India is touring the Caribbean islands, for their Test match tour against the West Indies team. The India team is under-strength with Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer Khan missing the tour. This will set up an exciting contest with the West Indies team which is a pale shadow of their old legends.
If you are keen to catch matches online, then tune in to Youtube.com/tensports for a live streaming of the three test matches.
Test Series Schedule (West Indies v India 2011)
- 1st Test: West Indies v India at Kingston (June 20-24, 2011)
- 2nd Test: West Indies v India at Bridgetown (Jun 28 – July 2, 2011)
- 3rd Test: West Indies v India at Roseau (July 6 – 10, 2011)
It will also feature Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina as Test regulars, while it will be the first time MS Dhoni captains India after the famous World Cup victory.
So who do your think will win the series? Drop in your comments.
I sat down to watch the first match in the T20 World Cup featuring Sri Lanka and New Zealand. I saw some boundaries and sixes being hit. There were a few catches too but the good news is that when someone dived and took a catch it was a ‘catch’ not a ‘Karbonn Kamaal Katch’ and neither were those big hits over the fences called ‘DLF Maximums’ they were simply called ‘Six’. IPL can truly be forgotten now, its time for International cricket all over again.
The T20 World Cup started off with a thrilling match. The venue was Georgetown, Guyana which is the only cricket ground on the South American continent. The match started of quite slowly reflecting the slow nature of the pitch in the middle. The Kiwis bowled a tight line but a brave and courageous innings by Mahela Jayawardene who scored 81 Runs of 51 balls. Sri Lanka ended up with a low but fighting total of 135/6.
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New Zealand started of aggressively but were grounded and slowed down but continuously losing wickets. New Zealand finally needed 10 runs to win of the last over and Lasith Malinga was due to bowl. Nathan McCullum the brother of Brendon McCullum the super start T20 batsman decided to arrive to the part and scored of the runs with one ball to spare.
This way New Zealand pick up 2 points and will be expected to top the group as their next match is against Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka now play Zimbabwe and they have to win otherwise they are out of the World Cup. I doubt the Lankans will allow that to happen, but only two days ago Zimbabwe did beat Australia in a practice match.
After the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka match, West Indies squared off against Ireland. Ireland has great memories of winning against Pakistan during the World Cup in 2007. It also was played in the West Indies.
But any such hopes of Ireland were quite easily dashed of by a under strength West Indies who had Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor and Suleiman Ben on the injured list. Dwayne Bravo led the West Indies and the Windies never really soared with the bat and managed only 138/9. But the West Indies bowling was far too good for Ireland and they were bowled out for a meager score of 68.
Darren Sammy from West Indies took 3 wickets an scored 30 runs and also took 4 catches. No prizes for guessing who was man of the match there.
Tomorrow India take of Afghanistan in St Lucia and Bangladesh take on Pakistan at the same venue.
The week that lies ahead will see some fascinating Test cricket action. It is quite a unique time as all Test playing nations except Bangladesh are involved in a test series. England is touring South Africa, West Indies are touring Austrialia, Pakistan are playing in New Zealand and closer home Sri Lanka will play the final Test of the three match series tomorrow against India.
India play Srilanka at the historic Brabourne…
India takes of Sri Lanka tomorrow at the Brabourne Stadium. It is a stadium that has been known to be the bastion of culture and legacy when it comes to cricket in India. The association which runs the stadium (CCI) had a falling out with the Mumbai Cricket Association back in the early 70s. This led MCA to construct a new stadium called the Wankhede. The two associations have gotten closer now a days and with the Wankhede stadium undergoing a major re-building exercise Brabourne gets its chance to host one more Test match after 36 long years. Last time Test cricket was played at the Brabourne, Sachin Tendulkar was not even born!
India will be keen to win this Test match as it will haul it upwards to being the No 1 ranked Test team in the ICC rankings. This will be quite an achievement for the Indian team who are not particularly hailed for their ability in Test cricket.
New Zealand host Pakistan…
Not sure if New Zealand will have their confidence high after last weeks win over Pakistan. The Pakistan team came very close to an unlikely win over the Kiwis. But I still feel Pakistan have some inherent technically challenged opening batsmen along with some sparkling yet not reliable batting lineup. They have a great bowling line up too but I still feel it would not be able to match up to New Zealand’s usual dose of resoluteness and professionalism. The Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan begins on 3rd December 2009. If you are in India you should be able to catch the action on Ten Sports in early morning around 430 am.
Australia host West Indies in Adelaide…
In the first Test Match Australia declared their innings at 480/8 and bowled out West Indies twice in less than 2 days. The match was over on the 3rd day itself and was one sided more of less from the first day’s first session. This sort of a defeat does not speak very highly of West Indies’ chances in the second Test at Adelaide. This match starts on Friday morning at 5.30 in the morning. Indian viewers should be able to catch the game on Star Cricket.
The Indian squad for the Caribbean tour has been announced. Fatigue and injuries playing a big role in the selection is very evident, while, individual performances in IPL also get due recognition.
In or Out?
Let us have a look who gets in and who gets out comparing it with the WT20 squad:
If we compare it with the ODI squad that toured New Zealand earlier this year, then Ashish Nehra, Abhishek Nayar, RP Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, S Badrinath and M Vijay get the place into the side.
Selected or Dropped?
Let us try to see why few of the players were selected or dropped?
- M Vijay: His performance in Ranji trophy gets him in to the squad. Moreover, he is an opener, so he could release Rohit from the extra responsibility and allow him to strengthen the middle over.
- S Badrinath: He had a good Ranji season and gets a well deserved selection.
- Abhishek Nayar: All round performance during Ranji and IPL this season helps him get into the 16-member squad.
- Ravindra Jadeja: Selectors continue with their faith, after WT20, on this young boy with a promising future.
- Ashish Nehra: Comes back to the side after 4 years. His performance in IPL and past international experience gets him the ticket.
- RP Singh: The highest wicket taker in the IPL makes a comeback riding on his success during the league.
- Sachin Tendulkar: Opted to rest due to the finger injury that he got during the IPL.
- Virender Sehwag: Continues his medical leave because of the shoulder injury.
- Suresh Raina: He needs time to get over with the hairline fracture in his thumb.
- Irfan Pathan: He was not selected for the final two matches in the WT20 and could not find a place for himself in the squad. He was part of the successful team that went to New Zealand.
- Munaf Patel: He was part of the team to New Zealand, but did not have a good show during the tour. Though he had a good show during the IPL, while bowling for RR, but still could not impress the selectors.
- Zaheer Khan: Rested because of the shoulder injury he earlier had.
The 16 Member Squad
- MS Dhoni (Captain)
- Yuvraj Singh (Vice Captain)
- Gautam Gambhir
- Rohit Sharma
- Yusuf Pathan
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Harbhajan Singh
- Pragyan Ojha
- RP Singh
- Praveen Kumar
- Ishant Sharma
- Dinesh Karthik
- S Badrinath
- Abhishek Nayar
- Ashish Nehra
- M Vijay