Win over West Indies is extra special: Kumble


India’s Test series victory in the West Indies was one of the high points of Anil Kumble’s 16-year international career, the leg spinner said on Friday.

Kumble took six second-innings wickets as the touring side won the fourth and final Test in Jamaica by 49 runs to clinch a 1-0 series triumph on Sunday, India’s first in the Caribbean for 35 years.

“It is very satisfying since I have had to wait all this time for this moment,” the 35-year-old told Reuters by phone from Bangalore. “This probably was my last Test series in West Indies so it was extra special,” he remarked.

Pace attack behind Caribbean success

Coach Greg Chappell has described the performance of young pace bowlers in India’s Test series win in the Caribbean as outstanding and said the team now had bowlers to win under any condition.

“We have won with three young fast bowlers and it’s a credit. Along with Irfan Pathan, we have got four fast bowlers of variety which would help us play under any condition, inside or outside India. I think we are better equipped than ever before,” Chappell said.

Dravid, Kumble top series averages

India’s historic win

India’s historic win over West Indies in the recently concluded four-match series was its first Caribbean in 35 years. The last time India won a series in the island was way back in 1970-71 series when Ajit Wadekar led Indians masterminded India’s first series triumph in West Indies.

Interestingly, it was West Indies’ 12th series loss at home against any Test playing nation. The accompanying table has the complete details.

Kumble bowls India to historic Test victory


Anil Kumble bowled India to their first series win in the Caribbean for 35 years on Sunday, and their first outside the sub-continent for 20 years.

The leg-spinner’s performance lifted his side to a 49-run victory over the West Indies and a 1-0 series win in the fourth and final Test in Kingston. The first three Tests at the Antigua Recreation Ground, the Beausejour Cricket Ground, and Warner Park had ended in draws.

Chappell under pressure as India stutter in West Indies


India’s cricket chiefs are losing patience with coach Greg Chappell over his team’s failure to clinch a Test win on what is proving a forgettable West Indies tour.

With the fourth and final Test starting in Jamaica on Friday, Chappell will be under close scrutiny as he attempts to conjure an Indian victory to break the 0-0 deadlock in the series.

India have had little to celebrate on what was touted as an easy tour against Brian Lara’s home team which is only above wooden-spooners Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the official rankings.

Lara targets winning finale against India at Sabina Park


The West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara insisted on Thursday that his side are capable of snatching a series win against India.

Lara was speaking ahead of the fourth and final Test, which starts on Friday here at the Sabina Park with the series level after the three matches.

The first three games at the Antigua Recreation Ground, the Beausejour Cricket Ground, and Warner Park all ended in draws, and both Lara and India head coach Greg Chappell had to acknowledge that neither seems capable of delivering the knockout punch.

Caribbean rain annoys Lara


The West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara is raising concerns over the time that Test matches are scheduled to be played in the Caribbean.

Disappointed over the amount of time lost to rain in the current series against India so far, Lara expressed that matches in the Caribbean should be scheduled in earlier part of the year.

“We lost an entire day in St. Lucia, so it’s a bad time of the year to be playing cricket because it is June month. I don’t know why we are playing this time of the year and it has been happening for last four or five years (rain-interruptions). I think it is unfortunate,” Lara stated.

Indian team too frightened of losing


Former Indian coach Madan Lal has accused the national cricket team of becoming too scared of losing after the first three tests in the current series against the West Indies ended in draws.

India were expected to win their first Test series outside the Sub-continent since 1986 against a team who have beaten only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in their last 10 series. The fourth and final Test starts in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday.

“We should play more positive cricket,” Lal said on Wednesday. “I believe we are playing a lot of negative cricket.”

India v West Indies v Aussie coaches

Sabina Park is being renovated for next year’s World Cup. The basic amenities to host the fourth Test between the West Indies and India, from Friday, are in place, but it doesn’t have practice facilities right now. So both the Indian and West Indian teams practised at different local Kingston clubs on Wednesday.

India were at the Melbourne Cricket Club Oval. The first thing they would have noticed as they drove into the club would have been the name of the road leading into it: the Courtney Walsh Drive. The next thing they would have noticed would have been that the pista-green pavilion was named ‘Holdings’ (sic) Pavilion’.