West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 3rd day

Weakened Windies show fight

To see the home side battle on a day where many expected them to just roll over and surrender must have warmed the hearts of the fans

Sriram Veera at Windsor Park

July 8, 2011

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Rampaul not allowed to bowl on fourth day

  • Chris Broad, the match referee, has told ESPNcricinfo that Ravi Rampaul will not be allowed to bowl on the fourth day of the Test after he missed the whole of the third day because of a viral infection. In accordance with ICC regulations, Rampaul must spend as much time on the field as he missed before he can bowl, which means he will only be eligible to bowl on Sunday. Broad's assertion dispels doubts that had arisen due to a tweet from Digicel cricket that had said that the opposing captain MS Dhoni had allowed Rampaul to bowl on Saturday

They were walking wounded by the end of the day. Darren Sammy's right knee had given up, Fidel Edwards was squeezing out the ice pack, Devendra Bishoo was knackered and the fielders were tired. The physio CJ Clarke was a busy man. Yet, it was a day on which West Indies can look back and feel proud. India held the advantage at the end but they had to really sweat it out to get there.

By the end of it, Sammy was a physical wreck. His ankles were heavily taped, he could barely walk, and he was hurting all over. "I can't even tell exactly where it is hurting," Sammy said. "The pain is everywhere. We are going about our recovery. We will be fresh tomorrow, ready to battle again."

The West Indian fans must have arrived at the ground on the third day in Dominica concerned. West Indies did not have the services of an injured Ravi Rampaul and were playing with three bowlers. Two and a half if you believe Darren Sammy's critics. The fans must have wondered how the day would pan out. Perhaps India would pile on the runs and West Indian shoulders would droop. The sun was out, the clouds weren't pregnant with rain, and the fans might have fretted in anticipation of a long-day's "licks".

Sammy, though, still had faith that West Indies could bowl India out on the third day. "The belief in the bowling unit is quite high. We knew it was going to be tough, and we said that if we bowl at the right areas and create pressure there is a possibility of bowling them out. We got six wickets on a flat pitch. Kudos to the bowlers."

The bad news for West Indies is that they will have to make do with three bowlers on the fourth day as well. "The umpires have said that Rampaul can't bowl till Sunday. He has to spend the amount of time he lost back on the field in order to bowl."

After two days of rain, the track on the third day was sluggish but had no venom in it. The ball briefly swung and seamed in the morning, and West Indies took care of M Vijay and Rahul Dravid in that phase. But the movement died out with the increasing ferocity of the sun. Through the series, and even before that, Sammy and Ottis Gibson have been insisting that all is well with the West Indies bowling; it's the batting that has repeatedly let them down. Friday offered the greatest proof of that. Sure, India ended the day on a high, and have control over the game, but West Indies fought hard through the day.

The day's cricket wasn't exciting by any means but it was interesting to see an attack try to cope with the loss of a leading bowler. Once the movement evaporated from the track, West Indies' plans slowly came to the fore. To Abhinav Mukund, they packed the off side and bowled well outside off. It might have been boring to some but it was the right strategy. Abhinav kept leaving. West Indies kept bowling outside off. Slowly Abhinav started to shuffle across and tuck balls away for singles. West Indies stuck to the plan. The runs came at a slow pace and West Indies ensured India weren't running away with the game.

Darren Sammy is ecstatic after dismissing Rahul Dravid, West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 3rd day, July 8, 2011
Darren Sammy got the big wicket of Rahul Dravid early © AFP

To VVS Laxman, at one point, Sammy had a short midwicket, short square-leg and mid-on. It's a tactic the Australians have employed: try to get Laxman by making him wary of playing his favourite shots; or at least keep him tied down. West Indies were able to do the latter. Once, Laxman nearly flicked to the square-leg fielder and Sammy held his head in agony. It was clear that Laxman was aware of the field and he started to push the ball straighter, to mid-on. Deliveries on leg and middle, which he would normally whip away with glee, were being patted down to mid-on.

