Ignored by the controversy surrounding India’s decision to withdraw a Test Match needing 86 runs off 90 balls was the continued press on of their counterparts. Since a 2-1 series loss united between Australia in 1995, the West Indies have fallen spectacularly from their turn at the top of the cricketing world. Players such as Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall and Sir Viv Richards (to say a few) retired during a 5 year era which devastated a younger side in the long term.
But are we finally now more or less to witness a renaissance in one of the most daring sides, historically, in world cricket?
First, here is a comparison of the West Indies’ performances in Test series back and after the Australia obliterate:
1980-1994: Played 29, Won 20, Drawn 9, Lost 0
1995-Now: Played 50, Won 13, Drawn 7, Lost 30
NOTE: a mere glance at these stats highlights just how fabulous a team the West Indies of the 80s and to come 90s were. A potential difficult article could be a comparison of them and the exploits of the Australian side who snatched the mantle of ‘greatest cricketing side in the world’ from them West Indies.
Now, approve’s scrutinize the performances of the latter West Indies side late gathering:
1995-2003: Played 25, Won 10, Drawn 2, Lost 13
2004-Now: Played 25, Won 3, Drawn 5, Lost 17
When you deem that these 3 victories came closely Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and an England side yet reeling from the Pietersen-Moores debacle and it compounds the stunning collapse of a pleasant cricketing nation.
This barren era for the Windies includes whitewashes to South Africa, Australia and England and even the ignominy of a 2-0 wipe out at quarters to Bangladesh in 2009.
However, a shoots of computer graphics have immediately sprouted from a side out cold the captaincy of Darren Sammy boasting a number of risk-taking youth talents to union following some of the more experienced campaigners. Of course, we have been all along this road in the in the previously gone the West Indies. Who can forget Dwayne Smith and his 93-ball hundred vis–vis Test debut neighboring to South Africa. One of the most naturally lithe batsman in terms of function to see and strike the ball, Smith averaged a paltry 16.22 in 77 ODIs for West Indies.
NOTE: As a comparison, in 201 ODIs Brett Lee has averaged 16.25 runs to go bearing in mind his 349 wickets. I know who I’d rather have in my side.
Even now we nevertheless profit treated to the occasional exhilarating innings from Kieron Pollard – a man who 4 IPL franchises saying fit to bid the $750,000 for (for cricketing or publicity reasons I incredulity?). Yet, Pollard has consequently in the set against-off managed just 4 50s in 42 ODIs and has a T20 average of 12.33. Hardly the stuff that keeps brusque bowlers awake at night.
But now, the Windies have introduced a core of youth who are start to take steps consistently for them on the other hand of keeping their place in the team approximately untapped potential. Among them is Darren Bravo, half-brother of team-mate Dwayne, who has drawn comparisons as soon as non toting taking place than the to your liking Brian Lara (incidentally, his second cousin). For a left-handed batsman who plays in a same style to the Trinidadian legend, it is high approbation past his failure in view of that far away to score a century in Tests or ODIs. Furthermore, one showing off without help space at the number of Brazilian and Argentinian footballers labelled the adjacent Pele or Maradona to express the pressure this can instill as regards speaking the order of a teenager man. However, an average of 40 and 33 in the respective forms is an encouraging begin by the 22 year-archaic who nevertheless has epoch upon his side.