Windies must work harder to win ODIs

In this file photo, West Indies’ batsman Johnson Charles prepares to play a shot during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup Super Eight match against England in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.
AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi, file

The West Indies cricket team must focus more on winning One-Day International games. Whether the team bat first or last, the results go against them; their batsmen have not delivered the expected runs to win games. Losing too many wickets early in a One-Day International is not good for the West Indies because their batting strength is based mainly on their top-order batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels. Head Coach Ottis Gibson must remind players of their specific roles and emphasize the importance of playing as a team. With the exposure and experience that most of the West Indies players have, a better performance should be exhibited.

Denesh Ramdin Must Return!

Exposing Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher as professional wicket keepers in international matches may be the wrong practice. Denesh Ramdin must have the glove and perform that duty. Although he went through some bad periods with the bat, he is still capable of performing at a high standard. Fletcher and Lendl Simmons seem to have lifted their game and that is good for West Indies cricket because Fletcher can be a credible player in One-Day Internationals as well.

Krishmar Santokie Must be in ODI and Twenty20 Squad

Left-arm medium pacer Krishmar Santokie who represents Jamaica, his native land, has been bowling very well this year. He was named man of the series during the Limacol Caribbean Premier League this year. He is tactical, very penetrative and he has developed wicket-taking skills. Santokie must be able to find his way on the One-Day international and the Twenty20 squads. His unique style of creating problems for batsmen has been long identified.

Rising in Rankings

Whether it is Test cricket or the limited overs competition, the West Indies players are well equipped to play their best and bring forth positive results. Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine are recognized bowlers and the West Indies team has capable batsmen and brilliant fielders to win matches.

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