They are the first team to win the ODI World Cup, but the West Indies did not make it to the last ODI World Cup. A bottomless darkness hung over the Caribbean cricket sky. Finally, they saw a glimmer of light after removing the cloud of fear.
Windies won the third and final ODI of the series against England on Saturday by 4 wickets in rain. The hosts also won the series by 2-1. And it ended a long wait for the Caribbean.
Earlier in 1998, West Indies won the ODI series at home against England. 25 years have passed since then. But the Caribbean have always failed the English test in one-day cricket.
Despite not being able to play on their own soil for a long time, Windies won the ODI series in England once. That too in 2007. The two teams have met in eight series over the next 16 years. But Bhagyadevi did not look up at Windies.
Finally in the latter part of 2023 Windies got the almost lost taste. Windies’ historic series win against England can also be seen as a message of a new direction to put the ‘temporary disaster’ behind them. A small example will show how bad time Windies cricket was having. This was the first bilateral series against a full member of the ICC in two and a half years by the Caribbean.
But there was concern about whether the Barbados match would take place on Saturday or not. The match, which started almost two hours late due to rain, was reduced to 43 overs. Batting first after losing the toss, rain again attacked England’s innings. It reduces the length of the match by 3 more overs. The visitors scored 206 for 6 in the allotted 40 overs courtesy of Ben Duckett’s 71 runs.
At the break of the innings, the skies of Barbados began to pour rain again. After another round of rain, when the field became playable, Windies’ new target was 188 runs in 34 overs.
In response, Windies lost opener Brandon King in the second over. However, the hosts turned around in the pair of 76 runs of Kachi Karthi with another opener Alik Athanaj.
Alick made his way to the pavilion with 45 runs, but Karthi collected the second fifty of his ODI career. But after that, he could not make the innings longer, he got out for 50 runs.
After that, Windies lost wickets at regular intervals. Gradually the match was leaning towards the English. Then Romario Shepherd came as the savior of Windies. Windies won with 14 balls in hand in the right-handed all-rounder’s 28-ball 41-run cameo.
Earlier in the first ODI of the series Windies won by 4 wickets on Shai Hope’s century. The English equalized the series by winning the second match by 6 wickets. But in the end it was Windies who won the series. The Man of the Series award went to Windies wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope.
England will then play a five-match T20I series on the tour of West Indies. The two teams will meet in the first T20 of the series in Bridgetown next Wednesday. With this series, Andre Russell is returning to the Windies T20 team after two years.