Virender Sehwag wishes Sir Garry Sobers in his usual quirky style
Someone who has recently been grabbing a lot of attention due to his quirky birthday wishes to eminent cricket players, Virender Sehwag has done it once again. The former Indian cricketer has now extended his heartiest wishes to cricketing legend Sir Garfield Sobers.
Sehwag wished the Windies all-rounder in his quintessentially light-hearted style and spoke of the legend's batting prowess. He praised Sir Sober's efficiency in executing big shots that left even the best bowlers dumbfounded. He then rounded it off with a classic Sehwag-like punchline.
Sir Garry is reportedly all set to have a super birthday bash to commemorate the 80th year of his life in Barbados. Prominent members of the cricketing world, including people like Sunil Gavaskar, are expected to attend. Among the Caribbean islands, the party could not have been held in a more pleasing atmosphere.
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Sobers has been quite vocal in voicing his concern over the cumulative decline of West Indian cricket over the past couple of years and this might be a dark spot in the joyous occasion. With West Indies' loss against India in Antigua in the first test, the dire state of West Indian cricket is all set to be a talking point to an otherwise fun party.
Sir Garfield Sobers has often been used as a metaphor for everything that was great and regal about West Indies cricket and he has been an unfortunate legend of the game. He has witnessed the massive tumble of the quality of the sport in his country that has gathered speed since it began a couple of decades ago.
While some attribute the declining quality of Windies cricket to a temporary lack of talent and finances, it is worth remembering that they are the current World Twenty20 champions. A couple of their best big hitters and wicket takers are currently employed in a Test series against India and it is heartening to see their difference in forms in the two formats.
The general conditions in the Carribean as well as the training the cricketers go through seem to favour short formats of the game over the long ones like Tests. The second Test of the series against India is set to start on the 30th of this month. Although the signs were not very encouraging, the Windies will definitely look to put up a competitive performance.