West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Barbados, 1st day June 28, 2011

Sammy's redemption and Kohli's freeze

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test between West Indies and India in Bridgetown
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Redemption of the day
Redemption was in the air at the Kensington Oval. Darren Sammy, who dropped Rahul Dravid - and perhaps the game - in the first Test got his man on the first day in Bridgetown. He nearly did it with his first ball when he got one to straighten just past Dravid's outside edge. Not long after, he produced another beauty to get the edge. He ran away from his team-mates, past backward point, and pumped his fist.

The stunner of the day
The ball did not kick up all that much but Virat Kohli just froze. He held his bat limply as it rose below to just below his chest and went off his glove to the wicketkeeper. Perhaps Kohli's mind was stunned into numbness when the ball was pitched short. Twice in three Test innings now he has been dismissed by a short ball. His next innings should make for fascinating viewing. Will he come back in style?

The late adjustment of the day
When Suresh Raina was new to the crease, he got a ball that reared up at him. He too started to freeze like Kohli. The bat was in an ungainly position, the head was falling away, and it appeared he was going to fend it to a catcher. Right at the last instant, he adjusted and somehow managed to get behind the line and tuck the ball down in front of him.

Bouncer of the day
In the first over after lunch, Raina received a nasty lifter from Ravi Rampaul that he couldn't get out of the way of. It flew up, crashed into his helmet and bounced away. Rampaul stared, Raina had a look at his helmet. Two balls later, he swivelled to pull away another short ball to the boundary.

The inevitable dismissal of the day
It came from Praveen Kumar. Twice he lunged forward to try to thrash Devendra Bishoo out of the park. Both times he was beaten. There was a long-on in place. Could Praveen control himself? He doesn't think like that. In his mind, perhaps, he couldn't connect with the previous two deliveries because he hadn't stepped down the wicket. And so, he charged out to the next ball and of course was stumped.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY USIndianFan on | June 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Sammy has been doing an excellent job given what he has got. The West Indies should provide him more ammunition with the bat (the bowling is doing just fine), and people like Sarwan, Simmons and Chanderpaul should stand up and be counted. Once that happens this Windies team can be a big contender.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    india will again as windies have good bowling attack but a weak batting unit

  • POSTED BY Phat-Boy on | June 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    And yet again we come to it. If Sammy isn't getting bagged for his captaincy, he gets bagged for his bowling, if he doesn't get bagged for his bowling, he gets bagged for his batting. Can someone explain to me WHY a captain who has lost only two of six tests, won 9 and lost 12 ODIs, and won 1 out of two T20Is - all well up on recent percentages for the West Indies, should have to justify his place in the team when he is averaging 27 for his career and 20 for the season? I'm absolutely dumbfounded at the criticism this guy cops. YES, he isn't quick - BUT NEITHER WAS GLEN MCGRATH!!!! Give the bloke a chance for goodness' sake.

  • POSTED BY chilling on | June 29, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    i must say Sammy is trying but just only but. Now we have some things not going to good for us 1. If we are playing on pitch that offers pace and bounce why our fastest bowler is on d side? Guess we have to play our captain. 2. Our captain is playing as an all-rounder who is not in form. we have one on they side who is in form (Andre) and is on the side because d captain must play. 3. How big of a role is our batting consultant playing for us or is just money going down the drain, because we still have our bats men making the same mistakes over and over or they are just not listening. I don't evening want to comment on Gale because if our board had decided to banned or take some disciplinary action against him i am sure it would of be time spent. I guess West Indies cricket is in the wrong hands. If we are looking for an opening bats why Chesney Hughes not be given a chance.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 29, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    the fact is there is nothing extra Sammy is doing that Gayle or Taylor or Roach could not do. calling the toss & speaking @ press conferences are very basic that any thinking cricketer can do. Gayle does pick up odd wickets in fact he has 72 of them with 4 hauls of 4 wickets or more. Gayle has a bating average of almost40. No doubt the Indians fear him especially after what he did in the IPL. he has intimidated much better bowlers than praveen Kumar & Mithun in all forms of the game.an encounter with Gayle force was sure to make them less cocky than they are right now. Taylor has 80 odd wickets including 1 century a fifty vs England Benn has 51 wickets including 5 fors against Australia & South Africa The Bowlers can set their own fields & Roach & Rampaul sure know more about batting in tests than Sammy does.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Sammy might not be the most talented bowler in the Carribean, but by God he's been making good from what he's got. If only players like Bravo, Gayle and Pollard shared his passion and commitment to the team.

