West Indies v India, 5th ODI, Kingston, Jamaica June 17, 2011

Raina can develop into a good captain - Fletcher

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The thought hovered in the air for a while at the press conference. Finally someone raised it to Suresh Raina, India's stand-in captain. "India won the games played in slow and low tracks in Trinidad but at the first sign of some bounce and pace, you lost two games."

"It wasn't about bounce," Suresh Raina said. "If you see Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a good partnership. They bowled really well at the right areas. We couldn't get a partnership after 35 overs and that hit us. It would have made a difference if we had 30-35 runs more."

But that was exactly the point. Kohli and Rohit tackled the conditions well - it was by no means a real bouncy track of course- but the rest didn't. Raina the captain was very involved but Raina the batsman let himself and the team down. And he knew it. He also knew exactly why he failed in this match and in the series. "I didn't bat well in three games. I was in bit of rush. I was not spending much time in the middle. If I had spent more time it would have been probably been different. My game is very positive. I was thinking if the ball was full I can go over covers but it didn't work out. I will learn from this mistake and hopefully won't [make] them anymore."

Did the captaincy affect his batting? Raina didn't think so but the coach Duncan Fletcher, while lavishing praise on Raina's captaincy skills, offered a different take on the issue. "It does have some sort of an effect. As a young player you are trying to develop your game and trying to establish your game but at the same time you are looking after ten to 14 other youngsters. You can't move away from the fact that captaincy is a very very difficult job. Sometimes your mind can wander. It happens at times. The mind wanders from your game to game of team. During that period you need to be careful. Sometimes it comes in your advantage and helps your game. You just have to accept sometimes you just go through a bad patch. Other times your shots come off and your performance can be match winning."

However, Fletcher felt that Raina handled himself very well as a captain. "For someone who is 24 years of age, to lead a country like India, and a young team like this, he has done a tremendous job. He is the man who puts his head on block; he has to take the criticism and he has held his head high. He has looked positive, his body language has been positive and that is good. He can develop into a good captain in the future."

India won four of the six games during the limited-overs leg of the tour and Fletcher said he will take lots of positives from the team's performances. "As a young side we came with a 4-2 result. You have to include the T20 game as well and it's a very good result. You can talk about that last two which didn't go our way but sometimes it's very very difficult for players to concentrate after taking the series." It's a slightly tricky reasoning. A young side, ideally, should be fired up to play their best not matter what the circumstances. Perhaps it was just Fletcher's way of trying to back up his players.

The likes of S Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan and Manoj Tiwary were given opportunities in this series but they failed to produce. No player was named but Fletcher was asked whether the failure of some who have done well in domestic cricket but haven't done well in this series was a fair indication of their talent. Fletcher said he didn't see it that way and that he believes they can't be judged on these performances.

"If you see these young guys haven't got really a fair chance. Five games are not enough to judge a player's ability. First of all playing for India there is a lot of pressure. Because of so much talent around, you are going to get very few chances. Hopefully, they will get more chances in the future. They put a lot of pressure on themselves and as a result you don't see their true potential. When you put pressure your technique changes a litte bit and it can alter your performance.

"I have always used a figure of 30 games, especially for batters. You got to look at 30 games to learn to understand one-day cricket. I don't know how many games these youngsters have played. I don't have the stats with me right now. I have heard some great batsmen who say that it took them 50 ODIs to understand the game. The important thing is they learn from this experience."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • viaESPN on June 18, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I wont say non of them r poor in skills, Thing is tat their focus is in wrong path(yusuf, badri, raina,tiwary,dawan) in tis series. suppose, If tis series held in india means it totally different outcomes ther. Tis players all still needs maturity. Particularly raina(wen he is at 2nd slip), wandering at behind partiv at each ball is filty. Being captain he has to be cool despite of game results. Always aggressive, hesitating makes disgust us. Its not a problem he is gettin out through out series 4 times with minimum scoring runs. pbm he is been gettin out in same manner 4times not professional will mostly do. Anyway I'm happy with results. By comparin wat our ancestors did in the soil iits very good outcomes made from our youngsters........

