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India A to play 3 first class matches on the A tour to WI, June 2012

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Powell goes to a brilliant 50 with a drive. Landmark came off 47 balls 7x4' date= 2x6 in 64 minutes. WI 84-0 - 13 more to win
I heard that Deccan Chargers was looking for some new players :hmmm:

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Sougata Bhattacharya ‏@SougataBhattach @westindies y is sammy captain of ur team, in aus,eng,ind...a player like him is not good 4 even 1st class cricket...useless fellow westindies ‏@westindies @sougatabhattach: we will forward your comment to the Captain let him respnd to you directly :cantstop:

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Bowling you wins you matches.........have the best batsmen in the world in your team and it wont count for shite unless the bowling is there........(sachin :secret:)

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windies will score 300+' date=' our bowlers are bound to struggle.. next innings our batsmen will score 220. windies will have a target of close to 140, will chase with ease[/quote'] :hatsoff: should have been a 2-0 whitewash for the windies had pujaa nd hmed nt won the 1st test.. ab ye din bhi dekhna padh raha hai :facepalm:

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Interesting question is what would have been the result if Indian main team had played against this WI A team. I guess they too would have lost by same margin.
but we beat the main team home and away comfortably last year.

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but we beat the main team home and away comfortably last year.
Away wasn't comfortable. We won 1-0 only. And that was last year before England tour where downhill journey started.

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Interesting question is what would have been the result if Indian main team had played against this WI A team. I guess they too would have lost by same margin.
lol yadhav and aaron would have cut through this horrible WI lineup.

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bit bad luck... any way its still 1-2 we will thrash them in T20 & ODI :yay:
bad luck? We deserved 3-0 the way we played, the way of the seniors.

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Interesting question is what would have been the result if Indian main team had played against this WI A team. I guess they too would have lost by same margin.
Hmm. Can this Indian team draw a series overseas, against any test playing country?

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disappointed about rahane. saw him do well in ODIs v ENG and then his IPL heroics, had a compact technique with shots all around. can't see why he couldn't translate that form and ability into success in longer formats. pitches may have been difficult for batting but we saw pujara, powell etc doing well with some fifties from others.

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we got serious problems winning at home if Nohit is our best young spinner .I am not even convinced Ashwin can replace Bhajji properly(the Bhajji who used to run through sides in the 2nd innings in SC).

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This tour just highlights the poverty of resources and the lack of any depth. Batting has been just plain embarrassing as the averages show. Bowling a bit better but nothing to crow about. Unless there is some real planning, development and infrastructure put in place then the future does not look good.

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Bowlers, Powell set up series win for hosts West Indies A thrashed India A by ten wickets in the third unofficial Test in St Lucia to take the series 2-1 More... Bowlers, Powell set up series win for hosts ESPNcricinfo staff June 19, 2012 West Indies A 336 (Powell 139, Saxena 3-55) and 97 for 0 (Powell 56*) beat India A 230 (Saxena 61, Bishoo 3-40) & 202 (Tiwary 62, McClean 5-57) by ten wickets Scorecard West Indies A thrashed India A by ten wickets in the third unofficial Test in St Lucia to take the series 2-1. Fast bowler Kevin McClean wrapped up the Indian tail to finish with 5 for 57, his third first-class five-wicket haul. India A began the fourth and final day on 181 for 7, a lead of 75. With the injured Robin Bist not batting, their only hope was Wriddhiman Saha, unbeaten on 48. But McClean did not take too long to end the innings, trapping Saha lbw for 52 and having Parvinder Awana caught for a duck. India A managed 202 and set West Indies A a target of just 97. Kieran Powell, the first-innings centurion, cracked an unbeaten 56 from 50 deliveries while Kraigg Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 36 as the hosts cantered to victory in the 18th over. Powell was named the Man of the Match while left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson, who took 17 wickets in the three games, was named the Man of the Series.

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This tour is a wake up call for the Indian cricket, the way our young batters barring pujara flopped shows that,they need to work on there game immediately,guys like mukund,sharma,rahane and dhawan,needs a lot of work to do,not to forget we seriously need some good tweakers as well.

