West Indies have played excellent cricket so far this season. Jason Holder led-unit has seen renaissance of sorts in white-ball cricket as they managed to draw the five-match one-day series played against England in the Caribbean.
The side has a lot of promising players that can certainly do wonders in this year’s World Cup. Let’s hope West Indies can maintain their consistency with the bat and ball and do well in this tournament.
Players to watch out for
The veteran opener will be determined to end his international career with a bang. The 39-year old has been in scintillating form since his return to limited-overs side for West Indies this season. He scored heavily against England in the five-match one-day series and helped West Indies push England close in the contest. Jason Holder will be hoping that Gayle can get the side off to a flying start in the initial overs of the innings. He has represented West Indies in 289 matches and scored 10151 runs at an average of 38.16. He has scored 25 centuries and 51 half-centuries in a one-day career spanning close to two decades.
Shimron Hetmyer is being rated as one of the most promising young players around and the 22-year-old has lived up to the expectations on more than one occasion. Hetmyer’s flair and a fearless approach while batting is just a treat to watch and the West Indies team management will be highly optimistic that the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s left-hander will continue to showcase his talent on the biggest stage of all. In his short ODI career of 25 matches, Hetmyer has scored 899 runs at an average of 40.86 and with a strike-rate of 110.30, which included four centuries and two fifties.
Jason Holder was once termed as the player who was not capable of leading a national team, but in the past few years, the 27-year-old has not only proved his leadership skills on the field but off the field as well. Therefore, Holder will be extremely important for Windies in the upcoming tournament as he is the binding force which unite the team. Holder has an impressive record in the 50-over format where he has scored 1,574 runs in 77 innings at an average of 26.23 and at a strike-rate of 93.57, which included eight half-centuries, whereas he also has 121 wickets to his name in 93 innings at a strike-rate of 36.7.