This West Indies team stood true to their tag of being the favourites to win the trophy. They had one of the best balanced sides in the competition, in all departments of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. All these players stuck to their task perfectly well. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took the batting responsibility. Bravo and Pollard contributed with both bat and the ball along with their brilliant fielding. It was the mystery spinner, Sunil Naraine along with Rampaul and Badree who took over the responsibility of taking wickets as well as containing them.
If it was the batting exploits that helped them brush aside the Aussies in the semis, then it was their bowling performance in the finals that helped them win the title. This is what quality sides are characterised of. It was a team effort, which helped them win the title, in spite of some stand out performances of Gayle, Badree and Samuels.
This team stands no comparison to the West Indies teams of the past, which had players such as Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Malcom Marshall, Clive Lloyd, etc. But, these are positive signs for West Indies Cricket, which had not seen major success of late. The game also needs West Indies cricket to rise and give competition to nations such as Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, etc. Other teams need to watch out. The Calypso cricketers are on the rise.
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