The frustration among lovers of West Indies cricket continues. In spite of the West Indies winning the Twenty20 ICC tournament and defeating some countries in the lower standing in the Test cricket rankings, the team has been inconsistent.
Several issues confront the West Indies team including the capability of the captain and the batting failues of some players when so many runs are heavily depended on them. Darren Sammy’s captaincy has been criticized frequently regarding his field setting, use of bowlers and overusing some bowlers while he himself is not bowling enough in rough conditions when batsmen are in top form, as in the first Test match against India. In that match, India scored 156 runs for six wickets and during their last four wickets was able to add 297 runs, giving India a total of 453 runs.
The WICB and its directors ought to put some resources into getting some research done to find out the causes, and the damages that have been done to West Indies cricket.
The cricket experts must be on board to examine the state of West Indies cricket. Why can West Indies cricket pull off victories such as they did in the 1970’s? One simple fact is that the West Indies team had players then who showed much more dedication and with that, the captaincy of Clive Lloyd showed the perfect example how to be successful. I insist that leadership counts and the captain of the team must perform credibly in some aspects of the game. It is quite clear that India’s plan was to maintain some time at the wicket and bat one time only and West Indies typically fell prey to that plan, losing the first Test match by an inning and 51 runs.
Rohit Sharma slammed 177 runs playing his first Test match. Mohammed Shami took 9 wickets in the match, taking 5 for 41 from 13.1 overs in the second inning and he got 4 wickets in the first. West Indies scored 234 and 168 while India scored 453. India’s batsman Rohit Sharma was named man of the match. India will keep its strategy in batting long and making the West Indies players toil. The West Indies players ought to play much more intelligent cricket. India continues to have the big edge over the West Indies.