West Indies v India, 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica, 2nd day June 21, 2011

A fire-and-ice moment, and a clanger

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the second day of the first Test between West Indies and India
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The misfortune of the day

After waiting for long to get a chance to play Test cricket, Praveen Kumar nearly hit the jackpot in his first game. He grabbed three wickets to go through the West Indian middle order and a five-for on debut beckoned when his feet crushed his dream. He ran three times onto the danger area and that was it. No more bowling in the first innings. He stood there, almost dazed by the events. MS Dhoni who walked across to keep from the other end had to wave him away to his fielding spot. It wasn't long before Praveen disappeared into the dressing room.

The fire-and-ice moment of the day

Ishant Sharma was stirred by the sight of Fidel Edwards coming out with the bat. He glared hard, Edwards looked back and at one point Ishant fired across a bouncer. Edwards ducked and by the time he looked up Ishant was staring down at him. The next ball was a full delivery and though it was the oldest set up in the world, Edwards couldn't hold himself back. He had a wild swing and the ball rushed past the stumps. Ishant held his head in agony.

The clanger of the day

Sammy leads West Indies in Jamaica while the island's biggest draw, Chris Gayle, remains out of the team. Under normal circumstances Sammy would probably not get too many dinner offers at Kingston, and things turned dire when he dropped Rahul Dravid. It came straight at him at second slip but he grassed a sitter. The sparse crowd stomped their feet in anger.

The soft dismissal of the day

VVS Laxman failed in the first innings, but today he failed to even open his account. He leaned forward to a seemingly harmless length delivery and hit it straight back to the bowler Sammy, who couldn't stop smiling. As ever, Laxman stood there for a while before he broke out of his reverie and walked back.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @ gudolerhum Respect goes where respect comes from. & it is not gifted Respect is earned .

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | June 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @Lala_Amernath , you are kidding right. I can understand and agree Dhoni has no technique. But you must be joking when you said Lakshman has no technique, or probably don't know what technique is.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a really talented batsman but see how does the test deputant plays it .the maturity sachin shown in and off the field, kohli need to learn all this from sachin then u will also perform like the master blaster. for me you look like next raising star in Indian team long time to go. please understand kholi perform consistently.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    For sometime, I did not even know who was Darren Sammy. Compared to Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Gayle....I dont remember any noteworthy performance by this guy. Looks like selectors exhausted every one else and just wanted to try some one for name sake as captain.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Been watching this game with great interest so far. India looked in trouble on the first day but I always had the feeling that Windies would be unable to follow up their great start and that has proved to be the case. I think people should lay off Sammy's case; I agree he might not be up to standard with his abilities on the field but as a captain I think he's been doing just fine. West Indies have been bowling and fielding well during the last few series, it's their batting that is letting them down big time. As a club captain in the past I know that sometimes it can be hard to control how ur own batsmen play; no matter how hard you try to tell them to dig in they will sometimes still play silly shots. I can imagine this becomes even harder when, like Sammy, you are not a batsman and can't take matter into ur own hands so easily. I think Windies need to reconcile with Gayle, and get Dwayne Bravo and Taylor back involved. If they can get their batting sorted then they've got potential.

  • POSTED BY KALPANA. on | June 22, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I LIKE THIS TYPE OF TEST CRICKET. THE PITCH SHOULD BE REALLY TOUGH SO THAT ONLY ''REAL'' BATSMEN CAN SCORE AND THE NEW GUYS CAN LEARN TO BAT FROM THOSE PITCHES. I WISH BEST OF LUCK TO WEST INDIES FOR THE SERIES. AND I MISS SEHWAG AND GAYLE HERE. BOTH WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE RUN RATE AND THE MATCH'S OUTCOME COMPLETELY. DARREN SAMMY IS A GOOD GUY, HE NEEDS TO ADD ZAHEER KHAN TYPE VARIATIONS TO HIS BOWLING, ONLY THEN HE WOULD DESERVE A PLACE IN THE TEAM.

  • POSTED BY Lala_Amarnath on | June 22, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    A stern reminder for the likes of Dhoni, VVSL: There is no substitute for technique and just plain old solid practice. Can't just stroll by and expect the ball to come onto the bat. And Raina : Absolutely no cross bat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    vijay has got many chances...but he failed..he need patience to play test cricket..so parthiv patel shld be opening for next test match, becoz he played one day series and knows better to play the bowlers..and first test is evenly poised...