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | June 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    i think there is no douby that sammy is doing more than well as a captain see the captains like lara,walsh,hooper,chaders, sars, they have given nothing to the WI but worries. centuries and wickets for personal reasons are not important. it is the attitude that brings you victories and pride. and i think sammy will bring both these things back to the carribean just give him enough time. the previous captais have spoiled the west indies cricket for the last 20 years and sammy has not led even for a complete years and people are charging him of incompetency . this is ridiculous.give sammy enough time he will bring so much back to the carribean.he has better average and economy rate as a bowler than your so called leaders of the attack in test cricket. he has got 4 five wicket hauls in 15 tests whereas taylor, roche and rampaul together dont have 4 five wicket hauls in about 50 tests dont you see the records???????

  • POSTED BY ShilajitBava on | June 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Give Dhoni time mates, he wil come good! Sammy is a Great leader of men!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Desmond Haynes must get into these young batsmen head that there is a difference between test cricket and one day cricket. Barath is playing as if he is in a hurry and Simmons pushing at the ball rather that wait for the ball to come to him. A stint in England would be good where the ball tend to move about. Chesney Hughes is doing well for Derbyshire. He should be considered for a future opening slot. Batsmen 1,2, and 3 has to learn to leave the ball early in an inning.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Wi would be more competitive if ONLY the batmen could score runs! Bishoo on the other hand is certainly a find!

  • POSTED BY USIndianFan on | June 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    Sammy has been doing an excellent job given what he has got. The West Indies should provide him more ammunition with the bat (the bowling is doing just fine), and people like Sarwan, Simmons and Chanderpaul should stand up and be counted. Once that happens this Windies team can be a big contender.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    india will again as windies have good bowling attack but a weak batting unit

  • POSTED BY Phat-Boy on | June 29, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    And yet again we come to it. If Sammy isn't getting bagged for his captaincy, he gets bagged for his bowling, if he doesn't get bagged for his bowling, he gets bagged for his batting. Can someone explain to me WHY a captain who has lost only two of six tests, won 9 and lost 12 ODIs, and won 1 out of two T20Is - all well up on recent percentages for the West Indies, should have to justify his place in the team when he is averaging 27 for his career and 20 for the season? I'm absolutely dumbfounded at the criticism this guy cops. YES, he isn't quick - BUT NEITHER WAS GLEN MCGRATH!!!! Give the bloke a chance for goodness' sake.

  • POSTED BY chilling on | June 29, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    i must say Sammy is trying but just only but. Now we have some things not going to good for us 1. If we are playing on pitch that offers pace and bounce why our fastest bowler is on d side? Guess we have to play our captain. 2. Our captain is playing as an all-rounder who is not in form. we have one on they side who is in form (Andre) and is on the side because d captain must play. 3. How big of a role is our batting consultant playing for us or is just money going down the drain, because we still have our bats men making the same mistakes over and over or they are just not listening. I don't evening want to comment on Gale because if our board had decided to banned or take some disciplinary action against him i am sure it would of be time spent. I guess West Indies cricket is in the wrong hands. If we are looking for an opening bats why Chesney Hughes not be given a chance.

  • POSTED BY gottalovetheraindance on | June 29, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    the fact is there is nothing extra Sammy is doing that Gayle or Taylor or Roach could not do. calling the toss & speaking @ press conferences are very basic that any thinking cricketer can do. Gayle does pick up odd wickets in fact he has 72 of them with 4 hauls of 4 wickets or more. Gayle has a bating average of almost40. No doubt the Indians fear him especially after what he did in the IPL. he has intimidated much better bowlers than praveen Kumar & Mithun in all forms of the game.an encounter with Gayle force was sure to make them less cocky than they are right now. Taylor has 80 odd wickets including 1 century a fifty vs England Benn has 51 wickets including 5 fors against Australia & South Africa The Bowlers can set their own fields & Roach & Rampaul sure know more about batting in tests than Sammy does.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Sammy might not be the most talented bowler in the Carribean, but by God he's been making good from what he's got. If only players like Bravo, Gayle and Pollard shared his passion and commitment to the team.

