West Indies v India, 3rd Test, Dominica, 5th day July 10, 2011

Gutsy Chanderpaul denies India

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West Indies 204 (Baugh 60, Bravo 50, Ishant 5-77) and 322 (Chanderpaul 116, K Edwards 110, Harbhajan 4-75) drew with India 347 (Dhoni 74, Abhinav 62, F Edwards 5-103) and 94 for 3 (Vijay 45, Dravid 34*)
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India will have to wait until 2016 to win more than one Test in a series in the Caribbean - a feat they've never achieved and were denied this time due to a resistance led by their West Indian tormentor-in-chief Shivnarine Chanderpaul. He grafted his way to a 23rd Test century and was supported by Fidel Edwards in a decisive 37-over grind that made India rue their lack of effectiveness with the ball.

Even though Chanderpaul's partners failed to match his patience and eventually conceded their wickets to set a target of 180 in 47 overs, timely breakthroughs in the chase meant India's priorities switched from forcing a win to securing their 1-0 lead. A day that began with the visitors in complete control, ended with West Indies achieving parity thanks, fittingly, to a batsman who became their most-capped Test player in this match.

India's late inroads on the fourth day, the fortuitous wicket of Darren Sammy - caught at short leg off a deflection from his chest - on the fifth morning and the subsequent run-out of Ravi Rampaul boosted their chances of wrapping up the game quickly. But Chanderpaul blocked out one end completely. He saw off the seamers with ease, driving and clipping them away for runs early and displaying solid defence and farming the strike when Edwards joined him. Unshakeable at one end, he forced the Indian bowlers to turn their focus completely towards Edwards, whose vigil guided Chanderpaul through to another landmark.

Chanderpaul had been dropped on 25 by Rahul Dravid on the fourth day and offered another chance in his 90s - a brief phase where was troubled by the turn and Harbhajan Singh's round-the-wicket line. He edged Harbhajan a couple of times past slip, once very narrowly past Dravid but reached his century with a tickle off Ishant Sharma and celebrated with a ritual kiss to the Windsor Park surface, much to the joy of a raucous Sunday crowd in the venue's first ever Test.

India's seamers shone for much of the series, including the first innings where they kept probing away, but they faltered today in good batting conditions. They didn't vary their lengths, and bowled too short: Ishant had the better of Sammy thrice in this series by pitching the ball on a length, but rarely did that today; instead, in his very first over, he was slashed for two boundaries. Munaf Patel roughed up Edwards early in his innings, whacking him on the ear when he missed a hook, but the bowlers repeated the dose too often after the batsman had learnt his lesson. Spin was India's hope, with the ball spitting on the odd occasion and though it yielded success, it came long after India desired it.

While Chanderpaul weathered most of the bowling, Edwards, who arrived with the lead just 113, showed he was adept at handling the short-ball barrage, knocking them down off the back foot, swaying out of the way quickly and showing the full face to both the seamers and Harbhajan when they bowled fuller. When Praveen Kumar found a bit of reverse, he drove him through the line after getting to the pitch, and negotiated the turn and bounce despite a cluster of close-in fielders on the leg side. He offered India hope, however, with some needless extravagance. He smashed a slower one from Ishant over mid-off and swung another over midwicket. Having got away on a couple of occasions, he was third time unlucky when Suresh Raina forced another loose shot to mid-off. Devendra Bishoo edged a catch to slip shortly after, leaving Chanderpaul stranded when he'd have been hoping to frustrate India further.

Edwards' performance did fire him up however, and he bowled with fierce pace, and got dangerous swing with the new ball. Abhinav Mukund was trapped in front first ball, playing across the line and Dravid was unsettled by some scorchers that he erred by playing at. He survived a stormy first spell with M Vijay, who put India on course with fluent batting in conditions that considerably eased out after tea.

Singles were easy to come by, and the bad balls were comfortably dispatched. Vijay took Sammy for a couple of boundaries, including one that was off his favourite swing over midwicket, while Dravid punished Bishoo's half-tracker first up, prompting the bowler to switch to a round-the-wicket line outside leg stump. That had an effect on Vijay, who, after playing out five such deliveries in an over, felt the urge to employ a cross-batted heave off Ravi Rampaul's first ball of a new spell. He miscued it to mid-on, but the chase was still on with Raina promoted up the order. Though he infused the innings with some urgency, running smartly between the wickets, his stay, and India's hopes of a successful chase, ended when he scooped a catch back to Rampaul. The captains ended the game at the first opportunity just before the mandatory 15 overs began.

In the end, MS Dhoni was satisfied with a 1-0 result, but could India have rounded off with a stronger statement of intent ahead of a tougher assignment in England? For West Indies, too, this was a satisfactory end. The start of the season was marred by the spat between senior players, including Chris Gayle, and the board. But a Test win over Pakistan led by their under-pressure captain Sammy, two draws against India secured from positions of weakness, the rise of Rampaul, the successful return of Edwards, the impressive debut of Kirk Edwards and Chanderpaul's evergreen reliability were all welcome results.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • HSAF on July 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @m_ilind: "Dravid as usual, was intent on drawing the match" - i don't think he was in the intention to draw it until Raina left and Laxman came and informed the decision of Dhoni. Have u watched the match? Have u noted the way Dravid played along with Vijay (after their intial struggle)? Have u seen how he handled Bishoo and forced him to move to Around the side to bowl? and of course, have u watched the close-in fielders (on both sides of him) got hit by him and forced them back to move away to stop him? - Do u think all this is for a Draw. i don't think so.

    Also - "he dropped a sitter of Chanderpaul early on" - Its part of the game, for ex: If Sammy had taken Dravid on second inn. of First test, we won't even a lead of 1-0. And 11th wicket's (Bishoo) tough catch has been caught by Dravid on this match, otherwise it wouldn't have even finished at that stage (who knows they would have put on another 50 partnership) - Stop false encountering a Legend.

  • mohsin9975 on July 12, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Does anyone know about indias bowling overrate in 3rd test?Dhoni was at the brink of being dropped on that basis in his next test. Secondly, this series reiterated the importance of udrs and its use in eyery test and odi. Even the umpire who replaced harper made mistakes and proved that dhoni and bcci s call for improvement of umpiring standards was the height of stupidity. Umpires are humans.

  • rashidnehal on July 11, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Same pitches, more or less same weather conditions and same opponent... Pak Vs WI: Test - Pak won 1 out of 2. ODI - Pak won 3 out of 5. Ind Vs WI: Test - Ind won 1 out of 3. ODI - Ind won 3 out of 5. Who is BETTER......

  • m_ilind on July 11, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Had Vijay hung around longer, the match could have been interesting as he was showing positive intent. Dravid as usual, was intent on drawing the match. Moreover, he dropped a sitter of Chanderpaul early on, else the result could have been different. This spoilt all the good work put in by the team in the previous four days. Atleast, they are not blaming the weather this time!

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    remove fletcher and dhoni if india want to be force again.not chasing the total does not justify India to be ranked number 1

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I do not know why India did not go for win or made an attempt at all. In this era of 20 20 not chasing 180 in 47 overs surprises me a lot. I am following Cricket from late 1970's.Three matches involving India against Pak and WI immediately comes into my mind. India was at the receiving end on all three matches. At Karachi Pakistan chased India's target of 165 in 33 overs in the last session of Match when everyone thought India will save the match without any fuss. In 1983 at Jamaica, when match was heading for draw, Andy Roberts cleaned up last 3 wkts of India in no time before tea.WI chased down the target of around 175 successfully in just 26/27 Overs through some lasty hitting from King Richards and everyone was hitting 6s with ease.On thinking about those matches, I cannot able to digest the way India gave up the chase so easily.It is not worth being no.1 without ominating your opponent.Dhoni is too defensive. There is no need to play 3 tests or 4 or 5 tests if you are not wish 2

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @flyingmachine, seems you ate more sour grapes, WICB or ICC never forced India to send 2nd strength team. BTW WI is ranked 7 and they were also dented by absence of Bravo,Taylor and Gayle. SO NO MORE ARGUMENTS. JUST INDIA is NOT WINDIES of 80s or OZ of 2000s. VERY VERY SIMPLE

  • nickydude on July 11, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Like every captain specifically, in India has a shelf life, seems this will trigger Dhoni's downtrend. It started with the 2007 20-20 win, consolidated for nxt 3 yrs with fresh emphatic wins & peaked with the WC win, he thinks that he can get away with the public/selectors, but this overconfidence will surely bring him back to earth, incase you lose in England. Already there must be a few heartburns appearing in the dressing room, on his over reliance on Raina, even though he does not disappoint. It seems so obvious now, need a bowling change, u see Raina! ( even though Kohli, etc have shown that they can also chance their decently), batting accleration - you see Raina! mid pitch discussions- Raina!...Lol...

  • matbhuvi on July 11, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    My wait for a ruthless, hungry indian team continues...It is not the first time team India has shyed away from modest challenge. It has happened under the helm of Azhar, Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly. Now it continues under Dhoni.

  • Manoj1234 on July 11, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Also consider that without rain, the score would be 3-0 in India's favour. Why risk a game which has been already delayed by rain. No need for heroics. Manoj

  • HSAF on July 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    @m_ilind: "Dravid as usual, was intent on drawing the match" - i don't think he was in the intention to draw it until Raina left and Laxman came and informed the decision of Dhoni. Have u watched the match? Have u noted the way Dravid played along with Vijay (after their intial struggle)? Have u seen how he handled Bishoo and forced him to move to Around the side to bowl? and of course, have u watched the close-in fielders (on both sides of him) got hit by him and forced them back to move away to stop him? - Do u think all this is for a Draw. i don't think so.

    Also - "he dropped a sitter of Chanderpaul early on" - Its part of the game, for ex: If Sammy had taken Dravid on second inn. of First test, we won't even a lead of 1-0. And 11th wicket's (Bishoo) tough catch has been caught by Dravid on this match, otherwise it wouldn't have even finished at that stage (who knows they would have put on another 50 partnership) - Stop false encountering a Legend.

  • mohsin9975 on July 12, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Does anyone know about indias bowling overrate in 3rd test?Dhoni was at the brink of being dropped on that basis in his next test. Secondly, this series reiterated the importance of udrs and its use in eyery test and odi. Even the umpire who replaced harper made mistakes and proved that dhoni and bcci s call for improvement of umpiring standards was the height of stupidity. Umpires are humans.

  • rashidnehal on July 11, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Same pitches, more or less same weather conditions and same opponent... Pak Vs WI: Test - Pak won 1 out of 2. ODI - Pak won 3 out of 5. Ind Vs WI: Test - Ind won 1 out of 3. ODI - Ind won 3 out of 5. Who is BETTER......

  • m_ilind on July 11, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Had Vijay hung around longer, the match could have been interesting as he was showing positive intent. Dravid as usual, was intent on drawing the match. Moreover, he dropped a sitter of Chanderpaul early on, else the result could have been different. This spoilt all the good work put in by the team in the previous four days. Atleast, they are not blaming the weather this time!

