West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Antigua June 12, 2011

West Indies play for pride, again

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Match facts

Monday, June 13, North Sound
Start time 0900 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture

West Indies were expected to challenge a young team missing its star players. Though India were still favourites, the hosts will be disappointed with the series being decided in just three games. They did put India under pressure on occasion and should have won the third ODI, but Rohit Sharma, who's been impressive on his return, batted maturely with Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar to seal victory. Having managed a 3-0 lead, and victory from a dire situation in the previous game, there'll be plenty of confidence in this Indian side. West Indies have shown some spirit on the field, but some ill-disciplined batting, squandered starts and a continuing vulnerability against spin has let them down.

Meanwhile, there remains distraction off the field in the West Indies camp. Darren Sammy has had to issue a clarification on why he didn't attend the West Indies Players' Association awards ceremony, Dwayne Bravo asked for a break after playing just two games upon his return from the IPL, and Chris Gayle's return appears to be hinging on a meeting with the WICB, which is yet to take place. On the field, Kieron Pollard's ODI woes against the big teams continued though there was one major encouragement in the performance of Andre Russell. While India have dealt with their rather heated build-up to this tour with a dominant show, West Indies are yet again left to rely on dead rubbers to inspire confidence ahead of the Tests.

Form guide (most recent first)

West Indies: LLLWW
India: WWWWW

The spotlight

Suresh Raina would have been under some pressure at the start of the tour but things have panned out well for the India captain. In his previous stint as captain, India failed to qualify for the final of a tri-series that involved Zimbabwe, but his young team has delivered this time. He played a crucial role in India's chase in the first ODI but played an irresponsible shot in the third to leave his side in trouble, something he'd want to make amends for.

Kemar Roach has been one of West Indies' most promising pace prospects in recent times. He appears to have found the going a little tough in his last few games. He had a good World Cup, but has picked up just two wickets in his last six ODIs and has been a little expensive. It's been Sammy who's provided the wickets at the top; Roach needs to do his bit too.

Team news

Raina has said India could make some changes. Ishant Sharma is still waiting for a chance and given he'll be playing in the Test series, he could be brought in with either of Praveen Kumar or Munaf Patel being rested. India could consider giving Harbhajan a break as well to provide R Ashwin an opportunity while opener Shikhar Dhawan could make way for Manoj Tiwary.

India (possible): 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Virat Kohli, 3 Manoj Tiwary, 4 S Badrinath, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina (capt), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Amit Mishra, 11 Munaf Patel/Ishant Sharma.

West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for tomorrow's game. They handed Danza Hyatt an ODI debut in the previous match, preferring him ahead of Darren Bravo. Will Bravo come back tomorrow?

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

Stats and trivia

  • This is India's third one-day series win in the Caribbean. India have never gone unbeaten in an ODI series against West Indies, but have been clean-swept twice.

  • Rohit has played 64 ODIs in a four-year span, but he's played only nine of them in India. This is his second ODI tour of the West Indies.

    Quotes

    "We will try to give chances to all the players. Ashwin, Ishant, Tiwary and Vinay have been waiting for a chance. We shall strive to give everyone a chance in the next two games."
    Suresh Raina

    Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | June 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    R Sharma played 9 ODIs in indian soil. Fantastic. Please someone give the same statistics to both Kohli & Raina. Cricket fans will know what is real fact. Also give what position all played so far. Then people get fact that why R Sharma questionable so far. It looks sooner R Sharma push himself and move ahead of Both Kohli & Raina, if he continues the same form. Soon Soon Soon it should happen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    cmon west indies, though am an indian, u ppl r my favt team after the team india, i really want u ppl to back on those resplendent days, all cheers for you.....

  • POSTED BY cricweda on | June 13, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    i think rohit should be provided with the chance to play at no 4, as it is his regular spot.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | June 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Take a bow Siddhartha Talya for Predicting the 3 changes. H Singh is dropped when is Vice Captain itself :O, Way to go S Raina ;-) Anyway all the Best for R Ashwin, I Sharma and M Tiwary

  • POSTED BY Outswinging on | June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Let's just hope that after India has left the WI team in tatters, the Board and coach will resign. Otis Gibson was a good coach in England because he was coaching up, he would not have dared to deal with any English player in the manner he allegedly treats WI players. This man was a mediocre player and he now has the nerve to be harassing WI senior players. The Board has shown itself to be inept. WI is is crying out for a good blend of senior and junior players. Is it time to use the young wicketkeeper Devon Thomas? Why isn't Taylor and Roach the pace twin tandem?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Amit Mishra has been a revolution in this tournament. See how domestic experince can come handy in International matches and Mishra has proved it. No doubt when he first busted into the international arena he wasn't looking the complete package but now you see the times have changed and he is altogether a different a player now. I think WestIndies cricket should learn something from this, they just havn't produced the right cricketers in so many years, I mean look at pollard, bravo, simmons they all can be good and dangerous at their own day but the fact is that in International games one dosn't gets d days, one has to create their own days and these talented players havn't been able to do it. Coming onto the selection pattern, i doubt the selectors did any justice to Chistopher Gayle be keepin him out of the Oneday side more over keepin Darren bravo on the sidelines for the 3rd ODI also wasn't a positive sign, they are giving negetive signs to the players and the supporters.

