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How Windies could line up at 2019 World Cup with the return of big players

Hari Haran
Modified 30 Jul 2018, 00:48 IST
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Middle order: Shai Hope(wk), Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard

Shai Hope announced himself with a century in international arena at Lord
Shai Hope announced himself to international cricket with two centuries in two innings at Leeds

Shai Hope was the only hope West Indies had when nothing was going well for them in England last year.

He had announced himself to the international arena by scoring 147 in the first innings and 118* in the second innings and took his team home.

This was not the easiest thing to do against the world-class bowlers of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes. At No. 3, Hope also fills the spot of wicketkeeper in the team, as he looks promising with the gloves as well.

Darren Bravo at No.4 will provide calmness to the line-up which has storm all over it. His temperament is the one thing which Caribbeans were missing for all these years.

The stylish stroke-maker can stable the innings in the middle overs as the top order and lower middle order strike the ball hard.

At No.5, it's the unpredictable Pollard. His form in the IPL at an earlier stage was not so good. But he came back strongly in the later stage of the tournament and this shows his fighting spirit.

The big-hitting all-rounder needs to score consistently as Shimron Hetmyer is already hitting the door.

Published 30 Jul 2018, 00:48 IST
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