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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  • Nikhil 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.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 14:33 GMT

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

  • Sam` 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.

  • Anthony 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.

  • giovaughn 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • SUNIL 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???????

  • Shilajit on June 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

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