Many pluses from Windies T20 win
What does the West Indies success in the T20 World Cup really mean?
What this success proves, first and foremost, is that we possess the basic talent, cricketing skills, and natural athletic ability to be world beaters in the sport we so love. T20 cricket, if anything, is the great equaliser in the sport of cricket.
Let's face it. We are more likely to beat Australia and England 2-0 in a T20 series, than winning a single match in a three-Test series against the same opponents. We continue to churn out world class cricketers who are considered match winners in T20 cricket. Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine come to mind.
However, in contrast we have very few match winners in Test cricket. One can argue that we are definitely on the improve in Test cricket, but are nowhere near what we were in the glory days of the 80s.
The second thing, and perhaps the more important thing the recent success does for us as a region, is to provide the new generation of young West Indians with a taste of glory in a sport that has meant so much to the people in this part of the world. For decades, the success of our West Indian cricketers from the 50s to the 90s, motivated and stimulated young West Indians to be the best they could be in whatever endeavour they pursued. That most powerful benefit of West Indian cricket dominance was never felt by this, the "lost generation''. Now they have gotten a little taste, hopefully cricket can continue to provide the stimulus for generations to come.
Dr Nigel Camacho