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Ireland vs West Indies. Image Source: Twitter
Ireland vs West Indies. Image Source: Twitter
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West Indies And Ireland ODIs Rescheduled And One-off T20I Stands Cancelled

West Indies and Ireland’s remaining 2 ODIs were rescheduled. Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Ireland (CI) confirmed changes to the match schedule for the ongoing CG Insurance One-Day International Series. The second CG Insurance ODI will now be played on Thursday 13 January with the third and final CG Insurance ODI on Sunday 16 January at Sabina Park. The first ball is at 9:30 am local time (10:30 am Eastern Caribbean/2:30 pm Ireland).

The rescheduling occurred following five COVID-19 positive cases, as well as injuries in the Ireland camp leaving the Ireland squad depleted ahead of the 2nd CG Insurance ODI which was originally was scheduled for Tuesday, 11 January.

As a consequence, the one-off CG Insurance T20 International has been cancelled to allow for this revised schedule and to avoid impact on the teams’ travel plans and subsequent fixtures.

Ireland vs West Indies
Ireland vs West Indies Photo Credit: (Twitter)

West Indies Won The 1st ODI Against Ireland And Next 2 ODIs Rescheduled On 13th And 16th January

These ODI matches form part of the ICC ODI Super League with both teams having the opportunity to win points to be one of the top seven teams, excluding hosts India, to gain automatic qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The last time when Ireland went to West Indies in 2020, they suffered a 3-0 thrashing. They would be looking to improve on that record and hopefully come back home with a better result this time around.

Kieron Pollard’s inclusion strengthened the West Indies’ side. Although, some notable names won’t be playing in the series. Andre Russell continues to be unavailable, while Shimron Hetmyer misses out after failing the fitness Test. Besides, the likes of Fabian Allan, Evin Lewis, and Anderson Phillip have been ruled out for testing Covid-19 positive. Shai Hope will assume the vice-captaincy duties, while former skipper Jason Holder has also made it to the squad.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

West Indies lead the three-match series 1-0 following their 24-run victory in the first CG Insurance ODI on Saturday.  Live coverage is available on ESPN Caribbean in the West Indies and BT Sport in the UK and Ireland as well as with CWI’s broadcast partners around the world.

Shamarh Brooks, ODI Debutant Hits 93 As West Indies Won 1st ODI By 24 Runs

ODI Debutant Shamarh Brooks won the man of the match award for his 89-ball 93 that included nine fours and three maximums. Shamarh Brooks hit 93 off 89 on his ODI debut as West Indies recovered from a shaky start to beat Ireland by 24 runs in the first ODI of a three-match series.

Shamarh Brooks led West Indies' batting charge on his ODI debut AFP/Getty Images
Shamarh Brooks led West Indies’ batting charge on his ODI debut AFP/Getty Images

Choosing to field at Sabina Park in Kingston, Ireland’s bowlers had the home team in early trouble, with West Indies slipping to 62 for 4 in 19 overs. They had started steadily, being 59 for 1 at one point, though the run-rate dawdled at the three-and-a-half mark. But three wickets fell in the space of 2.2 overs, and captain Kieron Pollard strode out to join the debuting Shamarh Brooks, who had come in at No. 4.

Together, the two put on 155 runs in just 136 balls, having begun cautiously given the rush of wickets, but opening out as the partnership progressed. Shamarh Brooks reached his half-century in 61 balls at the end of the 36th over, while Kieron Pollard had begun his acceleration earlier, but eventually fell for a 66-ball 69, caught at long-on in an attempt to hit his fifth six.

West Indies 269 (Brooks 93, Pollard 69, Adair 3-38, Young 3-56, McBrine 2-52) beat Ireland 245 (Balbirnie 71, Tector 53, Dockrell 30, Shepherd 3-50, Joseph 3-55, Smith 2-26) by 24 runs

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West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies Announce Squads For Limited-Overs Series Against Ireland And England

West Indies squad for the upcoming series against Ireland and England was announced by the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Interim Selection Panel. The West Indies team will start the new year 2022 at Sabina Park, Jamaica as they host Ireland in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series and a one-off T20 International (T20I) from January 8 to 16.

The two-time ODI and T20I World Champions will then travel to Barbados to face England in five T20Is at Kensington Oval from January 22 to 30. West Indies will play three ODIs and a one-off T20I against Ireland, followed by five T20Is against England.

