The 22-yard fight returned to the field a few days ago after a long hiatus amid the situation caused by the epidemic corona virus. The Southampton Test did not start well, but the West Indies did well in the end. With that achievement, Southampton won the Test by 4 wickets.
But will the West Indies get their golden days back? It’s like a daydream now. It seems impossible to get back to that era. However, the way in which Jason Holder has arranged the broken team is not very strong, but the Caribbeans are likely to rejoin the big Test teams in Qatar.
Jason Holder’s West Indies did what England have not done in the last 20 years. The first Test of a series in the birthplace of cricket was won two decades later. The Caribbeans lost 1-0 to the hosts in Southampton to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
From the eighties this West Indies was irresistible. They were unbeaten in 29 Test series in 15 years till 1995. Clive Lloyd, who led the team to many victories in those golden times, is still the most successful captain in the Caribbean. He has led the West Indies in 64 Tests, winning 38 and losing only 12.
In second place is another legend Viv Richards. He has led the team in 50 Tests and won 26 of them, while the Caribbean has lost just six Tests. Richie Richardson in third place. He has led in 24 Tests and won 11 of them.
However, the holder did not allow Richardson to be alone in the third place. After winning at Southampton, he won 11 of his 33 Test captains. Collectively, the all-rounder is now the third most successful captain in the country’s history.
Holder has also overtaken Caribbean cricket’s ‘great-grandson’ Brian Lara. Lara led the team to 48 Tests and won 10 of them. Holder is now ahead of him in leadership statistics.