There are many ingredients that go into the mix in order to emerge as a fine cricketer. Professional cricket is tough, not unlike any other profession in which the young man or woman would like to graduate. It requires lots of application to the subject matter so that one can understand the whys and wherefores of the business on which one would like to focus.
I am disappointed to the point of frustration and pain when I witness the ongoing decline of the West Indies (WI) cricket team as the years sail by. It makes me sad to recall the great men from the distant past who sacrificed time, finances and great effort to be globally recognised as a collection of cricketers that would put our disparate islands on the cricketing map of the world! It is gloomy and depressing to observe the way we succumb to other teams as if they were shooting fish in a barrel.
India has crushed the WI in their tour of the sub-continent in the Tests, the One Day International series and then in the t20 rubber. India’s cricket is now so dominant to the Caribbean side that they could afford to drop their main players and replace them by substitutes for the last game of the three-match t20 series, who manfully stand up to the task and grab a win off the final ball of the game to secure a t20 whitewash of the World champions! It is difficult to believe that WI is the side that won the last t20 world tournament in 2016.