West Indies
West Indies. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

West Indies Selectors Tried To Maintain Make-up Of The Squads Fron Pakistan Tour With Skipper Kieron Pollard Coming Back: Head Coach Phil Simmons

West Indies come into this series after a 0-3 thrashing against Pakistan in the recent T20I series, while the three-match ODI series had to be postponed to June 2022 after a Covid-19 outbreak in the visiting camp.

“We have tried to maintain the general make-up of the squads from the Pakistan Tour before Christmas, with the captain and some senior players coming back in. COVID-19 has also played a part in the final make-up of the squad. The challenges in the next couple of months are getting the young players in both squads to not only improve on their skills but maintain the attitude and desire we saw in Pakistan,” Head Coach Phil Simmons stated in an official CWI release.

Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard (Credit: BCCI)
Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard (Credit: BCCI)

West Indies coach Phil Simmons said batsman Shimron Hetmyer is not only letting himself down but also his teammates as he has failed to meet the fitness standard forcing him to be overlooked by West Indies. Shimron Hetmyer has failed multiple fitness tests over the last few years which led to him not being considered for selection.  Skipper Kieron Pollard feels the southpaw has to work harder to gain the confidence of the selectors.

“We do need to start the year on a high. And we know both Ireland and England have very good teams, so we expect a very strong challenge as we look to improve our chances of automatic qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 and building the T20 team for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2022,” he added.

The ODI series between West Indies and Ireland will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, in which the top seven teams can secure automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Evin Lewis, Anderson Philip, And Obed McCoy Unavailable

Evin Lewis and Anderson Phillip will be unavailable for the series due to recent COVID-19 positive tests. On the other hand, Fabian Allen has recovered from an ankle injury but is unavailable for the Ireland series due to a COVID-19 positive test while Obed McCoy is unavailable due to rehab on a shin injury. Darren Bravo has been named only for the England T20Is.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis. Image Credits: ICC

Kieron Pollard, who missed the Pakistan series due to a hamstring injury, has come back to lead, with Nicholas Pooran named his deputy.

ODI squad vs Ireland: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (vc), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas
COVID-19 Reserves: Keacy Carty, Sheldon Cottrell

T20Is vs Ireland and England: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (vc), Fabian Allen (England T20I only), Darren Bravo (England T20Is only), Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akel Hosein, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.
COVID-19 Reserves: Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph, Devon Thomas

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West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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West Indies Announce White-Ball Squad For Pakistan Tour Commencing On December 13

West Indies have announced their squad for their upcoming white-ball tour of Pakistan to be captained by Kieron Pollard. The series is set to feature three One Day Internationals and three T20Is. They will be played from December 13 to 22 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The three-match ODI series will be part of the ICC Men’s ODI Super League. The ODI Series will be West Indies’ fourth series of 12 in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The top seven teams in the league can secure automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

West Indies Announced White Ball Squad For Pakistan Tour Commencing On December 13; Jason Holder Rested

West Indies currently lie in the eighth position out of 13 teams and have the opportunity to leapfrog Pakistan into the seventh position. There will be some new faces in the West Indies T20I squad for the upcoming tour. West Indies have opted to give Jason Holder a rest, viewing his workload management.

West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer celebrate his century during the first One Day International cricket match against India.(PTI)
West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his century during the first One Day International cricket match against India. (PTI)

Meanwhile, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons are unavailable due to personal reasons. Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy also miss out due to injury and rehabilitation. Pakistan’s series against West Indies starting on December 13 will be the first visit by a foreign country since England, and New Zealand pulled out of scheduled tours this year for security reasons.

West Indies, who failed to reach the 2021 T20I World Cup semi-finals, has picked several uncapped players in the two 15-man squads, including batsmen Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks, spinner Gudakesh Motie and all-rounder Odean Smith.

Kieron Pollard To Lead Side; Shai Hope His Deputy For ODIs And Nicholas Pooran His Deputy In T20Is

CWI has confirmed that Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the side in both formats. Shai Hope has been appointed his deputy for ODIs, while Nicholas Pooran will continue to be the vice-captain in the T20Is.

