Hello all, am a little bit busy but want to sneak a couple of minutes to share some thoughts in the aftermath of the game and with a few on the continued ups and downs in WI performances.
Simply put, we ought to always expect the unexpected from players representing the West Indies! You can't really back them to be hands-down winners in any match! They can lose from any position; as well as win in the most unlikely of manners. Elsewhere we are rejoicing to see Chris Gayle on the team, and i too am glad that the spat he had with the board has been resolved such that he can be selected, but I am afraid that for WI "Gayle will remain Gayle" in all forms of the game. At international level he is not a batsman you can rely on, and yes I say this fully aware of his exploits and record. He can as much murder the bowling as get out for little to nothing.
WI continues to rely on between one and three players to perform in any match, frankly that aint enough. As for the next game, I will make no predictions about the result, but will look on with interest. However it is my opinion that with this Kiwi victory, and the manner of it, the mental fragility that lies at the core of the WI will be given a severe test. I am in no way 'blaming' the defeat on Gayle, however my characterisation of him him as a player for WI symbolises the main point that I am making which is that the WI team continues - and will continue - to be unpredictable. They lost thist game by 89 runs with 83 deliveries to spare - in the context of a 50 overs match it was a thrashing!