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Disappointed, but not panicking - India A coach Sidharth Monga June 20, 2012 Cheteshwar Pujara and Shami Ahmed: two positives from a bleak tour © WICB Players/Officials: Cheteshwar Pujara | Lalchand Rajput | Wriddhiman Saha | Shami Ahmed Series/Tournaments: India A tour of West Indies Teams: India | West Indies Lalchand Rajput, the coach of the touring India A side in the West Indies, is disappointed the fancied batting line-up didn't click as a unit, but is not alarmed about the future of India's middle order after a side full of Test aspirants failed to reach 300 in any of the innings of the three first-class matches against West Indies A. The sheer amount of international experience in India A's middle order - Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary - made them favourites going into the series, but none of them scored a century, and India A lost the series even after having won the first match. "It's fair to say we didn't think the series would go this way," Rajput said from Port-of-Spain where the limited-overs leg of the tour will commence. "They bowled really well too. Delorn Johnson took 17 wickets in the series, and Jason Holder was good as well. Ours was a strong batting line-up that never clicked as a unit. The conditions were difficult, but we should have done better." India A's first two wickets invariably yielded little, and the middle order always found itself under pressure and exposed to the new ball. In the six innings, the first two wickets added respectively 0 and 1, 4 and 8, 1 and 11, 14 and 14, 16 and 16, and 22 and 1. "We were a very strong batting unit," Rajput said. "But we never clicked together. In six innings we never had an opening stand. We were always 20 for 3 or 30 for 3. If you want a big score, the top three have to fire." Those who followed gave a relatively better account of themselves: Pujara crossed fifty thrice, Wriddhiman Saha twice, and Rohit and Tiwary once each. One of Pujara's fifties was a special effort of 96 in the chase of 186 in the first match, in Barbados, after the visitors had been reduced to 77 for 6 and 115 for 8. India A would have hoped to carry some momentum and psychological edge into the next match, but losing the toss proved crucial on a pitch that was turning square on the fourth morning. Put in on a damp morning in the third match, the India A top order came up short once again, and even Pujara, who had scored three half-centuries in four innings until then, was run out before he could make a difference. The first-class matches of this tour were particularly important for the young Indian batsmen after Rahul Dravid's retirement earlier this year. The selectors won't get to watch another first-class match before they pick the team for the first of the 10 Tests this home season. Rajput said there was no need to panic, and that this tour was an important experience for the youngsters. "It's actually good that we are exposing them in conditions abroad before they get into the Test side," Rajput said. "It will help them. They'll know what to expect when they go abroad. It's a good idea for them to get exposure at an early stage in their career. "They should know relatively early that playing abroad is different. They now know what they need to work on. Life is difficult when you go and play abroad. You have to work hard. Still they are sound players. Don't write them off based on this tour." Pujara's temperament, Saha's keeping, Rohit's start, and the surprise package, Bengal quick Shami Ahmed, were the positives of the series, Rajput said. "Pujara's in Bridgetown was one of the best innings I have ever seen," Rajput said. "When you lose eight wickets, you put together that partnership to win the Test, it was tremendous. He showed a lot of character and temperament. Top performance." The man who stood alongside Pujara during that match-winning effort was Ahmed, who impressed Rajput a lot. "He is strong, bowls at a sharp pace, and throughout the day," Rajput said. "Even in the third spell of the day, he bowls around 140kmph. Even when batting he doesn't give up. You have to get him out. He is one bowler to watch out for." Saha showed similar resilience, Rajput said, scoring two fifties in tough batting conditions. His keeping on tough pitches was impressive too. Rohit got 94 in the first innings of the tour, but never kicked on after that. It summed up India A's effort: "They got starts, but couldn't convert them. Had they converted them, the story would have been different." Firstly this tour is good in ways that the players are tested, also looks like WI might have genuine talent in fast bowlers coming threw , Rohit, Rahane, Saha, Shami, R Sharma, Pujara, are talented and will only get better, rather be a tough tour then one sided games.Often it is not only about runs and wickets on these tours along but the way they are made as it shows if the player belongs, players like Tiwary, Mukund are exposed as far as their weaknesses also am not sure if Dinda will make a good test bowler.

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Goof ups galore- Now Mandeep cannot join India A in WI due to Visa issues

With three one-dayers and two T20s still to be played in the West Indies, the India A team is in a quandary over the injury to Robin Bist, who fractured his right thumb while fielding in the last Test against the West Indies A in St. Lucia which ended on Tuesday. Ironically, this was the first match Bist was playing in the tour, having been overlooked in the first two Tests. According to sources, the selectors were keen on sending opener Mandeep Singh, who shone for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL 5. However, there isn't sufficient time for the visa formalities to be completed. Hence, Mandeep can't join the team. Earlier, when Delhi pacer Parwinder Awana was picked as replacement for RP Singh on May 26, it took him almost a fortnight to get the visa clearance and he eventually left for the Caribbean on June 10. "It's a lengthy process and so it would have been tough for Mandeep to reach the West Indies in time for the rest of the matches," a top BCCI official told TOI on Wednesday.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/top-stories/Visa-glitch-Mandeep-cant-go-to-Caribbean/articleshow/14307976.cms Shabaash BCCI. These jokers refuse to learn any lessons. Doesn't take much to name a couple of reserve players for such tours and get their paper work done in advance to avoid such goof ups. Young players keep missing their chances while the ba$tards keep saying "He is a promising cricketer and he will surely make the cut when the A team plays in New Zealand in September," Hard luck Mandeep, do not lose your focus and keep working hard, your time will come sooner or later.