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    remove fletcher and dhoni if india want to be force again.not chasing the total does not justify India to be ranked number 1

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    I do not know why India did not go for win or made an attempt at all. In this era of 20 20 not chasing 180 in 47 overs surprises me a lot. I am following Cricket from late 1970's.Three matches involving India against Pak and WI immediately comes into my mind. India was at the receiving end on all three matches. At Karachi Pakistan chased India's target of 165 in 33 overs in the last session of Match when everyone thought India will save the match without any fuss. In 1983 at Jamaica, when match was heading for draw, Andy Roberts cleaned up last 3 wkts of India in no time before tea.WI chased down the target of around 175 successfully in just 26/27 Overs through some lasty hitting from King Richards and everyone was hitting 6s with ease.On thinking about those matches, I cannot able to digest the way India gave up the chase so easily.It is not worth being no.1 without ominating your opponent.Dhoni is too defensive. There is no need to play 3 tests or 4 or 5 tests if you are not wish 2

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @flyingmachine, seems you ate more sour grapes, WICB or ICC never forced India to send 2nd strength team. BTW WI is ranked 7 and they were also dented by absence of Bravo,Taylor and Gayle. SO NO MORE ARGUMENTS. JUST INDIA is NOT WINDIES of 80s or OZ of 2000s. VERY VERY SIMPLE

  • nickydude on July 11, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Like every captain specifically, in India has a shelf life, seems this will trigger Dhoni's downtrend. It started with the 2007 20-20 win, consolidated for nxt 3 yrs with fresh emphatic wins & peaked with the WC win, he thinks that he can get away with the public/selectors, but this overconfidence will surely bring him back to earth, incase you lose in England. Already there must be a few heartburns appearing in the dressing room, on his over reliance on Raina, even though he does not disappoint. It seems so obvious now, need a bowling change, u see Raina! ( even though Kohli, etc have shown that they can also chance their decently), batting accleration - you see Raina! mid pitch discussions- Raina!...Lol...

  • matbhuvi on July 11, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    My wait for a ruthless, hungry indian team continues...It is not the first time team India has shyed away from modest challenge. It has happened under the helm of Azhar, Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly. Now it continues under Dhoni.

  • Manoj1234 on July 11, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Also consider that without rain, the score would be 3-0 in India's favour. Why risk a game which has been already delayed by rain. No need for heroics. Manoj

  • on July 11, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    This was a disgusting performance. If allowing WI to post such a huge total was a shame, then not even making an attempt to chase down 180 in 47 overs was utterly disgraceful. In an age where even reqd rates of 8 or 9 per over are easily achieved, an asking rate of under 4, even in a test match shud not have been a huge challenge. Yet India didnt even make an attempt. That too against such a weak and toothless team like WI. I feel they(Indians) have a strong theory for such situations - play for draw. This was evident in the last day of the 3rd test against SA also. Even Sehwag was playing for a draw. Ridiculous. India's no.1 ranking is akin to "one eyed man is the king in the land of blind".

  • debashisgamma on July 11, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    I stayed up till 2:30 am last night in anticipation of what could have been and what should have been a thrilling finish to what had till that point been a brilliant game.But what a huge anti climax.I must concede myself disappointed.I have always been a fan of Dravid.But these days his batting is like watching a tired man at work.He bats the same way in every situation and that is not an intelligent way to play the game for someone of his experience.He just does not have a second gear any more.For him its just "Plan A or the Highway".And as for MSD,i think that Indian cricket has come of age under his leadership.But its high time for him to realize that playing safe and chickening out does not suit the world's number 1 test team.I would have understood if Dhoni had promoted himself or Virat and then given up.But with these to still in the ranks relinquishing the quest was utterly negative.In the end,India failed to score at 3 runs per over for crying out loud.Hope things change vs Eng

  • BravoBravo on July 11, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Despite of being #1 in Test, and WC2011 holder, team India has not shown any spine to go for Win. It was a shameful day for Cricket. The same thing happened recently (SA vs India) when the high-rated player SRT (India) was focussed on his batting average was remain 14 no and India lost by an innings against SA.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 11, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Am I the only that thinks Dhoni did the sensible thing? My word the reaction from Indian fans has been harsh. Team India were protecting their 1-0 lead, and in all probability would have lost wickets along the way to chasing down the total which was basically a run a ball. Dhoni played the percentages and protected his asset. It probably isn't the type of cricket the format needs but it is forgivable.

  • HSAF on July 11, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Yes, Of course, Dhoni would have tried to force to win by sending Kohli, himself & Harbajhan ahead of Laxman. So that even if three of them falls after a blast or cheaply, Dravid and Laxman can draw the match or win them as of the situation of those three wickets. Or alteast with Dravid and Laxman on middle, he should have continued the play for Dravid's 61st Fifty (who is close to Bradman record of 63 fifty) and Laxman to score some more runs in the innings. What a self disbeliever Dhoni is in this match?

  • Silverbails on July 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    So, when are the No. 1 Test Team in the World going to win a series in the WI with a SECOND win in ANY Test series?

    Shame that such a terrific chance went bagging. You certainly wouldn't have needed to have given any of the great WI teams of past a second invitation to try for a win when one clearly was there clearly for the taking!!

    I mean, for a team with such batting in depth, why the fear?

    No, it was a very disappointing day for Team India, despite what Fletcher has stated about a "difficult" batting pitch. Surely, that's what true Test cricketing character of a Team is all about?!?!

  • RaiseTheBar on July 11, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Indra ran away. Moral victory for WI and the bowling. . .

  • lethal007 on July 11, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    indians were criticizing that pak has lost test match against w.i see what happened to them single test victory as like paK........ CRICKET IS OLD FUNNY GAME its win on ground not by statistics......... have mercy on champs on eng tour...... but never the less india is on top ride

  • Midonoff on July 11, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    India could have try batted a bit more overs to see if they can get closer to the target, they were only 3 wickets down. If wickets start falling, then play it safe to the end. I was disapointed it ended this way without an India chase. Well done to the West Indies for putting up such fight. Both team played well. Good luck to India in the England series.

  • mohsin9975 on July 11, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Utter rubbish.Most disputed and defensive no.1 team.Udrs not 100% accurate,pitch did not favour bowlers 100%,there was no 100% chance of winning in 47 overs on final day against a depleted WI Bowling.Great leadership by richest cricket board off the field and #1 test team on the field.Crickets doom is imminent if such performances continue

  • Agni2 on July 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Everyone's talking about the run chase but no one is talking about Rahul Dravid snoozing in the slips and dropping Chanderpaul when he was on 25.... In addition, his crawling in the second test cost India the match and in this match he showed he couldn't chase 3 runs an over against a weak bowling attack. Time to move him on. Dravid is a super star, a legend of the game - but he is past his sell by date...

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    The only way the target would've been achieved was with a min of 20 overs batting by shewag..he is the lone batsman who knows one way,either score or get out..also even if he is in the team got out cheaply,India would have gone for a draw..Mind you this is a 5th day pitch,variable bounce,two paced track...It is the bowlers that let the team down and not the batsman...harbhajan is an over rated bowler and the pacers were played very easily...india has the batting talent for future in kohli..raina ,though he made runs here,does not posses the technique,class of kohli n mukund...way to go kohli n mukund...also pujara is waiting in the ranks...but no sign of bowlers..Ashwin should be brought in place of Mr. singh...

  • rkannancrown on July 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    It is a disappointing final day for Indian fans. The inability to get rid of the tail quickly was followed by a failiure to try and chase the required runs. dhoni could have had Bhajji or himself coming in at no.3 to try and do something. If this team wants to be dominant, they need to try and take some risks in forcing victories.

  • demon_bowler on July 11, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    India lose a point in the ICC rankings after this series, because the no.1 ranked team is supposed to beat the no.7 team comfortably, not by the narrowest of margins. England (no.3) gain a point for beating the no.4 team (SL) by the same margin. Not sure if this series tells us anything as a predictor of the India-England series as both India and WI were not at full strength. Hats off to Chiv, though. I seem to have been watching him most of my life. The one West Indian to have maintained the standards of the old West Indies cricket team, he stands out like a magnificent flower in a pile of dung.

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    i would have been happy if India played off 15 overs and still needed 40 runs... this is very disappointing.... i feel cheated after watching so much of the match for this stupid ending...

  • nickydude on July 11, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    This seems to reflect the mindset of new coach, which is utter defensive, if not negative. Wudnt be surprised if Duncan Uncle puts Indian cricket backwards by couple of years. Is it a mere co-incidence, that when Kapil scored his 175, (with tremendous credit to him!) Sir Duncan as captain, took away an on fire Kevin Curran bowling, when he wud've surely finished the tail. Also, all the sins of previous infamous easy possible wins lost chances like Ganguly- Sydney 2004- Dravid - Eng- 2007, Kumble - Adelaide- 2008, Dhoni- NZ-2009, have been washed away by this. This will remain at the top for long time for the simple fact for the piffling no. of runs reqd, Mr. Dhoni, all the admiration I'd for you, incl the WC win has almost vanished in one stroke. :(

  • somu1984 on July 11, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    We had a golden chance to go 2-0 up in the series despite valiant effort by Ishant and harbhajan. In the last day of the test match, India lacked the firepower to bowl the Windies out. Remember, this has happened to India on several occasions. Can't understand - why our fast bowlers can't bowl deadly yorkers to tailenders. They don't bowl accurate bouncers. Unless they use these two weapons against tailenders, draw seems to be inevitable. Any way kudos to Dhoni on yet another series victory. Remember, this series was played on toughest wicket where none of the team went past 300 score except the last test match. We need to iron out little batting & bowling anomalies against England. All the best to the Indian team and am looking forward to an exciting contest against England in their home turf.

  • flyingmachinee on July 11, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @valavan........The 1983 wi team which chased the target was full strength team.........did they chase witout there top 4 batsman???

  • on July 11, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    From Trinidad, I saw the match on tv and this article by Siddhartha is a faithful rendition of the final day. Keep up the great work, Siddhartha. I enjoyed your use of language.

  • on July 11, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    India should have gone for the kill in the final test! At-least the fans expect from a No.1 test team ... "Bad day for test cricket. ICC should rethink of such decisions if there is plenty of time left in the test match".

  • flyingmachinee on July 11, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    @prameshpaudel........The fact india is playing witout there top batsmans(sehwag,gambhir,srt,yuvraj)so not worth taking risk........if india was 2-0 dhoni wud have gone fr win.....its a 5thday pitch,no point in takin risk n losing wickets......If sehwag was there im sure dhoni wud have gone fr win .....Pontin is noway better than dhoni(do u think he wud have gone fr win witout his top batsmans????)

  • sjitendran on July 11, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    By going for win even if we lose the match we would not have lost the series. But playing with positive attitude would have done lot of good for the upcoming series. I am surprised to note that some commentators in this coloumn are stating this is a team without five senior players so the way they played is fine. But given couple of years this could be the team that will be playing for India and it would have made a lot of difference to the team if they played with positive attitude and gone for the win.

  • gandhala on July 11, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    am disappointed as u all as an indian but the very fact the Mukund was out first ball dravid came.if at all the first wicket fell after 50 odd runs then we could have seen Raina,dhoni and bajji coming up the order and Dravid ,Laxman,kohli to block out if needed.Dhoni may not be aggressive captain but he is a smart captain.He makes some foolish moves as well but he will back himself and i think we need to support him

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Indian chase was put in backfoot, by edwards removing Mukund, in the first ball. that was announcement be careful of the chase, and Indians dont want to risk, so they are happy with a draw. India is a team of champions, but they are still not champion team. Long way to go for team india, sorry guys, many had questions were here, if sehwag was played? can i ask you the same, if sehwag was bowled in the first over by edwards, or a worst case like Chris martin did in india, if india would have been reduced to 15/5. who will be licking wounds..Team India want to maintain ICC rankings, they wont become champion side in nearest time.