  • cricinme on June 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Raina is not a captain material. Virat can be a better choice. The strokes Raina played and got out in all matches are not responsible ones expected from the captain of a team. The last two matches we lost are because of his stupid batting and Ishants spineless bowling.

  • bismoy on June 18, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    why manoj,badri,dhwan is going to given more chance??? This is a weak bowling attack if they cant score vs westindies better they be playing domestic cricket rest of life...

    With yuvraj,sheawag,gambir and dhoni certain to play next five year with gifted rohit,kohli and raina....it will be very difficult for average player to get more chances in odi...

    dhwan and patel opening the batting is big joke when one has seen sachin and shewag opening....its just class different.

  • AvidCricFan on June 18, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I don't agree that this was a young team. The average age of the team may be over 25. Some level of maturity, grit and desire to perform good is expected at that age. Y. Pathan needs to be shown door. He has only 5 scrore over 50 in 55 games. Also, Badri is 30 years old. He is not a young talent. In fact, Parthiv Patel did much better than Badri.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 17, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @sportsfan: You might right about negative batting but you can't blame on Fletcher (just yet). These are new guys who are trying to cement their places in the side - they will not be in a 100% positive frame of mind.

  • anObserver on June 17, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Raina is a young player, full of energy but is immature for the post of captaincy, his volatile behavior reflects in his "shots", "decisions" and "control", responsibility and its proper delegation by maintaining optimum levels of "faith", "perseverance" and "control" is what a captain needs to do, he failed on all, he does not accept "reality" and gave false hopes particularly, after margin victory of india over westindies in first three ODI's, it was neither players nor luck but it was the impetus of "world cup win" that made the difference, you have to admit at a stage in your game that yes you are not the one made for the job, especially when you try to assert on something which itself is whimsical, seen in the first three ODI's, in press conference, coach and raina tried to demonstrate the win as the strength but sooner the "loss" zipped their mouths, it is tough, but some things need more stable and more intellect, which seemed lacking in the team.

  • on June 17, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    I think it might be too early to judge players based on one series so dhawan, badri and tiwary should be given a chance to play another 4- 5 stress free series and prove themselves.

    having said that however, i dont personally believe dhawan, tiwary and badri are international class... they just didnt seem comfortable at the crease. these guys would have been ok with the indian team in early 90's but not now. especially with badri given that the current team wont retire for another 5 yrs, theres no point trying him in ODI's.

  • rahulcricindia on June 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    lets not hide the players by the fact that we have won the series 3-2 .....only three players won us those three matches that are rohit , bhajji, virat and especially in the first and third match it was only rohit and bhajji , this shows of what class other batsman was ....especially badri,dhawan,tiwary ....i am not saying because they did not score runs but the way they played when they were in the crease...just showed no class...rohit though inconsistent in earlier matches but showed his class from first match against australia.....sorry to say badri and dhawan not good enough for int cricket....for sure.

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    i dont know why people distinguish players who play for tamilnadu when they are selected in the national team.they are not foreigners who get selected to play for india,plz understand that chennai is also a part of india.4-5 years ago, we used to hav most of the players from delhi or mumbai,were there any criticisms during those times? no is the answer.the number of plyrs from each side in this series(csk-4, dc-3, mi-3, ktk-2, kkr-2, rcb-1, kxip-1)some people want to drop some under performed players in this series, but is a series of 5 matches enough to judge a player's talent?even the naturally talented rohit sharma has taken 60 odd matches to prove his metal,so let them be given some more chances to prove themselves on the international stage.i accept that raina hasnt been the best of the captains but everyone has to accept that he is the coolest guy in this team and has much experience than others(except bhaji).but he has improved as a captain after that unforgettable series in zim

  • sportsfan on June 17, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    India's strength is in the batting... positive batting. since duncan fletcher took over, i notice very negative batting from the indians. that is what caused the failiures of badrinath, dawan and tiwary. raina got out because of three dot balls, not because of the pitch or the wi bowling. indian batsmen should look to score at least singles from early on and they would not feel the pressure to score. to come to the wi and loose points on the icc odi ranking table is pathetic. fletcher is not going to take india to the top but down to no 3 behind srilanka soon. narrowly beating wi 3-2 is pathetic display for a 'wold champion' team! hope india would do better in tests. remember, if you win 2-1, you loosing points in the icc ranking table. champion teams like wi, australia in the past swept test series playing away. if india doesn't win the test series 3-0, you are not a champion side.

