West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Antigua June 14, 2011

'Ronin' Pollard finds his master

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In some ways Kieron Pollard represents this West Indies team. He is the ronin of world cricket - the samurai with no master. Pollard plays Twenty20 cricket around the globe. He also plays for West Indies. And on days like today, when he does well, you see hope filtering through the cracks.

Some say that West Indies has been economically, politically and socially dislocated. That those bricks of anti-colonialism that once held the wall of solidarity among cricketing fraternity have fallen. In this age of rootless culture, the way forward for this team might be individual salvation. Fire in Babylon is passé. It's fire in the individual belly that counts. Pollard is flag bearer of this new generation. As Tony Cozier wrote once on a West Indies tour of Australia, "it could be individual self-interest that strengthens the team ethic on this tour and beyond."

Pollard says he doesn't find much of a difference playing in an IPL team or West Indies team. "It's not much different. When you go out to bat it's got nothing to do with the team. It's you alone with the bat against the opposition. I don't think it has got anything to with the atmosphere of the team. You have to find a right way to train and fit into the team."

Things rolled out very well today. For someone who plays so imperiously straight down the ground, he has perplexed with his heaves across the line, when playing quality spin. When the ball dips rapidly on him and he is not quite up to the pitch of the ball, he just heaves across. In a previous game, he was trapped lbw by one such attempt against Amit Mishra. Today, though, he changed that approach. When the ball wasn't in his arc, he defended. The bat came ahead of the pad, the bat-face was straight, and he rarely played across anything in desperation.

It didn't come without some early nerves though. Off his eighth delivery, he went hard at a leg break from Manoj Tiwary but it flew off the edge to safety. A ball later, he again went for a big swing but it spun away from the edge. There is a thin line between imperiousness and foolhardiness. He was living on that edge. He had described what runs through his mind in those states. "If it's the first ball or the last ball, it doesn't matter if the ball is in my arc."

Another Tiwary over saw him really settle. The first ball crash landed on the sightscreen, the second flew past a startled Tiwary, and Pollard was on his way. This was the moment of danger. Will the adrenalin surge through too much? It was also the moment that the captain Suresh Raina got into the act. He placed himself at mid-off with a long-off behind him. It was almost the field setting that MS Dhoni had set once to entrap Pollard in an IPL game. Tiwary floated the ball across and Pollard leaned forward to push it quietly to the off side. And he stayed quiet for the rest of the over, tapping it gently to the off. It was the moment you realised that it's a very determined Pollard who is out there today.

The next four came 25 deliveries after that four against Tiwary. Yet again, it was straight down the ground. The next four boundaries too came from careful shot selection. Each of those deliveries were either on the legs or so short that he could flick or swing them to the on side boundary. There were no hoicks or heaves. It wasn't a slugfest out there. By the time he fell, Pollard had pushed West Indies towards a competitive total. With little bit of help from the Indian batsmen, who displayed poor shot selection, and a strong hand from Anthony Martin, the home side would win the day.

Rewind to the day before the third ODI. Pollard is asked a direct question. How hungry are you to play for West Indies? "I am very very very very hungry to do well for West Indies. I try my very best to do well for West Indies or any side that I play for." The ronin did it for West Indies today.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Metman on | June 16, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    continuing !@Paddyrasta !Opposition 'B' team,is correct !and further reduced to an opposition'' C" team for the last ODI.,riverlime !Pollard scores his runs against those attacks.By the way,who are the players who can't show a first class av.of 40 or greater ? Simmons,Bravo ,Bravo,Pollard ,4 trinis in the first 6 or 7 batsman.K.Edwards I have been saying from the last T20 regional competition IS NOT a one day player,when he was playing for Bdos.Chanders reflexes have becomed too slow for one day cricket,and the selectors were right in not picking him.The point I am making is that of late ,TnT have been the main contributer of players on the WI team,and how have they performed,and by extension,the WI ?and now trinis are calling for D.Ganga av.less than 30 in 48 tests to lead the WI,and Ramdin,less than 23 in 41 tests to keep wicket .Lord have mercy ! look what WI cricket has come to!