  • POSTED BY iliastop11 on | June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    pathan should b given chance in opening or 1-down or its a waste of him. he's a very gud player and can do wonders if given a chance 2 play in his own way !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I THINK YOUSUF BATTING DOWN THE ODER IS A WAST IN PRESENT SITUATION..HE SHOULD EITHER OPEN OR COME ONE DOWN THE ORDER SO THAT HE CAN ALSO PLAY IN HIS EYS,,AND THAN AFTER EXPLODE IF REQUIRED...EACH TIME HE COMES THERE IS A PRESURE TO BE HANDEL..FOR THIS HE PLAY AGRESIVELY AND GET OUT..HE REQURIED A GOOD CAPTAINS MIND ...PLEASE SAVE HIM OR WE WILL LOOSE A GOOD PLAYER...LIKE HIS BROTHER IRFAN PATHAN LOSS HIS WAY....

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    i dont think pp is to be dropped he has proved himself every time he got any chance..and ws is not of pp caliber according to me... nor he will get chance in test matches ...play pp and give him mor confidence for near future

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Today manoj tiwary will be tested against juicy West Indies bowling attack, its a big opportunity for new comers/debutant to get full utilize of it otherwise it being too late for them. The way India outclass West Indies is terrible for West Indies Cricket i still remember in 70's - 80's batsman after the fall of 5 or 6 wickets opposition team declare their innings just because of deadly bowling of Malcom Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose....

    Any way hope for the best .......

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | June 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    R Sharma played 9 ODIs in indian soil. Fantastic. Please someone give the same statistics to both Kohli & Raina. Cricket fans will know what is real fact. Also give what position all played so far. Then people get fact that why R Sharma questionable so far. It looks sooner R Sharma push himself and move ahead of Both Kohli & Raina, if he continues the same form. Soon Soon Soon it should happen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    cmon west indies, though am an indian, u ppl r my favt team after the team india, i really want u ppl to back on those resplendent days, all cheers for you.....

  • POSTED BY cricweda on | June 13, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    i think rohit should be provided with the chance to play at no 4, as it is his regular spot.

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | June 13, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Take a bow Siddhartha Talya for Predicting the 3 changes. H Singh is dropped when is Vice Captain itself :O, Way to go S Raina ;-) Anyway all the Best for R Ashwin, I Sharma and M Tiwary

  • POSTED BY Outswinging on | June 13, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Let's just hope that after India has left the WI team in tatters, the Board and coach will resign. Otis Gibson was a good coach in England because he was coaching up, he would not have dared to deal with any English player in the manner he allegedly treats WI players. This man was a mediocre player and he now has the nerve to be harassing WI senior players. The Board has shown itself to be inept. WI is is crying out for a good blend of senior and junior players. Is it time to use the young wicketkeeper Devon Thomas? Why isn't Taylor and Roach the pace twin tandem?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Amit Mishra has been a revolution in this tournament. See how domestic experince can come handy in International matches and Mishra has proved it. No doubt when he first busted into the international arena he wasn't looking the complete package but now you see the times have changed and he is altogether a different a player now. I think WestIndies cricket should learn something from this, they just havn't produced the right cricketers in so many years, I mean look at pollard, bravo, simmons they all can be good and dangerous at their own day but the fact is that in International games one dosn't gets d days, one has to create their own days and these talented players havn't been able to do it. Coming onto the selection pattern, i doubt the selectors did any justice to Chistopher Gayle be keepin him out of the Oneday side more over keepin Darren bravo on the sidelines for the 3rd ODI also wasn't a positive sign, they are giving negetive signs to the players and the supporters.

  • POSTED BY iliastop11 on | June 13, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    pathan should b given chance in opening or 1-down or its a waste of him. he's a very gud player and can do wonders if given a chance 2 play in his own way !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    I THINK YOUSUF BATTING DOWN THE ODER IS A WAST IN PRESENT SITUATION..HE SHOULD EITHER OPEN OR COME ONE DOWN THE ORDER SO THAT HE CAN ALSO PLAY IN HIS EYS,,AND THAN AFTER EXPLODE IF REQUIRED...EACH TIME HE COMES THERE IS A PRESURE TO BE HANDEL..FOR THIS HE PLAY AGRESIVELY AND GET OUT..HE REQURIED A GOOD CAPTAINS MIND ...PLEASE SAVE HIM OR WE WILL LOOSE A GOOD PLAYER...LIKE HIS BROTHER IRFAN PATHAN LOSS HIS WAY....

