West Indies are one the most dangerous teams in T20I cricket and deservingly are among the top title contenders. Their start to the showpiece event though has been a little shaky as they have lost both their warm-up games in the build-up to the Super 12s, leaving few fans concerned about their form. However, former West Indies spinner Samuel Badree feels that West Indies are a formidable side and have players who can win them their third 20-20 World Cup title.
“Many people have pegged them as the favourites, and quite rightly so because of the match-winners in that line-up. Any one of their players can single-handedly win a game and the experience of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo to name just a few, with their ability to stay calm under pressure, will count for a lot,” India today quoted Badree.
The Kieron Pollard-led side will open their campaign against England in Dubai on October 23. The two teams had met in 2016 20-20 World Cup final as well where Carlos Brathwaite stroked Ben Stokes for four sixes in four balls to help West Indies claim their second title. Badree feels that West Indies have dominated England of late and will be more confident heading into the opening game.
“The West Indies will be confident heading into their opening match of the 20-20 Men’s World Cup 2021 against England, which is a mouth-watering clash. They’re the defending champions and, of course, they won that incredible final against England in 2016. They also beat England in the first match of the Super 10 that year when Chris Gayle scored a brilliant hundred, so when it comes to 20-20 World Cups, the West Indies have had the upper hand,” said Badree.