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

'No-one comes here and destroys me on my pitch'

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Anthony Martin is an original. In what was undoubtedly the most delightful press conference of the tour, Martin presented his rainbow personality. Passionate. Sentimental. Humourous. Serious. Emotional. Slightly off his rocker. Naïve. Sincere. Fresh. Utter fun.

It started with the most rollicking understatement of the tour and it also had an over-the-top, theatrical, warning in the middle. "It [his four-wicket haul] feels good. I may not show it on the outside but I feel very good inside, you know," he said. Not show it outside? Seriously? Really? Martin was bouncing in joy. Happiness exploded from him. It was almost infectious.

You would think characters like Martin don't come any more in this day and age but here he was, parading his colourful character. It didn't feel like a performance; he was just being himself.

"No-one comes here and destroys me on my pitch," he said. "This is my pitch. I don't care who they are. I am here to destroy whoever I play against. I am so glad that I did it against India, the world champions."

There was no trace of arrogance. The way he said the words you couldn't even accuse him of being pompous. Neither were they meant to be humorous. It was light hearted sure but it appeared he meant every word of it. Yet, no one could take offence.

He is sentimental. A local journalist asked him about the impact of his mother. "Sometimes just to speak about my mom I want to shed tears. She has always looked out for me. She supports me all the time. She was in the crowd today with my daughter and girlfriend." Sentimentality gives way to humour without any warning. "I am not married," he says with a laugh. "I might not ever. I may also."

Now, he was on a roll and it appeared he couldn't have stopped himself, even if he tried. "I am sorry that Sachin and Sehwag weren't here," he continued. No-one had brought up those two names. "I have played against Sehwag one time before. I took a catch off him and he didn't want to move. He stood on the pitch, leaning on his bat and I was celebrating. I went all around the park." Laughter.

That game was back in 2006. It was where Martin's confidence grew and a cricketing career took the next step. "I took the wicket of Rahul Dravid, caught at slip. I took another left-hander , don't remember his name. I took two wickets for not much. After getting those wickets I told myself I can play international cricket. I have seen Dravid on TV destroying attacks all over the world and he came here and I destroyed him. He hit a four first ball and then gone! So I tell myself I can play."

He might come across a fun eccentric character but he is a severely passionate and hard-working man. He used to be a fast bowler in his under-15 days but an accident injured his back and he couldn't bowl fast anymore. So he tried off spin but the under-19 coach in Antigua told him he had to try something else since they had two established offspinners. "I said ok. I switched to leg spin ... I had to find something to stay in the game. I used to warm-up with legspin when I was a pacer and so I tried my hand at it."

His uncle was his chief mentor of his life. As he puts it his unique way, "My uncle didn't tolerate any crap. He was always serious. If you notice I am always serious too. I don't make jokes when the game is going on. When it's on my only friends are my team-mates."

Antigua is where he grew up and he was disappointed not to play in the fourth ODI. It spurred him on. "I went back to the hotel and thought the coach didn't think fit for me to play. I tell myself that whenever I get the opportunity to play I am going to show that I deserve to be there in the eleven."

More motivation was also at hand. "I didn't want the whitewash or the Indian wash!" He ended the press meet with more delightful gems. "I don't like losing. That 'L" word is not in my vocabulary. Only Love and Lord. Not Losing."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 16, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @MADDY20 LOL you think that this second string Indian team of yours can defeat the pakistan full strength team. oh well let me tell you what will happen. these Indian babies would be thrashed so hard by the pakistan team that it will bring a end to careers of your new born cricketers. pakistan team would have made you taste a 5-0 defeat. huh. and what about your senior player? resting in their bed. they have no feel for their team. you people are losing rating, so face it!!!! pakistani players are getting careers best ranking. go see for yourself. Mark my words the wheel will turn and india will be at of the rankings.

  • cric-maestro on June 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @ayaz noor m, well i wud suggest that before questioning the system of some other country,,,pls be concerned about what happens in ur system....and now the players which u can easily say young and inexperienced can destroy a full strength pak team any given day...u can relate this topic to ipl by mentioning its full-form or whatevr....but the fact remains that because pak players are not allowed to play in it(and wont be in the future too)..and this fact it seems does not go too well with u and many others...tell me why there ws no criticism by pak in the 1st season of ipl wen pak players wre allowed??....trust me mate,, no one is stopping IPL bcos of this reason...and coming to the topic now tht we hav won the t20 n odi series..who gives a damn if there ws nt a full-fledged side...

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @cric-maestro, wow now you didnt even read my earlier comment did you? if you notice i also said that im talking about ipl because somebody else talked about it, he said its indian bench team thats why they won n all that. all im saying is that you sent your second stream team no matter what the reason (which clearly is ipl) but that was your own choice, WI did NOT opt to play against your bench team, its your system who got them to play these young/inexperienced boys. and by the way if you forgot, ipl means Indian premiere league, so it IS related to this article because the reason WI is playing against indian bench team is your IPL, that is a fact nobody can deny. and yes again i would say, Pakistan team or players have absolutely no link to this articles at all, then why are you talking about PCB mismanagement n all that? WI vs Ind means that Indian team is there, whether its the world champ team or bench team, thats is related to indian cricket and eventually IPL!

  • shawnxxx on June 16, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I came to a conclusion after reading some of these comments,most of you guys can't read and should repeat English class." No-one comes here and destroys me on my pitch"(read this 10 times and you guys might get it).Don't forget this is also WI "second string team".India will lose in Jamaica is WI play Russel,roach and Ravi.About Martin no one prove him wrong yet, so just shut up an accept it because after all it is.... a fact!!"I am sorry that Sachin and Sehwag weren't here"That what you call confidence, it's likely they would of kill him but who knows they might of become his bunnies lol.

