West Indies Performance Review
There is a philosophy in sports –“Potential will never win you any matches, performance win matches”.
This truly applies to West Indies, who for this WC were represented by the best potential cricketers, whose performance was very poor, and could manage only 2 wins (Pak and Afghanistan).
In 2018 West Indies had to take part in ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier to be eligible for World Cup. They lost the finals to Afghanistan but were top of points table, and that improved their rankings for qualifying for 2019WC.
This year they had two ODI series before the World Cup – a home series against England which they levelled in the last match of the series (5 match series). This was followed by a tri-series in Ireland, featuring host team Ireland and Bangladesh whom they lost in the finals. These 9 ODIs was a great test for them, as they lost closely and won bravely!.
If we compare WC performance with rest of 2019 performance then their batting performance was very poor, but their bowling improved. One can argue stronger opponent in World Cup, but if you have the best squad with enough time between games to assess your strength and weakness, then you can reduce your shortfall and strengthen your strong points.
West Indies had a miserable opening stand in this World Cup – which is very surprising considering the start their openers gave in pre-WC series (v/s Eng and tri-series).
Here is a list of pre-WC opening stand.
v/s Eng –
Gayle/Campbell – 38
Gayle/Campbell – 61
Tri series in Ireland
J Campbell/S Hope – 365
S Hope/Ambris – 89
S Hope/Ambris -84
S Hope/Ambris -144
Here is how they opened in World Cup 2019
Gayle/S Hope – 36
Gayle/Lewis – 7
Gayle/Lewis – 6
Yet thanks to some middle-order resistance, they were able to build decent partnerships that enabled West Indies to score 250 plus regularly (5 times with 3 scores of 300 plus).
It only reflects that a good start (bat or bowl) will give their team a regular success and not just 2 in 8 games!. In batting they have to let go with Chris Gayle. He should bat in the middle order or have a flexible batting position.
ODIs – 9
Won -2 (PAK, AFG)
Lost 6 (AUS, IND, ENG, BAN, NZ, SL)
ABD- 1 (SA)
KPI comparison of (WC-2019) v/s Recent(pre WC -2019)
|World Cup 2019||Pre World Cup (in 2019 )|
Partnerships Avg(Bat v Bowl) with No.century stands(in bracket)
Batting Partnerships –
Their batting might have not been great start but their foundation is laid by top-middle order batsmen. As I mentioned above about their opening woes, West Indies still manage to post decent total either batting first or chasing.
Batting Partnerships against West Indies
Like most teams they were not able to break partnerships and allowed them to score big scores. Thrice teams went past 275 (1st bat) and while defending they lost two games(322 & 213) and won one against Afghanistan who still manage to score 288 chasing 312!.
|Batting||WC – Partnerships||v/s West Indies|
|40.13 (1)||2nd wkt||65.78 (3)|
|53.50 (1)||3rd wkt||28.22|
|36.63||4th wkt||46.57 (1)|
|35.43 (1)||5th wkt||31.17|
|23.29||7th wkt||22.17 (1)|
Here is a 10-over breakdown on their batting and bowling progress. Featuring 6 indicators, including exclusively 6 plus R/o for batting and L 4(4 or less R/o) for bowling.
|Batting||Wkts||Avg||R/O||St.Rate||Scoring Rate||Boundary rate||% 6 + R/o||% < =4 R/o|
From above table it is clear their 1st power play was poor. Losing quick wickets does have effect on run-rate. Nevertheless they were able to arrest those early collapse to put on substantial score in each phase of their innings. Apart from 1st phase their run-rate always was above 5.48!.
|1st Phase total||490||335||41||8||159||13|
|2nd Phase total||440||375||29||11||217||7|
|3rd Phase total||423||368||38||7||196||16|
|4th Phase total||387||391||32||14||197||14|
|5th Phase total||324||365||30||19||159||15|
|Bowling||Wkts||Avg||R/O||St.Rate||Scoring Rate||Boundary rate||% 6 + R/o||% < =4 R/o|
Overall bowling was decent compared to their previous series – however in this WC they started losing momentum from 2nd phase. Apart from Pakistan they were not able to dismiss or restrict any team less than 268(v India).
Disappointingly in their last phase 75% of their overs went over 6 runs, the most conceded by any team in this WC!!.
|(0-10)||Balls||Runs||Wkts||R/o||% mdn||C 4|
|1st Phase total||526||421||14||4.80||7.98||25.10|
|(11-20)||Balls||Runs||Wkts||R/o||% mdn||C 4|
|2nd Phase total||485||434||10||5.37||3.71||19.79|
|(21-30)||Balls||Runs||Wkts||R/o||% mdn||C 4|
|3rd Phase total||431||431||5||6.00||1.39||5.57|
|(31-40)||Balls||Runs||Wkts||R/o||% mdn||C 4|
|4th Phase total||383||414||8||6.49||1.56||10.97|
|(41-50)||Balls||Runs||Wkts||R/o||% mdn||C 4|
|5th Phase total||306||421||17||8.25||0.00||1.96|
All data updated at end of World Cup 2019