Team West Indies at Cricket World Cup

Team West Indies squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015:
Will be updated once it is announced.

Team West Indies performances in Cricket World Cups:

West Indies were known dominant force in test cricket when the inaugural cricket World Cup was played in 1975. By then there wasn't anything in cricket by which teams can call them world champions or the best of all. Thanks to cricket world cups, this strong team got an opportunity to prove that they are not only the best in test cricket but also the best in then invented limited overs cricket. Playing the first every world cup in England (1975), West Indies were crowned World Champions when they defeated Australia in the finals. Something special about the 1975 finals - Clive Lloyd scored a blistering century (102 runs from 85 balls). Australia lost a lot wickets due to run outs! Vivian Richards sent three Aussie batsmen back to pavilion by his skillful run outs.

In 1979, West Indies played in England as defending champions. And they really played like defending champs. Reason? West Indies reached finals and played against the hosts England. Scored a decent 286 runs in 60 overs. Bowled out England for just 194! Vivian Richards was declared Man of the match.
In 1983, again this team played as defending champions and would you believe - they reached their third consecutive world cup finals! This proves how dominating they were in all forms of cricket. Golden era of West Indies cricket, wasn't it? It was India who faced West Indies in the final. Put to bat first, India could only score 183 (all out in 54.4 overs). Garner, Holding, Marshall and Roberts demolished the Indian batting line up with Krish Srikkanth the highest scorer for India (38 runs). In return, it was Indian bowlers who made full use of the bowling conditions - bowled out West Indies for just 140!! Amarnath took three wickets, giving away just 12 runs in his seven overs. He bagged Man of the match award - well deserved. After this world cup, West Indies never retained its glory in cricket world cup history

In 1987, West Indies didn't live up to its expectations. The team finished third in Group B, toppled by Pakistan and England - thus eliminated in the first round itself.

In 1992, West Indies again failed to impress! They played eight group games, won four and lost four. They couldn't make it to the semi finals. 

In 1996, West Indies suffered a blow against a minnow Kenya. Batting first, Kenya scored 166. Surprisingly West Indies were bowled out for just 93 in less than 36 overs. West Indies reached quarter finals against South Africa. Playing at Karachi, they defeated South Africa to march on to the semis. That is where they were eliminated! Australia proved to be the superior team in the semis against them. 

In 1999, West Indies observed another disappointing campaign. They were toppled by Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in Group B. West Indies stood fourth in their Group and hence couldn't advance to the Super Six round!

In 2003, the team had another dismal world cup campaign. West Indies finished fifth in Pool B. Only top three teams from each group advanced to the next round. West Indies won three out of their six matches.

In 2007, playing at their own backyard; a lot was expected from the team. West Indies was a part of Group D. Won all three group matches, the team qualified for the Super 8 stage! Out of the seven matches played in Super 8, the hosts could win just two matches. Disappointing for the home crowd, the team couldn't make it to the knock out stages.

In 2011, West Indies were placed in Group B yet again. They stood fourth in the group with three wins out of six matches. They qualified for the Mirpur quarter finals against Pakistan. The team batted first and could score just 112 from 43.3 overs. Pakistan easily chased the total without losing a single wicket. Thus another world cup campaign for West Indies came to a drastic end.

As the 2015 cricket world cup is scheduled to be played in Australia and New Zealand, West Indies would enjoy pace and bounce there. The bowlers will have an upper hand down under. With decent pacers, hard hitting batsmen and athletic fielders, we can't write off the West Indies team from world cup winning contention.

By Tejas Thakkar

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