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Jermaine Blackwood hit 7 fours and 4 sixes in his 62-run knock against India on Day 1 of the second Test AFP

Cricket in the Caribbean, has over the last few years, found nirvana in a format of that has brought in a revolution in the game. In a decade in which they have struggled to impress in whites, they have found solace in playing and enjoying Twenty20 cricket. While issues regarding the state of relationship between the players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have their own complications and effects on the cricket being played, the players have still looked to do what they do best attack, regardless of the format, its demand and the circumstances that they are in. Jermaine Blackwood’s 62-run knock on Day One of the second Test against India, was a prime example of the kind of approach, that has now somehow been injected into the blood of the West Indies cricketers. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd Test at Kingston

When Blackwood came out to bat during West Indies’ first innings, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami had rocked their top-order with the score reading 7 for 3. His partner at the other end was Marlon Samuels. What he should have tried to do, was to save his wicket, steady the ship, build a partnership, spend time in the middle and then look to consolidate. But was he going to do all these cliched Test cricket things? No.

Blackwood defended what was out of his hitting zone, and hit everything else that was pitched up to him or was bowled short to him, with disdain. He was fearless early on against Ishant and Shami, absolutely unworried while leaving balls that almost seemed to fizz past his stumps, but they did not. He swung hard at some, got a top edge for four, glanced another to the boundary and then started smashing them.

But when the spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra came on he got into his own. He defended balls that were out of his radar, gave everything to over-pitched ones and the short ones too. He almost managed to surprise Ashwin with his tactics. “I was really taken aback by the counter attack that Blackwood did. It sort of put the game in the balance. And we had to break twice and brought the game back,” Ashwin said. WATCH: India vs West Indies 2016, 2nd Test, Day 1: Video Highlights of Jermaine Blackwood’s half-century

He was trapped in front by India’s No. 1 bowler though, but only after scoring 62 off as many deliveries. It might have looked unusual, probably because we do not often see such innings in Test cricket, that too under adverse circumstances. Blackwood’s strategy had taken West Indies to 88 for 4.

When later asked about his counter-attacking ploy, he said, “That is just normally how I play, ever since I started playing. So that’s my natural game. I try to score my first 20-25 runs quickly and tried to use the pace of the ball. So that is how Jermaine Blackwood plays his game.”

His quote absolutely supports what this piece wants to convey. What if Blackwood could have somehow managed to continue till the next session. Could the situation have been different? He had almost survived, in fact thrived on till lunch. Perhaps, we might never know what could have been. But the T20 kind of approach he adopted before he got out, was similar to the concept mobile phones nowadays come up with. It was inbuilt. It was the ‘West Indies brand of cricket’.

Let’s also recall what Dwayne Bravo once said about his team’s show in the 20-over format in an event organized by Aajtak. He said,The team feels more comfortable in T20 cricket while compared to the other formats. T20 is exciting, is more natural for us. It requires less technical aspect.”

Test cricket, quite opposite to T20 cricket, requires patience, skill and concentration. These are qualities not many batsmen possess. But they have to attain them over a period of time. It’s not a necessity to have them though. Just attacking while simultaneously being sensible might be enough.

And as West Indies look for ways to revive themselves in Test cricket, taking a leaf off their very own brand of T20 cricket, could well be an option to try out. But after all, the apt solution is, whatever helps.

(Karan Dewan, a reporter with CricketCountry, loves following and playing sports. He is a Team India fan and loves winning. Follow him on his twitter handle @karan13dewan)