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Carlos Brathwaite
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Ben Stokes recalls the World T20 horrors post Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics

The Windies came agonizingly close to clinching a win against the Kiwis but they fell short by a few yards at the end. Craig Brathwaite was in amazing touch as he hit his maiden hundred but the effort went in vain. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was all praise for his nemesis and was sporting enough to mention one if his nightmarish nights, all courtesy the Windies man.

He tweeted, “First it was Virat now it’s @TridentSportsX is clogging up my mentions,I wonder why???that was a unbelievable innings Carlos thought it was going to be a repeat of 2016 in Kolkata…how good was that game by the way.”

Carlos Brathwaite tees off Kiwi attack

Brathwaite hit Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the 2016 World T20 finals and bagged the coveted trophy in style. He was in similar touch last night in Manchester, hitting five sixes and nine fours but lost his wicket to a brilliant catch by Trent Boult near the boundary. It also marked the end of the Windies innings.

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Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson led the charge with a solid 148 while Ross Taylor crafted a steady knock of 69. The Blackcaps made 291/8 in their allotted 50 overs

Chasing 292 to win, veteran opener Chris Gayle fired through all cylinders and made 87 off 84 deliveries but the rest of the batters failed to capitalize. Braithwaite took up the lost case and made a match out of it. Shimron Hetmyer too played the supporting role and chipped in with 54.

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Trent Boult finished with figures of 4/30 and Lockie Ferguson bagged three wickets. The duo played a vital part in turning the table in their favor as they won the game by 5 runs. They are currently at the top of the table with 11 points from 6 games. Windies, on the other hand, are at the seventh spot with 3 points.

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Injured Andre Russell to miss the clash against New Zealand, confirms Holder

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the clash against New Zealand. The latest development has been confirmed by skipper Jason Holder. Russell looked to be in trouble and struggled to move in the field, during their match against Bangladesh. Not close to being 100% fit, Russell featured in all of Windies’ games so far.

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The management was aware of Russell’s lack of fitness but the all-rounder’s form with the bat acted as a temptation. Holder said Russell will not be seen in action against the Kiwis but the rest of the side is raring to go.

“We’ve still got a few niggles within the group,” Jason Holder said. “We’re trying to manage niggles the best we possibly can. I think one guy who probably may be definitely out tomorrow is Russell. I don’t think he’s fit enough to go tomorrow. But everybody else should be good to go.”

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Blow to Windies with Russell missing out

It would be a setback for Windies as they are desperate for a turnaround, especially after losing to Bangladesh. The men in maroon failed to defend a 300-plus total as Shakib Al Hasan played the chief anchor’s role to hand Tigers a comprehensive win.

They are currently at the seventh spot and one more loss would shut the door on a possible semi-final berth. But they can take inspiration from the side’s warm-up game against the same opponents. Against Kane Williamson’s men, the Windies piled up 421 runs.

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Reifer has high hopes on Holder. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“It just shows what we can produce,” Holder said of the warm-up game. “It’s a situation where we’ve just got to pull on those resources, remember the things that we did in that game. And it just shows that when we’re at our best what we can produce. I just think the guys just need to be clear, need to be calm and just execute their plans.”

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ICC World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle Reveals Some Interesting Hobbies and Habits of His Teammates

We are just moments away from the start of the opening World Cup clash between hosts England and dark horses South Africa. England and India will be the favourites of the showpiece event, to begin with, but there are certain teams who have the ability to win the cup as well.

West Indies is among one of those teams who possess a lot of match winners who on their day have the ability to make a match-winning impact for their team. If West indies harbour hopes of replicating their feat from the first two years then the performance of veteran opener Chris Gayle will be very important as he will be one of the most vital cogs of the former World Champions.

He has the ability to change the complexion of the game within a blink of an eye. Despite being in the twilight of his career Gayle is going through a purple patch after a sensational performance in the ODI series against England. He was quite impressive in the IPL as well. Meanwhile, ahead of their opening clash against Pakistan tomorrow, the Universal Boss revealed some interesting facts about his teammates.

Chris Gayle took the name of his skipper Jason Holder when asked who is the worst dancer in the team. He also picked Shimron Hetmmyer as the worst ever teammate while taking the name of Shai Hope when asked who googles is name the most. Meanwhile, the southpaw who is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket is all set to appear in his 5th World Cup.

