Wow! Who would’ve thought? Getting pretty much dominated in Tests and ending with a scoreline of 2-2 in ODIs was a script not many would have written for the English Team when it traveled all the way to West Indies to play a 3 Tests and 5 ODI series (There are T20s still to come) against the home team.
England, regardless of what has happened in this series is still one of the favorites to win the World Cup because irrespective of the result, the team still has a lot of pedigree to dominate any attack in the world right now (not to forget they amassed a total of more than 400 in the 4th ODI) but what this series has done is it has made this West Indian outfit one of the dark horses for the World Cup.
They’ve shown that on their day they are capable of beating the best ODI team going around and if they are able to crack the knockout stages they would be one of the more dangerous teams because of the firepower that they possess. The biggest boost that the West Indians could have got was the return of the “Universal Boss” Chris Gayle who has throughout the series shown that he’s still got it and he can not only be the anchor for the innings but also the destroyer of the opposition in equal measure.
When you go through the West Indies line-up and you do some due diligence on it you find that this West Indies line-up surely has some potential. And more than that, this line-up unlike the ones in the past has displayed some level of consistency. Gayle might need a better opening partner that can more often than not take the pressure off him at the start but if one goes through the order you find Shai Hope, who has shown great composure backed by great skills against India. You have Hetmyer who murders oppositions with his hitting and scores consistently as well. Then there’s Bravo who provides a calming influence with the Captain Jason Holder doing virtually whatever is asked of him.
Their bowling, for its part, has consistently ripped through one of the best (if not the best) batting line up in the world which makes this team (if consistent enough one must add) one of the more potent units that would be on the field during the World Cup. In a world stage where perennial Frontrunners in South Africa, Australia, and Sri Lanka are struggling to find their footing, West Indies could turn out to be the dark horse for this edition of World Cup.