They are champions of very first and second time cricket world cup in the history. Later they reached upto final.But day after day they are lagging behind in ODI cricket though they have a combination of both historical and cultural impact.After first three times, they failed to reach the final.For now,they had to go for selection round for getting a chance in the main world cup.But we will have to count on caribbeans.If the magic of T20 can show in 50 over cricket , Chris Gayle, Andre Russel can change all the equations.
West Indies are in 8th position as a ranking in ODI.In the last year,they did not able to to win the trophy in selection phase, held in Zimbabwe, after losing with Afghanistan they became runners-up. Selection phase was not so easy for the team.If they lost with Scotland, they will have to become an audience for the final stage.They survived as their fate was with them. They confirmed to go for final stage by winning in just 5 runs in D/L method.
When Jason Holder and his team were working hard for the world cup, then many star cricketers were playing for PSL(Pakistan Super League) held in Pakistan.Some of them returned to the WC team but the condition was not changed yet. For playing in IPL held in india, many star cricketers were not present while there was a three countries series between Ireland and Bangladesh.And if they played with each other they can remodel their understandings.
West Indies were not able to play in 2017 Champions Trophy as they were far in ranking.The picture of failure is also present in the ranking of individual cricketers.In the ranking of batsmans, Shai Hope is only in top 10. And in top 70, there are only 3 players.Shimron Hetmyer is in 29th place, Gayle is in 46th place.NO one is in top 10 for bowling department.The best position is for the captain Jason Holder, in 39th place.
But no other team can take them lightly.They have some devastating batsmans, have speedy bowlers and effective alrounders. They have only weak point is in spin bowling because off spinner Sunil Narine and leg spinner Devendra Bishoo are not with the team.
The team also feel the absense of experienced batsman like Marlon Samuels and Kieron Polard. And Dwayne Bravo also retired some days ago.
Now, the West Indies team includes the main test bowler and speedy pacer Shannon Gabriel in ODI. Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell are also in the bowling department. So Caribbean pace battery has enough ability to ram the opponent with their bowling speed.
The team is very balance for the likes of three alrounders- Andre Russel, Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.Their batting and bowling accuracy can be a threat for any opponent.Holder is leading the team from the front.After the last World Cup he is the improving so much. He took impressive 75 wickets in just 62 matches. In the meantime only Hope scored (2,247 runs) more runs than him (1,257).
Evin Lewis who is awaiting for playing his fifth world cup can open the innings with Gayle.Next players are Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer,Nicholas Pooran. In the batting pitch like England they can beat any teams bowling department.(Here you can check the style of Chris Gayle.)
Russel has played only two ODI’s after the 2015 WC. But we have seen his gigantic batting in Kolkata Knight Riders team in IPL. And it shows hope for the team.He has showed us how devastating he can be with the last series with England team.
Actually, players of West Indies are the king in the T20 cricket in the world.And they won the trophy for 2 times out of three in T20.Now, we see a great influence of T20 in ODI’s.Obviously, the smart cricketers are preparing to win for the third time in ODI WC.
Key Bowler: Oshane Thomas
Thomas can make a huge difference only by his high speed. He showed us what he is capable of in the series against England in 5th ODI.He took 5 wickets by expensing only 21 runs.He can introduce fear for the batsmans in the batting pitch like England.
WI Coach: Floyd Reifer:
Just less than two months ago the WC , West Indies Cricket Board appointed new coach.Under Richard Pybus,they won the test series against England and drew the ODI series.After all this improvement, they replaced Pybus and appointed Floyd Reifer in last april.
Reifer was the coach for west Indies ‘A’ team.He started his career as a coach in Combined Campus and Colleges team in 2009.Under his guidance, the team won the local ODI champions trophy.Now a bigger challenge is awaiting for Reifer for reclaiming the proud of caribbeans.
West Indies team: Jason Holder(c),Fabian Allen,Darren Bravo,Carlos Brathwaite,Sheldon Cottrell,Shannon Gabriel,Chris Gayle,Shimron Hetmyer,Shai Hope(wk),Evin Lewis,Ashley Nurse,Nicholas Pooran(wk),Kemar Roach,Andre Russel,Oshane Thomas.
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