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BRIDGETOWN---Before a single
ball was bowled in the Women
T20 International Tri Series,
Deandra Dottin said her goal was
to win the "top player" award.
She achieved her goal and on
Saturday when she proudly accept-
ed the Virgin Atlantic Player of the
Series Award from West Indies leg-
end Joel Big Bird Garner.
Dottin, the powerful right-han-
der, was in fine form during the
tournament, powering the Windies
to a superb series triumph.
The 22-year-old made a blis-
tering 46 not out in Saturday s
night final to pilot the home side
an eight-wicket win over England.
She ended the tournament with
156 runs in five innings at a strike
rate of 133.33 to win the Virgin
Atlantic Player of the Series award.
After the match she was showered
with praise by the crowd of 4,000.
Dottin thanked the fans for their
support and also said it was special
to receive the prize from Garner.
"The crowds have been fantastic
throughout...it was really good to
see the way the people come out
and supported the teams in this
tournament. We really tried hard
to make them happy and give them
something to jump up for," Dottin
"For me, from the start, I always
said I wanted to win the Player of
the Series award and I was glad I
managed to pull it off. This award
means a lot to me. In this tourna-
ment I was able to settle down and
play my natural game."
During the West Indies run
chase, Dottin came to the crease
with the score at 41-2 in the sev-
enth over, and dominated an
unbroken third wicket stand of 78
with Stafanie Taylor---who again
played well for 51 not out---to take
the Player of the Match award.
"Stafanie is safe ...she s our best
player and she was just looking to
bat through to the end of the
"She gave me some good advice
for my shots," Dottin said.
"She told me to free up and
play my natural game and have
some fun out there. She s one of
the persons in the team that we
look up to and she always does the
job...with bat and ball. I knew once
I got going it would help take some
of the pressure off her.
"When I hit the final four to win
the match I felt great. It was a nice
feeling to help us to win in front
of our supporters."
With the greatest respect
for the experts who make
decisions on behalf of Wis-
den, the English cricket s
"bible" for the game, I do not
share their view entirely with
reference to their selection of
the world s best cricket team.
I suppose that there will be
many persons from all over
the globe who may also dis-
agree with certain choices, but that
is expected when we try to make
assessments of players who have
played in different eras, under varying
conditions, and judged by some who
did not even have the opportunity to
see many of the players of yestertear.
My difficulty to agree entirely with
the experts stems from the fact that
there seems no criteria in their choic-
es, whether it was the quality of their
batting in isolation, their highest
bowling or batting average, their con-
tribution to their countries in test
cricket, of by records they have held
or are holding.
No one could say that the task is
not an easy one, simply for the rea-
sons listed above and despite the fact
that every name on the list deserves
to be among the legends of world
cricket, it would not been too difficult
to make cases for some of the omitted
stars of the game in one era or anoth-
er.Clearly, the name of Sir Donald
Bradman stands out for his high bat-
ting average and the fact that few
persons alive have seen him displaying
his skill alongside the stalwarts who
have carved their niche in a different
period when almost every aspect of
the game has changed.
Even some of the rules were
changed, together with different types
of wickets, and modern tech-
niques leading to a more
intense level of physical capa-
bilities by the players.
Taking all these issues into
consideration, and having the
experience of witnessing test
cricket since the late forties
right to today, many out-
standing cricketers have
jogged my memory, and my
minds keeps jotting out names like
Michael Holding, Graeme Pollock,
Everton Weekes, George Headley,
Sunil Gavaskar, Subash Gupte, and
the world s most impacting cricket
captain Frank Worrell, whose ability
to bat or bowl would have gained his
selection in any cricket team.
But having placed some level of
bias (not deliberate) for these super-
stars of the game, I believe that a
proper case can be made for Brian
Few can challenge his ability to
entertain wherever he played, despite
his presence in teams which at some
times during his career were not as
successful as others.
But when one makes a statistic on
the dapper lefthander, think of the
number of test matches, the number
of centuries, his batting average, they
will surely measure well against some
of the selected ones.
However, not one single player in
the cricket world can match his scores
of 501 in a first class match, 400 in
a Test match, and broke the highest
batting aggregate in Test cricket on
I wish that there was some statistic
to identify the number of fans across
the cricket world, who would have
crossed the various oceans to watch
him ply his trade.
The problem with
the world's best XI
overjoyed with award
Deandra Dottin drives through the offside during her unbeaten 46 in the Tri
Series Final against England on Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
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