Odean Smith knocked the stuffing out of Tallawahs' chase © Getty Images
Odean Smith knocked the stuffing out of Tallawahs’ chase © Getty Images

Batters Justin Greaves and Shamarh Brooks, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie and allrounder Odean Smith have earned maiden ODI call-ups for the West Indies tour of Pakistan. Odean Smith and Gudakesh Motie have also been included in the T20I squad, along with left-arm pace-bowling allrounder Dominic Drakes.

ODI squad:

Kieron Pollard (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr.

T20I squad:

Kieron Pollard (Captain), Nicholas Pooran (Vice-Captain), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Schedule:

13 Dec – 1st T20I, Karachi

14 Dec – 2nd T20I, Karachi

16 Dec – 3rd T20I, Karachi

18 Dec – 1st ODI, Karachi

20 Dec – 2nd ODI, Karachi

22 Dec – 3rd ODI, Karachi

West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
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Clive Lloyd: West Indies Played Poor Cricket In Both 2021 T20I WC Matches Versus England And South Africa

Clive Lloyd was wearing green and not maroon to start with for West Indies’ match against South Africa. Clive Lloyd answered with a big smile when asked so, saying that he hopes not wearing maroon changes luck which however did not change as the West Indies put on yet another meek performance, and are staring at an early exit from the T20 World Cup 2021.

With a team full of match winners and franchise stars of the caliber of Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard, it is baffling to see them not stand up to the World Cup test. The 2016 T20I World Cup defending champions have lost all 4 matches in the UAE including the warm-up fixtures.

Clive Lloyd
Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd (Photo- Getty)

Clive Lloyd: West Indies Played Poor Cricket And Poor Shots At The Wrong Time Cost Windies Dear

 

Clive Lloyd is hugely disappointed as West Indies played poorly throwing their wickets away by playing poor shots at the wrong time as was evident after being bundled for 55 against England and finishing on 143/8 which wasn’t a par score. Lendl Simmons was the one to be blamed as he faced 35 balls – of which he attacked just five, including the one-off which he was bowled for 16. Nineteen of his 35 balls were dots and all of his 16 runs came via singles.

 

“We have played some poor cricket. We should have scored 165 against South Africa to be able to challenge them. Yet again some poor shots at the wrong time cost us dear. The first match was dismal and one would have thought we would pick ourselves up in the next game but that too did not happen. Now we have to win all we can and hope some other results go our way to have a chance in the World Cup. Frankly, as defending champions, this was a very ordinary performance, ” said Clive Lloyd on West Indies putting another dismal performance.

West Indies opener Lendl Simmons suffered an afternoon of horror with the bat [Source: ICC]
West Indies opener Lendl Simmons suffered an afternoon of horror with the bat [Source: ICC]

“Everything (laughs). You see you have to take a lot of pride when you play for the national team. You are the select few who get this opportunity. And when it is the World Cup it is about that ultimate mantle. World Champion. You can hold that trophy and tell the world that you are the best team in the world. The entire world. That’s why you play this sport and we played this sport, ” said Clive Lloyd

Of batters who’ve faced 35 balls or more in the history of T20I cricket, this was the second slowest innings of all time. Lendl Simmons had a strike rate of 45.71 in his 16 off 35 balls.

Clive Lloyd: West Indies Made Basic Mistakes In Both Games

Lendl Simmons failed to hit a single six or boundary and it’s unbelievable to imagine how his opening partner Evin Lewis smashed a 35-ball 56 from the other end.

Opener Evin Lewis struck a fine half-century before South Africa restricted West Indies to 143/8. In response, South African batters overhauled the target with 10 balls to spare. Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out), Aiden Markram (51 not out), and Reeza Hendricks (39) played match-winning knocks as West Indies bowlers looked on helplessly.

Evin Lewis unbelievably brought up his half-century in just 32 deliveries when his opening partner struggled even to get going [Source: ICC]
Evin Lewis unbelievably brought up his half-century in just 32 deliveries when his opening partner struggled even to get going [Source: ICC]

“It is more than life and death you see. I want these boys to believe they too can experience this. Be a world champion. Unless that happens you will fall short. The hunger has to be of a very different level. That’s what brings out the best in you. That’s when you fight for the last run and the last ball, ” said Clive Lloyd

” Nothing else matters and nothing should matter to these boys except the dream of becoming world champion. No pain, no injury, nothing. Just pursue this dream. We have made basic mistakes in both games. When you have hit two boundaries you don’t need to play another fancy shot in the next ball. Just do the basics right. That’s what has been lacking, ” said Clive Lloyd