  • POSTED BY chandau on | June 22, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    I said it before as a Sri Lankan Fan of WI: Sammy will never play for SL if he was here. Just like Dimitri M who played for England (and he is Sri Lankan) Sammy is not a world class player. Being committed and wanting to play is one thing; having the talent to mix with the best is another. Just to think this is an India A+ team (becoz at least 5 regulars are missing - Shewag, Ghambir, Sachin, Zaherr, Srishant) and WI cant score over 200!!! my team barring injuries. Gayle, Barath, Bravo/Symmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo/Samuels, Baugh, Russell, Taylor/Rampaul, Edwards/Roach, Bishoo. depending on the conditions i will vary my bowling combination going with out n out pace or pace + swing and slow balls :) Chanders is my skippy and Bishoo his deputy :) Even if he has no experience spinners have a plenty to tell and do believe me peeps. Gayle, Barath, Bravo, Sars, Chanders, Samuels, Baugh, Russel, Edwards, Roach, Bishoo the playing XI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    yeah i would like to say this to straighthit who commented earlier tht this one was a dissapointment , tht one should bat at 7 or 8 , tht one lacked confidence, pls bro stop making comments after one match , i know we as cricket fans love to get totally emotional with the game but give them a chnce, vijay got out to an unplayable delivery it was unfortunate, and dravid didn't exude confidence but he survived didn't he ?? tht's important now if he adds more valuable runs today tht would set india up very well, and did u see the wi bowling attack , yes they ain't tht lethal but the pitch's assisting some gud bounce and if u bowl in the right areas it does trouble the batsmen, which is exactly wht some of the wi pacers r doin, it's not an easy pitch neither a very tough pitch to bat on but it's challenging....

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 22, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @ gudolerhum Respect goes where respect comes from. & it is not gifted Respect is earned .

  • POSTED BY Harshtmm on | June 22, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    @Lala_Amernath , you are kidding right. I can understand and agree Dhoni has no technique. But you must be joking when you said Lakshman has no technique, or probably don't know what technique is.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a really talented batsman but see how does the test deputant plays it .the maturity sachin shown in and off the field, kohli need to learn all this from sachin then u will also perform like the master blaster. for me you look like next raising star in Indian team long time to go. please understand kholi perform consistently.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    For sometime, I did not even know who was Darren Sammy. Compared to Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Gayle....I dont remember any noteworthy performance by this guy. Looks like selectors exhausted every one else and just wanted to try some one for name sake as captain.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    Been watching this game with great interest so far. India looked in trouble on the first day but I always had the feeling that Windies would be unable to follow up their great start and that has proved to be the case. I think people should lay off Sammy's case; I agree he might not be up to standard with his abilities on the field but as a captain I think he's been doing just fine. West Indies have been bowling and fielding well during the last few series, it's their batting that is letting them down big time. As a club captain in the past I know that sometimes it can be hard to control how ur own batsmen play; no matter how hard you try to tell them to dig in they will sometimes still play silly shots. I can imagine this becomes even harder when, like Sammy, you are not a batsman and can't take matter into ur own hands so easily. I think Windies need to reconcile with Gayle, and get Dwayne Bravo and Taylor back involved. If they can get their batting sorted then they've got potential.

  • POSTED BY KALPANA. on | June 22, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I LIKE THIS TYPE OF TEST CRICKET. THE PITCH SHOULD BE REALLY TOUGH SO THAT ONLY ''REAL'' BATSMEN CAN SCORE AND THE NEW GUYS CAN LEARN TO BAT FROM THOSE PITCHES. I WISH BEST OF LUCK TO WEST INDIES FOR THE SERIES. AND I MISS SEHWAG AND GAYLE HERE. BOTH WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE RUN RATE AND THE MATCH'S OUTCOME COMPLETELY. DARREN SAMMY IS A GOOD GUY, HE NEEDS TO ADD ZAHEER KHAN TYPE VARIATIONS TO HIS BOWLING, ONLY THEN HE WOULD DESERVE A PLACE IN THE TEAM.

  • POSTED BY Lala_Amarnath on | June 22, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    A stern reminder for the likes of Dhoni, VVSL: There is no substitute for technique and just plain old solid practice. Can't just stroll by and expect the ball to come onto the bat. And Raina : Absolutely no cross bat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    vijay has got many chances...but he failed..he need patience to play test cricket..so parthiv patel shld be opening for next test match, becoz he played one day series and knows better to play the bowlers..and first test is evenly poised...

