ICC World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle And Andre Russell Might Push Windies To Semifinals – Anil Kumble
Windies team, who was nowhere in the race in the recent past, all of a sudden, made an impact on the game. They will be heading into the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 as one of the strong contenders to seal the cup. The board is smart in bringing back their best players to the fold. Meanwhile, the former Indian skipper Anil Kumble feels that Chris Gayle, Andre Russell involved Windies got the chance to enter semifinals.
The upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 set to watch quite a few legendary players calling curtains on their International career. One of them would be Chris Gayle, who recently confirmed that he is not going to don Windies Jersey in ODI format after the completion of ICC World Cup 2019.
They have swag and Carribean flavour – Anil Kumble
Gayle holds the record for most centuries by a West Indian in ODIs, with 25, as well as the highest score of 215, which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015 against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.
Andre Russell has been sensational in the Indian Premier League 2019. He was on a song for his side in the tournament with his blistering hitting. More or less, he would be doing the same job for Windies in the last 10 overs of the game. Besides that, he can deliver with the ball as well.
“Chris Gayle brings in power at the start, as seen against England. His impact is amazing and he can change game singlehandedly. They have the ability and swag and Caribbean flavour will be the talk of the town. They need to get their bowling together and will be a formidable team,” Kumble said.
”Holder is someone West Indies cricket should thank as he has brought best out of limited resources and with Andre Russell, Gayle, back in the squad, the experience is there for Holder to get help from.” Anil Kumble was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
Bowling is a weak link:
Anil Kumble believes that the weak link for Windies is their bowling attack. He feels that the team would be a force to reckon if the management gets successful in arranging a quality bowling attack for Jason Holder.
“Bowling is the weak link. There is no experience in bowling. They have to get bowling right to let the batting destroy oppositions. West Indies batsmen have to make smart choices. Which balls to hit and its matter of starting the tournament on a good note and getting momentum for the tournament,” Kumble further said.
However, as Anil Kumble said, the presence of Chris Gayle is going to be huge for Windies. He got the capability of winning the game single-handedly by destroying any kind of bowling attack on his day. Windies will start their world cup campaign on May 31st against Pakistan.
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