  • viaESPN on June 18, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    I wont say non of them r poor in skills, Thing is tat their focus is in wrong path(yusuf, badri, raina,tiwary,dawan) in tis series. suppose, If tis series held in india means it totally different outcomes ther. Tis players all still needs maturity. Particularly raina(wen he is at 2nd slip), wandering at behind partiv at each ball is filty. Being captain he has to be cool despite of game results. Always aggressive, hesitating makes disgust us. Its not a problem he is gettin out through out series 4 times with minimum scoring runs. pbm he is been gettin out in same manner 4times not professional will mostly do. Anyway I'm happy with results. By comparin wat our ancestors did in the soil iits very good outcomes made from our youngsters........

  • cricinme on June 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Raina is not a captain material. Virat can be a better choice. The strokes Raina played and got out in all matches are not responsible ones expected from the captain of a team. The last two matches we lost are because of his stupid batting and Ishants spineless bowling.

  • bismoy on June 18, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    why manoj,badri,dhwan is going to given more chance??? This is a weak bowling attack if they cant score vs westindies better they be playing domestic cricket rest of life...

    With yuvraj,sheawag,gambir and dhoni certain to play next five year with gifted rohit,kohli and raina....it will be very difficult for average player to get more chances in odi...

    dhwan and patel opening the batting is big joke when one has seen sachin and shewag opening....its just class different.

  • AvidCricFan on June 18, 2011, 0:35 GMT

    I don't agree that this was a young team. The average age of the team may be over 25. Some level of maturity, grit and desire to perform good is expected at that age. Y. Pathan needs to be shown door. He has only 5 scrore over 50 in 55 games. Also, Badri is 30 years old. He is not a young talent. In fact, Parthiv Patel did much better than Badri.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 17, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    @sportsfan: You might right about negative batting but you can't blame on Fletcher (just yet). These are new guys who are trying to cement their places in the side - they will not be in a 100% positive frame of mind.

  • anObserver on June 17, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Raina is a young player, full of energy but is immature for the post of captaincy, his volatile behavior reflects in his "shots", "decisions" and "control", responsibility and its proper delegation by maintaining optimum levels of "faith", "perseverance" and "control" is what a captain needs to do, he failed on all, he does not accept "reality" and gave false hopes particularly, after margin victory of india over westindies in first three ODI's, it was neither players nor luck but it was the impetus of "world cup win" that made the difference, you have to admit at a stage in your game that yes you are not the one made for the job, especially when you try to assert on something which itself is whimsical, seen in the first three ODI's, in press conference, coach and raina tried to demonstrate the win as the strength but sooner the "loss" zipped their mouths, it is tough, but some things need more stable and more intellect, which seemed lacking in the team.

  • on June 17, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    I think it might be too early to judge players based on one series so dhawan, badri and tiwary should be given a chance to play another 4- 5 stress free series and prove themselves.

    having said that however, i dont personally believe dhawan, tiwary and badri are international class... they just didnt seem comfortable at the crease. these guys would have been ok with the indian team in early 90's but not now. especially with badri given that the current team wont retire for another 5 yrs, theres no point trying him in ODI's.

  • rahulcricindia on June 17, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    lets not hide the players by the fact that we have won the series 3-2 .....only three players won us those three matches that are rohit , bhajji, virat and especially in the first and third match it was only rohit and bhajji , this shows of what class other batsman was ....especially badri,dhawan,tiwary ....i am not saying because they did not score runs but the way they played when they were in the crease...just showed no class...rohit though inconsistent in earlier matches but showed his class from first match against australia.....sorry to say badri and dhawan not good enough for int cricket....for sure.