  • anver777 on July 11, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Truly a gutsy innings by Chanderpaul !!! but the target was just 180 in 47 ovrs...... i think Ind would have easily gone for a victory shuffling the batting order a bit.....

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    India can win England series 1 - 0, or loose to England 2 - 1 or level with 1 - 1. I dont see india winning 2 tests abroad in any near future. Windies of 80s and Aussies 0f 2000s - still a distant dream for ICC Test no.1 India.

  • Herath-UK on July 11, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    I agree with being cautious.Just remember Sri Lanka crumbled in about 30 overs if you don't get your target clear. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • Valavan on July 11, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @sweetspot, this link is specially for you http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63335.html

    WI chased 172 against India in a really bouncy jamaica in 1983 and the given overs were 30. So way to go India to catch up with Aussies of 2000s and Windies of 80s. You top the ICC ranking, just simple, but not in world.

    Sachin&Co must look at Richards and Greenidge to motor the innings in the chases. Greenidge done it against England in 1984 chasing 300 odd in 70 overs.

  • JustIPL on July 11, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    For God sake, number 1 team playing against number 7 team and still the services of veterans(Tendulkar, LAxman and Dravid) and experienced players(Sehwag, Zaheer and Yuvraj) were required. We are using this excuse a little bit too much. Even the fulll strength Indian batting would have thought twice giving a charge with 3 down. Dhoni took a wise decision as a draw where India were 6 or 7 down for 120 would have been a bad carry over for English tour. Anyway, both teams have gained some momentum from this largely boring series. India re-affirmed the importance of Laxman and Draw-vid while windies learned to live without gayle, bravo-senior, dwayne smith, ramdin etc. Windies also tested sammy as a captain who did well within his own limitations. India got momentum into the English series where they will be hoping to outclass with all the old and new bats on fire. Abhinav is iffy, Bhajji is a threat as always, zaheer will be back while batting should improve a lot better than in WI.

  • Sakthiivel on July 11, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Every should know that getting 5-6 RPO in this difficult wicket is not easy. WI get their run 2.44 RPO. Winning the series is more important that this win.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I think with the resources India had, they have done a commendable performance.

    One thing is for sure that scoring isn't easy in 4th innings of test match on day 5. If India had attempted to chase, I am sure, Sammy would have changed his strategy from positive to negative, which he ultimately did with Bishoo bowling leg stump line.

    By the way, what is wrong in settling for a draw if that is handing you a series win. Had India been leading 2-0 in series, it would have been a wise decision to chase the score.

    Also don't forget, that this is a test cricket which is far far different from one day cricket, where chasing with rate of 5-6 is a normal thing.

    Congratulations India on series win and all the best for England Tour.

    I hope Zaheer is fully fit and raring to go...he will make all the difference Indian bowling attack...wish he was available in WI, score would have been 3-0 in favour of India.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I was waiting for India Win, Suddenly players are moving towards the dressing room, I suddenly shocked by Dhoni's Decision not going for the win, Much disappointed..

  • skumarpp on July 11, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    Indian team is becoming a Draw Specialists?Without Sehwag at top it looks like more such results to follow,And bowling also was poor apart Ishant.Praveen and Munaf are now out of England tour for sure unless one of the three main gets injured! Hope the return of some will inspire them.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    When the bowlers arent effective only on the fourth afternoon after they have taken 18 wickets they arent called ineffective.

  • on July 11, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    This was really a shameful draw again made by Indian cricket team. If Virender Shewag was there in this squad we would have won this game easily. Even in his absence with batsmen like Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Harbhajan they could have easily given a try. And yes if any thing would have went wrong then there were our Wall, Very Very Special batsman, along with Kohli who can at least defended easily it for 30overs and even Dhoni and Vijay can also play in neutral gear as and when required. So an attempt was really expected from a captain like MS. After missing one sure win the last match due to rain. Even Indian team would have collapsed in just 47 overs (which was almost impossible) then also it would have been counted as sportsman spirit of World's no 1 team. I don't think this draw or wining the series in such way added a single penny India's success bank.

  • PrameshP on July 11, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Poor-poor display shown by MS Dhoni. He must had went for win rather than satisfy in 1-0 victory. I am really disappointed about that. 86 from 90 n 7 wkts in hand, what u want...........okay at last if u don't achieve the target ...you have well enough stamina to hanging those overs....I am fan of Indian Cricket team........but they hadn't shown what to do after u r no 1 team in test cricket...like Aussies........Sorry Dhoni u r poorest on that moment when u don't want to achieve victory...................shame on u.........in this matter Ponting is master!

  • amoghm on July 11, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Come on India, it has been long time since you became No.1, now its time to become Champions, comeon...

  • amoghm on July 11, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Come on India, wake up! Though team will be strengthened with return of Sachin & Co, this kind of performance in both departments just won't do against England who are much better than WI.

  • sankar8000 on July 11, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Had Sehwag there, India could have conveniently chased that score??!

  • Dilanka009 on July 11, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    India should've gone for it....they needed 181 in 32 overs!!!they should've send Raina instead of Dravid @ no.3..n den giv it a go @ da target..!!India beign too defensive n too negative!

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Shame on India. There is nothing wrong in trying out to get the runs even if they are not able to score at 6/over. This is what separates the team from Great teams like the previous Australians.

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Sammy is wondering why india not goung for the win.India was trying for the win Vijay & Rahul was knocking the runs,then sammy going for the negetive bowling with Bishoo.From that point onwards chasing is not easy.Leggie bowling around the stumbs is negetive bowling...!

  • Habsi on July 11, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    When they were no: 1 Australia used to press hard for a result. May be it is a difficult thing to ask Dravid and Laxman to play at 5 runs per over; that too in the final innings of a third test.Ever wondered Steve waugh and Gilchrist were in their shoes? ......They with their killer instincts would have blown WI.

  • poorselector on July 11, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    @SatishT2105 - at the end of day 4 it was only one team who could have won. its good to take calculated risks - not good to commit suicide by declaring @150. The wicket wants a mine filed that sammy could have hoped for any positive result out of it. Many are talking abt 86 in 15 overs - i say what when it was 96 in 20. Send out Bhajji, and PK to try and win. If they fail cant Dravid, Lax, Dhoni, Kohli and of course Ishant play out remaining 15 overs. Fletcher said it was easy to stay put but difficult to score. So send those two to try and score and then bet on rest to fend out any unwanted situation if at all it comes to tht. For me winning wouldnt matter...intent would be huge plus

  • sweetspot on July 11, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Show me ONE team in the world that has gone after a fourth innings target needing 5+ an over on a track that has some spit and bounce, and risk not winning a series.

  • homerr on July 11, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    dhoni is not a good test player...

  • Sumit83 on July 11, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    "Lot of Criticism for Indian Test team not chasing 86 runs in 15 overs and calling off the match". But the fact is India gave a try to chase run , sending Raina ahead of Laxman. With Mukund out in first ball and Settled pair M Vijay and Dravid struggling to score even after playing more than 20+ overs. It was difficult for the team to score 86 runs in 15 overs. And Wes tIndies bowlers are not so generous that they would have not bowled negative bowling seeing India chasing. Also West Indies would have taken their own sweet time to see not to complete those 15 overs before the light been offered. This is test cricket and not T20 or ODI. Indian Team took the right decision and we should be happy with many top players missing and still we won T20 , ODI and Test series. Its time we look forward to England Series!

  • sweetspot on July 11, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Without rain interventions 3-0 was all for India's taking. Still, I will brook no criticism for pulling a draw out of the last test. This does not come from a lack of spirit of true champions. It comes from coming from this ever criticizing land called INDIA. It won't take us very long to trash Dhoni and Co. for losing a single series, even though they have won a great deal for us. We are NEVER grateful, are we? We are just so greedy that we do not have the courage to ever give our boys and girls in ANY field the license to make mistakes and rise above them. We berate them constantly for EVERY failure. Guess what? It is a great deal for this Indian team to have risen above this morass of mediocrity and reach where they are right now. This is not settling for less, but indeed saving the rest for sanity's sake in this cursed culture.

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    BAD advertisement for TEST cricket......audience CHEATED once again.....if ICC really wants to save TEST cricket, try these things 1) nobody can prematurely call off a test match 2) allow lights to be used 3) make it 4 day + 1 reserve day (for rain etc) 4) each team plays max 90 overs in 1 innings (this will increase the run rates, force 2 innings per test match and force results) 5) bowling rules shud be as in ODIs, wide balls leg side bowling shud be punished with runs as in ODIs 6) so match will be over in 4days with 1 extra reserve day if needed 7) new ball after 50 overs 8) mandatory use of DRS hawk eye hotspot ball track etc in TESTS 9) colored clothing 10) add some entertainment music dance contests to spice up the game 10) allow people to interact with players afterwards - photos interviews autographs lunch etc i.e. give incentives to audience to participate and make test match lively........hope anyones listening in ICC ????????

  • on July 11, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    I think Dhoni went into a defensive mind set right from the point West Indies edged past India's lead with seven wickets still remaining. The Centuries by Edwards & Chanderpaul further lowered Team India's morale to press for a win. This was Evident from Praveen Kumar's reaction when he took Fidel Edward's catch off Raina. However, all said, India should have still continued to bat till the last over rather than declaring the game draw 15 overs before. There was no rain, no issues with the Ball, India still has seven batsman to go. India may not have won but in the records book it still would have come as a close match. Had it been Aussies (even devoid of Hadyen, GilChrist, Martin, Langer), they would have tried to chase the game till the last ball. Its more about instincts than winning. India would have cared less to win but still made an effort to play the game til last over to see if there could come a couple of loose overs.

  • gitapat on July 11, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    The West Indies Test series further proved that Dhoni and M.Vijay are unfit for Test Cricket.And Harbhajan is past his prime.The upcoming English Test series will be a final confirmation that Dhoni needs to be replaced by Dinesh Katrhick and Harbhajan by Ashwin.Hopefully the selectors will see reality and make Gautam Gambhir the captain who will be around for a long time.

  • Shankar on July 11, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    @VivGilchrist: Aussies would go for broke when it suited them. I remember a match against New Zealand where they set New Zealand a challenging total, and then when New Zealand came close to the target, McGrath started bowling really wide outside off stump. Not very different from what India did today. They tried to go for win and when they could not, played for draw. And for all the armchair critics and Sammy, there is not much you can do if a leggie blocks up one end bowling way outside leg stump. Exactly what Bishoo did. Bashing the Indian team may be the flavor of the season, but lets not get too carried away. Lastly, the least Indian fans can do is to stop writing obituaries even before the England tour begins. You are not astrologers.

  • AjayVijayan on July 11, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    India won the series 1-0. On one hand the result is satisfactory considering the team was without Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer and Gambhir. Also the rain interruptions during the 2nd and 3rd test match also denied India the opportunity to win. If there wasnt any rain interruption India could have gone 3-0. But said that India should have used the opportunity they got in the last innings 180 from 40 odd overs could have been an achievable target. There is no Ifs n buts in the game, but a player like Sehwag could have made a difference in such tricky chases. Well done Team India, but could have done better, like not allowing Fidel Edwards to farm the strike along with Shiv and not pressing for a likely win.

