West Indies

2010-10-13 19:12

Captain: Chris Gayle

Number of World Cup Participations: 9

ODI Ranking: 8th

Coach: Ottis Gibson

World Cup Champions: 1975, 1979

Sir Garfield Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, George Headley, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts and Everton Weekes have all been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Brian Lara lives on as a legend in the eyes of all cricketers and cricket lovers, and who can forget the vicious pace of Curtly Ambrose, Collis King, Courtney Walsh – the list of unbelievably talented cricketers from the Caribbean used to be endless.

Alas these days the team is a shadow of its former self. There are still stand-out players in captain Chris Gayle (who is not without his leadership faults but hits one of the longest balls in the game) and the omnipotent Dwayne Bravo. But, for a nation that once absolutely dominated world cricket, and which holds two World Cup winners medals, the current West Indies squad produces very little, and not very often. In recent World Cups, they were knocked out in the Group Stages, and in 2007, on home soil, still only managed a paltry 6th place.

Administration issues, a decline in interest in cricket in the country in favour of higher paying sports like basketball, and a lack of clear leadership have cost the once-mighty Windies, but that said, players like Ramnaresh Sarwan, who has captained the team in the past, and up-and-coming players like Kieron Pollard (who hit a 128-meter six during the Champions League T20 competition in 2010) can still produce performances that, coupled with the efforts of Gayle and Bravo, can stun opposition.

2010 has not been the ideal warm-up year for the Windies, after suffering a whitewash 5-0 loss against South Africa in 2010, their stats read: Played 17 ODIs, won 6 – the third worst form of the 2009/2010 ODI season.

It seems there will be too little time for the Windies to build a comprehensive unit to compete in the 2011 World Cup, but audiences may still yet be stunned as some of the legends of eras past may inspire the present stars to shine.


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