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    i dont think pp is to be dropped he has proved himself every time he got any chance..and ws is not of pp caliber according to me... nor he will get chance in test matches ...play pp and give him mor confidence for near future

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Today manoj tiwary will be tested against juicy West Indies bowling attack, its a big opportunity for new comers/debutant to get full utilize of it otherwise it being too late for them. The way India outclass West Indies is terrible for West Indies Cricket i still remember in 70's - 80's batsman after the fall of 5 or 6 wickets opposition team declare their innings just because of deadly bowling of Malcom Marshall, Walsh, Ambrose....

    Any way hope for the best .......

  • POSTED BY tkskumar on | June 13, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    It is heartening to see the young Indian team winning always.And again it is understood that the bench strength is being tested.Why not consider giving Harbajan the captaincy for at least one match,giving Raina rest ,as he has already proved himself and if Baji is made captain for one game: let him and his fans enjoy it. This is relevant in the contest that once m.s .dhoni is back harbajan will not get a chance in the near future to captain Indian team.

    tks kumar [baji -fan],kochi

  • POSTED BY SasiGladi on | June 13, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Expecting india to bat lets our guys score centuries, I want Badri to make a mark and Bhaji to give way to Ashwin....expecting WI should give a good fight I feel they lost the killer instinct.....Some one show age old dominant WI cricket era videos to these guys new cricketers will feel ashamed by seeing that....

  • POSTED BY chris007 on | June 13, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Come On West Indies Selectors India Is The Best Side When it comes to spinners. The west indies should be playing 3 pace bowlers or 2 along with bishoo. India's Weakness is against the short ball. Why is kirk Edwards still on the west indies side. to be an opening batsman u must be able to play spin but kirk edwards cant play spin. lendell simmons should be the wicket keeper and leave carlton baugh out. with carlton baugh being out this makes room for an allrounder or pace bowler. the fact remains ramdin is the best wicket keeper in the caribbean. but its his batting thats the problem. sarwan has nothing to offer windies cricket again, sarwan has been playing for west indies for at leat 10 years now. and there has been no improvement in his batting. why dont we send kierron pollard to open the batting. cause u need someone to score runs in the first set of fielding restrictions, since gayle is not there try pollard as the opener with lendelll simmons.here is a good west indies 11.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    @ronson333:check ashwin's profile, he did start as a batsman..and he has a healthy average of 35 with centuries also..ashwin is our star..no doubt in that..n he is a very good fielder..what is this, ashwin deserves a place in the next gen cricketers of team india...

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Its funny to see some comments comparing R Ashwin to Bhaji. Ashwin is an upcoming future prospect, while Bajji is a proven customer but he has lost out some of his sting in his bowling in the last few seasons. Infact getting Ashwin in the team will push some one like a Bhajji to be on his toes and raise his standards. I am sad to see some people not even willing to give a chance to an young rising bowler. If we look at Indian Cricket's long term future, it makes sense to have a rotation policy and strengthen our bench.

  • POSTED BY Suresh123456 on | June 13, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    @ Andre Russell.. sorry bro but dont think its going to happen... Had it been regular indian team with all the players sure about their position.. ye they would have lost the focus... but not this team..

  • POSTED BY INIDAN_Nandi on | June 13, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    For God sake , drop Pathan ...he s struggling, Rules is same for all.. He should be dropped from the team ..he is unfit..

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    All three replacements look to be well named; Ishant for Praveen, Ashwin for Bhajji and Manoj for Shikhar. Next game they would perhaps bring in Wriddhi for PP and Vinay for Munaf.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @ronson333 ...i dont think you have basic knowledge about cricket......do you know ashwin opens fr tamil nadu and is a vry valuable batsman .sure hes a bettr bat tan bhajji.....nd y think those were mickey mouse wickets....wen t likes of harbhajan were thrashed by gayle t one man who kept gayle stranded was ashwin.....bhajji is just a defensive bowler...but ashwin is a proven wicket taker...one more thing is tat ashwin is one of most commited fielders in indian cricket........just wanted to tell this so that u can learn t basics of cricket........