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | June 29, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    i think there is no douby that sammy is doing more than well as a captain see the captains like lara,walsh,hooper,chaders, sars, they have given nothing to the WI but worries. centuries and wickets for personal reasons are not important. it is the attitude that brings you victories and pride. and i think sammy will bring both these things back to the carribean just give him enough time. the previous captais have spoiled the west indies cricket for the last 20 years and sammy has not led even for a complete years and people are charging him of incompetency . this is ridiculous.give sammy enough time he will bring so much back to the carribean.he has better average and economy rate as a bowler than your so called leaders of the attack in test cricket. he has got 4 five wicket hauls in 15 tests whereas taylor, roche and rampaul together dont have 4 five wicket hauls in about 50 tests dont you see the records???????

  • POSTED BY ShilajitBava on | June 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Give Dhoni time mates, he wil come good! Sammy is a Great leader of men!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Desmond Haynes must get into these young batsmen head that there is a difference between test cricket and one day cricket. Barath is playing as if he is in a hurry and Simmons pushing at the ball rather that wait for the ball to come to him. A stint in England would be good where the ball tend to move about. Chesney Hughes is doing well for Derbyshire. He should be considered for a future opening slot. Batsmen 1,2, and 3 has to learn to leave the ball early in an inning.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Wi would be more competitive if ONLY the batmen could score runs! Bishoo on the other hand is certainly a find!

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | June 29, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Dhoni in Test Cricket is no different from Sammy as both are in the Team only as captains. With Dravid back in good form and likely to be playing Test Cricket for 2 more years we must get him back as Captain and play Dinesh Karthick as wicket-keeper instead of Dhoni.And have Virat Kohli succeed Dravid after 2 years by which time Virat would have learned to cope with the bowling in Test Cricket.Dhoni has no place in the Indian test team and he should stick to ODI and Twenty 20 where one can use the cricket bat as club.It is indeed pathetic to see Dhoni struggling in Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY jagan77 on | June 29, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @werner bloomberg : You are spot on buddy. You do have good cricketing knowledge and sense.

  • POSTED BY backwardpoint on | June 29, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Surely, Badri might play better in tests where he should be more comfy with the scoring rate and settling into some rhythm? I cant imagine any rhyme or reason behind playing him in t20's and ODI's and dropping him for trests because he has a poor run in ODI's. He might be poor facing the short ball but from what I have seen of him, I am assuming that he has the technique to play in grounds like this and score a few. Surely more than the 20-30 cumulative in 3 innings that a few players have scored.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 29, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Commmon bowlers we can do it. We can bowled out WI for 101...the pitch is difficult for even Dravid, then who will hang there from WI???

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    In reply to RaiseTheBar

    "...Time to bring in a 5th bowler in Russell . . " Why another bowler? The bowlers are more than doing their job. The batting need to settledown and do the job... but please dont start thinking about Gale... The side is doing better without him... check the results ...

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Sammy is the best Captain I've seen led the West Indies and i've been watching West Indies cricket since 1986. I have never played at a high level but I know and understand the game. I know a good player when I see one. Lets starts with the West Indies. #1. Barath needs to stop trying to hit every ball and bat like a test batsman. #2. Simmons is not a test batsman sorry but he's not. Now when a good batsman is batting you as a fan can go and get a bite to eat knowing that he will be batting when you get back. With Simmons you don't get that feeling. This may seem funny but it's true. He looks like he would get out at any time.#3. Bravo may look like Lara but he's no lara ..Lara at 21 would have already had 2-3 centuries this season off this Pakistan and Indian Bowling attack. #4 Sarwan is a flat wicket player and is not any better than he was 10 years ago. # 5 Samuels needs to enjoy his cricket...he needs to loosen up. Marlon needs to be told that player who enjoy the game get runs

  • POSTED BY SPS1 on | June 29, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Responding to point made by Stos - Having a leg-spinner in the team should be mandatory - I too feel that Mishra was unlucky to miss out. On a wicket where there is considerable bounce and is quick, Mishra would have enjoyed it. But with Harbhajan in the side, there is no room for a leg spinner on these kind of wickets. Will be interesting to see how Harbhajan fares in England and later in the year in Australia. These 2 series could well decide if Harbhajan is becoming more like Vettori - can rely on with the bat, but wickets column drying up with his limited bowling - or continues to take wickets by adding more variety to this bowling