After being handed two thrashings, first against England (6-wicket loss) and then to South Africa (8-wicket loss), West Indies face the uphill task of staying in contention for a semifinal spot in the T20 World Cup 2021. Apart from their loss against England and Proteas, West Indies suffered reversals in both their warm-up encounters as well, losing to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Against England, West Indies lost nine of their 10 wickets, looking to hit a four or a six, while 59 of the 86 balls they faced were dots, and they did not attempt to rebuild after losing early wickets. Lendl Simmons (3), Evin Lewis (6), Shimron Hetmyer (9), Dwayne Bravo (5), Nicholas Pooran (1), Kieron Pollard (6), and Andre Russell (0) didn’t contribute much with the bat. Chris Gayle ended as the top scorer for West Indies with 13 runs off 13 balls.

Brief Scores:

West Indies: 143 for 8 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 56, Kieron Pollard 26); Dwaine Pretorius (3/17) Keshav Maharaj (2/24). South Africa: 144 for 2 in 18.2 overs (Rassie van der Dussen 43, Aiden Markram 52; Akeal Hosein 1/27)

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
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Quinton de Kock Criticised As He Is Axed From Team For Refusing To Take A Knee For The Black Lives Matter Movement

Quinton de Kock’s absence from South Africa’s second T20 World Cup match against 2016 defending champions West Indies was down to his stand on not taking a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement. Ex-Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa has slammed Quinton de Kock over his stance on not taking a knee.

South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock’s refusal to be a part of the team over the Black Lives Matter (BLM) gesture has left many in the cricketing spectrum infuriated. While Quinton de Kock opted out of the team for the match against West Indies over his unwillingness to take a knee, ex-Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa reacted angrily.

Pommie Mbangwa has slammed Quinton De Kock over his BLM stand
Pommie Mbangwa has slammed Quinton De Kock over his BLM stand | Photo Credit: AP

Pommie Mbangwa And Darren Sammy Slams Quinton de Kock For Not Taking The Knee For Supporting Black Lives Matter Movement

While initially, South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma didn’t reveal the reason behind Quinton de Kock dropping himself from the squad, rumours of the stumper doing so over his stand against taking the knee went afloat on social media. Temba Bavuma later confirmed the same, too, but as the news went viral, Pommie Mbangwa, who was on-air as a commentator for the match, was left bemused with the development.

“Excuse me for being political, but I cannot shed my skin. I hope that the discussion at the very least is about how to be united about something that everybody agrees on… also in the hope that there is agreement.”

Pommie Mbangwa wasn’t the only one to react in this manner as former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy joined the bandwagon.

Even former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy joined him in saying: “Sometimes I don’t understand: why is it so difficult to support this movement if you understand what it stands for.”

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

South African cricketers have been seemingly split on the taking a knee for BLM movement issue, and before their T20 World Cup opener against Australia, players were seen standing, kneeling, or raising a fist.

Pacer Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen stood with their hands behind their backs even as their teammates used different ways to express their support to the Black Lives Matter movement. On Tuesday, both these players took the knee with the rest of the squad.

Quinton de Kock And Anrich Nortje Decided Against Taking The Knee In The 1st Match Against Australia

It has also been learned that Quinton de Kock had not taken a knee in South Africa’s first match against Australia either. He, in fact, wasn’t the only one as even pace bowler Anrich Nortje had decided against doing so. After Tuesday’s incident, Cricket South Africa (CSA) released a statement highlighting the entire team needed to stand united on the subject, especially considering the history of the nation.

“Concerns were raised that the different postures taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative. After considering all relevant issues, including the position of the players, the Board felt that it was imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given SA’s history,” the statement read.

As for keeper Quinton de Kock, he hasn’t yet issued a clarification on the subject matter. His future in the Proteas team is also up for debate because of his stance. Whether Quinton de Kock will join the trend to be included in the team or will maintain his stance and continue being sidelined, remains to be seen.

Anrich Nortje was named the Player of the Match for his 1 for 14 from four overs Getty Images
Anrich Nortje was named the Player of the Match for his 1 for 14 from four overs Getty ImagesIn four attempts, 

South Africa rallied to complete a third successful chase against West Indies and get their T20 World Cup campaign on track. Quinton de Kock was replaced by Heinrich Klaasen behind the stumps, who made one fumble but was otherwise tidy, and Reeza Hendricks at the top of the order, who set the tone for the chase.