  • samdhogi on July 11, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    i must say tis............india played a very poor cricket in d end........india could win this match despite of rain interuptions..........around 40 overs and 180 runs was achievable........but d saddest thing is tat india did nt even give a try............they never seemed to be on the track to victory..........seems tat they r happy for a draw...........hey indian boys!!! pls dont let ur fans go down...........lazy performance in the end..........really really disappointed by seeing it............shame on u indians..........pls dont let it happen again............b aggresive when d situation demands.............all d best

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    As an indian i m pretty disappointed with this..i thought indians lacked the intent to win.They cud hav played a bit more aggressively right from the start.As a no.1 team in the world,the fans expect from u more than this.I mean 1-0 against a pretty weakened no.7 ranked team in the world is not enough..I m not saying u come out there and start playing the shots and in the process u lose early wickets and put pressure on yourself but i think Dravid and vijay cud hav played a bit more aggresively atleast 3-4 rpo.I think DHoni could have been promoted up the order instead of laxman.Man!!! atleast u shud show the intent to win u shud give the message to the world "hey we r out there to win" and who knows this intent would have put the inexperienced wi BOWLING LINE UP UNDER PRESSURE.One more thing i think AUS in their days would definately hav tried much more than this.As the world's best u r ought to do this...

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    India should have tried to force a win, I thought it was Dhoni's style. Instead of Dravid, Raina or Harbhajan in his place would have had a go for it. Dravid below one or two would have been the 'Wall' for W.I. to go thru'

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    Chander paul116(343)made a stunning century to deny Indian victory . He is the real hero in this test match http://cricricric.blogspot.com/

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Stop defending the performance of a team saying it is a 2nd string side.w.i was also without gayle and their selections were stupid.in that way,w.i were also not playing at their full strength.if you can't get a no 10 batsman out and blame it on a 2nd string side,it is lame.i hope i am proved wrong,but we are going to struggle to bowl the far superior english batsmen out twice unless the pitches are extremely lively.

  • Mopsy on July 11, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Difficult conditions, yeah. West Indies 7th ranked test team in the world, 2 of their batsmen got hundreds in the second innings, their last 2 wickets batted for half a day on the 5th day wicket, difficult conditions you bet!!

  • Sakthiivel on July 11, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    India were not chasing a win but they were chasing for the History. Finally they got that.Every one should know that this is not a full strength Indian test squad which misses Gambir,Shewag, Tendulkar, Yuvraj. Well done Team India.

  • on July 11, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    India's lame duck response to the challenge leaves a sour taste, kills the enthusiasm. This is an overly clinical approach, though one could say Mukund's LBW was a shocker and a dampener.

  • Mopsy on July 11, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Dravid secures another draw for West Indies, well done the great wall of India!!

  • NomDePlume on July 11, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Real Question is: Why didn't Sammy go for it? His team was down 0-1 and if he had sped up his 2nd innings and set a target of around 180 with 60 overs, he would have given his team a chance to level the series- because India would have gone for it - and he could have attacked. Even if they lost, what is the difference between 1-0 and 2-0? But WI accepted that they were not going to win, so decided to to slow India down. In Tests, it is easy to slow run-scoring even on the flattest wicket if you bowl only to one side and pack the field there. This is similar to what SA did in the Cape Town test, they ground out their 2nd innings and set India 340 in 90 overs. If they had sped up and set India the same 340 in 110 overs, they would have probably won.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 11, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @godfrey pieters, dude your comments are absolutely baseless. I know you are hardcore WI supporter. I am not saying with disappointment. I remember your earlier comments too for 2nd test saying "rain had saved India from defeat" but the truth everyone knew was WI was saved by rain and the result is 1-0. Everyone in India respects WI team, so everyone is happy for it and that doesn't mean that you shud be over-confident. Everyone who says the target was achievable...this is not ODI and this is in WI. India cud still have scored but the game has been called off by umpire 15 overs earlier. Weather in WI is like that. Stop the irrelevant "#1 team" mantra. This series is all about playing with youngsters.

  • mrgupta on July 11, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Given none of England, Pak and Sri-Lanka could win a test seriesl and lost a test each when they last played in WI the performance of the second string Indian side was not bad. Eng, SL and Pak with their full strength failed to win the test series in WI whereas Indian bowling attack was depleted and so was their batting and still we dominated the series and were in winning position at the end of each of the 3 tests. We were without 4 of our main players and still we not only Won the series if not for weather we would have definitely Won by 2-0 or 3-0. So, that's how the No.1 team plays, even with a second string team we have Won both the tests and ODI series's and that too playing away and on fast and bouncy tracks.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 11, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    very well played boys, we are proud of you. even with depleted squad and tough pitches, you shown lot of courage and character to win the series. this team, with the inclusion of stalwarts will thrash england easily. Go India GO!!!

  • vinchester on July 11, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    If u cannot get the w.I.tailenders out cheaply how can u call yourself no 1 in the world. Our bowling is very weak and it will show up again in England & australia; sorry with ageing Sachin, Rahul& V.V.S & an unfit Viru & overrated Bhajji, u are no longer No 1 , & I repeat you will see it shortly.

  • NomDePlume on July 11, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    India were never getting 48 overs - that would have meant a finish well past 6 PM. Maximum, they could expect 41 overs. To expect a half-strength Indian team to score 181 in 41 overs away is unrealistic even on a flat wicket. Also WI decided to play for a draw very early as they figured they couldn't bowl out India with their attack. If India had tried to push the scoring, WI would have bowled 2 feet outside off and leg - there are no bowling and fielding restrictions. The max run rate they could achieve would be 3.5. Something like 140 would have been doable. In reality, India were denied by the rain in both the matches, with full five days play, WI would have lost both.

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Though the match is not significant, India as No. 1 team in the world should have chased down the target to show the superiority... I wish Sehwag was there in today match ...

  • gothetaniwha on July 11, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    86 in 15 overs - come on to not even try with 7 wickets , must be playing for there average again , another not out , cant see them lasting no 1 for to long expect England to win 2 / 0 at least . Its hard for me to say this but England are clearly the best team in world cricket at the moment , India,s aging team haven,t got a chance on green seaming pitches and there( pop gun ) pace attack will be smash around .

  • Alexk400 on July 11, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    ime to dump non performing dhoni. bring gambhir as captain and raina as deputy. Dhoni can't keep or bat in TEST. And he makes worst decision to call off when win is so near. Pathetic. He should be removed from Test matches

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    A Fair result,we could not have demanded more than this. Though India must have won if the rain wouldn't have interrupted during the game. And @satanwish- Chasing 180 in 2 sessions on the last day is very very hard. They have been playing on that pitch since last 5 days and to maintain a healthy 5 run per over rate is very tough. Pitch matters in a test match. The result was good and satisfying.

  • avii_ on July 11, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Isn't this second string team India's future???

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Did it occur to anyone that Dhoni told Dravid to bat till the end and that he was fulfilling the captain's wish? Why would Dhoni send him at no. 3 otherwise in the context of the match. For all you RD bashers, he is going to England and will do well. I think Raina is showing the temperament to play Tests. He is a gutsy player and deserves more chances. Kohli is a classy player and will still do well in future. However, with Sachin, Gambhir and Yuvi and maybe Sehwag back in the team, both Kohli and Raina would have to wait. Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Vijay and Mukund will all come into their own only when the big three leave the ring. I am sure that India have the talent to excel in tests even after RD, Lax and Sachin retire but there could be some short term upheavals that should not provoke extreme reactions from the selectors. Bowling needs to be strengthened though and there is enough talent for that as well.

  • vikram201088 on July 11, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    This really is very disappointing from indian team.Suppose there were 70 runs needed from last 15 overs.Would Dhoni still had settled for a draw??answer is no .But 86 runs are only 16 runs more than what you call a easily winnable situation.If India go to England with this kind of attitude I think they will lose the series easily.This is not the attitude of no 1 team but a team which is happy not to lose a series .They are happy with a drawn series or an occasional win.verry bad day for test match cricket WI were celebrating as if they have won the series 3-0.What can you expect from such kind of attitude.there attitude is even worse than India's.Hard times ahead for test matches.Good luck Test Cricket......

  • bannadi on July 11, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    Looks like most of the cricket experts commenting here are armchair critics with absolutely no knowledge of Test cricket.When you chase in the fourth innings,it is important to get good start without loosing quick wickets.When you loose a wicket in the very first over,the captain had no option but to send Dravid,in order to negotiate fast bowlers operating with new ball.In a Test match a bowler can bowl any number of overs and without any field restrictions.They can also bowl negative line down the leg side.All these factors make test cricket defferent from ODI and T20. People are commenting as if India lost the test..!!! Come on guy's learn some basics before commenting...

  • BULTY on July 11, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    The gutsy display by the WI batsmen on the 5th day of this Test is commendable, especially Shiv. He stayed on & on quite oblivious of what was happening at the other end and on this day the Indians found another Edwards frustrating. The stay of Shiv was so long as to become not only frustrating to the Indian bowlers but it also went to the extent of (sort of) irritating the Indian supporters. 180 runs in 47 overs could have been chased under normal circumstances; but not on the 5th day when the pitch was doing a bit with low bounce, skidding through etc. The Indians must get used to winning in foreign soils more often and then they will try & chase down targets like. The chase was further eroded by the first ball wicket of Mukund & the careless shot played by Vijay in losing his wicket. Raina was promoted but didn't yield result. Dravid was rock solid at one end. In the end India settled for a draw. That India won the T20 match, ODI & Test series in this tour was indeed creditable.

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Hey All u Guys..... Who ever blaming India.. r u watching cricket really.. Its a test cricket man..Its not T20... Its all abt skilll.... 18 ovrs 97 runs needed.. very difficult to achieve tat too in 5 th day of the match... very well played india.. you deserve to be to no. 1.. well played WI also... come on INDIA.. good luck for ENGLANG tour..

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    What is puzzling is that India invented the IPL and most of the Indian team plays in that format. Here you have a situation that called for a 20/20 type play and it did not happen. India choked when it should have risen to the challenge. Another consideration is that India had plenty of wickets in hand with two of its batsmen at the crease. The tactics of the Indian team is incomprehensible. But let us not forget the spirit of the West Indies. They fought like champions. Congrats to Kirk on his maiden ton and what can one say about Chanderpaul? He left it to the last innings to make his statement in a match-saving effort. Maybe this is the silver lining that WI cricket needs.

  • Anil_Koshy on July 11, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    India won the series but really a convincing win, good to see the fighting spirit of the Windies. The youngsters handled the situation very well, they could have won had the team combination being right. Harbhajan once again proved that he is good only in Indian subcontinent, Ishant and Praveen has been a relevation.

    Chanderpaul once again played a gutsy knock in a lost cause, he may have score daround 10000 runs but most of the innings have been selfish, he never played a knock for the teams cause.

  • mohan153doshi on July 11, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    India have shown that you can be the #1 test team in the world without really being the best team. I shudder to think what would happen to us in England where the moving ball is bound to test the Indian resolve against genuine pace attacks. India have struggled to make runs in the series. We could not face Fidel Edwards and Sammy and Laxman had to repeatedly bail out the team from tense situations. Vijay was pathetic at the top of the order and Virat was out of his elements on this tour. Maybe the fact that these two were not selected for the England tour must have weighed heavily on their minds.

