The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the most highly anticipated events in the cricketing calendar. For the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 10 cricketing nations will be locking horns to be crowned Cricket World Cup champion.
Since the championship’s inception in 1975, six nations have been that elusive title of World Cup champion. This took place in different eras and different formats were even employed. The ICC World Cup 2019 holds no exception, and promises to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested world cups. The hosts, England will certainly be the favourites, with their consistent form and a well-balanced squad.
West Indies team’s World Cup History
The West Indies team had the honour of being the inaugural champions in 1975. That team was led by the legendary Michael Holding. The Windies were actually double world champions during their World Cup tenure.
During their entire World Cup campaign through the years, the West Indies won in 1975 and again in 1979. In 1983, the Windies were going for the hat-trick but were stunned by the Kapil Dev-led India in the final. Since then, the highest that they have reached is the semifinals in 1996. Other than that, they have been eliminated in the group stage.
Now, in the 2019 edition, West Indies will be aiming to bring back the glory days of the 1970s.
The 15-member West Indies World Cup 2019 squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was announced a while ago. The good news for them is that they have largely been unaffected by injuries. However, they have a lot of players in the reserve squad.
Captain and Vice Captain
Jason Holder has been chosen to captain the West Indies in the World Cup 2019. Filling in the Vice Captain role will be batting powerhouse, Chris Gayle. This World Cup will be Gayle’s final one before he retires, so they will be hoping for a swansong.
The West Indies team for the World Cup 2019 consists of a batting fire power of Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Evin Lewis.
Their main pick for wicketkeeper is Nicholas Pooran. Pooran actually had a decent run during IPL 2019 and the West Indies will be counting on him.
Skipper Jason Holder and Vice captain Chris Gayle will lead the attack for the all-rounders. They will be joined by Carlos Brathwaite and Andre Russell. Russell, too had a great stint in IPL 2019
In the West Indies cricket team, there are quite a few bowling options to experiment with. Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen and Shannon Gabriel lead the bowing unit, along with Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
In conclusion, the West Indies team possesses a formidable side. Hopefully for their sake, Chris Gayle can go out on a high note.
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