Poor V. Jayadevan. The ICC once again rejected his method of calculating the target score in a weather affected limited overs match and retained the Duckworth / Lewis system despite Jayadevan showing that there were errors in the latter system. Unfortunately with the Indian media being busy with IPL he was unable to get the support that could have made a difference.
The ICC entrusted the comparison of the two methods to an Englishman like Duckworth Lewis who also happens to be on its cricket commitee. Just imagine the ruckus that the overseas especially the Brit media would have made if an Indian was given the job of evaluating the two methods one of which belonged to an Indian. Jayadevan used to find faults with the Duckworth / Lewis method and bring it to the notice of ICC and it would then pass it on to Duckworth / Lewis and the corrections would be made and status quo maintained. So quite naturally the Duckworth / Lewis method kept getting retained.
In all fairness ICC should have tried the Jayadevan method for a year like they do with trial laws and then decided. Even now Indians are talking about the cosmetic changes that have been made about the bouncers and powerplays and fielders outside the 30 yard circle, etc when the matter that really gets everybody’s backsup the calculation of the target score has been glossed over.
The West Indies have had problems combining as a team as with the islands having their own identity, culture and currencies they do not always blend as well as they should. They were brought together firstly by Frank Worrell and Gary Sobers continued the good work and then Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards kept them together with their commanding personalities.
Darren Sammy is a good man but he does not quite have the cricketing stature that these giants have and so the West Indies performance has been more individualistic, shoddy and indifferent to say the least. Chanderpaul has been the shining star and now Marlon Samuels seems to be realising the potential that he had but had not shown to the cricketing world.
When he came on the scene he was likened to Carl Hooper. Hooper was an elegant batsman who also bowled a bit of spin. The Hooper - Samules batting style is stylish and while Hooper’s bowling style was smooth, Samules’ is jerky. Despite being chirped by the Englishmen, Samuels kept his cool and almost got a century in both innings of the second Test that the Windies lost.
He also got a couple of wickets and that is why he pips the rival skippers, Andrew Strauss and Darren Sammy to be the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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