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    i dont know why people distinguish players who play for tamilnadu when they are selected in the national team.they are not foreigners who get selected to play for india,plz understand that chennai is also a part of india.4-5 years ago, we used to hav most of the players from delhi or mumbai,were there any criticisms during those times? no is the answer.the number of plyrs from each side in this series(csk-4, dc-3, mi-3, ktk-2, kkr-2, rcb-1, kxip-1)some people want to drop some under performed players in this series, but is a series of 5 matches enough to judge a player's talent?even the naturally talented rohit sharma has taken 60 odd matches to prove his metal,so let them be given some more chances to prove themselves on the international stage.i accept that raina hasnt been the best of the captains but everyone has to accept that he is the coolest guy in this team and has much experience than others(except bhaji).but he has improved as a captain after that unforgettable series in zim

  • sportsfan on June 17, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    India's strength is in the batting... positive batting. since duncan fletcher took over, i notice very negative batting from the indians. that is what caused the failiures of badrinath, dawan and tiwary. raina got out because of three dot balls, not because of the pitch or the wi bowling. indian batsmen should look to score at least singles from early on and they would not feel the pressure to score. to come to the wi and loose points on the icc odi ranking table is pathetic. fletcher is not going to take india to the top but down to no 3 behind srilanka soon. narrowly beating wi 3-2 is pathetic display for a 'wold champion' team! hope india would do better in tests. remember, if you win 2-1, you loosing points in the icc ranking table. champion teams like wi, australia in the past swept test series playing away. if india doesn't win the test series 3-0, you are not a champion side.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 17, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Conclusions: Raina, Badri and Yusuf are not going to replace Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag. In International cricket Mishra is a better choice than Aswin, but he is certainly not the next Warne. Vinay is better than Mithun by miles, but probably not good enough. If this is the future of India, we have a lot of work to do.

  • on June 17, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    The people on cricinfo are so fickle minded are we for getting that against New Zealand (who have a much better bowling attack than west indies ) Yusuf Pathan scored that awesome match winning 100 and what about South Africa (who have perhaps the best attack in the world and toughest batting conditions) where all the batsmen were terrorized by Steyn and co Yusuf was the only consistent batsman and to those who say R Jadeja should be in the team instead of Yusuf are u forgetting that he is the major culprit for us losing the last 2 T 20 world cups and does not have one performance of substance in over 35 ODIs and Badri has not yet been given enough chances to be written off I believe that Badri is a lot more talented than the likes of Vijay and Pujara in both tests and ODIs I think he will be an integral member of the test side the only true culprit this series was Raina I tell u give him enough chances and nurture him and Yusuf will be a star on par with Chris Gayle or Andrew Symonds.

  • magzrossman on June 17, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Once again, Sreeram sounds the death knell for Tiwary, Badri and Dhawan. get a grip on yourself, buddy! I like Fletcher's perspective of giving players more time to get in and experience the environment before judging them too early. It takes helluva lot to get noticed let alone be given a chance to play for your country so give them some time - at a minimum two series abroad and two domestic?

  • MeowCat on June 17, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    i will finish the sentence for Fletcher.

    ' Raina was a good captain...for the first 3 ODI's '

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 17, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Anyone who is gunning for Raina nor performing on WI tracks just go back last year in ICC T20 WC he was our highest run getter scoring 269 with 100 against SA (steyn,morkel,kallis) and the 2nd best indian scorer was guess what MSD with 85 runs in 5 innings each gauti,vijay,yuvi,rohit,everyone one faltered so dont gun this bole down he is a perfect team man never shows attitude never gets angry like bhajji,virat,yuvi and never uses abusive language unlike virat,bhajji,yuvi,munaf,gauti who are accustomed to using the hindi Bhen**** word he should be criticised for his shot selection agreed but one who has hard working and never shows anger and attitude is the 1st one in the indian team

  • on June 17, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    @pawas soni : haha you r too funny man. Fletcher here is trying to say Raina is more greater captain than dhoni. The last odi is an example :D

  • getgopi on June 17, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    I am sure Raina will be okay for leading the team for a shorter format series like this now and then while Dhoni is being rested or Gambhir is hurt. I don't think he should hold any illusions of being a long-term captain though. His strengths are batting, fielding and being a generally all around team man. So it would be a sin for him to curb his attacking style of batting. He probably knows all this and that is likely what he meant by "My game is very positive".

