West Indies won the first two editions of the World Cup and were known for their seamers and power hitters. Legends like Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Clive Lloyd, and Michael Holding put the West Indies as a powerhouse winning 2 consecutive world cups 1975 and 1979 and runner-ups in 1983. Although they have produced big names from their camp, the West Indies have been on a dry spell since their heydays in the ’80s. Since the 2015 World cup, they have only won 9 in 31 ODI’s against top 5 ranked teams.
Recent Form: LLWLW
Last Completed ODI series: (Won 2 Lost 3) Tri Series vs Bangladesh and Ireland
Best World Cup Finish: Champions (1975,1979)
Predicted Finish: 7th
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Batsman to Watch: Shai Hope[player_details id=”16366″ align=”none”]
Although many people think of Chris Gayle, Shirmon Hetmyer and Andre Russell when it comes to West Indies batting, It has been Hope who has scored consistently for the Carribean side. Last week he broke into the top 5 ODI batsman rankings, ranked 4th. He has the ability to play long innings and has a healthy average of 51.
Bowler to Watch: Jason Holder[player_details id=”16358″ align=”none”]
Holder’s key to success is the way he sticks to the basics. The skipper constantly bowls a good line with good pace and his height generates good bounce off the pitch which has troubled a lot of batsmen.
West Indies will begin their campaign at Trent Bridge when they take on Pakistan on the 31st of May and will hope to be back to winning ways after back to back defeats by Bangladesh in the Ireland tri-series.