West Indies cricket has the most glorious history and many who have been lucky enough to see them in their elements in the 80’s call that team the greatest set of players to play together in a cricket team. However, the same can’t be said about them post 2000. The corruption in the board and the moving away of tall fast bowlers to basketball has continually affected the team.
The arrival of T20 cricket have a new lease of life to cricket in the Carribean islands and the team have won 2 T20 World Cups. Even though the quality of cricket at the turn of the millennium declined, their were glimpses of greatness from time to time. They passed on the baton in the late 90’s to the Australian cricket team, which then ruled World Cricket for the next 15 years.
In 2003, when Australia played a 4 match series against the Windies and beat them in the first three tests, it was all too predictable. It was going to be another white wash and things were going to plan for the Aussies when the set 418 for their opponents to chase in the 4th innings.
Never before had such a big total been chased in the 120 years of Test Cricket and when WI lost their third wicket for 74, only a mad man would’ve bet against a 4-0 result. It was on the back of a great partnership between Sarwan and Chanderpaul, with contributions from Lara and the lower order that the Windies pulled off the unthinkable.
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