WI vs. Ind 2022 – 5th T20I – What West Indies needs

The West Indies are yet to figure out their squad formation and preferred style of play for the upcoming T20 World Cup, their head coach Phil Simmons has admitted.
West Indies team management may have missed a trick by not pairing left arm finger spinner Akeal Hosein with legs spinner Hayden Walsh Jr in the T20Is against India. In contrast, India played three spinners in the first T20I at Tarouba and the final game at Lauderhill to take advantage of the slow, two-stage tracks. Off-spin bowling all-rounder Roston Chase, who was also the West Indies’ anchor at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, has since fallen down the pecking order. And until the home series against India, Shimron Hetmyer wasn’t in the squad for fitness reasons.

The three-game T20I series against New Zealand, which begins with the first game in Kingston on August 11, will be the West Indies’ last before they announce their squad for the T20 World Cup have to qualify by taking on Zimbabwe, Scotland and Ireland in Group B in the first round.

“It’s difficult,” Simmons said after West India suffered an 88-run loss against India in the last T20I. “But I think we have three games left [against New Zealand]. After that we will sit down and decide who suits our style of play.

“I think the three games will be important for a lot of players, but also for some players who are rested. But in general we have to make a decision afterwards.”

“We showed in a flash that we are competitive – sometimes with the ball, sometimes with the racquet; we probably never got it all together”

Phil Simmons

Batting the West Indies was particularly bad in Florida, where they were dismissed for 132 and 100 in the two T20Is. Simmons demanded greater game awareness and commitment from his racquets. I think the most important lesson is that we gave away our wickets a bit too cheaply,” he said. “And if we keep hitting [deep]we’ll be up on the run rate but we’re still losing too many wickets and we need to learn from that streak.

“The main thing is that we have to beat in one format. We need to be able to beat the six overs [of the powerplay] and know how to beat in it. We have to stop losing wickets and once we stop losing wickets we will score big points. We have the players – Hetty [Hetmyer] showed he’s back on form, we have Rovman [Powell]we have [Nicholas Pooran], who did a little bit over the course of the series, but no one was constant throughout the series. I think that’s what we need now – consistency and understanding of the game situation and knowing how we play it.

There are also concerns for West India on the bowling front, and against top teams like India they need to shoot with both bat and ball, Simmons pointed out.

“It’s always difficult to play against India. They’re the best T20 team in the world man for man,” said Simmons. “But we’ve shown in brief moments that we’re competitive – sometimes with the ball and sometimes with the racquet. We probably never put it all together. That’s the lesson we’re going to take from this. We have to put it all together every day to achieve the to beat top teams.”

After winning 6 for 17 at St. Kitts – the best numbers by a West Indian bowler in T20Is – left-arm sailor Obed McCoy went the other way, losing 66 runs in the first T20I in Florida, fourth of the series – most runs, conceded by a West Indian bowler in a men’s T20I. However, Simmons backed McCoy to hit back against New Zealand.

“We all know he has outstanding ability,” Simmons said. “But there are many bowlers around the world who have excellent skills and are making runs one day and bowling well the next. This is how he comes back from it. He has shown he can bowl; so he’ll come back for it.”

Leave a Comment