South Africa’s attack kept West Indies to a modest 143, despite an onslaught from Evin Lewis. Lendl Simmons was too slow, Chris Gayle did not come off and West Indies lost 8 for 64 between the 11th and 20th overs to fall short of what might have been a par score – 160. Reeza Hendricks’ 39 laid the groundwork for South Africa before an 83-run stand between Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram sealed victory in the 19th over.

Anrich Nortje was named the Player of the Match for his 1 for 14 from four overs.

South Africa 144 for 2 (Markram 51*, van der Dussen 43*, Hendricks 39, Hosein 1-27) beat West Indies 143 for 8 (Lewis 56, Pretorius 3-17, Maharaj 2-24) by eight wickets

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West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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Don’t Know If They’ve Actually Come For The T20 World Cup Or Have Come On A Tourist Visa To Dubai: Aakash Chopra On West Indies

Aakash Chopra has questioned light-heartedly whether the West Indies have turned up at the T20 World Cup 2021 to take part in a tournament or a pleasure trip.

West Indies take on South Africa in their second Super 12 stage match of the global event. Kieron Pollard‘s side goes into the encounter after a mauling at the hands of England in their tournament opener. South Africa had lost to Australia in the first match by 5 wickets after scoring a below-par 118.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Doesn’t Know If West Indies Came On A Tourist Visa To Dubai After Being Dismissed For 55 Against England

While previewing the West Indies-South Africa encounter in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra raised doubts about the two-time champions’ intentions.

West Indies lost nine of their 10 wickets, looking to hit a four or a six, while 59 of the 86 balls they faced were dots, and they did not attempt to rebuild after losing early wickets. Lendl Simmons (3), Evin Lewis (6), Shimron Hetmyer (9), Dwayne Bravo (5), Nicholas Pooran (1), Kieron Pollard (6), and Andre Russell (0) didn’t contribute much with the bat. Chris Gayle ended as the top scorer for West Indies with 13 runs off 13 balls.

Aakash Chopra observed: “It is an encounter between two sides who lost their first matches. South Africa lost after a great fight but West Indies, the defending champions, we don’t know if they have actually come for the T20 World Cup or have come on a tourist visa to Dubai.”

West Indies' Andre Russell is clean bowled by England's Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)
West Indies Andre Russell is clean bowled by England’s Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)

The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that the West Indies can either post a massive score or get bowled out cheaply.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “We don’t know which West Indies team will come to play. It is a team which we have been repeatedly saying that if they score can make 225 runs and if not, they won’t make even 125 and that is what happened in the last match – they made 55 in total.”

Apart from their loss against England, West Indies suffered reversals in both their warm-up encounters as well. They batted extremely cautiously in these matches against Pakistan and Afghanistan and never brought their dominant side to the fore.

Afghanistan combined a belligerent batting performance with tight bowling to stomp to a shocking 56-run win against a somewhat lethargic 2016 T20I WC defending champions West Indies in both teams’ second and final warm-up match for the T20 World Cup 2021. In their first warm-up game, Pakistan brushed defending champions West Indies aside, crushing Kieron Pollard’s side with seven wickets with 27 balls to spare.

Aakash Chopra: West Indies Collected A Team Of Aged Men

Aakash Chopra also stated that the West Indies do not have a youthful side as the selectors picked more experienced and aged cricketers like Chris Gayle (41), Lendl Simmons (36), Dwayne Bravo (37), and Ravi Rampaul (37).

Aakash Chopra pointed out: “It was reeking of arrogance at some stage. It looked like every guy was saying that runs will get scored, we are the champions and play T20 very easily. They have collected a team of aged men, which has Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle – they have been playing for such a long time. Even if you see Lendl Simmons.”

The 44-year-old reckons the 2016 defending champions West Indies will have an uphill task against South Africa.

Aakash Chopra explained:”You might give them a chance again if they play in a bold and carefree fashion. If the professionalism, processes and everything else that goes right, I feel South Africa will trouble them because they will push them to the back foot with their bowling.”