    The team to England should not have been declared during the course of the Windies tour, it should have been announced once the last ball in the 3rd test was bowled, this would have given talented players like Vijay and Virat some hope.

    Hats off to Shivnarine Chanderpaul, what a knock he played! He looks dour but is highly motivated and effective. Well done Shiv!

  • SatishT2105 on July 11, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    India won the series in Jamaica itself and tried to extend their lead by being brave in Barbados. The West Indies say that they were surprised that India didn't go for it.............. well, if there was one team that needed to go for it, it was the West Indies. Its always worth squaring the series than going down 0-1. So, if Sammy would have the guts, he should have declared with India needing 150 runs in 60 overs and giving himself and his 2 Fast bowlers with the Leggie a chance of getting 10 Indian wickets. Alas, he can't do that, because he knows how strong his bowling is and how easily India can orchestrate 2.5 Runs per over. It's 4 Runs Per Over that is difficult and to be fair to the guys, they tried to keep it at 3.00.

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Darren Sammy says he was surprised that Indian Team did not press for win. Seriously, this was a pitch were the CHANCES that you could have been bundled out inside 50 overs was more than score 180 runs. Which was the last Team who maintained a run rate of 4 in last 2 sessions of Day 5 and won the match. Cant remember any..though this could also be attributed to the fact that I am only 22!!

  • Hindh on July 11, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    As long as India wins an away series we dont care whether it is 1-0 or 2-0. If they won this test it wud be good but no problem as an away series win is bigger than losing the match and drawing the series. Congrats Men in Blue........

  • VivGilchrist on July 11, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    This sort of stuff kills Test cricket. It's game on, either team has a chance to win and they call it off. India are a very cautious no1 team. Aussies tried to win when they were no1, India try not to lose.

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    With Laxman and Dravid on the crease scoring 5 runs per over was an impossible feat to achive.And rest of the batsmen lacking form I think it was a good move to call off for a draw.we cannot expect more from a second string line-up India had for the Carribean tour.

  • anurag4u10 on July 11, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    the test once again brought forward indian bowlers ineffectiveness to get tailenders out.. how can they let bat edwards 4 37 overs. also goin for a draw displayed conservative approach of dhoni. aussies nevr go 4 dis decn as 86 off 90 was vry much achievable nd wd 7 wwkts left it was unlikely dat india wud hav gone all out in 15 overs. poor display of captaincy by an otherwise a very gr8 cap10

  • sukuviju on July 11, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    For God's sake stop comparing the Indian team with the old west indian and Australian team. A full strength indian team would have successfully chased but the wicket was not easy and no team had scored at more than 3/over in this match so why take the risk. We have done well, we made some huge gains in this series - Dravid and lax man are in great form, raina has sealed the no6 spot, mukund is a find, ishant is back and Praveen is a revelation as a test bowler and should do well in enngland. Let us encourage the team before the england tour instead of putting undue pressure on them.

  • satanswish on July 11, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    POOR show by Indians. No.1 ranked test team is not aggressive enough to chase down small targets. Last 2 tests proved limitations of No.1 ranked Test team.

  • hakapuu on July 11, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    @GodFrey: Dude if there were no rain interruptions and even with an hour extra in both the 2nd and 3rd test match India would have won it easily! A 3-0 result with a second sting team wouldnt have ben bad ..would it! You cant control the weather..but atleast control your baseless opinions!

  • Chris_Howard on July 11, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I really miss the old West Indies. Really hope they get back to top 3 one day (tho don't want any team dominating like they or australia did).

  • sjitendran on July 11, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    India can not aspire to dominate like previous N01 teams, with this attitude.Even if 80 odd runs to be scored in mandatory overs they gave up. They missed a trick. They should have sent Kohli/ Harbhajan/Dhoni before the stalwarts and asked them to do pinch hitting. Even if they last few wickets , the stallwarts like Dravid could have come salvaged a draw. Dravid is a wall, defensive player. So it would be better to send him 5/6 down to save match and others before him could gone for the kill.

  • --.-- on July 11, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Lets NOT criticize Dhoni, he did the right thing. India scored 94/3 in 32 overs. He took the gamble of sending Raina up the order but unfortunately that didn't come off. There was no way Dhoni alone would have won the match as Dravid and Laxman are typical test match batsmen, Kohli NOT in form and that too with asking run rate touching 6.0 an over. NOT everyone can bat like Sehwag. And Hey ! don't forget we won the series quite comfortably without the likes of Gambhir, Sehwag, Sachin, Zaheer and Sreesanth. So Cheers !! And also HATS OFF to Chanderpaul, Kirk and lower order batsmen of WI for showing such a wonderful fight. Looking forward to Ind Vs Eng tour. Would be exciting to watch our big guns back in action. ;)

  • Calvin_Oppy on July 11, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Chanderpaul what a gun!!!!

  • duralsumo on July 11, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    The problem looking in from the outside is the structure of the West Indian team. They have gone with Sammy as a captain which leaves the attack short. Kemar Roche needs to be there to lead the attack along with Fidel Edwards. So it is either drop Rampaul or Sammy. Then who leads the team? Well the obvious replacement is still estranged from the board. I can recall 2009 tour by the West Indians and they were a fiesty lot. Most cricket supporters are disapointed they did not get a five test series after what Pakistan dished up. I digress. However under Gayle the test team was a competive and hungary team. (In 2009 at least). As I can recall they beat England in 2009 as well. Congratulations India on the series win. Brickbats to the West Indies selectors and board yet again.

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    we have lost the winning mode in the 3rd test . Dhoni should have sent after raina.dravid have played almost 15 overs and scored only 34 runs . He wasted too many balls.He's mind may be only with the draw mode.India is not looking like No 1 Team in last 2 test matches played with westindies.

  • on July 11, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I can't believe that this cool MSD took the charge ahead of Yuvi in WC final!!! I just adore him not because of his batting talent (which I doubt) but his dedication and strong mentality.....frustrated today!!!! Come on MSD...

  • gundapps on July 11, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    Rather disappointing show by the Indian bowlers in the last two tests. On hindsight, it would have been judicious to pick Amit Mishra in place of Munaf for these two tests. Though Mishra was wayward in the secong innings of the first test he was by far the more penetrative of the spinners in view. Bajji was quite a let down and does not desreve the "no. 1 spinner" tag as he was unable to dislodge even tailenders under very helpful conditions for spinners. Some rethink needed in the selection of the eleven for Tests in England surely.

  • maddy20 on July 11, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    @All those criticizing India Did you guys watch the match or just check the score on cricinfo? Did you see the line they were bowling? Outside off with 3 slips and a gully. 7 men on the offside in total. Negative tactics as one might call them. This is not T20 folks where there will be wides and free-hits and what not. 18 overs 97 was never gonna be easy on a day 5 test cricket. @Godfrey Pieters You will eat your words in a month from now. All three trophies clean swept by a second string Indian side. If not for the rain WI would have lost 3-0 so they should thank the rain gods for that not bash India!

  • Lahori_Munde on July 11, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Great gesture by India in my opinion. For me International cricket is not all about winning, it's about friendships, uniting people, culture. India could have hard pressed it for a win as they had enough fire power to do so and probably had won it. But they already had pocketed a win, which was enough for them to claim the series. And they graciously settled it for a Draw in this last test. A perfect ending for the historical first test at Dominica. Very well played to WI as well..

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    For all you people jealous of India being number 1. India is the winner of even a rain affected series while most other teams will crib on the weather conditions. Indians are the champions and fan see to accept it. Good luck team India for England tour. You are #1 forever

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Hey Indian fans - looking forward to see how you guys play England in England, and some rain and Anderson..................

  • haris007 on July 11, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    there are 4 things that happened which denied india victory. firstly, the persistent rain in the first 2 days reduced this match to a 4 day affair. draw was always on the cards. secondly,misfiring harbajhan - who not only denied mishra his well deserved place in the playing 11 but also made India handicapped when they needed a leg spinner the most in the second innings. if dhoni has any idea of what he has done, he must not repeat the same mistake in england ( to play harbajhan). thirdly - the lack of intent. no.1 teams of past have always shown why they were no.1. its time India realizes the significance of a win and leave behind the tradition of dull draws.

  • abhi.p20 on July 11, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    India won the world cup (no the don't deserve it!) .. India is currently the number one test side (no they certainly don't deserve it!) .. I've been reading such comments since 2 years now .. and guess what we r still no. 1 .. aren't we ! how many years would it take you guys to digest the fact and get on with it peacefully ! .. you can keep on complaining and in the meanwhile we'll enjoy being no. 1 .. Its always manly to back up your talks .. so don't just crib .. get the number one spot back on the field from the current world champs !

  • Chetan007 on July 11, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    I think the target was achievable. Since, Dhoni was in touch in this match. He should come up the order and tried to win this match. Dravid should come down the order if there would be a little collapse in the inning.Laxman should have followed Dhoini and then Raina.Since they can play with good strike rate too.

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Match being called off when there was 15 overs left -shows Indians do not have the hunger for a win which the aussie team had !also Dravid's strike rate in the chase doesnot show the hunger to win :(

  • mrmonty on July 11, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    Sad to say this, but this Indian team is too timid to force a win. I don't think Aus (of 2001 - 2007) would have settled for a draw.

  • Alexei on July 11, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    WI should be given full credit for this draw. I knew from the start of the chase India would not have made it in time, if they had drawn the series all of u will be coming down even harder on MS. Taking T20 into a Test match is a big risk. Plus Dravid and Laxman would not have necessarily went after the runs efficienty.. they maybe were planning to bring them in at 10 and 11. But WI did well given that they only used 3 main bowlers and our best of the three was not well on some occasions but he fought hard to perform for his team. We should also rmbr that Samuels and Sammy shud not have been given out. Samuels' wicket might have proved a difference if he kept his wicket into today. All in all I hope Edwards, Baugh, Samuels and Barath is recalled for Bangladesh...and also Sarwan, Gayle and RUSSELL

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    It is case of two teams with low ambitions and expectations. West indies were excited with a draw that left them lose 0-1 in the series. Perhaps they should have declared earlier and tried to win. What was the point of playing for a draw. And India were happy with a 1-0 series win when they could have easily tried for a win. Matches like these will only hasten the death of test cricket. Draw should not be an option for any team, either win or lose.

  • BarnabyN on July 11, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    Nice work Windies. Showed some fight.

