Before beginning the discussion today let us first know the meaning of “Dark Horse”. A Dark Horse is one about which we have little knowledge and may emerge prominent or may succeed. West Indies is a good team that has good players, but is not good in rankings. The team may have chances to win since the players in the team are good.
Players like Gayle, Hetmyer, Pooran and Russell have performed exceedingly well in the 2019 edition of IPL. But we shouldn’t forget the fact that the World Cup format is different and the competition is more severe. While players are much more aggressive in T-20 format, the 50 over format is the complete opposite.
The last time West Indies reached the finals of World Cup was 36 years ago, in 1983. That was the first time that India lifted the World Cup Trophy and the last appearance of West Indies in a World Cup final. Prior to 1983, West Indies won the inaugural World Cup in the year 1975 and the second one in the year 1979 which, incidentally, was the second World Cup. Those were the days of West Indies supremacy in cricket with legends like Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshal, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge representing the all conquering team.
So, let us analyze the West Indian Squad.
The team has Jason Holder as the Captain. Holder can be termed as a versatile player since he is an all- rounder. He bats well, bowling is his specialty and is a consistent captain. Under his captaincy, the team’s winning percentage is a little over 52%. Being just 27 years old, he is the leader of a team that has many senior players like Chris Gayle. Holder is one of the best in business when it comes to bowling. He has taken a total of 119 wickets in 90 matches with an economy of 5.54.
The bowling squad has 7 bowlers namely Sheldon Cottrell, Shanon Gabriel, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder and Andre Rusell. Out of these 8, three are all-rounders, four are fast bowlers and one spinner. While Holder, Rusell and Brathwaite are all-rounders, Nurse is the sole spinner. Allen, Thomas, Cottrell and Gabriel are fast bowlers. Below is a table enlisting the West Indies bowlers.
Name of the Player
On observing closely, we can conclude that the all the bowlers are good and have sufficient wickets with respect to the number of matches that they have played. While Fabian Allen has played the least number of matches and has taken any ODI Wicket till date, the highest wicket taker is Jason Holder with 119 wickets.
As soul is to body, batting is to team. Having world class bowlers is a boon but not having a good batting order is a bane. But this is not the case with West Indies. The batting squad comprises of ace batsmen like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen and wicket keepers Nicholas Pooran and Shai Hope. Following is the table enlisting all the players.
We can easily make out that Chris Gayle is the best batsmen in the team and has scored over 10,000 runs. While the least number of matches have been played by Fabian Allen who has scored just 25 runs. Hetmyer has the highest strike rate and is a good batsman.
Windies may not have won an ODI World Cup recently but they are the reigning T20 Champions and since the team is a good one this time, there are bright chances that they may clinch the ODI World Cup trophy after 41 years.
World Test Championship 2019 -21: All You Need to Know
The ICC has finally announced the official commencement of the World Test Championship 2019-21 which has been something which every cricket fan was wishing for from a very long time. The matches for this multi-nation mega tournament has already began on August 1, 2019 with the first test match of The Ashes that is taking place at Edgbaston.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has tried to simplify the rules and regulations of the tournament as much as they could be but there could be still a sense of confusion in the minds of people. So, let’s clarify and try to answer all doubts and questions that are there in our cricket fans.
What exactly is the World Test Championship 2019-21?
We come across various multi-nation T20I and ODI tournaments that are played regularly after a particular period of time but nothing of that sort existed for Test cricket till date. This tournament is just there to fill-in the Gap and find the best five-day playing nation in the world
What is the necessity of having this Championship?
Test Cricket is believed to be the purest form of the game where it gets to know the real skills and technique of the players by testing them for a long five-day period. But there is a trend that was being inculcated that majorly all the home teams were winning the series and the visiting sides were getting sidelined.
So, in order to remove that fashion from test matches and bring in a sense of more contest amongst the teams, it has been launched. It will also help in bringing the long lost interest of the cricket fans back to the longest format.
How many teams are participating in this WTC?
A total of nine top test playing nations will be taking part in the World Test Championship 2019-21. These nine teams include India, England, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh. The other three test playing nations that include Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan will not be taking part in the inaugural season of WTC.
How will the matches be played at this Championship?
