Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 19th 2015 Contents (CWC) history, if WI had won CWC No 3 in 1983.
Favoured WI not only lost to then unfancied India
in that third CWC final, but WI s fortunes have
waned badly since, while India remain very near top.
In 1974, Muhammed Ali beat favourite George
Foreman in Zaire; 1980---Roberto Duran outclassed
highly hyped "Sugar" Ray Leonard in Canada, their
first meeting and best fight for both boxers. Then
supposedly unbeatable "Iron" Mike Tyson was bludg-
eoned into submission by James "Buster" Douglas
in Japan in 1990, Tyson never being the same after
Okay, so you say that was an individual sport,
"mano y mano", so sure, upsets will happen. True,
but back to cricket. What about England, underdogs
in present Ashes series, comprehensively outplaying
and embarrassing quasi-unbeatable Australia in Test
No 1 at Cardiff.
WI played both teams recently, and while they
managed a drawn series versus England, Australia
handily beat WI in two Tests. Few gave England any
chances whatsoever to beat Australia in this Ashes
series. Now, wavering minds are even wagering for
an England series win.
Australia will come back hard, as already seen in
Test No 2 now transpiring at elegant Lords Cricket
Ground, London, but the Aussies are coming off a
knock-down. By the time these teams get to Ken-
nington Oval, also in London, at August s end for
Test No 5, England could even end up winning by
knockout, upsetting most predictions. Who knows?
Even Pakistan s Test series victory last week against
Sri Lanka was an upset, the Lankans not the same
since losing Mahela Jayawardene.
But what a comeback for Younis Khan and Pakistan,
who have not played Test cricket at home since that
shooting incident featuring, coincidentally, Sri Lanka,
in 2009. Yet, as proverbial wanderers, Pakistan always
still persevere to win.
And normally lowly-considered Bangladesh are
enjoying unaccustomed victory dances, having also
upset highly rated South Africa in a tense one-day
series, with a Test series still to come later.
Upsets happen, so T&T, who have never played
in a final in Concacaf Gold Cup s history, their best
being a semifinal berth in 2000, could well capitalise
Soca Warriors remind me of WI circa 1970s and
1980s. Putting political and financial obstructions
behind them, they are playing like men possessed,
elevated by their own ambitions.
But there might be much more driving T&T for-
ward, as this must be captain Kenwyne Jones swan
song tournament. So it could be very personal, the
big man hoping to go out with a bang.
Even getting to the final, if not indeed winning
the ongoing Concacaf Gold Cup, would be a tremen-
dously appropriate farewell for Jones, the only remain-
ing playing member of T&T s squad for 2006 Fifa
World Cup, a time past which brought much excite-
ment and pride to all.
That 4--4 tie with Mexico in their last Group C
game was titillating, tantalising, even traumatic, for
T&T had to come back from a debilitating, inadvertent
own-goal from its leader. Luckily, livewire Yohance
Marshall scored that eight and final goal almost in
the final second.
Those last ten minutes versus Mexico showed
magnificent fight from T&T, warriors to the end.
That they celebrated like only Trinbagonians can at
the end was the least they could have done. Manager
Stephen Hart s antics must have gone viral on social
media. What a great show!
Anyway, 62nd Fifa-ranked Panama to date has
done nothing special, drawing all three preliminary
games 1--1 against adventurous Haiti, cautious Hon-
duras and underwhelming USA, while 55th Fifa-
ranked T&T impressed by beating confused Guatemala
3--1 and agile Cuba 2--0, before that 4--4 draw versus
a very tough Mexico.
In today s quarterfinal against Panama in New Jer-
sey, T&T s Soca Warriors must pull out all stops,
digging deep while legs try to genuflect to tiredness.
T&T must be actuated by adrenaline, confidently
knowing that they have ample ammunition to con-
tinue winning, for there is nothing like success. So,
Warriors, just win! Enjoy!
When I suggested in my last article that T&T s
"Soca Warriors", despite favourites USA and Mex-
ico, can cause serious upsets to get to the final of
Concacaf Gold Cup 2015, readers and acquaintances
enquired about my sanity.
No, I am not mad, but I know that sports and life
can throw up upsets and mind changers to not only
confuse, but by their very fickleness, to confirm
NASA---USA s National Aeronautics & Space
Administration---recently held its collective breath
as a plan in the form of a space capsule launched
in 2006, with results hoped for but unsure, became
reality nine years later when advanced New Horizons
after travelling billions of miles, passed close to, then
took photographs of, former ninth planet, now down-
Dr Alan Stern, New Horizons top scientist, cor-
rectly boasted that this trip was "the Everest of space
travel, as this is the greatest achievement in space
But it also indicates that even with so much tech-
nology to assist, nothing is guaranteed.
If you recall, West Indies could have recorded, as
completed by Australia 1999, 2003 and 2007, the
first ever "three-peat" in ICC Cricket World Cup
Go, Soca Warriors, Go
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