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Bowlers impress, openers depress One of the major successes of IPL-V lay in the fact that the 2 month extravaganza made the viewers forget the Indian team's poor showing in the tours to England and Australia. Impressive pyrotechnics of quite a few youngsters in the T-20 tournament led to a renewed interest in cricket. So when the BCCI announced the India A side's tour to the West Indies fans, critics and cynics alike were waiting to see what a young side, filled with the purported future of the India squad, would do against a relatively less talented and unknown West Indies A side. At the end of the first leg, in which the home team won the 3 match 'Test' series ( 4 day games) by a margin of 2-1, there has been widespread disappointment in India, mainly on account of the batting failure. Apart from skipper Cheteshwar Pujara, who displayed a lot of courage and patience in the first Test, no other batsman did anything of note. Batting Like mentioned before, the selectors had picked the best possible combination for this tour. The first class records of players like Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Abhinav Mukund are nothing less than awe-inspiring and they were expected to do justice to the numbers. Another crucial reason for these batsmen, especially Rahane, Rohit and Pujara, to do well was an opening in the India test team generated after the retirement of Rahul Dravid. The other names in the batting order were Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan and wicket-keeper batsman Wridhiman Saha. Rajasthan's Robin Bist and Madhya Pradesh's Jalaj Saxena (whose selection was under a bit of controversy) featured only in the third Test. Here's a look at the batsmen's numbers. While these figures paint a grim picture, it is also necessary to look at the conditions. Except for the last innings of the 3rd Test, where West Indies A polished off the 97 runs without losing a wicket, both teams had been all out in the remaining 5 innings and only once did any team cross 300. Seventeen fifties and one hundred were scored while only 3 individuals managed to cross 90 (Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Keiran Powell). This goes to show that Pujara, with three fifties and an average of 50.4 was the standout batsman from both teams. The diminutive Saha displayed his characteristic grit and shone through with a couple of fifties batting with the tail. In addition to that, Saha had 11 dismissals (9 catches, 2 stumpings) to his credit. This showing should consolidate his position as the reserve wicket-keeper for the senior squad, or as few believe, the best glovesman in India. The major disappointments were the openers, Mukund, Rahane and Dhawan, which is evident from the averages column given above. What the table doesn't show is that in the 16 times these three batted, they aggregated 4 ducks ( Mukund-2, Rahane, Dhawan-1 each) and managed to get into double figures only 5 times. Coming to the point of identifying Rahul Dravid's replacement, it is common knowledge that Sharma is one of the front-runners. He started off well, scoring a classy 94 in the first innings of the first 4 day game but replicated his trademark inconsistency as he ended up with just 51 in the next 5 innings. Sharma did pick up 9 wickets at an average of 23.55, but it is doubtful that the selectors would look at that when they choose a player to fill a middle order slot. Manoj Tiwary, who has been portrayed as a perennial bencher in the senior side, got 6 innings. But he to disappointed - apart from a couple of 20s and a fighting 62 in the 3rd Test, he failed to stand out from the rest. Bowling The one positive to come out of this tour is the consistency of the bowlers. A major handicap for the India bowlers during the 8-0 drubbing was the inability to bowl out the opponents twice. Thankfully, that was not repeated on this tour and as mentioned earlier, West Indies were bowled out 5 times out of six. Looking at the figures, Shami Ahmed has emerged as the stand out bowler. He regularly provided the breakthroughs at the top and was the second highest wicket taker in the series after WI's Delorn Johnson. Given below is the statistics of the Indian bowlers. After Ahmed the second highest wicket taker for India was Rohit Sharma. His part-time off spin clearly out-shone the first choice spinner, leg-spinner Rahul Sharma who was dropped for the third Test. In the second Test, India went in with two pacers and two spinners with Maharashtra left arm spinner Akshay Darekar making the cut. The 23 year old picked up a six wicket haul in the second innings and in the process engineered a collapse as West Indies folded up for 204. Jalaj Saxena was the other surprise package as he shone through with an all-round show in the third Test. Parwinder Awana, who caught everyone's eye in the IPL with his ability to move the ball at good pace, could not play the first two games because of a visa issue and picked up 3 wickets in the first innings of the 3rd Test. The major disappointment of the tour, apart from Rahul Sharma, was Ashok Dinda. He would consider it as a missed opportunity as the wickets were on the bouncier side and assisted the speedsters, which was evident in the list of the top wicket-takers: Johnson, Ahmed and Jonathan Carter who are all medium pacers. The players who failed will look at the series as a missed opportunity, but the silver lining is that the same squad will be playing 2 T20s and 3 ODIs. Though the senior side in the shortest format of the game is more or less settled, the members of the A squad will be looking forward to end the tour on a high. http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/51586/bowlers-impress-openers-depress/?utm_source=ig&utm_medium=news&utm_campaign=gadget

