drew a much stronger SA in SA under much more hostile conditions" you apparently don't remember England doing the same at the start of 2010. The reason people are saying that India have to beat England to prove their dominance is that if you look at the last few years not much separates England and India's test records. Its not that England is some holy land where India have never won before (they won in 2007) but that these are the two form teams in test cricket and if England win they may edge ahead in the test championship. People are getting way to upset, lets just wait and see what happens.

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    True test will be when India play England , next month .

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on June 13, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    well it is for those people who still think india dont like facing fast bowlers well ponting said the same in 2008 what happened they lost in perth and tait left test cricket, england told the same in 2007 what happened they lost the test series in england and in India, graeme smith told the same last year and they lost in durban and we drew the test series, nz told the same and we won in NZ. SL told last year we will win the test series but what happened we drew in SL. In odi's india won the CB series in Aus, asia cup and now WC. time is not far when india will win test series in Aus and SA!! and also Aus has not won test series in India since 2004 and SA has not won test series in India since 2000. England has not won test series in India since 1985.

  • SudharsanVM on June 13, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    One can accept that England can be a great side. But it is only in english conditions. Can anderson be able to bowl without two slips and gully outside england? But steyn and zak can bowl well even in batsmen friendly tracks. English might have won ashes, but its not a great australian side they bet. If english are to be said a greater side, they has to win in subcontinent. Before Ind-SA series also, much has be spoken about SA bowlers vs indian batsmen. But it has been Indian bowlers won the second test and almost did it in third test. It has been only one bad rainy day with a green pitch on first day of first test that caused a series for India. Lot has been forget about the Indian bowling. They bowl teams out in dead indian pitches.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on June 13, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    This is not the full strength Indian team or the west indies team either. But still you performances from the Indians way ahead of the Windies. Roach,Bishoo,Sammy had been good bowlers in the recent times for Windies. Simmons had played Spin and pace well and pollard is a pinch hitter who can smack any bowler but he is failing repeatedly in this series. Mishra & Bhajji had been economical in this series and there had been good batting performances from Kohli,Parthiv,Dhawan,Rohit in this series. Bhajji & Praveen had thier share of hitting too in the 3rd ODI where a win seemed inevitable for the Indians. Good Work!!!

  • cyberflirt on June 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    I wanna ask all those who question the Numero Uno Status of India in Test Cricket...Why its a problem for the so-called Critics in accepting the fact that India has proved enough and more to be at the current status and you guys still want them to Prove in the seaming and swinging conditions..else you people won't accept...Every country has its own strengths and weaknesses..The current English Team, whose laurels are sung by these critics, will crumble and falter big time in India as there are only couple of Good English Players who plays spin well..You mean to say Playing Well against Spin is not a big criteria more than Playing well in the Swing and Seam pitches??? Please refer the records well be4 commenting.. Under the same swing & seam conditions only Stars like Dravid and Ganguly emerged not to forget Sachin... Still these critics want them to prove India's status as Numero Uno...Give me a break and stop being Biased...

  • moBlue on June 13, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    did you know that the last time IND played a test in ENG under "hostile swing and seam conditions", anil kumble scored a century?!? :) ha ha! go look it up! i am not making this up! [this was in 2007...] yet team IND has to "prove itself worthy of its number 1 ranking" against team ENG by beating ENG in ENG?!? don't you think we IND fans remember all the same dire warnings issued against team IND by its legion of die-hard critics when IND went to ENG the last time about IND's "inability to bat in swinging and seaming conditions", inability of their "medium-pace" bowlers to take 20 wickets, anil kumble's lack of effectiveness in ENG, etc.? i will grant you that even i did not expect that kumble would be so-o-o effective in ENG - with his batting ability! :) can you imagine what harbhajan might do this time around? with the bat, i mean? :) :) :) i mean, the dude can whack morne morkel at full pelt for a straight six in SA, after all, and win us a few games!!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Ya it is absolutely right.. India is now in a form like never before.. Excellent bench strength,hoards of talents to fill up the boots of seniors.. Surely if this continues India is going to be a great team oneday..

  • nachami on June 13, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    ""People accept messages in different ways. So it's crucial how they communicate with other people. Sometimes if you rush in, it's very easy to destroy a cricketer and far harder to help a cricketer"" TRUE AND IT MAKES SENSE. Best of Luck.

  • moBlue on June 13, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    yeah, yeah, yeah. IND has to beat ENG in ENG... for only then some of y'all are going to "accept" that team IND "deserves" the number 1 tag in test cricket! really? who died and made y'all emperor of the world? :) did you know - before you blabbered about team IND having to beat "this" ENG team - that IND has not lost its last two series in ENG? i mean, i heard the same cautionary warnings in 2002 and in 2007 ["watch out for vaughn and pietersen, and flintoff and the amazing ENG swing bowlers in conditions favoring swing bowling!" "IND bowlers on the other hand suck; too slow!!!", etc., etc.]... yet it was ENG who had their rare ends handed to them by IND in 2002 and 2007. yet you still want IND to prove it can beat "this" ENG team - oh, lest we all forget, the mighty ENG team that slayed a (toothless) dragon in its own den in the last ashes - and no, you don't remember that IND drew a much stronger SA in SA under much more hostile conditions! team IND does not have to prove anything!

  • Notredam on June 13, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    We are lucky to have dhoni as captain..all time legend and amongst the best ever to lead india...or world cricket..for that matter..

  • on June 13, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    I'm waiting for the day when Fletcher replaces "they" & "India" with "we". That's when I will know he has really settled.

  • on June 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Pradeep, you need to explain why you believe the current team cannot be a great team. At present, I agree that they have a few more frontiers to conquer before they can get there. But the ingredients are there to be great. Zak, and Ishant/Sreesanth can be a lethal opening combination, as long as fitness (Ishant) and attitude (Sreesanth) can be addressed. Bhajji, Ashwin and Mishra have the potential to be great (Bhajji, arguably, is already half way there). Regarding the batting - the current lot is great, and the future (Raina, Kohli, Badri, Rohit, Vijay, Pujara...) holds promise. Add Dhoni to mix and you definitely have everything you need to be great.

  • peterss on June 13, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    I would like to call on those who were critical on the selectors for such a team to tour the Windies. They are whopping WI. Those people wont have face to talk now.

  • on June 13, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Which team are you talking about the current team or the World-Cup winning side. If its the world cup winning side, then what is the talk about 'they can be a great side'. They ARE a GREAT SIDE, they have already Won a World Cup, is the no.1 ranked test side. Should have won the South African test series 2-1 instead of drawing it. South Africa had collapsed and if was not for Mark Boucher the match would have been India's. India Almost won the One-day series at South Africa in the final match when they were 110 for 8 to fall short by 10 or 12 runs with Yusuf Pathan's super 100. South Africa will never again have the guts to prepare a green 'trampoline' track against India but India can prepare spinning tracks against South Africa. Tell me which team in Cricket can do that.

  • reghuh on June 13, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    I think the following all time Indian team will be a great team to reckon with. 1) Virender Sehwag 2) Sachin Tendulkar 3) Gautam Gambhir 4) Yuvraj Singh 5) Suresh Raina 6) M.S.Dhoni 7) Kapil Dev 8) Harbhajan Singh 9) Zaheer Khan 10) Amit Mishra 11) Javagal Srinath

  • on June 13, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Yes India is a great team and like most Indians i have know for a while..... but to prove it to the world there is only one thing that matters...... WIN GAMES.....Australia have done it more then few times.... we know we have great players and after WI series we are learning we have decent bench.... but in the end the only matters is nos. how many games and series can we win in a row... how many months can we stay as no. 1 test and ODI side..... we are only bestever only if we can beat all those records.

  • Viper2.0 on June 13, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    England Test tour is going to be the Litmus test for India and their young brigade :D I hope they give Virat Kholi the no 3 slot instead of Rahul Dravid,its time to make changes in the Test team as Dravid isn't going to hang around for long,and so is VVS.Hope the test team doesn't go through the tough period like the one the Aussies are going through.Its time we look on to the future and take some tough decisions.The new ball opening pair will look solid if Ishanth Sharma hits the high 140's and bowl like he did in the IPL.Zaheer,Ishanth,Sreeshanth or Ashwin,Mishra should be the ideal bowling combination for the England series.Harbajan should be dropped,he doesn't even deserve a place in the Test squad :P

  • KB73 on June 13, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Fletcher's comments are precise - have 'the Potential'. I second Pradeep's comments - India is a good team - but certainly not a great team. For one, India need to have a bowling attack which can bowl strong teams like England, SA, Aus twice in good conditions (not just spinning wickets). Even the weakened WI side in early 90's had an Ambrose/ Walsh who bundled out sides sub-100 on their days. India just have one match winner in Zaheer and he is 30+ (has 2 year max at full potential). He like Vaas is an uncanny bowler who can exploit his lack of pace. The problem is compounded by Harbajan strike rate on non-spin friendly tracks - which is low. Unless we get 3-4 spinner more team & groom - this is no longer weapon in Indian armoury. Much has been written on Indian Batsmen and bounce - which I believe will remain - the only change is their attitude which will be counter-attacking than meek defensive model of players in the past.