  • POSTED BY chandau on | June 22, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    I said it before as a Sri Lankan Fan of WI: Sammy will never play for SL if he was here. Just like Dimitri M who played for England (and he is Sri Lankan) Sammy is not a world class player. Being committed and wanting to play is one thing; having the talent to mix with the best is another. Just to think this is an India A+ team (becoz at least 5 regulars are missing - Shewag, Ghambir, Sachin, Zaherr, Srishant) and WI cant score over 200!!! my team barring injuries. Gayle, Barath, Bravo/Symmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo/Samuels, Baugh, Russell, Taylor/Rampaul, Edwards/Roach, Bishoo. depending on the conditions i will vary my bowling combination going with out n out pace or pace + swing and slow balls :) Chanders is my skippy and Bishoo his deputy :) Even if he has no experience spinners have a plenty to tell and do believe me peeps. Gayle, Barath, Bravo, Sars, Chanders, Samuels, Baugh, Russel, Edwards, Roach, Bishoo the playing XI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    yeah i would like to say this to straighthit who commented earlier tht this one was a dissapointment , tht one should bat at 7 or 8 , tht one lacked confidence, pls bro stop making comments after one match , i know we as cricket fans love to get totally emotional with the game but give them a chnce, vijay got out to an unplayable delivery it was unfortunate, and dravid didn't exude confidence but he survived didn't he ?? tht's important now if he adds more valuable runs today tht would set india up very well, and did u see the wi bowling attack , yes they ain't tht lethal but the pitch's assisting some gud bounce and if u bowl in the right areas it does trouble the batsmen, which is exactly wht some of the wi pacers r doin, it's not an easy pitch neither a very tough pitch to bat on but it's challenging....

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | June 22, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Much as some may hate him (god knows for what reason), Rahul Dravid's presence at one end will always be a signal of serenity and responsibility. He is a class act, and most genuine cricket lovers acknowledge him to be India's MVP in Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Gayle is over rated,he has never performed in knock out games except a few occasions,he is bound to wilt under pressure 99 out of 99.5 times :P,wi cricket needs to move on

  • POSTED BY karthikvlk on | June 22, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    for those who are blaming vijay, the ball that got vijay in 2nd innings would have got 9 out of 10 batsman . it went low after pitching. please give some time for mukund. He is playing his 1st test away from home and played lil freely in 2nd innings and will improve. There is no better batsman than dravid to score a fine 50 or 100 in this pitch . go dravid go

  • POSTED BY franklins on | June 22, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Vijay got out to a very good ball and hardly had a chance to spend time in the field.. He should be given more chance.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 22, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    250+ lead will be good enough in this track. It is hard to survive as a batsman.

  • POSTED BY kennyluv on | June 22, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    "Costly miss of the day West Indies had Sri Lanka on the ropes at 110 for two and would have had them in even more hot water had they held their chances. With the score on 112, Shane Shillingford delivery took Tharanga Paranavitana's edge and flew to the right of Darren Sammy at slip. The West Indies captain got his hands to it, but didn't hold on, and Paranavitana went on to score 95 and take his team to safety." - and to think, C. Gayle scored 333 in that same match

  • POSTED BY sai1991 on | June 22, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Gayle must lead. Roach or jerome taylor must play in place for sammy. it would be a dream bowling attack for windies

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    I will drop Nash before I drop Sammy. Sammy has been doing better than Nash so far this season, but I hear no one calling for his head. I will drop Nash and Sammy to play Russell and Samuels. Gayle should be in the team - there is no doubt about that, WICB is too daft to see that though. An ideal 11 for this pitch would have included Russell and Samuels. I would drop Nash on the basis that I think that he is better against Attacks such as England, South Africa and Australia. He has struggled in this home series (including the Pakistan series) - especially against the spinners... The Board has made its two most committed players Captain and Vice captain, but in so doing they have made the two weakest links immovable objects.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 22, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Russel is a better bowler and a better Batsman than Sammy and not in team. Wait, in ODIs, Gayle is a better bowler than Sammy! Sammy is the captain because he wants to keep WI together. Who doesn't ?? It just mean that he is in WCB good books and has alienated himself from WIPA. So that just proves he is political and to keep himself in the team he can do anything. If they don't want Gayle in team, make Sarwan the captain and replace Sammy with Russel. WIPA should demand removal of Sammy.

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | June 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Gayle is where he should be until he respects the Coach and management. He can stay as a spectator until the next IPL.

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 22, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    M Vijay and VVS disappoint again......Ishant lives upto expectation.PK surprizes everyone......now india should ensure a lead of atleast 400 in quick time and let wi bat with full aggression and im sure theyll fold within 100 runs........lols... without chanderpaul and sarwan, this wi lineup will never see three figure mark ever........ Russel would have been a good option for WI and infact roach......theyve done big mistake in not playing Russel/Roach

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 22, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Gayle Roach & Samuels should come in for Sammy Bravo & Simmonds That move should improve all aspects of our cricket. no matter how much Sammy claims he loves west indies cricket He is not a very good captain tactically.often he gets overly defensive & he is dropping too many catches & both factors have been costing us big time. The same can be said about bravo & neither is contributing with the bat much. Gayle & Marlon are better catchers & they have more batting experience then either Sammy or Bravo. also they could provide back up for Bishoo in the spin attack. Kemar Roach would also add some ummph to the pace attack & he is better @ holding his wicket than Sammy as he showed vs Pakistan. He is not a bad bowler its just that like Fidel & Rampaul more recently he has lost out on many wickets due to dropped catches

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | June 22, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Sammy is taking up a place of another good bowler such as roach. could you imagine the bowling attack with edwards & roach supported by rampaul & bishoo?

