The West Indies cricket team have been in a rebuilding process over the last couple of years which has meant results on the field have not always been positive. However, there has been some glimmer of hope during that period, with individual and team performances to the standard you’d expected from them.
With a good balance of experienced and young talented players who are just embarking on their international careers now, 2021 could be a good year for the Windies in all three formats of the sport.
All-rounder and Test captain Jason Holder is one of the players who can elevate the West Indies to the top of the sport again. He is ranked joint-10th in the ICC Test bowling rankings, while he has a respectable batting average of 32.04 in Test cricket.
Just like Ben Stokes is for England, Holder is that explosive player who can turn a game around with the ball and bat. The 29-year-old has the potential to be the best all-rounder in world cricket in 2021. That will be his aim and if he does continue to improve, it can only help the Men in Maroon.
Test Series in England Proves West Indies Can Compete with the Best
The West Indies went into their Test series against England earlier this year as the big outsiders. They proved they weren’t just there to make up the numbers, though, when they won the first Test at the Rose Bowl by four wickets.
Unfortunately for the West Indies, they were beaten in the second and third Tests which meant they lost the series 2-1. Given how competitive they were in all three matches, there were a lot of positives to take away from that tour. England have proved to be so dominant on home soil, so to push them so close was a testament to their performances.
Arguably the star player for the Windies in that series was Shannon Gabriel. He picked up 11 wickets across the three matches, something which was only bettered across the two teams by Stuart Broad with 16. The man from Trinidad and Tobago continues to prove he is one of the best seam bowlers in the world.
T20 World Cup A Real Opportunity to Shine
The T20 World Cup is a real chance for the West Indies to win some major honours in 2021. They are +900 in the cricket betting to lift the trophy which suggests they are in with a good chance along with all the major nations.
West Indies go into the T20 tournament as the defending champions as they won the competition in 2016 after beating England in the final. This format of the game has always been something the Men in Maroon have been very strong at.
No team has won the T20 World Cup more times than the West Indies and if they are able to come out on top in Australia later next year, it will be their third success in nine years.
West Indies begin 2021 with a tour of Bangladesh. They will compete in three ODIs before a two-Test series. If they can begin the year with victories in those series, it could be the start of a great year for the national team.
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