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West Indies captain Denesh
Ramdin celebrated his first
"home" Test, at Queen s Park
Oval, by leading his much-
revamped team, that was beaten
in the first Test, to an appreciated
What a big fillip this 1st win is
for Ramdin and present WI cricket.
He, and we, needed that!
Ramdin, though, must note that
his primary purpose is as wicket-
keeper, whose skills have recently
been lauded for excellence.
very much less so, allowing nine-
teen byes in No 1, and thirteen in
No 2, while also dropping a few
Also, captaincy is not only about
winning. All teams want to win,
but if properly led, players will react
and perform to expected standards,
allowing that team to win regular-
Leading from in front
Leadership is more about inspi-
ration and instilling excellence,
bringing out the very best from
personnel who are led, improving
every facets of each player s inputs,
regardless of results, but not with
the standard Caribbean bickering,
insularity and asinine micro-man-
Positive results do matter, but
overall team improvement is more
Happily, new WI captain Denesh
Ramdin found that out very quickly
in Test No 2!
That is why Clive Lloyd and Sir
Frank Worrell are still always revered
so highly as former WI captains!
Sir Viv Richards and Sir Gary
Sobers captaincy ratings are high
too, but, in my mind, less so than
those other two superlative leaders.
Especially Sir Viv was given an
already "ripe" team; players, includ-
ing me, already fully matured, at
the very top of their game, having
been nurtured, massaged and forged
from cricketing infancy, by Lloyd.
All of us were ultra-ready,
superbly honed and totally confi-
dent by the time he became full-
time captain. Hence performances
were like mercury, filling all spaces
without gaps, always 100 per cent
Anyway, in this 2nd game of his
tenure, Ramdin used his bowlers
very well, while his batsmen gave
His fledgling leadership might
be just shaping up, but his young
stars, especially batsmen, are also
coming nicely to the fore.
These are great signs for Ramdin!
Bravo and Brathwaite
Joy to see young pups of our next
decade, Darren Bravo and Kraigg
Brathwaite, playing at opposite ends
of the stroke-making spectrum,
taking charge after old fox Chris
Gayle had been flummoxed by
Trent Boult s devastating out-
swinging "yorker", 1st innings.
Gayle s 80 no, 2nd innings, was
Sabina s pitch was such a dis-
appointment that anything pro-
duced at Queen s Park Oval would
have been a vast improvement.
So too, happily, it turned out to
be!QPO was sufficiently, consis-
tently, bouncy, especially if faster
bowlers put in big efforts, the pitch
becoming quicker as the game pro-
gressed---days two and three---when
initial moisture had dissipated. By
Day 4, that bounce was also aided
and abetted by improving grip and
turn; help for slower bowlers!
Lone specialist spinner, left-arm
orthodox Sullieman Benn, used his
lanky frame well, delivering from
great height, getting extra bounce,
while his albatross-like wing-span
helped for excellent catching.
Match figures of 5-151 from 86.4
overs were steady rewards for hard
Away for over four years, Jerome
Taylor is just about getting his
rhythm back. He bowled relatively
quickly, even if not yet fully extend-
ed.Especially encouraging for stam-
ina and overall fitness was Jerome s
tremendous efforts in 2nd innings,
Days 4 and 5; 30-8-73-2, after a
very good 1st innings return: 17-
5-34-4. Kemar Roach is now bowl-
ing almost always from just his
shoulders, his run-up no more than
a mirage. If he continues this way,
he will be, not may be, re-injured
in the not too distant future. He
needs to extend his run much more
and use that rhythm provided thus-
ly to be more comfortable and pro-
While better than Test No. 1; 2-
97 overall; Roach s returns in Test
No. 2; 5-135, were not spectacular.
His ineffectiveness put too much
pressure on Taylor and Benn.
Gabriel need to relax
Similarly so was Shannon
Gabriel, who always seems as stiff
as a wrestler trying to bowl fast.
There is no looseness about
Gabriel, and WI team coaches
should get him running, gazillions
of miles, if he is to get that looseness
and elasticity that is required to be
a good fast bowler. 4-109 was very
average for this pitch!
But pitch consistency also
allowed for very good batsmanship,
if required patience and sense could
As hoped for after Sabina, per-
sonnel changed for the better.
Brathwaite replaced Kieran Pow-
ell, while Jermaine Blackwood made
his Test debut, replacing fellow
Jamaican Marlon Samuels.
Unless he can mount a severe
runs challenge in next year s 1st
Class season, that, possibly, was
Samuels last stand!
To a point, Kirk Edwards, with
an un-fluent 55, started the batting
recovery, after Sabina, and Black-
wood showed signs of confidence,
even if raw and airy, for a first Test
But it was two centuries; Bravo s
6th - 109; and an excellent, maiden,
well-put-together 129 from Brath-
waite, that must whet appetites
and hopes for WI batting future!
Now it is on to Kensington Oval,
Barbados, to try to seal a long-
awaited Test series win! Enjoy!
COLIN EH CROFT
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