  • POSTED BY ssenthil on | June 13, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @ ronson333: I just want To Show few Stats to see you can get in to your tiny Brain. Ashwin Overall Bowling Avg is 23.22 at 4.86 RPO(Despite Mostly bowled during PP overs and Death overs) all against Top 5 Test Teams, while H Singh have 33.40 Avg at 4.30 RPO. A Mishra having 31.53 at 4.41 RPO. See the Difference in Average While Ashwin have 28 Balls SR H Singh has 46 and A Mishra has 43. Ashwin took the MOST Important Wicket of Watson when we played Aussies in Q/F so early while bowling in the PP. While if you compare H Singh with Ashwin in the last 12 Months, Ashwin has an Avg of 23 @ 4.84 RPO and 28.5 SR and H Singh has 40.55 Avg @ 4.31 RPO and has a SR of 56.4, Well now it's up to you to decide, who is Better using your proper sense.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Well, as far as dhawan goes... someone needs to tell him, its international cricket, and he is not as good as he thinks he is, so go get a coach;train hard; come back. else his career will be ended as dew ends when sun rises. . other prob. in the team is, harbhajan spin... he just forgot he is a spinner.. making runs wont earn him a place in team, who has one the greats in that department. mishra and ashwin are outbowling bhajji in every game. i wonder if he sees them as competitors instead of his apprentice. . work out these issues and then watever mr. flecher says will be right

  • POSTED BY ronson333 on | June 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Guys Im a CSK fan, my comments about Badri and Ashwin are with my India hat on, not CSK one. Us CSK fans should not be biased, India comes first, not CSK!

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | June 13, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    The West Indies team should be Greenidge, Haynes, Gomes, Richards, Lloyd, Logie, Dereck Murray (WK) Holding, Roberts, Harper, Marshall.

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | June 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Is it just me, or is Ishant a dead ringer for a young Jason Gillespe?

  • POSTED BY harryrockz on | June 13, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    The playing XI for the next 2 ODIs: Its sure that some of the players will be rested. The plan will be to bring Ishant to bowl as he will be spearheading the attack in the test matches in the absence of Zak. So Praveen must sit out and Vinay will replace Munaf. Vijay can be an opening option for he too will be playing the test series. Also Tiwari can have a go. Kohli can be rested also. So the ideal XI can be: 1. Parthiv 2. Vijay/Yusuf (replacing Dhawan), 3. Rohit, 4. Badrinath, 5. Tiwary (replacing Kohli), 6. Raina, 7. Yusuf/Saha (if Yusuf doesn't open), 8. Ashwin, 9. Mishra, 10. Ishant (in place of PK), 11. Vinay(replacing Munaf). (Persisting with Badri bcoz he may play in the test series; Badri/Kohli replacing Sachin).

  • POSTED BY harryrockz on | June 13, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Well ronsom333 is really out of his mind. Guys, For India everything is simple. The team (previously bench strength) have proved their mettle and the bench strength now has to play the game. They have shown what class they are and so Indian team is in safe hands.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Expect a Windies win now that the series is already lost.

  • POSTED BY prakash_mishra on | June 13, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Indian Playing line up for today should be 1.P.Patel 2.V.Kohli 3.S.Badrinath 4.R.Sharma 5.M.Tiwary 6.S.Raina 7.Y.Pathan 8.P.Kumar 9.R.Ashwin 10.I.Sharma 11.A.Mishra. Batting line-up can be shuffled according to need of the hour.and for the first time in the series I hope India bats first, so that we can see a quality score on the board.If India bats sensibly a score of around 280-320 can be expected from them.Bowlers have bowled well,especially Mishra.With Ashwin in the side I am pretty sure that WI batsmen will have a difficult time against these two.Ishant should have been given the chance earlier.All in all another victory for team India in cards.All they need to do is play to their potential and try to turn half chances into wickets and not let no.9 score another 92. :)

  • POSTED BY World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on | June 13, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    1-0 , 5-0 and 3-0 thats enough for this series.

  • POSTED BY Ishaan1 on | June 13, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    My future test team for India- Gambhir Sehwag Kohli Rohit Raina Yuvraj Dhoni Harbhajan Zaheer Ishant Sreesanth..if Sehwag and Yuvi retire Vijay and Badrinath could replace them..and if Harbhajan retires we have Ashwin..and Mishra..Zaheer is irreplaceable though..we got a feel of what the Indian team would be like without the likes of Sehwag and zaheer..I think the next generation is ready to take over..

