Once the undisputed kings of cricket – in any format – the days of Richards, Lloyd, Holding and Marshall are now long gone but the kings of the Caribbean still have that aura about them.
They qualified by finishing top in the Super Sixes with four wins from five. World cricket needs a strong West Indies side and they are sure to be backed by a partisan following. No doubt grounds will be packed to see Chris Gayle bat. The master-blaster is one of the game’s true icons and he is the only man to score a double century at a Cricket World Cup with a 138-ball blitz against Zimbabwe.
The talent is obvious – it’s whether they can get them on the pitch all at once. Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Keiron Pollard – the list goes on. And just ask Ben Stokes about Carlos Brathwaite’s ability to hit a clean ball! Whatever happens, it will be compelling viewing!