5 West Indian cricketers who could replace Jason Holder as skipper in Tests
West Indies cricket is in shambles in Tests and a change of leadership might be the answer. A close look at the candidates.
The great West Indian teams of the 20th century were blessed with an abundance of talent and almost always had a player ready to put his hand up for captaincy. The diplomatic Clive Lloyd, the flamboyant Frank Worrell, a player's captain in Richie Richardson, a true leader in Carl Hooper and a skipper who led from the front in Brian Lara, West Indies were never short of leaders.
Post the turn of the 21st century, they have struggled to maintain the same aura as that of their predecessors. Their records have plummeted to an all-time low and a stark shortage of leaders meant bits and pieces players are at the forefront of their national teams.
A lot of controversies have surrounded recent Windies skippers. The norm is that the leader of the team should be one of the top 4-5 players in the squad. However, the appointment of Darren Sammy and more recently Jason Holder had come in for severe criticism on the basis that neither deserved a spot in the team as a player alone.
With Holder's place in the Test team under scrutiny, let us a list some players who could replace him as the skipper of the Test team.
#1 Darren Bravo
Bravo is undoubtedly the best batsman in the current squad. Given his exploits of late, he is one candidate capable of taking over the reins of a team in shambles. Though his half-brother, Dwyane Bravo, had a controversial time as skipper, Darren is more the reserved kind with a good cricketing brain.
Bravo has inherited a lot of traits from his cousin, Brian Lara, especially in his batting style. There is no reason why he cannot become a leader as well, in the mould of Lara. His batting is at a career-high at no.3 and he possesses the right attitude to be at the helm.
With an incredible Test record, he is in no danger of being questioned about a place in the team, at least in the near future.