The most experienced batsman of West Indies, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has predicted a beaming future for his team in Test cricket as they are instantly improving.
The Windies are emerging fast as a top Test unit of the world and a vast improvement can be witnessed in their performance and approach towards the game. A new breed of youngsters is on their way to become fighting and aggressive cricketers as they are learning fast from their seniors.
Darren Sammy has evolved into a fine captain and is leading the team from the front by his all round performance. He hammered 106 against England on May 25, 2012, in the 2nd Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The 28-year-old has played 28 Tests, clinched 71 wickets at an average of 33.36, the best of 7-66 in an innings and 8-98 in a match. He has scored 1034 runs at an average of 22.00, the best of 106 with a couple of fifties.
The young Sunil Narine, has impressed with his spin bowling by grabbing 8 wickets against New Zealand in the first Test which concluded on July 29, 2012, at North Sound. It was his only second Test and he was instrumental in bringing home a well earned victory against the visitors.
Kemar Roach wrecked the batting of the Black Caps in the first Test and was declared ‘Player of the match’. He has played 20 Tests, grabbed 77 wickets averaging 28.14 per wicket with the best of 6-48 in an innings and 10-146 in a match.
Ravi Rampaul is another promising fast bowler who has taken 44 wickets in 17 Tests and has already improved a lot.
The batting department has been strengthened with the return of the master blaster, Chris Gayle, who thrashed 150 and unbeaten 64 in the Test vs. New Zealand in the opening game. He has played 92 Tests and powered 6587 runs averaging 42.77, the best of 333 with 14 centuries and 34 fifties.
Marlon Samuels played excellently against England and scored 31, 86, 117, unbeaten 76, and 76 in three Test series. He has taken part in 41 Tests, scored 2238 runs at an average of 33.40, the best of 117 with 3 tons and 16 fifties.
The 22-year-old Kieran Powell smashed a century vs. New Zealand and Assad Fudadin is another young batting prospect.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul has played 143 Tests, plundered 10290 runs at an excellent average of 50.19, the best of unbeaten 203 with 25 centuries and 61 fifties.
West Indies played home series against Australia involving three Tests in April, 2012, which was lost 2-0 but all three games ended on the fifth day and the first Test at Bridgetown was a close which was lost by the hosts in the end.
The Caribbeans visited England and played three Tests, though the series was lost 2-0 but two matches concluded on the fifth day and the visitors gave their best on the trip.
Chanderpaul anticipates that West Indies will transform into a strong squad soon and will become a power in the cricketing world to be reckoned. He said,
“We have been playing some top teams around the world and we have been taking Test matches into the last day and it is something we have not done a lot in the past and now we have been doing more of it and one day we would be able to turn the corners.”
West Indies has started well in the ongoing series vs. New Zealand by winning the first Test by nine wickets. The second Test will start from August 2, 2012, at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, and the home team will do their best to win the game which will be a series win for them after a long time and a new beginning for a prosperous future.