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | June 15, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    The analysis of the WIndies commentators regarding the performance of the WIndian batsmen, bowlers, fielding and attitude is non existent. By saying nothing, they are not only failing to educate WIndian supporters about the team, but it will also mean the WIndies cricket Board can continue to run WIndies cricket in their usual stupid way, because they know their will be no challenge from these commentators or WIndian cricket writers for that matter.

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | June 15, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    It was a sensible knock from Pollard and it showed what he can do if he gets his head down and plays properly. If he learns to dismiss all of his slogging urges then his average will jump up 15-20 in ODI's. He has time on his side as well.

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | June 15, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @AvidCricFan:Put yourself in Pathan's shoes...5 overs remaining you are sent to bat told to accelerate even before you can settle down then in the process you lose your wkt thats what had happened to him more often than not & Badri poor chap has done everything in domestic cricket which a batsman can do but was ignored & its all but fair to give that guy a chance to prove his worth......

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 15, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @Alexei... I see you are more articulate and reasoned than Metman, so I would rather exchange different points of view with you. As regards the knotty issue of keeper, BOTH Ramdin and Baugh have similar averages in ODI's (and Ramdin also has a higher Test average). But averages are not the reason for selecting a keeper! They should be good, nay, EXCELLENT, behind the stumps. They should also be pivotal in team decisions, as they have the best view of the action. My beef with Baugh is that too many times he has been quiet when a firm opinion was needed from a keeper. Case in point.... When Bishoo was bowling, several lbw's were denied(i'm talking about ones hawkeye shows would have hit), sometimes because of lack of appealing, and worse yet, sometimes because the review was not requested. Who knows if a ball is likely to hit the stumps? The keeper.

  • POSTED BY Alexei on | June 15, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    i OBVIOUSLY SEE YOU two are biased and I agree with Metman... when was the last time Ramdin put two consecutive 30+ scores together which proved to be vital... If Baugh never stuck out there in those two innings Russell and Pollard might not have made as much as they did.. Partnerships might be crucial in cricket these days and he played his part in those partnerships which shud have won the game for WI in the 3rd ODI and won the game in the 4th ODI... Also to add to Metman's point, Ramdin has played 81 ODIs, 81!! And averages 19 -_- he has given positions of leadership which has not improved his attitude and performances.. Baugh's glovework should be commended as he isnt doing badly and as fas as I am concerned Ramdin dropped catches and conceded byes so whats your point? The Indian attack in the 3rd ODI was not the same as the one in the 4th...the former was clearly harder and was in a pressure situation so he should get credit and deserves to keep his place..

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Pollard needs to be more consistent.His shot selection was much better. As i said before once WI can put 250-260,we will put India under pressure or even beat them,as we did.However a key man in this effort will have to be SARS.He has to convert those fifties to eighties+.Sarwan is a good player but never a match winner and that is my problem with him. Sarwan is a good player of spin and should have had a century already. Next,did u see how the Indians play the short pitch bowling? Not convincing . W e played them on one pitch that helped our seamers and we thrashed them. We should have won the 3rd ODI, so i was not surprise when we won the 4thODI. That win was no fluke. Its about the pitches we prepare. Who knows!

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | June 15, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    I thought that Baugh did well this match and I hope he continues to in the future ,but I also think that West Indies should still bring back Ramadin in the group of players as an insurance keeper ,so that we don't suffer the same deficiency to injury ,in the wicket keeping department , as we did in the world cup . There seems to be a problem somewhere ,I wish someone would say . I also have a problem with the likes of Dwayne Smith being ignored by the West Indies board after the Australian tour ,for whatevr reason ,other than his performance on that tour . We need a guy like Dwayne Smith now with Simmons ,Russel and Pollard in the team . What a waste of his talents :- Best fielder, agressive batsman,bowler and keeper , not appreciated anymore . I hope the fans will someday see him in action again for the team ,in some format of the game .

