Winning is contagious
It is said that success breeds success.
In the case of the West Indies this seems to have been the case in respect of their performance in the One Day series against India.
The third One Day International was played in St Kitts/Nevis.
Importantly for the Kittitians the match was part of the official commissioning of the new international cricket stadium. The facility was constructed as that countrys commitment to hosting matches in the Cricket World Cup 2007. The populace of St Kitts/Nevis therefore came to the game in full force to be part of history.
The outcome of the match ensured that the people of St Kitts/Nevis were indeed enshrined in the regions sporting history as much as they were part of the countrys own history.
The West Indies played as a team possessive of a new inspiration. The players rallied around their captain and each other and facilitated an exciting victory that left the region completely sated.
The victory put the West Indies in a 2-1 position in the five-match series and it felt so very good that the entire region began to engage in conversations of the possibility of a victory for the West Indies over the powerful Indians.
Suddenly West Indians began to boast of their cricket and to do so with pride.
When the team faced India at the Queens Park Oval on Fray 26 May, it seemed that the 217 made off their allotted 50 overs was an insurmountable total for the West Indies.
When the West Indies were seemingly struggling at 93/3, it all seemed a distant chance that we would even amass a respectable total. Only perhaps the Trinidadians seemed to feel sufficiently comfortable at that time because their doyen, Lara, was still at the wicket and he seemed committed to a cricket swan song.
Lara delivered and steered his team home to victory.
For the local populace in the twin-island Republic, victory was all the sweeter because their new cricketing find, Dwayne Bravo, stayed along with his captain for the final overs to guarantee victory in the match and in the One Day series against India.
But the duo of Bravo and Lara were not done yet. There was the final of the One Day Internationals still to be played in Trinidad.
Winning is contagious