  • NindersXI on June 13, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    India has the potential to be a great side??? Let me give u an update..the year is 2011 India has been the no.1 test side for almost 2 years and they are the current world champions..now you my friend surely have the potential of bringing them down to the ordinary team they were before Gary Kirsten..good luck mate.

  • on June 13, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    If India are to be great, if India are to succeed in England, they will require genuine swing bowlers in the English conditions. Irfan Pathan has to be back. Why is he not in the squad? Anyone?

  • muski on June 13, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Yeah- Cant wait for the English tour can we. We need real swing bowlers for the English tour. I would pick Zaheer,Sreesanth, Praveen and Irfan( going by the improvement we saw in him in the IPL). The 2 explosive openers +the trinity's of the middle order along with Captain Cool should be good enough as far as the batting is concerned. The 11th spot can got to Rohit or Kohli or Bhajji or Raina depending on the situation at that time. Iam not sure of us winning the series. However I dont see us losing either with this kind of batting that is used to batting on English wickets.

  • bhaloniaz on June 13, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    India always had powerful batting. Now even the backups seem very good. Their fast bowling improved a bit and add to that Harbhajan and a leggie. they are very good. English batting is good [Other than Trot, no one would be retiring with a 50+ average]. English fast bowling is not great, but is one of the top three in the world. Swan is good. Now it can go either way. Indian seamers have always played well in england. I donot see any team having much advantage. Now Aus, India, England, SA can beat each other. So it can go either way.

  • RaamSaran on June 13, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Great effort by India to win the series in 3 matches without five or six ODI regulars. Selectors have a problem of plenty for the ODIs in England. This is a great situation where players have to fight for their spots. Awesome prospect for India in the coming months and good luck to Fletcher.

    -- Nice article but would like to point out two errors. 1) Para 2 - am sure Fletcher meant "quiet" chat and not "quite" chat. 2) Para 4 - again Fletcher got a sneak "peek" and not "peak".

  • pradeep_dealwis on June 13, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    India has good bench strengths and lots of talent. They are a good team, very good. And will definitely be the dominating team for the next 2-3 years at least. But they are NOT going to be a GREAT team. West Indies and Australia were great teams, this Indian team is not. Big difference between great and very good.

  • forzaps on June 13, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    I pretty much agree with C&B's comments, both teams have been pretty ordinary. This WI team would be close to the bottom in the Ranji Trophy. The real test for Fletcher is in the next series against England. And the pressure is really on Fletcher, because anything less than a win in the test series will be unacceptable.

  • AnotherCricketFan on June 13, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Lots of Indian supporters are underestimating the current English Test Squad. I believe they are at the top of their game and are the team to beat - despite India holding the Test Championship. And beating them in their backyard during the rainy/seaming conditions season is going to be fun to watch. If Indians can accomplish that they can certainly claim the spot of Number One with no questions raised. In ODI world, I don't think there is anyone to challenge India at present With all the batting friendly pitches and the IPL/T20 hitting ODI is skewed towards the best T20 type of players. Throw in a pitch that assists bowlers (not slow turners but one where the ball moves and bounces) and probably some of these stars will fall by the wayside. Folks like Yuvraj, Raina, Rohit and even English hitters like Morgan, Pieterson will be brought down. So ENGLAND TOUR will be a good test after the South African victory. No more SL tours please!

  • NP_NY on June 12, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    Mr.Fletcher, India is already a great side. Number one in Tests for quite some time and world champions in one-dayers. This series just proves that India has got the best bench strength too. Let the good times continue!

  • CandidIndian on June 12, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    Its great to know that Fletcher and Indian team know that they have the potential to achieve greatness ,instead of thinking that they are great already.India were able to beat England in England also in India 3 years back and if they can repeat it this year,followed by beating Aussies in Australia later in this year, they will be accepted as no 1 team , right now India, Eng and SA all three are right up there although India is no 1 in ICC rankings.As an Indian fan the worry for me is the fast bowling department, only Ishant Sharma looks focused ,Sreesanth is disappointing as far as approach is concerned.I dearly hope we can get some good bowlers .The series score of 1-1 against strong teams abroad and winning everything in India can help the team in sticking to no 1 in ICC rankings, but they will be far from greatness which Aus and WI achieved in their golden period.I am talking about test cricket here ,in ODIs India are world champions we all know that.