  • POSTED BY Metman on | June 15, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @riverlime ! No! Baugh did not score his runs against the SAME weak bowling attack !He scored his runs with Patel and Harbhajan included.If that bowling was weak,an already weak bowling attack minus those two by simple logic(which sadly yu don"t seem to understand) would make the attack WEAKER !Ramdin in 42 tests has an av.of 22.80 and in 81ODIs averages 19.54......Baugh in only 10 tests scattered over a number of years averages 18.18,and in 41 ODIs 19.90...Baugh in only 6 ODIs innings the past month,averages MORE than Ramdin in his 81 ODIs.Where is yr LOGIC and what is the point ?because clearly Baugh is the BETTER batsman.Both have dropped catches,miss stump,failed to gather and conceeded byes during their careers,so what are yu getting at ?Furthermore Baugh has more first class centuries than Ramdin.,so who needs to take off those rose-tinted spectacles.I think yu and the other member of yr tag team should travel to Couva and reassure Mr.Ramdin that he is the best in the west.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | June 15, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    When was the last ODI in which Yusuf Pathan had reasonable batting performance? He is one in ten matches wonder. He has played 55 ODIs and scored only five 50-plus scores. Badri is 30 years old. Can he be a long-term prospect? I don't understand why selectors are persisting with Pathan.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | June 16, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    continuing !@Paddyrasta !Opposition 'B' team,is correct !and further reduced to an opposition'' C" team for the last ODI.,riverlime !Pollard scores his runs against those attacks.By the way,who are the players who can't show a first class av.of 40 or greater ? Simmons,Bravo ,Bravo,Pollard ,4 trinis in the first 6 or 7 batsman.K.Edwards I have been saying from the last T20 regional competition IS NOT a one day player,when he was playing for Bdos.Chanders reflexes have becomed too slow for one day cricket,and the selectors were right in not picking him.The point I am making is that of late ,TnT have been the main contributer of players on the WI team,and how have they performed,and by extension,the WI ?and now trinis are calling for D.Ganga av.less than 30 in 48 tests to lead the WI,and Ramdin,less than 23 in 41 tests to keep wicket .Lord have mercy ! look what WI cricket has come to!

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | June 15, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    The analysis of the WIndies commentators regarding the performance of the WIndian batsmen, bowlers, fielding and attitude is non existent. By saying nothing, they are not only failing to educate WIndian supporters about the team, but it will also mean the WIndies cricket Board can continue to run WIndies cricket in their usual stupid way, because they know their will be no challenge from these commentators or WIndian cricket writers for that matter.

  • POSTED BY Finn92 on | June 15, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    It was a sensible knock from Pollard and it showed what he can do if he gets his head down and plays properly. If he learns to dismiss all of his slogging urges then his average will jump up 15-20 in ODI's. He has time on his side as well.

  • POSTED BY Ronsars on | June 15, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    @AvidCricFan:Put yourself in Pathan's shoes...5 overs remaining you are sent to bat told to accelerate even before you can settle down then in the process you lose your wkt thats what had happened to him more often than not & Badri poor chap has done everything in domestic cricket which a batsman can do but was ignored & its all but fair to give that guy a chance to prove his worth......

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 15, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @Alexei... I see you are more articulate and reasoned than Metman, so I would rather exchange different points of view with you. As regards the knotty issue of keeper, BOTH Ramdin and Baugh have similar averages in ODI's (and Ramdin also has a higher Test average). But averages are not the reason for selecting a keeper! They should be good, nay, EXCELLENT, behind the stumps. They should also be pivotal in team decisions, as they have the best view of the action. My beef with Baugh is that too many times he has been quiet when a firm opinion was needed from a keeper. Case in point.... When Bishoo was bowling, several lbw's were denied(i'm talking about ones hawkeye shows would have hit), sometimes because of lack of appealing, and worse yet, sometimes because the review was not requested. Who knows if a ball is likely to hit the stumps? The keeper.

