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HEADLINE: Bishop hails Brathwaite as inspirational 'general' following series win 2021-02-15 13:00:49 

DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — Interim Test Captain Kriagg Brathwaite has been branded a “general of the highest proportions” by Ian Bishop, with the outstanding former West Indies fast bowler contending the seasoned opener had moulded the side into “national heroes”, in the wake of the series whitewash of Bangladesh.

The 28-year-old was thrust into the role of leading an inexperienced 15-man squad for the two-Test series hereafter regular Captain Jason Holder declined selection over COVID-19 fears.

Holder was joined by Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase and Shimron Hetmyer in opting out, resulting in the backbone of the Test side's batting disappearing for the series.

Yesterday, however, Brathwaite produced a captaincy masterclass as he presided over a thrilling 17-run victory in the second Test, snatching three wickets with his unpractised off-spin to play a key role in bowling Bangladesh out for 213.

“When you look at the way the opening partnership [for Bangladesh went], 59 for that opening partnership, to have this capitulation instituted by a brilliant move from the captain to bring himself on [was outstanding],” Bishop gushed following the result at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here.

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sudden 2021-02-15 13:11:32 

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Bish appears as though he is speaking for Big Phil big grin

“The team reflects Kraigg Brathwaite's leadership. Kraigg is industrious, hard-working and has a great work ethic and the team reflects that personality,” Bishop argued.

“They are coachable. A friend of mine told me years ago that if a team has players that are always willing to learn and are coachable, there is no limit as to what they can achieve.

“I'm not saying this team is the number one team suddenly in the world or they are the number three team — that is the ultimate goal. This team is on the road on that journey. They've taken significant strides on this tour.

“How many would have given them a chance to win two-nil coming here? I don't know of any. Their self belief is so aspirational.”

Onionman0 2021-02-15 13:18:58 

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Bish acting as publicist of Simmons.... Skerritt.... Election time.....If Skerritt survive.....We hope to see Bishop in some administrative position....

Trying to kill two birds with one stone...
By praising Braithwaite....
Bishop don't talk about performance of cappo as Batman.....

FuzzyWuzzy 2021-02-15 13:20:14 

In reply to sudden

A friend of mine told me years ago that if a team has players that are always willing to learn and are coachable, there is no limit as to what they can achieve

In other words a star team viz a viz team of stars big grin

sudden 2021-02-15 13:20:45 

In reply to Onionman0

i doubt Bish would deign to support Shallow Skillet

B16JP587S 2021-02-15 13:22:13 

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He acted like a battle-hardened, decisive, tactically shrewd 5-star General in this series. An unqualified success.

Before this series I thought of him as a leadership failure. But he read the games excellently. I especially liked his brave move in this last game of bringing himself on to bowl and getting instant wickets.

Near the end of the second game when Mehndy started hitting those sixes and there were just a few runs left to win I got jittery and wanted Gabriel to come on and shut down the game until the next day so that the flow could be broken. I was hoping for a quick wicket the next morning as what usually happens. But General Kraigg determinedly held the course and came out with the win.

He showed me.

Onionman0 2021-02-15 13:32:47 

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I heard his commentary in ODI as well as test.....In ODI's he kept on criticizing the players....talked about gap between regional and international cricket...First 4 days of 1st test he was all over the players...from the moment Bonner and Mayers changed the course of the series....he started praising Simmons, management and administrators ....

sudden 2021-02-15 13:36:18 

In reply to Onionman0
ok i didnt hear that

grugru 2021-02-15 13:36:37 

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Everybody likes a winner His team beat the odds and won. That’s why he was praising them. What’s wrong with that?

Slipfeeler 2021-02-15 13:42:50 

Great Team effort and victory under very good captaincy, hopefully this is the start of a renewed WI Test team, we saw that we are now ranked 7th, so forward ever, backward never with this team. We do not need any prima donnas to interfere with the mindset of these motivated new players.

FuzzyWuzzy 2021-02-15 14:00:28 

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We do not need any prima donnas to interfere with the mindset of these motivated new players

Haven't we played this tune before?

sudden 2021-02-15 14:02:46 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

whats your opinion Fuzz? this team v Holder and the deliners

FuzzyWuzzy 2021-02-15 14:07:32 

In reply to sudden

I like what this team has achieved but I am wary of all the we turn the corner sentiment.

We have seen fight before only to revert to type a few games/series later.

I support retaining this nucleus with the decliners earning their way back in. I dont think the decliners are all dead and buried and the current team have to earn their retention.

sudden 2021-02-15 14:14:02 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

Yes fair enough.

I agree with most of it

Should Jason retain the captaincy

FuzzyWuzzy 2021-02-15 14:19:11 

In reply to sudden

Neither here nor there. Actually it may be a good idea to unburden Jason. He carried that heavy burden for too long.

I only smile at how Kraigg who was targeted to be dropped before the series is now the hero.

dayne 2021-02-15 14:41:56 

Well now the CWIB is at the moment of a big decision to make, should they go back to Holder or continue with Kraigg B? If Kraigg keeps the job, who would be vice captain?

tc1 2021-02-15 15:32:35 

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Was deleted while driving.

natty_forever 2021-02-15 15:58:30 

Bishop like me just very happy at the win and the manner in which we went about it. Simple.

natty_forever 2021-02-15 15:59:18 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

So you saying he isn't?

Slipfeeler 2021-02-15 16:10:48 

Despite our opinions, future selections are now in the hands of CWI and selectors, lets see if they will look for continuation of this team for the next series or revert to the incumbents or create a new hybrid team, which seems the most logical decision of adding Holder, Chase and Hety to this team.

Logic 2021-02-16 03:32:17 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy

Haven't we played this tune before?

Lol. yes. But played by a different band. In fact a lot of the new band did not like the music before but now they are all into it. Suddenly cricketers who largely dedicated themselves to test cricket are prima donnas because the Bangla tour was one overseas quarantine too much for them. You would think they had declined to go on a big money rebel tour someplace.

Of course should be interesting to see if same attitude applies to the one day squad.....some of the regulars of whom weren't under quarantine nearly as long as may well have declined in order to avail themselves some white ball professional league money.

Life is funny

Logic 2021-02-16 03:34:52 

In reply to FuzzyWuzzy
I assume that Kraigg will be new test cappo and Jason Mohammed new one day boss.

tc1 2021-02-16 04:26:32 

In reply to Logic

U noticed they did not mentioned the OD team as malcontents.