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A losing start in the T20 World Cup 2021, what is going wrong for the defending champions West Indies in this T20 World Cup 2021? The only team in the world of cricket entitled to be World Champ two times but unfortunately, continuous deprived performance from their team has stolen away this chance.
Gaging their present form gives the impression that reaching into semifinals is a task difficult to achieve.
Let’s analyze some factors where team West Indies is lacking.
New Captain for the West Indies?
After winning the last world cup, there have been several changes in terms of captains. After Darren Sammy, Charlos Braithwaith captained team West Indies, Jason Mohammad, Jason Holder Kieron Pollard, and Nicholas Porran. Still, for the big tournament, they went for an experienced campaigner who is Kieron Pollard.
No doubt in appraising Kieron Pollard`s performance in-game as a player but as a captain he needs to change his strategy as a worthy captain knows how to make the right decisions at the correct times, motivating his team to victory. Under his captaincy, West Indies have played 29 T20 Matches, 10 won, 14 lost, and 5 no results. Therefore, Pollard should lead the batting charge and promote himself to number 3 or 4, just like Babar, Kohli, and Steve Smith bat for their team and put them in a strong position.
Strong and Quick Partnerships
West Indies is known for their hard-hitting, and that is why many of their players play franchise cricket all over the globe, but not every time hard-hitting or just 20-25 runs can help you win matches. It’s all about partnerships, rotating strikes, and playing according to the condition and situation.
West Indies batters have lacked good partnerships, leading to a bigger target or chasing down any total. However, staying on the crease, understanding the pitch, and playing according to the situation will further help defending champions in this T20 World Cup. Else they will be out before Semi-Final. However, Roston Chase is a worthy addition in the squad, Is Roston Chase the replacement of Marlon Samuels?
Fielding not up to the mark for the defending Champions West Indies?
Good fielding is a key to winning the match. Miss-fielding and catches dropped in all three games has led defending champions West Indies in deep trouble. Despite having a most experienced coach as a fielding coach, Phil Simmons has coached Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, who have to sharpen up and overcome their fielding issues under his coaching. Team West Indies have led Simmons down in this T20 World Cup.
Lack bowling variety and genuine spinner for UAE conditions?
There is an absence of a good variety of bowlers in the team. Defending champions are playing with just one spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. while other teams are playing with at least two spinners who can bowl both ways and confuse the teams with their variations. Including spinners in the squad is vital in the current format of cricket and UAE circumstances while observing Challenge of Difficult Conditions. Akeal Hosein is in good bowling form, but he is young and inexperienced for an event like the world cup.
Re called players who were not settled in the team?
Players are recalled by the West Indies administration, including Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, DJ Bravo, and Andre Russell, having deprived times despite giving sensational performances in the past. Chris Gayle, a renowned hard hitter, has scored just 29 runs in 3 matches. Andre Russell, being hapless, got out without scoring and without even facing a single ball when he was far away from the crease, and the ball hit the stump at the other end in their match with Bangladesh.
On the other hand, he bowled phenomenally in the exact game, restricting Bangladesh from hitting the winning target in the last over. Furthermore, these four first-class cricketers prioritize playing in League, ignoring their team performance in international events like the world cup.
The journey of defending champions West Indies squad is not finished. Hopes are still alive after a sensational victory from Bangladesh. However, if they want to stay in the battle, they need to work at their team according to UAE circumstances and win matches with a significant margin so that their net run rate can be better.
Written By: Zeenat Shahid & Rohail Ramzan Ali