Each participating team will get to play a total of six series out which three of them will be played at home and three will be the away series. Each series will consist of 120 points and the division of the points is as given below:
What will be the schedule of India at this WTC?
India will begin their campaign for the World Test Championship on August 22 with the first Test match against the West Indies. Here is the full schedule of the Indian Team that will take place in the WTC:
West Indies vs India: August – September 2019 (Away, 2 Tests)
India vs South Africa: October 2019 (Home, 3 Tests)
India vs Bangladesh: November 2019 (Home, 2 Tests)
New Zealand vs India: February-March 2020 (Away, 2 Tests)
Australia vs India: November 2020-January 2021 (Away, 4 Tests)
India vs England: January – March 2021 (Home, 5 Tests)
How will the winner of the World Test Championship be decided?
The top two teams at the end of all the series will play the final match in June 2021. The tentative venue for the ultimate match is decided to be the Lord’s Cricket Ground, England for now but it is yet to be finalized.
Indian Team announced for the Windies Tour
After a loss in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the semi-final match, the Indian Team will now begin with their International campaign with the West Indies that will begin from August 3 in the form of T20Is. The three 20-20 matches will be followed by the One Day Internationals and then the Test matches.
The Indian squad has been announced for all three formats after a Press Conference held by the Chief Selector MSK Prasad. Their were some interesting calls in the selection as there were a few surprising ins and outs. The biggest name that was not there in any of the squads was of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and this was quite obvious as well as the veteran had already mentioned his unavailability for this tour.
Other names that were not there in the limited overs side were of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik. It seems like maybe Karthik has played his game in the Indian jersey and selectors have started looking beyond him.
Some interesting inclusions has been made in the bowling department in the 20 overs formats which is definitely done after seeing good performance in this edition of the Indian Premier League. In this, Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar. In batting department, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been added to the side to strengthen the middle order.
Here are the squads for all three formats that are announced for the upcoming tour:
India’s squad for 2 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini
India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini
CWC 2019: Top 3 All-rounders
All-rounders are always considered to be one of the biggest assets for any cricket team and that turned out to be true in this year’s World Cup edition as well. England Team won the ICC CWC 2019 after defeating New Zealand in the finals and one of the major reasons behind their victory was the amount of all-rounders that they had in their side.
Everyone was aware about England’s deep batting as Jofra Archer who batted at number 10 for them has also won quite a few matches for T20 League teams all round the globe. Other teams also had some great all-rounders in their sides that impressed with both bat and ball. Some of them went a step ahead as they impressed with their athleticism in the field as well.
Here we will talk about three such multi-dimensional players who impressed not only their fans but cricketing experts as well.
1. Ben Stokes (England)
Ben Stokes (Image Courtesy: Reuters)
One name that cannot be missed out from this list is of Ben Stokes as the Englishman impressed all right from the very first match against South Africa where he lead his side in all three departments. He was also awarded with the ‘Man of the Match’ award in that game.
He continued with his tremendous form throughout the season as was the hero for his side in the night of finals as well where he kept on batting till the end and helped in tying the match which was eventually won by them on boundary count.
2. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Courtesy: AP)
If we go as per the numbers, then Shakib’s name deserves to be at the top but here we will go according to the impact that the players laid on the overall performance of their respective sides. By this, Shakib definitely deserves to be at this position while preparing this list.
We saw a great fighting spirit from the Bangladesh Team in this tournament that they never fail to showcase in any multinational or bilateral series. One of the major reasons behind their such performance in this CWC was spectacular performance from Shakib Al Hasan who lead his side from the front.
3. James Neesham (New Zealand)
James Neesham (Image Courtesy: AFP)
One of the most underrated players of this season who performed well with both bat and ball should definitely be James Neesham of New Zealand. There were some other prospects like Hardik Pandya and Gulbadin Naib as well who could appear in this list but Neesham wins this race by quite some margin.
Neesham did not lose hopes and showed great composure in the important match of final where his team was chasing 16 runs in the Super Over and he almost took his side home and tied there as well.
CWC 2019: Top 3 Bowlers
It took around one and a half month and 48 matches to find the winner of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as it was expected, it was the hosting nation England that lifted the trophy. They clinched the title in the finals after they defeated New Zealand in an absolutely thriller and arguably one of the best matches in the history of One Day cricket.
