Kieron Pollard ousted from ODIs
Mumbai: The struggling West Indies cricket team has been dealt a couple of injury blows in its ongoing tour of India with pacer Kemar Roach ruled out of the remainder of the trip and all-rounder Kieron Pollard rendered unavailable for the ODI series.
“Kemar has not made the expected recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the first Test and he is returning to the Caribbean for ongoing management and subsequent physical rehabilitation,” said Clark.
Shannon Gabriel has been selected to replace his fellow fast bowler and is expected to arrive in India in time for consideration for selection in the second Test which opens on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium here.
The 25-year-old Roach has been the bright spark in the West Indies attack over the last three years in particular.
He has taken 85 wickets at 27.71 runs apiece in 23 Tests and has risen in the ICC Test bowling rankings to become the only West Indian in the Top-20 at 14th.
“We’re sad to announce that Kemar has to return home to the Caribbean and will not have an opportunity on this tour, where we felt he could have made a major difference,” said West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson.
West Indies trail 0-1 against in the series, following an innings and 51-run defeat inside three days in the first Test that ended on Friday at Eden Gardens here. The second Test is also expected to be a grand affair here given that the city is home for India’s batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his 200th and final Test.
Meanwhile, in the 15-member one-day squad chosen for the three-match series starting November 21, Kieran Powell, Veerasammy Permaul and Narsingh Deonarine have been recalled.
Powell, Permaul and Deonarine last played for West Indies in the ODIs against Zimbabwe and were not a part of the squad for the Champions Trophy. In the previous series between India and West Indies here, the visitors lost 1-4.
WI ODI Squad
Dwayne Bravo (capt), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.
I would have retired a year earlier: Ganguly
Kolkata: “If I was in his shoes, I would have gone a year earlier,” is what former India captain Sourav Ganguly said of Sachin Tendulkar. “Only because he is Sachin Tendulkar, he could get a run for three years. Nobody else in the world or Indian cricket would have got that much of time. I am happy that he is going,” said Ganguly during a CAB-organised event here.
“ When Sachin sits down after the Mumbai Test and looks at his career, he will say to himself I have done proud and there is nothing which I have not achieved. If I probably went on for six more months, it wouldn’t have helped me or cricket,” said Ganguly during a chat show also involving West Indian great Brian Lara.
Describing Tendulkar as a ‘champion’, Ganguly said it was appropriate for the maestro to retire after playing on his home ground. “For me, he is a champion and deserves all the adulation and respect. It’s great that he will go on a high playing on his home ground. Had he gone to South Africa, he would have received half the adulation that he is getting now,” said the southpaw. Ganguly also praised current India skipper M.S. Dhoni for his knack of backing the right players.
“Backing players as a captain is important because it’s the players who win you the game and nothing else. You see Dhoni doing that a lot. People are now talking about Rohit Sharma but you got to give credit to Dhoni for that. In the past, players have suffered because of lack of opportunity,” said Ganguly.