West Indies must sort out balance of their playing eleven

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 05:03 hrs

​The three nation tournament gets off the block in the Caribbean with home team West Indies taking on another island country Sri Lanka in the first match.

West Indies were surely unlucky to have missed out in the Champions Trophy as they were edged out by South Africa due to rain quotient, a match which they could have won had it gone the full distance.

They will be pretty happy to play at home on surfaces at Jamaica and Trinidad, conditions which they know like the back of their hand, which they very much enjoy as it suits them.

With not much of seam movement happening of the pitch the batters can hit through the line, especially people like Chris Gayle. He will relish playing in front of his home crowd in Jamaica and once he gets going he is a delight to watch.

Even people like Marlon Samuels, Johnson Charles and few others, who love to strike through the line, will really look up to these favourable conditions for their batting.

West Indies will indeed need to sort out the balance of their playing eleven. Darren Sammy was very good in the last tournament and his presence makes their batting quite deep. The spinners will be effective and spinners do have a fantastic record on these pitches as they are slow and the ball grips.

West Indies will look up to Sunil Narine to deliver but it will be worth watching if they will accommodate another spinner. Also, their performance will be largely dependent on how well they bat. They can’t depend only on Gayle all the time, so people like Darren Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Dwyane Bravo will all have to stand up and get counted. It will be interesting to find out what call West Indies will take on Ramdin.

Whether they will persist with him as wicket-keeper or get Charles to do it and get him down the order for Sammy to bat at eight.

The other team Sri Lanka will need to break out of shackles. They looked absolutely frozen against India at Cardiff and if they want to make a mark they will have to get going as a team.

They are up against West Indies playing at home and an in-form India. Their captain Angelo Mathews will need to mentally arouse his team from the first game itself.

With Dilshan not available, Sri Lanka will have to get their opening pair right. Kusal Perera has been inconsistent and the Lankan team management can think of bringing Chandimal up the order. He is a handy player and scored runs against Australia in Australia batting up the order.

The conditions in West Indies will be suitable for the two spinners, Senanayake and Herath. Malinga, Kulasekara and Mathews can be handy seam combination and along with the two spinners there will be variation in that Lankan bowling.

It should be an even competition in the first game as because Sri Lanka and West Indies are not very apart in terms of ammunitions available, at least on paper and that should set the tone for a cracker of a tournament.

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