A Glimmer of Hope for West Indies Cricket

Cricket - West Indies v India - World Twenty20 cricket tournament semi-final - Mumbai, India - 31/03/2016. West Indies players celebrate after winning their match. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

West Indies is trying hard to regain its lost glory but inconsistency in board policies and lack of interest in five-day game among players has meant that the side is still lying in the bottom half of ICC Rankings for Test Teams.

Jason Holder has been making concerted efforts that this current side can build consistency to put West Indies back on the map as a competitive team in Test cricket. Holder has led the way with bat and ball in this tough period in absence of players like Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo who have been sidelined for various reasons. The first-ever day night Test at Edgbaston was a reality check that West Indies has still a long way to go to be a good team as they brushed aside by Hosts England inside four days. The batting looked inept as the side folded twice on the same day to lose the game.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope failed in the first game but made a strong comeback in the second game at Headingley.

West Indies did recover well from thrashing received at the hands of England side as the visitors pace attack in Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel dismissed England for 258 runs in the first innings. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope both showed class and temperament to put their side in the great position to win the game. Shai Hope is one of the most talented players in the side but has not lived up to the expectations of cricket pundits who believe that he can play for West Indies for a long time.

West Indies have a good group of players such as Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood that could help start raise their game in the years to come. West Indies have tasted success against Pakistan in Sharjah and then in the home series in the second game at Barbados.

The cricketing world will be praying that this young West Indies side can step up to the plate and perform more consistently in bid to regain their glorious past.