Feb 08, 2021 Editorial
Kaieteur News – The rest of the cricketing universe may not be asking, but we are asking: who in the world is this fella Kyle Mayers? Where did he come from? How did he creep up on us in such a stealthy manner, and on Sunday, in such spectacular fashion? All of that doesn’t matter because he has given us some hope, reintroduced some pride, at long last.
Kyle Mayers on Sunday gave the people of this region something to cheer about, amidst ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and the accompanying fears. Our region, and Guyana is no exception, has almost uniformly been battered and bruised by the costly assaults on national economies, private businesses, and individual members of the scattered populations. With able assistance from the illustriously named Nkrumah Bonner (another that is not a household name), Kyle Mayers put an above average and always menacing Bangladeshi bowling attack to the sword. Of course, as this splendid victory in the distant East is savoured, there should be no forgetting, or minimising, the sterling efforts of the tireless Jomel Warrican and the helpful supporting role of Rahkeem Cornwall, a name that has been around for a while now.
There is neither care nor interest that Bangladesh may be looked upon in some circles, as a minnow. But this much can be said with some conviction and authority: perform like this on a few more occasions in the near future, come from behind in such incredible fashion, and the world will stand up straight, and pay attention. All it takes is for the right combination and balance to be found for the team, the early return of the senior order, and then those who presently look down upon the fragile West Indies cricket team, and its amazing turnaround of fortunes in the first test, are sure to harbour some tinges of fear. Such is the record of the formidable and unbeatable West Indies test teams of the past, when they remained unbeaten for an incredible decade and much longer.
India has billions in money and the facilities, technology, and expertise that that can buy; it is a lot. India also has over a billion people from which it can field a talented dozen or two rather easily, and especially with cricket being such a national passion, a countrywide craze of an obsession. It is easier for them than for us, because there are other sports powerfully competing for the talents of promising young ones here. This has been seen in several areas, and especially in the enticing sports of basketball and football. Australia also has its own storied cricket history, including an unconquerable run in more recent times. It was during such time, that the national cricket mindset came about that there was none that could, or dare to, challenge them for sole ownership of the very top of the pile. That cricketing power, however, has missed a step or two, and with that, there is opportunity for our guys to believe, and deliver.
The time is now for the full West Indies team, along with the team’s on field management, and surrounding infrastructure of planners and administrators, to believe also; to entertain the powerful confidence that we can compete head-to-head with the best, and come out with more respect, if not ahead. We have been building for a long time now; that has to continue along wiser, more strategic lines. There is still some way to go, but it starts with what was stated earlier: the self-belief. From that comes the attitude that matters, the strength to dig deep and grind it out for five gruelling days with patience and nerve and courage in any conditions, and against all comers.
As we bask in this surprising victory, and say all of this, we must be realistic. The West Indies teams of the last two decades have flashed and crashed. We trust that this is not one of those episodes. It is why no matter how good, how high, West Indies teams have been, can be, and are sure to be in the future, there is nervousness. Though there are the occasional triumphs that dazzle, there is always the nervousness at home that they will fold up tents too easily and retreat too quickly without a spirited fight. This must not happen again. On Sunday, we were given something to hold onto, to believe in against the odds; The team must believe, too.
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