Sunday, October 7, 2012

Will Sammy's West Indies regain the glory of Clive Lloyd


Darren Julius Garvey Sammy is no Clive Lloyd – he has built the team from scratch and can be proud of featuring in today’s finals.  Remember Lloyd had an unending supply of fast bowlers and on 25th June 1983, he had Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding….

A file photo of West Indies practicing in India in 1975.

Against Australia, Sammy had Badree the spinner opening the attack alongside Marlon Samuels, the spinner who bowls fast – then turned to mystery Sunil Naraine and the gentle Kieron Pollard, who had earlier butchered the last over of Doherty.

A grand day in Colombo as all roads would lead the Stadium for the finals between home country and West Indies.  India is not there – it is reported that the Indian coach had a mild interaction with the team after the loss – stating that all did well – well, he is not paid for that – with Duncan Fletcher at the top, we have lost 8 Test matches in a row in England and Australia and failed to qualify in One day tournaments with the fall in T20 completing the disgrace.  Cricket is not only played on the turf – but outside as well with strategy being so important……… Indians seem to be bereft of this, despite spending crores on Coach and foreign aides.  The team is unbalanced and the move to play 7 batsmen in a 120 ball game defies logic – so does continuance with Rohit Sharma despite so many failures continuously.  

In fact,  from the present tour – only Virat Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Ashwin – deserve a place for the next match………. But sooner there will the Champions League and all those who failed would be doing something to earn more.. !!  It is not only failing to disqualify that rankled, but the blatant lack of strategy – after scoring 152, India had to restrict SA to 121 but Rohit came on to bowl and donated 13 runs. Don’t blame South Africa for spoiling the Indian party, it was wrought upon themselves.  Remember that Pakistan used Mohammad Hafeez, Raja Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi for their full quota + Shoaib Malik before turning on to Umar Gul who came on only for the 18th over and bowled just 2 overs !!
Sad that India was so much of bereft of ideas and players and crashed out of Super 8 without qualifying for the Semis.
Between Sri Lanka and resurgent West Indies – little to decide – it is stated to be a game of Sri Lankan strategy against Gayle – but Windies have shown that they are not over reliant on Gayle – the big six hitter, having hit 16 in this tourney and 30 runs behind the leading run-getter, Shane Watson, who scored 249. There is still Bravo, Charles, Samuels, Pollard and perhaps Sammy himself and Ramdin to contribute………

Mahela Jayawardene has led Sri Lanka into the fourth major limited-overs final of his career - now all he has to do is win one.  Mahela revealed to be a master strategist defending a not so high 140 against Pak – the selection and bowling of Ranganna Herath was a revelation.  Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga have all  been there for long and would like to be part of the winning team.  But still my heart is with West Indies.  It could be a match where you see lot of spin in the form of Ajanta Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Herath,m Sunil Naraine, Badree and some more.. Lankans have a better batting line up but West Indies can disarm them with their fielding and big hitting.  West Indies are no longer the gladiators – no longer West Indian bowlers are feared for life but they still provide wholesome entertainment.

Chris Gayle will not find it easy against Malinga, Kula and other spinners – Herath may not be easy meat as Doherty  and if Akila Dananjayua plays as a special strategy, there could be little clues….. West Indies could perhaps field the same team.. a few hours more, we are all set to watch the finals of the T20 ICC WC 2012.
photo courtesy : www.cricinfo.com

Don’t miss the fun of a Andre Russel leap, Gayle dance or antics of Pollard !
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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