West Indies – Cricket World Cup 2019

West Indies – Cricket World Cup 2019

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If the 15 men selected to play for West Indies live up to their potential, it’ll be one of the strongest teams out there. The squad is filled with players who are known for their exploits and players who come on the back of strings of exciting performances in ODI cricket. It’s just a matter of clicking as a team.

Mihir’s SWOT Analysis
CWC 2019 West Indies Mihir SWOT
  1. There was a time recently when the phrase “fast bowlers to look out for” wasn’t associated with West Indies. However, the produce they bring with hem for this tournament isn’t just impressive; it’s worthy, challenging and certainly one to look out for.
  2. Lot of players know their roles within the team and the expectations from them. This is always a good sign as it reduces some pressure from the captain and allows him to focus on his cricketing skills.
  3. Impressive form of majority of key players.
  1. Baring 5 ODIs against England, the ODI team hasn’t really had good amount of match practice against stronger teams. This could work against them, especially given the format of the tournament.
  1. I personally would like to see the same team that’s being selected, which means that the no Pollard or Bravo or Narine agrees with me. With complacency out of the picture and the good form of a lot of key players, West Indies have a good opportunity here to turn things around for themselves for good and at such a global stage.
  1. Treating ODIs like a T20 game. While several players, the key ones, have graduated from the Tests school, some have come up from T20 ranks. Getting all out for 200-odd in 20-odd overs wouldn’t really help their case here.
key player
Shai Hope –> If Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis are to open for West Indies, the role of this man becomes all the more important. It becomes an automatic requirement for him to be adaptive to the situation as he could be walking in at 150 in 15 overs or 0 in 0.2 overs. If that isn’t it, his impressive form only raises expectations from him, more so given his solid technique which could be useful against the swinging ball.
For me, West Indies are the dark horse of the tournament who have more than a chance of making it to the semi-finals with a series of good performances.
CWC 2019 West Indies Roster
CWC 2019 West Indies Schedule

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