One of the best teams in the T20 format has always been West Indies. This has been a result of their players’ innate elegance and style, which has allowed them to play the game’s shortest format. In the T20 world cup’s history, West Indies is the only team to win it twice. Under the leadership of Darren Sammy, they accomplished this feat twice, in 2012 and 2016. Let us look at West Indies Strengths and Weaknesses in detail.
A few major withdrawals were made in the West Indian team’s recently announced roster. The star all-rounder Andre Russell and the star spinner Sunil Narine, star batsman Hetymer were left out of the two-time champions squad for this year’s T20 world cup.
West Indies Strengths and Weaknesses
West Indies Strengths
The reputation of the West Indies is something that the other teams must not undervalue. One of the biggest heavyweights in the T20 format has always been the lads from the Caribbean. They have some of the most powerful ball hitters, as well as bowlers that can completely change the course of a match. This year, despite missing some of their most renowned players, they have a young roster capable of surprising other teams.
West Indies Weakness
No Andre Russell, No Sunil Narine, No Hetymer and there is a significant void in the spin department
When the West Indian selectors decided to ignore Sunil Narine, there was widespread astonishment and surprise. The 34-year-old is regarded as one of the greatest T20 bowlers in history. Narine is a good batsman as well as a wicket-taker. Over the years, he has been one of KKR’s most valuable assets.
A lingering belief and hope for one man persisted in recent years despite the passing of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo from international cricket. Andre Russell, who has consistently participated in this style of play, was the man in question.
The outstanding West Indian team in this style will be missing Russell. With his rapid bowling and natural fielding skills, he can not only bat and score points swiftly but also weaken the opposition from his bowling. Russell will not, however, compete for the West Indies in the T20 World Cup owing to other factors.
There are numerous opportunities with so many new faces. No team must overlook the potential for Nicholas Pooran to properly lead the West Indies team. Hossein is crucial to the spin department; thus, he will play a lot of games at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
West Indies have lost several key players in the last six months. This has given the following generation, such as Shamarh Brooks and Odeon Smith, an opportunity to shine.
It is an opportunity for the next generation to stand forward and showcase the Caribbean flavor to the rest of the globe. Captain Nicolas Pooran also gets an opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills at a time when his captaincy tenure has not gone well.
They need to be more thoughtful and figure out how they will deal with events. The team has a lot of talent. It all comes down to mindset.
The twice-champion West Indies are their greatest threat, much like Pakistan. Their consistency has been one of the major disappointments. West Indies’ skills haven’t really dazzled the world in recent years.
No of the circumstances or the scenarios they are in, the West Indians follow a straightforward formula: see the ball and hit it. They might pay for this “Devil May Care” during the competition.
Due to the presence of England and Australia in their group, there is a huge chance that West Indies will regrettably be eliminated early in the Knockout stages. It will be a miracle if they surpass England and Australia who are currently in great form. But we should never underestimate the West Indies side as they are the only two-time champs of the T20 format.
Updated West Indies Squad
Nicholas Pooran (c), Rovman Powell, Yannic Cariah, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Sharmarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Obed Mccoy, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith.