West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 5th day July 2, 2011

Sammy satisfied after batsmen step up

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Batting has been West Indies' major worry in the recent past, but an improved performance in Barbados that helped them save the second Test earned praise from their captain Darren Sammy. He admitted India - who perhaps would have chosen otherwise had Chris Gayle been playing - made a sporting declaration, perhaps keeping West Indies' fragility with the bat in mind, and that he was satisfied with the team's approach in their chase of 281 and the end result.

"We believed we had a chance of getting the target," Sammy said. "The coach outlined the stages, and by tea and with15 overs left, we were right on target. But we lost more wickets than we anticipated, and we don't have control over the weather. I think Ravi Rampaul has shown he is capable of batting for long periods. [Devendra] Bishoo as well. We never know what could have happened. I am happy that we ended with a draw and we could go to Dominica and try to level the series."

Four Tests into this season, West Indies' batting has looked frail, though there were positives in this Test. Marlon Samuels sparkled in the first innings and Darren Bravo gritted it out in the second. Samuels was fiercely focussed and Bravo promised to be the future. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the senior-most batsmen, batted for lengthy periods in both innings and Carlton Baugh, under pressure, showed excellent character in the second. Most of the pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place. A couple of tricky ones are not. Lendl Simmons hasn't looked convincing at the Test level and Ramnaresh Sarwan has continued to flounder.

"We could do much better, but at least we saw guys taking a little bit of responsibility and scoring some runs for us," Sammy said. "Samuels' innings was very good for us. He batted for a long time and had a long partnership with Shiv [Chanderpaul]. Bravo and Baugh did well in the second innings. We still have lot of room for improvement. We are not getting 300 runs on the board. If we can get runs, we can put pressure on India."

Baugh's unbeaten 46 under pressure would have warmed the cockles of West Indian hearts. It was he who increased the possibility of an unlikely victory. Bravo set it up with a very responsible knock, Chanderpaul helped it linger before his effort was cut short by an umpiring error and Baugh nearly brought it to fruition.

With regard to Chanderpaul's lbw, Sammy said: "With DRS system, these things could be avoided but that's been part of problem for long time. People will make mistakes. It's up to us."

When Baugh walked in after Chanderpaul's dismissal, the Kensington Oval was alive and buzzing. It was the best crowd of the series so far. Entry was free on the final day and by tea a fair number of people had come in. There was hope in the Caribbean air. "The way Carlton came out and batted was great. He was under pressure, and he and Bravo really steadied us. I have spoken about Bravo before. Since he made his Test debut in Sri Lanka, he has done very well. All sportsmen go through a bit of [a bad] patch. It showed his character, how he batted for team. He put us in a position where we could win or draw."

Before the Baugh-Bravo pairing got the crowd excited, West Indies batted in a measured fashion. After the openers and Sarwan had been dismissed, Chanderpaul and Bravo ensured there was no collapse. "We had a game plan. We just wanted to bat as long as possible," Sammy said. "Play normal cricket. We have batsmen who will score runs. We have boundary-hitters. So we knew that with 15 overs to go if we needed 90 runs or so with seven batsmen left, we could get to the target. Unfortunately, we lost a few wickets."

In the end, the rain helped extricate West Indies from a tricky position. Sammy was asked whether he felt West Indies can beat India. "Of course. We have to score more runs. We restrict them to low totals but they restrict us to even lower totals. Had we scored 350 in the first innings, we could have had a lead of 150 and it could have been a different ball game. We will beat India when we, as a batting unit, put up scores."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    It was a game between India and WI...and I wonder from which hell Pakistan and England entered to it!!! As we know the current status of one team, we will know the status of the other soon...pls wait for it and comment. And who criticized India for just a draw, must be in fools paradise because they do not know that with 50-70 overs/day in a test match will not produce a result. And do not know that only 3 wickets were remaining.

  • cgtboy87 on July 4, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    satisfy with a draw...no wonder we as west indies are at a new low..doni got a draw and said he was not happy....

  • Woody111 on July 4, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @Deepkar; no WI never really had a chance to win but they are at least showing signs that they are on the up. Their batting has been by far the biggest problem and there is clearly still an issue at the top of the order without Gayle. Sarwan is all at sea too. Bravo is the key for mine. If he can produce consistent runs from number 5 he is a guy the team can bat around. I'm still unsure about the pace attack but they are performing above themselves. Sammy is really not a frontline bowler and would likely get found out on flat pitches. But, to his credit, he is holding his own helped by Rampaul. Edwards and Roach in the same side could make a huge difference I think and Bishoo will only get better. The future now looks far brighter for WI.

  • mahabesh on July 3, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Windes are very lucky that the rain prevented them from getting a whitewash. I think its fair that Gayle is not playing since India is without Sachin, Sehwag, gambir, Zaheer etc. This goes to show that WI is extremely weak. WI simply needs to look for more talented and dedicated players. Our truely last talent was Lara. Where will we find a few like Curtly, Courtney, BCL ???? The future of WI looks very bleak at the moment. Its quite the opposite for India with young players like Praveen, Rohit, Ishant etc with alot of talent.

  • maddy20 on July 3, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    @Lloyd Philips Watch us beat England! I can understand your frustration and you are disappointed that you were beaten by our bench strength and you want India to lose to Englad, but it ain't gonna happen!

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    @kantipur-For your information Roach is there in the team , if they are not playing him its not our mistake ,Taylor is not better than Edwards or Rampaul so him being not there will not make any difference.Yes there is no Gayle, but then India is without their so many first choice players,while WI is just without Gayle .There are no ifs and buts in cricket, if Gibbs would have taken the catch of Steve Waugh in 1999 world cup semis ,SA would have been world champs,who knows, at the end only winning counts.About bragging no one is doing that , its just response to that Pakistani fan .About youngsters Laxman's average was just 28 in first 25 tests he played,4 years after his debut he played class innings against Aus where all other Indian batsman except Tendulkar were struggling, see what he has become after gaining experience.How can you predict that these youngsters will not become better with experience?

  • Deepkar on July 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Do u ppl think wi had chance to win? i dont think so. 98 required in 17 overs that is 102 balls not possible in test cricket even if it not wi and any other team in world even india it was impossible as balling team always have chance to set 7-2 field and ball outside off but india allways had chance to take 3 wickets In 10.4 overs even if wi was in indias place they had all chance to take 3 indian wickets in 10.4 overs. I THINK ANYONE WHO KNOWS TEST CRICKET WILL AGREE WITH ME.

  • kantipur on July 3, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    I don't know why Indian team keep saying their second string side .If that is the case, 2nd string India beat 2nd string West indies in the first test. Drew this one. I don't think there is anything to brag about as far as india is concerned. West Indies were also without Gayle, Roach and Taylor.

    And india should thank daren sammy (who don't deserve to be in the team) in the first test for dropping dravid and saving india from embarrassment. By the way, in a years time may be India will be second string side anyway when Tendulkar, Dravid, laxman retires. Nothing much is coming from youngsters.

  • ZshanKhan on July 3, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M: It's a fact that doesn't need acknowledgment. This Indian 2nd string team is about a billion miles ahead of the Pakistani team.

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M comman everyone knows that currently if there is a series between pakistan and india....India will trash pakistan very badly...have u forgotten wc semis so quickly mate??

    Its not surprising that you praise a ordinary Pakistan side.But dont underestimate "india" WC winner in ODI and no1 side in test match....

    Its a second string with main player like (Sachin,shewag and zaheer not playing).

    if zaheer was there yesterday, WI would have bowled out before tea only.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 4, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    It was a game between India and WI...and I wonder from which hell Pakistan and England entered to it!!! As we know the current status of one team, we will know the status of the other soon...pls wait for it and comment. And who criticized India for just a draw, must be in fools paradise because they do not know that with 50-70 overs/day in a test match will not produce a result. And do not know that only 3 wickets were remaining.

  • cgtboy87 on July 4, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    satisfy with a draw...no wonder we as west indies are at a new low..doni got a draw and said he was not happy....

  • Woody111 on July 4, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    @Deepkar; no WI never really had a chance to win but they are at least showing signs that they are on the up. Their batting has been by far the biggest problem and there is clearly still an issue at the top of the order without Gayle. Sarwan is all at sea too. Bravo is the key for mine. If he can produce consistent runs from number 5 he is a guy the team can bat around. I'm still unsure about the pace attack but they are performing above themselves. Sammy is really not a frontline bowler and would likely get found out on flat pitches. But, to his credit, he is holding his own helped by Rampaul. Edwards and Roach in the same side could make a huge difference I think and Bishoo will only get better. The future now looks far brighter for WI.

  • mahabesh on July 3, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Windes are very lucky that the rain prevented them from getting a whitewash. I think its fair that Gayle is not playing since India is without Sachin, Sehwag, gambir, Zaheer etc. This goes to show that WI is extremely weak. WI simply needs to look for more talented and dedicated players. Our truely last talent was Lara. Where will we find a few like Curtly, Courtney, BCL ???? The future of WI looks very bleak at the moment. Its quite the opposite for India with young players like Praveen, Rohit, Ishant etc with alot of talent.

  • maddy20 on July 3, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    @Lloyd Philips Watch us beat England! I can understand your frustration and you are disappointed that you were beaten by our bench strength and you want India to lose to Englad, but it ain't gonna happen!

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    @kantipur-For your information Roach is there in the team , if they are not playing him its not our mistake ,Taylor is not better than Edwards or Rampaul so him being not there will not make any difference.Yes there is no Gayle, but then India is without their so many first choice players,while WI is just without Gayle .There are no ifs and buts in cricket, if Gibbs would have taken the catch of Steve Waugh in 1999 world cup semis ,SA would have been world champs,who knows, at the end only winning counts.About bragging no one is doing that , its just response to that Pakistani fan .About youngsters Laxman's average was just 28 in first 25 tests he played,4 years after his debut he played class innings against Aus where all other Indian batsman except Tendulkar were struggling, see what he has become after gaining experience.How can you predict that these youngsters will not become better with experience?

  • Deepkar on July 3, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Do u ppl think wi had chance to win? i dont think so. 98 required in 17 overs that is 102 balls not possible in test cricket even if it not wi and any other team in world even india it was impossible as balling team always have chance to set 7-2 field and ball outside off but india allways had chance to take 3 wickets In 10.4 overs even if wi was in indias place they had all chance to take 3 indian wickets in 10.4 overs. I THINK ANYONE WHO KNOWS TEST CRICKET WILL AGREE WITH ME.

  • kantipur on July 3, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    I don't know why Indian team keep saying their second string side .If that is the case, 2nd string India beat 2nd string West indies in the first test. Drew this one. I don't think there is anything to brag about as far as india is concerned. West Indies were also without Gayle, Roach and Taylor.

    And india should thank daren sammy (who don't deserve to be in the team) in the first test for dropping dravid and saving india from embarrassment. By the way, in a years time may be India will be second string side anyway when Tendulkar, Dravid, laxman retires. Nothing much is coming from youngsters.

  • ZshanKhan on July 3, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M: It's a fact that doesn't need acknowledgment. This Indian 2nd string team is about a billion miles ahead of the Pakistani team.

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M comman everyone knows that currently if there is a series between pakistan and india....India will trash pakistan very badly...have u forgotten wc semis so quickly mate??

    Its not surprising that you praise a ordinary Pakistan side.But dont underestimate "india" WC winner in ODI and no1 side in test match....

    Its a second string with main player like (Sachin,shewag and zaheer not playing).

    if zaheer was there yesterday, WI would have bowled out before tea only.

  • Stos on July 3, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    @Indian_glory: You can't have been watching the same test match that I was if you're claiming that the West Indies never once looked like they could make a fight of this match. They looked very much capable of winning it or coming close to doing so, and then lost a couple of wickets to bad light, at which point the game was called off.

  • CandidIndian on July 3, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Ayaz Noor M -You are not making any sense at all,130 overs were lost in the match ,along with that 10.4 overs were left when play stopped and India was only 3 wickets away from victory.If WI would have saved the match by fighting hard or something like that one can say that they did well to save a match against no1 team,but that didnt happen, its because of rain WI managed to get off.If you are criticizing there should be some logic in that,criticism just for the sake of it does not make any sense as i mentioned earlier.Tomorrow you will say India are no 1 so why they took 5 days to beat WI,they should have done it in two days.

  • Silloh on July 3, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Batting disciplne displayed encouraging to WI fans. Moving in the right direction Sammy, but you need to consider changing your batting approach in the tests as well.Big mistake by the umpire on Chanderpaul . Sarwan's confidence seem to have been lost it a bit . If only we can have Chris Gayle as one of the openers for the next test , our chances to level the seies will be greater . Also, we need to find room for Roach and Russell and for his batting, the latter may be the better pick.

  • SnowSnake on July 3, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Indian fast bowling is pretty impressive in recent times, and actually Indian batsmen are better in playing fast bowling than opponents. Indian bowlers kicked butt of SA in 2nd test, and are currently averaging better than WI fast bowlers in current series. If Indian batting against fast bowling is poor then SA and WI batting against Indian fast bowling is poorer. Not to mention that fast bowling attack in current WI series is younger and relatively new. Ishant at 27 will be the most lethal fast bowler in the world.

  • on July 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    @cricinme, would you care mentioning when and where did Sammy "acknowledged that this Indian team was better that the full strength Pakistan team that toured earlier?"

  • on July 3, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    oh please its not WI who chose to play your second string (or as someone else said third string) team, its their injuries due to excessive cricket & their preference of playing IPL over going with national side that made them unavailable. credit is due for WI, dont take it away by saying that they could only draw against your second string team. it is an honour for them to draw a game against no.1 team, they would consider it a win, while the opposite of honor for India to let it slip so easily. and your captain said "no reason to be disappointed" wow, also see what Indian fans are commenting in that article.

  • on July 3, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    look 2 nd string or not india play their best and i am still convince that india will not beat england with their best 11 the way the are playing they still cannot play the fast bowling apart from sachin/sewag/and dravid /the rest cannot play genuine pace beating england in england at home wont be easy at all it is time the w.i selectors understand that they cannot beat any 1 with the side they keep playing u have to play 6 genuine batsmen 3 pacers 1 spinner to have a chance my team will be gayle /barrat/bravo/sarwan/chanderpaul samuels /simmons as wk.bats bissoo/ramphal/roach /edwardsr taylor /gayle will be my 5th bowler our problem is the batting to all those who never like lara it is showing how important he was to this team ih many ways when he was there he took rabbits and make them batsmen who do we have now to do that no 1 at the moment the w.i.p.a need to tell these players they need to step up to the plate only when they start to perform will the grounds will be full

  • Rex_Da_King on July 3, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @Keithnoel India are without 5 (five) of their first choice XI.(The XI that defeated SA in Durban and drew the series) Sehwag Gambhir Tendulkar Zaheer Sreesanth

    Zaheer will replace Praveen and Sreesanth will replace Mithun

    So yes, India are heavily weakened in terms of batting as well as bowling might.

    It's NOT even stevens. I understand WI are missing Gayle and Bravo but that's unfortunate. Don't talk about Kieron Pollard- exactly how many Tests has he played and how many 50s has he scored? The same goes to Andre Russell although I'd like to see him play in the 3rd Test.

    In my opinion, WI are missing Gayle, Bravo and Roach.

    In the end, there are only XI blokes that play on the field. How will WI include all of them?

    Gayle should replace Simmons and Dwayne Bravo should replace Sarwan but where will you place Roach/Russell?

    Let me put it up again- India are missing players of legendary quality. WI are only missing Gayle and Bravo.

  • indian_glory on July 3, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    @ayaz:dude in case u did not noticed only 4 out of the regular 11 are a prt of the side...it is not a second string but a third string side...still not for once did the westindies look like they kud make a fyt of this match..130 overs were lost in this match...and still india were on the verge of victory...and as far as numbers are concerned: tests - india no.1 pak no.6 (3 batsmen in top 10 for india 0 for pak)(3 bowlers in top 10 for india 0 for pak)(1 allrounder in top 10 0 for pak) odi- india no.2 pak no.6(2 batsmen in top 10 for india and 0 for pak)(1bowler for pak 0 for india)(1 allrounder or india 2 for pak)note:indias allrounder won us the world cup and ur allrounder has been dropped from the team. i have loved pakistani cricket when we had saeed anwar and inzi playing even wasim and shoaib...but to be true that tym is gone...ur team is in disaaray...it wud be gud if u support ur team rather criticising others...cheers...

  • fredie on July 3, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    @keithnoel indians youngsters have performed well than WI .see stats man. praveen kumar got around 8 wickets in 2 tests. Mukund was far better than fiedel edwards. Raina has also performed well enough(playing just his 10th test).Even in ODI's rohit and virat were sensational . It augurs well for India than WI .Pollard a test batsman are u kidding? only thing they missed was gayle. But even indians didn't had viru,sachin,gambhir,zaheer.So Overall good perfomance from youngesters considering how the pitches in test were far from the liking of indians youngsters.

  • SamAlex2 on July 3, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @Ayaz will nominate you for a fair & balanced post of the year award. seriously, are you blind to the fact that overs were lost due to rain? You have to find a reason to berate India, don't you? They won the t20, 1 day series and are expected to win the test series. what more do you want? Just enjoy the cricket and keep aside your anti-India blinkers.

  • Anurag-A on July 3, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @Keithnoel: Can you count mate? Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer makes it 4 not 3, leaving sreesanth out of this as I don't consider him a regular as yet. As for Windies only regular missing from their test side is Gayle, no one else from the list you've mentioned has proven himself at the test level. I think the youngsters from both sides would agree they could do a lot better. Bravo and Kohli are both good prospects, Bravo is a little farther but he has also played a little more. Mishra has been blowing hot and cold, Bishoo has certainly been more consistent. Beginning of the end of dynasty? what dynasty? India will decline, no doubt, sooner or later everybody does, and its good for the game. What'll happen in England remains to be seen. England will underestimate India at their own peril though, and I don't believe for a moment they are.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor It was rain and the bad light that prevented this second sting Indian team a victory. But i guess it wasn't bad than how your Pak team got beaten

  • K.noel on July 3, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Bismoy, this was India's "second string' team? With Dravid and Dhoni and VVS and the pace attack? As I see it India were missing about 3 of their regulars, and WI were without Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and their new sensation Russell. Even stevens? So what do we really have? A matchup where a WI suffering from poor management decisions play with a team minus some starsand prove themselves competitive against an Indian side missing some of its stars. It seems to me that the youngsters coming off the WI 'bench' seem to be outshining those coming off the Indian bench. The beginning of the end of the dynasty?

  • cricinme on July 3, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    A very good test match was this. Hats off to the Caribbean crowd. All Indians love you.

  • cricinme on July 3, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    @Ayaz yes even Sammy has acknowledged that this Indian team was better that the full strength Pakistan team that toured earlier.

  • on July 3, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe can score 700 runs if they don't lose wickets.

  • yocasi on July 3, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    C'mon, Burbon! Windies record with Gayle as skipper reads as follows: 20 tessts played, 3 wins, 8 draws, 9 losses. With that history, what difference was he likely to make? Gayle is always good for 30-40 runs off 18-26 balls. Is that the stuff match-winning test openers are made of?