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    congrates guys on your gutsy fight back..keep fighting.. no one gave sammy and his boys a chance in this series without the super star gayle..my opinion has been and always will be, cricket like most other sport needs not just talent and flambouyancy, but heart, pride and passion..talent with no discipline gets u only so far. we did loose this series, but i honestly believe there are good signs for the future. blessings from a humble fan living in Dominica, THE NATURE ISLE.. stay strong proud and healthy..bless

  • indiaworldchamps2011 on July 11, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    i agree with godfrey pieters... india shud hv tried harder ..may be cud hv send bhajji up th order n see if that worked... but 15 overs n 80 odd runs is not impossible... m sure aussie team of early 2000s wud hv gone for the kill.. thts y that team is considerd one of the greatest ever n this indian team is not,,

  • on July 11, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    With my excitement and joy for the WI after earning a well deserve and hard fought draw in the 3rd test I quickly turn my attention to our next engagement and was very disappointed to find no international fixture btw now and April 2012.A few bloggers mention a tour to Bangladesh and India later in the year.Please,please tell me when exactly is this tour taking plac e.Else it goes back to one of my major concern"lack of International engagement by the WI".Prior to the WC I complained bitterly about our lack of competitive cricket.The result a dismal exit at the quarter final of D WC.Now what look like a bit of momentum being gained by this new look squad will be squandered by inactivity. Begs the question What is the WICB up to?Maybe more of their time should be spent securing Intl.opposition instead of having public spat with most if not all of our senior players."Our desire to move up the ICC ranking will not be accomplish by idleness"."GIVE US MORE CRICKET.GO WI."wi all in".WI4LIFE

  • mamacitta on July 11, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Alot of you who were not there would not understand why India called for a draw....but it was eminent there was not enough time in the day to win and WI i say cud-dos to you wyou all tried your best and gave Dominica a very good game....Kirk Edwards...your very first test and you did awesome... Chanderpaul...i don't think you deserve to be a Dominican but what can i say its done....All in all I and a West Indian and i will die supporting the Westindies ......LETS GO WINDIES great game in DA

  • Alexk400 on July 11, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    India was pathetic. Without sehwag this team is kinda useless. No agression. Too much self doubt on their abilities. 15overs 80runs easily achievable if they run singles. dhoni could have come before laxman and could have won it for india. But somehow who ever incharge of decision is a choker.

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Having dropped Chanderpaul on 25, who went on to get a hundred, it should have been Dravid's responsibility to lead the charge to get that 180; but after playing a thousand matches, Dravid is still unable to lift his game to suit the moment, leaving that to his juniors. It is enough a justification to not include him among the greats.

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    that was aweful!!!!! thats why we can never break aussies unbeaten run of 16 test matches...disgracefull...shame on who made a dicision to end the game 15 overs early...so frustrating...how are we no.1 in the world!!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    This last match demonstrates two teams lacking in confidence in the end: they were both "happy" with a draw! WI didn't feel that they could bowl out seven men in twenty overs, and the big, powerful number one ranked India did not have it in them to get 100 runs off twenty overs. What's wrong with this picture? It's almost like the two teams had agreed in advance on a mutual mediocre result. Pathetic.

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    It is the West Indies team which performed better and consistently with all new young players and they are building a new team. Bur for the failure of top thee batsmen rest of them did well,despite poor umpiring which went against them at crucial stages. Only silver line for India is Sharma finding his old form.

  • cloudmess on July 11, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Very, very strange to call off the run chase, for fear of losing 7 wickets in 15 overs. I feel this has the ultra-caution of Duncan Fletcher stamped all over it. He's a good coach for poor cricket teams, and vice versa.

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:32 GMT

    india is a no. 1 side just on paper. the australia of 90s and windies of 70s & 80s wd have easily chased this target. also it was too early to call off the match. 20 mandatory overs were pending and just 88 runs required. its a shame we agreed for a draw. in 2016 definitely tendulkar, dravid, zaheer and laxman won't be there. so there won't be a chance to win 2 or more matches in a away series next time. dhoni is not confident on his own batting.

    bhajji has flopped in all 6 innings. that too against a weakened wi batting lineup without gayle, dwayne bravo and sarwan. not a single time in this series he bowled a match winning spell. today he could not remove no 10 batsman for 37 overs. i think we shd start giving other spinners an opportunity in tests and one dayers. 400 wickets is enough for bhajji.

    it is sad to say but india will loose england and australia away tours easily.

  • sreesam on July 11, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    It was rain that denied India victory in this test match, just like the last one!! Close to about 75 overs were lost in the first 2 days itself...enough for win to secure an easy win!!

  • on July 11, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    India satisfied with a draw is unpardonable. They are number 1 and trying to preserve it sending Rahul at number three meant they were playing for a draw with all respect to Dravid. Kohli or Raina should ve been sent number 3 4 and Dhoni to push the scoring rate at the end. India if you are number 1 play like number1. Do you think Australia would have put their shutters too early? Never.

  • ravibits50 on July 11, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Agreed that India could have pushed for a win but there was too much negative bowling from windies which was not within the spirit of the game. You pack the leg side field and bowl outside leg stump with Bishoo. Pack the off-side and bowl well outside off stump with Rampaul. Above all, Sammy says that he was surprised coz we didn't go for the win. Big Joke!!!

    Vijay and Dravid were going well when Windies tried this tactic for nearly 10 overs. Dhoni could have come after Raina fell but India decided not to pursue victory. Pretty Defensive IMO.

    MSD has his own style of making decisions. He doesn''t care what people say/think as long he gets the desired result and team puts in the required effort.

  • Noel-Kalicharan on July 10, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Perhaps a draw was a fair result given that Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy were both given out at crucial points in the match when they were not out.

  • Tamil_SL on July 10, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    There were never going to be 47 overs for India to Play. It was not realisic. It was the 9th wicket stand that cost the match, not the batting.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Disappointed India did not try and win. Five runs an over was possible just knocking the ball into the gaps and taking singles But Dravid and Laxman are getting on a bit and with the England tour coming up nobody wanted to risk injuries. Dhoni seems satisfied by a one nil series win instead of trying to win every match like the Australians and West Indies of old (remember New Zealand when he did not declare even being 450 ahead). I am happy that the West Indies are finally finding some talent. Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Samuels, Barath and Baugh have all performed, but not consistently, with Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Roach in the sidelines they could once again become a formidable team if they could learn to harness their talent. World cricket needs a great West Indian team.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    2nd string team or not India were disappointing & do not deserved to be #1,& will not be #1 after that tour of ENG. #1 teams do not play like that. Why is MS afraid of a #7 team that is in the rebuilding process? After Raina fell MS should have been the next man in, there was always VVS to steady things if things got out of hand. Not impressed! For WI i do hope the long lay off doesn't undo the progress the players have made. WI need to play more cricket. The Board should seriously look at the 2 capt idea. It takes the pressure off 1 person.

  • Majoreg on July 10, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    Congrats to the Windies! I'm pleased to have to eat my words that K. Edwards was not test class. Yes the wicket was flat but he showed that it still takes determination to score a century, something the more talented Bravo and felow maiden centurion Bharath should heed. I agree with Balb the West Indies now has for the first time in a long time a selection challenge; Edwards, Rampaul, Roach, Russel, Taylor in the fast bowling column, Bishoo and Ben in the spin department, Gayle, Bharath, Simmons as openers, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Bravo, Samuels, Edwards and Nash in the middle and two keepers in Baugh and Ramdin. I believe Sammy has proven that he is rhe right leader for the WI at this time, with Gibson as Coach. Enough with the antagonisms. I may still grumble at the selections at times, but I grudgingly have to admit that we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel for Windies cricket and this time it is not another train coming! Congrats to the team and the wonderful team spirit!

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    2 Centeries in this second inns, well done Wi, Still lots of work to be done. I think that Sammy could stick to odi only. Does anyone know when WI next series will be and against who?

  • kriskini on July 10, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    1 - 0 victory made india loose 2 points in test rankings. It dropped from 128 to 126. To stay at 128 India needed a 3-0 series win. This is sad since there was lot of rain interruptions in the last 2 tests.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 10, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    My dear fellow Indians. I understand ur frustration. Even I am disappointed with 1-0 but situations are not always in our hand. This series had really helped young players (both India and WI). Also I don't agree with such silly assumptions "Had WI played with their full strength it wud have been in WI favour". If that is the case also consider these statements "Had rain not interrupted the match India wud have won with 3-0". "Had India played with its full strength (Sehwag, Gambir, Zaheer, Sachin) it wud have been very easy for 3-0". Truly rain had spoiled our chances but everything is part of game.

  • on July 10, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Congrats Tiger-Paul on your 23rd Test century!!! I expected a better chase from India 180 was an easy win.....India just went in to draw this test and that was just boring cricket form.

  • CricketChat on July 10, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    This should be considered a win for WI. Ind was chasing a very gettable target being No.1 test side. Ind were timid in their chase and WI rightly denied it. Hats off to WI fighting spirit. I had my doubts about Sammy and his place in the side. He is the best captain since Richardson who is able to bring the best out of this very inexperienced WI side. Edwards and Fidel are the find of series for WI. I hope Shiv retires on this high. Best wishes to WI team.

  • on July 10, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    I agree that we were not aggressive and to some extent unlucky to not win 2 tests in the West Indies this year. However, before our guys here try to bash Dravid, let me point out a couple of obvious things: A) Dravid was the highest run getter in the series across both sides. B) The pitches were not as easy as one thinks, Dravid was the only batsmen to average in the 50's.. again across both sides.

    Now that you can digest these stats: One of the big reasons why India won this series is because of the contributions of him and Laxman. I would have loved to see how this series would have played out if we took them out and put in Sachin and Sehwag. I'm not criticizing anyone, its just a thought i had and i wish we could have used it as a measure. Remember, Dravid single-handedly won us the test series the last time we were there. Show a little respect for a guy who just topped the batting charts in a series win and look everywhere and not just at one person for your critical view

  • DaGameChanger on July 10, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    In all fairness, India could've won 3-0 had not rain saved WI last two test games where enough overs were lost. People who are talking about old WI, there was no rotation policy back then, each time they toured they did with the best players. Even Aus never toured Zimbabwe , they never did with so 4-5 senior players missing. This is new era where lot of cricket forces you for such decisions and had India won 2nd test you have definitely seen Indian team IPL style. Not to mention WI had all rights to even avoid that by bowling way outside off or leg side.

  • on July 10, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    India being the No.1 Ranked team should be disappointed. None of their batsmen got centuries. West Indies ended up with two centurions. West Indies may be a low ranked team, but they have players who showed that if they apply themselves they can be a force to reckon with. I see a bright future for West indies cricket.

  • on July 10, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Rain has ended India's hopes in Vain for much of the series to say the least !

  • mps400 on July 10, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    India would have won the second and third tests were it not for rain. To blame the bowling, a lack of a so-called killer instinct, or even a shorter format mentality is absurd. First, India had debutants at key positions: opener, two-down, and opening bowler, as well as another first-change bowler. When a team is missing its two regular openers - one of whom is likely the most devastating openers in modern history - and lacks its regular middle order, not to mention its strike bowler, then an away win that was closer to 3-0 than 1-0 (but for rain) should be viewed as quite the hammering.

    It cannot be understated how badly the Windies got outplayed until the last innings they batted, and even then, they came within a whisker of losing. England is certainly better, but a full strength India squad that drew a tough series in South Africa just a few months ago is formidable. So, please save the dourness and enjoy the series' win.

