“West Indies will be the surprise element”- reckons Brian Lara
West Indies have been in poor form constantly in one-day internationals since the last World Cup which was held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. But recent form of their newbies as well as their old relevant cricketers like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard have made them hopeful of doing well in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
West Indian legend Brian Lara also believes that and mentions West Indies will have to be consistent throughout the tournament to mark their name in the World Cup. He reckons West Indies as the “surprise element” and they have the ability to play in the semi-final in this year’s tournament.
“West Indies should play some consistent cricket. We’ve demonstrated that we can beat England or India. We can beat any team on our day. Be that as it may, at that point we lose against Bangladesh or Afghanistan, and we let everything leave. In this way, that is the thing that West Indies need to keep away from. I would love to see them get to the semi-finals,” he said.
“West Indies, in the course of the last two T20 World Cups, have been the surprise element. They’ve generally been up there in the opposing team’s psyche. There have been such a large number of components joining the specks, bit by bit yet it’s going on. In this way, I don’t think any nation strolls into the game against West Indies any longer reasoning it’s all over before it begins.
“Then again, we are fit for colossal disappointments, as well. In this way, the unexpected component works both ways and that is the place West Indies need to continue working. It’s stunning we have players that are most looked for after in the diverse establishment alliances around the world can in any case get together as a team. We have two T20 World Cup trophies to appear for that. Be that as it may, consistency is the key,” he added.
The Caribbeans qualified for the semi-finals in a World Cup last time in 1996 when they lost to Australia by just five runs. Since then, they failed everytime to make the semi-final stage.
West Indies will begin their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge.