Posts tagged ‘India vs West Indies’

June 18, 2011

No Gayle, Bravo for first Test against India

Kingston: Chris Gayle continues to be ignored for selection following an unproductive meeting with the WICB management on June 14 and has been left out of the squad for the first Test against India at Sabina Park. The only change to the squad chosen for the St. Kitts Test against Pakistan is Trinidad opener Adrian Barath replacing Barbados opener Kraigg Brathwaite. This meant there was no place for allrounder Dwayne Bravo as well.

Bravo had skipped the Test series against Pakistan, after playing the ODIs, to play the IPL. He returned for the one-day series against India and played the first two games before asking to be rested for the remaining three. Bravo had said he wanted to “refocus, reflect” and “rejoin the team for the beginning of the Test series.” Apart from Bravo, there was also no place for allrounder Andre Russell, who impressed during the one-dayers against India.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the second Test against Pakistan because of injury and was omitted from the limited-overs matches against India, was included in the squad. The WICB, however, said it would meet with Chanderpaul before the first Test.

“Following communications between WICB management and Chanderpaul over the past weeks the WICB management and team management will meet with Shivnarine Chanderpaul prior to the Test,” the board said. “The WICB management and team management will outline to Chanderpaul the WICB’s expectations of him in his future participation in the West Indies team as a player.”

Barath had suffered a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup and had been out of action since. He made his return in the final ODI against India at Sabina Park. The first Test against India begins on June 20.

Squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash, Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.

June 13, 2011

West Indies bowlers have forgotten how to intimidate batsmen: Curtly Ambrose

India Vs West IndiesAntigua: West Indies fast bowlers have forgotten how to intimidate batsmen, feels legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose.

“The present standard is very, very bad and the only way interest can be revived is if we start winning some matches,” said Ambrose, who took 405 wickets from his 98 Tests.

Ambrose is disappointed that West Indian fast bowlers have forgotten the art of intimidating batsmen.

“I think it’s very important for a fast bowler to be intimidating. He must intimidate batsmen. I used to do it. I liked to soften them up,” he recalled.

The giant fast bowler, who terrorised the best in the world throughout the 90s, feels slow pitches have contributed a lot to the decline of pacers in the Caribbean.

“Two things have contributed to the downfall of West Indies cricket. Firstly, the pitches in the Caribbean have really slowed down and secondly, there is no deal of great experience which is being passed around in the dressing room,” he lamented.

He recollected his early playing days when interaction with Malcolm Marshall helped him finetune his skills.

“When I joined the team, I learnt a lot by just interacting with Malcolm Marshall, and later with Courtney Walsh. Now, these guys (the present team) have nobody to talk to; they are just sharing between them whatever little they have learnt from international cricket.”

Even though Ambrose was aggressive, it never affected his economy. A third of his 3000-odd overs in Test cricket were maidens and his career economy rate was a mere 2.31 runs per over.

He didn’t play much against India but his affection knows no bounds for Sachin Tendulkar.

“When I first watched him, it was in England in 1990 when he appeared a schoolboy. Yet watching him hit his first century at the age of 17, you knew here was a special talent,” he said.

Two years later, they were squaring up in a World Cup game in Basin Reserve Park in Wellington and Ambrose dismissed Tendulkar with a delivery that kicked off from short of good length to take his outside edge.

“He was a young guy and I was senior. So I needed to keep that equation,” Ambrose laughed.

Being reluctantly pushed into cricket by his mother at a rather late age of 21, Ambrose made it to the West Indies team within three years. Yet, it took him the next two years to really start thinking about the game seriously.

“The mantle of being world champions was falling off and a guy like me really had to learn very, very quickly. It helped that I was naturally very strong, very competitive and very aggressive,” he said.

For the Antiguan, the toughest batsman he ever bowled to was David Boon of Australia, not to mention former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh with whom he nearly exchanged fisticuffs.

However, Ambrose still has a great deal of respect for Waugh.

It was the Trinidad Test of 1995 series against Australia. Waugh was repeatedly hit on the body by Ambrose’s bouncers.

He let out his steam with a few chosen ones and enraged Ambrose to the extent he stood next to him, glaring and a physical contest wasn’t far away.

