West Indians bring freshness and flair to IPL

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 08, 2013 05:45 hrs

Not too many bowlers relish the prospect of bowling the final over of the match when the opposition has about 10 runs to score and plenty of wickets in hand. It is pretty much a no-win situation for even an inside edge could go for runs and spoil what otherwise is a good over.

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The batsmen know that they have to throw their bats at every ball and even if it is a matter of needing just one run to win with a couple of deliveries left, the lure of being a winning hit hero means that common sense gets dumped and even experienced batsmen go for the glory shot and lose their wickets. This is what bowlers wait for and to be able to anticipate that and bowl accordingly is the trick.

It doesn’t always happen though but when it does and a seemingly lost cause is won, then it’s a euphoric feeling. Kevon Cooper must have felt that when he bowled the final over to the Delhi batsmen and not only got two wickets but hardly conceded a run and so what the Delhi Daredevils thought was an easy win turned out to be a bitter loss and with two back to back defeats they have some catching up to do.

The T20 league in the Caribbean Isles does not get seen in India, so not many have an idea how good some of the West Indian players are but if one has a good look at which players are making an impact at the moment in the IPL, one will find that it is the players from the happy Caribbean Isles, who are the ones that are turning games around with both bat and ball.

There are several such players in the Caribbean Isles who will not only bring their incredible skills but also the unique way of celebrations that go down so well with the crowd. They are generally such a happy bunch of people who live for the day that they bring a freshness and a sporting flair to the otherwise win at all costs attitudes that sour many a match.

What also should be taken into account is that the pitches in the Caribbean Isles now are more like in India, so the players who do well there are also likely to do well in India.

India does get massively influenced by Australia because it is the most favourite cricketing country after India and the timing of the Big Bash suits the viewers at home but the harder bouncier pitches there and the big boundaries need to be taken into account while looking at the successes of the players there.

Many an Australian has been bought by franchises mainly at the behest of their Australian coaches or captains, most of whom have come a cropper in Indian conditions.

The Rajasthan versus Kolkata contest will give the spectators the chance to see Cooper and Narine battle it out and it should make for great viewing.

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