Allrounders have been a rare breed in the West Indies. They have always preferred to master one craft instead of trying their hands at both. However, with the emergence of Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo, maybe the times they are a-changin’.
Both Smith, who represents Deccan Chargers, and Mumbai Indians’ Bravo, have proved their value with bat and ball in the Indian Premier League. Smith believed their good showing in South Africa would encourage youngsters in the West Indies to follow in their footsteps.
“The IPL is having a huge impact on every team and it will surely have an impact on the West Indian cricket too. I am sure it will encourage cricketers to be multi-skilled,” said Smith.
Asked about the dearth of quality allrounders in his country, Smith said: “We have the talent, and it’s just a matter of putting in that extra hard work to bring out quality all-rounders. It’s a kind of process…once it starts, a lot of them will come out.”
His performance aside, the all-rounder is also pleased with the showings of other West Indians in the tournament. “Last year a few of us couldn’t do that well, but this time it’s clicking well for us. I think there are many more players from the West Indies in the league,” said Smith.
Smith turned out for Mumbai in the inaugural season of the IPL and asked if he is missing them this time around, he said: “No, I am not. It was good to play for the Mumbai Indians, but it’s even better with Deccan Chargers, for we are winning more matches.”
The Chargers, who finished at the bottom of the table in the inaugural season, have been outstanding here and Smith credited skipper Adam Gilchrist for the turnaround in their fortunes. “He is an inspirational leader. That’s probably the reason why the team is doing well.”