India vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Windies' irresponsible batting, lack of ODI nous, one-dimensional bowling sum up underwhelming marketing campaign

West Indies’ seven-wicket win towards Pakistan appears such a very long time in the past. The West Indies confirmed tempo, energy and promise of their World Cup opener, to carry the spirits of the Caribbean followers, and urged those that regarded askance at their prospects to take a second viewing. However, it has been all downhill since. It is as if Jason Holder and his males fired the one efficient arrow of their quiver and have little or no left.

The general marketing campaign has been disheartening for the West Indies supporters. In equity, the video games towards England and India had been those by which the Windies had been outplayed, for the opposite video games it was their very own undoing that price them.

With one win from seven video games within the World Cup, West Indies exit from the rivalry of securing a spot within the semi-finals. AP

West Indies discovered themselves in assertive positions towards Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand, solely to squander their ascendancy like schoolboys.

Their bowling wasn’t ok. It lacked selection in each make-up and technique. Their spin bowling posed barely any menace and their techniques too one-dimensional. Too a lot religion was reposed for too lengthy in a quick, short-pitched assault that scorched Pakistan after which Australia, to an extent, however principally sputtered thereafter.

While their batting was no higher both. Windies batsmen performed with injudicious and irresponsible haste, failing to soak up the teachings they must have learnt observing gamers like Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.

Former West Indies participant Daren Ganga throughout commentary intimated the West Indies’ issues could have one thing to do with primarily T20 gamers coming to the workforce for the ODI World Cup with a mindset of shortest format. Former fast-bowling nice, now a famend commentator, Michael Holding has harassed, nearly each sport, that 50-over cricket is “proper cricket”. There are “300 balls,” he’s fond of claiming. Their assertions have a variety of advantage.

Asked, throughout a post-match interview with the Indian captain, Sanjay Manjrekar, requested Kohli, what his recommendation to different batsmen could be. Kohli make clear his batting outlook for the 50-over sport. After explaining that each one batsmen should develop their very own strategies in response to their very own strengths and weaknesses, the batting grasp provided this: “That’s always been my game plan and my strength to asses conditions very quickly, and I’m very happy knocking the ball around as well. All my innings, 70% of the runs I rely on singles and doubles, which I think in one-day cricket is the most important factor. If you look for big shots, more often than not you gonna get out…”

There are quite a lot of West Indian batsmen who needs to be positioned in a classroom and made to take heed to that piece of knowledge over and over, like college students in detention made to recite strains.

Ill-advised shot-making has been the West Indies’ main downfall this event. The watchful strategy that Kohli expressed on this sport and that Williamson exhibited within the earlier one, is sort of by no means part of the West Indies’ sport plan. They favor to attain in sixes reasonably than singles and whereas dealing within the sport’s highest forex is the best manner of racking up massive scores rapidly, there’s peril inherent in hitting the ball lengthy and infrequently.

This level is misplaced on quite a lot of West Indian batsmen. It is a lesson they typically appear incapable of studying. Why else would Andre Russell, for instance, after unnecessarily heaving away his wicket towards Australia, do the identical towards England within the very subsequent sport? Young T20 stars like Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran additionally confirmed a scarcity of endurance on crunch events. They could be batting superbly one minute, solely to present their wicket away the following.

Against India a primary innings whole of 268 is one thing, the Windies would have readily accepted in the beginning of the sport and their bowlers did a fairly good job getting them to that place. Jettisoned after the Pakistan sport, Kemar Roach, the most skillful bowler within the facet, returned towards New Zealand to indicate his price. He continued the demonstration within the sport towards India with three essential wickets for simply 36 runs off his 10 overs. Jason Holder had his finest outing as a bowler thus far, returning figures of two/33 off 10 overs. His workforce may need had fewer to chase had wicket-keeper Shai Hope not missed stumping the batsman off Fabian Allen when he was eight. MS Dhoni went on to make 56, including essential runs close to the top of the innings.

Run-scoring was by no means straightforward on an Old Trafford floor off which the ball didn’t all the time bounce because the batsman anticipated. India, led by Kohli and Dhoni, fought exhausting to eke out a defendable whole. The West Indies, alternatively, displayed no abdomen for such an arduous battle and crumbled for a measly 143.

There was no heroics this time, like Carlos Brathwaite’s towards New Zealand, to stoke even a glimmer of hope within the hearts of Caribbean followers. Now, the West Indies haven’t any probability of constructing it to the semi-finals, an achievement a few of their extra optimistic followers noticed as an actual chance.

The West Indies now need to look past this event. Their present strategy to the 50-over sport is not going to do. They should look to play “proper cricket” on this format, as Michael Holding typically says.

The good factor is that there are gamers, many on this present squad, that, with extra expertise and research, ought to have the ability to make the mandatory changes. Players like Pooran, Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris and Oshane Thomas are able to thriving in all codecs of the sport. But they will should be extra satisfied that regular and calculating cricket will probably be significantly extra profitable than chancy and belligerent. This may be exhausting lesson for quite a lot of them to be taught however it’s one they’ve to soak up if they’re to carry out constantly in ODIs.

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Published Date: June 28, 2019

| Updated Date: June 28, 2019


Updated Date: Jun 28, 2019 11:48:34 IST