Dwayne Bravo, the stand in captain for the One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe, showed his full top class skills in every category. As leader of the team from the two matches played, he not only led the team successfully but the manner in which he captained created a level of comfort within each player and blossomed a new day of success for West Indies cricket.
Progress must continue and the clock must not be turned backwards. The West Indies players are literally out of darkness and they have been provided a shining light of leadership by the prolific and experienced Trinidad and Tobago allrounder Dwayne Bravo. The authorities including WICB President Julian Hunte and the selectors must act in the best interest in the development of the sport to help the West Indies team reach the hirearchy of world cricket in all three categories Test matches, One-Day Internationals and maintain the supremacy in the Twenty20 of which the Windies are presently world champions.
Dwayne Bravo’s 6 wickets for 43 runs in the second One-Day International in St. George’s, Grenada and winning the man of the match surely proved his mission with a cricket passion for success.
It is the responsibility of West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson, after he was offered and gladly accepted a second term, to introduce a specific program in which the team can place high in the Test ranking. A minimum of four specialist bowlers must be in the Test team and their responsibilities be individually strategized.
No bowler must be over worked unless it is fitting and warranted. The responsibilities of taking wickets and causing a team to win must be shared and any captain must be sensitive in this area. Gibson ought to measure up with international standards and implement some of that knowledge and skills he gained in England.
West Indies pacers must learn to place the ball correctly. Ravi Rampaul, the Trinidad and Tobago medium fast bowler, is always on top of his game.
He has been successful in taking wickets for the West Indies in all three categories of the game. Good captaincy is vital to any cricket team and it is hoped that the West Indies selectors and management would seriously acknowledge this fact.