  • POSTED BY Alexei on | June 15, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    i OBVIOUSLY SEE YOU two are biased and I agree with Metman... when was the last time Ramdin put two consecutive 30+ scores together which proved to be vital... If Baugh never stuck out there in those two innings Russell and Pollard might not have made as much as they did.. Partnerships might be crucial in cricket these days and he played his part in those partnerships which shud have won the game for WI in the 3rd ODI and won the game in the 4th ODI... Also to add to Metman's point, Ramdin has played 81 ODIs, 81!! And averages 19 -_- he has given positions of leadership which has not improved his attitude and performances.. Baugh's glovework should be commended as he isnt doing badly and as fas as I am concerned Ramdin dropped catches and conceded byes so whats your point? The Indian attack in the 3rd ODI was not the same as the one in the 4th...the former was clearly harder and was in a pressure situation so he should get credit and deserves to keep his place..

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Pollard needs to be more consistent.His shot selection was much better. As i said before once WI can put 250-260,we will put India under pressure or even beat them,as we did.However a key man in this effort will have to be SARS.He has to convert those fifties to eighties+.Sarwan is a good player but never a match winner and that is my problem with him. Sarwan is a good player of spin and should have had a century already. Next,did u see how the Indians play the short pitch bowling? Not convincing . W e played them on one pitch that helped our seamers and we thrashed them. We should have won the 3rd ODI, so i was not surprise when we won the 4thODI. That win was no fluke. Its about the pitches we prepare. Who knows!

  • POSTED BY simonviller on | June 15, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    I thought that Baugh did well this match and I hope he continues to in the future ,but I also think that West Indies should still bring back Ramadin in the group of players as an insurance keeper ,so that we don't suffer the same deficiency to injury ,in the wicket keeping department , as we did in the world cup . There seems to be a problem somewhere ,I wish someone would say . I also have a problem with the likes of Dwayne Smith being ignored by the West Indies board after the Australian tour ,for whatevr reason ,other than his performance on that tour . We need a guy like Dwayne Smith now with Simmons ,Russel and Pollard in the team . What a waste of his talents :- Best fielder, agressive batsman,bowler and keeper , not appreciated anymore . I hope the fans will someday see him in action again for the team ,in some format of the game .

  • POSTED BY Metman on | June 15, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    @riverlime ! No! Baugh did not score his runs against the SAME weak bowling attack !He scored his runs with Patel and Harbhajan included.If that bowling was weak,an already weak bowling attack minus those two by simple logic(which sadly yu don"t seem to understand) would make the attack WEAKER !Ramdin in 42 tests has an av.of 22.80 and in 81ODIs averages 19.54......Baugh in only 10 tests scattered over a number of years averages 18.18,and in 41 ODIs 19.90...Baugh in only 6 ODIs innings the past month,averages MORE than Ramdin in his 81 ODIs.Where is yr LOGIC and what is the point ?because clearly Baugh is the BETTER batsman.Both have dropped catches,miss stump,failed to gather and conceeded byes during their careers,so what are yu getting at ?Furthermore Baugh has more first class centuries than Ramdin.,so who needs to take off those rose-tinted spectacles.I think yu and the other member of yr tag team should travel to Couva and reassure Mr.Ramdin that he is the best in the west.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | June 15, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    When was the last ODI in which Yusuf Pathan had reasonable batting performance? He is one in ten matches wonder. He has played 55 ODIs and scored only five 50-plus scores. Badri is 30 years old. Can he be a long-term prospect? I don't understand why selectors are persisting with Pathan.

