Saturday, January 30, 2016

Impact of West Indies Bowling in the WT20 2016, India

Any international cricket match is often won on the back of a good bowling performance and West Indies have a unique assortment of bowlers with good spinners and a very good fast bowler. They have a spinner who can bowl with the new ball, a mystery spinner who is picked despite being suspended by ICC and a tall left arm spinner in very good form. They also possess all-rounders who are capable of variations in pace which will be a test for the opposition batsmen on the Indian tracks.

Samuel Badree

Samuel Badree is known for his fast leg breaks which usually just skid on to the batsmen off the pitch often hurrying him up to play a stroke. Occasionally slowing the speed down and thus getting some turn, he sows the seeds of doubts in the batsmen’s mind. He specializes in bowling with the new ball and had a very good WT20 in 2014 in Bangladesh. He finished with 11 wickets in just 5 matches at a strike rate of just 10. But what was most remarkable was his Fantastico economy rate which was less than 6 runs to the over. He was the number one bowler in the ICC rankings for T20I’s for quite a while. He picked up 5-22 in his last T20 match in the recently concluded BBL playing for Heats against the Melb Stars.

Impact Rating – 7.5/10

Suleiman Benn

Benn is a slow left arm orthodox spin bowler who gets disconcerting bounce and spin because of his height. Standing at 6’7”, he is probably the tallest spinner in world cricket right now. He has been picked on the back of some very good performances in the Nagico Super50 tournament in the West Indies. He claimed 3 4’fers in the tournament and helped the Barbados team reach the final. His good form means that he can prove to a very sly customer if the Indian pitches offer him some help and if there is uneven bounce then he will become doubly dangerous. I think Benn will play since Narine, who is suspended from bowling in international matches by the ICC, might not be allowed to bowl for the West Indies.

Impact Rating – 7/10

Jerome Taylor

Jerome Taylor is a very talented fast bowler who is currently spearheading the West Indian charge in all the three formats of the game. He can bowl in the range of 140-145 kmph and generally generates good out swing. He is especially effective to the right handers as his stock deliveries leave the batsmen. Although he does not have the same T20 experience as some of his team-mates but he is their best fast bowler at the moment.

Impact Rating – 6/10

West Indies have picked up Sunil Narine in their 15 man squad but I seriously doubt if he will be allowed to bowl. That is why I have not included him in my analysis. Even without him, the West Indians have enough arsenal in their line up to trouble ant batting line up.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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