Former West Indies skipper – Carl Hooper on an exclusive interview with SportsFlashes spoke about how the current lot of Windies players and board members need to do loads of work in order to restore that solidity and fear factor in the West Indies team, after losing the T20 series to India last evening by 2-0, with one more game to go at Chennai.
“There’s a lot of head scratching for the Windies, It’s not about losing games,it’s about the manner in which we are losing games,”
“We’ve seen this in the Test series, we’ve seen this in the important ODI series, and then a demoralizing defeat in the T20 version – where we are supposed to be dominant nation.”
Hooper wants the board to respect every team and every tour by sending a galvanized team for overseas series’ with potential players to be given more opportunities.
“I don’t think that we are sending sub standard teams here, for example in the two t20 games there was lack of planning, we’ve got young players who we could make excuses for but when someone like Dinesh Ramdin makes a comeback and a good player like Shai Hope is not send send to open the innings in the longer format of the game as well as the t20 format, it's dissapointing,”
“Shai Hope hasn’t even managed to open for the Tridents for the franchise he plays for back home,” he added.
The former cricketer turned experts also felt sorry for the fans that follow West Indies cricket with all their heart as well as the Indian fans for a lack of competitiveness shown by their opponents in the field.
“The West Indies fans deserve more, the Indians fan deserve more, West Indies cricket has got to address this problem by sending a full strength side for any tour be it Zimbabwe or India or wherever for that matter, as it will be important if we are trying to rebuild West Indies cricket to where it was before”
Oshane Thomas was a ray of positive hope for Carl Hooper as his sheer pace, bounce, and aura reminded him of the good old days when West Indies pacers ruled the cricketing world. Hooper also believes that Thomas would be an ideal option for his captain in the longest format of the game as well.
“Coming to the positives, Oshane Thomas bowling at 145-150 clicks consistently in both games was a plus, I think he’s one to work with, he’s a big strong lad and I think there’s a place for him in Test if the right captain knows how to use him as an attacking weapon with genuine pace, and he reminds me of the old fast bowlers that we had a long time ago,” he expressed.
Though Shimrom Hetmyer proved be a dangerous prospect for the men in blue in the first few ODIs through his six hitting abilities, Carl was disappointed with the way the 21 year old couldn’t transpire those same level of performances in the T20 format.
Being a captain in his time, Carl Hooper also questioned Carlos Brathwaite’s leadership attributes in the shortest format of the game, but has backed his team to put up a contest on November 11, for the final T20 at Chennai.
“Shimron Hetymer will be very disappointed after doing well in the One Dayers, you would have expected him to kick on in the T20s, this is the format where he came from in the recently concluded 2018 CPL.
“So far he hasn’t delivered but he’still got one more game in Chennai in which he can remind the Indian players that he is a very good player”
“I don’t think I have seen many positives in the T20 games, Carlos Brathwaite as a captain has been caught wondering, the season is almost gone, and we’ve won just one game, we deserve to at least win one game in the T20’s, and put up a good show in the last T20 at Chennai,” Hooper concluded.
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