  • POSTED BY PaddyRasta on | June 14, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    @riverlime I agree with you. I am not excited about Baugh as a prospect. But according to Metman, it is perfectly OK for Baugh or anyone else for that matter; to fail with the bat (maybe for 5 years) because Ramdin had his chance to do so. Whilst I am happy when any player contributes and does well, I do not expect either Baugh or Pollard to show the consistency that is needed. It 's sad when your opposition "B" team can field 7 batsmen with 1st class averages over 40 (some over 60) and not one of your own "A" team batsmen can show this - Sarwan included.

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 14, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    And as for Baugh, he has scored HIS own runs against the same weak bowling attack as Pollard and yet Metman lauds his actions. The same Baugh who wears iron gloves and whose middle name is Byes! He has scored 118 runs in six innings against Pakistan and India in the past month at a rate of just LESS than 20 per innings! This also happens to be his career average, which curiously is almost exactly the same as Ramdin's career average, whereas Ramdin is clearly the superior keeper. Incidentally, Ramdin's Test average is 22.8 while Baugh's is 19. Time to take off the rose-tinted spectacles, Metman!

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 14, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I knew Metman would eventually rear his head. How it must grind him to see Pollard do well! I wondered.... Would he rejoice to see Pollard score heavily, if it meant WI would win the game? He obviously would have preferred the converse! As my grandmother used to say... Crabs in a barrel! (To non West Indians, this is analogous to "tall poppy syndrome")

  • POSTED BY coolie on | June 14, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Polly & Russ for captain & vice...

  • POSTED BY Metman on | June 14, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    India sent a" B " team bowling attack to the WI,won the series with this attack,and decided to rest Patel and Harbhajan for the last ODI further reducing the attack to a "C" attack. Pollard comes in and Raina promptly removes Mishra from the attack to a shocked Gavaskar and others ,and lo and behold ," Pollard finds form" ",Pollard only needed one knock to set the wheels in motion ", "Pollard has to open next game ",were some of the comments from some of his backers ,who obviously had to say something.,but should know by now that Pollard would only score runs against second and third string attacks.Way to go Baugh,keep Ramdin where he deserves to be.

  • POSTED BY INIDAN_Nandi on | June 14, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    Pathan yusuf should be sacked and shown the door . He is not making use of the chances given to him.

  • POSTED BY Indus_vvsfan on | June 14, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    @reghuh ... I know losing can be tough but..give these youngsters a chance. Over time, they will come good.

    Btw- Ishant is young, tall and fast. Have you forgotten how he tormented Ponting?? Have you forgotten his fiery 5-for spell recently for Tuskers?? Give the lad a break..he will come back strongly soon. I agree that he lacks direction, and I'm sure he will improve and come back to his best soon. After all don't judge the pacers by their bowling figures in subcontinent like pitches. I hope he proves you wrong in England..and i'm sure even you will be happy to see that.

    and with series in the bag, i don't think it is a bad idea to try out and infuse young blood into the team......or would you rather experiment in crunch games??? think before you just blast the team.....ok?

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 14, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan- Club standard player who does not deserve a place in Indian team-His 50 was the ugliest ive seen from any opener. Manoj Tiwari- should be asked to bat at middle order (though Uthappa,Saurabh tiwari,Valthatty,Rayudu were better options) Wridhiman Saha- Does not deserve to be in Indian Team (Dinesh Kartik,Parthiv ,Rayudu are lots better ) Ishant Sharma- should be taken to school of basics or sacked from the team- Mad bowler with no direction,consistancy or focus.Just runs in and throws the ball. Windies is a club like team and loosing to them is a disgrace to the world champions..even local school teams in India have capability to beat windies every game and this loss is such a disgrace to the 5 million fans out here in India INclusion of people like Shikhar Dhawan,Ishant Sharma,Wridhiman Saha, Mukund etc is a shame to the fans of cricket and the cricket players back in India , World champions.........

