West Indies v India, Group F, Bridgetown

India brace for short-ball barrage

Andrew McGlashan in Bridgetown

May 8, 2010

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Gautam Gambhir looks uncomfortable against the short ball, Australia v India, Super Eights, ICC World Twenty20, Bridgetown, May 7, 2010
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India are likely to face another stern examination of their technique against bouncers when they take on West Indies in a crucial Super Eight match at the Kensington Oval on Sunday. The hosts are set to unleash Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach on a top order that struggled against the short ball from Australia in a bid to keep their tournament alive.

Both sides are desperate for victory having lost their first Super Eight matches by huge margins and another defeat would leave them on the brink of exiting the tournament. It now seems likely that either the financial powerhouse of world cricket or the host nation will not make it to the semi-finals.

West Indies were awful against Sri Lanka as they missed six chances in the field, but India's vulnerability against the short ball offers them a window of opportunity. At last year's World Twenty20 they bounced India out at Lord's on their way to the semi-finals and Chris Gayle didn't hide the fact that it will be a tactic discussed in the build-up to this match.

"We can use the short ball but at the same we have to be careful because it's a small ground and they have quality batters who can make adjustments," he said. "But it's certainly something we will put into our plans."

Taylor and Roach were impressive with the new ball against Sri Lanka but weren't backed up by the fielding. It was the first time in the tournament that West Indies' two quickest bowlers had been paired together after Taylor struggled with injury during the group stage. Roach, meanwhile, was left out after the opening game against Ireland but his return of 2 for 27 against Sri Lanka was commendable as West Indies conceded nearly ten an over.

MS Dhoni is well aware that his team will be targeted but is confident they can respond despite being rattled by Australia's trio of Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Mitchell Johnson. "It's the same stuff that Indians have been facing for the last 10, 15, 20 years and some of the best batsmen in the world have come from India so there's no reason why they can't do it," he said.

With the early starts for the first match each day it is leaving the captains with a conundrum over what to do at the toss. Michael Clarke said he was surprised India bowled with just two frontline seamers in the attack and Gayle hinted that he may prefer to defend a total even if that means holding back his quicks.

"Whichever team bats second will be under pressure, especially when they are chasing a total over 170," he said. "If you lose a few early wickets you are on the back foot and I'm sure it's something teams will be looking at. But with the first game starting at 9.30 there can sometimes be a bit in the wicket."

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Posted by   on (May 11, 2010, 4:35 GMT)

Dhoni must have taken Ashwin and tiwary instead of jadeja and yousuf.

Posted by ganymide on (May 10, 2010, 11:37 GMT)

For entire team failure we've to blame Dhoni's failure. Not the individual team members. Because he;s backing all senior players, that causing selectors no way, they've to listen to him or viceversa with selection comittee chairman Srikanth. He's doing regional favoritism and selecting Vijay instead of many good form players.

BCCI should select only who's in form players, not poor form players like Piyush chawla, Gambhir, Vijay, Yousuf pathan, Nehra, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Harbhajan these all players who scored or bowl good in pathces. The actual players who're in good form, if you take IPL, they may be Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Uthappa, Praganan Ojha. BCCI need to prepare fast pitches and they've conduct fast pitch camps before important tournaments. If yoiu don\t take small things, you've not deserved to be adminstration of billions of dollar governance. You're utter failure of maintaining this small team. Look at Manchester united or other teams, they'll take so many precautions.

Posted by ganymide on (May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

This shortball weakness keep appearing in indian blogs, critics almost 3 decades, but so far BCCI or cricket coach Gary kirsten or previous team coaches never heard of taking any action. Simply they're continuing with this cowboy team. Some times they'll click, most of the times and important tournaments like this T20 world cup and one day worldcup, they always fails. It's really shame to billions of dollar rich BCCI. you've responsibility to keep indian team no.1 always either with your money or your members skillset or paying millions to coaches. But what you're doing is nothing. You're still counting senior players, so called paper tigers. India need at least 40 players prob. list they need rotate frequently. So whoever in form they should automatically select to important tournaments. But don't send these exhausted or poor form players to world cups. If you filled their pockets with excess money, they don't bother when to play, theyll take light always. So just drop them, Dhoni als

Posted by ganymide on (May 10, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