Meanwhile, Windies posted a mammoth 421 in 50 overs during the warm-up clash against New Zealand. The huge score was largely built on a wonderful century from Shai Hope. Meanwhile, Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer also chipped in with crucial half-centuries. Russell continued from where he left in the IPL and plundered the bowlers all around the park.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Bowlers Still Fear Me But it is Not the Same it Used to Be Says Chris Gayle

Universal Boss Chris Gale has stated that the opposition bowlers are still scared of him but he admitted the fact that it is no longer as easy playing against his young guns as it used to be a few years ago. The hard-hitting left-handed batsman is all set to appear in his 5th World Cup. The southpaw has been in superb touch and proved his worth even during the Indian Premier League. The upcoming 2019 World Cup in all expectations will be his last World Cup.

“Youngsters coming at my head – it’s not as easy as it was like one time before,” Chris Gayle told cricket.com.au on the eve of their unofficial warm-up match against Australia. “I was quicker then. But they’ll be wary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket’.

“Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared. But you ask them off the camera, they going to say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man’. They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man’.

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Gayle storm has often played a spoilsport. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“But I’m enjoying it. I’m always enjoying the battle against fast bowlers, it’s good. Sometimes those things actually give you extra drive as a batter. When you have a battle, I like those challenges.”

Chris Gayle was in superb form during the ODI series in England when he smashed 424 runs at a staggering average of 106 which also included 39 sixes. However, he had retired after the series but just 10 days after that he decided to return and looked in sensational touch. He also brought up his 2nd highest ODI score and also helped Windies register their highest score of the tournament. Despite being in the twilight of his career, Gayle credited it to his passion and support of his fans which have driven him to perform well.

“It’s the love for the game,” he said at a press interaction. “But sometimes sportsmen don’t know when to walk away. You might think you’re still at your peak but eventually, you have to leave the game at some point. But enjoying is important. I’m enjoying it and having fun. Especially with a great group of guys.

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“All this is going to play a key part for me as an individual. These guys spur you on and the fans are always asking you for sixes and those sort of things give you the extra drive. There’s nothing to go and prove.”

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ICC World Cup 2019: This will be a Tournament for the All-Rounders Feels World Cup Winning Skipper Clive Llyod

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.

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ICC World Cup Trophy. Photo Credit: ICC.

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.

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The World Cup will commence from May 30 in London. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“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.

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Chris Gayle Reveals His Fitness Mantra Despite Not Hitting the Gym in Two Months

Popularly known as the Universal Boss, Chris Gayle is all set to appear in his 5th and final World Cup. He has derived a process for himself to remain fit even at the age of 39. His routine has kept him away from the gym sessions for around a couple of months.

His fitness mantra includes an extensive yoga session followed by a massage which allows him to recover after a hard day’s play. He is naturally big and strong which allows avoiding gym on most occasions. Despite missing the gym, he stays fit for a match day and is expected to play a major part if Windies harbours hopes of winning their 3rd World Cup.

He comes to the World Cup on the back of some sensational form for Windies and also in the IPL. He finished the tournament with 490 runs.  “It is a funny game you know. When the World Cup comes, hopefully, the runs would flow. I have a lot of experience, so I know what it is like. I am just happy with the way I am batting right now and hope to carry on,” Chris Gayle said on Wednesday.

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Chris Gayle always backs himself to play the big shots. He stated that age does catch up but you a person actually believes he can do it then the body starts behaving accordingly. He was quite exceptional during the ODI series against England where he smashed 39 sixes in matches and followed it up with 34 sixes in the IPL. Certainly, it is madness at it’s very best from the big man from Jamaica.

“Age catches up as you ain’t getting any younger. But the most important thing for me is the mental part of the game. It is not so much for about the physical side of the game anymore. I have not done much fitness in the last couple of months.

“I use my experience and mental aspect. I have not done gym for some time. Like I said I am just taking a lot of rest, getting a lot of massages, lots of stretching, just trying to stay fresh for games. I know what is required to keep me going on the field,” said Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle has seen several ups and downs with the Windies team. Some of the elite players have decided not to b part of the Test when they were not paid their dues by the Windies Cricket Board. However, after the historical series victory against England, it seems that the chances of revival of the big players is a possibility.