  • JackJak on June 17, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Deepak Chahar that 19 year old swing bowler from rajastan who took 9 or 10 wickets on debut should be given a chance. Also Pankaj Singh and Varun Aaron the fast pacer should get a chance..Hard to get bowlers like Chahar who genuinely swing the ball so give him a try. Where is Chiteshwar Pujara ..he has hardly been given a proper run....Also the TN guy Mukund left hander can be looked at. Robin Uthappa is a keeper batsman now ..So he ideally should be in there when Dhoni is given a rest. Rayudu also can be tried..no harm in checking him out since he keeps well ...Enough of Yusuf Pathan..play Irfan Pathan...At least he bowls medium pace and bats decent enough ..not just rolling the arm over and calling it spin

  • PradeepR on June 17, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I want to add to my earlier comment in that Tiwary and Vinay Kumar are also not worth investing in. India need to find some real talent very soon.

  • on June 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    C'mon guys..... its nt a time to blame the players..... dey hv done nough..... so i req u guys to jst celeb d victory nd get ready for the test series........

  • PradeepR on June 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    I think Kohli or Rohit would make better captains than Raina. Most of the batsmen India tested in this series are bits and pieces talents. Only real talent shines at the international level. People like Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Badrinath, Yusuf Pathan can shine only for brief periods at international level, not consistently. People like Kohli, Rohit and Vijay are real talents - people with real sound batting technique.

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    next he will say Ishant Sharma is the GREATEST Batsman India has Ever had ...

  • Arok on June 17, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Raina did not do too bad as a captain with a kind of less experienced team he has; one thing is, he could have continued with the winning combination instead of going for rotational policy. Anyway he ensured that India won the ODI series in WI.

  • svinodmenon on June 17, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    India did not play Harbajan, Munaf and Praveen Kumar in the last ODI, and except munaf no one played the 4th ODI, Badri & Dhawan are not upto Intl standards, they need to play more in India A Matches, Manoj was ok. Yusuf the 100% disaster. Vijay or Manish should have played on behalf of Dhawan. Patel can't score big runs, so ????. Raina should have come after Kholi. Raina should take more and more batting responsibilities rather giving it to others who failed consistantly. Overall it was a good series for india.

  • rustyryan on June 17, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    @Indian_Rules: Is chennai not a part of India? Why'd you refer them as CSK players instead of Indian players. Sir, Even MS Dhoni is a csk player. If he is good for nothing, he would not have fetched you World cup.

  • on June 17, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    same old story ! once u pocket d series, let ur guard down. 3-2 score line not befiiting the world champions, though a de;eted one. As for captaincy, nothing much 2 spk abt. anyways good 2 win d series.

  • on June 17, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    Raina was extremely orthodox as a captain, in the 5th ODI when Sarwan and Bravo started having a partnership he should have attacked them more rather than allowing them to settle in by bowling himself and Kohli. Don't want to comment on your shot selections at critical moments (but for Rohit and Harbhajan's outstanding efforts with the bat in the 3rd ODI we would have lost the series), but if you ever want to be a stable captain in the Indian team then please come out of your orthodox thoughts on the ground.

  • Triple_A on June 17, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    People, stop blaming Raina for EVERYTHING that went wrong in the series!! He handled an "India A" team and took it to victory...so cut down on the criticism. I know that he's probably not captaincy material, but who else should they have chosen? Kohli is too brash and young at the moment. You guys would have hated Bhajji too. Why do Indians expect victories in EVERY match, i dont understand. It was just another series, and we won, so just rejoice in the moment! Cut them some slack...this is one of the reasons why Aus remained on the top for so long...even if they lost a couple of matches, their fans didnt start bitching about them..so they enjoyed performing for their country!!

  • CricketChat on June 17, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Raina did OK when some of the better bowlers in Harbhajan, Praveen, Munaf, helped Ind check WI batsmen. He hardly needed to think too much. But, when he needed to use his brains a bit more with lesser players, he didn't impress. The only gain I think this series provided is that Ind need not waste their investment in following players: Dhawan, Badri, Tiwary, Yusuf, Vinay Kumar. Time to give other promising players chance to stake their claims in future.

