Winning is infectious

India won the toss and decided to send the West Indies in to bat hoping that perhaps their own luck might have changed. It didn’t.
Instead, the West Indies scored the highest total of the One Day series, 255, in the allotted 50 overs. This meant that the pressure that the Indians once thought they had out on the West Indies suddenly seemed to have made a complete turnaround.
The West Indies were completely fired up and together in their desire to ensure that India did not win the final match. The Windies wanted the series to end 4-1, even though this was far less important in and of itself. The real issue in ensuring victory was to show the region and the cricketing world that this was a different team and that its preparation for the Cricket World Cup to be hosted in the region next year was well and truly on.
As the Indians took to the crease they immediately suffered and lost t
wo very early wickets with little or no runs on the board.
When captain Dravid was run out the Indians’ were adrift.
Sehwag’s brilliant innings of 95 did much to delay the inevitable and everywhere Caribbean sporting enthusiasts were located there was a sense of pride and joy.
Lara continued to captain in his own inimitable style and every gamble paid handsome dividends.
There seemed a certain sense of fate.
It was as though the Windies’ time had come.
The victory over India in the second One Day International in Jamaica seemed to have sparked the team, to the last man, to levels of performance that for so long seemed beyond their reach.
When the final Indian wicket fell the Trinidadians brought Carnival in May to the Queen’s Park Savannah and the Caribbean stopped to gasp, to take in what had happened.
The West Indies had defeated the Indian cricket team in a commanding style, much to the chagrin of the latter.