CWC team preview: Calypso Windies
Initially failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup, two-time champions Windies found their way to the tournament from the qualifiers. Can they provide another World Cup classic in England?
Windies at World Cups-
Best result: Winners (1975, 1979)
Captained by Jason Holder, Windies have struggled since 2015 World Cup when they reached quarter-final stage despite losing to Ireland in the group stage. They have not won any ODI series/tournaments in nearly five years.
Windies have the firepower in the squad including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer and class from Shai Hope. Hope has been prolific for the Caribbeans over the past year. The 25-year-old Barbadian scored 470 runs in the tri-series in Ireland where Windies finished runners-up.
Gayle’s return to full form against England earlier this year boosted Windies’ confidence ahead of the tournament. The entertaining five-match series in the Caribbean saw a 2-2 level. Russell, the Most Valuable Player of this year’s IPL is yet to show his power in national colours.
England’s batting friendly pitches are expected to suit Windies’ powerpacked batting side. They toured England back in 2017 where they succumbed 0-4 loss in the ODI series. Lewis made 176 in one of those matches.
Currently ranked eighth in the ODI rankings, Windies might keep the odds away to put up some entertainment in the World Cup and make a mark.
Windies World Cup fixtures:
|June 10||South Africa||Southampton|
|June 22||New Zealand||Manchester|
|July 1||Sri Lanka||Chester-Le-Street|
Windies World Cup squad: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell