Originating from sun-kissed islands, some with that spirit and with passion, others with neither spirit not passion, together; They played, they lost.
That has been the story of West Indies cricket recently. Though their cricket is special and brings a unique flavour to the English game, the always passionate fans are experiencing what Indian fans had to go through before the nineties. The team is rarely delivering. However the worst thing is that the team is failing to put a fight. While the lethargic behaviour was very evident in their opening game against India, West Indies displayed their best ruthlessly crushing the host yesterday.
After owning the unwanted record of being the slowest opener ever in T20I history in the match against India, Dwayne Smith was quicker and sharper to start proceedings with a pull to midwicket. When it seemed Gayle is being calm before the storm-front foot block, lazy push to mid-on, getting beaten more often than not- the storm mellowed down to weak drizzles. Being uncannily troubled by the rookie off spinner Sohag Gazi, Gayle finally got rid of his rustiness slaughtering him over long on and while the world was waiting Gayle to explode, Smith stole the show to shock the ever enthusiastic crowd. Though the bowling was near terrible with everyone spraying down the leg, the good deliveries were swept and short ones were deposited over the boundary for flatter sixes. The tenth over was the pick of Smith’s innings- reminiscent of Ab de Villiers, Sohag Gazi was smashed all around the park for four consecutive boundaries and by the time Bangladesh managed to get him out he had done enough damage. The next batsman Simmons was quick enough to get back running himself out without facing a single ball.
Samuels, the next batsman, never seemed to threaten and apart from Smith that was the case with all the West Indies batsmen. However the final score was a good 171 - thanks to below par fielding efforts, contributing as much as the third best batsman in the game. It seemed like the whole of Bangladesh was there to witness the results: Men and Women cheering loud within the fence; desi flags all around, loaded with pride and constant roar from within. On the stadium, torn up by the ‘Smith Storm’, the local players did little justice ending up disappointing the crowd yet again. The chase never really took off, their best batsmen falling like a pack of cards in clusters.
The domination was right from the beginning with the top order collapse in just four overs. Highly rated Santokie delivered two absolutely brilliant cutters dismissing Anamul Haque and Shakib al Hassan in the same over. Getting Tamim initially, Badree showed no issues with dew, kicking another collapse in the eleventh over claiming three wickets. The tail was exposed and by the time West Indies completed the formalities the utterly dominated contest, the passionate crowd returned home empty handed. When you look at the faces of fans coming to stadium even after all these years of failures, you would wonder if the Bangladesh team has done enough to repay their faith and passion in the sport. However, the answer to the question is no - obviously though. When it was expected the team would do far better in home with it just being a T20 world cup, with all unpredictability in this format, the result of Bangladesh match is often predictable. The fans deserve a better showing and the team should ensure they put everything to have a much better fight in the next few games.Share this post