Kingston: The series has been won but with it, the loop holes in the Indian lineup have also been revealed especially the batting weakness against the pace and bounce of the Windies bowlers during the recently concluded ODI series.

Indian selectors would be wiser with the knowledge that one opener and two middle-order batsmen have not offered good returns on investment in the just-concluded ODI series against the West Indies which the visitors won 3-2.

In fact, Shikhar Dhawan and Yusuf Pathan would have a lot to ponder on their flight back home on Friday.

Dhawan has tons of runs in domestic cricket and is still young at 25 but his technique and shot-selection is too much on hope and too little on sound judgment.

He managed a half-century from the series but only 23 runs from four other innings imply that his career would now be on a pause-mode in the foreseeable future.

S Badrinath, who is also a part of the Test line-up, bubbles with hope in the field which makes his 30-plus age a non-issue among his younger mates.

The first sight of him in the Caribbean, an unbeaten match-winning innings of 43 in the Twenty20, prepared one for bigger celebrations. But thereafter, only 40 runs from four
ODI innings, must hurt.

Badrinath always takes time to settle down but his innovations make up for it in the latter half of his innings - a characteristic which has led to comparisons being drawn with Rahul Dravid in domestic circles.

But his unease against the short-pitched bowling of Andre Russell in the fourth match would now force critics to put a hold on their judgment.

"You need a long run to learn ODI cricket. Great batsmen say that it takes 50 ODIs to learn the game. Most of these guys have played just three-four games," Fletcher said.

"So what they learn from this experience is going to be key for their development."

Fletcher was equally lavish in his praise of his bowlers and was confident they would hold up well to the rigours of the three-match Test series starting Monday.

"Having played so much of World Cup and then IPL it is very difficult to say but I feel they should be able to bowl long spells. I haven't seen any forced action and it makes you feel they will last," he said.

"Ishant, in one particular spell, was very encouraging and bowled with good pace, line and length and rhythm. Munaf and PK (Praveen Kumar) had good spells.

"Among spinners, Mishra pulled us back regularly. Ashwin bowled very well. Harbhajan put up a good performance," he added.

Fletcher, in his first series with the Indian team, lavished praise on stand-in skipper Suresh Raina.

"It's not easy when you are trying to develop your game, establish yourself, and you also have to think about 10-14 other young players. It's difficult to move away. Captaincy at any level is a difficult job, your mind can wander from your game to the game of your team.

"You need to be a little bit careful. Sometimes you have a bad patch and on other occasions you put your shots together and play a match-winning innings."

Despite Raina's poor run with the bat – 82 runs from five matches at an average of 20.50, Fletcher found everything positive about the young captain.

"At 24, captaining India, I don't think there is any pressure on an individual (cricketer) bigger than that. He (Raina) is still developing but I like that he got along with other individuals on and off the field.

"He put his head on the block (with the decisions), took criticism yet held his head high. He didn't let it drop. His body language was positive," he said.

"He could be developing into a very good captain in the future."

Similarly, Fletcher was effusive in his praise of Virat Kohli, who played a pleasing innings of 94 in the fifth ODI on Thursday.

"He is a very good player, he is the future of Indian cricket. He went through a period when he was hard on himself and didn't get runs. Today he showed that under pressure he could apply his mind on the job and his innings was outstanding."

Fletcher described the loss in the final two one-day games as loss of concentration on the part of his team.

"I would like to think it as a 4-2 result in our favour, including the Twenty20 game.

Sometimes when you win the series, it becomes very difficult to concentrate," he explained.

Fletcher refused to make any statement on the fitness of Munaf Patel, only stating that the tall, gangly medium-fast bowler would be fit for the first Test.

(Agencies)