West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica June 19, 2011

Sammy banks on fast pitch

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There's hope in the Caribbean air. You can feel it at Sabina Park. You can hear it in the chuckle of Charles Josephs, the curator, and in conversations with ground staff. "This is Jamaica. Not Mumbai. The ball will bounce and get your men," is its essence. A simple, age-old theory: bounce the Indians and expect them to wilt. Though we'll have to wait to see how the pitch actually plays, and whether West Indies' fast bowlers can unsettle India's batsmen, it can only be a good thing that home fans are approaching the Test with optimism, considering the shenanigans beyond the boundary.

There is confidence in the West Indian camp as well. Darren Sammy, the captain, expects the pitch to suit his bowlers, who will be aggressive. Even young Darren Bravo said "a few of the Indians can get intimidated." Ian Bishop, a former West Indian fast bowler and commentator, isn't convinced a few Indian players, Suresh Raina for instance, can handle the bounce and pace.

"This is the pitch that suits our style," Sammy said. "We managed to restrict India to 250 and the batters were very comfortable chasing it. The mindset is different, the batsmen are confident that the ball won't spin like it did in the first three ODIs. Records speak that if you have more firepower, you have a better chance against India."

Sammy's presence in the Test side is still a thorny issue, though. Does he upset the balance? Wouldn't Fidel Edwards or Andre Russell be a better pick? Is Sammy weakening the attack? "My role has been the same since I started playing for West Indies," Sammy said. "I am a stock bowler. I go out and do it to the best of my ability." If he can be a consistent performer with the bat, it wouldn't be so bad. "I am disappointed that my Test batting hasn't been as consistent as it should be, but I am working hard."

Sammy expects West Indies to restrict India to less than 300. "In the last two games played here, the most recent one was against England, both teams scored around 300 in first innings. The one before was against Australia. We lost by 60 runs. We restricted them to just over 250. If we restrict them [India] to under 300 or so and can get a lead …"

West Indies' batting, though, has been the discipline with the most problems in the recent past. Sammy is confident that Kingston's conditions will help. "Our batsmen will favour their chances against Indian bowlers knowing the type of wicket we will get," he said. "Harbhajan is very experienced and Mishra has given us some trouble. You can't be complacent. This wicket would be suited to our batsmen. I am expecting our batsmen to give a better show."

Adrian Barath, Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo, who comprise the top order, are light on experience, but Sammy highlighted their quality. "Barath is very promising cricketer. He scored a hundred in his first Test. He is coming back from injury but we all know his mental strength. He has the mental capability to carry on with his starts. Young Darren Bravo came to form in the last ODI and Simmons is in good nick. He knows his game and executes his plans. The top order might be short of experience but they have the game to do it."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 20, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Sammy has already lost the TEST Series because of his hope to get indians out by RELYING on the PITCH rather than his teams ability to play hard cricket.

  • POSTED BY VixV on | June 20, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    LOL ! The article heading explains the confidence of WI taem ....they banks on fast pitch..that measn that they do not have enough confidence in their bowlers. And I also wanted to make a comment on the Martin..who in couple of days ago ahd an interview saying that "no one can coma here and thrsh me on my pitch"..Well i would say that he is new to this international cricket n he don't know what happened to the most confident fast bowler "umar gul" in word cup semis...If he do not control his emotions soon he too would disappear for ever from the international cricket....LOL.

  • POSTED BY Durga999 on | June 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    All The Best Dravid for his 150th test.

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

    I think West Indies should pick 6 batsmen, keeper, then Sammy, Rampaul, Roche, Edwards and have Marlon Samules in the batting lineup to do some spin. West Indies definitely have a better bowling attack than India who will struggle to get one quality bowler to suit the conditions. Normally, I would have predicted and Indian win. But, this time, I have to predict an hard-fought win for the West Indies. With Ishant Sharma leading the attack, it is one of the most mediocre bowling attack in the world. I will be very much surprised if India win with this bowling attack on a pitch expected to be fast. Hopefully, rain, Laxman and one of the youngsters will save the match for India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I'm scared that indian selectors might pick Suresh Raina over Badri, yes badri had a poor ODI series, but so did raina, raina has had 8 tests, badri has had 2, give badrinath a good chance in this series, it is test cricket he won't throw his wicket away like raina does, raina is too flashy for test cricket and pokes at ball outside off too often.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    i think raina will play first test against w.i. he ia one of best and all you guys just listen dont forget that raina hitted centure in his first debute. Hopefully he did that again. good luck india,good luck raina.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | June 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Even if the groundsman prepare a quick or bouncy wicket at Sabina, WIndies will lose.Their batting technique in the one dayers was hopeless as they did not know how to use their feet to the spinners or the quicks.They may play Roach , Russell and even Fidel Edwards, but none of those bowlers have the consistency in line and length, though they may have the pace and neither will we worry India with spin, whether it be Bishoo or Hamilton.

