India in West Indies 2011 July 11, 2011

Plenty of progress for West Indies

ESPNcricinfo reviews the performances of the West Indies players in the Tests against India

Adrian Barath slipped
For a man who scored a debut hundred in Australia this series was a disappointment. He was consistently squared-up by deliveries seaming away from the off stump. Ian Bishop reckons he has the discipline to work hard and come back with the required improvements.

Lendl Simmons looked out of place in Tests
He just didn't look like a Test opener. He was on song in the ODIs but couldn't handle the seaming tracks on offer in the first two Tests. His replacement didn't do too well either.

Kirk Edwards showed true grit
He might not have the greatest technique but he seems to have a big heart. He was willing to fight it out, willing to look ugly, willing to be remain patient and bat through sessions. He replaced Ramnaresh Sarwan and looked like he has it in him, at least mentally, to cope with the task on hand. It will be interesting to see how he handles the short ball on bouncier tracks. It's too early to say anything conclusive about him.

Chanderpaul likes a fight
He was under immense pressure ahead of the final innings of the final Test but came through with yet another patient fighting knock of real substance. He has shown his value in a batting line-up shorn of experience and has earned himself plenty of breathing space. When West Indies is in trouble, it's still Chanderpaul that you turn to.

Samuels makes a comeback
It was Samuels who played the most skilful knock by a West Indian in this series. In the second Test, the pitch was seaming but he played late and showed immense patience to fight it out. It was a stirring knock under pressure. In the third Test, in both innings, he failed as he hung back to relatively full deliveries though he got a bad decision in the second innings. He was one of the pluses for West Indies this series as he showed he has the class.

Carlton Baugh came through
He was very good behind the stumps and as the series went he showed his worth in front of it as well. He displayed character in situations when things were slightly dicey for the team. West Indies were at the risk of losing in the second Test when he came in and seized the Indian attack with his aggression. He hit a fifty in the first innings of the final Test and has now firmly gone ahead of Denesh Ramdin.

Darren Sammy showed guts
He faced plenty of criticism but he came through. He was the one that kept out Kemar Roach but impressed with his tireless spells and commitment. His batting never came on and unless it does, his place will be always under question. He led the team well on the field and the team looked a professional unit. Sammy might not have great skills but he definitely has the heart.

Ravi Rampaul sparkled
Rampaul impressed with his canny seam bowling. He showed intelligence and skill and hit the right areas nearly always. He always put the batsmen under pressure. He was attacking and yet never leaked runs.

Fidel Edwards sizzled
Eyebrows were raised when he replaced Roach but he turned in impressive spells, bowling with pace and fire to silence everyone. Sometimes it appeared he was overdoing the short stuff but he always attacked and was the chief aggressor in this unit. He was indefatigable and astonished with his commitment. On the third day of the final Test when West Indies were without Rampaul, the way Edwards took on the responsibility was a stand-out feature of the series. Also, the way he knuckled down and batted with Chanderpaul on the final day of the Test. He is a fighter.

Devendra Bishoo will have learned
He started off with a bang on the first day of the series but tapered off slightly as the series went on. This would have been a great learning curve for the young legspinner who continues to impress. He was guilty of bowling a touch short in the third Test but by then he perhaps was tiring.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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