The former West Indian believed West Indies players have adapted to the shorter format very well © Getty Images
The former West Indian believed West Indies players have adapted to the shorter format very well © Getty Images

Courtney Walsh, who used to intimidate batsmen across the world with his nasty bouncers during his playing days, spoke about West Indies’ cricket’s success in the shorter format of the game. “I think most of the players have been playing in the IPL from the beginning and they enjoy this format very much. They have improved a lot in terms of adapting to conditions, shot innovations and bowling genuine yorkers. We have done well in this format and it has a lot to do with our players’ participation in the IPL,”, stated the legendary pacer. Read: Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle question Kieron Pollard over his selection in West Indies squad

According to cricbuzz.com, he sees no problem in spinners opening the bowling attack nowadays and is a good move. Speaking about his own countrymen, Sunil Narine, opening the bowling for his side, he quoted “I think Sunil is one of best in the world and he has the skills to excel at the highest level. Cricket has changed a lot in past two decades and it’s not that Sunil is the only spinner who has opened the bowling for a team. It all started with Deepak Patel and it is still continuing. I think when a skipper sets his strategy, he looks at his options and if he chooses to offer the new ball to Sunil, he must do it. It all depends what conditions you are playing in and you must respond to its demand.”

On bilateral series being resumed between West Indies and India, a jubilant Walsh replied, “I’m part of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and there can’t be any good news than this. I congratulate both the boards for taking such a remarkable initiative and I welcome the decision. Both the nations have rich cricket history and I think the new series will boost cricket in the Caribbean.”

Jasprit Bumrah has been the talk of the town for his toe crunching yorkers and Ricky Ponting stated that he is ready for cricket but Courtney Walsh has different views on this. He said, “He has potential but I don’t think he’ll excel in Test cricket unless he gets variations. You won’t survive in Tests only depending on your yorkers. It’s a good skill to have but in Test cricket a fast bowler’s success depends on how he puts all the things together.

After Stuart Broad even Walsh concluded by picking  up Dale Steyn as the best fast bowler currently in the world and stated that he has been unfortunate to be haunted by injuries in the recent past but still thinks he is the most complete fast bowler in the world at the moment.