  • maddy20 on June 15, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M and Saad ROhail Irrespective of everything else, a second string Indian side is better than Full strength Pakistani side! Atleast thats what the results say! They have won the T20 and wrapped up the ODIs. Forget about rating points and everything else. Who gives a damn?

  • cric-maestro on June 15, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @AYAZ NOOR M, well talking about irrelvant discussion..how about ur comments then bcos its nowhere mentioned in this article that indian players prefer ipl..(u can check, u hav mentioned this in all of ur comments)...now how is this in any way related to this article??...moreover,what about 3 wins prior to that loss.,,relate that to the ipl also....we wont talk about pak cricket and all the mess that goes on there but if the topic is of ind v/s wi, then one has to focus on the current squad rather than making the issue of mainstream players taking rest...they are the world champions and this is nothing to do with the ipl...they play under immense pressure thru-out the year and yet they deliver..so wat if some rest and skipping a tour..a true fan of the game will respect the abv facts...

  • cric-maestro on June 15, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @SAAD ROHAIL, mate its understandable that rating goes down when thr is a loss..but that same rating goes up also when the side wins..now it seems u r big fan of icc predictor...and its puts ur knowledge of cricket under doubt if consider wi to be favorites for the 5th odi...actually we will wait for that until the match is over...but i m extremely sorry that taking pride by india losing points wont fetch u anything....i suggest u reserve this for future bcos in any case india is not going below pak in the rankings by some defeats...even after if they play their second string team...

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    @cric-maestro, flyingmachinee: people will never learn to stick to the topic, this page is not about Pakistan team, afridi, his noc or english county or slpl. this is strictly about India vs WI so will you please stick to the topic, when did i say that Pakistan cricket is going in right direction or we're doing too good n all, i didnt say such things because this is not what this article is about. people tend to do so much irrelevant discussion!

  • reghuh on June 15, 2011, 9:20 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.........

  • Aussie_Mike on June 15, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Well Pakistan full strength team from the PCB also won the ODI series 3-2. We shalll see tomorrow if India (not full strengh) can do better or same.

  • on June 16, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    @MADDY20 LOL you think that this second string Indian team of yours can defeat the pakistan full strength team. oh well let me tell you what will happen. these Indian babies would be thrashed so hard by the pakistan team that it will bring a end to careers of your new born cricketers. pakistan team would have made you taste a 5-0 defeat. huh. and what about your senior player? resting in their bed. they have no feel for their team. you people are losing rating, so face it!!!! pakistani players are getting careers best ranking. go see for yourself. Mark my words the wheel will turn and india will be at of the rankings.

  • cric-maestro on June 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @ayaz noor m, well i wud suggest that before questioning the system of some other country,,,pls be concerned about what happens in ur system....and now the players which u can easily say young and inexperienced can destroy a full strength pak team any given day...u can relate this topic to ipl by mentioning its full-form or whatevr....but the fact remains that because pak players are not allowed to play in it(and wont be in the future too)..and this fact it seems does not go too well with u and many others...tell me why there ws no criticism by pak in the 1st season of ipl wen pak players wre allowed??....trust me mate,, no one is stopping IPL bcos of this reason...and coming to the topic now tht we hav won the t20 n odi series..who gives a damn if there ws nt a full-fledged side...

  • on June 16, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @cric-maestro, wow now you didnt even read my earlier comment did you? if you notice i also said that im talking about ipl because somebody else talked about it, he said its indian bench team thats why they won n all that. all im saying is that you sent your second stream team no matter what the reason (which clearly is ipl) but that was your own choice, WI did NOT opt to play against your bench team, its your system who got them to play these young/inexperienced boys. and by the way if you forgot, ipl means Indian premiere league, so it IS related to this article because the reason WI is playing against indian bench team is your IPL, that is a fact nobody can deny. and yes again i would say, Pakistan team or players have absolutely no link to this articles at all, then why are you talking about PCB mismanagement n all that? WI vs Ind means that Indian team is there, whether its the world champ team or bench team, thats is related to indian cricket and eventually IPL!

  • shawnxxx on June 16, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I came to a conclusion after reading some of these comments,most of you guys can't read and should repeat English class." No-one comes here and destroys me on my pitch"(read this 10 times and you guys might get it).Don't forget this is also WI "second string team".India will lose in Jamaica is WI play Russel,roach and Ravi.About Martin no one prove him wrong yet, so just shut up an accept it because after all it is.... a fact!!"I am sorry that Sachin and Sehwag weren't here"That what you call confidence, it's likely they would of kill him but who knows they might of become his bunnies lol.

  • maddy20 on June 15, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M and Saad ROhail Irrespective of everything else, a second string Indian side is better than Full strength Pakistani side! Atleast thats what the results say! They have won the T20 and wrapped up the ODIs. Forget about rating points and everything else. Who gives a damn?

  • cric-maestro on June 15, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    @AYAZ NOOR M, well talking about irrelvant discussion..how about ur comments then bcos its nowhere mentioned in this article that indian players prefer ipl..(u can check, u hav mentioned this in all of ur comments)...now how is this in any way related to this article??...moreover,what about 3 wins prior to that loss.,,relate that to the ipl also....we wont talk about pak cricket and all the mess that goes on there but if the topic is of ind v/s wi, then one has to focus on the current squad rather than making the issue of mainstream players taking rest...they are the world champions and this is nothing to do with the ipl...they play under immense pressure thru-out the year and yet they deliver..so wat if some rest and skipping a tour..a true fan of the game will respect the abv facts...

  • cric-maestro on June 15, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    @SAAD ROHAIL, mate its understandable that rating goes down when thr is a loss..but that same rating goes up also when the side wins..now it seems u r big fan of icc predictor...and its puts ur knowledge of cricket under doubt if consider wi to be favorites for the 5th odi...actually we will wait for that until the match is over...but i m extremely sorry that taking pride by india losing points wont fetch u anything....i suggest u reserve this for future bcos in any case india is not going below pak in the rankings by some defeats...even after if they play their second string team...

