After the West Indian team went into a hideout from the test circuit following the departure of legends like Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, and many other unorthodox yet supremely talented cricketers, the team is slowly beginning to show signs of progress.
In a recently concluded second test match in Roseau,against the Zimbabwe team, the Islanders secured their second win of their series, killing the contest inside three days of brutal dominance and hence sweeping the seiriestwo nil.
Although the Zimbabwe team is now a pale shadow of what it was a decade and a half ago, but the result was West Indies’ sixth test match win in a row. West Indianshad won the first test in Kennigston Oval by nine wickets.
The other four wins came in a whitewash of Bangaladesh and New Zealand earlier this year. With the mercurial Chris Gyale back in the team and the perennial cornerstone of the team,Shivanarine Chaderpaul, playing like a unmoved stone, West Indies has now the batting dynamics to upset any bowling squad.
The Brian Lara look alike, Darren Bravo, is a futre prospects with a high potential, say the experts.Players like Marlon Samuels are back in the team and back for the good.
The bowling department is showing signs of promiseand players like Shane Shillingford have ensured that any team can be broken two times inside the five days of the test match.
With players like Andre Russel, Keiron POllard,the captain Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and others, West Indies are a decent one day side.
Not to mention that in Christopher Henry Gayle, the West Indians have one of themost explosive one day player of modern times.
IN T20 internationals, the islanders are the world champions and with tight shrewd bowling, sensational fielding and carnival-like batting, they have awed the world.
Although, things like financial management at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), players salary, and long term managementare still a issue and the team still has to prove its credentials with high performing teams, the signs are good and it looks like, the West Indies of old is slowly coming back.