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    i think india should replace badri with manoj tiwari rest munaf ,praveen and bhajji to give chance ishant vinay and ashwin

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    i think dhavaan is not fit for to open the innings patel ok but ! dhavaan is not aggresive like sehwag we should score atleast 75 runs in first 10 over pathan have disapointment series raina showing over confidents he take responsibility while team in difficult situation instead of he played waste short obviously he is genuine player there is difficult to give chance aswin cause baaji bowling well both r off spinner pathan also taking wicket

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | June 13, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    India have won the series but i am not sure that this tour will help youngsters much.If WICB provided pitches with pace and bounce , for which WI is known for then that could have given valuable experience to young batsman from India also WI team would have given much better fight .I know there rules of ICC about FTP and all but if India really want to increase their bench strength they should tour Aus, Eng and SA more, in these places the youngsters will be really tested and then we will clearly know who are the guys which can be best replacements of Sachin, Rahul ,VVS and Zak after they retire.Instead of this useless tour it was better if young batsman and bowlers from India could have got the chance to play county cricket.

  • POSTED BY ronson333 on | June 13, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    @raj_che if we give Badri 60 matches like Rohit Sharma he will be 36 years old...as for Ashwin he is a poor fielder, and a poor batsmen, unlike Bhaji.....apart from a few mickey mouse wickets in IPL , what has he done? Just take your CSK hat off and accept this!

  • POSTED BY Ishaan1 on | June 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Well I more or less agree with this combination but why not give Shikhar Dhawan another go??coz the poor chap has been waiting in the wings for long despite being an incredible talent..Kohli could be given a break as he's been playing non-stop cricket..also give Vinay Kumar atleast one game coz he deserves it has been doing exceedingly well..rest Yusuf and bring him in..

  • POSTED BY manish053 on | June 13, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Sruesh raina is disappointed to belittle his wins as cricket reviewers have taken his success low as team headed by him crumbled the team which did not have weapon to fire. Other hand WI dismayed with its discomforts and turmoil is till going in their camp.If Suresh raina have to prove a solid win over a weaker side then he has to ensures clean sweep that thing will get numbers for him.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 13, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    This WI team needs to beat my 10 year old younger brothers team in the backyard of my house first ,then some more club teams before they play India C Team (Including all the so far benchhd players ).I do not think they can even beat a local Ranji team .........so sad that such is the state of WI legacy (Joel garner,Walsh,Ambrose,Marshall,Richards,Richardson,Hooper,Lara,Kalicharan,Lloyd,Haynes)

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 13, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I'm a big fan of WI cricket ......its really disappointing to see whenever WI involves there is ' DEAD RUBBER' which kills the entire series.......WICB have to do something serious about bringing back the team together otherwise they will even loose to associate member countries !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | June 13, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Where is Chanders, Fidel, Ramdin, Taylor, Benn, Best ?. Are they all retired.

  • POSTED BY raj_che on | June 13, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @ronson333 - You should be out of your mind, i accept that Mishra is bowling well but not Harbhajan, he is become a useless bowler, be it ODI or tests he has lost his sting, and how come you say that Ashwin is not good??? he played just 2 matches at the world cup and 1 T20 match in Windies, dint he perform well in all the three matches??? Give him some more matches andhe will prove you [and others who doubt his ability] wrong. Badri has just layed 2 innings and you have already jumped on the gun by saying that he is struggling. The great Rohit shrma took 60 odd innings to prove his class Even Rahul Dravid and Raina struggled in ther nitial matches, give this guy some more matches, its bcos of ppl like you that Badri lost out during the initial games of his career.

  • POSTED BY sanzo5 on | June 13, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    i would like to have a new ODI team with the below line up

    Gayle,Bharath,Daren bravo,M.Samuels, Dwayen bravo,R.sarwan,K.pollard,L.Simmons(WK), D.Bishoo,K.Roach,F.edwards. Sammy, S.benn, A.Russell are the subs in ODI's.....

    Gayle,Bharath, Darren Bravo, M.samuels, S.chanderpaul,R.sarwan,Dwayne bravo, L.Simmons, S.Benn\D.Bishoo, F.edwards, K.roach\J.taylor Sammy,A.russell can be subs.... Marlon samuels should be the captain for west indies till the next world cup....

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 13, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    @ronson333. Have you saw the WC matches??

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | June 13, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    West Indies is my second best team after India. I want to ask my WI friends (1)what happened to the pitches in carribean why it looks like as if we are playing in Chennai so much of turn and no bounce for the fast bowlers (2) why the bowlers of the callibre of fidel edwards and jerome taylor not being picked (3) I think bowling combination is not good, imagine Sammy opening the bowling, he is like watson and watto does not open the bowling for Aus. WI should pick two fast bowlers to bowl in tandem for eg rampaul and roach

    all the best WI may ur glory days are back

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    Since India have already taken the series, its a good decision by Raina to give chance to other players who are sitting on the bench.

  • POSTED BY sumeetpaul on | June 13, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    @TRAM- Pity on your cricketing knowledge. I am sure you are one of those guys who rate ashwin much ahead of bhajji!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    send yusuf pathan up the order!!!