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Chris Gayle could yield desert results with the ball as well. Photo Credit: Getty images.

“We have seen changes (in cricket board) in the last couple of months. Hopefully, the new team gets it right, gets the structure in place. Cricket is the most important thing for the Caribbean. Hope they take the game to where it is supposed to be.

“It will take time of course. Lot of things need to be rebuilt. On the field, we had a good series against England, now the World Cup is coming up and that is another opportunity for us to turn things around,” signed off Gayle.

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Joseph bowled his dream spell on his IPL debut. Credit: IPL
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IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians Bear Expenses of Windies Alzarri Joseph for his Shoulder Surgery

In a heartwarming gesture, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) had decided to look after their bowler Alzarri Joseph, who could turn up in just three matches for the three-time IPL champions. On his debut in the IPL 2019, Joseph broke the 11-year-old record of Rajasthan Royals‘ (RR) Sohail Tanvir by achieving the career-best figures of six for 12 Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

But, unfortunately, in a turn of events, Joseph damaged his shoulder at the boundary ropes while fielding during Indians vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) game. Thus, it resulted in his exclusion from the IPL 2019, before losing his ticket for the United Kingdom in a bid to play his maiden World Cup for the Caribbeans.

However, he is undergoing a rehabilitation process after undergoing a knife on April 30 at the Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital Mumbai.

Joseph bowled his heart out:

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Joseph jumps in a joy. (AP Photo/ Mahesh Kumar A.)

The lanky pacer has impressed one and all with his accuracy and making good use of conditions further backed himself in the distressing times.

Meanwhile, Indians had decided to take care of their pacer until he won’t be fit to bowl again. However, it is expected that the procedure to recover fully in at least five months.

“He has been in Mumbai throughout and his situation was assessed and the surgery was done on April 30. He is currently recovering and has no movement on the shoulder as it is strapped. One of his family members is here to stay by his side. All his treatment and rehab will be taken care of by MI. He will be shifting to the MI guest house in Navi Mumbai. He continue physiotherapy for the next two to three months,” IANS quoted a source.

Moreover, Joseph will partake at the Mumbai Indians academy once he is hundred per cent.

 

Earlier, the owner of the team Nita Ambani reiterated that players are more like a family. She has provided ample support to the youngsters.

“Nita Ambani has always made it very clear that the players in this team are not just a bunch of cricketers representing Mumbai Indians, they are all part of the family,” the source maintained.

In the past, Indians had taken former player Pawan Suyal under its wings when he was unfit.

Concurrently, Indians had made it to the finale of the twelfth edition of the IPL. Thus, they will face the winners of qualifier two to wrestle at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 12.

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Seymour played remarkable role for the Windies. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Windies Veteran Seymour Nurse Dies at 85 in Barbados

Windies stalwart Seymour Nurse has breathed his last at the Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados on Tuesday (May 7). The former cricketer was suffering from a longtime illness.

In 1960, after making his Test debut against England, Nurse further found a mention in prestigious Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year (1987).

According, to the local media, Nurse has left behind twin daughters – Cherylanne Nurse and Roseanne to mourn.

The pall of gloom descended upon the cricketing fraternity as the legendary batsman has passed away.

Desmond Haynes on his coach:

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Haynes ruled the roost. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“My coach, my mentor. We all from the Holders Hill area love this man. We used to walk like Seymour, bat-like him and try to talk like him. Thanks for everything you have done for me. May he Rest In Peace and rise in glory,” wrote Desmond Haynes, former Carribean opener his official Facebook page.

Seymour has also served as a Barbados selector for cricket and a coach apart from working as a long-standing cricket coach at the National Sports Council (NSC).

Pertinently, Seymour had played a significant role in guiding veterans of the game including Malcolm Marshall and Roland Holder.

Also, Nurse has nursed Carlisle Best, Sherwin Campbell, Dwayne Smith and Pedro Collins

Until 2009, Seymour has given tips to the youngsters. He has backed the fresh pool of talented players to make it big in the foreseeable future.