  • on June 15, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    @cric-maestro, flyingmachinee: people will never learn to stick to the topic, this page is not about Pakistan team, afridi, his noc or english county or slpl. this is strictly about India vs WI so will you please stick to the topic, when did i say that Pakistan cricket is going in right direction or we're doing too good n all, i didnt say such things because this is not what this article is about. people tend to do so much irrelevant discussion!

  • reghuh on June 15, 2011, 9:20 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.........

  • Aussie_Mike on June 15, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Well Pakistan full strength team from the PCB also won the ODI series 3-2. We shalll see tomorrow if India (not full strengh) can do better or same.

  • on June 15, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    @CRIC-MAESTRO and FLYINGMACHINEE. people for your kindest information India has already lost two rating points in the ODI rankings by losing the 4th ODI. which means there rating has dropped from 122 to 120. So 1 ODI does makes a DIFFERENCE. India being the 2nd rated team in the ODI ranking should have easily whitewashed the No. 8th West Indies, it is due to this fact that their rating has dropped and it will further drop by a big margin if they lose the 5th ODI as well. If India loses the 5th ODI against the 8th ranked West Indies, then India's ODI rating points will drop from 120 to 119. and if Sri Lanka will win the 1st ODI against England, then their ODI ratings will rise from 118 to 120. And then precisely Sri Lanka will be 2nd Ranked ODI champions and India the 3rd. Dont believe me go check the ODI rankings predictor on official ICC site. So have some information before you talk.

  • riverlime on June 15, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    I can't see what all the fuss is about regarding Martin. He played his heart out, doing what he does, in front of his home crowd. Who wouldn't be happy? He's not the best spinner in the West Indies, but he is good with his discipline of line and length. Throw in some arrogant (i.e. "who is this fool to bowl spin to us Indians?") middle order batting, and you get a handful of wickets. It's a pity that both he and Bishoo didn't get a chance to operate from both ends, on a turning Trinidad pitch. That would have been fascinating. Slow turners make for slow burners. Bring on the Tests!!

  • flyingmachinee on June 15, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @ayaznoor We have won the series fr ur kind information..........westindies is the rite place to test our bench strength.....india can now have 2 internatonal sides theyhave lots of worldclass players now..........better u worry abt pakistan team ....

  • cric-maestro on June 15, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @AYAZ NOOR M,well i noticed all of ur comments about ipl and that the indian mainstream players playing in the ipl and not in the wi...see the flip side is that even the bench strength is able to beat wi comprehensively and one defeat doesnt question their capability..now coming back to ur statement,,,well let me tell u some sad facts.. why is afridi not opting to play for pak and trying to get noc to play in slpl and english county??...why are there statements from pak players abt their wish to play in ipl if they are content while playing for their country??...i repeat just bcos u dont get to play in ipl doesnt mean u criticize it...ipl has done wonders for indian cricket providing a great exposure and this shows in their cricket...

  • on June 15, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    What a character! And why not! Self confidence, is the name of the game.After all he did bowl well.What we have done is make the Indians feel at home away from home.They r at home with those pitches.Some of our batters r now coming to grips with the spin.THIS is how I see it, they r comfortable with spin, we r not. We r comfortable with pace, they r not. But the pitches r for spin and that gives them the edge. In my view the bowling and fielding r on par. The batting is the difference. I know they r not at full strength, but this is an Indian team. WI give me 255-260 and u will beat India again.

  • on June 15, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    while it is too early to comment on his abilities, tony martin is just the right tonic that west indies cricket needs. his talk reminds one of a viv richards or a curtly ambrose, and i hope the guy is as good on the field as he is with his talk. west indies need to take good care of him, bishoo and andre russell. here is a bunch of proud guys that dont appear to accept the losing trend set by their predecessors for the last 15 yrs. i'd have a team full of bishoos, martins and russell than one of pollards, gayles and bravos.

  • Metman on June 14, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    @Deepak Haridas ! Very well said !As I said in another forum,Pollard scores runs against India"s third team or C team as I called it, and trinis like ' riverlime' gone haywire ! ,don"t take Martin serious,he craves publicity.In Barbados we would say he is very hyper and 'powfull foolish'.

  • BustIPL on June 14, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Manoj did not come good on this outing. which gave some headaches and windies recovered. Mishra is also mediocre. Anyway, with India having their regurlars west indies would have found it hard to pull out this victory.

  • on June 14, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    What a joker. I hate big mouths. Hopefully he will be put in his rightful place soon.

  • Criczloverz on June 14, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    How many more chances Pathan should get? After 55 matches he averages 26.89. His bowling average is 40.24. In 2011 he averages 22 runs per match and has taken 4 wickets at an IMPRESSIVE average of 85.

  • on June 14, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    ha ha .. what a joke, just because you won the 4th ODI that doesn't mean you've won the series, out of a 5 game series when a team wins 3 out 5, the other team have actually LOST the series, so you have actually loose the series, "L" word, get familiar with it..

  • on June 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    i never said that what he said was very right, he's technically nobody in the international arena, neither have i seen him bowling except for this match, but i would say this guy seems high in spirit, i agree bishoo is better, infact both of them should be in to see who rocks more, would love to see a competitive windies team of the past, they're literally struggling now, a win or two would add to their spirits. I would say that you shouldnt take away the credit of winning from windies by saying that our players gave away their wickets, that is unjust

  • on June 14, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    One bad day for India..thats all it was..plus a little bit of wrong batting lineup Push Tiwari to Rainas place...and Raina to Yusufs place. And send Yusuf up as opener. He gets going for 5-10 overs...the game is out of WI reach if that happens.