It was some surprise that the breakthrough eventually came from Devendra Bishoo, for he was the worst of the regular bowlers on Friday. The control over length deserted him and he was often short. Sammy then made him go around the wicket and bowl outside leg to Laxman. Again that short midwicket and square-leg hovered around. The runs came in a trickle. Suddenly, Bishoo got one to turn, bounce and stop on Abhinav, who stabbed it to short-leg.

Sammy brought on Chanderpaul, who seems to be a crowd favourite in Dominica. They gave him rousing cheers during his batting and were madly behind him when he was bowling. He moved the extra cover a few inches to the left, shifted the deep midwicket two feet to the right and the crowd loved it. And then it happened. Laxman dragged his heel in the air and was pickpocketed by Carlton Baugh, one of the real finds of this tour for West Indies. Earlier he had taken a sharp catch, standing up to the stumps and moving quickly to the leg side, to remove Virat Kohli off Sammy.

Baugh had got a half-century for West Indies on the second day, and Sammy said he was always expecting Baugh to contribute both behind the stumps and with the bat. "Baugh has worked hard on his keeping and we all know what he can do with the bat. He has 11 first-class hundreds. It was a matter of time before he contributed. His keeping through the series has been excellent. The more games he plays, the better he gets."

With Laxman's exit, India were wobbling at 172 for 5. However, West Indies were left gasping for breath, literally, in the post-tea session and the India batsmen took advantage of the tired outfit. The decision of when to use the second new ball was a tricky one and it showed in the relief-soaked cry of Sammy when Edwards removed Suresh Raina with the first delivery after it had been taken. "It was a hard decision to take the new ball. Fidel had already bowled 19 overs. I had bowled 20-plus. It was asking a lot of Fidel to come in running hard, and to get that reward immediately was quite satisfying."

At the start of the day, India would have looked to bat just one innings and try to bowl out West Indies for an innings defeat. By the end, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina were fighting to extend the lead. It's still India who hold the advantage of course but to see West Indies fight on a day where many expected them to just roll over and surrender must have warmed the hearts of the fans. And to think that West Indies were playing with two-and-a- half men. Or so they said.

Sammy ended his press conference on a note of hope. "The wicket looks quite easy to bat on. When we get another chance, hopefully we can put up our best batting display of the series."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (July 10, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

@VivGilchrist : How about taking off chanderpaul,rampaul,bravo,baugh,sammy lolss..cant your list of exemptions from team India get smaller ? hehehe ridiculous...

Posted by hvijay.1985 on (July 9, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

@ VivGilchrist : You just mentioned 4 of the 6 in the batting lineup. Why not add Dhoni and Raina too? In other words, "let's see how India play when none of their batsmen are around to save them". Sounds silly, doesn't it?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

The problem of not selecting a balanced team means that the Windies are in this position of only three bowlers for an entire innings. Darren Sammy adds nothing to the team and the Coach is defendiing that. If you leave out Sammy you can have this team available: Bharath, Simmons, Bravo, Chanderpaul, Samuels, Baugh, Russel, Rampaul, Edwards, Roach & Bishoo in that batting order. In that lineup, you have five bowlers (four pace, and a spinner). Thats a balanced team. When Shillingford comes back, there will be even more variety. Russel adds devastating batting and genuine quick bowling to the team. That is, of course if you leave out the excess baggage dictated by the WICB President. Pick that team and let them grow and develop if you are really interested in bringing back the glory. You also need to change the Coach because he hides behind the selectors. The Coach should have final say on selection, that way you make him accountable for perfrmance. Fire him if he doesnt perform!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

That's why they should have played Russell in place of Sammy he would be a better choice then you could pick the skipper from the 11.