    We also have a captain that is neither proficient with bat or ball, lacks tactical nous and the support of the team, (and I am not only talking about Samuels.) India will win the series, but more important, I hope the WIndies prove me wrong in my estimation of their discipline and fight to make a development in all these fields, whether they win the series or not.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | June 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @Rahul_78, the answer is very simple. Sharma is the only one who can bounce and PK is more skiddy but conditions should favour him and he is no gr8 with old ball..though Bhajji and Mish would relish bounce if there is some turn on days 3 and 4.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 20, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    This will be a differrent version from the ODI series.... WI had earned late glory in the ODI series much to the surprize of many indian fans, supporters due to the irresponsible batting display by certain players, inclusion of assured non performers like Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma etc. In tests, team selection will be very crucial.Any single non performer included will ruin the game.WI will be much much more tougher team in tests. Sarwan, Samuels, Russel, everyone has regained form.Indian bowling will be really tested here.I really doubt whether the indian bowlers are capable of taking 20 wickets .I think in test matches, Ishant shuold be preferred ahead of PK and MP as he has pace.Lets pray that the mad man gets line and length........and hits the deck when required and rediscovers teh old buried yorker delivery.......ideally team would be vijay,mukund,kohli,dravid,badri,dhoni,vvs,bhajji,ishant,mishra,munaf

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | June 20, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Real shame on BCCI since Mithun is missing this test. The test team was announced way back and the visa formalities should have been done and dusted much earlier than they were. Because of this stupidity, on a pace friendly surface, India might just have to go in with 2 pacers, one of them being Praveen Kumar. With all due respect to Praveen, he is just a medium pace bowler, who's probably more suitable to English conditions than here in Jamaica. I would keep Kohli and Badri at 4 and 6, Raina's struggles against both pace and spin being suspect. I would have also liked to see Rohit being asked to stay back. Talent wise, he's probably better than both Kohli and Raina. It's the temperament which makes Kohli a better choice than him.

  • POSTED BY couchpundit on | June 20, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Sammy has already lost the TEST Series because of his hope to get indians out by RELYING on the PITCH rather than his teams ability to play hard cricket.

  • POSTED BY VixV on | June 20, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    LOL ! The article heading explains the confidence of WI taem ....they banks on fast pitch..that measn that they do not have enough confidence in their bowlers. And I also wanted to make a comment on the Martin..who in couple of days ago ahd an interview saying that "no one can coma here and thrsh me on my pitch"..Well i would say that he is new to this international cricket n he don't know what happened to the most confident fast bowler "umar gul" in word cup semis...If he do not control his emotions soon he too would disappear for ever from the international cricket....LOL.

  • POSTED BY Durga999 on | June 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    All The Best Dravid for his 150th test.

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

    I think West Indies should pick 6 batsmen, keeper, then Sammy, Rampaul, Roche, Edwards and have Marlon Samules in the batting lineup to do some spin. West Indies definitely have a better bowling attack than India who will struggle to get one quality bowler to suit the conditions. Normally, I would have predicted and Indian win. But, this time, I have to predict an hard-fought win for the West Indies. With Ishant Sharma leading the attack, it is one of the most mediocre bowling attack in the world. I will be very much surprised if India win with this bowling attack on a pitch expected to be fast. Hopefully, rain, Laxman and one of the youngsters will save the match for India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    I'm scared that indian selectors might pick Suresh Raina over Badri, yes badri had a poor ODI series, but so did raina, raina has had 8 tests, badri has had 2, give badrinath a good chance in this series, it is test cricket he won't throw his wicket away like raina does, raina is too flashy for test cricket and pokes at ball outside off too often.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    i think raina will play first test against w.i. he ia one of best and all you guys just listen dont forget that raina hitted centure in his first debute. Hopefully he did that again. good luck india,good luck raina.

  • POSTED BY hazeltine on | June 20, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Even if the groundsman prepare a quick or bouncy wicket at Sabina, WIndies will lose.Their batting technique in the one dayers was hopeless as they did not know how to use their feet to the spinners or the quicks.They may play Roach , Russell and even Fidel Edwards, but none of those bowlers have the consistency in line and length, though they may have the pace and neither will we worry India with spin, whether it be Bishoo or Hamilton.

