The defending T20 World Champions West Indies side will take on a very strong looking Rest of the World team in a solitary T20I at Lords in London on May 31st. Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya will be the two representatives from India, and while Eoin Morgan will lead the ROI team, it will be Carlos Brathwaite who will be captaining the Windies side. The match is being organised by the ICC with support from both ECB and Windies cricket board, in order to raise funds to rebuild two stadiums in West Indies which were completely destroyed last year due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The match will some of best T20 players from around the gracing the most iconic stadium in the world. At one point charity matches like these were held quite frequently, however with almost a full years cricket planned in advance, it’s become extremely difficult to create these games due to the logistical reasons. In this article, we will look at ICC World XI vs West Indies 2018 Squad at pick out 5 players who you should look out for when the ICC World XI takes on Windies at Lords in London. ICC World XI vs West Indies Squad are full of T20 specialist from around the world which makes this encounter a must watch for any cricket fan in the world.
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Rashid Khan is arguably the best T20 spinner in the world and there isn’t one surface on which he hasn’t looked threatening with his 4 overs. Following a brilliant IPL where he picked up 18 wickets in the 15 matches, Rashid will be hoping to carry on the good form against Windies team full of big hitters, who will just be looking to smack him out of the ground like especially Chris Gayle, who walloped him for 3 sixes in an over in a match between KXIP and SRH. The mystery spinner has become a must-have for anyT20 side and at 19, Rashid still has a full career ahead of him, which just makes us wonder how much better can he get from here on. Already leading his national team, Rashid’s 4 overs against Windies could prove to be very crucial in respect to the final match result.
Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal)
Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player from Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League and what a start the youngster has made at the big stage, picking up 5 wickets in just 3 matches at an outstanding economy of 6.83. A lot of cricket fans and pundits will be paying special attention when he comes out to bowl as they try and figure out the 17-year-olds strength and weaknesses. With more and more associate nations entering the cricket family, it will be interesting to see the development of young players like Lamichhane, who will garner some very valuable experience from playing in matches such as the one scheduled for 31st May.
Andre Russell (West Indies)
Kolkata Knight Riders player of the season Andre Russell has been in fantastic form for the franchise in the ongoing Indian Premier League season 11. He has not only scored 264 runs in 12 innings with a strike-rate of 190 but has also chipped in with the wickets picking up 13 wickets and the majority of them being crucial breakthroughs for his team. He will be player to watch out from the West Indies side, if he managed to find his touch with the bat, the World XI could be looking at the mammoth total. Apart from being good with both bat and ball, Russell is also a fantastic field and is a guarantee to save his side 4-5 runs every innings. KKR must be extremely pleased with their decision to retain the big West Indian, even though he had struggled slightly last season.
Evin Lewis (West Indies)
Evin Lewis started IPL 2018 with a bang scoring some important runs for the Mumbai Indians, however as the season went on although the team’s performance improved significantly, the openers personal form took a major dip. But still Lewis is one of the best openers of the shortest format of the game at the moment and his presence at the top alongside Chris Gayle will be a lethal combination for the West Indies team. Lewis has 2 T20I centuries to his name and both of them came against India, which just goes to show how productive he can be against even quality spin, which is why his battle with Rashid Khan or Lamichhane will be hugely significant in the whole scheme of things. Lewis was the highest run-scorer in T20I in 2017, scoring 357 runs at an average of 44, something he will be looking to build on internationally following what has been a disappointing IPL season with MI.
Kesrick Williams (West Indies)
The second highest wicket-taker in T20I in 2017, Kesrick Williams has been one of the main reasons for success West Indies have enjoyed in the 20 over format over the past one year. He will be in charge of leading the bowling line-up in ICC World XI vs West Indies Squad and if he can provide a couple of early breakthroughs for his team, it would put the opposition under tremendous pressure. The conditions at Lords on 31st will be perfectly suited to seam bowling which should further motivate Williams to do well in this one of special T20I matches. With some of the senior players opting against playing for the country in the past few months, it’s been Williams who has shouldered most of the responsibility even though he is still in the early phase of his international career.
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