  • on June 17, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    india managed to win this series because of kohli and rohit sharma in batting..other than these 2 all batsmen failed.useless dhawan ,tiwary,overrated badrinath who cant handle bouncy tracks n offcourse parthiv patel who can score 20-30's and get out..now its time to give other youngsters like saurabh tiwary,uthappa ,pandey ,rahane n manaria chances other than chennnai super king players..also yousuf pathan needs to give chances at the top or just drop him..

  • Percy_Fender on June 17, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    I am not very sure that judging players on the basis of just a few One dayers is really the right way to go. It is very disappointing to read comments baying for the blood of even proven performers. I agree with someone who mentioned Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane. They should definitely have gone to the West Indies this time. It would have probably added to their self belief. By writing off Badrinath, Dhawan and Tiwari many people who have waited with other names might feel their turn has come. This is a repetitive cycle I assure you.It is much better to wait for them to succeed than to watch them fail amlmost in glee.

  • indianzen on June 17, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    The reason of dropping Ajinkya, Manish pandey, uthappa are just becoz they can play swing bowling...

  • cyberflirt on June 17, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I seriously thought Raina did a decent job given the nature of pitches and the absence of senior players. Certainly he is learning the job quick and fast and needs a supportive hand from his Coach and senior players in future. I personally feel that Rohit sharma was the most determined of the 15 players played the shorter format of the series and he indirectly sent the message to the Indian Selectors who neglected him for the World Cup and the Test squad. He definitely deserves a place in the Test squad considering his Temperament and Character shown along with the nerves of Steel to handle pressure situations. He ticks most of the boxes. Raina should have displayed a better temperament in handling the pressure as he has the maximum opportunities to interact with the likes of MSD and other seniors. He certainly should have taken a leaf out of MSD's book in handling the resources better. I am sure he is on a right track now and a certain prospect for the future captaincy. All d Best

  • Indian_Rules on June 17, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Its all out in open... CSK players are good for nothing.. they can only bully some junior cricketers in the docile flat pitches and try and look like heroes in front of the whole nation...time and again its seen and proved that they cannot do anything when exposed to good bowling and bouncy tracks.. raina is of no use outside india.. badrinath should spend the rest of his life playing ranji and ipl.. same applies to other csk players too who are getting undue advantages and chances as srikanth is the selector and srinivas is the owner of the team

  • naga_18 on June 17, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    the highest run getters such as manish pandey and ajinkya rahane are overlooked on what basis were shikar dhawan and manoj tiwary selected?please selectors do think i think deepak chahar need to get a chane for the engaland series keeping in contention the swinging conditions

  • symsun on June 17, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    1st of all thanks to selectors and senior players for giving chances to these young players... All these youngsters have talent, and I believe this team can come gud, if given enough chances.. Raina definitely need get some tips from seniors. He shud improve on using bowlers effectively and changing batting order based on situation. Though he is very close to Dhoni in all forms of game, he shud learn tips from him easily.

  • Tijara on June 17, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    This was not India's A (or 1st) side and that has been proven. In future, dear fans, stop talking about giving chance to the young. In any compitition it is not about age, it is about talent and performance.

    Even without Gayle India could not dominate. India has just about managed to win the series, but nothing convincing.

  • on June 17, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Arrange another inconsequential 7 ODI series with Zimbawe/Ireland with squad(Almost All debutants): Gambhir(c), D Ravi Teja, Ishank Jaggi, Manoj tiwary, Pujara, Raiphi Gomez,Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Iqbal Abdullah, Rahul Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Varun Aaron, 12.Yusuf/Valthaty/Mukund/Naman Ojah/Dinesh Kartik/Vijay/Dhawan 13.Yaju Krishanatry/Amit Uniyal 14.Muralidharen Gautam/Rohit Motwani 15.Siddhart Chitnis/Saurabh Tiwary

  • on June 17, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Definitly one day he will be able to do this and you too.