Before the World Cup started, it was expected that there will be flat tracks all over and we will witness some mammoth totals all around the tournament. But that did not happen as not the pitch were made without favouring any department but we also got to witness some exemplary bowling performances throughout the tournament. On thing that was found to be common was that there was no assistance for the spin bowlers.
As a result, in the list of top three bowlers, all of them are fast bowlers who made it here with their continuous performance in this season.
1. Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Mitchell Starc (Image Courtesy: AFP)
The leading wicket taker in this edition of ICC Cricket World Cup was Mitchell Starc from Australian and that too by quite a big margin as the difference between him and the bowler at second place was of six wickets. The value of his performance increased by an extent as he was not fully fit before the start of the tournament and there were speculations that how he will perform in the tournament.
Nothing of that sort was seen in the entire season as he also matched the all-time record of Glenn McGrath’s 27 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup. His this performance was also a reason behind Australia’s great performance in CWC 2019.
Best Figures: 5/26 (vs New Zealand)
2. Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
Lockie Ferguson (Image Courtesy: PhotoSport)
One bowler that has impressed all with his skills is Lockie Ferguson who surprised the batsmen with his raw pace and bounce. He finished at the second spot in the list of most wickets as he ended the tournament with 21 wickets to his name.
There were other ace bowlers like Trent Boult and Tim Southee in his side but he sidelined everyone to be the leader of Kiwi bowling lineup. He also featured in the official team announced by the ICC for this World Cup.
Best Figures: 4/37 (vs Afghanistan)
3. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Courtesy: AFP)
This tally could not have been completed without the name of Jasprit Bumrah in it as the ‘Yorker King’ was definitely one of the best bowlers in this entire World Cup and there was hardly any outing when he performed badly. At the moment, Bumrah is the best Indian bowler without any doubt and that too in across all three formats.
Bumrah’s name is at the fifth spot in the list of highest wicket takers but the impact that he laid was quite terrific. He bowled all the crucial overs for his side, took the wickets of opposition’s best batsmen and was the go-to bowler for his captain.
Best Figures: 4/55 (vs Bangladesh)
CWC 2019: Prize Money that the Indian Team won
The campaign for the Indian Cricket Team ended up on 10th July, 2019 after their defeat in the semi-final clash against New Zealand. It was one of the biggest heartbreaking moments for the Indian players as well as their fans cheering for them from all over the world. India topped the League Stage table with 15 points in nine matches.
Here, we will talk about the prize money that the Indian team won at the end of the tournament. The Cricket World Cup is considered to be one of the richest tournaments throughout the world and this could be easily seen in the amount that was awarded to the ‘Men in Blue’.
The prize money for every team participating in this year’s CWC has been increased from the last time as its format has completely changed resulting in no quarter finals taking place now. Here is the Prize Money distribution for each team participating in CWC 2019:
World Cup Winners- $4,000,000 (up from $3,975,000 of 2015)
Runner-up- $2,000,000 (up from $1,750,000 of 2015)
Losing Semi-finalists- $800,000 (up from $600,000 of 2015)
Winner of each group stage match- $40,000 (down from $45,000 of 2015)
Teams eliminated in group stage- $100,000 (up from $35,000 of 2015)
Indian Team’s Prize Money
As mentioned earlier that the Indian Team won seven matches in their league stage which means they earned a whopping amount of $2,80,000 ($40,000×7) which results to be calculated at ₹1,90,40,000 (taking the conversion rate as 1 USD = 68 INR). This is the money that they earned at the end of the league stage only.
The team also went on to play the semi final matches which added another handsome amount of $800,000 (₹5,44,00,000). In totalling up all the money that they won in this edition of the World Cup, the amount comes out to be $10,80,000 which results to ₹7,34,40,000 (Seven Crores Thirty Four Lakhs and Forty Thousand Rupees) when converted in Indian rupees.
The Indian Team won ₹17,22,50,000 in the 2011 edition where they were the champions while managed to earn just ₹5,74,20,000 in the 2015 season where they ended their campaign in the semi-finals just like the 2019 season.
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