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    laxman anishetty should be coach of west indies n also team manager and head of west indies cricket association n let those disloyal money hungry people run the once glorious n now doomed team :P :P

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | June 22, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    laxman has a poor test record at no 4 and should bat at no 5

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | June 22, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Vijay was a disappointment today. Except for an occasional good score, he is one who promised so much, but delivered not much. Mukund, again seemed to be a stroke-less wonder. Due to his limited array of strokes, I would think international bowlers found him out already. Bowl wkt-to-wkt, and it is only a matter of time before he gets out. I think Laxman is better off at 7 or even 8 so he can do his best, score few runs in the company of tail. Dravid might have score few runs today, but didn't inspire any confidence. Just seems to be a batsman winding down his career sooner than later. Over all, poor advertisement for Ind batting against a non lethal WI bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    I think if we look at the positive side of Gayle issue, I think its good that he is not there. No doubt he can change matches in sessions but on the other hand what if he was injured. West Indies has to make sure their youngsters play mature cricket without best players in their side. If India has experience of Dravid, Laxman then WI has Sarwan and Chanderpaul in their side. All they have to do is believe in themselves and prove their skills and ability.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Sammy is not deserved to be in west indies team. Russel is a right candidate for the allrounder spot.gayle should be in team and lead the team

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  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Sammy is not deserved to be in west indies team. Russel is a right candidate for the allrounder spot.gayle should be in team and lead the team

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    I think if we look at the positive side of Gayle issue, I think its good that he is not there. No doubt he can change matches in sessions but on the other hand what if he was injured. West Indies has to make sure their youngsters play mature cricket without best players in their side. If India has experience of Dravid, Laxman then WI has Sarwan and Chanderpaul in their side. All they have to do is believe in themselves and prove their skills and ability.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | June 22, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    Vijay was a disappointment today. Except for an occasional good score, he is one who promised so much, but delivered not much. Mukund, again seemed to be a stroke-less wonder. Due to his limited array of strokes, I would think international bowlers found him out already. Bowl wkt-to-wkt, and it is only a matter of time before he gets out. I think Laxman is better off at 7 or even 8 so he can do his best, score few runs in the company of tail. Dravid might have score few runs today, but didn't inspire any confidence. Just seems to be a batsman winding down his career sooner than later. Over all, poor advertisement for Ind batting against a non lethal WI bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY buntyj on | June 22, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    laxman has a poor test record at no 4 and should bat at no 5

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    laxman anishetty should be coach of west indies n also team manager and head of west indies cricket association n let those disloyal money hungry people run the once glorious n now doomed team :P :P

  • POSTED BY TheLight on | June 22, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Sammy is taking up a place of another good bowler such as roach. could you imagine the bowling attack with edwards & roach supported by rampaul & bishoo?

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 22, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Gayle Roach & Samuels should come in for Sammy Bravo & Simmonds That move should improve all aspects of our cricket. no matter how much Sammy claims he loves west indies cricket He is not a very good captain tactically.often he gets overly defensive & he is dropping too many catches & both factors have been costing us big time. The same can be said about bravo & neither is contributing with the bat much. Gayle & Marlon are better catchers & they have more batting experience then either Sammy or Bravo. also they could provide back up for Bishoo in the spin attack. Kemar Roach would also add some ummph to the pace attack & he is better @ holding his wicket than Sammy as he showed vs Pakistan. He is not a bad bowler its just that like Fidel & Rampaul more recently he has lost out on many wickets due to dropped catches

  • POSTED BY reghuh on | June 22, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    M Vijay and VVS disappoint again......Ishant lives upto expectation.PK surprizes everyone......now india should ensure a lead of atleast 400 in quick time and let wi bat with full aggression and im sure theyll fold within 100 runs........lols... without chanderpaul and sarwan, this wi lineup will never see three figure mark ever........ Russel would have been a good option for WI and infact roach......theyve done big mistake in not playing Russel/Roach

  • POSTED BY gudolerhum on | June 22, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    Gayle is where he should be until he respects the Coach and management. He can stay as a spectator until the next IPL.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 22, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Russel is a better bowler and a better Batsman than Sammy and not in team. Wait, in ODIs, Gayle is a better bowler than Sammy! Sammy is the captain because he wants to keep WI together. Who doesn't ?? It just mean that he is in WCB good books and has alienated himself from WIPA. So that just proves he is political and to keep himself in the team he can do anything. If they don't want Gayle in team, make Sarwan the captain and replace Sammy with Russel. WIPA should demand removal of Sammy.