  • on June 17, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Raina must be sent home. he must spend more time in the academy. nw he is horible. playing loose shots and pressure of captaincy has reflected in his batting

  • on June 17, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    MY ODI SQUAD FOR ENGLAND: Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Manoj, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Bhajji, Ashwin, Zaheer, Munaf, 12.Praveen 13.Mishra 14.Rohit 15.Raina.

  • ronson333 on June 17, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Raina needs to be dropped, pathetic shot as captain. Also for all the Ashwin lovers, he showed us that mickey mouse wickets count for nothing in international cricket....Mishra 2-46, Martin 1-39......and wait for it....Ashwin 0-50!!!!!!!

  • on June 17, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Guys, learn to accept bad days also in the office of cricket...

  • on June 17, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Fletcher, now you have started talking to the press! I hope not too often in the future. Or else brings to mind the Chappel fiasco. Refrain yourself please

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    True indeed! I don't believe players of such caliber like Badrinath can be judged based on five matches. They need to backed up and given more opportunities. What if Rohit was dropped for good? He seems to have arrived at One Day Cricket.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    IPL Heroes Tiwari, Ashwin, Badri, Dhawan, Yusuf, Vinay have become Zeroes now.. These guys don't have the talent/skills to lead a bowling attack or be a force in when they are batting. WI have one of the weakest attacks in world cricket and its a shame seeing these guys crumble.. Could only possibly imagine when the great indian batsman retire in 4 years how worse its going to look if this line up plays a test match in England under swinging/seaming conditions ...

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 17, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    Raina hasn't got attitude problem which is his biggest strength he is a perfect team man i have never seen him getting angry on any player if he misfields and unlike bhajji(to pathan 1st odi) he is our best fielder and kohli is never deviod of speaking the hindi abuse of Bhen**** and infact in celebrations of wickets he embraces everyone instead of making ugly faces it was just his shot selection was not right EARLY IN THE INNINGS (AERIAL SHOTS) an attacking player should always play his strokes

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    we're number 1 in tests, world cup champions, we've won a series with a second string attack yet people come on here and moan and moan. just enjoy this purple patch guys, we don't know how long it will last

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Its good that India won series in windies but for me this was not best perfomance by wc champs killer instinct missing everybody seems relaxed after their individual perfomance as always India never take interset to clean sweep series and for me Raina is not a captainship material he is weak in bowling changes and also in arranging of batting order you are captain come second doen and click the score still you coming as a hitter on no 6 kohli is much better choice as captain in future.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Badri still have some more chances in upcoming test series, i think likes of tiwary & dhawan should get few more chances before discarded. We all know how Rahul Dravid struggled in his first 20 odd ODIs before making test debut. But eventually he came one of the all time greatest. These guys have done reasonably well in domestic circuits for years. and they need atleast 10 matches before taking any decision. Look at Rohit Sharma, instead of having abundant talent he was struggling to cement his place. Now after playing 60-70 matches he is showing some maturity. Virat Khli is a exception in this case. He is there from day one. But you can't expect everybody to fire from day one.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Its good that india won series in Windies but not that kind pf perfomance what we want 2 see windies are also playing with their second level team as always Indian get relaxed after winning match or series they never take interest to clean sweep series and for me Raina is not a captainship material even he is not so consitent performer kohli is better choice as captain in future

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    i don't know how he did a good job.if throwing your wicket away at crucial moments playing irrespondible shots and inability to handle pace is a sign of good captaincy,then he is great.otherwise,he should be dropped from the senior team in favour of rohit sharma

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    lol, Fletcher the coach doesnt even know how many games roughly his youngsters have played i could tell you, rohit 60 odd, badri 7, tiwary 3, raina 120, raina has had 120 matches and he still can't bat better then the average player. Raina should worry about his own batting be4 trying to improve captaincy skills. Raina may not even be in the full strength XI

  • Mayhs on June 17, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Raina's inexperience as a captain has stood out in the last two ODIs.Firstly, he did not lead from the front by being injudicious in his batting. Secondly, I think the bowling changes could have been better. Apparently he used up the better bowlers upfront & the lesser bowlers & part-timers were kept towards the end. This enabled the Windies to go for the assault in the later overs. All things said & done, Raina had won the ODI series & T20 game with a virtual second string team and he is only 24. All kudos to him for this.

