January 31, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 - SWOT Analysis : WEST INDIES

   The other "Indian" team in the world cup other than the Indians of course is the West Indies. Gosh!! that was as lame as I can get. They are two time world champions, hard to believe from the current state in which they are, it seems as a completely different dimensional world where the Windies were once indomitable. With game changers like Gayle, Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Pollard, Bravo(s) they still are a team no one is likely to take lightly. Darren Sammy once again leads this side, and hopefully the contract problems will not rise up again till the world cup is over. Selectors have gone for spinning options in Miller, Benn and provide some teeth to the attack with Roach, Rampaul, Rusell who will be joined  by captain Sammy, Pollard, Bravo and perhaps Gayle. There is balance to this team but notable names like Edwards, Taylor are missing who can make impact immediately. Carlton Baugh's selection is debatable. 

West Indies squad: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Carlton Baugh (wk), Andre Rusell, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Adrian Barath.

  • "Gayle Force". No team would like to be the one on the receiving end.
  • "Kieron Pollard". The man can tonk the ball some distance and we shall let his bat do the talking.
  • "Batting". The batting finally looks to be coming around with all holes being plugged and Sarwan, Chanderpaul's experience will be mightly useful in sub-continent conditions a.k.a. batting pitches.
  • "Team" game. Whether they play as a united team or as individuals who impress is a bother for many.
  • "Consistency". The only consistency this team has showed us recently, is the lack of positive results.

  • Darren Bravo, who has impressed cricket followers all over will be keen to cement his place at no.3, despite the return of Sarwan and the rock solid Chanderpaul.
  • Benn n Miller will have a task up their sleeves to help the side win games and get the ball rolling or rather spinning.

  • The Windies have not played top-notch cricket for a while, and it shows with their current rating of 8 in the ICC ODI ratings. They don't need just one big knock from Gayle but, a consistent show to take them all the way and re-live their glorious past.
    They are placed in the Group B, along with hosts India, Bangladesh and top teams South Africa, England. The Windies are very much capable to make the cut to the Quarters, it remains to be seen whether they overcome their internal issues and play as the team that they're capable of.


  1. I'd say that its a bigger opportunity for Darren Bravo rather than Dwayne Bravo. Darren has showed lots of potential in his brief career thus far. It's time to see whether he can become a big-match player for them now.

    With Ireland, Netherlands and Bangladesh in the group, they should reach the Quarter Finals. After that, it is a lottery game for them. One good game can take them to the semis, two to the finals, and three to an encore of '75 and '79 (though that is one of the most improbable things that I have typed for a long long time)!

  2. Exactly our point, anyone's game from the knock-out stage. Yet, they need more than one good game to win the big one.

  3. West indies
    1) Batsman's Like Sarwan,Chanderpaul can adopt Indian Pitches in Quick time
    1) Absence of Marlon Samuel in Batting line up
    2) L.Simmons Should be used as a Wicket Keeper Batsmen So Wicket Keeper Batsmen is not there.
    3)Bowling attack without teeth because of absence of Jerome Taylor,Fidel Edwards
    1)Gayle,Pollard's Inconsistency