Former Windies World Cup winning skipper Clive Llyod is of the opinion that the all-rounders will play a vital role in the upcoming showpiece event which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. Most of the pitches for the tournament is expected to be on the flatter side ad batting friendly wickets.
Meanwhile, Clive Llyod is of the opinion that hosts England are the most balanced side in the tournament. He also hoped Windies to put up a strong performance in the upcoming tournament. He hasn’t given up hope on Windies who might well turn out to be the surprise element of the tournament with the return of players like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.
Clive Llyod led Windies to a couple of title victories in 1975 and 1979. They were all set to bag their 3rd title and almost pulled it of in 1983 but eventually fell short in the end as India defeated them by 43 runs to lift their maiden World Cup title. Reflecting on that particular day, Clive Llyod said it was a frustrating moment to lose the final but credited Kapil Dev and Co for putting up an inspired show.
“Not really. We won in 1975 and 1979. And we were in the final in 1983. We did not play particularly well in the final in 1983 and hence we lost. Yes, there were frustrating moments. But life is like that. India really played well at that time. Kapil (Dev) and his team won a few memorable matches that time, including the final,” Clive Llyod said.
When asked the reason behind their defeat in the 1983 World Cup final, Clive Llyod credited that to some horrendous batting display while chasing only 183. He credited their bowlers for restricting India to 183.
“To some extent, they are correct. We could not cross 183 and during the break, nobody could anticipate that we will be bundled out for 140. We did not have a big partnership. We all thought anyone of us will go to the wicket and score the runs. But just the opposite happened. We came back one after another. I have to give credit to our bowlers, who did not allow the Indians to score even 200 runs in a 60-over game. We, the batsmen, could not deliver.
The former World Cup-winning skipper further feels that it will be a tournament for the multi-faceted players. Most of the top teams are blessed with some of the best all-rounders of the game. Hence Clive Llyod feels the all-rounders will play a major role.
“On flat tracks the bowlers will struggle a bit. I think this will be a World Cup of all-rounders. From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders. That’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders’ World Cup,” Clive Llyod said.