The explosive sort of batsman, Seymour has represented Windies team in 29 Tests. However, owing to unavoidable circumstances, the Nurse’s career has come to a halt.

The late prominent batsman Nurse has played a quintessential role during his Test stint back in the 1960s.

Known for his acrobatics on the field, Nurse has further carved out a niche in the domestic fold. The Test specialist has represented the Caribbean national team between 1960 and 1969. He scored 2,523 runs at an average of 47.60.

During his 54 Test innings, Nurse has slammed 10 half-centuries and six hundreds apart from taking 21 catches during his international career.

Michael Holding tips Shai Hope as the future of Windies cricket. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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Shai Hope And John Campbell Break All-Time Opening Partnership Record In ODIs

Windies openers Shai Hope and John Campbell scripted history on Sunday after they broke the all-time opening partnership record in the 50 overs format of the game. The duo of Shai Hope and Campbell achieved the feat during the 1st ODI of the ongoing tri-series against Ireland in Dublin.

The exceptional performance helped the duo get past Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq who had added 304 runs for the opening wicket against Zimbabwe previous year. The record by Hope and Campbell will surely lift Windies as a nation as they look to spring in a surprise or two in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.

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The opening duo of Hope and Campbell shared a mammoth 365 runs for the opening wicket in 47.2 overs to script history. Eventually, it was Barry McCarthy who broke the marathon stand when he got rid of John Campbell. The latter was dismissed after scoring 179 of 137 deliveries. The knock included 15 fours and 6 sixes. Meanwhile, Shai Hope scored 170 of 152 deliveries which included 22 fours and a couple of monstrous sixes.

Meanwhile, the duo also became the 2nd pair in the history of ODI cricket to share a stand of more than 300 runs for the opening wicket. The India record is held by none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly when they stitched together a sensational stand of 258 runs against Kenya at Paarl.

Here is a list showing the top ten opening-wicket stand:

Partners Runs Team Opposition Ground
Shai Hope, John Campbell 365 West Indies v Ireland Dublin
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman 304 Pakistan v Zimbabwe Bulawayo
WU Tharanga, ST Jayasuriya 286 Sri Lanka v England Leeds
DA Warner, TM Head 284 Australia v Pakistan Adelaide
Q de Kock, HM Amla 282* South Africa v Bangladesh Kimberley
WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan 282 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe Pallekele
JAH Marshall, BB McCullum 274 New Zealand v Ireland Aberdeen
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar 258 India v Kenya Paarl
JJ Roy, AD Hales 256* England v Sri Lanka Birmingham
SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar 252 India v Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS)

 

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India Tour of Windies Delay by a Couple of Weeks, CPL T20 Rescheduled

Team India was expected to tour the Windies immediately after the conclusion of the 2019 ICC World Cup. However, as per the request of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the tour has been postponed by a couple of weeks. If reports in the ESPN Cricinfo is to be believed, Cricket Windies has accepted the request of India to delay the start of the tour. The tour in all likelihood will begin in the first week of August.

As per the Future Tours Program of the ICC, India was slated to play a couple of Tests, three ODI’s and three T20I’s after the conclusion of the World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July.

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WICB has announced the schedule and squad for the India Tests, which begins in October. Image Courtesy: Getty

BCCI also requested the Windies Cricket Board to arrange a three-day warm-up fixture during the tour as well. Meanwhile, before the senior Indian team head to Windies, India A is also slated to play three unofficial four-day matches in the Caribbean shores. The dates of the tour are yet to be confirmed after BCCI requested WICB to postpone the tour by 2 weeks. The fixtures will be finalised on 13th May.

Meanwhile, the rescheduling of the India-Windies series meant, CWI also had to change the schedule of the Caribbean Premier League. It was earlier slated to start from 21st August and was expected to conclude on 7th September.

Cricket Windies CEO Jonny Grave confirmed the rescheduling of the Caribbean Premier League so that all the top class Windies players are available for the T20 League.

“We are pleased that we have been able to collaborate with CPL to find a spot in our international calendar to ensure that all the best Caribbean cricketers can take part, as the tournament plays a crucial role in our preparations and planning for the T20 World Cup in 2020,” Grave said in the media release.

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