Posted by Stos on (July 9, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I'm not sure it was entirely a matter of bowling many overs, as Edwards and Sammy seemed to pick up a couple of injuries during the day, and the need to continue bowling on would have simply aggravated this, which meant that things became worse than if they had to bowl all of those overs while in top shape. Otherwise, the kind of attitude shown here is exactly what the West Indies has been lacking through recent years. They haven't been a great team with or without Gayle and that lot, but if they want to become one this kind of attitude is probably the most important means of getting there. @Joel: Sammy's made it quite evident that he can bat, and though he's been getting out he's generally looked capable otherwise. For him, it's not so much a matter of being able to play his shots and get runs, both of which he is good at, so much as eliminating mistakes. If he can stick around, then him and Baugh could form a fairly vicious lower-middle order.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

SOME RULE! This is not a cricket related illness,and as such some discretionary power should be given to the umpires. This makes the playing field unlevell. Nonetheless a great performance by the WI.MS must be licking his lips. The rules r the rules & must be followed. Trust Ravi will be fit enough to bat.

Posted by Agni2 on (July 9, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

@Ambrose Alexander - Stop the belly aching, please. Unfortunate for the West Indies about Rampaul but rules are rules. Doesn't matter if it's India or the West Indies but if a bowler isn't on the field, he can't bowl. WI took a gamble of playing an extra batsman and only played 4 front line bowlers... Bad idea esp. with no part-timers who can bowl 10-15 overs in a day. If India lost a front-line bowler, they would have Raina and Kohli pick up the slack. You rolled the dice, you lost, now deal with it...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

"Weakened" windies ?...Oh yea Rampaul is like Mc.Grath and windies is weakened by his absence...What a silly page !

Posted by VivGilchrist on (July 9, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Looking forward to watching India when VVS, SRT, Dravid, and Sehwag aren't there to save them. Bring it on.

Posted by Metman on (July 9, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Well done Carlton Baugh,yr knock and keeping should push all of yr detractors further down into the woodwork .Looking forward to seeing some ridiculous and silly comments from riverlime and ranpath before they too revert back to the comforts of the woodwork as far as pushing for Ramdins' comeback is concerned. Well done too,Sammy!With theJamaican members on the WICB and the JCB silent on the Gayle issue.,with the WICB,the capt.and the coach not budging,..with Sarwan on his way to Hollywood,sorry! Miami, with Dwayne Bravo outsmarting himself,and with the WICB not relying on crowd support nowadays to fill its' coffers,it looks as though Sammy will be retained as capt.for the next 3 series at least.Is it true that Sulieman Benn was sent off the field because he challenged and disrespected his capt.?Was that capt.a person by the name of Christipher Henry Gayle ? just checking!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

What has the fans got to be pleased about the Indians are going to win anyway or they'll draw it & that's that.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 8:41 GMT)

all the critics only want a chance to criticize Sammy, though he has done very well recently. He has lead a side without the big names quite formidably. Its great to see WI fighting back against no.1 test team. Go WI, go on and atleast snatch a draw here, would love to see them win, but thats expecting too much off them, a draw would be considered a win for WI !! Best of luck windies

Posted by JustIPL on (July 9, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

This series proves the might of Laxman and Dravid. They have come to rescue every now and then. It is great cause of concern that india lost 6 wickets when there was almost no west indian attack. Rampaul, the leading bowler throughout the season so far did not bowl. Mukund, though scored a fifty but consistently uncomfortaable in the middle. There was less or no short stuff on offer to him this time but he still got out to towering leg-spinner to confirm his vulnerability against short balls. Raina has been consistent and should be considered for opener spot or he will block Yuvraj's ingress into the team. Anyway, my hats off to Sammy for starting a new era in west indian cricket by leading against the slightly depleted world champions.

Posted by Sushrut-Cricketcrazy on (July 9, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

I do not understand all this hue and cry about how tired the Windies were. For God's sake it was just a single day in the field. Sub-continent players are used to lot worse in even more trying circumstances. If a bowler complains about bowling 20 overs in a day then he should not be playing test cricket. Kumble, Warne,Murali have bowled 40+ overs in an innings innumerable number of times. This is ridiculous...all this complaining.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

what I still dont get is the ridiculous rule which doesn't allow the bowler the bowl until Sunday. In the sport we all love we have all these rule changes happening all over but the common sense ones are not implemented. The guys did creditably after going down one bowler short. Just imagine if India lost one of their bowlers for one of their innings. This rule should be ammended to allow the bowler to bowl if the umpires, and both captains agree. Surely if some sort of "unfair" play is taking place then both umpires(and 3rd and 4th) and the captains will not agree to it. The guys look wounded, Sammy with some niggle in the leg, Fidel looking tired probably overworked, and so to bishoo but at least the wounded warriors fought till the end of the day's play.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

I am not sure what measures people are using to judge Darren Sammy as leader but the reality is that if you settle for mediocrity then that is what you get. There are some bright sparks in the West Indies performance but but you need a proper captain and and sensible management team.Have we got that?