  • on June 14, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Gotta give it to martin for showing his passion..No doubt he is not the best bowler in Windies side but who cares...In recent years mantra of professionalism has somewhat restricted players expressing themselves ...we need some more characters like that ...and yes this series seems pretty dull but a good opportunity for Fringe player to make a name for themselves

  • jalover on June 14, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I find it very strange that after the west indies lost the series Martin has a lot to say.He should be thanful that he has a game in the side. I am a west indian supporter but i find very strange that one can brag after you have lost the series. I doubt Marin will be in the Test Team.

  • Nampally on June 14, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M: Sir, is this not arrogant of a bowler to say "No one comes and destroys ne on My pitch". Nobody was trying to destroy him. The fact is he got wickets because the 4 batsmen he got out played rank bad shots. He did not get them out with great bowling. Bishoo is much better that way & more modest too. So Martin must be thankful to batsmen for giving away their wickets. He will face the Indians in the 5th ODI. Indian team will remember him for what he said. This time they may really go to "destroy" him.Mind you these are fantastic players who played badly. So one should be modest in his triumph and not be carried away by immaturity.I do not believe that even this Indian team is as bad as it performed. Hopefully the real team will show up in the 5 th ODI and play sensible cricket to complete 4-1 sweep.Do not be surprised by it. Pathan can" destroy any bowler" if he sets his mind to it. He has done it before and is quite capable of repeating it.Don't wake the sleeping giant.

  • on June 14, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    I think the lesson learnt from this match is that India's Third Team is not capable of beating the West Indies First Team. As simple as that...you can either take it positively or negatively..!

  • on June 14, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Where was this big attitude of his when his team was getting royally screwed in the first 3 games...come the test series and he is gonna experience the 'L' word..."LOSE"...o martin u have called upon the wrath of the world champions

  • on June 14, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    @cric-maestro, im sorry to say your comment is no way related to the topic of the article, i wonder why people drift away from the main topic, if you notice my all 3 comments were in relation to this series, and ipl's impact on this series, which by the way was also started from other people by saying things like wi won from bench team n all that. While you're talking abt pcb n Pakistan's captain issue which has absolutely nothing to do with the windies indian series. the whole world knows that India is crowned world champs, but unfortunately the main players prefer ipl over country, thats a sad fact that you must also admit, so i prefer to stay on topic, rather than going all over the world of topics for no reason at all

  • TheLight on June 14, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    didn't the WiIalready lose

    India is experimenting with second string players. \ whats to boast about?

  • Nampally on June 14, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    It was a steady bowling by Martin and he got wickets because of rank bad batting by Indians. Martin was giving 4 or 5 runs/over steadily. Why on earth batsmen like Raina, Pathan. Kohli and even Sharma played those crazy T-20 hoicks? If they had taken 4 to 5 runs/over, they could have easily left Martin with no wickets instead of throwing away their wickets. All credit to Martin for making these batsmen play those shots. I would rate Martin a steady spinner and not quite in the class of Bishoo who turns the ball and also bowls a googly. There were no googlies in Martin's bowling and even his leg breaks did not turn as much.Raina's stroke as a captain was irresponsible and very immature. He may have lost his place in theIndian test side because of his T-20 slogs.He may not even be named captain of the team again in ODI's.Pathan may also suffer a similar fate.Raina has one more chance to bring some sanity to his batting by playing a long & patient innings in the 5th ODI this week.

  • cric-maestro on June 14, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    @ayaz noor m, well first try to embrace some sense into the people running pcb.... dont understand why guys of tht country make such a fuss abt IPL only bcos they dont get to play in it...digest the fact that indian team r currently the world champs.. after having beaten ur so called talented team in the wc semis... and not to mention 4 wcs before that...so first of all , u pray that ur team has a permanent captain which practically is very unlikely...lol...

  • on June 14, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Wow.... He has breathed fresh life into a series which is turning dull........ Great work Martin !!!!

  • on June 14, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Mr.Martin your country already lost the odi series...its not worth even you take 10 wickets in final odi.. so please be quit...

  • CandidIndian on June 14, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    This win shows that WI does not lack the talent but they don't have the temperament to handle pressure.Series was practically over and there was no pressure on them , they were playing for pride and performed well.We have seen WI crumble under pressure so many times and it will continue in future also.

  • reghuh on June 14, 2011, 16:07 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.........

  • on June 14, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    @Krishna Prabhakaran, lol your statement seems very out of touch, he says it clearly, 'No-one comes here and destroys me on my pitch' he said MY pitch, will the pitch be HIS if he tours your country? oh my when will people embrace some sense!

  • on June 14, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    As a diehard West Indian Cricket Fan, who grew up when we had a world class team, winning the odd match does not generate much excitement. I feel good about the wins, don't take me wrong, but it's just that your expectations are pretty high. I feel that high intensity and never give up attitude should be the outfit for every game. I see some of the young guys potentially having that spirit and fire: Simmonds, Russell and now Martin seem to display some of that. I hope we can put the little petty issues aside and realize that we have what it takes. We need to get it together, board, players association and all concerned. I truly believe that we can be a world force in cricket once more......but it won't happen by accident. This needs work, careful design and engineering...

  • on June 14, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    @sri1ram, honestly saying, its no way WI's fault if India's second stream team went there, you guys need to shorten the ipl or need to decide whether ur main players should play ipl over country or not. WI won the game, that is their credit, dont take it away by saying they won because your main players were absent, its not them who opted to play against your bench team, its your board's/player's fault

  • on June 14, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Let the new guy show the spirit, WI cricket lacks it very very badly. I support this guy. @Ashwin Venkat, its not his fault you guys sent the bench team thanks to IPL, send the IPL champ team, may be he'll undo them too!

