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Does Westindies have enought substance to beat India

December 31st 2011 12:25
The first test match between India and West indies had been won by India with a margin of 63 runs, which is quiet enough for a low scoring match.

The main question is does west indies have enough substance to beat No 1 test team in the world. The match has been completed in just three and half days. The captain of west indies Sammy has made a statement that they can beat the No 1 team in the world. Dear Sammy, Just wake up from the dreams. Being positive and confident is good for the team spirit, but my dear friend, check out the reality.

First, except Chadrapaul and Sarwan, Do you have a batsman who can last more than 2 sessions in the test match? Bravo is new and yet to prove his credentials. On the other side, Dravid and Laxman alone can bet for 2 days for India and win/ save test match.

Second, If you take away the runs scored by last 2 players in the second inning, the top 7 even couldn't make 150 runs. When you are chasing 326 against the quality bowling, your top order has to fire.

Third, don;t forget India is playing with out their 6 top choice players. If Indians would have played with their full strengths, the match would have been completed in two and half days.

Though west indies bowling shown signs of fireworks and troubled Indian batsman. Bishoo and Rampual were very impressive. They need to work on their batting and fielding. You cannot drop simple catches and give life to Dravid or Laxman.

The positive for India is the batting of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan. Bhajii has been proving that he can be considered for an all rounder spot at 7 from the last two series. Raina Justifying his tag of breakthrough bowler. Only thing he needs is to be more consistent with is batting.

From bowling point of view, Pravin Kumar And Ishan sharma both did a great job in absence of Zaheer. The remaining two test matches will be a great opportunity for youngsters like Vijay, Mukund and Virat kohli to claim their places in the strong Indian batting line up. Badrinath should be given one opportunity to showcase his domestic cricket form at an international cricket.

My prediction for the series result is clean sweep by Indians.
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