Posted by ram5160 on (July 9, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

I dont want to rain on the parade here... But faster bowlers sending down 20+ overs per day is par for the course. Look at Ishant for instance, he bowled 22 of 76 overs in the 1st innings of this match and 20 out of 72 overs in the 2nd innings of the previous match, in percentage terms, thats higher. Sammy terms himself a workhorse, so what's he complaining about?

Posted by bismoy on (July 9, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Sammy has talent of school level cricket...with sammy as captain WI is gone back to Worse...Sammy would not even make it to mumbai ranji side and here he is leading a WI Side.LOL

WI Cricket must remove sammy asap....he make dhoni as alltime legend infront of him.

Posted by joel4uonly on (July 9, 2011, 5:43 GMT)

Improve your batting Sammy u r one of the best captains in the world today.... and u r t only one to captain t westindies team.... JUST THE THING IS IMPROVE UR BATTING ...thts its...

Posted by simonviller on (July 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Some keep complaining about the team selectiom ,but I see that they are trying to re-build the team by exposing the young tallent .Even though some are failing at present we still have to persist with them for a while .

Posted by SamRoy on (July 9, 2011, 5:05 GMT)

@bismoy you like most of the other so called other compatriot fans of test cricket really get on my nerves. Raina better than Ganguly! I hope you hold on that view after the end of the England test series. I am betting that Raina's habit of hanging his bat outside off stump with no foot movement is going to make his life very tough out there in England .

Posted by srini_reddy_the_all_rounder on (July 9, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

WI has an unique place in World Cricket be it their Sportsmanship or their easy going approach to the Game. In Past, they won respect of Cricket Fans all over the world not only with their game but also with their attitude. They brought a different dimension to the game that is Caribbean way of playing and enjoying the game. Even their local fans are unique in the way they enjoy the game. More or less the World Cricket has still the same respect for the WI cricket, the Local Fans has still the same support for their team, But Today's team is living in the shadows of the greater Past. The team is performing so badly that a 50+ here and there and a 20+ over bowl with out much impact is applauded as heroism. Ofcourse these efforts needs to be applaud. Hope the worst is already seen and these are small steps in the process of resurgence. On other side spare a thought for young Indian Team, they are clear winners of the day, and no mention of their efforts. Let us be fair to all.

Posted by NageshBhargavaLucknowi on (July 9, 2011, 4:31 GMT)

west indies is not that west indies team which came to india in 1984 under clive lyod that time viv richards gave masaba to india this time india should Leave Some other name ending with aba in west indies harbhajan is the perfect man to do so

Posted by xylo on (July 9, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

This series has changed my opinion about Sammy exactly 180 degrees! Maybe leaving out Gayle was the kick that the team needed?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

No matter what the outcome, WI bowlers have put up a great show. But have to agree that India is too good for them with their world class batting line-up even with the seniors missing. But very much pleased with bowling attack of WI and the manner they caused problems to India. Hope WI take this form to the future series and kudos Sammy, you are the perfect leader to this WI side.

Posted by jatindeo on (July 9, 2011, 4:00 GMT)

welcome people ...westindies is a mediocre side ..and this is a second rung Indian team with half of the original side back at home and WI having tough time dealing with them.Sharma anytime is way classy and sharp than any WI bowler .What was all that crap about bouncers ,bodyline.Feel Sharma has demonstrated how to bounce the crap out of WI batsmen..Castro's been watching...hope he picks something.Life's a long lession in humility.You show some ,you get more..

