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COLIN E. H. CROFT
I am as pumped that Interna-
tional Cricket Council s premier,
blue-ribbon event, World Cup
2015---50-overs version---is about
to begin as if I were myself playing
Four tumultuous years have
passed since India won in 2011,
with many upheavals, suspicions,
question marks and other situa-
tions besmirching our beloved
But, in the unforgettable words
of world-renowned boxing referee,
District Court Judge Mills Lane,
of Georgia, USA, who refereed sev-
eral massive ring battles, including
"The Bite Fight"
, featuring Iron
Mike Tyson and Evander Real
Deal Holyfield; "Let s get it on!"
If you are a West Indies sup-
porter, you could have either of
two quite polarized thoughts about
our representatives chances of
getting far , even winning CWC
You could either believe that a
major miracle will happen, that
our cricketing ambassadors will
pull off something very special,
or you could expect that they will
fall at very early hurdles!
It is not going to be easy for WI.
Their group, "Pool B"
, also contains
2015 s favorites in South Africa,
India and Pakistan, giant-killers
Ireland and Zimbabwe, and con-
COLIN EH CROFT
'Let's get it on for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015!'
fident, never-say-die United Arab Emi-
rates. This could be that proverbial
Group of Death .
I count myself not only very fortu-
nate to have played for WI, but out-
of-this-world to realize that I am one
of only very few of our seven or so
million people who has actually won
the cricket World Cup, and did as well
as, if not better than most, in helping
WI win CWC No. 2 in 1979.
WI has produced many cricketing
legends, but the majority of them never
did that. Indeed, only twenty WI crick-
eters have ever won World Cups, as
WI won the first two stanzas; 1975 and
In 1975, WI s squad were: Clive
Lloyd---captain, Keith Boyce, Roy Fred-
ericks, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge,
Vanburn Holder, Bernard Julien, Alvin
Kallicharran, Rohan Kanhai, Deryck
Murray, (Sir) Vivian Richards and (Sir)
Boyce and Fredericks are already at
that massive oval somewhere else
the remainder of this original twelve,
whose exploits could never be dupli-
cated, as no other team can ever again
win the first cricket World Cup, should
always be held in our highest cricket
When WI won CWC No. 1; 1975; I
was studying navigation in Trinidad
& Tobago, and could clearly remember
that no-one worried about any books
at all that final day.
In CWC 1975, Kallicharran had
tamed dangerous Australian fast-man
Dennis Lillee with murderous cuts and
hooks; 78 in only 83 deliveries; as WI
beat Australia in one preliminary game.
Thus, "Kalli" and the rest of WI were
tuned for that first ever CWC final,
especially after Murray and Roberts
had put WI there, eking out a very
close, unlikely knock-out stage win
against excellent Pakistan, that last WI
pair adding 64 undefeated, winning
1975 s final was captain Lloyd s day,
as WI amassed 291 in 60 overs! "Super
Cat" mauled the Australians even worse
than Kallicharran had done, getting
102 in just 85 deliveries, including twelve
fours and two sixes, after Fredericks
had trod on his stumps while hooking
Lillee for six into St. John s Road, out-
side Lords Cricket Ground.
Then Richards ran out three Aus-
tralians, and that was that! WI won
that 1975 final by 17 runs!
A championships team
By 1979, CWC No. 2, Colin Croft
(yours truly), Michael Holding, Joel
Garner, Collis King, Malcolm Marshall,
Desmond Haynes, "Larry" Gomes, and
Faoud Bacchus had been added to
Lloyd, Greenidge, Richards, Kallichar-
ran, Murray and Roberts, to defend
1975 s victory.
So, that tally of WI cricketers who
have won an ICC cricket World Cup,
to date, is only 20, of whom seventeen
are still alive; Marshall having also
already gone to that great beyond.
As in everything else, some are kick-
ing better than some! 1979 s tourna-
ment was relatively easy for us. Perhaps
the only really difficult games were the
semi-final against again Pakistan, and
that 2nd CWC final at Lords.
Beating India and New Zealand, hav-
ing a no-result against Sri Lanka for
rain, put us squarely into the sights of
always mercurial Pakistanis.
They nearly beat us. Maybe they
Batting first in front of 30,000 in
bright English sunshine, WI made 293-
6, a good but gettable total for a Pak-
istan team filled with stars.
Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas added
176 for the 2nd wicket before I managed
to clean them both up, and Javed Mian-
dad too as a bonus, getting 3-29 from
11 overs, allowing WI to win by 43 runs.
After that, even with WI at one time
99-4 in 1979 s final, (Sir) Viv s majestic
century, and "Big Bird" Garner s five
wickets kayoed England. WI won 1979 s
final by a mammoth 92 runs!
Those memories are wonderful.
Now for more reality!
2015 s WI have a much more difficult
task to simply qualify for quarter finals.
If they can do that, then, as Lloyd used
to tell us too, anything can happen ,
as each game is then a pure knock-
out, and can be won if a team plays
well. How Jason Holder and his guys
evolve in the next six weeks could even
surprise us all. Enjoy!
FLASHBACK: There was little doubt about the awesome WI domination of the eight-team tournament with an all-win
record as the Calypso charmers retained the cup they had bagged four years ago. GETTY IMAGES
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