Aakash Chopra acknowledged that the West Indies cannot be ruled out because one player can change the course of a T20 encounter. However, he concluded by picking South Africa as the likely winners of today’s clash.
Aiden Markram (Getty)
Aiden Markram (Getty)
Australia chased down the target of 119 in 19.4 overs against South Africa, with Steve Smith scoring 34-ball 35. For South Africa, Anrich Nortje took two wickets. Earlier, electing to bowl, Australia restricted South Africa to a meagre 118 for nine. Aiden Markram scored 40 for the Proteas after their top-order crumbled. Fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood (2/19) and Mithcell Starc (2/31) took two wickets apiece, while spinner Adam Zampa (2/21) also picked 2 scalps.
In the England-West Indies match, there was no thriller in the repeat of the 2016 T20 World Cup final, as West Indies played low-percentage cricket on a difficult pitch to be bowled out for 55, a target England had to work reasonably hard to overhaul, losing four wickets and taking 8.2 overs. Between them, England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled 6.2 overs for 19 runs and took six wickets.
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West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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T20 World Cup 2021: Brian Lara Disappointed With Reckless Batting From West Indies Who Scored Only 55 Against England

Brian Lara, the former West Indies captain, wasn’t impressed after watching his country fold for just 55 runs in the first innings of their opening match against England in Dubai in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. West Indies batting collapsed like a pack of cards as England bowlers enjoyed a field day after winning the toss.

Reacting to the reckless batting performance by the West Indies – they were bowled out for the lowest total by an ICC full-member nation in T20 World Cup – the legendary Brian Lara said he doesn’t have words to describe the batting approach. This is also the third-lowest score overall in a T20 World Cup. The overall lowest total in the T20 World Cup still stands with the Netherlands, who were bowled out for 39 in the 2014 World Cup against Sri Lanka.

Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brian Lara Disappointed With Reckless Batting From West Indies Against England

A thumping win for England to begin their campaign in the 2021 T20I World Cup, and a bit of a damp squib as far as a repeat of last 2016 final, which was won by defending champions West Indies was concerned. England has a net run rate of 3.970 at this point, and West Indies the minus version of the same number.

West Indies lost nine of their 10 wickets, looking to hit a four or a six, while 59 of the 86 balls they faced were dots, and they did not attempt to rebuild after losing early wickets. Lendl Simmons (3), Evin Lewis (6), Shimron Hetmyer (9), Dwayne Bravo (5), Nicholas Pooran (1), Kieron Pollard (6), and Andre Russell (0) didn’t contribute much with the bat.

West Indies' Andre Russell is clean bowled by England's Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)
West Indies Andre Russell is clean bowled by England’s Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)

Losing all 10 wickets for just 55 runs, Brian Lara said during a Star Sports show covering the match, “It was disappointing, it was reckless, I don’t have words to describe this. As a West Indian, I’m very disappointed.”

Brian Lara said he doesn’t have words to describe the batting approach. Brian Lara’s 375 and 501 not out broke world records for the highest Test and first-class scores. Brian Lara is one of the few batsmen to score above 10,000 runs in both ODIs and Tests.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to put the West Indies batting to test at the Dubai International Stadium. Openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons initially showed signs of maturity, but that lasted for over. After that, England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled 6.2 overs for 19 runs and took six wickets between them.

Moeen Ali And Adil Rashid Stars For England

Moeen Ali bowled a superb line with clever variations in pace to dismantle the top-order. His figures of 2/17 in four overs included wickets of Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer. With pacers Tymal Mills, Chris Woakes, and Chris Jordan also pitching in with regular wickets from the other end, the West Indies backbone was jolted. West Indies did pick four wickets, three inside the powerplay, but the target of 56 was always chasable.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid- Twitter

Soon, Adil Rashid unleashed one of the best spells of T20 spin bowling to capture four wickets in his quota of 2.2 overs. He bowled 12 dot balls, conceding only two runs. Finally, Chris Gayle ended as the top scorer for West Indies with 13 runs off 13 balls.

In reply, England stumbled a bit but overhauled the target in 8.2 overs and with six wickets remaining. Adil Rashid takes 4 for 2 as England bowl West Indies out for 55 and completes the chase inside nine overs. West Indies’ lowest T20I score is 45, against England in 2019.

England 56 for 4 (Buttler 24*) beat West Indies 55 (Rashid 4-2, Moeen 2-17) by six wickets

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Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta lauded the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) stunning efforts to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2021. However, he acknowledged that no one would have counted on the Kolkata-based franchise to finish in the top four before the resumption of the IPL in the UAE.