Posted by Angad11 on (July 9, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Honestly, at the end of the tour if there one person's name that i will remember then it will be Sammy. He is honest, passionate, a true professional, a good leader and his never-say-die attitude has made me his huge fan. He just keeps coming at you on and on and on and on. Unfortunately, there are not too many people like him today in cricket.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

I think Sammy is a good captain. You need not be the best player in the side to be a good captain. It is the effort and commitment he puts in which earns the respect of other players . I think WI cricket should give him some time and try and find some good batting talents which i think they are trying to do. The bowling is as good as any other team in the world now. I think we should give the top 5 WI batters a little more time. Let them get some experience at this level i am sure they all got talent and will prove it to the world. I see character and attitude in this team . i m sure they will go far if they keep it

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (July 9, 2011, 3:06 GMT)

West Indies struggled because of poor selection policies, you have to think that after a long season some of your bowlers might break down, so the decision to continue to play only four bowlers and six batsmen, none of which can bowl was ridiculous. An all rounder such as Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell or even Keiron Pollard should have played instead of Kirk Edwards. And I agree with Sujay to play two debutants at 2 and 3 batting ahead of your most experienced player in Chanderpaul is just plain stupid.

Posted by bismoy on (July 9, 2011, 2:58 GMT)

Raina again prove that he is the best batman among all younster.....He has talent,class and tempermant...He is a better version of ganguly in test.

Posted by universal.rampage on (July 9, 2011, 2:28 GMT)

Yesterday was the first time I saw WI play as a team after a really, really long time. And I have waited a real long time. I hope Gayle can come back and be a part of this. That would be great.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 1:55 GMT)

Darren Sammy is my hero. He is a true WI captain and cricketer and I will sing his praises for as long as I have breath. What a champion.. we have waited for a leader like this for a long time...someone dedicated. And slowly the players are warming to him..I see it more and more.

Darren just be yourself.

Posted by NCassie on (July 9, 2011, 1:18 GMT)

Poor team selection again by the WI selectors will cost them the series. They should of keep Simmons atleast and try one debutant, very disappointed in this eleven, India should declare after the first session and the game might be over by after tea tomorrow.

Posted by Majoreg on (July 9, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

Can tell Vilander and Dutta are India fans. Listen the writer is right. The Windies have been known to fold mentally and give up the ghost when faced with adversity like the loss of a bowler. At least there was a plan to restrict India and the bowlers kept to it in the main. Listen this a WEAK Windies batting team further weakened by the fact that its Captain has to count as an allrounder which he is clearly not. The bowling is now becoming disciplined thanks to Gibson and the the team as a whole is becoming disciplined due to the painful removal of the regulars who can't seem to get along with the coach. I totaly agree with the comments of the selections and the placing of the two debutants at 2 and 3. As to the reason for the quick scoring the West Indies was being stiffled by India and was slowly falling into Dhoni's trap of trying to preserve wickets instead of posting a score. This batting team does not have the temperament or technique to stand and defend. Attack is defence!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

Let's hope Dhoni and Harb can turn on the fireworks and declare 1/2 around lunch!

Posted by Vilander on (July 8, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

Being nice to WI is good, but i think india played well. Its afterall a test between two test playing nations, laxman, raina,mukund were very good. And dhoni contributed towards the end of the day.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

After reading this article, it seems like Sriram has been forced to write this article by someone :) Whatever WI has done today should be the least expected by any Test playing nation.

I find this WI team lacking tactical thinking, with a captain who lacks thinking on the feet. An example - I believe WI would have known by mid-period of their batting innings that Ravi is not well. Why did they start scoring so quickly and became over aggressive, which resulted in quick wicket losses? Another example - Which team would play both its debutants in No. 2 and No. 3 positions and keep Chanderpaul and Samuel for later, in a must win match to level a series?

Winning a Test is lot about strategic planning, tactical thinking, in addition to skill and temperament. Amongst these, I find, this WI team fares the best only in the skill dimension; rest dimensions are very weak. The team and the management needs significant improvement on these areas.

Posted by wifan69 on (July 8, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

shiv is love all over the world not only in the caribbean..

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