West Indies predicted XI for T20I World cup
West Indies along with England and India are considered as the top 3 favourites for the T20I world cup. Currently, they are going through great preparations with back to back T20I series vs Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. They beat Sri Lanka and Australia convincingly lost narrowly (2-3) to South Africa and lost that one match against Pakistan in a rain-affected 3 match series with 2 games virtually washed out.
They have some great talents in T20I cricket and their biggest strength is their array of deadly stroke players in their batting. Thus without further adieu let us look at West Indies predicted XI for T20I World cup
A brutal left-hander at the top of the order. He has taken up Gayle’s opening spot in style. A ferocious stroke player with a 158 strike rate in T20Is with 1318 runs at 31 average in 45 T20Is. Terrific on all the 3 basis shots – drives, cuts and pulls and hits them with enormous power.
With righthander Simmons as an opener, the left-right combo can be maintained. Superb stroke player, he played 66 T20Is scoring 1508 runs at 27 average and 123 strike rate. In IPL Simmons has 129 strike rate and averages 39. He is a clean hitter and can be almost as dangerous as Lewis.
Since the time Gayle is batting at 3 for Punjab Kings in IPL, he seems to have now embraced that spot for West Indies too. What can one say about the universe boss? Easily the greatest T20 batsman ever. In 74 T20Is he scored 1854 runs at 29 average and 139 strike rate which is below his IPL strike rate of 149. Gayle has smashed 4950 runs in IPL in 140 games and has crossed 10000 T20 runs across franchisee leagues. He starts slowly and then simply toys with the bowling endangering the audience with 6 hits into the gallery with great regularity.
At 41 if Gayle needs rest in a few games, the talented lefthander Shimron Heytmer can step in.
Brilliant stroke player with class attached. Pooran is highly talented but inconsistent. His strike rate in T20Is is 124 which goes up to 158 in IPL. He is yet to reach 1000 runs in T20Is or IPL due to fluctuations in form but when in rhythm can be a matchwinner.
A brutal hitter of a cricket ball, he is the most appropriate batter in the slog overs who can smash any bowling attack Strike rates of 156 in T20Is and jaw-dropping 179 in IPL is enough testimony for this. He is not only a threat to the bowlers but also the crowds as his long and at times flat sixes travel much quicker than spectators might think. A useful seam bowler who can pick up wickets and bowl at pace if in rhythm. 716 runs & 36 wickets in 62 T20Is , 1680 runs & 68 wickets in 81 IPL games . If there are no injury worries, Russell can be the scourage of other teams.
An IPL icon and another destructive batter in the Russell mould. Expected to lead the team. 3000 plus runs in 171 IPL matches at 151 strike rate which is higher than his T20I strike rate of 138 from 1378 runs in 88 T20Is. He is still capable of bowling a few overs and generally comes as the 6th bowler nowadays. Not too long ago Pollard has hit 6 6s in a Dhananjaya over vs Sro Lanka. With Pollard and Russell in the lower middle order, oppositions cant take anything for granted.
Another IPL icon. Brilliant allrounder. Can hit sublime yet hard-hitting shots while batting and very skilful death bowler with his cutters, slower ones and Yorkers. 1229 runs at 116 strike rate and 76 wickets at 8 economy rate in 86 T20Is. He has taken 156 wickets at 8.29 economy and scored 1510 runs at 129 strike rate in 144 IPL games. Bravo is the go-to bowler in death overs and an outstanding fielder. This world cup will be Bravo’s final T20I appearence.
The 6 feet 7 inch Jason Holder is one of the leading all-rounders in test cricket & ODIs and has played lesser T20s than most others in this team. Still, he makes his presence felt which tight pace bowling extracting bounce and being a prolific wicket-taker with a healthy economy of 8 in T20Is. In batting, he can play a steady innings as well as hit huge sixes and possess 117 strike rate in 27 T20Is. He has a calm and steady influence on the team and can be a handful on slightly more bowling friendly pitches.
One of the finest fielders in world cricket having the ability to take stunning catches. Allen is a hard-hitting lower-order batsman with 139 strike rate and a pretty tight left-arm orthodox bowler with 20 wickets in 28 T20Is with an economy of 7.21 which is considered very good. On UAE slowish pitches he can be a handful
The leg spinner from Virgin Islands has already made his presence felt with his skilful leg-spin having taken 19 wickets in 20 T20Is at an economy of 7.72. The Aussies in particular were out of sorts against his bowling. Can be a vital cog in the team on UAE pitches.
The left-arm quick with his angles can be disconcerting for the batsman if he hits the right rhythm. Has 42 wickets in 34 T20Is at 7.85 economy which is a fine record. And then there is his trademark salute on getting a wicket.
Apart from the XI as above, West Indies have quality reserves in Hetmyer , left arm orthodox spinner Akeal Hosein and experienced fast bowler Fidel Edwards who has made a successful comeback to T20I cricket after 9 years playing well vs Australia.