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”

Mumbai Indians Triumph by 1 run in IPL Final

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Mumbai Indians celebrate after winning 2019 IPL final. Source: PTI

     What a final it was! Mumbai Indians are the 2019 IPL Champions. For a record 4th time they were victorious against Chennai Super Kings by 1 run on Sunday May 12th 2019. It was the 2nd time in 3 years, believe it or not, that they won the final by 1 run. They were the most efficient, well-rounded team this year with a good balance of fast and slow bowlers. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians Triumph by 1 run in IPL Final”

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”

IPL 2019: Who are the favorites?

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MS Dhoni in action. Source: AFP

What an IPL this has been so far. Each match full of sixes, fours, brilliant fielding, and I must admit some breath-taking catches that has made it difficult to sit still when viewing from my living-room. At this point of time, in this illustrious T20 tournament, each team has played 12 games. Delhi Capitals (formerly known as Delhi Daredevils) tops the table rankings at number 1. Continue reading “IPL 2019: Who are the favorites?”

Specialists required in T20 Cricket

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Chris Jordan celebrates a West Indian wicket. Source: Getty Images.

England were in the Caribbean for two months with our white sandy beaches and clear blue waters to enjoy in-between. Finally this tour has ended for the tourists on a high. After a disappointing Test series lost to the Windies 2-1 and then sharing the honors 2-2 in the ODI series, England whitewashed the home side 3-0 in the T20 International series. Having demolished the West Indies in the final leg of the tour with the T20 series victory, it just goes to show that this form of cricket cannot be taken for granted. Continue reading “Specialists required in T20 Cricket”

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”

Why West Indies should be a force to reckon with in Test Cricket

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West Indies team posing with the famous Wisden trophy. Source: Windies Cricket

England arrived n the Caribbean in January 2019 on a high and full of confidence as they whitewashed Sri Lanka late 2018 in their own backyard 3-0. West Indies were not given a chance by a couple of former English cricketers before the Test series started, mainly due to the fact that the Windies were humiliated in their last two overseas tours to India and Bangladesh between October to December 2018, as the regional side suffered their first ever innings defeat to Bangladesh in the second Test of that series. It was a tour to forget for the West Indians, but one has to say that the current series being played in the Caribbean just proves that the talent is still existent in this part of the World. Continue reading “Why West Indies should be a force to reckon with in Test Cricket”