“I really wanted to hit him. We were trailing the series. I was being frustrated. But we settled it then and there. It didn’t go beyond the pitch.”

Ambrose though had the last laugh when he won the Test for West Indies and helped them square the series 1-1.



June 11, 2011

Raina: Dont belittle our performance by calling Windies ‘weak’

Antigua: Jun 11, 2011


A second-string India’s dominance in the ODI series against the West Indies has raised questions about the quality of the host team, leaving visiting skipper Suresh Raina livid as he feels this amounts to belittling his young side’s good show.

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“Earlier you termed us a young (second-string) side. Now you are terming the opposition too weak,” said Raina when asked whether India have been helped by the West Indies’ shambolic performance.


“The fact is that we all have played too well. Someone or other has put his hand up and we have prevailed,” he added.


Equally agitated by these suggestions was new coach Duncan Fletcher, who was rather agitated when asked about the occasional slip-ups on the field.


“These guys are players. They are not machines. There would be one or two slip-ups,” he said.


“I don’t think it (the West Indies) is a bad side. It’s an international side. It has players who have performed well in the past,” rebutted Fletcher on whether a tougher test awaits India when they tour England next month.


Fletcher was asked if he was surprised by the level of maturity the young Indians are exhibiting on and off the field.


“It’s a reflection on the pool of talent India currently have. It’s a reflection on India’s standard of cricket. IPL must have done some good. This pool of talent is a massive advantage to the Indians,” he replied.


During the second one-dayer, India needed 83 from 15 overs and Raina promoted himself up the order, upped the scoring rate and eased the pressure on his partner Virat Kohli and on his team.


Raina said it was part of plan laid out by Fletcher.


“Actually it was the coach’s idea. He felt that a right-left combination in the middle would work to India’s advantage primarily because West Indies had two leg break bowlers.”


Raina, who had a disastrous first stint as a captain, losing his matches against Zimbabwe of all sides last year, is setting the score right.


“This side has far more experience than that side which played in Zimbabwe. We have experienced bowlers in Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra and medium-fast bowlers Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel have bowled very well in difficult conditions,” he said.


The day also brought happy tidings for Praveen Kumar, who has been asked to stay back in the Caribbean by the Indian selectors to strengthen the team for Tests, now that both Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth have been reported unfit.


Abhimanyu Mithun of Karnataka is also being flown in from India.


“He’s (Praveen) very happy to be part of the Test squad,” rounded up Raina, speaking up for the man who is now closer to Test debut than ever.


India’s pace bowling stock in the Tests in the Caribbean would be handled by Praveen, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun.


June 7, 2011

India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma guides India to easy win over Windies

Rohit SharmaPORT OF SPAIN: Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten half-century guided India to a comfortable four-wicket win over West Indies in the first ODI in Trinidad on Monday.

Sharma, who batted sensibly after India had slumped to 104 for four following the loss of three early wickets and opener Shikhar Dhawan for 51, made 68 not out in 75 balls as the world champions wrapped up victory with more than five overs to spare.

West Indies, batting first on a low bouncing pitch that suited spinners, could only manage 214 for nine from their 50 overs with Ramnaresh Sarwan (56) and Marlon Samuels (55) combining for more than half the team’s score.

Only three other batsmen made double figures and none scored more than 22. Sarwan and Samuels put on 82 for the fourth wicket but when they departed the tourists were able to stem the run flow and pick up regular wickets.

Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the Indian bowlers, capturing three for 32 from 10 overs.

India, playing their first ODI since winning the World Cup on home soil in April, were missing captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and made a shaky start to their reply.

They lost three wickets in the first 16 overs and the game was still in the balance when Dhawan threw his wicket away just after reaching his half-century when he holed out in the deep.

But Sharma knuckled down and shared a vital 80-run stand with Suresh Raina that put India back on course.

Raina departed for 43 and although India lost a sixth wicket they got home safely, Harbhajan sealing the win with a six.

Sharma, who also hit a six and three boundaries, was named man of the match.

The second of the five matches is scheduled for Wednesday. The teams also play a three-match test series starting at the end of June.