by Anura Guruge
This, wrapped-up in 3 days, Test Match was never short of excitement.
It had the feel of an ODI and lets face it,
two of the innings were short of 50 overs.
[The entire Test was 250.2 overs.]
It, to an West Indies supporter of 40 years, was good to see that they
finally mustered enough resolve and technique to score 192 runs in the 4th innings.
When they were 80-4, with poor Shiv Chanderpaul gone for an uncharacteristic duck,
I was yet again resigned to see the Windies collapse and crumble.
I wasn’t convinced that they were going to win until they were within 4 runs with
6 wickets in hand — and even then they managed to lose Bravo.
I have become a Jermaine Blackwood believer.
He impressed me NO END.
I would liked to have seen him go to another century in the 1st innings …
and get his well deserved 50 in the second.
I just read that Viv rates him. If Viv thinks he is an unpolished diamond,
that is good enough for me.
My heart bleeds for Shiv. What a nightmare of a series for him.
I hate to have to say this but I think it is time for him to bid adieu —
and we will all applaud him for his yeoman service to the Windies.
What a man, what a cricketers. But, at 40, time, at last, has caught up with Shiv.
Felt bad, very bad for Shai Hope. He needs a bit more experience.
I have hopes, maybe not great, for Kraigg Brathwaite. He has shown class.
Jason Holder will prevail. He could have batted better in this Test.
He, however, bowled superbly.
I think I saw Gary, in a snazzy suit, as usual, watching the Test.
He must be able to relate to Holder and Blackwood.
I enjoyed the Test. 18 wickets in the 2nd day. It was heady stuff.
Shame the series is already over.
Just saw on Willow that the Australians are playing 2 Tests against the West Indies in June.
That is GREAT — but why just 2 Tests? That is not enough.
I guess the Islands can’t generate the crowds or the money. Shame.
But then again, I am still going to agitate that the whole concept of ‘The West Indies’
needs to be reexamined and reevaluated. International cricket should ONLY be
between bona fide sovereign nations.