West Indies pace legend says there are a number of reasons for the decline of the present West Indies cricket team.
â€œWe lost a lot of players over the years. We did not have a structure in place. With the 2007 World Cup around the corner, things are looking up. We have a young and talented team,â€™â€™ said Walsh, who finished his Test career with 519 wickets â€” a world record at that time.
On his secret for playing for a long time without breaking down owing to injury, Walsh said there was a lot of preparation before hand. â€œPreparation is the key. I never compromised on it. Itâ€™s important to maintain yourself. I tried to get ready well before,â€ he insisted.
What does it take to be a world record holder? â€œDetermination, hard work and discipline. You got to persevere, stick to your task, and do a good job for team. So itâ€™s a combination of factors.â€
â€œThe benchmark is getting higher and higher (with respect to world records) and itâ€™s going to be much harder in years to come. The standards have gone up as well. But even if you have potential to get to a world record, you need to have discipline to get you there,â€ he stated.
Walsh agreed pitches have slowed down everywhere in the Caribbean, saying, â€œI think we havenâ€™t done much work in relation to infrastructure. As a result our pitches have suffered, and our cricket suffered. Everyone needs to be blamed from top to bottom. Not just groundsmen or administrators.â€
He said Brian Lara could lead from the front, saying the batting genius has got the team behind him and the youngsters have a chance to learn something from him. Asked whether India, on the current form, start as favourites for the forthcoming series in the Caribbean, Walsh responded, â€œThey (India) are a strong opposition. They have some talented players. But we are rebuilding for future and it will be a good contest.â€
â€œI wouldnâ€™t put India as favourites as the West Indies are playing at their home and they can be very good if they get their balance right. India probably have a slight edge in one-day game but things are very even in the five-day arena,â€ Walsh opined.
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