  • Stos on June 14, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Martin doesn't destroy by blatant aggression, he does it by keeping batsmen bogged down and in control while being very good at getting batsmen out as soon as they start trying to hit him (his ability in that area has been very impressive so far). He's not a defensive bowler per se, due to the latter skill, but he does base his wicket-taking abilities and guile on putting the batsmen under pressure with overspin rather than blistering pace or massive side-spin, and hence on having runs to play for. As such, when he doesn't get wickets it's generally not due to his own shortcomings; it could be, of course, if he let batsmen get free easily, but he's been highly consistent in that area so far during his international career. In any case, playing to destroy anybody who one plays against is exactly how a legspinner should think; in fact, it's a pretty good way to put the matter. We're all just a bunch of eccentrics, after all.

  • reghuh on June 14, 2011, 15:02 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.........

  • on June 14, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    A piece of Information all Indians on this thread: If India loses the 5th ODI against the 8th ranked West Indies, then India's ODI rating points will drop from 120 to 119. and if Sri Lanka will win the 1st ODI against England, then their ODI ratings will rise from 118 to 120. And then Unfortunately Sri Lanka will be 2nd Ranked ODI champions and India the 3rd. Dont believe me go check the ODI rankings predictor on official ICC site. no hard feelings people. I am not saying this will happen but if it really does then the result would be no more and no less then the mentioned above.

  • Thekick on June 14, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Pure joyful interview. I like this guy :)

  • reghuh on June 14, 2011, 14:21 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......... Yousuf Pathan should open with Manoj Tiwari in middle order.

  • chetism on June 14, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Today is the saddest part of WI.Once the undisputed kings are celebrating with a consolation win like they have won the world cup finals.Looking at the audacity and attitude of a 5 odd game player sums up the entire WI team of today.

  • elsmallo on June 14, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    How can you diss somebody who comes out with things like "That 'L" word is not in my vocabulary. Only Love and Lord. Not Losing."

    So India lost a game at last. There are some really miserable people on these boards who seem to take Martin's words as an insult to their precious batsmen. To which I can only say: grow up.

  • bigwonder on June 14, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Martin only has 5 ODIs under his belt, but is showing the wrong attitude already. No one likes loosing, but his first ODI against Pakistan was in indeed on his home country pitch and Pakistan won comfortably (by 7 wickets) and Martin went wicket less. He needs to show more consistent performance and less tongue.

  • cricinme on June 14, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    Well said Martin. Though being an Indian, I dont envy your words at all. This is the spirit and optimism that the WI cricket lacks and needs today. At least you gave the flamboyant WI supporters something to cheer about.

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    hello Mr. Martin take those four wickets against our first team not against our bench team. having such talent in u then why your side lost the series. let see in kingston. After losing the series it will not bother it is whitewash or waterwash.

  • dragline on June 14, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    congrats! to the windies on winning the 4th ODI against india. it would seem that we have a way of winning after the series is over, we must find out why and get the guys to perform earlier in the series. i will like to suggest that after the senior west indies team has been selected that we select an "A" team to play them in a best of three games this will help to get them ready. however i am seeing signs of improvement and the guys will get better. i hope the meeting with Gayle goes well and we could have him back in the team for the next game. i like the batting order that was used in the last game and think we should persist with it for the last ODI, with Gayle in for Hyatt. batting order; Gayle, Simmons, Sarwan, Bravo, Samuel, Pollard, Bough, Ruzzell, Sammy, Roach and Martin

  • Scube on June 14, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    It was a good and welcome loss for India! Otherwise, the selectors would have never identified the unfit! Badri should just focus on test & IPL career! Seems to have a fixed formula of blocking for few overs and then trying to go after the bowling irrespective of the situation he comes in! Just doesn't look pleasing to watch. The 50 by Dhawan in the first ODI is one of the ugliest I've seen by an opener! Tiwary is an "equally good" replacement for Dhawan! Not sure if they are only "good" for IPL or IPL spoilt them! Parthiv has looked very good for a replacement opener! Rohit seemed to have finally arrived and Kohli is proving increasingl good for the long term! Pathan can be given few more chances as he has definitely won a few matches for us in the past! As somebody suggested, he can be asked to open in the last ODI giving Saha or Vinay a chance in the middle order or even bringing back Buggy!

  • nickydude on June 14, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Proved again. All it takes is 1-2 good pacy bowlers to rattle the Indians. WC champions or whatever, seems India will never win comprehensively, say a 5-0 or 4-1 abroad. This was the best opportunity, but lost. I don't unde.rstand, what are Badri & Tiwary doing as openers!. A kid will also understand that, Uthappa or even an Rayudu/Valthaty will do an absolutely fantastic job with their dynamism, after lookin at the body language of Badri. Can never compare ourselves with what Australia achieved, be whatever. Even, with the limited resources at their disposal, WI are doing a spirited job.

  • bigwonder on June 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Sound more like arrogance then savoring victory against WC champion. Every dog has his days.

  • sri1ram on June 14, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    It does seem unfair that the Indian ranking went down from 122 to 120 in ODI ratings after losing just one game to the 8th ranked Windies - even with the series in hand. My opinion is that there should be a weight assigned to the ratio of mainstream to new players in the points calculations (so that losses by second-string teams do not affect overall ratings of a top-rated team). It will also help when there are too many injuries in a team, which we have seen happening so often recently.

    Playing devil's advocate, the ICC rankings probably will not do the above as they want nations to play their best teams, whatever the opposition, so in a way cricket is served. So theoretically, ICC ratings are not the best indicator of the actual team capability.

  • sri1ram on June 14, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    It does seem unfair that the Indian ranking went down from 122 to 120 in ODI ratings after losing just one game to the 8th ranked Windies - even with the series in hand. My opinion is that there should be a weight assigned to the ratio of mainstream to new players in the original eight (so that losses by second-string teams do not affect overall ratings of a top-rated team). It will also help when there are too many injuries in a team, which we have seen happening so often recently. Playing devil's advocate, the ICC rankings probably will not do the above as they want nations to play their best teams, whatever the opposition, so in a way cricket is served. So theoretically, ICC ratings are not the best indicator of the actual team capability.

