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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  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Simonviller, you have to recognize that most of the people who put down those guys and the coach, are not true West Indian Cricket supporters. They were hoping that they would fail. I was happy to see some eat crow when Kirk Edwards got his century

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    What was noticeable was that as the series progressed our players got better. Eg Baugh, Ravi, Bishoo, Sammy. We have completed back to back series, & what next? Here is where the Board comes in. They should arrange for our players to join top int'l clubs or even leagues around the wrld. When we were great our players played county cricket. What will our boys do fr now to Oct? The regional clubs do not have the std. Ov to the Brd. What about wooing a wealthy Indian entrep. to start a league in the Caribbean. Not 20/20! ODI or 3day matches. Just an idea!

  • Michael on July 13, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    @Squaddy !Lets' be honest too !Barath made a century on debut,and where is he heading now ? av.around 20 in his next 12 innings !Why highlight the negatives,why did't yu highlight those players who made centuries on debut and went on to achieve greatness.? A century is a century anywhere,anytime ! K.Edwards technically is a better batsman than both Barath and Dwayne Smith,and I expect him to excess of 30 in his next 12 innings.A professional coach to work with any player regardless of his attitude ? Big man,we are living in a real world,not a fantasy world or a perfect world !NO COACH IN THE WORLD would ever work with a player who insults him, and have negative things to say to him,his capt.and team management.Furthermore,if yu do indeed follow world cricket ,those players who have problems with management,either don't insult and say negative things about their capt,and coach,and then turn around and demand that they pick them,or they simply apologise !

  • Navendra on July 13, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Can someone plz tell me when is WI next International assignment and against which team?

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    you guys should spend some time analysing the effects of leadership on performance, have you not noticed there are leaders in industry who elevate performance wherever they work. have you ever heard of team dynamics?

  • Gaurav on July 13, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Lennon Dave Bhagwandin-After those humiliating losses of your team against SA ,England ,India and Pakistan in world cup its not surprising that you found it boring.Losers always find the winners boring.You guys have lost last three series to India, two of them were played in WI,still you are happy that your team showed some fight ,LOL ,this shows the state of Cricket in WI these days, such a disgrace to legendary team of WI with so many greats.

  • RYAN on July 13, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Let us reserve judgement on Kirk Edwards until he has had a string of good performances. As the article said Bharath scored a ton on debut as well, against the then no. 1 ( Australia) and look how he has struggled throughout this series. Edwards ususally sizzles for a while every time he "makes a comeback" and then starts to wane and then gets an injury that puts him out for long periods. Let's face it , Sammy was never one with credentials for being captain. He was only put there by default and the team is probably getting along by skill and maybe a bit of pride.

  • Sam` on July 13, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    I will repeat, for the mass of people who seem incapable of understanding it.

    Darren Sammy averages 28 for his career, and 24 for the five test season just completed.

    End of argument.

  • Alex on July 13, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    West Indies major problem is balance. With sammy they have to play 5 bowlers. But their batting is weak. if carlton baug or sammy start to play like test batsman , they can have 5th bowler. Bishoo is best bowler they got. They can't drop him. They need one more bowler. Sammy bowling containment role. Not enough to take wickets. If he bats well then it will be ok. If he do not bat well ...WI always be so close so near losses.

  • Alex on July 13, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Bishoo was better than all indian spinners

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