West Indies is a big brand in cricket history, after all, they were the first team to lift the World Cup in 1975. Since then, a lot has changed and now the Windies are no longer a force they were once and it became evident by the fact that they had to take part in the qualifiers to cement their place in this year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
However, the team from the Caribbean have shown some impressive form of late, especially in the five-match series against number one-ranked ODI side England, which finished with a 2-2 score line and the neutrals know that Jason Holder-led unit should’ve won the series. In their most recent 50-over assignment, Windies finished as runners-up with a second-string team in the Tri-Nation series, which included hosts Ireland and Bangladesh.
From the currently selected squad, West Indies clearly have one of the most explosive batting line-ups in the tournament with the likes of in-form Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran, a combination which can decimate any bowling lineup on any given day. If that batting lineup is not good enough to scare any opposition, they will be accompanied with all-rounders like Captain Holder, explosive Andre Russell, and Carlos Brathwaite, a trio who can turn the game upside down in the matter of few overs.
On the bowling front, Windies will have a pace attack comprised of veteran pacer Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, and Holder, whereas the spin attack will consist of Ashley Nurse and Fabian Allen.
Captain- Jason Holder
Batsmen- Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran and Chris Gayle
Veteran Chris Gayle is someone that would be looking to go out on high and is expected to the top the batting charts for West Indies.in this year's World Cup. The good news for West Indies is that Gayle is in the tremendous form of late and looked unstoppable at times, therefore, the team management will be hoping that their veteran opener will stamp his authority from the word go. In his illustrious career in the 50-over format, Gayle has scored 10,151 runs in 283 innings at an impressive average of 38.16 and at a strike-rate of 87.14, which include 25 centuries and 51 fifties.
All-rounders- Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Fabian Allen
Andre Russell was always famous for hard-hitting with the bat in hand and of late, the 31-year-old has taken his hitting abilities to a whole new level. Russell has had a fabulous time during the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) with his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders where he has scored 504 runs at an impressive average of 56.66 and with a strike-rate of 204.81, which was the best by any batsman in the competition who has scored more than 100 runs.
While doing so, Russell also finished the tournament with the most number of sixes (52) hit by any batsman, 18 more than any other player in the competition. It was that performance while led to his return to the national team and the coaching staff will be hoping that their explosive all-rounder will come up with a similar kind of performances, but this time for his country.
Bowlers- Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse, and Shannon Gabriel
Pace bowler Shannon Gabriel is expected to pick up wickets with the new ball in English conditions.
West Indies’ record at the World Cups is impressive to say the least. They are only one of the three teams to have lifted the trophy twice – other two are Australia and India – and could’ve won the title third time as well but lost to Kapil Dev’s side in the final.
In 1996 World Cup, West Indies suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Australia in the semifinal game played in Mohali. The side failed to make an impact and crashed out of 1999 and 2003 World Cup. In 2011, West Indies were comfortably brushed aside by Pakistan in the quarterfinal game played in Dhaka.
In the tournament’s previous edition, Holder’s team was crashed out of the tournament from the quarter-finals stage after suffering a 143-run defeat against New Zealand.
Jason Holder and co. will play their opening game against Pakistan at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham on 31st May.
At Betrally, West Indies are placed at the seventh place to win 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and outright odds are 19.00. England led by Eoin Morgan are outright favorites to win their maiden World Cup in their home conditions with odds at 3.00
For West Indies, opening batsman Chris Gayle is placed in the Top 20 batsmen that might score most runs in the competition. The outright odds in the Top Batsman for Chris Gayle are 21.00.
For this year’s World Cup, West Indies is expected to beat teams like Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh in the round-robin stage. The side will need to raise their game in order to compete with teams like England, Australia, and India.
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