CUP DE MÓN CRIC ICC, 2019
The 2019 World Cup will be a springboard for the West Indies cricket? © Getty
In sport, as in life, failure is a constant companion. However, not all the failure is the same. There may be a glorious heroic failure, such as Carlos Brathwaite, almost, but not very long ago, that the West Indies put themselves against New Zealand last weekend. Then, there is a humiliating failure, complete and just in the game. The defeat of the West Indies in England in Southampton was an example of this. But, where to classify the failure in this World Cup, Caribbean men have had an equitable mix?
In simple terms, of course, they are no longer in the competition and have won only one set match. His baptism has shown glittering glimpses, but it has not been consistent or sufficiently hard. Bowling players have worked hard, but lack variation and adaptability. In general, they have been out of the field against most of their opponents. But, among the general issues of disappointment, there have been some blows of hope for the future. A nucleus of talented young players have proven they deserve to be persevered.
Captain Jason Holder and Evin Lewis are 27 years old and Sunil Ambris is 26 years old. Shai Hope is 25 years old, Fabian Allen 24. Nicholas Pooran is 23 years old. Shimron Hetmyer and Oshane Thomas are 22. Sheldon Cottrell, his tournament player, is not yet 30 years old. All these players have, at least, another World Cup in them, and most, more than that, and all, apart from Ambris, have made at least a strong contribution to this tournament. (Ambris only played a game after being invited by André Russell).
And, undoubtedly, the West Indies should be in the semi-final mix. They lost Australia against 15 races, capitalizing on a chase that could have been seen. The hundreds of Brathwaite against New Zealand could also, and probably should, have them in Old Trafford. Against Bangladesh, Taunton made 321, but his one-dimensional bowling was broken into blacksmithing by Shakib Al Hasan. The three parties saw them get into positions to win and then they lost.
These were not drubbings. These were not games where they were left out of play. It was a close game with a little more new ones, it could have gained a bit more experience, a little more thought. This was the subject of a long team meeting in the locker room after the party in India, where the team and management discussed what had gone wrong in their campaign.
"I think we did not take advantage of the key moments of the games," said Floyd Reiffer's senior coach before his team's match against Sri Lanka in Durham. "Look back at our tournament, we played well against Pakistan. We had Australia in the ropes. New Zealand too. We need to take advantage of the key moments of the game. At crucial moments, we fell a few chances. We did not beat correctly. They are small things that we did not do, the percentages we did not do well. These are the things we discussed in a team. Players do not feel comfortable with their performances. "
Often, the lack of talent is more difficult to deal with than making talent work better. If you have quality ingredients, at least you have the potential to cook the best cake in the world, even if you need a few to realize that you do not have to put a Swiss roll in the oven for six hours. But if you can not get a jam, you will never be able to make the Swiss watch of your dreams, no matter what.
The challenge of the West Indies cricket is now to ensure that structures and training are underway to challenge and overcome the players they have. "We have a good talent in the Caribbean system," Reifer said. "We have to make sure that we promote this talent very well. When we return to the Caribbean it is important that we put some guys in the environment and put them in a difficult situation where they have to train and train and prepare well. Creating leaders is something we have to focus on in the Caribbean as well as our franchise and its top-level cricket. "
The idea that disappointing tournaments can be used as a springboard for the future is a very wasteful thing. England used its failure in 2015 as a catalyst for changing its entire philosophy of one day. The West Indies probably do not have to do anything so drastically as they probably have achieved more elements than Eoin Morgan after the capitulation of England in Australia and New Zealand four years ago.
On the other hand, the selectors of the West Indies must keep faith with this core of players and add a few more to the key positions. The opening of John Campbell is a substitute ready for when Chris Gayle retires while Keemo Paul has already played in the IPL and can become an important SUV. The rotation of Allen's left arm is sufficiently useful, but the West Indies really need a front-line spinner that can take their hinges. The disconnection of the Ashley nurse is not complied with the invoice. They also need more athletics in the field.
Above all, however, they must find this intangible winner mentality. "We are out there, but there's still a lot of cricket to play after the World Cup," Reifer said. "It is important that we find the winning formula forwards. We want to create this winning culture. You have to start from anywhere. We have had some good games in the World Cup, but we only have to have an ideal percentage. a right, then you will see that we will get the results.
"Our future is good," added Reifer. "I have confidence in these young people that we can return the West Indies cricket to where it belongs to the top. Yes, it's unfortunate that we did not reach the last four in this competition, but I'm glad I've seen. lots of young guys that we can model and build a strong unit in the future. "
The challenge is for this group of players in western India. It's there for people like Holder, Hope and Cottrell. If they can take more advantage of their individual talent, to make collective the most coherent foundations and if they receive the support of selectors and trainers they deserve, there is a lot of hope for the future. This tournament could be a springboard. It corresponds to all the parts of cricket of the West Indies who do it.