  • cricketman96 on July 10, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    A special CONGRATULATION goes out to Chanderpaul.With your bat u've silence many of ur critics. U've also prove us WI fan right when we claim that u can't whole-hearted dropped all ur seniors players in the name of rebuilding.Here we have a veteran and a rockie scoring centuries and in the process saving the game for the WI.With a score of 300+ combined with some sensible bowling we prove that we can be competitive.The emphasis now should be on finding consistency.the fact that we can keep the world's no.1 test playing nation to under 400 throughout the 3 test series says a lot.It also debunk the claim that Sammy is taking or blocking the space of a third fast bowler in D lineup. Time and time again he(sammy )has demonstrated his worth to the WI team.While I would like to see the likes of Gayle and Taylor playing 4 the WI,I have no problem with Sammy's leadership. And while Sarwan and Nash R out of form and lost their places,I don't think we have seen D last of them.GO WI." WI ALL IN"

  • Deepkar on July 10, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    I think sending dravid at no.3 was mistake vvs could have been better choice as he is more fluent and can hit the ball from outside off to leg side with his wriest. raina to open insted of mukund, dhoni at 4, kohli at 5, and then dravid and mukund both r proper test batsman could have blocked 15- 20 over if required. but why to blame dhoni for all this it is not his but team manegment coach dhonis discision.

  • vj3478 on July 10, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    This is why Test cricket is some times so boring n frustrating(thanks to Dhoni & Co.) Its the difference between the OZ and the current #1 India. Follow test cricket for 5 days and the captain says we are content with 1-0 lead and its not worth going for the win when 86 were needed. This Indian team is not so great as the mighty OZ were (when mcGrath/warne/hayden/gillespie/steve)but being afraid to lose the game with 7 wickets in hand for 15 overs is not a #1's character. Shame!!

  • Mrigpal on July 10, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Shame that world champion side did not show the confidence, aggression & take calculated risk to go wholeheartedly for a victory, that too on a flat track. Their approach would leave any fan disappointed. Should not have been content with just a 1-0 series win :(

  • sams235 on July 10, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Being an Indian fan: I believe today's performance is why I believe India truly doesnt deserve #1 spot for long. Where is the fighting spirit?!

  • AceB on July 10, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Gutsy West Indies denied India , not just Chanderpaul..

  • Tokas on July 10, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    A pathetic performance from India, if you consider #1 side vs #9 side. In age of T20 these Chumps could not even have a go at this small target. Unbelievable.

  • sreesam on July 10, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    This was India's second string team....and add rain to that, India did pretty well. As the article mentioned, India would have won both the test matches had it not been for rain. As for the english fans LOLing about India, go watch the highlights of your 'great' team getting all out in a test for 51!! Haha..

  • westindianfan on July 10, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    As a west indian supporter , i am amused at the comments from the indian fans here. India are the number one side in the world at the moment because they have been undefeated in test cricket since 2008. all things considered , that is quite a feat. it shows the quality of the team and the captain. they are number one . FOR NOW.

    But when your middle order batting retires , it is going to be different. and the other teams are going to lick their fingers when it happens when the great Dravid , great sachin, great VVS all go. Gambir is good. but sehwag is also on the wrong side of 30.

    your young batsman , only raina and to an extent rohit sharma inspire confidence. So to my fellow indian cricnfo bloggers , enjoy the ride for now, cos it aint gonna last.

    To the west indies, good fight all round, lots of positives , kirk edwards , bishoo, bravo , samuels, edwards back in form hope he stays fit. shiv is a blessing still.

    the captain is a good leader.

  • CandidIndian on July 10, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    As an Indian fan i am not too convinced about India's tactics, as they could not get out no 10 batsman out .Yes the pitch was flat but it was turning too and someone like Bhajji who has so much experience could have done better as he is main spinner of a team which is no 1 in ICC rankings.WI fought well no doubt about that, but i wonder what happened to Sammy's repeated demand of bouncy tracks to beat India,did they suddenly realize after getting away due to rain in Barbados that their idea about bouncy tracks is backfiring.I think WI should have gone for bouncy track again as that could have given them some chance to win the match and level the series.Anyways for me performance of Bhajji was disappointing and i am hoping he lifts up his game in England.Best thing about this series apart from series win of-course is we wont see Vijay playing for India anymore for a long period of time.

  • cricket_for_all on July 10, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    India need 3.6 per over to win the match. While Laxman and Dravid in the pitch the match has been called off. None of the test teams will call off the match in this situation but so-called number one team (by ICC ranking system- no body can understand this system) called off the match interesting!!!.

  • Valavan on July 10, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    India is blessed to win 1 test in away series, it doesnt matter they loose, draw or win the series. They are happy bunch with 1-0 win, 1-1 draw or 2-1 defeat.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    very frustrating!too angry,we should have won,had we applied properly and meanigfull,just take 1-0 lead,and won the series,is not a way for world no 1 team,we should have done better

  • Balb on July 10, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    The big question now for West Indies is to decide how to handle the return of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kemar Roach, and Jerome Taylor.

    West Indie still have to figure out the front line batsmen, the opening bowlers and the captaincy. Andre Russell is knocking at the door and he is hanging in there hoping to tour later in the year. Chanderpaul still has a lot of cricket left in him and until the West Indies figure out the issues with the team to tour later in the year, Chanderpaul should be the main stay. Will Kraigg Brathwaite get an opportunity to tour with the West Indies? The only answer now is to field two captains. One for tests and one for ODI's. It migt be an interim solution

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    This was a winnable match. Did miss Sehwag and Sachin. The bowling in second innings was pedestrian at best. India did not play like World Champions. I sometimes wonder how we won the World cup in the first place? Is it that the quality of the game overall has gone down in the last 5 years? For West Indies I thought despite their Board's screw up and Indian Team's lackluster efforts, Their players did a decent job. It would have been good if they had Gayle and Sarwan in the Team.

    A decade ago, Australia would have won the match from this situation.

  • maddy20 on July 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    They were consistently bowling outside off or outside leg and were just looking to deny the batsmen runs. Can't blame anyone here. WI wanted it to be 1-0 instead of 2-0 and after those three wickets, India didn't want to risk losing the 1-0 lead. If not for the cursed rain on day 1 which cost about 59 overs, we would have definitely had a result.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Disappointed with the outcome. The approach of the Indian batsmen has taken away much of the fizz that was generated for the India-England test series.. The team is taking baby steps towards world domination. I mean, when do you win more than one match in a series? Got to thank Australia that for their attacking cricket we were able to win 2 matches in both of the last two series we played with them. Dravid showed that he is not a flexible enough batsman On the other hand, hearty congratulations to the West Indians for playing out a hard fought draw.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    When Australia were world champions, they wee ruthless. India despite being number one in the world are not! I agree that India were not at full strength, but WI were also lacking some key players. Had Chris Gayel, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor played, the series might well have been in WI favour.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Was a good day of test cricket. After the 8th wicket fell most WI supporter would have been glum but admittedly India would be the more disappointed of the two teams. They will surely view this as the "one" that got away. But I also think that Chand. and Edwards did a good job in having the bowlers toil hard. Towards the end they looked tired, even the bouncers at Edwards looked venomless. At the end of the series(pak and now India) I can say that the WI is making progress and hope that the improvements continue in the future in the upcoming tours of Bang. and India later in the year.

  • iamgroot on July 10, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    WI team is very lucky to get away. Second string Indian team won the test series with a 1-0 and third string Indian ODI team won 3-2 and won the lone T20 game. So over all Indian team has been victorious. WI team were bowling negative line right from the beginning of the Indian second innings.. wide of off stump by fidel edwards and then bishoo totally negative line. And umpiring has been very poor throughout the series so in that context one horrible series came to an end. So another series victory for Indian team and MS Dhoni remains a victorious Indian captain for last 2 and half years. I am one of the indian fans who is disappointed that match was called off with 15 overs left. But if they continued and if Indian wicket collapsed then they would never excuse themselves for slipping on 1-0 series victory. WI team was definitely tired and exhausted. Nothing to boast about for them honestly. Shiv, Fidel and young kird edwards played well and others were terrible.

  • PontingForPM on July 10, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Haha, number 1 team? 80 runs in 15 overs with 7 wickets in hand and you call it off? Dravid was playing for a not out as usual. One of the worst innings to go with his second innings in Barbados that cost India the test. Add to that his drop catch. If it wasn't for Sammy, Dravid's minnow bashing series would have been terrible. Now he will flop in England like he has against every good attack over the past few years. He only scores again Bang, NZ and WI. England will destroy India.

  • saichander on July 10, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I would like to tell to our Indian team captain Dhoni that the experience he had so far in this series has not made him to think positively. I am of the opinion that the bowlers were not given expected rotation and switching over from pace to spin or keeping double end spin attack would have been ideal. Chanderpaul knows how he can extend his innings for a safe reach for West Indies. ANY WAY SERIES HAS BEEN WON BY INDIA. If it had been 2-0 verdict it should have blossomed the Indians prospect in England. Dhoni should realise the mistakes he has done in this entire series and try to resolve them in the series against England.

  • Sameer_cricfan on July 10, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    No matter how much Indian fans say India is by no means a great sides..... Friends I have a list of India's missed chances because of lack of guality bowler to give the decisive knock in the recent years 1) Sydney 2004 2) Mohali 2006 3) Antigua 2006 4) Oval 2007 5) Wellington 2009 6) Cape Town 2011 7) Dominica 2011 and so on. In all cases they were denied by a wicket or two and mainly of a tail or lower order batsman.... Now you call India as #1 and start compairing with great sides. Talking of today's game old Aus or WI or even PAK of some times could have easily won it.... Guys my predicthon for upcoming series Eng 2 Ind 1

  • 5wombats on July 10, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    180 to win off 47 overs! PATHETIC of india to not go for the win. The great sides of the past; Aus in the 90's and West Indies of the 80's & 70's would have gone for that and got it.Why could india not bowl WI out??? - Conclusion must be that india are just not a great side. Well played West Indies for keeping out the greatest team that ever walked onto a cricket field!!! (LOL). @Michael Anderson; india do not favour UDRS because it usually works against batsmen, and batting is supposed to be indias strongest suit - although you wouldn't think so after this display.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    Firstly I will be man enough to apologize for some comments I made about Shiv's slow batting. H/ever they were in the context of the way he batted in the last test,& maybe some emotion on my part. But the guy is something special. Cometh the hour cometh the man.WI will be hard press to replace this guy. In the colonial days he would have been knighted. He should be given the Caribbean's highest award. I bow to a true CARIBBEAN personality. Congrats Mr. Chanderpaul. Well done WI.

  • thebeaker on July 10, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    With an hour to go all three results were still possible, how often does that happen in a test match these days, not very often, too many test matches are finished on the third and fourth days. India blocked out the last 5 overs before drinks, they were only 3 down and still had some world class players still to come in. According to the rankings they are the no 1 side in the world, although the no 1 side in the world would not of accepted a draw needing 90 off 15 overs with 7 wickets left. The current England side and Australia side of 6/ 7 years ago would of won that game. Yes they took a draw and won the series 1-0, but the West Indies are a very, very poor side. Its decisions and cricket like this that is forcing spectators away from test match, infact all forms or cricket.

  • Nampally on July 10, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    India needed a wrist spinner in the XI to win both the second and the third test matches. While Bishoo and even the part time spinner like Chandepal spun their leg breaks as much as 6", Harbhajan's finger spinning did not help India much. In both the tests Ishant Sharma gave India hope of winning. But centuries by Edwards and Chanderpal denied India any chance of winning with their weak bowlers. Why was Amit Mishra not in the Test XI despite his outstanding performance in the ODI's? Inclusion of Munaf Patel instead of Mishra on a spinners wicket deprived India of an excellent leg spinner who was much feared by WI batsmen.Mishra was even a better choice than Harbhajan for all 3 tests. Both second and third tests could have been won by India if Mishra was included. An inexperienced Bishoo with less effective googlie than Mishra kept yhe Indian bats guessing. Why was Mishra dropped from the XI is the question Dhoni must ask himself.

