It really doesn’t happen very often, that a team wins a test after losing a test by an innings. And it’s humiliating to lose a test with an inning. West Indies is last two years hasn’t been in their true shape in One-day Internationals and Tests. They had a very poor form going on, which brought up ideas of having a division 2 in test cricket so that the teams play against the team of their standards. West Indies was highly criticized by a cluster of cricket pundits before the test series. After losing the first test the English media after a long time got a chance to be unprofessional and try to be extremely illogical headlines. For West Indies it was too much. They had enough, they didn’t want it anymore. They knew what they were capable of and they knew how to dream big. They utilized their talent and fought against England very bravely. Because rankings and poor form doesn’t matters, passion and team spirit does. England would’ve been all-out early in the first innings if catches weren’t dropped but West Indies still had their heads up in every phase of the game. And that’s how they did it, that’s how the cricket of West Indies is beautiful. They came up as a bunch of “school kids” 2 years ago in the test squad, as Jarrod Kimber says. And they’re learning step by step. Most importantly, their team work can lead them to many more wonderful occasions.
There’s no lack of talent in the current side. They just need a few new names as replacement of 2 or 3 players who aren’t performing up to the mark. They have a gem in face of Alzarri Joseph and they need to value his talent. Cricket can’t be dead in West Indies, the authorities just have to be a little bit more active in terms of selection. Jason Holder has been a bit down with the ball but he has now lead West Indies to better victories in last few months and they need to make up their mind to play any side bravely just like they did yesterday. They had hope, which is always stronger than sea. West Indies has a very good shot for the third test which is at Lord’s. They have to take advantage of every little opportunity in order to have a better chance in the game. They need to be calm, who knows if they win, it might boost up their confidence and maybe cricket fans can see the West Indies they missed. If they can win a match which everyone thought was difficult for them to even draw, then there’s no way about lack of talent in West Indies.