Cricket - It's a funny old game

Cricket - It's a funny old game

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Historic History - 1985: West Indies Declared 'Invincible'

The West Indies cricket team have been hailed as ‘invincible’ by cricketers and commentators from across the world with Indian allrounder Kapil Dev claiming “you won’t see them get beat in our lifetimes”.

However, the level of dominance is viewed with some concern, as even though the game in the West Indies goes from strength to strength with a never-ending procession of brilliant fast bowlers and a world class administrative structure, other sides appear to be disheartened and on the verge of collapse. Australian captain Kim Hughes announced his retirement during a series against the West Indies saying “they’re too good. It’s not fair. I only took the job because I lost a bet with Chappell”.

Perhaps the greatest accolade the West Indies cricket team could get came in late-1984 when Geoff Boycott admitted “my grandmother might struggle a little against that pace attack”.

The ICC have been quick to downplay the potential disaster, with a spokesperson saying “The ICC is currently the most powerful and most respected party in international cricket and I find it laughable to think that any one country, or board, could replace us as the dominant force in world cricket. That’s about as likely as Sri Lanka winning a world cup”.

In other news, Australian cricketers Allan Border and Steve Waugh were jailed for bringing the game of cricket into disrepute by attempting to instill professionalism and a winning mentality into the Australian game. On hearing the news, eleven-year-old schoolboy Ricky Ponting said “If I was captain, the Australian public wouldn’t have to worry about a winning mentality”.

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