How the West Indian Dream was lost

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Nicholas Pooran scored his maiden ODI century for the West Indies against Sri Lanka. Source: Getty Images

Is it possible for all West Indian fans to be upset that the team did not qualify for the semi-finals of the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019? Is it that heart break continues to loom largely game after game? Was there any confidence moving forward after the West Indies annihilated Pakistan in their first match of this tournament? The answer is probably no unfortunately. Continue reading “How the West Indian Dream was lost”

West Indies Knocked Out Of The World Cup

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Carlos Brathwaite consoled by Ross Taylor after an excellent knock. Source: Getty Images

     All the hype of a resurgence before the 31st of May 2019 gave the men from the Caribbean great hope, but at the end of the New Zealand match on Saturday June 22nd, it just wasn’t meant to be. After a more disciplined performance by the bowlers especially with the introduction of Kemar Roach for his 1st game this tournament, the West Indian innings was one of both brilliance and heart-ache. Continue reading “West Indies Knocked Out Of The World Cup”

Current Champs Australia Verses West Indian Flair

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Andre Russell celebrates a wicket against Pakistan in opening game for the WIndies. Source: Getty Images

On Friday May 31st 2019, West Indies totally annihilated the Pakistanis at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in their opening World Cup fixture. Cruising to victory by 7 wickets, this was Pakistan’s heaviest defeat in World Cup Cricket history. The margin of defeat was 218 balls to spare after being bundled out for a paltry 105 on a pitch that had good pace and bounce for the fast bowlers on display. Continue reading “Current Champs Australia Verses West Indian Flair”

West Indies – Dark Horse at 2019 Cricket World Cup

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World Cup Captains pose with the trophy. Source: Getty Images

     The once mighty West Indies were the winners of the inaugural World Cup in 1975 and then repeated the feat in 1979. The men from the Caribbean lost the final to winners India, well led by Kapil Dev in 1983. Unfortunately that was the last time the West Indians reached a World Cup final in the 50 over version. Continue reading “West Indies – Dark Horse at 2019 Cricket World Cup”

Record Breaking Opening Partnership Sees Windies crush Ireland in Tri-Series Opener

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Shai Hope & John Campbell embrace each other after their World record opening stand. Source: Windiescricket

The old saying goes that records are meant to be broken. On Sunday May 5th 2019 at the Clontarf Cricket Ground in Dublin, West Indies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell made heads spin globally with a World record opening stand of 365 for the 1st wicket. John Campbell struck his maiden ODI century, smashing 179 while Shai Hope brought up his 5th ODI century in his 50th game in this form of the game. Continue reading “Record Breaking Opening Partnership Sees Windies crush Ireland in Tri-Series Opener”

West Indies VS England 2-2 – Who would’ve thought?

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West Indies celebrate a wicket in 5th ODI against England. Source: AFP Photo

     The West Indies record in ODIs before this series was poor by anyone’s standards. Having won 11 out of their previous 40 ODI matches and coming up against a top-dog team like England who are ranked number 1 in this format, it was a tough task. It was beyond my imagination to think that the West Indies would have drawn the recently concluded ODI series 2-2 Continue reading “West Indies VS England 2-2 – Who would’ve thought?”

Chris Gayle – The Universe Boss

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Chris Gayle celebrates his 25th ODI hundred against England. Source: AP Photo

Chris Gayle a.k.a. “The Universe Boss” as he is called. The tall left-handed batsman hailing from the land of wood and water (Jamaica) has changed the game in terms of his dynamic power hitting. This six-hitting machine made his debut for the West Indies back in September 1999. That’s 20 years of International cricket and it is amazing how he has maintained his longevity in this sport. Continue reading “Chris Gayle – The Universe Boss”

From Zero to Hero – Jason Holder’s Captaincy

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Jason Holder celebrating. Source: Getty

Let’s go back to October 2014. West Indies ODI team were touring India and midway through that series, they decided to abandon it. Dwayne Bravo, the then captain, consulted with his team and all this was due to the WICB wanting to reduce the players’ salaries. DJ Bravo as he is called, never played an ODI for the West Indies again as he was sacked of the captaincy. In comes Jason Holder, the new West Indian ODI captain. Holder was given the captaincy based on the advice of the great Clive Lloyd, who was at that time the chief selector of the WICB. Holder’s introduction into the job however, was a tough one. Continue reading “From Zero to Hero – Jason Holder’s Captaincy”