I wrote towards the end of September that I thought the Windies had a strong side on paper and were serious contenders to win the T20, I also wrote that I thought they were a bit too sloppy in the field, and that could cost them. But that if their batsmen click, it could be irrelevant.
Well the batsmen certainly clicked against Australia in the semi-final, that’s the sort of win (if one was going to come) that I expected from them. When you have over 200 on the board, you can probably afford to be a bit sloppy in the field.
What I didn’t expect to see from this West Indies team was the sort of victory they pulled off earlier today against Sri Lanka to lift the trophy. With the exception of the excellent Marlon Samuels and a late knock from Darren Sammy, the Windies batting fire power failed to take off.
At the start of the match, if someone had told me West Indies would only get 137, I would have thought that wouldn’t be enough to win. Having watched their batsmen struggle to score, at the halfway stage I knew that West Indies had a competitive score.
I thought that Sri Lanka wilted under the pressure. They are obviously very reliant on Sangakkara and Jayawardene, and when they didn’t come off, the rest didn’t have an answer.
It was obvious when Mendis got ran out off a misfield (the Windies weak point in my view) by Bravo that it was going to be the Windies day.
Personally I am delighted for them. They have got some great limited overs players in their team and they are great to watch when they perform. I’m also delighted for Darren Sammy who in the past has had to cop a lot of unjustified flak about whether he is even good enough to be in the side, never mind captain.
It’s also great to see an unfashionable team win, sorry if that offends any West Indian readers, but it’s been a long time since the days of all the greats. If this team makes the Windies fashionable again, then I will be delighted.
Onto Cricket Betting, and now that the T20 is out of the way hopefully more of the bookmakers will start to price up the India V England series. So far Ladbrokes are the best online price for India, offering 8/13 on the home side winning the series.
Hopefully more money will come into this market now as I want to try and start trading the series winner market, to hopefully ensure some profit before a ball is bowled, so I can then concentrate on the Test matches. I suppose the upcoming Champions League could divert attention away further still.
One reason for leaving this market alone at the moment is Kevin Pietersen. If all of a sudden he is added to the squad, England’s price should shorten, this could create an opportunity to lay England as there may be an over reaction if he is recalled, and then we could just back them and trade out for a profit when the market settles down again and readjusts.