  • CricketChat on June 14, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Finally, WI team seemed to play with a bit of freedom, not worrying about the result and the result was a good one for them. Martin has good control on his line and length and ability to contain batsmen which works for well for short formats. It will be interesting to see if WI will play both him and Bishoo in the Tests where Bishoo is a certainty. As for Indians, Tiwary just looks short of international class. Dhawan, Tiwary, Badri, Yusuf are not good investments for future. At least, they can't complain they were not given chance to prove themselves. Ind need to unearth some more bench strength soon.

  • mrx2 on June 14, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    he (Martin), Sammy and Bravo all have the same passionate attitude. wish all the West indians would show the same passion

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    i don't think dravid has destroyed any attacks...but a very fine wicket to get though. well done anthony!!

  • on June 14, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    India were always going to lose one game because their batting is just too inexperienced

  • maan01 on June 14, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    With a flop in the World Cup the West Indies have made a comeback and they need to win quite a few games to improve their ODI ranking becuse it is 8 and West Indies were the most dominating team in World Cricket in the 1970's

  • Rakesh107 on June 14, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Great attitude if not a little crazy... Only if a few of the other West Indies team members showed half of this nutter's spirit. So refreshing to see in a team which seems to be pre-occupied with looking cool rather than fighting hard. Some might see it as a little over the top in winning a dead rubber - but this is the kind a fire you want to see in your team mate's belly. Anthony Martin, I salute you!!

  • nachami on June 14, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    ronson333 has gone cracy ! What has bajji done in West Indies? Look at the analysis... I don't think you will ever change because you have some problem.

  • Vilander on June 14, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    guys give him a break, he is happy he won against india, we need more such hcaracters to spice up cricket. india should try to defeat wi no matter what in the next odi, b team or b team beanch strength, beat wi you will have to.

  • Lions11 on June 14, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I think WI already have Bisho as a leg break bowler so next time someone tells this guys that "Look we have leg break bowler, you need to do something else". I bet he will start with slow left arm bowling.

  • on June 14, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Every Indian here is being highly unwise. people for your kindest information India has already lost two rating points in the ODI rankings by losing the 4th ODI. which means there rating has dropped from 122 to 120. India being the 2nd rated team in the ODI ranking should have easily whitewashed the No. 8th West Indies, it is due to this fact that their rating has dropped and it will further drop by a big margin if they lose the 5th ODI as well. dont believe me, go check out ICC rankings and ICC rating predictor.

  • Cricket_86 on June 14, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    With just one good match this guy looks like a bit overconfident. Don't know how for this guy will play in international match

  • Seshadri.Venkat on June 14, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Congrats Sriram.

    Wonderful article depicting the West Indies spirit. As a kid, I felt bad watching Richards, Llyod, Greenidge gayfully bashing up India and other teams around the the around.

    Looking back, after some maturity in life i guess, i would welcome the joyous West Indies doing the same, in the same way that Richards and company did in 70s and 80s.

  • on June 14, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    First of all I like to congratulations to the West Indies team on winning. Bringing India's first loss after becoming World Champions. It was a great win, still India should have won, afterall India are the World Champions. However, this is bit of arrogance from Anthony Martin. He has only played 5 ODI's and took 7 wickets. 4 of them were in last ODI. He did get good players out. But saying stuff like "...this is my pitch. I don't care who they are. I am here to destroy whoever I play against. I am so glad that I did it against India, the world champions..." that is bit overconfidence. You are still new to this game because you have only played 5 GAMES! World Champions India may be, but don't forget its India's 'B' team West Indies are playing. Only 3 out of 11 World Champions played in last ODI. Yousaf Pathan is sort of half half! So only 2 out 11 World Champions played. Despite losing the last ODI India has won the series. One match doesn't make a difference.

  • nikemanju on June 14, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Wait Martin,its early to say 1 more match is still there,Surely Indian Batsmen take your comments................

  • stationmaster on June 14, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    Wow - an non media trained non robotic answering machine ! What a refreshing chaange. I have to watch Matt Prior talk about 'improvement' or KP talk about 'team ethics', again, I think I'll kill myself, maybe. Or at least scream at the TV !

  • on June 14, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    look guys manoj tiwary is nt an opener but he is a good finisher , we have seen him in ipl, and yousuf pathan can open the bat or send virat kholi as a opener and let yousuf parthan bat at number .3

  • VNarasimhaiah on June 14, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    I agree that Indian players have a knack of giving wickets to new comers... That's their typical style of welcoming, I guess... But few matches down the line, they give it back to newcomers quite heavily... Nothing against the exuberance he has shown, but its better to allow the ball do the talking... Learn from Sachin, all you new players... They say, the road to success is always 'work in progress', and not the end...

  • on June 14, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    "I took the wicket of Rahul Dravid, caught at slip. I took another left-hander , don't remember his name.

    That Left hander was Suresh Raina (The Indian Captain of Current Tour). and he says don't remember his name. I don't agree with him.

  • __ram on June 14, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Hehe! It will be interesting to see in the forthcoming matches how Martin fares.

    My opinion - Badri should be included in the Test team and not in the ODI squad. He is an international class grafter (a la Katich?). I don't know how good he is in the ODI arena. Might have been a good ODI batsman in the 90s but is on the slower side for the modern game. (But still a very very good fielder)

    Having said that - 1. He has played only 6 innings so far, so it is too early to rate & 2. None of the batsmen like short balls - be it Rohit or Raina or Yusuf.

    I hope selectors don't put a guy in the wrong format and throw him off the radar.

