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”

Why West Indies should be a force to reckon with in Test Cricket

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West Indies team posing with the famous Wisden trophy. Source: Windies Cricket

England arrived n the Caribbean in January 2019 on a high and full of confidence as they whitewashed Sri Lanka late 2018 in their own backyard 3-0. West Indies were not given a chance by a couple of former English cricketers before the Test series started, mainly due to the fact that the Windies were humiliated in their last two overseas tours to India and Bangladesh between October to December 2018, as the regional side suffered their first ever innings defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test of that series. It was a tour to forget for the West Indians, but one has to say that the current series being played in the Caribbean just proves that the talent is still existent in this part of the World. Continue reading “Why West Indies should be a force to reckon with in Test Cricket”

TEST CRICKET VS T10

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Chris Gayle in action. Source: Getty

Test Cricket…….the “ole” gentleman’s game. Five days consisting of three sessions per day where batsmen toil playing each ball on its merit. However in these modern times where we live in a fast-paced World, it’s all about making money and another form of cricket has been formed. T10, where bowlers are asked to bowl not more than 2 overs in a complete spell and batsmen take advantage of these 10 overs per side by belting the ball to all parts of the ground. One has to wonder with the newest form of the game formulated, would test cricket even have a chance of surviving in the future? Continue reading “TEST CRICKET VS T10”