Submit :
News                      Photos                     Just In                     Debate Topic                     Latest News                    Articles                    Local News                    Blog Posts                     Pictures                    Reviews                    Recipes                    
ICC T20 World Cup
A balanced West Indies team won the T20 World Cup
West Indies with their balanced side played some good cricket to walk away with the T20 World Cup. All the departments of the game - bowling, batting and fielding were well covered by this team of West Indies, which helped them win the trophy.

WHEN WEST Indies lost second wicket in the form of Chris Gayle against Sri Lanka in the finals of the T20 World Cup, the thoughts of West Indies claiming their first major trophy subsided. In spite of Marlon Samuels' innings of 78 runs, they could only come up with a score of 137 runs, which at the time looked too meager. But, the West Indian players came up with a brilliant bowling performance to dismiss the Lankan team in 18.4 overs and clinching their first T20 World Cup trophy by 36 runs.

Defeating Sri Lankans at home is considered to be one of the most difficult feats in world cricket, but the West Indies team looked better on the day. In fact, it was the men from the Caribbean islands who played some consistent cricket by defeating teams such as New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka when it mattered most.

This West Indies team stood true to their tag of being the favourites to win the trophy. They had one of the best balanced sides in the competition, in all departments of the game - batting, bowling and fielding. All these players stuck to their task perfectly well. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels took the batting responsibility. Bravo and Pollard contributed with both bat and the ball along with their brilliant fielding. It was the mystery spinner, Sunil Naraine along with Rampaul and Badree who took over the responsibility of taking wickets as well as containing them.

If it was the batting exploits that helped them brush aside the Aussies in the semis, then it was their bowling performance in the finals that helped them win the title. This is what quality sides are characterised of. It was a team effort, which helped them win the title, in spite of some stand out performances of Gayle, Badree and Samuels.

This team stands no comparison to the West Indies teams of the past, which had players such as Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Malcom Marshall, Clive Lloyd, etc. But, these are positive signs for West Indies Cricket, which had not seen major success of late. The game also needs West Indies cricket to rise and give competition to nations such as Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, etc. Other teams need to watch out. The Calypso cricketers are on the rise.

Email Id
Verification Code
Email me on reply to my comment
Email me when other CJs comment on this article
Sign in to set your preference
merinews for RTI activists
In This Article
t20 world cup
(126 Articles)

Not finding what you are looking for? Search here.