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    I would like to see WI gain a lead but some how I doubt that they will. Credit to the bowlers in this series. The batting is consistantly failing, perhaps Whole sale changes are needed i/e bringing Gale back. How long do you keep batsmen that consistantly fail? perhaps some of them dont have the ability to improve. Some of these batsmen havent been consistant in years... I would like to see Simmons take over as keeper and bat at 7 or 8 and Gale returning to open..

  • POSTED BY Johnjoy on | June 29, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Bring in Badri...!!! We need him ...he like to bat under pressure situation..!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    I'M happy for Sammy, what a relieve.He is a competitor.Kholi is a typical Indian batter, A dead sucker to genuine pace & accurate short pitch bowling. Of course with the exception of THE GREAT SUNIL GAVASKAR, What a batsman!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    if wi is to get any lead and to gon to win this game shiv and sars will be the ones to do so.

  • POSTED BY RaiseTheBar on | June 28, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    WI bowlers gear up! You will have to win this one with the bat also. Time to bring in a 5th bowler in Russell . . .

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | June 28, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    I think time to give Parthiv a go at opening in 3rd Test. Neither Mukund nor Vijay inspire any confidence. I think Ind may regret dropping Mishra. These low scoring Test matches in WI (both against PAK and Ind) thus far kept the interest in Tests which otherwise are bereft of high quality.

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    " He doesn't think like that. In his mind, perhaps, he couldn't connect with the previous two deliveries because he hadn't stepped down the wicket." LOLLL!! :-)

  • POSTED BY PuravDesai on | June 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Virat Kohli was not caught by the keeper :(

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | June 28, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    I feel sorry these WI bowlers. WI batsmen just give away their wickets after the hard fighting work by bowlers. WI should do something for their batting. They fail consistently.

  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 28, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I must say, that final segment with Bishoo bowling to Praveen Kumar was just about the most amusing thing I've seen in cricket for quite a while. This is why having a leg-spinner in the team should be mandatory.

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  • POSTED BY Stos on | June 28, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    I must say, that final segment with Bishoo bowling to Praveen Kumar was just about the most amusing thing I've seen in cricket for quite a while. This is why having a leg-spinner in the team should be mandatory.

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | June 28, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    I feel sorry these WI bowlers. WI batsmen just give away their wickets after the hard fighting work by bowlers. WI should do something for their batting. They fail consistently.

  • POSTED BY PuravDesai on | June 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Virat Kohli was not caught by the keeper :(

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 28, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    " He doesn't think like that. In his mind, perhaps, he couldn't connect with the previous two deliveries because he hadn't stepped down the wicket." LOLLL!! :-)

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | June 28, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    I think time to give Parthiv a go at opening in 3rd Test. Neither Mukund nor Vijay inspire any confidence. I think Ind may regret dropping Mishra. These low scoring Test matches in WI (both against PAK and Ind) thus far kept the interest in Tests which otherwise are bereft of high quality.

  • POSTED BY RaiseTheBar on | June 28, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    WI bowlers gear up! You will have to win this one with the bat also. Time to bring in a 5th bowler in Russell . . .

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    if wi is to get any lead and to gon to win this game shiv and sars will be the ones to do so.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    I'M happy for Sammy, what a relieve.He is a competitor.Kholi is a typical Indian batter, A dead sucker to genuine pace & accurate short pitch bowling. Of course with the exception of THE GREAT SUNIL GAVASKAR, What a batsman!

  • POSTED BY Johnjoy on | June 29, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    Bring in Badri...!!! We need him ...he like to bat under pressure situation..!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    I would like to see WI gain a lead but some how I doubt that they will. Credit to the bowlers in this series. The batting is consistantly failing, perhaps Whole sale changes are needed i/e bringing Gale back. How long do you keep batsmen that consistantly fail? perhaps some of them dont have the ability to improve. Some of these batsmen havent been consistant in years... I would like to see Simmons take over as keeper and bat at 7 or 8 and Gale returning to open..