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News Letter
Fri May 24 2002
Issue No: 66

West Indies take series 2-1 with 155-run win

The writing may never have been more indelibly printed on the wall. At 237 for seven overnight and chasing a target of 408, India had their backs to that very wall, and the West Indies needed only eight and a half overs to deliver the knockout punch on the fifth morning. Storm clouds gathered ominously overhead, but the hosts beat the rain. Cameron Cuffy claimed Ajay Ratra and Javagal Srinath, and Merv Dillon then removed Zaheer Khan to trigger celebrations in the Caribbean. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who received a car as Man of the Series during India's last tour here, got the same award this time around as well, and will probably look to build a garage solely for his spoils from his encounters with India. The tourists will now look to salvage some silver linings from this tour in the one-day series, the first match of which will be played at Sabina Park on May 25.

Hooper thinks the West Indies have turned the corner

India, for some reason, are always the favoured team against which losing sides find victory and out-of-form batsmen find their touch. The West Indies proved no different, and captain Carl Hooper opined that the series win was a sign that his team had finally turned the corner.

"We are making progress and I think finally turning the corner," Hooper said after the win at Sabina Park. But a touch of pragmatism entered his comments. "There is a lot of hard work to do still, better teams out there to play. Maybe one day when we can compete with an Australian side, it would be time to say we have truly turned the corner and are back on top."

"The important thing is we got a result today," Hooper said. "We've been in situations before where we have played good cricket and still not come away with positive results."

Hooper also recognised the contributions of the junior members of the side. "A lot of young players are doing well, which is encouraging," he said. "Adam Sanford and Pedro Collins bowled really well, Wavell Hinds did well as opener, and the middle-order came good when it mattered."

Sourav Ganguly, the Indian skipper, blamed his side's loss on a lack of mental strength. "We lost the series in our heads rather than anywhere else," Ganguly said. "We do not lack ability, but there has got to be something in our minds that makes us lose overseas crunch games like this."

"We need to give something extra in crunch situations," said Ganguly. "That's what makes a good team. Our nine straight losses in one-day finals also suggest a similar trend."

Former players fault temperament for India's loss

India's loss at Sabina Park did not go down well with ex-cricketers back home, it appears. Criticising the team for poor temperament, former players came down harshly on the performance in the West Indies. "We lost a golden opportunity, after a gap of 16 years," former skipper Ajit Wadekar said."We lost because we didn't click when it mattered." Chief selector Chandu Borde blamed the batsmen's inability to come good on pacy tracks overseas. "We should have these fast wickets at home. Otherwise, this will remain a problem," said Borde, who agreed with Sourav Ganguly's assessment that mental strength was also a problem. Wadekar, however, faulted India's strategy as well. Fielding first at Jamaica, he said, "was wrong. When you don't know the wicket, it is better to bat first. And we are not good chasers." He should know, being the only Indian captain to win a series in the Caribbean.

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India handed England their largest defeat in terms of wickets in a home one-dayer when they won by nine wickets at The Oval on this day in 1986. Sunil Gavaskar hit an unbeaten 65 and Mohammad Azharuddin 83 not out, taking the tourists to a win after Krishnamachari Srikkant was dismissed first ball.

One-day cricket is, as the pundits say, a whole new ball game. India may have lost the Test series, but they will be looking forward to the addition of hard-hitters Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. Can India do in the shorter version of the game what it couldn't do in the longer? Stay with us to find out.

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"If we were a poor team abroad, we wouldn't have won matches in Bulawayo, Kandy and here in Trinidad. The problem lies somewhere else." Sourav Ganguly

"We lost a golden opportunity...after a gap of 16 years. We lost because we didn't click when it mattered." Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar

"Flat-track bullies describes the Indian Test team pretty well. Their away record and recent series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, South Africa and now the West Indies are clear testimonies to this." Sanjay Prakash

Shivnarine Chanderpaul set a new record in this series by going 1,513 minutes between two dismissals, erasing Jacques Kallis' previous record of 1,241 minutes set earlier this year.

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