West Indies have failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the previous 5 World Cups, indicating a prolonged decline in the rich cricketing history of the Caribbean islands. This time around, led by a spirited captain in Jason Holder, West Indies will be banking on the explosive form of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell to excel in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
Russell, specifically, has been in exuberant six-hitting form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), where he is demolishing all bowling attacks. The Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder has been reveling in the IPL with an astonishing average of 69.42 and an insanely high strike rate of 207.69.
Meanwhile, Gayle also blasted 44 sixes in the 5-match ODI series versus England a couple of months, creating a new world record. The two will be crucial to West Indies’ World Cup chances and spell out a warning for Pakistan’s first game of the tournament.