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3 reasons why Windies could be a force to reckon with in the 2019 World Cup

Meit Sampat
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 24 Feb 2019, 17:33 IST
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#2 Presence of All-Rounders

Carlos Brathwaite is one of the all-rounders who is expected to play a key role for the Windies in 2019 World Cup
Carlos Brathwaite is one of the all-rounders who is expected to play a key role for the Windies in 2019 World Cup

All-rounders are essential for the success of any team at the international level. Windies are blessed to have such all-rounders who can be match winners on their day.

Jason Holder, the skipper of the Windies ODI team is a match winner on his day with the bat and/or the ball. The captain has played 86 ODI and in 72 innings, he averages 26.22 with the bat and has scored 1442 runs with 7 half centuries. Holder can play the role of the aggressor in the death overs and can provide finishing touches to the innings. The skipper has smashed 46 sixes and 102 boundaries in ODI cricket. With the ball, Holder plays a key role and picks up wickets at regular intervals for the team. The skipper has picked up 117 ODI wickets at an average of 32.63 with 2 5 wicket hauls in an innings.

Carlos Brathwaite, the skipper for the Windies in T20 format is another all-rounder who is expected to play a crucial role for the Windies in the 2019 World Cup. Brathwaite, who led Windies to a win by smashing 4 sixes in 4 balls in the final over of the 2016 World T20 final, has not exactly set the ODI stage on fire in his brief career. In 28 innings, he has scored just 339 runs at an average of 13.04 which is far from impressive. But Brathwaite is a capable batsman who can strike the ball a long way and can win any match from un-winnable situations. With the ball, he has picked up 27 wickets with 15 wicket haul in an innings. Brathwaite will play a key role for the Windies in the 2019 World Cup due to his ability to score quick runs and pick up vital wickets.

Though Russell is not a part currently of the ODI team, the duo is likely to be considered for the 2019 World Cup. Russell has a strike rate of 130.46 in 44 ODI innings and has scored 998 runs at an average of 28.51 with 4 half centuries. He has the ability to change the course of a match in 3 to 4 overs and will be a real asset for the Windies in the 2019 World Cup. With the ball, he has picked up 65 wickets at an average of 32.74.

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Published 24 Feb 2019, 17:33 IST
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