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Disappointed, but not panicking - India A coach Lalchand Rajput, the coach of the touring India A side in the West Indies, is disappointed the fancied batting line-up didn't click as a unit, but is not alarmed about the future of India's middle order after a side full of Test aspirants failed to reach 300 in any of the innings of the three first-class matches against West Indies A. The sheer amount of international experience in India A's middle order - Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary - made them favourites going into the series, but none of them scored a century, and India A lost the series even after having won the first match. "It's fair to say we didn't think the series would go this way," Rajput said from Port-of-Spain where the limited-overs leg of the tour will commence. "They bowled really well too. Delorn Johnson took 17 wickets in the series, and Jason Holder was good as well. Ours was a strong batting line-up that never clicked as a unit. The conditions were difficult, but we should have done better." India A's first two wickets invariably yielded little, and the middle order always found itself under pressure and exposed to the new ball. In the six innings, the first two wickets added respectively 0 and 1, 4 and 8, 1 and 11, 14 and 14, 16 and 16, and 22 and 1. "We were a very strong batting unit," Rajput said. "But we never clicked together. In six innings we never had an opening stand. We were always 20 for 3 or 30 for 3. If you want a big score, the top three have to fire." Those who followed gave a relatively better account of themselves: Pujara crossed fifty thrice, Wriddhiman Saha twice, and Rohit and Tiwary once each. One of Pujara's fifties was a special effort of 96 in the chase of 186 in the first match, in Barbados, after the visitors had been reduced to 77 for 6 and 115 for 8. India A would have hoped to carry some momentum and psychological edge into the next match, but losing the toss proved crucial on a pitch that was turning square on the fourth morning. Put in on a damp morning in the third match, the India A top order came up short once again, and even Pujara, who had scored three half-centuries in four innings until then, was run out before he could make a difference. The first-class matches of this tour were particularly important for the young Indian batsmen after Rahul Dravid's retirement earlier this year. The selectors won't get to watch another first-class match before they pick the team for the first of the 10 Tests this home season. Rajput said there was no need to panic, and that this tour was an important experience for the youngsters. "It's actually good that we are exposing them in conditions abroad before they get into the Test side," Rajput said. "It will help them. They'll know what to expect when they go abroad. It's a good idea for them to get exposure at an early stage in their career. "They should know relatively early that playing abroad is different. They now know what they need to work on. Life is difficult when you go and play abroad. You have to work hard. Still they are sound players. Don't write them off based on this tour." Pujara's temperament, Saha's keeping, Rohit's start, and the surprise package, Bengal quick Shami Ahmed, were the positives of the series, Rajput said. "Pujara's in Bridgetown was one of the best innings I have ever seen," Rajput said. "When you lose eight wickets, you put together that partnership to win the Test, it was tremendous. He showed a lot of character and temperament. Top performance." The man who stood alongside Pujara during that match-winning effort was Ahmed, who impressed Rajput a lot. "He is strong, bowls at a sharp pace, and throughout the day," Rajput said. "Even in the third spell of the day, he bowls around 140kmph. Even when batting he doesn't give up. You have to get him out. He is one bowler to watch out for." Saha showed similar resilience, Rajput said, scoring two fifties in tough batting conditions. His keeping on tough pitches was impressive too. Rohit got 94 in the first innings of the tour, but never kicked on after that. It summed up India A's effort: "They got starts, but couldn't convert them. Had they converted them, the story would have been different." http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/569203.html

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I would pick Shami against nz for tests.
He does not have a great record on Indian pitches yet, very inexperienced. He and Aaron both need at least one FC season. Zaheer and Yadav will be starters.

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He does not have a great record on Indian pitches yet' date=' very inexperienced. He and Aaron both need at least one FC season. Zaheer and Yadav will be starters.[/quote'] Aaron or dinda will get picked in tests as we will pick three seamers for the squad but in tests i would prefer shami ahmed after a good a tour as he swings the ball away at good pace.

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