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Wither To Goeth The Windies?

The West Indies Team is currently in India playing a two-Test match, five One day International and three T-20 series. They suffered one of the worst losses in the history of West Indies Cricket in the first Test match to the disappointment of West Indian fans.

They are now playing the second Test match, and we are all hopeful of an improved performance in this game. We, however, should look at this series in the context of the current reality that exists in our cricket and temper our expectations as such. I will examine some of the facts that we should consider when thinking about the chances of the West Indies Team in this series.

One of the things that should be considered is the level of experience or lack thereof in the West Indies Team. Of all the players in the Test squad, only one in Kraigg Braithwaite has played more than fifty Test Matches.

Most of the players are playing a Test match series in India for the first time in their careers and will need to get used to the conditions as well as the quality Indian bowling.

Indian bowlers are masters on their own pitches and have in recent times dismantled some of the strongest batting line-ups in world cricket including England, Australia, and South Africa. They will, therefore, pose a significant challenge to this fledgling West Indian batting line up; this was evident in the first Test match where they were blown away twice by the Indian bowlers and folded within three days.

Also, the bowling unit, despite their encouraging showing in recent times lacks experience in subcontinental conditions and will be at their wits end to bowl out an Indian batting line twice that include the likes of Kohli, Pujara and Rahane who are exceptionally talented players.

We, therefore, see that the West Indian team lags way behind the Indian team both in terms of batting and bowling talent, which can result in lopsided games as we saw in the first test match.

It would be encouraging to see West Indian team show some fight and at least force team India to work hard for a positive result, we, however, should be realistic in our expectations of victory since this is unlikely to happen.

Another thing that we should think about when analyzing the chances of the West Indies in this series is the performance of touring West Indian teams to India over the past twenty years or so.

The West Indies last won a Test match in India twenty-four years ago in 1994 when they drew the test match series 1-1. They toured India in 2002, losing 2-0, 2011, losing 2-0 and 2013, losing 2-0.

This current series is the 4th they are playing in India since they last managed a victory. Their performance on Indian soil over this period of time is one of their worst against any opponents. Also, on the three prior tours to India after 1994, the West Indies fielded much more experienced teams than they have now and still were not able to come up with a victory.

This team will have to perform out of their skins to change the statistic of no victories in India since 1994 which I think is unlikely to happen based on all the factors considered.

I will however still be watching and hoping that at least a few of these young players perform creditably and try to make a name for themselves in international cricket. I won’t, however, expect them to win but if they do I will be the happiest man alive!

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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