The Caribbean Conquest
After wrapping up the Windies in a much one-sided Test Series, the new generation Proteas scaled an uphill task against the much-fancied Two-Time champions. Here's a brief insight into an exciting and amazing series filled with its unique moments and noteworthy performances.
Locking horns with the All-Star Windies🧨
The stage was set. Crowd was back in the stands supporting their teams. Both teams boasted of a T-20 squad full of big-hitters and quality bowling attack. But the tide was turned slightly towards the Windies due to their strength of experience. Gayle, Russell, Pollard, Bravo... the sheer presence of even one of them in a team increases the win probability. Added to that is a bunch of exciting players some of whom have shown glimmer of excellence in some of the T-20 leagues around the world, including the IPL.
On the other hand, the Proteas team is in a phase of rebuilding. Coming out of the shadows of de Villiers, du Plessis and Steyn is no easy thing, considering the kind of impact they had on this team. And their present form did no favors to their chances in the eyes of cricket pundits and fans. But we were all in for a surprise....
Shamsi spins the Web 🕸
If there was one thing more consistent than the brilliant batting of Quinton de Kock throughout the series (225 runs), it was the intelligent and artistic bowling display of Tabraiz Shamsi. His tight bowling spells were unforgiving to the batsmen and proved to be the difference between the 2 sides in this series. He was simply difficult to negotiate and played out a crucial role in containing the batsmen and slowing down the run rate, giving less than 5 runs an over! (a mean feat in T20 cricket)
Don't forget these CHAMPIONS!
Along with these 2, we came along some blitz match winning performances from the players of both the sides during the course of these series. From Pollard's crazy 51-off 25 to Bravo reaching his career best figures (4-19), the series was always in balance. The trio of Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi emerged as the new spearheads of South Africa's fast bowling attack while van der Dussen is increasingly impressing with his consistency. McCoy, Sinclair and Allen are some other new-gen stars who promise an exciting future in coming days for the Windies cricket. The series was an exciting one with all matches being closely fought till the end and we were also witness to some fun dance moves of the Caribbean island🍹
So, this brings an end to an amazing tour of West Indies for the Proteas. Though they were victorious in both the Tests and T20Is, some of them were really close calls. Their think tank might have some work to do regarding the team composition. On the other hand, the Windies performed way better in T20Is in contrast to their display in the Tests. While the Test team needs a scuffle, the T20 side doesn't require much tweaking. The selectors of both the cricketing boards need to have some faith on the young talent and they should be ably supported by the veterans still playing the trade.
So, these were my views regarding T20I leg of South Africa tour of West Indies.
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