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | June 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    With all the Badri fans cheering him to be the next Dravid and some even cursing Sachin and Dravid for not making way for him in the Indian team, yesterday shud have been an Eye opener. I clearly remember the match Badri played against SA and the way Steyn removed him. He looked so uncomfortable against the Express pace and bounce. Yesterday was another reality check for him and his fans, he is not good enough for International Cricket. Imagine how WI wud treat him in Test when they are allowed to bowl more bouncers and that too for longer periods. Kohli looks much more prepared to play in the longer format, it was a great moment when he (much junior and younger) offered advice to a clearly struggling Badri. The difference between Indian domestic Cricket and International is clearly evident.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 14, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan- Club standard player who does not deserve a place in Indian team-His 50 was the ugliest ive seen from any opener. Manoj Tiwari- should be asked to bat at middle order (though Uthappa,Saurabh tiwari,Valthatty,Rayudu were better options) Wridhiman Saha- Does not deserve to be in Indian Team (Dinesh Kartik,Parthiv ,Rayudu are lots better ) Ishant Sharma- should be taken to school of basics or sacked from the team- Mad bowler with no direction,consistancy or focus.Just runs in and throws the ball. Windies is a club like team and loosing to them is a disgrace to the world champions..even local school teams in India have capability to beat windies every game and this loss is such a disgrace to the 5 million fans out here in India INclusion of people like Shikhar Dhawan,Ishant Sharma,Wridhiman Saha, Mukund etc is a shame to the fans of cricket and the cricket players back in India , World champions.........

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 14, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Inclusion of club standard players like Shikhar Dhawan,Abhinav Mukund,Wridhiman Saha,Ishant Sharma to the national squad is a disgrace to a nation where there are almost 1 million young players ......though Badrinath deserves some chances in the international level , thanks to his consitancy in domestic cricket. Among the youngsters, some defenite talents are Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Mishra, Ashwin,Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu,Parthiv etc.....Bowlers like Ishant sharma should be either axed or taken for rehabilitation/level 1 training Defenitely Suresh Raina made a bad decision to chase for 4th time whereas we could have batted first...and could have seen Wi crumble for some score less than 100.......... Yousuf Pathan to be coming as an opener...even if he scores a brisk 20, that would be a great boost to the scoring rate which seemed sick till end of match..... People would have really missed Viru../Murali Vijay Asking M.Tiwari to open is a criminal wastage of his serv at middle

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 14, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Finally.......the DAY OF DOGS came......(EVERY DOG HAS A DAY).....finally.....by chance or by choice, WI won the match, thanks to the decision to include Ishant sharma, play the not in form Badrinath and Yousuf Pathan..........and some sluggish batting by other batsmen....... I think a champion side should not even compromise a single match....they should atleast try and win every match fielding their best possible combination for the match........ Inclusion of Manoj Tiwari instead of Shikhar Dhawan was a desired move....but inclusion of Ishant sharma is baffling......i think people like Ishant should never again be given a chance....he does not even show a whisker of intent to improve his bowling (I think yorker is a ball which is banned for Indian bowlers)...the only people who used to bowl it in indian team were Manoj Prabhakhar,Anil Kumble,Ajit Agarkar......and they were succesful when they were doing that...when they stopped bowling yorkers, they became obsolete....

  • POSTED BY elsmallo on | June 14, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I don't agree with Pollard re. batting has nothing to do with the team. Maybe he's someone who can put the team out of his mind when he bats, but unfortunately you'd then have to say this is reflected in the way he bats sometimes. To my mind, the team is always in your mind when you play, and if the atmosphere is good/bad it will affect your performance. Talk about anti-colonialism being the glue - this new globalised, financially-driven sport is colonialism with a different face. The West Indian players are going to have to learn how to flourish under it as before, but I can't see how. Maybe they can all be selfish superstars, but it would be a shame. I love performing for a team I know and like and want to play for. I'm about Pollard's age and even though he's a professional sportsman I can say that at this age you need more than financial incentive to play well. It's the Steely Dan song. Any world that I'm welcome to.

