Fazeer Mohammed: Poor Team Selection Sets Windies Back

Renowned cricket commentator Fazeer Mohammed believes poor team selection was partly responsible for the shellacking of the West Indies by India in the first test.

cricket ball & batThe Indian team manhandled the weak Caribbean side by winning the first of four tests by an innings and 92 runs inside four days.

The hapless Windies had no answer to the unbridled Indians and it was like taking candy from a baby with the Windies self-destructing in their second innings for 231 after being forced to follow-on at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua.

Mohammed says the team was swimming against the tide before a ball was bowled.

“Four frontline bowlers with only one of genuine pace in Shannon Gabriel; two medium pacers who try their best and keep it tight but can’t get wickets and a leg spinner who has to bowl long long spells and a debutant who is a batsman who ended up bowling almost 30 overs of part-time off-spin; that cannot be a bowling attack to win any test match,” said Mohammed.

Mohammed raised concern about the team’s ability to pass the 250 mark on both occasions and view this as troubling for the Windies against a seasoned and experienced Indian team.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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