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5 key players who helped Windies qualify for 2019 World Cup

Sachin Bhat
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Published Mar 23, 2018
Mar 23, 2018 IST

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Samuels played a huge role in Windies qualification for the World Cup

The journey may have been one to be riddled with crests and troughs, but West Indies eventually made it through the qualifiers unscathed as they booked their tickets to England for next year's World Cup.

Having qualified atop the group with four wins in four games, the Caribbean outfit were dealt with an early blow in the Super Sixes when Afghanistan caused an upset in the opening game, only to bounce back with three wins on the trot in the aftermath, albeit in the last game, against Scotland, West Indies rode their luck and needed a rain intervention to wrap up the qualification.

However, there have been players who consistently delivered through the course of the qualifier rounds and fostered the progress. Let's look at the top five of them.

#5 Keemo Paul

Paul (left) has impressed in his first international call-up
Paul (left) has impressed in his first international call-up

Last but not the least, a shout out to one of the finds of the campaign.

Keemo Paul was roped in as a replacement for the injured Sheldon Cottrell and it wasn't until the start of the Super Sixes round against Afghanistan that he made his debut.

And it was a fine one; adding 16 runs in the 10th wicket and picking up two albeit in a lost cause.

Regardless, the Guyana native was upbeat in the forthcoming games, picking up two more (both against Zimbabwe) and maintaining a miser economy rate of only 4.06, the best figure among the Windies at this stage.

The right-arm medium pacer was pulling up trees with the U-19 squad throughout 2017 and has successfully brought his talent to the fore in his debut outings with the senior team.

Still only 20 Paul's resounding start to the international call-up should see him get more gametime in the coming days while performing in the same vein would even warrant him a place at the 2019 World Cup.

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