  • on June 17, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    I agree with Fletcher's views. If selectors feel a player has the potential to play for the country and is selected, he should be given a run of atleast 8-10 matches. Anything less than that would not be fair on the players since nerves would impact their natural ability and talent to performl. There could be players who can shine in fewer matches but then they would be the exceptions to the rule. Bottomline: Raise the bar for the selection and may be reduce the selection number but provide ample opportunities post-selection.

  • on June 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    It's not looking very good; if Raina,Badri,Tiwary,Dhawan etc. can't cope with one of the weakest attacks in world cricket, the future of Indian international cricket looks grim both in Tests and ODIs. Another 28 years for the next World Cup win... but, more than likely, cricket will be extinct long before that.

  • nair_ottappalam on June 17, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Fletcher, I hope you don't bring memories of Chappell era

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  • nair_ottappalam on June 17, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Fletcher, I hope you don't bring memories of Chappell era

  • on June 17, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    It's not looking very good; if Raina,Badri,Tiwary,Dhawan etc. can't cope with one of the weakest attacks in world cricket, the future of Indian international cricket looks grim both in Tests and ODIs. Another 28 years for the next World Cup win... but, more than likely, cricket will be extinct long before that.

  • on June 17, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    I agree with Fletcher's views. If selectors feel a player has the potential to play for the country and is selected, he should be given a run of atleast 8-10 matches. Anything less than that would not be fair on the players since nerves would impact their natural ability and talent to performl. There could be players who can shine in fewer matches but then they would be the exceptions to the rule. Bottomline: Raise the bar for the selection and may be reduce the selection number but provide ample opportunities post-selection.

  • Mayhs on June 17, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Raina's inexperience as a captain has stood out in the last two ODIs.Firstly, he did not lead from the front by being injudicious in his batting. Secondly, I think the bowling changes could have been better. Apparently he used up the better bowlers upfront & the lesser bowlers & part-timers were kept towards the end. This enabled the Windies to go for the assault in the later overs. All things said & done, Raina had won the ODI series & T20 game with a virtual second string team and he is only 24. All kudos to him for this.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    lol, Fletcher the coach doesnt even know how many games roughly his youngsters have played i could tell you, rohit 60 odd, badri 7, tiwary 3, raina 120, raina has had 120 matches and he still can't bat better then the average player. Raina should worry about his own batting be4 trying to improve captaincy skills. Raina may not even be in the full strength XI

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    i don't know how he did a good job.if throwing your wicket away at crucial moments playing irrespondible shots and inability to handle pace is a sign of good captaincy,then he is great.otherwise,he should be dropped from the senior team in favour of rohit sharma

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    Its good that india won series in Windies but not that kind pf perfomance what we want 2 see windies are also playing with their second level team as always Indian get relaxed after winning match or series they never take interest to clean sweep series and for me Raina is not a captainship material even he is not so consitent performer kohli is better choice as captain in future

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Badri still have some more chances in upcoming test series, i think likes of tiwary & dhawan should get few more chances before discarded. We all know how Rahul Dravid struggled in his first 20 odd ODIs before making test debut. But eventually he came one of the all time greatest. These guys have done reasonably well in domestic circuits for years. and they need atleast 10 matches before taking any decision. Look at Rohit Sharma, instead of having abundant talent he was struggling to cement his place. Now after playing 60-70 matches he is showing some maturity. Virat Khli is a exception in this case. He is there from day one. But you can't expect everybody to fire from day one.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Its good that India won series in windies but for me this was not best perfomance by wc champs killer instinct missing everybody seems relaxed after their individual perfomance as always India never take interset to clean sweep series and for me Raina is not a captainship material he is weak in bowling changes and also in arranging of batting order you are captain come second doen and click the score still you coming as a hitter on no 6 kohli is much better choice as captain in future.

  • on June 17, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    we're number 1 in tests, world cup champions, we've won a series with a second string attack yet people come on here and moan and moan. just enjoy this purple patch guys, we don't know how long it will last