  • POSTED BY luvnardz on | June 13, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    I believe that the WICB needs to adopt me as a selector so i can do what's right. They need to have this side,

    1. Gayle 2. Simmonds 3. Darren Bravo 4. Sarwan 5. Samuels 6. Barnwell 7. Baugh 8. Russell 9. Sammy 10. Roach/Rampaul 11. Bishoo

  • POSTED BY MKLNarayan on | June 13, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Good to see different players stand out each time for India. InT20I, it was Badri. In the 1st ODI, it was Rohit. In the 2nd ODI, it was Virat. In the 3rd ODI, though Rohit won the match eventually, it was an allround effort from Harbhajan. And the bowlers came to the fore in all three ODIs for India...

    It would be interesting to see if India tries other members in the squad like replacing Kohli with Tiwary... Saha in place of Parthiv... (with Yusuf to open alongside Dhawan).. Ashwin in place of Harbhajan.. and Ishant in place of either Munaf / Praveen...

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @ronson333 - R u Royal challengers supporter :D Lol........

  • POSTED BY SriramNatarajan on | June 13, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    @ronson333: Do you watch cricket at all? or you are talking abt some other game and some other Ashwin?

  • POSTED BY cricketizgood on | June 13, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Being an Indian fan I am really happy with the youngsters performance without the leading stars. Indian team is at or even at less than half of its potential and still showing a stunning performance. WI used to be a leader in cricket since the 1st world cup ever played and lately their performance is so poor that even Pune Warriors can beat them. Their will be a total different scenario in England.

  • POSTED BY Italiano_91 on | June 13, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    1. Gayle(c) 2. Simmons 3. Sarwan 4. Chanderpaul 5. Dwayne Bravo 6. Pollard 7. Ramdin (wk) 8. Taylor 9. Benn 10. Roach 11. Edwards

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    As a WI fan for years its disheartening to see the state of our cricket now tho thats been sad hundreds of times i cant help but echo the statement...i'm wondering why fidel edwards has been kept out of these matches, he was fit since pak series..and also kirk edwards taking an off stump gaurd he's never done that before always middle middle and leg I wonder why they(WI not sure if it happens with other cricketing nations) try to change you when you come onto the international stage after playing one way and scoring runs.

  • POSTED BY KrazyCricketKid on | June 13, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    1.Parthiv Patel(WK) 2.Virat Kohli 3.Subramaniam Badrinath 4.Yusuf Pathan 5.Manoj Tiwari 6.Rohit Sharma 7.Suresh Raina(CAPTAIN) 8.Ravichandran Ashwin 9.Amit Mishra 10.Munaf Patel 11.Ishant Sharma. YUSUF PATHAN SHOULD MOVE UP THE ORDER! HE IS NOT GOOD AT #7 AT ALL

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 13, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    India should definitely play Tiwary, Ashwin & Ishant for the next two matches. Dhawan, Harbhajan & Munaf should make way and Yusuf Pathan should be asked to open along with Parthiv. He is just being wasted at No.7. My XI for the next two matches is: Yusuf, Parthiv, Kohli, Badri, Rohit, Raina, Tiwary, Praveen, Mishra, Ashwin, Ishant.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Just like someone said: Indian bench testing its bench. Well, I reckon Praveen, Munna and Harbhajan should be replaced by Ishant, Vinay and Ashwin. Not because the trio have done badly, but because Praveen and Harbhajan are going to play the tests and Munna deserves a rest after so much cricket. In the batting, I say, Tiwary should come in for Kohli - again, because Kohli has played non-stop cricket for a while, and has earned a well-deserved rest, plus he'll also play in the tests. If Raina is keen on playing Saha, that should be at the expense of Dhawan or Pathan. I'd rather take out Pathan because he'll surely get more chances, while Dhawan's future looks bleak at best considering that he's the fifth choice opener and he hasn't performed. It's better to give him an extended run i.e. 5 matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    the West Indies should deploy this strategy in the coming matches: play cricket. (sigh)

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | June 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    If Harbajan doesn't play the 4th & 5th ODIs, is it called 'rested' or 'dropped' ?? Oh sorry, forgot, he can never be dropped. He will tell us when he wants to retire. He is the 'greatest bowler' from India according to Harsha Bogle.

  • POSTED BY Balb on | June 13, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    After all the experiments, with the young lads West Indies is looking to find the right selection for the team. Who else is out there that was not tried? Close the case quickly on Gayle and let the man play. He said before he had no problem playing under Sammy. And if the West Indies really want to play for pride, then why in heavens they drop Chanderpaul for the ODI'S? The man can sparkle and really fire and as the record show he always holds an end. It is the other end which do not stand up or answer the call. Chanderpaul just hit an unbeaten 72 including nine sixes in a first division match in Guyana. If the West Indies wants to play for pride then play Gayle and Chanderpaul and rest Pollard. Good batting Russell. Hope they keep you playing.

