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Why West Indies are Successful in WT20: Will They Win Again?

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West Indies are ranked 10th at the ICC World T20 rankings. They have an overall winning percentage of just 46.05%. But, they are the most successful team in T20 World Cups, winning two out of six tournaments. In fact, they are the only team to win the T20 World Cup twice (2012 and 2016).

So, what is it about the Windies when it comes to T20 tournaments? Here, we look at a few deciding factors that have helped them to achieve this feat:

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Experience

The Windies players are very experienced in T20s. No T20 league is successful without them (including the IPL and BBL). They play most of the T20 leagues around the globe and their players know how T20 is played.

The likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, DJ Bravo, Sunil Narine and many more are the life of T20 Franchise Cricket.

Their young players also get the experience of T20 at the very early stages of their careers; some of them have even started their careers by announcing themselves in T20 cricket.

Domestic Structure

Although their domestic structure may not be as strong as some other countries in the longer formats, they have their own Caribbean Premier League. The CPL is arguably the biggest T20 league after IPL and BBL, which provides local players to showcase their talent to the world.

Many big names of Windies cricket like Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh Jr., Alzarri Joseph and Rahkeem Cornwall came through CPL.

Importantly, when you combine these young players with their experienced campaigners, a very strong T20 side is shaped.

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The CPL is huge, and has been a big factor in West Indies’ World T20 success.

Natural Game

The natural game of the Windies is the power game. They like to deal in boundaries, which suits T20 cricket. Their openers attack from the first ball and other batsmen are also not afraid to play their shots even if 3-4 wickets are down.

Players like Ewin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard and Shimron Hetmyer can intimidate any bowling lineup. Indeed, Brathwaite did so in 2016, sealing the Title in unbelievable fashion in 2016.

Players for Every Role

West Indies have a great batch of players for every situation and every position.

While they have some explosive batters as mentioned, they also have a fantastic bowling lineup for T20s. With the likes of Cottrell, Holder, Narine, Hayden Walsh Jr., Kharry Pierre and Alzarri Joseph, they can go past any batting lineup on their day. Also, their fielding is world class.

Despite their issues with the Windies board, they were able to get their best squad for the T20 World Cups with the likes of Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and all the other senior players to form a very strong squad to play in the T20 World Cups.

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Captaincy

Darren Sammy is a champion leader in T20 franchise cricket. All franchises want him to captain their side. He played an important role in the Windies winning two T20 World Cups under his captaincy.

Now, Kieron Pollard is managing the captaincy duties and is doing quite well. West Indies would hope that he also performs well and wins them their third trophy in the T20 World Cup next year in Australia.

So far, the signs are promising


Do you have any further reasons as to why West Indies are so successful in T20 World Cups? Leave a comment!

Written by Robin Rounder. Follow Robin on Twitter today.

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Robin Rounder, based in India, specialises in Dream11 fantasy content including tips & tricks and match previews. Also, Robin contributes cricket news and opinion pieces, with examples being pre-IPL auction content. He is a passionate India and Chennai Super Kings fan. Connect with Robin on X at: https://x.com/robin_rounder

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