  • ranpath on July 10, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    This series was very disappointing to me. Throughout, the Indian batsmen played as if they were up against bowlers of the Garner, Ambrose and Walsh etc ability. WI will now go away thinking that they have a great team. As I write i am watching Sammy 's interview and he is saying things like "pleased' about the result which he is thinking of as a "win". Is this guy for real ??!!!

  • m_ilind on July 10, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Again, Drvaid forced another draw! He just seems to shut shop batting in the fourth innings, regardless of the target! Well played WI to hold out on the final day!

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    Very bad ending to what everyone expected to be an exciting finish to the final TEST. 180 runs in 47 overs on a flat track, with players like Harbhajan Singh, Virat and Dhoni still to bat. India don't deserve their #1 status, hope England beats them.

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Great drawn test match- far more interesting than the high scoring dull boring draws in India.As a number 1 team India should have dominated the lower ranked WI team, the way we dished out 'blackwashes' and dominated all test teams for 20 years. India has not won more than 1 test match in an away series from the s continent- shouldn't a number 1 team be able to dominate all oppostions in on all bouncy wickets, and not just the dead, flat tracks? How will India cope in England? Really can't see them dominating as a number 1 team should...

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Dhony's captainship failed vcompletely here .He should not have given up the chase and he should have promoted himself in the batting instead of Raina as he did in the world cup final

    To give bowling of 2 overs to mukund had no meaning probably bowling to kohli would have been betterIndia could not win 2nd and third tests only because Dhony is not having desire to win ,he has become defensive captain which is also reflectede in his able to bowl less over rate

    It is high time he is removed from the captainship.May be Gambhir will prove to be better captain now

  • JatinPParmar on July 10, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    What's wrong with the Indian cricket team. They could have easily won the third test match against the West Indies. They had 15overs in hand and around 83 odd runs to make with 7 wickets in hand. All they needed was some aggression in the last 15 overs. Bizzare, don't understand why didn't they go ahead and get those runs? Weird :(

  • thegrownup on July 10, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Notice how the old guard - "Chanderpaul" helped WI escape wit a draw. To rebuild a team you need experience and youthful potential. WI clearly lacked an opening pair right throughout the series - Chris Gayle has a place and could have made a difference in some of the matches. with anything over 60 or even one century in the series. A good opening partnership could have made the series more interesting

  • on July 10, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Joke. Why didn't these highly paid 20-20 hitters go for the win? No.1 only in ranking

  • on July 10, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Poor showing by India. Very lackluster performance against a very average West Indies.

  • PACERONE on July 10, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    West Indies cricketers need to be playing more cricket. Why is Roach and Simmons still with the team doing 12man duties? Cricket is been played in Barbados..Roach could be playing to sharpen his skills. Nash had not played a serious game for a long time before the test match.Same with Barath.Something has to be done to keep these players active and not just practicing. Game situation is the way to get them playing correctly.

  • eatsometofu on July 10, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I like Test Cricket in general. It can be great if wickets fall and the game is on the line. But, most of the time, I realize it is like watching a very antiquated form of entertainment that has very little room in the modern world. Right now, India is batting for a draw, they are not playing to win. Watching Chanderpaul and Dravid bat is worse than watching paint dry. The pitch looks like a dust bowl without any kind of movement for the ball. This is insufferably painful to watch. The ODI World Cup had interesting games and in general was fun to watch. I'll just wait for the T20 World Cup. Even these contextless ODI series is not much fun to watch. England's recent deciding game win was an exception though, but the series as a whole, just not interesting enough. I don't know how much longer I can be a cricket fan.

  • spiritwithin on July 10, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    @Michael Anderson..'' In Ravi's case the Dhoni's gloves seemed to remove the bails before the ball arrived''.............he's given out after numerous replay by the 3rd umpire and thats not a wrong decision

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    The best and the worst of Test cricket is epitomised in the kind of game played by batsmen like Chanderpaul. Best because he has the skills and monumental Sphinxlike patience to stand the rigors of Test cricket; worst because watching such an innings is the biggest pain in the neck. The innings will be remembered either for the fact that it may have saved the Test from being lost or the torture and trauma it inflicted, particularly on the pro-India watchers of the game.

  • anexpat on July 10, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I can't help feeling that India was missing a top spinner today despite Harbhajn's four wickets. He is not threat he used to be. It reminds me the last couple of years of Great Kapil's career when he kept going for the sake of a few more wickets,consequently delaying Srinath's emergence as India's premier fast bowler. Harbhajan has past its sellby date. Someone else should be given a chance. If India lose or not win this match it will be due to lack of a quality spinner. I bet Bishoo is going to be handful during India cahse.

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Congrats chandrapaul....... will india make it today ?? not so difficult.. if india win they will go to England with great confidence...

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    In spite of umpiring errors, Indian bowlers were not able to remove Sammy and Edwards. This shows that Indian bowling was very weak in this test match in the second innings. May be Ishant Sharma is tired, I guess. No bowler balled a good yorker. Whatever, now Indian batsmen have a target of 180 and min 49 overs left. So, if Indian batsmen play like ODI's then they can win but in test matches, it is not possible reason, bowlers can ball as much wider as they can and short pitch stuff as well. So, this match is a heading to draw in my view. In present Indian team no player can hit like Sehwag quickly. Murali Vijay is desperate to get into double figures in the whole tour. Mukund is very slow and Dravid is also a chanderpaul sort of batsmen can defend but not known for quick scoring. Raina and Virat will not get any promotion in the batting order. So, this is draw which India should have won.

  • Metman on July 10, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Congrats Chanders ! I have gone on record as saying that yu and Kirk are not one day players,yu all are more suited for the 4 day format,and I have been vindicated !and I will say again that Simmons is not a test opener !If he is to be played in a test match,he should play as a wicketkeeper and bat down the order,whenever Baugh is replaced,otherwise he should open in one days ,and keep wicket.Come on yu trinis,offer some congratulations to Edwards nuh !Or is it a case of sour grapes,because Darren didn't get one,or Ramdin couldn't get a play,or is it because Dwayne only outsmarted himself ? People like riverlime,paddyrasta,trinileggie,nCassie and others,readers would like to have a laugh at yr biased comments.@Michael Anderson !Absolutely correct concerning Dhonis' gloves removing the bails before the ball hit the wicket.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    WI may not be a world class team; they nevertheless have 2 batsmen who have always been world class, Chanderpaul & Sarwan. Dropping them is madness on part of the WI board. Pakistan has been lucky last series, and I say so as a Pakistani supporter.

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    West Indies has suffered here by 2 or three incorrect umpiring decisions Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul. In Ravi's case the Dhoni's gloves seemed to remove the bails before the ball arrived,while in Marlon and Darrens case were clearly errors. Sorry URDS is not available for this series.

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Bow down to the Master. This what the West Indian Cricket Board should do. They dissed him and try to get him out of the team, but he is the glue, the bulwark. So give him the respedt he so richly deserve.

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  • on July 10, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Bow down to the Master. This what the West Indian Cricket Board should do. They dissed him and try to get him out of the team, but he is the glue, the bulwark. So give him the respedt he so richly deserve.

  • on July 10, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    West Indies has suffered here by 2 or three incorrect umpiring decisions Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul. In Ravi's case the Dhoni's gloves seemed to remove the bails before the ball arrived,while in Marlon and Darrens case were clearly errors. Sorry URDS is not available for this series.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on July 10, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    WI may not be a world class team; they nevertheless have 2 batsmen who have always been world class, Chanderpaul & Sarwan. Dropping them is madness on part of the WI board. Pakistan has been lucky last series, and I say so as a Pakistani supporter.

  • Metman on July 10, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Congrats Chanders ! I have gone on record as saying that yu and Kirk are not one day players,yu all are more suited for the 4 day format,and I have been vindicated !and I will say again that Simmons is not a test opener !If he is to be played in a test match,he should play as a wicketkeeper and bat down the order,whenever Baugh is replaced,otherwise he should open in one days ,and keep wicket.Come on yu trinis,offer some congratulations to Edwards nuh !Or is it a case of sour grapes,because Darren didn't get one,or Ramdin couldn't get a play,or is it because Dwayne only outsmarted himself ? People like riverlime,paddyrasta,trinileggie,nCassie and others,readers would like to have a laugh at yr biased comments.@Michael Anderson !Absolutely correct concerning Dhonis' gloves removing the bails before the ball hit the wicket.

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    In spite of umpiring errors, Indian bowlers were not able to remove Sammy and Edwards. This shows that Indian bowling was very weak in this test match in the second innings. May be Ishant Sharma is tired, I guess. No bowler balled a good yorker. Whatever, now Indian batsmen have a target of 180 and min 49 overs left. So, if Indian batsmen play like ODI's then they can win but in test matches, it is not possible reason, bowlers can ball as much wider as they can and short pitch stuff as well. So, this match is a heading to draw in my view. In present Indian team no player can hit like Sehwag quickly. Murali Vijay is desperate to get into double figures in the whole tour. Mukund is very slow and Dravid is also a chanderpaul sort of batsmen can defend but not known for quick scoring. Raina and Virat will not get any promotion in the batting order. So, this is draw which India should have won.

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Congrats chandrapaul....... will india make it today ?? not so difficult.. if india win they will go to England with great confidence...

  • anexpat on July 10, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    I can't help feeling that India was missing a top spinner today despite Harbhajn's four wickets. He is not threat he used to be. It reminds me the last couple of years of Great Kapil's career when he kept going for the sake of a few more wickets,consequently delaying Srinath's emergence as India's premier fast bowler. Harbhajan has past its sellby date. Someone else should be given a chance. If India lose or not win this match it will be due to lack of a quality spinner. I bet Bishoo is going to be handful during India cahse.

  • on July 10, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    The best and the worst of Test cricket is epitomised in the kind of game played by batsmen like Chanderpaul. Best because he has the skills and monumental Sphinxlike patience to stand the rigors of Test cricket; worst because watching such an innings is the biggest pain in the neck. The innings will be remembered either for the fact that it may have saved the Test from being lost or the torture and trauma it inflicted, particularly on the pro-India watchers of the game.

  • spiritwithin on July 10, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    @Michael Anderson..'' In Ravi's case the Dhoni's gloves seemed to remove the bails before the ball arrived''.............he's given out after numerous replay by the 3rd umpire and thats not a wrong decision

  • eatsometofu on July 10, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    I like Test Cricket in general. It can be great if wickets fall and the game is on the line. But, most of the time, I realize it is like watching a very antiquated form of entertainment that has very little room in the modern world. Right now, India is batting for a draw, they are not playing to win. Watching Chanderpaul and Dravid bat is worse than watching paint dry. The pitch looks like a dust bowl without any kind of movement for the ball. This is insufferably painful to watch. The ODI World Cup had interesting games and in general was fun to watch. I'll just wait for the T20 World Cup. Even these contextless ODI series is not much fun to watch. England's recent deciding game win was an exception though, but the series as a whole, just not interesting enough. I don't know how much longer I can be a cricket fan.