Big day in Delhi for Team T&T
WITH the exuberant notes of the Caribbean Premier League still ringing in our ears, Trinidad and Tobago’s cricketers are taking full advantage of their last hurrah in the second biggest club tournament after the Indian Premier League.
The most consistent Twenty20 squad from this side of the map may have surprised some by making it to the semi-finals of the 2013 Champions League, but for others this was par for the course... holding their own against outstanding players from India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and all points in between.
“In the four times they have played the CLT20, T&T have had only one bad campaign... and this table-topping performance underlined why they are among the best T20 sides in the world,” wrote Cricinfo on Wednesday.
Indeed, with a few more runs on the board, they could have been unbeaten going into today’s semi-final, but no one is quibbling here, just grateful that the Red, White and Black are again in the international sporting spotlight—this time in far-off Delhi, where high stakes are on the line and everyone will be making “early market” to see the action live and alive on the nearest television set.
And to add more spice to the brew, Trinidad and Tobago’s national squad will come up against opponents, including a favourite son in Kieron Pollard and the great Sachin Tendulkar.
We can savour our home-grown cricketers rubbing shoulders with and giving as good as they get from the Mumbai Indians, the reigning IPL champions.
Looking on from halfway around the globe, you could only be filled with pride when you see young Evin Lewis batting, in no way overawed by the big names he was up against and playing with total confidence, taking a crucial role in getting Trinidad and Tobago to today’s contest.
It goes without saying there is a lot at stake from 10.30 this morning, but win, lose or draw, we should all appreciate the effort of T&T captain Denesh Ramdin and his players in progressing this far in this lucrative and ultra-competitive tournament.
We should doff our hats to T&T’s finest for their brilliant triumph over the Chennai Super Kings, another IPL powerhouse.
Today, versatile Lendl Simmons, on spot Sunil Narine, awesome Ravi Rampaul, deft touch Darren Bravo, teenager Nicholas Pooran, Ramdin, Lewis and their colleagues will be shaking hands with Tendulkar and they will all forever remember this day, no matter the result.
Of course, we will all be hoping for one outcome but we would do well to acknowledge—from the youngest to the oldest who call these twin islands their home or birthplace—what good things can be accomplished through dedication and hard work, with some measure of talent thrown in.
That with the right approach, anything is possible.
Good luck, Team T&T. You have already done us proud and anything from here on is a bonus.