  • POSTED BY crichype on | June 14, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    Oh man Yusuf Pathan. When will this guy show us what he did to Kiwis and Proteas....It has always been said that Yusuf Pathan gets limited opportunities as he bats down the order but in the last two ODI's he got the chance to do it again but failed back to back. I am big fan of him and i am am afraid that he might be out of the Indian Side very soon...Get Mature bro...Can't hit every ball out of the park...

  • POSTED BY vikicork on | June 14, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    It is clear that Badrinath does not have what it takes to play International limited overs crikcet ,his only claim to fame is that he plays for CSK .he and Vijay another limited overs failure might still be suited better for test cricket so its still too early to totally give up on them ,Rohit Sharma though should have been in test side instead of Badrinath. All u people asking for Bhajji to be dropped instead ofAshwin ,u see how much he(Bhajji) brings to the side both with his bowling and batting .Ashwin is good but hes not yet good enough to pass Bhajji or Mishra currently Yusuf seems like a dead weight now ,it seems he plays once every 10 matches,he can still be a match winner though ,he should probably open the next ODI with Parthiv and Tiwari come at no 5 or6 or take Dhawan back again and drop Badrinath and play Tiwary at 4 .Tiwary cannot open

  • POSTED BY Indus_vvsfan on | June 14, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Great to see WI win....even though I'm an Indian fan. :o) The local folks desperately need something to cheer for and be proud about.

    Is there anyway to find out where Team India is staying in Jamaica...I would like to stay there one night at least and get some autographs...I will be going to Jamaica for a week next week...but will be in Ocho Rios. :o)

    Looking forward to the 1st Test..

  • POSTED BY T.SB on | June 14, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Its great to see pollard back to form...even though not to his full strength.At one stage in the IPL he looked as if he forgot how to bat..reminding me of 'Ghajini'!!! Hoping to see more number of sixes from him in the last ODI.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Pollard has to open next game. Get him in while the field is up. Nothing to lose as Hyatt and Edwards have failed at the top.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | June 14, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Poor umpiring..Poor strategy by raina on slow track..asking windies to come first..after the outfield was getting slower.. Also including in Playing eleven,,,Tiwari??Badrinath?? is indian team serius of defending its world champions fame or was it just a fluke..they had thrashed kiwis 5:0..now was a golden opportunity to thrash..windies..5:0...now they have got this..abosutlutely..disgrace..i hope and pray they do not lose the next match..and 4:1 i believe is going to be the result..but surely this IPL has damaged country...how come..players u r resting play with so fiercely in IPL..u name them..and how come their replacements for sort of youngsters testing tour be the likes of...Tiwari,,Badrinath,Murali vijay or wridhiman Saha,,or abhinav mukund..seriusly..bcci is playing joke with 1 billion plus indians...really disgrace,,

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | June 14, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Whatever WI fans talk about Sammy I am really proud of him as a sub-continent. He is doing his best to WI compare anybody.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Simmons is not Jamaican. Russell and Baugh are, but Simmons is from Trinidad. He does have form though and it would be no surprise if he continues doing well in Sabina

  • POSTED BY punshetty on | June 14, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Pollard played his career saving innings....:)

  • POSTED BY jatheesh on | June 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Raina is over confident in chasing. He won the toss fourth time. He could have elected batting first. 3rd ODI they lost wickets quickly and miraculously recovered by the efforts of Rohit, Bajji and Kumar. Already series in hand. Why didn't he elect batting first?