    We also have a captain that is neither proficient with bat or ball, lacks tactical nous and the support of the team, (and I am not only talking about Samuels.) India will win the series, but more important, I hope the WIndies prove me wrong in my estimation of their discipline and fight to make a development in all these fields, whether they win the series or not.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | June 20, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @Rahul_78, the answer is very simple. Sharma is the only one who can bounce and PK is more skiddy but conditions should favour him and he is no gr8 with old ball..though Bhajji and Mish would relish bounce if there is some turn on days 3 and 4.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 20, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    This will be a differrent version from the ODI series.... WI had earned late glory in the ODI series much to the surprize of many indian fans, supporters due to the irresponsible batting display by certain players, inclusion of assured non performers like Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma etc. In tests, team selection will be very crucial.Any single non performer included will ruin the game.WI will be much much more tougher team in tests. Sarwan, Samuels, Russel, everyone has regained form.Indian bowling will be really tested here.I really doubt whether the indian bowlers are capable of taking 20 wickets .I think in test matches, Ishant shuold be preferred ahead of PK and MP as he has pace.Lets pray that the mad man gets line and length........and hits the deck when required and rediscovers teh old buried yorker delivery.......ideally team would be vijay,mukund,kohli,dravid,badri,dhoni,vvs,bhajji,ishant,mishra,munaf

  • POSTED BY Sumeet.Gupta on | June 20, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Real shame on BCCI since Mithun is missing this test. The test team was announced way back and the visa formalities should have been done and dusted much earlier than they were. Because of this stupidity, on a pace friendly surface, India might just have to go in with 2 pacers, one of them being Praveen Kumar. With all due respect to Praveen, he is just a medium pace bowler, who's probably more suitable to English conditions than here in Jamaica. I would keep Kohli and Badri at 4 and 6, Raina's struggles against both pace and spin being suspect. I would have also liked to see Rohit being asked to stay back. Talent wise, he's probably better than both Kohli and Raina. It's the temperament which makes Kohli a better choice than him.

  • POSTED BY triassicpark on | June 20, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Thank you Humdingers for putting sense into these comments. WI being optimistic is one thing and should be welcomed. But I do not agree to this theory of Bouncing India out !!! As evidenced by Graeme Smith at his own peril !!!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | June 20, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Sriram, cold you please ask Sammy how he and his compatriots plan to deal with Indian bowling on the same bouncy and fast pitches? What evidence have they provided that they will perform better then VVS, Dravid on the bouncy pitches in recent memories?

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | June 20, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    What is this with constant barrage of India vs the Short Ball. Last I checked, India beat England in England (much better bowlers, fast green seaming pitches), Drew in South Africa (again much better bowlers, fast green seaming pitches) and even won in Perth (again better bowlers, hard bouncy pitch). T20 and ODI's are different - Tests are where you see the proper techniques and real batting coming to the fore. There's a reason why this team is ranked No.1.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 20, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    It is nice to see and hear the West Indies captain and team approach this series as a revival. I feel very happy for them because they will always remain the ultimate image in projecting the game of cricket. Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 20, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Even if WI restirct India under 300 (only 10% chance), they will bowl out under 200 or 250, thats sure.

  • POSTED BY shawnsundar on | June 20, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Dravid and Latchman alone will make more than 250. I'm sorry to say it, but Sammy does unbalance the team. We need to play at least two quicks and two spinners to get India out. I really hope to see Fidel back, but I know its most unlikely :(

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | June 20, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Sammy's presence does not unbalance the team, considering that the players who may be picked in his stead are Dwayne Bravo (averaging 39 with the ball) and Fidel Edwards (averaging 39 with the ball), whereas Sammy himself averages 27 with the ball. Sammy may not be out-and-out quick, or a shock bowler, or particularly impressive to watch, but his record suggests he deserves his place in the team. His batting has been a disappointment of late, which he acknowledges - but that's why he's batting at 8. There are 6 guys ahead of him whose role is to score the runs. Nice to see a bouncy pitch in WI again, though. They need to play to their strengths, and their batting has major problems playing against spin, so playing on a spinning wicket like they did in the ODI series would not be to their advantage.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    i like our prospects in jamaica win the toss and send india in and let the guys bowl in the right areas they dont like pace bowling ,let gayle play domestic tournaments his hearrt is only on money anyhow lets move on without him.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    why does everybody seem to think that west indies cricket's problem lies in sammy..bravo has talent n keeps showing that with the bat he temperment is way below par..yet we keep asking for players who hav not put in have the performance that sammy has given..its just a bius shame on u guys

  • POSTED BY mittheimp on | June 20, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Players that come into an away series with no practice matches often come unstuck. I think India's attitude to this series has already been touched with arrogance. Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni may be class acts but Indian batsman never like it 'up em'. If Roach fires then this could be an interesting test!

