There was a time not too long ago when the West Indies team was the most feared one in the world. It was not just the frightening array of fast
bowlers that it had but also the awesome batting line up that it possessed.
If opposition batsmen felt that there was simply no respite from the balls flying past the nose or crunching the gloves to the bat handle or the occasional thunderbolt thudding into the ribs the bowlers who bowled to the Windies batsmen also felt similarly dismayed to find one great batsman being replaced by another at the crease.
There were just too much and even the most optimistic and courageous of the opponents tended to feel hopeless at times. No team has quite dominated the sport as the Windies teams of the 1970s and 80s did.
However the cycle of fortune doesn’t spare any individual or team and so the Windies team of today is a pale shadow of the ones that overwhelmed all opponents then.
The Australians despite not having its best team on the park beat them quite comfortably in the one day series winning all the games. Some of the
margins may make it look that the Windies were close but in reality the Aussies wouldn’t have been too worried.
The one area that the Windies teams of yore were good at was to combine their natural talent with mental strength and so they could extricate
themselves from a sticky situation and then go on to dominate the game. It is in this aspect that the current team is struggling and the manner in
which they snatch defeat from the jaws of victory is staggering to say the least.
That is what they did in just about every game of the five match series and it was this knowledge that the Australians would have stored as they waited for them to implode and when that happened it was spectacularly sad for all those who have grown up watching the champion Windies players.
There were some good individual performances but none of which helped the team to win a game. Johnson Charles and Kieron Pollard got hundreds in a losing cause. The Australians must have been really pleased with the manner in which Mitchell Johnson has come back in international cricket and they will be hoping that he can produce the same kind of form in the series against India.
Adam Voges who got a chance only because some of the Australian players were already on their way to India grabbed it with both hands to get a hundred and has thus given the selectors another option for the future.
Kieron Pollard who got a ton in the fourth game and a useful 45 in the fifth game is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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