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 14, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    So finally the wheels are off from the famed Indian next gen batting order. I always knew that Badri, just like his Chennai team Vijay, was not made for ODI's, even though both of them have performed well in T20. They both are essentially test match batsmen who can throw the bat around for 5-6 overs in T20 but 50 overs cricket need batsmen like Rohit & Kohli who build their innings and rotate strike. Opening up with Tiwary was one of the worst decisions yet made by the Indian thinktank on this tour. He is middle order batsman who bats at no. 5 for his state team and has never ever opened an innings in his life. Yusuf Pathan should have been asked to open along with Parthiv. Remember he opened in his very first Internationla match, the ICC T20 2007 WC final against Pakistan and made some 15 odd runs in double quick time. 15 runs at a strike rate of above 150 is much better than 1 or 2 runs at a stk rate of 30.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 14, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Pollard only needed one knock to set his wheels in motion. Watch out for another blazing knock from him in the last ODI in Jamaica. Also, expect Simmons, Russell & Baugh to continue the good work now that they would be playing in their "home" country (Jamaica) and they would be knowing the conditions as well as Martin knew today of his "home" venue.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 14, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    The question to ask would be : Will he give up IPL permanently for a permanent berth in WI ?

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  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 14, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    The question to ask would be : Will he give up IPL permanently for a permanent berth in WI ?

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 14, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Pollard only needed one knock to set his wheels in motion. Watch out for another blazing knock from him in the last ODI in Jamaica. Also, expect Simmons, Russell & Baugh to continue the good work now that they would be playing in their "home" country (Jamaica) and they would be knowing the conditions as well as Martin knew today of his "home" venue.

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | June 14, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    So finally the wheels are off from the famed Indian next gen batting order. I always knew that Badri, just like his Chennai team Vijay, was not made for ODI's, even though both of them have performed well in T20. They both are essentially test match batsmen who can throw the bat around for 5-6 overs in T20 but 50 overs cricket need batsmen like Rohit & Kohli who build their innings and rotate strike. Opening up with Tiwary was one of the worst decisions yet made by the Indian thinktank on this tour. He is middle order batsman who bats at no. 5 for his state team and has never ever opened an innings in his life. Yusuf Pathan should have been asked to open along with Parthiv. Remember he opened in his very first Internationla match, the ICC T20 2007 WC final against Pakistan and made some 15 odd runs in double quick time. 15 runs at a strike rate of above 150 is much better than 1 or 2 runs at a stk rate of 30.

  • POSTED BY jatheesh on | June 14, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Raina is over confident in chasing. He won the toss fourth time. He could have elected batting first. 3rd ODI they lost wickets quickly and miraculously recovered by the efforts of Rohit, Bajji and Kumar. Already series in hand. Why didn't he elect batting first?

  • POSTED BY punshetty on | June 14, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Pollard played his career saving innings....:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Simmons is not Jamaican. Russell and Baugh are, but Simmons is from Trinidad. He does have form though and it would be no surprise if he continues doing well in Sabina

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | June 14, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Whatever WI fans talk about Sammy I am really proud of him as a sub-continent. He is doing his best to WI compare anybody.

  • POSTED BY Notredam on | June 14, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Poor umpiring..Poor strategy by raina on slow track..asking windies to come first..after the outfield was getting slower.. Also including in Playing eleven,,,Tiwari??Badrinath?? is indian team serius of defending its world champions fame or was it just a fluke..they had thrashed kiwis 5:0..now was a golden opportunity to thrash..windies..5:0...now they have got this..abosutlutely..disgrace..i hope and pray they do not lose the next match..and 4:1 i believe is going to be the result..but surely this IPL has damaged country...how come..players u r resting play with so fiercely in IPL..u name them..and how come their replacements for sort of youngsters testing tour be the likes of...Tiwari,,Badrinath,Murali vijay or wridhiman Saha,,or abhinav mukund..seriusly..bcci is playing joke with 1 billion plus indians...really disgrace,,

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | June 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Pollard has to open next game. Get him in while the field is up. Nothing to lose as Hyatt and Edwards have failed at the top.

  • POSTED BY T.SB on | June 14, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Its great to see pollard back to form...even though not to his full strength.At one stage in the IPL he looked as if he forgot how to bat..reminding me of 'Ghajini'!!! Hoping to see more number of sixes from him in the last ODI.