When the 14th edition of the tournament was halted in May due to the COVID-19 outbreak in India and bio bubble breaches, KKR was placed second from the bottom of the table and had won just two matches out of their first seven. However, Brendon McCullum’s side manifested a fearless approach in the second leg.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4

While reviewing every franchise’s performance during the league stage, Deep Dasgupta praised the Eoin Morgan-led side. After KKR’s impressive display during the second leg, he said that they now have the much-needed confidence and momentum in their side. However, deep Dasgupta also opined that the biggest issue for the two-time champions is the unavailability of Andre Russell in the last few games, as it remains to be seen if he is available for the playoffs.

“They (KKR) are pretty much in form the way they’re playing right now. The biggest issue is the unavailability of Andre Russell. It remains to be seen whether he will be available for the knockouts. But it looks like they’re a solid team, have momentum on their side and have instilled confidence. Before the resumption of the second half of the IPL, not many would have thought they would end up in the top 4. And the fact that they have qualified, tells you that they are in very good form.”

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum’s troops will look to lift their third IPL trophy this season. They will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on October 11.

Deep Dasgupta: Rajasthan Royals Missed Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, And Jos Buttler

Meanwhile, the Men in Pink Rajasthan Royals took their inconsistent form from India to the UAE. Before the resumption of the competition, the Rajasthan Royals were in the fifth position after playing seven matches and winning only three games.

Deep Dasgupta opined that RR hand-picked their overseas contingent as the nucleus of the side, which eventually paved their downfall. The side’s star players, like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, were unavailable for the UAE leg of the competition. Moreover, the new signings – West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, New Zealand cricketer Glenn Phillips, and South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t help the cause of Rajasthan to progress into playoffs.

Jofra Archer missed out from playing in IPL 2021 due to injury, while Jos Buttler, who was recently blessed with a child, opted out of IPL 2021 UAE leg, and Ben Stokes prioritized his mental wellbeing and decided to not play in India’s Test tour and IPL 2021 besides T20I World Cup 2021.

“They finished seventh in the table and you have to feel bad for them. They missed out on their big names. Rajasthan’s philosophy has always been to find success around their overseas players like Archer, Buttler, Stokes. Unfortunately, Jofra was not available for the franchise during the first leg, who was one of their best players last season. Unfortunately again in the second half, there was no Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes available as well.”

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Deep Dasgupta also stated that the consistent form of their skipper, Sanju Samson, was the biggest positive for the side. The 26-year-old amassed 484 runs at an incredible average of 40 runs per match in 14 encounters for his side. He was also the first player to score a hundred this season. Deep Dasgupta praised the wicket-keeper batsman.

“But the biggest positive for them was their captain Sanju’s consistent performance. Down the years the main issue with him was his inconsistency but this season, we’ve seen his maturity. His consistency is good news for Indian cricket as well. The only thing is that they were let down massively from their overseas contingent due to the unavailability.”

Considering their performances this season, Rajasthan Royals will look to revamp their entire squad for the cash-rich league in 2022.
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
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Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Orthodox Shots Should Be Followed By Budding Cricketers Aspiring To Play All 3 Formats: Deep Dasgupta

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) century during the Saturday of Chennai Super Kings’ defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2021 clash.

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta praised the youngster’s brilliant unbeaten 101 off 60 balls and said that it was a great sign for more classical batsmen and said his innings proved that the shortest format of the game was not just for power-hitters.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Ruturaj Gaikwad Played Orthodox Shots Which Budding Cricketers Aspiring Should follow To Play All 3 Formats: Deep Dasgupta

Ruturaj Gaikwad reached his century on the last ball of the CSK innings by smacking his fifth six and finishing with an unbeaten 101. The right-handed batsman’s 60-ball ton propelled the Chennai Super Kings to 189/4 in stipulated 20 overs and earned him the orange cap for being the leading run-scorer in the league ahead of veterans KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Deep Dasgupta said on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s century: “It just tells you that this format is not only for power hitters. If you have the right technique and you know your game well enough, there are different ways of being successful in this format. And if you look at Ruturaj and the shots that he played, they are very orthodox cricketing shots.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta noted that Ruturaj Gaikwad is a great exponent for orthodox batting, which will stand players in good stead in all three formats.

