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19 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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West Indies will win WC, says Sammy

International Metro, London

Darren Sammy has backed retiring Chris Gayle to inspire West Indies to a third World Cup title this summer. Windies won the first two World Cups in the 1970s but have reached just one final since, finishing as runners-up to India in 1983. Much of the build-up to the 2019 World Cup has focused on host nation England, defending champions Australia and in-form India. But Sammy, speaking on the ICC Cricket World Cup Preview show, said: ‘West Indies will win the World Cup.

With Chris Gayle retiring, the ‘Universe Boss’ will want to leave with a bang. I just have a strong feeling. ‘It’s been 40 years since we last won the World Cup. I’m a biblical man and the number 40 comes up a lot in the bible… I think it’s our time to rise up. ‘I think man-for-man the batting line-up is really good. The key is to have bowlers who can take wickets in

English conditions and I think we have that.’ Gayle announced earlier in the year that he would retire from ODIs following the World Cup.

The 39-year-old has scored over 10,000 runs in 289 matches for Windies and made two hundreds in this year’s series against England to take his overall tally to 25. ‘It’s a joy to watch,’ Sammy, who captained West Indies to the World T20 title three years ago, said of Gayle. ‘I’ve played most of my games with Chris and I’ve enjoyed watching him. When he’s in that sort of form, it sends a very positive message to the rest of the dressing room.’ David Lloyd, the former England batsman and coach, has also talked up the Windies’ chances ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

He said: ‘Windies will bring firepower. I would be very excited if I was a West Indies supporter. They’ve got the tools and this World cup is coming at the right time. ‘They were in the doldrums and losing to everybody, but their young players are emerging and getting better and better with experience. ‘I’d be very excited as a West Indies supporter. I think the tournament is coming just at the right time for them. They have everything you need to win this World Cup.’ West Indies, now led by impressive all-rounder Jason Holder, begin their World Cup campaign on May 31 against Pakistan.

 

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