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It?s ridiculous and really painful the way we have gone about selecting the teams.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 14:49 IST

It’s ridiculous and really painful the way we have gone about selecting the teams. In the first two matches I was given seven batsmen of which I played six, but despite that I was given eight batsmen in the last two. I would have loved to see (spinner) Dave Mohammed in and I said this too after the second match.

Brian lara on team selection

I must tell you there is a meeting coming up in a couple of weeks and depending on the outcome, I would definitely revisit my decision on whether I would captain the West Indies team. Really and truly, I have West Indies cricket at heart, but I am in a situation where my reputation as captain is being dragged down. This is the first win for India in so many years.

Brian Lara on captaincy

"Even if we had a lead of 300 runs, we were not going to enforce the follow-on."

WI skipper Brian Lara defending his decision of not imposing follow on

"We knew that the bowlers were inexperienced and so we wanted to put pressure to see if they would crumble. It was our game-plan to attack. The Indian bowlers' inexperience went in my favour as I got lots of opportunities to swing my arms."

Chris Gayle on India's bowling line-up

"As for Pathan, he understands why he is not playing. Probably the break would do him good. It wouldn't have been good for him to come out and bowl badly. It would have been a dent to his confidence."

Greg Chappell on Pathan's exclusion form first Test

"You should be able to feel the ball, be able to control it. Having some extra padding on the gloves doesn't help."

Jeff Dujon on Jamaican players

"Kaif knows that he can play any which way and will remain in the side."

Sunil Gavaskar on Kaif's performance in West Indies

"The Indian attack looks well balanced, with a good mix of seam and spin, and the new ball bowlers are capable of returning fire with fire."

Sunil Gavaskar on the current Indian squad

"Clearly, Lara's appointment is a decision prompted by commercial considerations, keeping in mind the World Cup. It's also a decision that might last only till that tournament."

Vivian Richards on Lara's captaincy

"The youngsters have only heard about the Caribbean and the great venues and testing conditions, and that is why they were so impressive in Montego Bay."

Rahul Dravid on the conditions in the Caribbean

"Just look at them and you would wonder how they generate such pace with such small physiques. These guys bowl in the region of 90mph and upwards, and surely the constant pounding will accentuate injury."

Brian Lara on the risk of overworking the Indian fast bowlers

"The West Indies are a difficult team to beat at home. We need to play really well if we have to win the series."

Rahul Dravid prior to the Caribbean tour