T20 WORLD CUP PREVIEW- WEST INDIES

SQUAD: Darren Sammy (capt), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor

A torrid time for West Indies cricket during last year but they will be hoping to turn it around with a solid performance in this World Cup campaign.

The batting lineup is full of potential power hitters with Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Marlon Samuel leading the brigade. If any these players can fire then the team can potentially make scores over 180+. The most important batsman is Chris Gayle as his quick scoring as an opening batsmen eases pressure to fellow batsmen down the order if he is able to make runs. If he is not able to then the pressure is on so in some ways, he is the barometer of this team.

The bowling side of this team is reasonably strong with captain Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, spinners Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn and allrounders Dwyane Bravo and Andre Russell. They have bowling depth and all these players have potential to take wickets and keep the economy rate down but can also be expensive if they are not switched on with their line and length. The most important bowler is Samuel Badree as his experience and ability to keep the run rate down will be valuable to the team. Plus being in the sub-continent, he can use his spin variations to good use which can create many wickets. His performances in the Australian Twenty20 Big Bash with Brisbane Heat tells us he is a valuable spinner and he will be important to this squad.

If the team can put the off field issues regarding West Indies cricket behind them, then I don’t see why they can’t go all the way in this World Cup. They have the squad to win it but that will depend if their star players can perform when it matters.

Predictions:

Unsportsman- Group Stage

Sportsman- Semi Finals

 

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