It's big joke that Dhoni claimed their team not good at best pulling, why this same word not telling to BCCI selection comittee or coach gary kirsten, atleast they should've taken before the tournament. They know that if they've to play in Barbados' and they're weak in playing shortballs. Why they didn't take precautions. That means arrogance and ego of Dhoni and team members drowned whole team and embarassed BCCI infront of not only 1 billion indian viewers and also Global 2 billions of cricket lovers. Dhoni you may got good fame as a captain, if you do this type of mistakes, you'll loose all of your fame in one bad match or tournament. You know that some players are tired, exhausted like Gambhir, zaheer, yousuf, Harbhajan, Rohit and raina, Nehra fitness. But you selected these players. Ignored Sourabh tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Pragnan Ojha, Uthappa. These players are in excellent form. Forget about Yuvi, Sehwag, Gambhir. all these players lost form exhausted.on top of that you cont.same

Posted by ganymide on (May 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

Every captain of indian, i mean recently from Ganguly onwards, first few years they're ok, they're very hungry to win each match, each tournament, and then their performance, pitch reading skills, team selection, you name it, all are going to drop drastically, apart from that they're overconfident, and egoistic, that causes quick fall down of team. Now the real villan is Dhoni's captaincy. and Srikanth's team selection. They've to select whoever in the form, rather than paper tigers. Who's vijay? why not Robin? And why they didn't select Pragnan Ojah, why they selected Ravider jadeja? and Ofcourse poor form Yuvi, and burden seniors like Zaheer khan, wicketless harbhajan. Gambhir in poor form. This is the team they want to win world cup. Dhoni's arrogance and ego, caused this down fall. Why he choosed same team and bowling first? Dhoni people never forget this type of rubbish performance and your poor captaincy. Shame on Indian cricket team. This only billion dollar team, not winning te

Posted by karthikgobi on (May 10, 2010, 8:16 GMT)

what a fabulous performance by indians.they never learn from mistakes.my team 11 1 manoj tiwary 2 manish pandey 3 robin uthappa 4 rohit sharma 5 irfan pathan 6 virat kohli 7 sourav tiwary 8 harbhajan singh 9 RP singh 10 p ojha 11 sreesanth team will lead by BHAJJI OR KOHLI WE MISS VIRU.... ANYBODY WILL NOT REPLACE U.. MISSING VIRU AFFECT GAUTAM FORM AND INDIA. RAVINDRA JADEJA IS THE BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT FOR INDIA FROM THE BEGINS. HE GAVE SO MANY 6 IN HIS BOWLING. HE TOOK SOME BRILLIANT CATCHES IN THE FIELD. HE SCORED SOME USEFUL RUNS WITH BAT.(4,5) UV, MSD, NEED TO REST ZAHEER, NEHRA NEED TO RETIRE FROM T20 FORMAT. ..................THIS WC TEAM SELECTION IS VERY WORST BY SRIKKANTH AND CO. DHONI VIJAY YUSUF RAINA ZAHEER ALL PLAYED WELL FOR OWN IPL TEAMS. BUT NOT IN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.

ONE REQUEST TO MS DHONI

R JADEJA IS STILL YOUNG. SO KEEP HIM IN ALL MATCHES AND INDIA WILL BECOME NO 1 AND WIN WORLD CUPS FOR INDIA..

Posted by   on (May 10, 2010, 0:56 GMT)

Just to remind regarding my earlier comment, India is outclassed by westindian pace battery, though they didnot bowl exactly as Aussies but they harvested their stuff over the pressure built by Aussies bowlers. None of the batsmen was comfortable against Windies bowlers. This is moment for the Indian team management and coach to enforce a strong team under its banner.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2010, 23:46 GMT)

Two awful dropped catches in two matches. Both prove costly.

Posted by kalam100 on (May 9, 2010, 21:55 GMT)

india has a good chance. i am sure india will win against SL and AU will win against WI.But i am surprised why not india changing squad .vijoy,nehra,jadeja,yousuf obiously should out from team for their poor performance.

Posted by Messyinamess on (May 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT)

Well, high expectations lead to bigger disappointment. Blame it on the media for highlighting the Indian side as the best on tour when it is only unfair that the rest of the cricket playing nations are not highly regarded, when compared to that of India. Yes, India gets away with anything. They have the BCCI, the richest board, and the ICC means only a mere mannequin that flaunts the Indian outfit. Every time around a major tour, there is a hype and buzz created around the team and players, only to endorse the team's commercial leverage. People are glued to the TV, more endorsements are won and a lot of money is circulated.

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