  • POSTED BY dragline on | June 20, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    my pic for the first test macth; Simmons, Barath, Sarwan, Darren, Chanderpaul, Nash, Bough, Sammy, Roach, Rampual, and Edwards.

  • POSTED BY everfaithful77 on | June 20, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    I must CONGRATULATE Captain Sammy & West Indies for their emphatic victories in the last ODI's. Although India still won the series Windies players can hold their HEADS UP HIGH. Windies could have won the series if they had pressed home the ADVANTAGE in the 3rd ODI when India was reeling at 92 for 6. SO WINDIES SHOULD HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE going into 1st TEST. I am very surprised that RUSSELL was not included in the TEST TEAM because he was by far the most outstanding & enthusiastic player in the last 3 ODI's. He took 4 wickets cheaply with HOSTILE, INTIMIDATORY bowling that left the Indians RATTLED. His inclusion in the test side would also BOLSTER THE LOWER ORDER BATTING and even allow the SELECTORS to play 5 bowlers including Sammy& Bishoo. The BEST SIDE for1st test given the IRRATIONAL exclusion of Russell: SIMMONS, BARATH, SARWAN, BRAVO, CHANDERPAUL, SAMUELS, BAUGH, SAMMY, RAMPAUL,EDWARDS, BISHOO. Nash is out due to his apparent WEAKNESS against spin as seen vs Pakististan.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    I would have thought that Edwards would have been included in the team due to a faster wicket being used. I would be good if WI win the toss and bowl first and restrict India under 250. I would hope that all concerned would get the situtation sorted in ref To Gayle, Lets get the strongest team playing and put away Personal Differences. Good luck WI

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Let's have a chat. I can group DJ Bravo; A Russell; K Pollard; JTaylor and D Sammy as bowling all rounders. Some can bat a little better than others. Some can bowl a little better than others. So where is this imbalance fans r talking about. And if I had to pick a capt from the group I'll pick Sammy. By the way if we remove Sammy tomorrow who will u pick? Pl don't tell me Ganga, DJ Bravo, or Ramdin. OH I get B NASH! That should keep the TRINIS and GUYANESE off of Sammy's back. Please print this one.

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | June 19, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    If they go in with 4 pacers including Sammy, they will miss Gayle even more! Who will bowl those slow overs when the ball becomes old? Sammy makes this attack look lot easy that it would be..

    But Roach, Paul and Edwards are going to be a wonderful combination. But if Indians can play against Steyn, Morkel in Durban, Dont understand why they should fear this attack! Only difference is Sehwag/Gambhir and Sachin arent there..

    Its a wonderful opportunity for Vijay, Mukund, Kohli to secure their places.. Meanwhile I am extremely irritated by the shots which Raina played. He SHOULD be kept out for that for atleast the first match. let Kohli and Badri play. Atleast they didnt play those kind of shots to get out!!!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 19, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Planning to bounce out the likes of Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni? Keep on dreaming amigos! They have faced tougher opponents on faster pitches(SA for instance) and have done admirably well. I would expect India to win the series comfortably.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    It's amusing how people still believe that the magic mantra for beating India is as simple as prepare a bouncy wicket. Number one test team in the world. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    I do hope you are correct Hardik Makkar(and other indian fans) because if your Indian team gets licks by my boys, we WI with our lower ranking would have humiliated the no 1 indian team. Oh and by the way, your team beat a SA team renowned for famously choking in big games, as they did in the world cup again. Apart from Gayle and Taylor who are deeply missed, this WI team looks decent and with a good pitch should do some damage to India. As we say in WI- never say never, we going to rise again like a raging fire.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    YES the pitch will be the key,but we still need to do the simple things right; take yr catches, beware of no balls and good ground fielding. READING the game is also important. Rotating the strike and taking yr singles r important features of any form of cricket.One of the game plans must be to bat for 125+overs. Occupying the crease is the secret to test cricket. FINALLY if it is possible avoid batting on a 5th day wicket against India. All the WI.

