India and West Indies go into this Pool B match of the World Cup in Perth, Australia, having had very contrasting campaigns up until now. While India have an unblemished record so far after having brushed aside Pakistan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates (UAE) with minimal effort, West Indies have been a mixed bag. They lost to Ireland in their opening encounter before coming back strongly against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Soon, though, they were brought back to earth by the South Africans, with AB de Villiers & co. smashing them for a colossal score of 408 and then skittling them out for 151. With the battle for the 3rd and 4th spots in Pool B being a closely contested one between West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland, the men from the Caribbean will be extremely keen to win on Friday and secure qualification for the latter stages. Here are 5 things to look forward to from the India-West Indies game:
#1 Gayle Storm
Even though Chris Gayle scored 215 against Zimbabwe, becoming the first man to score a double century in World Cup history, he hasn’t been at his absolute best in this World Cup. After all, he scored a total of just 41 runs at a strike rate of around 60 in the four preceding games (including the warm ups) before that record score. Even in that Zimbabwe game, he was extremely fortunate to have not been given out lbw on the score of 0, and was out for 3 against the Proteas in the game after.
However, Gayle has time and again showed the ability to do the extraordinary, and if he can survive the opening burst from the Indian bowlers on what should be a testing Perth wicket, we might just be in store for another ‘Gayle Storm’.