Sunday, October 7, 2012

West Indies win the toss and decide to bat


A bowler capable of genuine pace,  he played only 2 Tests and some 15 One dayers, and you may not have followed him during his playing days - the athletic pacer was considered  an intelligent bowler with the old ball for West Indies.  That is - Ottis Delroy Gibson. In July 2007,  in English league, playing for Durham, he skittled out Hampshjire for 115 – yes taking all the 10 wickets at the age of 38.  He took 10 for 47 still not good enough to ensure a comeback for the National side, but earned him the coaching assignment.  After being the English team’s bowling coach, he is the head coach of the West Indies.

The steely Mahela Jayawardene  with whom the captaincy has juggled, has been on the forefront of the team's new resolve, and for all his instinct and brilliance on the field, it is his understanding and focus that has taken Lankans to greater heights.  He has shaped up a team with many youngsters like Angelo Mattews, Thisara Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne – today, he made a gutsy decision in dropping Ranganna Herath for Akila Dananjaya

At the toss, Darren Sammy called it right and it was heads; as they decided to bat in the World Twenty20 final in Colombo.  West Indies retained the XI that smashed Australia in the semi-final, which means they kept faith in Johnson Charles, and that Chris Gayle was fit enough after his side strain. Sri lanka made one change, though. Mahela Jaywardene said it was an incredibly difficult decision to leave out left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for the young "mystery" spinner Akila Dananjaya.

Richard Benjamin Richardson  who played 86 tests and 224 one dayers is the Manager of the West Indian Team

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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