  • on June 14, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    One game does not decide a player's career and espc a game of such small magnitude. A series that India has already sealed and a lot of the players must be complacent coming into this game. This win was not a real scalp for WI or Martin, come into the first game of a series and then try to do what he did in the fourth ODI of an already lost series. You can rate his interview highly but not his performance, needs to perform at a bigger stage.

  • on June 14, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    use less players commented, don't worry next match every body including tail-hander batsman also definitely should destroy his pitch.

  • on June 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Drop Badri and Yusuf Pathan forthwith. They are not international cricketeers.

  • Quazar on June 14, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    And well played WI! The fans there deserve to have some fun too!

  • Quazar on June 14, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Fun press conference indeed! Looks a very decent bowler, with lots of passion!

  • cricinme on June 14, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Congrats WI for bringing our high flying heroes down to earth. A few points on this match. Was there a need to select bowling after wiinning the toss ? Manoj Tiwary is not a opening material. Yousef is a flop down the order. Mr captain, Rainas wicket was the turning point. The captain played a irresponsible stroke of the last ball of the over, when the going was good in singles and twos and there was no need for such a shot. Anyways, well played WI.

  • ronson333 on June 14, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    why ar CSK players aceredof the short ball...Raina and Badri!

  • Sumeet.Gupta on June 14, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    to all those who want Vijay to play - Murali Vijay is not in the ODI squad for God's sake. He's only in the test squad. So he cannot play. And he's got lots of opportunities in the past which he did not take up. Yes, the selectors bungled when they selected only Dhawan as an opener, they should have sent a backup opener. But then, were there any options? None strikes my mind other than Vijay. Uthappa might have been, but he did not impress that much in IPL. Dhawan, an honest trier, is not an international level batsman. Asking Rohit to open would not be correct, since he has been in terrific form as a middle order bat in the entire series. That leaves only Yusuf to open. Probably that's what we'll see in the last match. Wonder what wrong did Saha do. I thought he was selected for WI ODIs because selectors have him in mind as the reserve keeper for tests. But they selected Patel. I wonder how many chances will Patel get.

  • ronson333 on June 14, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Bring back Bhajji, without him we lack fight...Ashwin lacks the fight at international level, and drop Badri, he is not international class...

  • ronson333 on June 14, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    As a CSK fan,, Im upset to say Badri is not international class, he is not a youngster and will not improve.....as for Raina he has just turned into a slogger...not a Captains example, give it to Kohli,....

  • on June 14, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    WI are down 3-1 in a series of 5 and this guy has the gall to say "nobody comes here and destroys me".wake up and smell the coffee!

  • on June 14, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    the time is now for windies to play 2 leggies and fight fire with fire! Both martin and bishoo are match winners

  • on June 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    i think this guy is gonna get nicely in the forthcoming test series... indians have the attitude of giving them back wat they deserve ,if they talk with their useless mouth some unnecessary talks. and martin....think twice before travelling to india for ur match this year. our senior players will take note of wat u spoke now and they will thrash u man....

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 14, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Congrats for the win windies fans. We need more of this from them. Being an indian fan , i am pleased that windies won.

  • Notredam on June 14, 2011, 5:30 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,,

  • Stos on June 14, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Ah, leg spinners. Don't you love 'em? In any case, I've been impressed recently with the passion of the newer haul of leg spinners on the international scene, such as Tahir, Bishoo and now Martin. Mishra also seems to know what he's on about, although I don't recall an interview or anything of the sort with him, so I can't really include him in that list yet. Martin's an interesting bowler, and to be honest I'd be interested in seeing him bowl for a while, in a test, with Bishoo at the other end, with Martin's consistent and probing line and length complementing Bishoo's more aggressive, side-spin-based bowling. He's not Grimmett, but his accuracy is still very impressive, and as such he may well be able to excel with another leg spinner at the other end over a longer passage of play. It may be worth trying at some point, and it would be nice to see.

  • harryrockz on June 14, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Well the bounce and the over confidence did India in. It unsettled the batsmen and they paid for it. They fell for rash shots. They didn't put their mind in. But WI played well. They had a plan and stuck to it. Its indeed a wake up call for India. I was shocked to see Tiwary's name in the opener's slot. Thats the worst mistake that Raina can make. Think Kohli or Rohit would have fit the opening slot with Parthiv. Thus a good start would have been on the cards. "Raina please wake up". Put the regular openers in or those who had a bit of knowledge in opening the innings. Get Tiwary to the middle order and open with Yusuf or get him out and get Vijay in. Badri too has wasted his opportunity provided. So its better to bring in Saha and test him. At least make a fight of it in the next match and try to win.

  • contrast_swing on June 14, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    This is problem with the current lot of WI players, one decent performance and they are on cloud nine. 'No one come here and destroy me' and yet at 28 he is struggling to find a place in the current WI team. This guy needs some perspective...

  • contrast_swing on June 14, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    This is problem with the current lot of WI players, one decent performance and they are on cloud nine. 'No one come here and destroy me' and yet at 28 he is struggling to find a place in the current WI team. This guy needs some perspective...

  • sritheking on June 14, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    yusuf needs to get early... india wasting his talent.... he needs to arrive one down r two down.....

  • MaruthuDelft on June 14, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Badri back to his shell!!!!

  • on June 14, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Very good performance by the West Indies team. Congratulations to the nation! WI's looks like a team with a mighty dose of talent, who lack professionalism in their game. Today they showed just that - professionalism. From Simmons' well constructed innings, to Pollard's controlled aggression, to Baugh's sensible strike-rotation; they played like they belonged. WI have players talented players like Simmons, Pollard, Bravo brothers, Russell, Martin, Bishoo, etc. I say that Baugh should be promoted up the order, not because he's an amazing batsman or anything, but he showed grit and rotated the strike sensibly. My playing XI: Simmons, Sarwan, Darren Bravo, Baugh, Samuels, Pollard, Russell, Sammy, Bishoo, Martin and Roach/Rampaul.

