ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies Squad analysis

Having never won a single series after the last world cup, will West Indies break the hurdles and place top in the world cup?

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West Indies Team
West Indies Team

West Indies the pioneer of retro world cup winners, twice at the early stages of the world cup tournaments. They have won the titles in two consecutive world cups, one in 1975 and the other in 1979. And later in 1983, they became the runners up of the tournament losing the final against India. But then, West Indies still not yet to reach the finals up to 2015. Will they come back strong and put up a message in the World Cup 2019? Let us see the analysis of the team performance, key players, and what are the chances that they can go up to which stage of this world cup?

Windies Rally to the 2019 World Cup

A new World Cup qualification structure was introduced in which the host nation of the World Cup and the top seven other teams in the ICC ODI Championship on 30 September 2017 would qualify directly for the World Cup, with the remaining two spots being decided by the World Cup qualifying tournament.

West Indies failed to get into the top seven in the ODI rankings table, were pushed to play the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. It has been very hard for the two time Cricket World Champions. But they show the top notch performance by winning the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. The West Indies became the first side to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, after they beat Scotland by five runs by the Duckworth–Lewis method in the Super Sixes of the tournament.

West Indies have never won a single ODI series after the 2015 World Cup, which was not a decent record for them.

Windies World Cup Squad

Chris Gayle, Elvin Lewis, Jason Holder(c), Shai Hope(WK), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmeyer, Andre Russell, Fabien Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine and allrounder Kieron Pollard were overlooked, but Pollard and Dwayne Bravo – who hasn’t played an ODI since 2014 – have been added to a 10-man reserve players list for the tournament.

To know other team squads, see ICC Cricket World Cup Squads 2019

Players to watch for: 

Andre Russell : On this day, only very few players are as destructive and entertaining as  allrounder Andre Russell. With his potential, he can hit the balls out of the stadium. He shows his wicket taking abilities and fielding skills in the last IPL. No wonder he is a three dimensional player.

Shai Hope : With his splendid performances in the recent matches shows that this carribean player can get big numbers up to the runs total. He hit three centuries and three fifties in the last 10 matches he played. His batting average of 51.07 shows how valuable will he is to the Windies team.

West Indies World Cup schedule and fixtures

Date Match Venue
May 31, 2019 West Indies vs Pakistan Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 6, 2019 Australia vs West Indies Trent Bridge, Nottingham
June 10, 2019 South Africa vs West Indies The Rose Bowl, Southampton
June 14, 2019 England vs West Indies The Rose Bowl, Southampton
June 17, 2019 West Indies vs Bangladesh The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
June 22, 2019 West Indies vs New Zealand Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
June 27, 2019 West Indies vs India Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
July 1, 2019 Sri Lanka vs West Indies Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
July 4, 2019 Afghanistan vs West Indies Headingley, Leeds

Check out the full schedule and fixtures of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Prediction

With the strong batting lineup and pace attack they can show up some match winning performances, but they lack at the spin bowlers, which may affect them. If they put some effort, they can reach the semis.

Also read South Africa squad analysis for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019