Two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain Daren Sammy is confident of the Kieron Pollard-led West Indies defending the title in the upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup.
West Indies has the ranks of power-hitters in their squad, which can take the bowlers to cleaners and post a gigantic total on the scoreboard. The likes of Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell makes West Indies the most destructive team in the world.
West Indies favourites to win ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Windies have Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Andre Fletcher at the top, all these players can go on blitzkrieg right from the start of their innings with Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Pollard in the middle-order who can bludgeon the bowlers with massive hits.
Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who is supposed to retire after the World Cup, will play a key role in the death overs with his slower and short-pitched bouncers. Hayden Walsh Jr is the best finding in the recent bilateral series against Australia and South Africa. The Antiguan-American player will be handy to pick wickets in the middle overs.
No brainer for me it is West Indies all the way: Daren Sammy
West Indies won the T20I series 4-1 against Australia, who are grouped with the defending champions in Group 1.
Sammy, who was appointed as an independent non-member director of Cricket West Indies in June, said for him it was no brainer to select West Indies as the favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.
“It’s a no brainer for me — West Indies all the way,” Daren Sammy said in an ICC Digital Show.
“When you look at West Indies, and people might say I’m sounding biased, but in the last four (three) tournaments we’ve managed to get to the final four, winning two out of that. Our players, the calibre of players we have — when you look at captain Pollard, he’s back, the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, I could go on a long list of guys who can just take the attack to you,” Daren Sammy added.
West Indies will start their T20 World Cup campaign against England at the Dubai International Stadium on October 23.