  • on July 3, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @bismoy, see the numbers mate, Pakistan is NOT no.1, its only no.6, so loosing from no.7 is not that much of a shocker anyway. dhoni vvs dravid were there, still you're crying about second string team?

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Only god can able to comprehend what Sammy is doing in a National team,he would not been picked in Mumbai ranji side.

    Please drop Sammy...Its awful to see a national side captain having skill of school level.

    But then WI being WI drops gayle and make sammy as captain.LOL

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M yes but still better than Pakistan who get beaten by no. 7 team while india playing with second string side still able to draw....

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    wow World No. 7 test team is able to get a draw with World No. 1 test team. No.1 couldnt beat no.7 team! WOW so much for the pride of being no.1!

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    it was rain which spoiled and nothing other than that..windies had to chase a target of 350..thats was always on the cards

  • Stos on July 3, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    It's unfortunate that the match ended up with bad light, as it was shaping up for quite an interesting finish. It's probably good that the umpires did call it off in the end, however, as the West Indian batsmen clearly couldn't get a clear view of the ball at the time. The West Indies batting lineup looked quite promising here, chasing what would be a high target for them on this pitch, the main problem seeming to be that they're still gelling and, while most of them seem quite capable of getting runs, they're not yet firing as a unit. Here they did to a greater extent than previously, though. Baugh's innings was nice, and hopefully it will ease the pressure which he must be feeling given prior performances. Both openers look capable, and they'll probably get better with more test experience. The important thing, I suppose, is that they're improving, although they'll probably still have a bit of a learning curve to climb if they face a strong bowling attack like South Africa's.

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Dream on ..Sammy Dream on...Castles in the sand

  • Burbon on July 3, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    At least Sammy's admitting one thing ,what a difference Christopher Gayle's presence makes ....

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  • Burbon on July 3, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    At least Sammy's admitting one thing ,what a difference Christopher Gayle's presence makes ....

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Dream on ..Sammy Dream on...Castles in the sand

  • Stos on July 3, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    It's unfortunate that the match ended up with bad light, as it was shaping up for quite an interesting finish. It's probably good that the umpires did call it off in the end, however, as the West Indian batsmen clearly couldn't get a clear view of the ball at the time. The West Indies batting lineup looked quite promising here, chasing what would be a high target for them on this pitch, the main problem seeming to be that they're still gelling and, while most of them seem quite capable of getting runs, they're not yet firing as a unit. Here they did to a greater extent than previously, though. Baugh's innings was nice, and hopefully it will ease the pressure which he must be feeling given prior performances. Both openers look capable, and they'll probably get better with more test experience. The important thing, I suppose, is that they're improving, although they'll probably still have a bit of a learning curve to climb if they face a strong bowling attack like South Africa's.

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    it was rain which spoiled and nothing other than that..windies had to chase a target of 350..thats was always on the cards

  • on July 3, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    wow World No. 7 test team is able to get a draw with World No. 1 test team. No.1 couldnt beat no.7 team! WOW so much for the pride of being no.1!

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @Ayaz Noor M yes but still better than Pakistan who get beaten by no. 7 team while india playing with second string side still able to draw....

  • bismoy on July 3, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Only god can able to comprehend what Sammy is doing in a National team,he would not been picked in Mumbai ranji side.

    Please drop Sammy...Its awful to see a national side captain having skill of school level.

    But then WI being WI drops gayle and make sammy as captain.LOL

  • on July 3, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @bismoy, see the numbers mate, Pakistan is NOT no.1, its only no.6, so loosing from no.7 is not that much of a shocker anyway. dhoni vvs dravid were there, still you're crying about second string team?

  • yocasi on July 3, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    C'mon, Burbon! Windies record with Gayle as skipper reads as follows: 20 tessts played, 3 wins, 8 draws, 9 losses. With that history, what difference was he likely to make? Gayle is always good for 30-40 runs off 18-26 balls. Is that the stuff match-winning test openers are made of?

  • on July 3, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe can score 700 runs if they don't lose wickets.