West Indies v India, 1st Test, Antigua, 1st day July 22, 2016

Bishoo not unhappy with team balance

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'You have to be patient on this pitch' - Bishoo

Devendra Bishoo, the West Indies legspinner who took three wickets on day one of the Antigua Test, feels West Indies are still in a competitive position despite India going to stumps on 302 for 4.

"No, I don't think we are under any pressure at all," Bishoo said at the end of the day's play. "The game could change just like that. It was a tough day for us, but you never know. Tomorrow morning we're going to come and put the work in."

West Indies went into the match with a long batting line-up, with allrounders Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder slotting in at No. 8 and No. 9, but that meant they only had one genuine fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel, in their attack. Bishoo did not agree with the idea that West Indies may have missed having an extra frontline bowler.

"No, no, no. At the end of day, whatever team we have to play with as a team, we have to play," he said. "We support each other and give our 100%. I'm not going to put anything on anybody. To play good cricket, bowlers have to do their job and batsmen have to do theirs."

The bowlers, he felt, could have done a better job overall, on a good pitch to bat on. West Indies kept India to 72 for 1 in the first session, but could not maintain their stifling lines and lengths as the day wore on.

"Yeah, we could have been in a better position probably." Bishoo said. "At the end of the day, it's a good pitch and the Indian batsmen kept relishing it. We just didn't put the ball in the areas as much, but we bowled good in patches.

"I think Shannon bowled really good upfront today and he started off very, very well. He bowled with great pace. The rest of the bowlers, as I said, bowled well in patches. We need to be a bit more patient because the wicket is good."

Making his debut for West Indies, allrounder Roston Chase sent down 17 overs on the first day, the joint-most for West Indies behind Bishoo's 27. Bishoo said he wasn't surprised that Chase got the ball ahead of him.

"Chase and me are different bowlers and the ball was newer. It was ideal to go with him first. I have got no problem with that," Bishoo said. "He's more of a part-time offspinner. But he's going to be bowling a lot of overs. He's more like a batting allrounder, but he's a very good bowler."

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  • Vivek on July 22, 2016, 18:46 GMT

    With good team or bad team, West Indies are not going to win anyway. But if they can get a good bowler like Alzarri Joseph or Cummins and a keeper proably Pooran and a genuine opener, they will start looking competitive again. Nothing wrong with Holder or Brathwaite at all.

  • tajeram on July 22, 2016, 15:39 GMT

    Come on people its a batting pitch. India has some of the best batsman in the world. lets see how things work out. WI batting has not been good so we have to find ways to stock up on it since we are not able to score over 300 runs in the past. Against any opposition India will score big now with these extra bowling and batting all-rounders WI can hold up to get scores over 300 to hold out for draws, then the selectors can add a specialist bowler in to improve the balance.

  • Steve on July 22, 2016, 13:41 GMT

    Glad that Gabriel came through the 1st day unscathed. His main drawback is that he loses sharpness and effectiveness as soon as the ball gets old. I always felt Holder and Carlos Brathwaite are not test quality bowlers. After a few initial overs, they both were bowling in the low 130s, sometimes even as low as lower 120Kmph. That's less than B Kumar and much maligned Binny who are just medium pacers. WI needs a second frontline spinner like Badree or Narine or even Benn in the place of ineffective 2nd string pace bowlers.

  • Krish on July 22, 2016, 13:09 GMT

    If WI does not have a couple of incisive fast bowlers it is going to be impossible for them.

  •   Abdul Naym on July 22, 2016, 12:10 GMT

    this team lost to Australias c grade team in practice , how can u expect them to beat a batting gaint india,biggest mistake committed by WI selectors when they handed over the captaincy to holder, he still doesnt look like belonging to international level yet. hopefully this will be his last test series as captain because neither he knows anything about team slection nor field placings. this will be good practice kind of series for india with AUS, NZ and ENG to come .. cake walk series this with india winning 4-0 , AFG or BAN attack looks far better than WI attack. come on india.... kohli will score more than 1000 runs in this series

  • Len on July 22, 2016, 11:56 GMT

    India's total at the end of the first day proves what we all know about this WIndian attack. Holder at his height should be genuinely quick but is only a medium pacer, Braithwaite has no business in a Test match with his medium pace dobbers, Bishoo bowls too many 4 balls and chase will never get wickets at this level though he seemed to bowl tidily enough. Though its a slow wicket, Ashwin will go through the batting like a dose of salts because technically, WIndies batsmen leaves a lot to be desired. in finishing, does Ambrose, whose the supposedly bowling coach tells Holder anything about bowling or is Holder the modern day WIndian player who thinks he's a worldbeater who does not need to listen to advice even though his test record is utter rubbish.

  • Danish on July 22, 2016, 8:39 GMT

    Gayle, Simmons, DJ Bravo, Russell, Sammy, Pollard and Narine = more than half first choice players missing

  • Olivier on July 22, 2016, 6:59 GMT

    It's going to be hard for WI to get in any commanding position without Bishoo doing his best Yasir Shah impression every innings. Holder is a mediocre captain and is doing nothing with ball or bat and Carlos Brathwaite simply isn't a test match bowler. Only one of Holder and Brathwaite should ever be in the side. Holder at 8, Bishoo at 9, Cummings at 10 and Gabriel at 11 would have been a much more effective bowling attack and the batting doesn't suffer much as Brathwaite can only make runs when he's slogging on dead pitches and has no defensive technique. Preferably they need another genuine fast bowler, but i don't believe anyone's shown up yet and Alzarri Joseph should play another first class season at least before getting a trial.

  • Niroop on July 22, 2016, 6:33 GMT

    While its commendable to see Bishoo talking of positives and not complaining at the situation he is in, the reality is he is expected to pick 5 wickets each innings he bowls if WI were to have a shot at winning. This is not an enviable position to be in, added with a defensive field and mindset from the captain. Its hard work with less rewards for him. Hoping he doesn't tire out by the end of second test.

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