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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

resurgent West Indies thrash India at Kochi One dayer

India thrashed in the first One dayer at Kochi as WI after scoring 321/6 bowled out India winning by 125 runs.  Cricket pundits were dismissive of the present touring team – it had no  Sunil Narine, no Chris Gayle, it had lost both its practice games – it is India at home – opposition could be pulverised – one thought !  It was never India’s match ……………… Rahane was handshaking with Dhawan to be run out and the fall started. Virat Kohli’s reputation has been shaken in English summer and it continues in rainy India too.  this time it was  Jerome Taylor who  found away movement, Kohli found his edge.

Marlon Samuels, playing only his third ODI this year, led a strong West Indies batting adding 165 in 23 overs with Denesh Ramdin, who scored 61; Samuels made 126 off 116 balls.  Samuels who played an excellent knock in T20 Finals in Lanka got struck to Amit Mishra.  Indian bowlers save Bhuvanesh Kumar struggled.  Mohit Sharma 0-0-61-0; Shami 9-1-66-4; Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-58-1 and Amit Mishra 10-0-72-1 … !!

Many Indian players are fresh from the CLT20 and the money that flowed in IPL and CLT20…………… the other side certainly has no grass. Hours before the start of the match, West Indian players took the decision to play and not to strike over what they perceived to be an unjust payment agreement signed by the West Indies Players Association and West Indies Cricket Board. In an indication the issue was far from settled,  West Indies ODI captain and player representative, Dwayne Bravo, sent a letter to the WIPA today  morning urging its president and chief executive Wavell Hinds, and other officials with conflict of interest, "to tender their resignation unconditionally with immediate effect."  It is extraordinary but WI players are sore over  Wavell Hinds, who they claim "hoodwinked" them and did not take their inputs while signing a new memorandum of understanding with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) last month, under which they would suffer a significant cut in their payment. West Indies skipped the scheduled training session on Tuesday afternoon as well as the media briefing without giving any reason.

It is not yet clear whether the players will indeed go on strike during the India series, which includes five ODIs and one Twenty20 followed by three Tests. Such a development would not be far-fetched as the letter noted: "We wish to make it very clear that should the players be forced to take matters into their our own hands, we will not hesitate to take the appropriate action as see fit. We will hold you and the WIPA Board who support this process liable."

Recently in the CLT20, MSD along with team had checked in Grand Kakatiya Hyderabad – reportedly the authorities did not accede to their eating Hyderabadi biriyani in the rooms,  served from Ambati Rayudu’s house . An enraged Captain and his mates checked out of the five-star hotel moving out to a rival hotel.  It was reported that BCCI officials who too had checked in the same hotel, cancelled and followed suit.   There was some concern from the security experts who  pointed to the risk of moving an entire team to a new hotel in a matter of hours.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

8th Oct 2014.

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