The long wait is finally over and the 2019 World Cup has finally arrived. Currently, the match between hosts England and South Africa is in progress. West Indies will meet Pakistan tomorrow in the 2nd clash of the tournament and in all likelihood it will be a great contest between two low ranked sides in the tournament. Windies has the ability to beat any team on their day.
With the 2nd match of the tournament slated to be played tomorrow, let us have a look at the Predicted Playing XI of West Indies
The southpaw is one of the most destructive batsmen to have ever graced the game of cricket. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Gayle is still a force to reckon with and will enter the showpiece event on the back of some sensational form against England and in the IPL. He will definitely look to make a mark against Pakistan in their tournament opener tomorrow.
The left-handed swashbuckling batsman has the ability to take on any bowling attack with disdain and on his day he can be as effective as Gayle. He is expected to be part of the Windies playing XI tomorrow. The two left-handers will look to get their team off to a flying start against Pakistan tomorrow.
The stylish right handed batsman has been one of the pillars for the Windies team in the top order for a long time now. He is an improved batsman and scored a brilliant century against New Zealand in their 2nd warm-up match. Hope has the big shots up his sleeve and can also control the game well.
When the stylish left-handed batsman broke into the Windies national team his style of play was quite similar to that of the legendary Brian Lara. However, he couldn’t reach anywhere close to the class of Lara. With time he has evolved his game well and is currently a mainstay of the Windies batting order in the middle order.
The talented southpaw made an impact and rose into prominence last year when Windies came to tour India. He took on the Indian bowlers with disdain and scored 3 centuries in the 5 match series. Since then he has evolved as a player and will look to make a mark for the two-time champions when they take the field against Pakistan tomorrow.
The swashbuckling all-rounder has taken his game to a whole new level in the last few months. He was quite sensational for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the recently concluded IPL and his six hitting consistency was just 2nd to none. His bowling abilities will also provide some balance to the Windies national team.
The Windies skipper is an important cog in the Windies team. He is a terrific all-rounder and adds value to the team. In the last few years, he has improved in his technique both as a bowler and lower order batsman. Holder will be aiming to lead Windies to their 3rd World Cup title in a month and a half time. However the game tomorrow will be pretty important to their cause.
The off-spinner has been quite impressive for Windies in the limited overs format in the recent past. He can turn the ball when the pitch suits his style of bowling. He can also bowl in good areas and allow the other bowlers to rotate around him.
The left-arm seamer can provide the much-needed variety to the bowling attack with his left-arm pace. He is not express under any stress of imagination but can make the ball move both ways which will allow Windies to get off to a good start with the ball if he pitches the ball in the right areas.
He has the pace and bounce and can make a massive difference for Windies if he is on song. Oshane Thomas made everyone take notice of himself during their tour of India last year. He castled Shikhar Dhawan on quite a few occasions.
He is the most experienced pacer for Windies and will be an important cog for them as the tournament progresses. Roach possess some exceptional Yorkers up his sleeve and can also bowl some good slower ones.