Will mystery man solve West Indies' problems?

The West Indies' current great hope is not a fast bowler but a spinner. The team of the 1970s and 1980s would probably have scoffed at the thought, but today, the team is weaving its dreams around Sunil Narine.

updated: June 05, 2012 10:50 IST
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Bangalore: 'Once great': in sport, it's one of the commonest clich├ęs to describe the obvious - a major force on the wane.

In individual sport, it's easier to place. Just find a former champion who should, really, just walk away with dignity. You call that person 'once great'. When s/he does take the hint and retire, forget the last bit and remember the halcyon days. End of story.

In team sport, it's a bit more complicated. If a team is in a trough, the solution could be to change the personnel, or wait for the right combination to get together. It is a fact that, while there is always a swansong for an individual, a team endures. It must suffer humiliation as lesser teams push it down. It must wait for a turnaround, because the turnaround will almost certainly come.

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