Deep Dasgupta added: “I guess success to batters like Ruturaj Gaikwad is that much more important because when you go to these coaching camps and look at youngsters, they are trying all these fancy shots, the lap and the reverse-lap and all. Then you see someone like Ruturaj, it’s like this is how you should be playing, because this would make sure that you’re not only successful in T20s but the other two formats as well.”

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also praised how Ruturaj Gaikwad constructed his innings, scoring 30 runs off his first 30 deliveries and 71 of his next 30.

Carlos Brathwaite said,  “What was impressive is that in his first 30 balls, he was on 30. So going at run-a-ball just in and outside the powerplay, but then to have the confidence in your ability to step your game up.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s fine 101* helped CSK post 189 runs, which was the highest total in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He had some support from Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali. Ravindra Jadeja then came in to provide ample firepower at the death with a 15-ball 32.

Rajasthan Royals Wins After Evin Lewis, Shivam Dube, And Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Heroics As Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Ton Goes In Vain

However, Rajasthan Royals started their chase with a blitzkrieg opening stand, with openers Yashaswi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis going on a rampage in the powerplay. Evin Lewis hit 27 off 12 deliveries before falling in the final over of the powerplay, as the Rajasthan Royals finished at 81/1 in their first six overs.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Yashasvi Jaiswal brought up his maiden IPL half-century off just 20 deliveries, before falling to Shardul Thakur off his next delivery in the seventh over. Shivam Dube carried on from where they left off and guided the Royals to a 7-wicket win.

Shivam Dube scored an unbeaten 64 off only 42 balls, studded with four boundaries and as many sixes. However, the defeat did not hurt CSK too much, as they had become the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs in IPL 2021.

West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
West Indies players celebrate with the T20 WC Trophy [Image-Getty]
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West Indies Kieron Pollard Reasons Why West Indies Are Successful In T20Is

West Indies all-rounder skipper Kieron Pollard has spoken about the nation’s love for the shortest format of the game. The Caribbeans have been remarkably successful in the shortest format with as many as two T20 World Cups to their name.

With the current side, blended with experience and youth, aspiring for a record third title, Kieron Pollard reckons that the prospect of being able to express themselves is a key factor for their fondness towards the format.

West Indies Cricket won the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter
West Indies Cricket won the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Credits: Twitter

West Indies Kieron Pollard Reasons Why Windies Are Successful In T20Is As West Indies Can Express Themselves In A Short Period

West Indies has been the most successful team in the T20I World Cup as they have already won 2 trophies. One came in 2012 by defeating Sri Lanka by 36 runs, and the other came in 2016 defeating England by 4 wickets. They will have an eye on lifting their 3rd T20 World Cup trophy in 2021.

While speaking to the ICC’s official website, Pollard said: “I just think that the format, we get an opportunity to express ourselves in a short piece of time and that’s something we like to do, we are an exciting bunch of cricketers. But having said that, over the years we have gained a lot of knowledge of how to play T20 Cricket and the different sort of changes and what is needed at different times in order to be successful.”

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)

The West Indies skipper also expressed his optimism ahead of the multi-nation tournament in the UAE. The side staged a fightback for the ages in the 2012 and 2016 editions to win silverware.

‘We’re looking forward to the T20 World Cup against and hopefully we can, you know, show our worth and continue to prove that when it comes to T20, we maybe a step above the rest, ” said Kieron Pollard.

This might be the final major international assignment for several of the senior players as the West Indies usher in a new era. Defending champion West Indies recalled Ravi Rampaul for the first time since 2015 and left out six-hitting star Carlos Brathwaite in their 15-man squad for next month’s T20 World Cup. Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over of the 2016 T20 World Cup to win the game for West Indies.

West Indies Will Start T20I World Cup Against England

West Indies are among the favorites to clinch the title along with India and England. Their aggressive brand of cricket, coupled with specialist T20 players across all departments, makes them a force to be reckoned with. West Indies have power hitters like Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, and Evin Lewis. Also, their bowling unit is showing continuous improvements.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter

The defending champions have been drawn with Australia, South Africa, and England in the Super 12s with two more teams set to join the group. They will start their campaign against England in a repeat of 2016 final, in Dubai on October 23. They head into the World Cup on the back of series wins over Sri Lanka and Australia and defeats to South Africa and Pakistan, with all of the matches taking place at home.

Squad: Kieron Pollard (captain), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr. Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein

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