SPORT

Shocking display by Indians

I can accept defeat but losing in such a disgraceful manner like the Indians did in the Vijayawada ODI is simply not acceptable. It must rank as one of the worst performances by an Indian side that failed in all departments.

By now it should be clear that with this attack, the Indians will be hard-pressed to mount a serious challenge in the World Cup. The Indian bowling was completely exposed in the seventh ODI.

What I fail to understand is when an inexperienced bowler like off-spinner Sarandeep Singh could send down such a restrictive spell, what happened to senior bowlers like Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar?

To allow a side to bounce back from 16 for two and reach a total beyond 300 is a shocking case of letting the advantage slip. The Indian bowlers did not apply themselves, did not focus on the job.

Sarandeep has performed for India in almost every opportunity that he has received, and you can check the records for this, but finds himself dropped at the first instance.

On a pitch where the West Indians made merry, the Indian batsmen were `totally disappointing.' I have no other words to describe their performance.

In complete contrast was the innings played by Marlon Samuels, and his century has to be one of the finest efforts in the ODIs.

He timed the ball so sweetly, and picked the gaps so well.

He appears to be an immensely talented youngster, for not everyone can pull of an innings of such quality.

Samuels' knock will be remembered for a long time.

Ramnaresh Sarwan too batted extremely well, and I am quite certain that the great Vivian Richards would have exhorted the West Indians to play their natural game.

They are at their best when they do that. I must add that Carl Hooper, despite his indifferent form with the bat, has led the side well.

Coming to the West Indian bowling, I was surprised Jermaine Lawson could generate so much pace on a wicket where the Indian pacemen got carted. The youngster really put everything into his bowling and I would expect our bowlers to do the same.

There was good support for Lawson from Collymore and Drakes, and the West Indian pacemen showed that they can win a match for their side on a placid track.

There are several lessons for the Indians to learn from the Vijayawada encounter. I hope our cricketers reflect on their poor display.

By K. SRIKKANTH

www.krishsrikkanth.com