End of an era as West Indies’ greatest hits fall flat | Sports

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October 7, 2012. Marlon Samuels devours Lasith Malinga and Sri Lanka as West Indies win their first T20 World Cup title. Their coruscating T20I reign begins there and runs till…….November 4, 2021, with regards to a grinding halt by the hands of Sri Lanka within the UAE.

It was Chris Gayle who led West Indies’ rousing celebrations almost a decade in the past in Colombo, with press-ups and Gangnam Model jigs as Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard all cheered him on. The quartet go on to turn out to be the face, coronary heart, and soul of T20 cricket around the globe.

As soon as the West Indies board underwent a revamp, with Ricky Skerritt taking on from Dave Cameron, their grand plan was to get the previous rock band again collectively in 2019. Pollard was appointed West Indies’ white-ball captain beneath a brand new administration, Bravo determined to return out of T20I retirement for his final dance. Gayle pushed himself on to a different World Cup, changing into the oldest participant on the match at 42. You may most likely hear Russell’s knee rattle when he runs into bowl, however he, too, is in for an additional tilt on the world title.

On Thursday, West Indies, the defending champions, are up towards Sri Lanka, who needed to play the qualifier to make the match correct. Former captain Daren Sammy retains repeating on the TV commentary that West Indies’ legacy is on the road. After shedding three tosses, Pollard lastly wins one and opts to bowl first in Abu Dhabi. However his bowling assault by no means actually turns up, as has been the case all through the match.

West Indies’ success in 2012 and 2016 was constructed round a flexible assault. Samuel Badree gave nothing away within the powerplay; he was beautifully backed up by Sunil Narine (in 2012) and Suleiman Benn (2016) within the powerplay. In 2016, Bravo was on the peak of his T20 powers whereas Carlos Brathwaite and Sammy additionally pitched in with the ball.

On this version of the match, their bowling assault has been fragile though Jason Holder’s late inclusion in the principle squad did make it look barely higher. Ravi Rampaul, who was a part of West Indies’ title-winning staff in 2012, is now 37-years-old. Certain, he bowled some powerful overs for Trinbago Knight Riders on his return to the CPL, however it was a chance to choose him as one of many frontline seamers after only one good season.

Fabian Allen was initially lined as much as do the function that Benn did with the ball 5 years in the past, however an damage sidelined him from the match. Akeal Hosein had the most effective economic system charges in the latest CPL, nonetheless, couldn’t discover related management within the UAE. Bravo was in scorching type for Chennai Tremendous Kings of their run to the IPL title, however cooled off a lot that he conceded 42 runs in his 4 overs towards Sri Lanka. It was his third-worst evaluation in what could possibly be his second-last T20I.

All up, West Indies’ assault picked up solely 14 wickets in 4 innings at a mean of 37.71. Solely India and Netherlands have taken fewer wickets within the match, having performed one sport fewer.

Oshane Thomas, who bowled with renewed vigour for Barbados Tridents within the CPL, might have added some further tempo and poo to the assault, however West Indies had been inflexible with their mixture and didn’t use him in any respect.

How about their batting? It was simply as one-dimensional, with their high-risk six-or-nothing strategy failing them within the UAE. West Indies’ dot-ball proportion of 45.70 was the third worst within the match, behind Namibia and Scotland. Lendl Simmons epitomised West Indies’ batting struggles when he dawdled to 16 off 35 balls in a match-losing innings towards South Africa.

The massive 4 – Gayle, Pollard, Russell and Bravo – couldn’t get the large hits away both. Towards Sri Lanka, Gayle chipped left-arm seamer Binura Fernando to mid-on. Russell was bounced out by Chamika Karunaratne whereas each Pollard and Bravo had been finished in by sharp unsuitable’uns from Wanindu Hasaranga.

Sri Lanka aced their match-ups and Pollard would later admit that West Indies lacked sufficient game-smarts.

The previous band is now breaking apart and the seek for a brand new one is already on. In a method, the fading seniors have already handed the baton to Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, who hit 81 and 46 respectively whilst West Indies crashed out. Pollard has tipped them to be the longer term batting leaders, however the prospects do look bleak on the bowling entrance. Who’s the subsequent huge T20 spinner after Sunil Narine? Who’s the subsequent huge T20 quick bowler from the Caribbean?

Pollard, Gayle, Bravo and Russell remodeled West Indies into the primary nice males’s T20I staff and revolutionised the format, however winds of change are already starting to blow by way of Caribbean cricket. –Cricinfo