Monday, May 11, 2009

Chris Gayle’s Captaincy Comes under Scrutiny

England has won the first test of the two-match series on Friday by 10 wickets against West Indies. West Indies could not show any resistance throughout the match, except some good batting displays from Brendan Nash, Denesh Ramdin and Devon Smith in the second innings.

West Indies failed to impress in each and every job in the match, conceding about 100 runs to English tail end, showing poor batting show as well as dropping as many as 6 catches. West Indies’ poor performance has put a serious question over Chris Gayle captaincy. His role as a captain in the team has also been criticized since West Indies lost the first of the five-match ODI series to England back at home two months thanks to Coach John Dyson’s mistake in calculating Duckworth/Lewis score.

Well, Gayle now needs to inspire his team ahead of the second test and try to get the best of his players in order to ensure they go back to home with their pride intact. That would not be easy for the West Indies captain, but he must do it if West Indies wants to bounce back. Moreover, cricket analysts called for closer working relationship between the captain and the players. Gayle’s individual performance in the first match was not impressive either as he failed to perform in both innings. England’s cold swing condition has become a big challenge for the visiting team and swing bowling is always a big problem for Chris Gayle who has defected footwork. Now, it is very important for Gayle to return to form and lead the team from the front in the second test, starting from 14 May 2009.

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