June 5, 2013
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Can the West Indies go all the way?
It wasn’t so long ago that teams from around the world viewed the West Indies as an easy victory in a tournament like this. Well, not any more. Last October we saw Darren Sammy lift the ICC World Twenty20 Cup in Sri Lanka, playing a new brand of cricket that largely stems from one man. You guessed it, Chris Gayle.
Gayle is possibly the most destructive batsmen to have ever played the game. In recent times he has made bowlers look helpless, and grounds look like postage stamps. One of the left handers latest feats came in the IPL, when he hit 175* for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. If Gayle gets going in this tournament, look out.
Gayle is not the only big hitter turning out for the men from the Caribbean. Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and Marlon Samuels have also demonstrated the ability to entertain crowds around the world.
Although West Indies’ strength lies in their destructive batting, they also possess a mystery spinner in their ranks. Sunil Narine has been causing the very best batsmen a great deal of trouble due to the fact they simply can’t pick which way the ball is turning.
This West Indies team plays with flair, but also is developing a consistency about their performance. They are many people’s tips to go all the way, much like they did in the 2004 Champion Trophy in England when they beat the hosts in the final in dramatic circumstances in the gloom.