Touring Windies no matchn for the Indians

West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo appeals for a wicket against Australia during their One-day International cricket match in Perth, Australia, earlier this year.
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Theron Kirkman

West Indies players have been facing tough challenges in India. The two Test matches went to the home team by wide margins. India batted, bowled and fielded better. India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an experienced captain and is rated as the best captain in world cricket today. India players are on top of their game and the team is expected to win the One-day International games as well.


India is expected to perform even better in the One-day Internationals than they did in the test matches. They are ODI world champions and they are always up to the task of showing their worth. Star batsman Rohit Sharma who scored a double century against Australia in the ODI series then a century in the First Test against the West Indies as a debutant, and another century in the Second Test. He is on a run spree. Hefty scoring is expected from India. West Indies will be without the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard.

West Indies One-Day squad to play against India are as follows. Dwayne Bravo [captain], Darren Bravo, Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veer Sammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons.

Up to Nov. 20, 2013, the West Indies so far played 20 One-Day Internationals, winning only seven.

The West Indies team seems to have many flaws that are consistent but Head Coach Ottis Gibson seems unable to correct those flaws. The West Indies team is losing because the Indian team is playing much more intelligent cricket and their players have matured quickly into the various roles. Mohammed Shami, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and the swashbuckling Rohit Sharma are all young players who have worked very hard to better their game. The strength of India’s final 11 can be seen even when Virender Sehwag cannot be on the Test or One-day squads.


West Indies Number Three batsman Darren Bravo has a long list of failures and is still listed on the Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 squads. West Indies continue to play these cricketers who have been failing back-to-back. The West Indies players are not even putting up any form of resistance. They have been totally outplayed in every aspect of the game.

Marlon Samuels should take up the Number Three spot in Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s. West Indies cricketers ought to work more on their techniques and general approach to the sport.

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