Record Breaking Opening Partnership Sees Windies crush Ireland in Tri-Series Opener

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Shai Hope & John Campbell embrace each other after their World record opening stand. Source: Windiescricket

The old saying goes that records are meant to be broken. On Sunday May 5th 2019 at the Clontarf Cricket Ground in Dublin, West Indies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell made heads spin globally with a World record opening stand of 365 for the 1st wicket. John Campbell struck his maiden ODI century, smashing 179 while Shai Hope brought up his 5th ODI century in his 50th game in this form of the game. Continue reading “Record Breaking Opening Partnership Sees Windies crush Ireland in Tri-Series Opener”

West Indies VS England 2-2 – Who would’ve thought?

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West Indies celebrate a wicket in 5th ODI against England. Source: AFP Photo

     The West Indies record in ODIs before this series was poor by anyone’s standards. Having won 11 out of their previous 40 ODI matches and coming up against a top-dog team like England who are ranked number 1 in this format, it was a tough task. It was beyond my imagination to think that the West Indies would have drawn the recently concluded ODI series 2-2 Continue reading “West Indies VS England 2-2 – Who would’ve thought?”

Chris Gayle – The Universe Boss

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Chris Gayle celebrates his 25th ODI hundred against England. Source: AP Photo

Chris Gayle a.k.a. “The Universe Boss” as he is called. The tall left-handed batsman hailing from the land of wood and water (Jamaica) has changed the game in terms of his dynamic power hitting. This six-hitting machine made his debut for the West Indies back in September 1999. That’s 20 years of International cricket and it is amazing how he has maintained his longevity in this sport. Continue reading “Chris Gayle – The Universe Boss”

From Zero to Hero – Jason Holder’s Captaincy

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Jason Holder celebrating. Source: Getty

Let’s go back to October 2014. West Indies ODI team were touring India and midway through that series, they decided to abandon it. Dwayne Bravo, the then captain, consulted with his team and all this was due to the WICB wanting to reduce the players’ salaries. DJ Bravo as he is called, never played an ODI for the West Indies again as he was sacked of the captaincy. In comes Jason Holder, the new West Indian ODI captain. Holder was given the captaincy based on the advice of the great Clive Lloyd, who was at that time the chief selector of the WICB. Holder’s introduction into the job however, was a tough one. Continue reading “From Zero to Hero – Jason Holder’s Captaincy”