The two-time champions of the ICC World Cup, West Indies are projected to be the possible winner of World Cup 2019. It’s been a long time since Windies has won the title as they won the championship first in the year 1975 and the second one in 1979.
These titles were not able to be claimed without the remarkable performances and help of skipper Clive Lloyd, Sir Viv Richards and the well-known pace battery of Roberts, Garner, Holding, and Croft.
Along with winning ICC World Cup Championship for 2 times, the West Indies team has also won various cricket championship such as ICC World Twenty20 twice (2012 and 2016), the ICC Champions Trophy once (2004), the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup once (2016), the Under 19 Cricket World Cup (2004) and the ICC Champions Trophy (2006).
West Indies have also finished as runners-up in the Cricket World Cup (1983) and appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals (1975, 1979 and 1983), Windies were the first team to win back-to-back World Cups in the years 1975 and 1979.
Through this article, we are going to tell you some reasons that why West Indies are anticipated to be the possible winner of World Cup 2019.
The first and strong reason for West Indies to win this year title is Chris Gayle as 2019 World Cup is going to mark the last opportunity for Gayle to boost the 50-over title as he would be retiring from ODIs after the tournament.
Chris Gayle is well thought-out to be one of the greatest batsmen ever in Twenty20 (T20) cricket. He led his team as a captain from the year 2007 to 2010 for Test series. He holds the top scores for hitting the maximum sixes in international cricket and is well known for hitting sixes.
In the year 2012, he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. His career statistics are: Matches – 285, Inns – 280, Runs – 9862, 100s – 24, 50s – 49 Wickets – 165.
If his latest performance in the England series is taken to be considered, then it’s safe to say that each opposition attack is going to be kept on their toes all through the World Cup.
The second reason for West Indies to win this year title is their current Captain Jason Holder performances and management of team.
Jason Holder is the present captain of the West Indies Test and One Day International (ODI) teams. Holder made his ODI debut in the year 2013 and Test debut in June 2014. According to the official ICC Test rankings, he is also ranked the #1 all-rounder in the world, as of 27 January 2019.
He slowly rebuild the West Indies team and even regardless of the absence of many well-known names such as Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine he managed to run the team effectively.
The lately finished ODI series in contradiction of England is the indication of how well Holder has ended to take this West Indian side to this level with the resources at his removal. His all-round capabilities as an influential right-hand batsman and his precise and quick pace bowling make him the team’s crucial main point.
The best pace attack from various Windies players such as Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, and Oshane Thomas along with Jason Holder is the third reason for West Indies to win this year title as they form a fiery pace attack.
This team is blessed with some remarkably brilliant players such as Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo who are blessed with several different abilities.