posted on 2019-08-01 21:08:08
posted by Michael Harrison
The first thing that comes to your mind about T20I is West Indies. Being the only side to win the T20 World Cup twice, that isn't a wrong perception to have. More so when you consider the amount of format specialists that come from that part of the world. However, since their title win in 2016, West Indies have been on the decline in the shortest format of the game.
The major issue they are facing is in the batting which has been extremely inefficient over the last three years or so. At times, sluggish surfaces have also played against them, and their inability to adapt on tracks that don't suit power-hitting is an ever-increasing concern. As is the norm, they don't prefer rotating the strike too much and on tricky surfaces, this is a cardinal sin.
With the batting not firing consistently, the bowling department has been left with too much to do. They have been workable but the gulf created by the batting blunders have been a bridge too far to cover for them. With Chris Gayle absent, there is a bigger hole to fill and the younger blokes will have to take up the responsibility. Kieron Pollard coming back is a relief in that regard although he has his struggles too.
On potentially high-scoring surfaces in the USA, West Indies batsmen could find it comfortable but in case it's a slow surface, they will have to be flexible in their approach. The bowling has in reasonably better shape but having said that, it's not a unit that can blow away sides for fun. The batsmen will have to up their game and the bowling, particularly in the Powerplay needs to be more consistent.