  • on June 12, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    What does Duncan mean that India have the potential to be a very good side? India have won the World Cup and they have beaten most other countries. As for West Indies, the less said the better...

  • on June 12, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Great to see youngsters taking up responsibilty and finishin the job up..! Way to go TEAM INDIA....:

  • on June 12, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @CaughtAndBowled...I think the point they are trying to make here is our second-string dominated and that India's bench strength is really good. I know that WI were ordinary, but 3-0 so far is still emphatic.

  • Rupkumar on June 12, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    even when aussies were a great team they just won one series in India and even in that one match was washed out on the final day (which was supposed to be won by india). India have drawn the series in SA, won in NZ, pak and eng in the last 4 years additonally won the series against all the visiting teams. Agreed this is a different eng team same goes for india, india under dhoni is different. If India can have one more bowler like Zaheer khan then without any doubt india would rule the coming years.

  • on June 12, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Fletcher seems to be perfect replacement ..LiKe our new coach :)

  • srkrishnan16 on June 12, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    People doubted whether this team can do well in South Africa, and we did a pretty decent job of it! People wondered whether this team can win the WC, and we did it! People doubted whether the second string side can do well in WI........ and we did! CRITICS will always be criticizing..... thats their job! I feel the future for India is bright enough! Rohit, Kohli and Badri could be the ideal replacements for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman! So its party time boys!!!!!!! INDIA ROCKS and will ROCK for years to come! WE ARE THE NEW WINDIES AND AUSSIES!

  • CaughtAndBowled on June 12, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    I am not going to mince words here. Both Windies and Indians were pretty ordinary through out the series. You can't read too much into Indian team series win. The real test will be in England but Indian team will be totally different. Judgement reserved.

  • hstrawson on June 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    the 2011 england team is very different to the 2007 team - should be a tough contest

  • on June 12, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    lets look at job on hands the west indies first.... in tests, we r without much bowling power. dont write off WI.

  • on June 12, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    India has beaten England in their own den. 2007 Pataudi Trophy - India won that series 1-0. Dont understand the collective amnesia.

  • krupeshpatel85 on June 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    India has already beaten england back in 2007........... For me its south africa and australia

  • Aussasinator on June 12, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Agreed. Once India beats England and Australia in their own den, then the claims to greatness can begin. Fletcher has a task at hand. But I feel he can contribute to the grand finish.

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  • Aussasinator on June 12, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Agreed. Once India beats England and Australia in their own den, then the claims to greatness can begin. Fletcher has a task at hand. But I feel he can contribute to the grand finish.

  • krupeshpatel85 on June 12, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    India has already beaten england back in 2007........... For me its south africa and australia

  • on June 12, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    India has beaten England in their own den. 2007 Pataudi Trophy - India won that series 1-0. Dont understand the collective amnesia.

  • on June 12, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    lets look at job on hands the west indies first.... in tests, we r without much bowling power. dont write off WI.

  • hstrawson on June 12, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    the 2011 england team is very different to the 2007 team - should be a tough contest

  • CaughtAndBowled on June 12, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    I am not going to mince words here. Both Windies and Indians were pretty ordinary through out the series. You can't read too much into Indian team series win. The real test will be in England but Indian team will be totally different. Judgement reserved.

  • srkrishnan16 on June 12, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    People doubted whether this team can do well in South Africa, and we did a pretty decent job of it! People wondered whether this team can win the WC, and we did it! People doubted whether the second string side can do well in WI........ and we did! CRITICS will always be criticizing..... thats their job! I feel the future for India is bright enough! Rohit, Kohli and Badri could be the ideal replacements for Sachin, Dravid and Laxman! So its party time boys!!!!!!! INDIA ROCKS and will ROCK for years to come! WE ARE THE NEW WINDIES AND AUSSIES!

  • on June 12, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Fletcher seems to be perfect replacement ..LiKe our new coach :)

  • Rupkumar on June 12, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    even when aussies were a great team they just won one series in India and even in that one match was washed out on the final day (which was supposed to be won by india). India have drawn the series in SA, won in NZ, pak and eng in the last 4 years additonally won the series against all the visiting teams. Agreed this is a different eng team same goes for india, india under dhoni is different. If India can have one more bowler like Zaheer khan then without any doubt india would rule the coming years.

  • on June 12, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @CaughtAndBowled...I think the point they are trying to make here is our second-string dominated and that India's bench strength is really good. I know that WI were ordinary, but 3-0 so far is still emphatic.