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It’s Time For The Windies To Wake Up

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“Wake Up And Live”

One, two, three, four!
Wake up and live, y’all,
Wake up and live!
Wake up and live now!
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Life is one big road with lots of signs,
So when you riding through the ruts, don’t you complicate your mind:
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy!
Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality, yeah!

— Bob Marley

India 310 for 5 (Rahane 103, Kohli 87, Dhawan 63) beat West Indies 205 for 6 (Hope 81, Kuldeep 3-50, Bhuvneshwar 2-9) by 105 runs.

The foregoing score was how the second ODI ended between the Windies and India with both captains viewing the match from different lens accordingly:

India’s Virat Kohli: “It was a complete performance again. The partnership between Ajinkya and Shikhar was outstanding, and myself at the back end, with Yuvi, MS and Kedar chipping in. Early wickets for Bhuvi, and really happy for Kuldeep as well, bowling for the first time and taking three wickets. The bench strength has always been right up there for us. Jinks couldn’t get a game in the Champions Trophy unfortunately, but shows his mental strength, steps in and scores runs. We’ll sit down and decide as a team about changes that can be made [when asked about Pant]. We’ll go to Antigua and regroup, and that’s a possibility as well, give a few guys an opportunity.”

Windies’ Jason Holder: “We didn’t really bowl that well. We didn’t close out the innings well, and we didn’t have momentum going at the start of our chase. I thought we were tight to their openers, but Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are quality players, they played some good shots, beat the infield. Today I probably struggled a little with the wet ball [the high full-tosses]. I thought Shai played really well, he showed good intent, and got good support from Evin Lewis. Good to see Roston Chase coming in at the end and getting some runs as well.”

The fact is the match was indeed a complete blow out for the Windies and the team will have to come to the party sooner rather than later as losing too many matches on the trot will not only raise the ire of fans but also the Windies people.

Moreover, the losses will also depreciate the value of the product offering, demotivate players, and generate loss of self-confidence and damage self-esteem.

Now, with one game washed out by rain and three games to come, the Windies will have to wake up and live or better yet, play to the expectations of its adoring fans globally.

With the full squad already named pundits as well as fans continue to question the selectors’ judgment in the selection of some players in the current squad.

The truth is each time the team loses, players come under greater scrutiny and rightly so. That said, the team cannot continue to lose matches and the management not held accountable.

Granted, over the years, the Windes Cricket Board has shown a great distaste for calling captains and selection panels to account for their stewardship, partly because cricket on this side of the pond is not seen as a business but as an old boy network.

Moreover, the ” ‘llow the man to eat a food” mindset or culture that currently prevails throughout the Caribbean now seems to forbid prudent decision or action on the part of management.  

Notwithstanding, Windies, still maintained bragging rights in ODI wins over India but certainly they need to step up to the plate in order to perpetuate that history or at least make this series competitive.

India has played 29 bilateral ODIs in the Caribbean, winning 10, losing 18 and playing one no-result — how many of the current Windies players are aware of this fact?

There is no doubt that Windies current players have huge potential; however, the more one watches their approach to the game, the more one question their devotion to practice, given the many repeated mistakes.

The fact is the onus is on the players to show that they belong to the same class as players of old or to the outhouse — the time to prove it is now!

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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