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Jack is always willing to talk about Rose



Jack is always willing to talk about Rose and since the stunning performance of West Indies, we are bound to talk about them too. These WI players are those who carry cricket kit during the day and guitar during the night heading towards the bar. Though Titanic didn’t complete its first voyage from London to New York, it seems these players from those tiny Caribbean Islands might travel back home carrying the World Cup trophy from almost the same route the Titanic drowned.

West Indies has become a strong competition in the cricket world. It is the last World Cup for Chris Gayle but before he announces his retirement from international cricket he must be relaxed seeing his young players’ performance. Somehow, he knew Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cortrell, Oshane Thomas, Shimron Hetmyer, and Skipper Jason Holder can keep the team’s game running successfully for the next ten years. These young lads can lead West Indies to the same place where they were in late 70s to early 90s.

The historical performance of West Indies raises a question of what happened with the team after the 1996 World Cup.

Behind the fall of the WI cricket

Today we will look at some possible reasons for their decline in International Cricket.

Firstly, the incursion of other sports like Basketball and Running in those tiny Islands of Caribbean Sea saw the interest in cricket diminishing day by day. Basketball players were highly paid by NBA and other local athletic associations. Runners became stars in Olympics in short and long run events. At the same time, Usain Bolt changed the whole scenario of these islands. Not only men, but also women started coming into the top list of 100m, 200m, 400m, 400 relay and long running event of 5000m, 10000m and marathon.

Secondly, after the 1983 World Cup, West Indies hardly won any major cricket tournament and couldn’t motivate youngsters to stay connected with the game. Young generation always needs a role model or someone who inspires them for the game, but the WI cricket veterans failed to do so. On the other hand, athletes from other sports kept the torch of motivation burning for their younger generation by setting new records and winning medals in all major athletic tournaments of the world.

Thirdly, there were conflicts between West Indies Cricket board and players. There was a time when Gayle, Bravo, Pollard all were out of the team because of their conflicts with the cricket board of West Indies.

Lastly, a sport person needs a good height, flexible built, stamina and strength. Luckily, Caribbeans are God gifted with an athletic physique. That’s the reason they were spotted by many NBA franchises who offered them heavy wages. Tim Duncan is one of the finest examples we have.

Coming back to the present, West Indies has returned to the cricket world with full zeal. Taking them lightly might be the biggest mistake for any team participating in the World Cup. Of course, they are one of the best teams in the T20 cricket, but we should not forget their win of the 2004 Champions Trophy in England. West Indies may or may not make a place for themselves in the top four but they can be the reason for eliminating some of the top teams.

So be alert and ready when you face those Giants from Small Island’s of the Caribbean Sea.


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