  • pvpatil on June 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    yep maan anthony martin,co good one yaar,me and all now know tat u can compete donteb even talk about sachi or sehwag or yuvi,if ur comments fire up this team u will be rolled over,which will be fact in tests withour sachin gfambhir yuvi and of course zaheer,first think if u will bowl 30000 balls in international cricket before commenting on sachin

  • on June 14, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    i think that the west indies cricket players get along with indian players the best

  • Alexk400 on June 14, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    He can talk for sure. He will be with West Indies for long time. back and forth. Lots of ups and down.

  • pratit on June 14, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Martins may be the hero of this match but the west indian turnaround has been inspired by andre russel.with his presence the west indies does not look like pushovers anymore.

  • iamafool on June 14, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    And no one any good overseas.

  • on June 14, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Deja Vu.. greg chappel, after we won the first odi in the 2006 series, said 'West Indies made it easy for us' or somethin similar...duncan fletcher now is doing the same by hailing the bench strength and undermining the windies indirectly. Yes we have won the series but those sort of comments should have been made after thrashing them 5-0 or 4-1.. Immature i would say...

  • Chncricfan_2k0 on June 14, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Absolutely suicidal performance by India..Having won the series 3-0 they started to field their new players who are all rated as top players in IPL and they are struggling even to meet one ball with bat especially Badrinath, Tiwari..this is a notable difference between IPL and international level.This is not the performance one could expect from the World Champion against a low rated side.the younger players can be given chance when the teams traveling to India i.e. in Indian pitches not in overseas..What Raina is trying to prove after winning the toss putting opponents in on a slow track.It seems that he already decided to lose this match.Anyhow, yesterday's performance not even acceptable in any manner.need to improve a lat at last.!

  • on June 14, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I'm happy West Indies won. No seriously they played well.

  • on June 14, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Thank you Windies for the wake-up call, and thanks Anthony Martin for being such a fun guy.

  • harshalb on June 14, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Excellent bowler 25 characters

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    India should do something with Y. Pathan. Whats his use in the team. The new players did well at least once in this series so far.

  • on June 14, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Indeed a lovable character reminiscent of the calypso spirit of the yore! May he Roach and Bishoo restore some glory to West Indian cricket to at least make them competitive in 50% of the matches they play.

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    "Team India can dominate for years" - Duncan hails bench strength. Well the coach can hypothesize long term based on short term results; I will not.

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Lovely Bowling Martin! now WI bowling attack is pretty good, one of the best i can say. Bishoo and Martin and 4 frontline pacers to choose from! Batting needs to click and we can do well as a side! Good Luck for the final match, hope we win!

  • licec on June 14, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    "I took a catch off him (Sehwag) and he didn't want to move........I went all around the park!" H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S......LOL!!!

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    the truth is he wud have been sorry had sehwag,sachin yuvi and dhoni had come along! but yes, good performance from the windies. they really defended well!

  • KAIRAVA on June 14, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Now that explains why Bishoo was left out of this ODI and shocked everyone outside the Caribbean. Talented he might be but young and inexperienced definitely he is. Anthony Martin, on the other hand, is a local playing in his home country on his home ground and knows his home pitch well. With an array of spinners to choose from its reserves, which is quite unusual (given its fast bowling resources of the past), I wonder will this be developing into a trend wherein WI would be selecting its spinners in playing XI for home matches based on the experience of its bowlers in their home conditions. If that is going to be the case, Bishoo is ideal for matches in T&T and Guyana, Martin for matches in Leeward Islands (Antigua, St. Kitts & Nevis), Suleiman Benn for matches in Windward islands (Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada) & Nikita Miller for matches in Jamaica.

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    lol !.. is he the sreesanth of west indies ?...

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Good competitive attitude, if a little eccentric.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 14, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Showman but given the Caribbean flavor, will not go the Sreesanth way! :)

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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 14, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    Showman but given the Caribbean flavor, will not go the Sreesanth way! :)

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Good competitive attitude, if a little eccentric.

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    lol !.. is he the sreesanth of west indies ?...

  • KAIRAVA on June 14, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Now that explains why Bishoo was left out of this ODI and shocked everyone outside the Caribbean. Talented he might be but young and inexperienced definitely he is. Anthony Martin, on the other hand, is a local playing in his home country on his home ground and knows his home pitch well. With an array of spinners to choose from its reserves, which is quite unusual (given its fast bowling resources of the past), I wonder will this be developing into a trend wherein WI would be selecting its spinners in playing XI for home matches based on the experience of its bowlers in their home conditions. If that is going to be the case, Bishoo is ideal for matches in T&T and Guyana, Martin for matches in Leeward Islands (Antigua, St. Kitts & Nevis), Suleiman Benn for matches in Windward islands (Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada) & Nikita Miller for matches in Jamaica.

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    the truth is he wud have been sorry had sehwag,sachin yuvi and dhoni had come along! but yes, good performance from the windies. they really defended well!

  • licec on June 14, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    "I took a catch off him (Sehwag) and he didn't want to move........I went all around the park!" H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S......LOL!!!

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Lovely Bowling Martin! now WI bowling attack is pretty good, one of the best i can say. Bishoo and Martin and 4 frontline pacers to choose from! Batting needs to click and we can do well as a side! Good Luck for the final match, hope we win!

  • on June 14, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    "Team India can dominate for years" - Duncan hails bench strength. Well the coach can hypothesize long term based on short term results; I will not.

  • on June 14, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Indeed a lovable character reminiscent of the calypso spirit of the yore! May he Roach and Bishoo restore some glory to West Indian cricket to at least make them competitive in 50% of the matches they play.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 14, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    India should do something with Y. Pathan. Whats his use in the team. The new players did well at least once in this series so far.