  • POSTED BY sams235 on | June 12, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Try out Tiwary for Yousuf.

  • POSTED BY ronson333 on | June 12, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Also dont need to change a winning team, Ashwin doesn't deserve a place in the team at present, Mishra and Bhajji are way ahead of him, taking wickets at IPL level doesn't show class, look at badri...he's way out of his depth at international level, like Ashwin was at the world cup....

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 12, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    @shawnsundar, you don't have a good bowling attack. You can have a good bowling attack if Roach get assistance with the new ball. In ODIs Steyns got Morkel, McGrath had Lee, Wasim had Waqar, who's taking the new ball with Roach... first change type bowlers and allrounders.Not good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    U guys why dont try with Praven kumar.. as much i know he was an opener batsman in domestics cricket... dont try with others... try to give a promotion to bat top order line up.... i hope he will doing gooodd.. thanks

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | June 12, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Rest Edwards and make Bravo open, he's practically been doing it all year anyway. Four batsmen, four bowlers, and two all-rounders would be excellent. 1.Lendl 2.Bravo 3.Sarwan 4.Samuels 5.Baugh 6.Sammy 7.Russel/Polly 8.Rampaul 9.Roach 10.Bishoo 11.Martin. Even though the tail is long, we have a really good bowling attack. It would be even better if we let India bat first as well, depending on conditions of course.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | June 12, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Ashwin & Ishant definitely need to play the last 2 ODI's. If Tiwary can open he should be able to replace Dewan. Apart from these 3 changes the rest of the team is OK. Vinay can play the 5th ODI to rest Kumar. This way all 15 will get a chance to play.If Yusuf does not produce in 4th ODI, he should be dropped for the 5th ODI. Yusuf played rash bad shot in the 3 ODI. He needs to show that he can stay there and selects his shots. This is not a T-20. In ODI the batsmen should chow restraint by taking singles till they settle down but keep the strike rotation going. Pathan, Raina and Badri need to take note of it as also all other batsmen.Badri tens to hog one end with his defence which eliminates strike rotation. Good luck India. Try and sweep the series by winning all 5 ODI's. This should be possible when Gayle is not in the team.WI selectors are making a big mistake in excluding gayle because without him they cannot win.l

  • POSTED BY ranpath on | June 12, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Am i still seriously seeing carlton baugh's name in this WI squad ? The man's glove work is not up to par and his batting only delivers on occasion. if things keep up like this then don't be surprised to see Devon Smith return for the tests. The writer makes reference to Roach's declining returns of late. Is it a simply a bad patch or is it that opposing teams have studied the new wi "SENSATION" AND have worked out ways to reduce his effectiveness ? And what is this nonsense about taking time off. Sorry guys but this is your career at this oint in time and one that does not involve you being active for 365 days a year....i can just imagine my boss' face if i were to ask for time off to "get back my focus"

  • POSTED BY WindiesWillow on | June 12, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    It hurts to see the headline on the home page, "West Indies play for pride, Again" what hurts more is that it is more truth than the West Indian fan can handle. We have now lost 5 consecutive cricket matches, 1 test, 1 T20 7 3 ODIs. We need help, and we need it now. Can someone tell me what has Ottis Gibson achieved in the last year?????? When coaches and management do not perform in most parts of the worlds, they either do the honourable thing and resign or are released from their duties. Hint.... It is high time we get the WICB out of its high perch and get ppl in there who truly want us to succeed. Come on ppl, we need to do something to get this done now!!!!

  • POSTED BY IndianNeo on | June 12, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    parthiv is doing amazing job as an opener....playing new ball, making 40 odd runs with good strike rate, saving wicket, not much you can ask from him. Yusuf is underplaying his part, but give him a chance up the order. Dhawan is not a attacking batsman, he can't survive in international format, and has no future.

    No word for bowlers, they are just superb.

  • POSTED BY exuma on | June 12, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    it would be nice to see some of the other indian players, a good chance to showcase the young talent. wi need to go for broke now, nothing to loose anymore. move russel up the order, give sars or samuel a chance to open. EXUMA

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 12, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    i hope the west indies selection committee rest edwards and allow Hyatt to open the batting and bring back bravo in the middle order. batting order simmons, hyatt, sarwan, Darren Bravo, samuels, pollard, bough, ruzzell,sammy, roach, and bishoo.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @mkshark and they are probably still stronger than WI, what a great time to be an Indian cricket fan!!!

