Winning is infectious

Not surprisingly therefore the second One Day International, played in Jamaica once more, saw another capacity crowd and across the region, immense followership.
The resounding success over Zimbabwe and the near loss in the first One Day against India had suddenly captivated the interest of the sports enthusiasts everywhere.
The fighting spirit of the West Indians on the field was evident. Everything was thrown at the Indians who struggled to reach a meagre total.
The West Indies won in the final over with rising all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, doing the honours with the ball.
Interestingly, in that second match the Indians appeared capable of bringing off another victory over the West Indians. However, unlike the first match, the West Indians held on to their catches and, inspired by the outstanding fielding example of captain Lara, every layer seemed imbued with a different and unusual enthusiasm for the game. It was an inspiration to succeed.
When Bravo captured the last Indian scalp clean bowled it was clear that something had happened. When the team made their victory lap the Jamaicans stayed on to savour the moment.
The sweet taste of success meant so very much to Caribbean peoples everywhere. Whatever about the rest of the One Day series, whatever about the test series to follow, it seemed that West Indians were so wrapped in the achievement that it was the single most important achievement and had to be relished to the full.
While, however, the region rejoiced, the captain, Brian Lara, called for moderation and a good dose of realism. In his post match interview with Tony Cozier, Lara called for us all to be realistic. He noted that while the victory equalled the series there were three matches left and the Indians were not done yet.
Lara asked that we not get ahead of ourselves and informed Cozier and the region’s zealous cricket fans that the team would approach each match on its merit.
He noted that while the team wanted to be able to defeat India following so quickly on the heels of their success against Zimbabwe, it was necessary fro the players to remain focused, strengthen their unity and play well in every department of the game.