  • POSTED BY crapoid on | June 19, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I like the players that the current WI squad is selected from. Lots of promise and talent. I like the fast bowling combination. Sammy i still a question. I agree with Ian Bishop that Sammy's selection creates an imbalance in the team. He is actually holding down Dwayne bravo's spot who is much more talented and creative. Its sad but the WICBC should do the right thing and put pride aside. Sammy is more suited for one dayers in my opinion.I would love to see Rampaul, Edwards, Roach and Taylor bowl together. WI cricket is slowly regaining strength.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    good that the west indians are confident about their game.personally i would not read too much into a fast and bouncy pitch under normal circumstances.india have won at perth and durban,probably the 2 fastest and bounciest pitches on earth.but since a number of seniors are absent this time,it may be tough for india

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    This is joke of the series. Wait and Watch when Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni will rip apart your pace attack. If we can survive in SA against Steryn and Morkel, we can win everywhere. Agree, this isn't Mumbai but you should understand that this is not the India Cricket Team of '90s. This is a world class team and yes we are the champions!!

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  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    This is joke of the series. Wait and Watch when Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni will rip apart your pace attack. If we can survive in SA against Steryn and Morkel, we can win everywhere. Agree, this isn't Mumbai but you should understand that this is not the India Cricket Team of '90s. This is a world class team and yes we are the champions!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    good that the west indians are confident about their game.personally i would not read too much into a fast and bouncy pitch under normal circumstances.india have won at perth and durban,probably the 2 fastest and bounciest pitches on earth.but since a number of seniors are absent this time,it may be tough for india

  • POSTED BY crapoid on | June 19, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    I like the players that the current WI squad is selected from. Lots of promise and talent. I like the fast bowling combination. Sammy i still a question. I agree with Ian Bishop that Sammy's selection creates an imbalance in the team. He is actually holding down Dwayne bravo's spot who is much more talented and creative. Its sad but the WICBC should do the right thing and put pride aside. Sammy is more suited for one dayers in my opinion.I would love to see Rampaul, Edwards, Roach and Taylor bowl together. WI cricket is slowly regaining strength.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    YES the pitch will be the key,but we still need to do the simple things right; take yr catches, beware of no balls and good ground fielding. READING the game is also important. Rotating the strike and taking yr singles r important features of any form of cricket.One of the game plans must be to bat for 125+overs. Occupying the crease is the secret to test cricket. FINALLY if it is possible avoid batting on a 5th day wicket against India. All the WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 21:54 GMT

    I do hope you are correct Hardik Makkar(and other indian fans) because if your Indian team gets licks by my boys, we WI with our lower ranking would have humiliated the no 1 indian team. Oh and by the way, your team beat a SA team renowned for famously choking in big games, as they did in the world cup again. Apart from Gayle and Taylor who are deeply missed, this WI team looks decent and with a good pitch should do some damage to India. As we say in WI- never say never, we going to rise again like a raging fire.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    It's amusing how people still believe that the magic mantra for beating India is as simple as prepare a bouncy wicket. Number one test team in the world. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 19, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Planning to bounce out the likes of Laxman, Dravid and Dhoni? Keep on dreaming amigos! They have faced tougher opponents on faster pitches(SA for instance) and have done admirably well. I would expect India to win the series comfortably.

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | June 19, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    If they go in with 4 pacers including Sammy, they will miss Gayle even more! Who will bowl those slow overs when the ball becomes old? Sammy makes this attack look lot easy that it would be..

    But Roach, Paul and Edwards are going to be a wonderful combination. But if Indians can play against Steyn, Morkel in Durban, Dont understand why they should fear this attack! Only difference is Sehwag/Gambhir and Sachin arent there..

    Its a wonderful opportunity for Vijay, Mukund, Kohli to secure their places.. Meanwhile I am extremely irritated by the shots which Raina played. He SHOULD be kept out for that for atleast the first match. let Kohli and Badri play. Atleast they didnt play those kind of shots to get out!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Let's have a chat. I can group DJ Bravo; A Russell; K Pollard; JTaylor and D Sammy as bowling all rounders. Some can bat a little better than others. Some can bowl a little better than others. So where is this imbalance fans r talking about. And if I had to pick a capt from the group I'll pick Sammy. By the way if we remove Sammy tomorrow who will u pick? Pl don't tell me Ganga, DJ Bravo, or Ramdin. OH I get B NASH! That should keep the TRINIS and GUYANESE off of Sammy's back. Please print this one.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    I would have thought that Edwards would have been included in the team due to a faster wicket being used. I would be good if WI win the toss and bowl first and restrict India under 250. I would hope that all concerned would get the situtation sorted in ref To Gayle, Lets get the strongest team playing and put away Personal Differences. Good luck WI