  • POSTED BY sheneererd on | June 12, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Should be try ashwin because bhaji playing continuos more than 100 days. we need bhaji in test series instead of dhawan sure tiwary took the place and may be ishant get a roll instead of munaf-praveen

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    drop dhavan n ask pathan to open wid patel..n give chance to tiwary in middle order

  • POSTED BY BeingNitishRaj on | June 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I think That Yusuf shuld open with parthiv.And Raina at 1down and Rohit at 2nd and Kohli at 3rd down.Raina is wasting yusuf's talent by sending him at low order and not even every player can play under pressure so time 4 yusuf 2 open and become 2nd sehwag.Raina shuld support him like DADA supported VIRU and made sehwag cool that he doesnot have 2 play under pressure , play ur natural and Dada gave him chances and now we can see the result.So I bet yusuf can be a good opener if given chances bcoz its time now.We can gamble because if Yusuf will play at best then its sure dat India will aggregate 300 +

  • POSTED BY mkshark on | June 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    the indian bench strength will be testing its bench strength :) :) How funny is that :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    now all the bench players should be given chance so that they also get some hang on their visit......

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    NYC PLAN SURESH (RAINA)... EVERYONE SHUD GET A CHANCE AS A SEREIS IZ IN OUR HAND... BESHT OV LUK FOR THE NXT MATCH INDIA....

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 12, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Those "waiting" players India has are just as good if not better than the lot that have been playing so far. If anything, they will be rested and hungry to show what damage they can do. West Indies cannot relax. Ishant will be fun to watch. I'm betting he will bowl the fastest ball of the match.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 12, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Ashwin should come in for Bhajji for both remaining games. Time for Bhajji to rest up, he'll be reqd to bowl a lot of overs in the 3 Test series. Let Mishra play all 5, he needs games and may play in the Tests too. Vinay/Ishant for Munaf as the latter has started to leak some runs and looks like he could do with a rest too. Ishant to play both rem games as he'll feature in the Tests and needs all the overs he can get. I'd like to see Rohit play in all 5 games too as he will NOT feature in the Tests. Dhawan doesn't look good enough to me, I hate to say it, I thought the 50 over format would suit him as opposed to T20 but he throws it away. Dropping him would need a re-shuffle of the batting order OR Tiwary can come in for Yusuf but Yusuf needs runs.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    have to look for a clean sweep as even a single loss will affect our ranking :)

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  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    have to look for a clean sweep as even a single loss will affect our ranking :)

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 12, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Ashwin should come in for Bhajji for both remaining games. Time for Bhajji to rest up, he'll be reqd to bowl a lot of overs in the 3 Test series. Let Mishra play all 5, he needs games and may play in the Tests too. Vinay/Ishant for Munaf as the latter has started to leak some runs and looks like he could do with a rest too. Ishant to play both rem games as he'll feature in the Tests and needs all the overs he can get. I'd like to see Rohit play in all 5 games too as he will NOT feature in the Tests. Dhawan doesn't look good enough to me, I hate to say it, I thought the 50 over format would suit him as opposed to T20 but he throws it away. Dropping him would need a re-shuffle of the batting order OR Tiwary can come in for Yusuf but Yusuf needs runs.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | June 12, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Those "waiting" players India has are just as good if not better than the lot that have been playing so far. If anything, they will be rested and hungry to show what damage they can do. West Indies cannot relax. Ishant will be fun to watch. I'm betting he will bowl the fastest ball of the match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    NYC PLAN SURESH (RAINA)... EVERYONE SHUD GET A CHANCE AS A SEREIS IZ IN OUR HAND... BESHT OV LUK FOR THE NXT MATCH INDIA....

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    now all the bench players should be given chance so that they also get some hang on their visit......

  • POSTED BY mkshark on | June 12, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    the indian bench strength will be testing its bench strength :) :) How funny is that :)

  • POSTED BY BeingNitishRaj on | June 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    I think That Yusuf shuld open with parthiv.And Raina at 1down and Rohit at 2nd and Kohli at 3rd down.Raina is wasting yusuf's talent by sending him at low order and not even every player can play under pressure so time 4 yusuf 2 open and become 2nd sehwag.Raina shuld support him like DADA supported VIRU and made sehwag cool that he doesnot have 2 play under pressure , play ur natural and Dada gave him chances and now we can see the result.So I bet yusuf can be a good opener if given chances bcoz its time now.We can gamble because if Yusuf will play at best then its sure dat India will aggregate 300 +

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    drop dhavan n ask pathan to open wid patel..n give chance to tiwary in middle order

  • POSTED BY sheneererd on | June 12, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Should be try ashwin because bhaji playing continuos more than 100 days. we need bhaji in test series instead of dhawan sure tiwary took the place and may be ishant get a roll instead of munaf-praveen

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @mkshark and they are probably still stronger than WI, what a great time to be an Indian cricket fan!!!