Can West Indies rekindle the glory of 60s, 70s and 80s?
Time for Darren Sammy and company to script history
Sat, Oct 06, 2012 08:55:56 GMT
In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the Caribbean nation West Indies were the undisputed kings of the world cricket. The three Ws of Sir Frank Warell, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott are still remembered as one of the greatest to have ever played the sport.
Ask the former Indian cricketers about Charlie Griffith. His ferocious bouncer broke Nari Contractor’s nose in the 60s. The pace battery of Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall were lethal to say the least. Their bowling has produced a lot of chin-music as their bouncers were deadly.
Sir Garfield Sobers is still the best all-rounder this game has produced and if you ask the cricket pundits they will say Sobers is the greatest legend of cricket after Sir Donald Bradman.
In mid-seventies cricket’s first world cup was played and West Indian team was captained by Clive Lloyd. Lloyd led his team from the front and his century helped West Indies beat Australia and become the first team in the history of cricket to conquer the world cup trophy.
After lifting the 1975 trophy, West Indies re-wrote history in 1979 and it was Sir Vivian Richards’ super-human effort which helped West Indies clinch the crown for the second time in a row.
After 1979 there was a world cup lull in the Caribbean nation. West Indies has produced batting and bowling greats like Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose but their efforts were not good enough to win the World Cup.
In 2004, West Indies did manage to win ICC Champions trophy under Brian Lara but other than that there is not a single major achievement by West Indies. As a result the craze of cricket in Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad has gone down. West Indies has only history to feel proud of.
But now the time has come. West Indies have made it to the finals of the 2012 ICC World T20. The Calypso music is back in full flow. Time for Darren Sammy and company to relive the glory days of their former cricketing greats and revive cricket in Caribbean nation.
To achieve the T20 world cup milestone West Indies will have to beat a formidable Sri Lanka at their backyard. The likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo will have to fire all cylinders with bat and the spinners too will have to contribute in order to deliver the knockout punch.
In 1975 and 1979 it was Clive Lloyd. Will it be Darren Sammy in 2012? Can this generation see cricketing champions coming out of the Caribbean islands and dance on the tune of the Calypso music after lifting the prestigious T20 world cup trophy. The time has come when names like Gayle, Bravo, Pollard, Samuels, Narine be scripted in the history books.