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Somshuvra Laha, Hindustan Times
Ranchi, September 23, 2013
A calypso often sung on the streets of Port-of-Spain goes like this: ‘Thanks for all you gave us great achiever…To our youth you are an inspiration.’ The song is dedicated to Brian Lara. Even when he is not around, Lara sets an impossible benchmark for future Trinidad and Tobago batsmen to live up to. Imagine, what would have been going through the players’ minds when the legend accompanied them to India for the Champions League Twenty20.

Whether it was the pressure of Lara watching them play, the Trinidad and Tobago batsmen sure flattered to deceive in their campaign opener against Brisbane Heats.

Instead, it was their bowlers and some brilliant fielding that bailed Trinidad and Tobago out of a tight game.

True to their style, T&T batsmen were aggressive and played a range of shots that would have made Lara proud. But they failed to make good starts count for a long haul, an art their current mentor was a master at.

None apart from captain Denesh Ramdin could stay long enough to make a serious impact on their innings.

But Ravi Rampaul, Badree and Sunil Narine spelt out the difference between the teams.

In the end, Brisbane’s surrender was meek. But their batsmen still have a lot to prove. With a legend as mentor, it’s one business that surely can’t be overlooked. Brief scores T&T 135/9 (Ramdin 48; McDermott 4/37) bt Heat 110 in 18.4 overs (Burns 45; Rampaul 4/14).