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2 concerning issues for West Indies ahead of the T20 World Cup

By Bet Barter

July 5, 2021

The T20 World Cup defending champions were defeated against South Africa in a T20I series (3-2).

Some West Indies players showed glimpses of individual brilliance during the series. But the team failed to perform unitedly and didn't put up a match-winning performance. Thereby, the West Indies Team management must address certain issues before the T20 World Cup.

In the upcoming months, the WI team would face Australia and Pakistan each in a five-match T20I series. Some of the issues that need to be addressed are as follow:

Weak middle order

The form of Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran in the middle order has affected the batting performance of the team. They have failed to carry on the momentum and use the start provided by opening batsmen.

In the series against South Africa, Hetmyer made just 57 runs in 3 innings at an average of 19. Whereas Pooran made just 71 runs in 4 innings at a below-par average of 17.75.

Thereby, both of them have failed to perform in their short T20I careers. Hetmyer usually averaged at just 18.96 in 26 innings while Pooran has an average of 19.29 in 28 T20I innings. Both of them had a strike rate of 115.65 and 118.41 respectively.

The duo has failed to step up for the team at crucial moments. They should get replaced if they fail to perform in the upcoming matches.

Spinners have failed to pick up enough wickets in the T20I series

In T20I matches, spinners play an important role. They control the flow of runs and are expected to take wickets at important junctions during the match.

The West Indies team lacks a spinner who can take wickets at regular intervals. Kevin Sinclair has failed to perform in the limited chances he got to play for WI. He has taken only 4 wickets in 6 games at an average of 37.50. Thereby, he was benched for the last two matches against South Africa.

Fabien Allen is good at controlling the flow of runs but he can't pick up regular wickets. He bowled just 10 overs and picked up 2 wickets at an average of 38.

Akela Hossain had played a single game for WI and gave away 24 runs in 2 overs. So the West Indies team would like to have Sunil Narine back for the 2021 T20 World Cup. Other spinners have proved very expensive for the team in important games.

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