“[…] I would replace Jason Holder with Sunil Narine. Holder has not performed consistently with the bat since the 2018 ODI series against India, with the exception of a short cameo against Australia at the World Cup. And his bowling has been so non-aggressive that he has gone for a huge number of runs.
“I think Narine’s explosive batting and, more importantly, his wealth of bowling experience in the Indian conditions—once his action doesn’t undergo any more modifications—make him a more reliable pick…”
The following Letter to the Editor on a possible West Indies ODI squad to face Sri Lanka was submitted to Wired868 by Vrishab Geetha:
To [Francis Warner] who posted his ideas on how the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series should pan out, I have a few thoughts on the squad that you suggested.
Evin Lewis and Shai Hope are sure starters in the ODI squad along with Shimron Hetmyer; but one person whom I’m not particularly impressed with is Roston Chase. Although Chase has great technique, his tempo thorough the innings of a one day game remains lethargic and conservative, as though it is a test match.
Chase seems reluctant to take chances at loose flighted deliveries and instead hits them along the ground, whereas the likes of Hope and even Alzarri Joseph would effortlessly dispatch them to the boundary. And he does this throughout the innings until the final 10 overs, which builds up too much pressure for quick runs.
I feel Chandrapaul Hemraj would be a better pick. Hemraj can also bowl left arm spin and although he does not have a staggering record in terms of wickets, he is great at containing batsmen while his own batting has gotten better.
I feel with Hemraj’s inclusion at number three, we can finally push Hetmyer down to number four where he has found better success, as shown in his first century against Bangladesh.
Nicholas Pooran is an obvious inclusion at five with captain Kieron Pollard at six. But here is where I have a suggestion that people may oppose. I would replace Jason Holder with Sunil Narine.
Holder has not performed consistently with the bat since the 2018 ODI series against India, with the exception of a short cameo against Australia at the World Cup. And his bowling has been so non-aggressive that he has gone for a huge number of runs.
I think Narine’s explosive batting and, more importantly, his wealth of bowling experience in the Indian conditions—once his action doesn’t undergo any more modifications—make him a more reliable pick.
The next person would be Akeal Hosein who played so well in Bangladesh and should be nurtured and allowed to grow for the showpiece tournament in 2023. Hosein, Narine and Hemraj and may be our answer to India’s deadly spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.
Now comes the trio of fast bowlers where bold calls must he taken. For me, Sheldon Cottrell must be dropped. How can he remain in the squad when he has taken only six wickets in this format for the past three series while being hammered by the opposition?
I feel Alzarri Joseph is the only fast bowler who is a sure starter.
My second choice is Chemar Holder, although his debut against Bangladesh didn’t go particularly well. I feel in home conditions, Chemar—whose action and release reminds me of England’s Jofra Archer—will fare better, and given time he will bowl variations. His ability to bowl at speeds in excess of 90mph will definitely be a boost to our attack, which at times doesn’t seem fast enough.
If his basics are executed right, along with the right line and length and proper support from the other bowlers, I see no reason why Chemar wouldn’t be one of the premiers fast bowlers in the world.
Are the selectors willing to give a promising slippery bowler a chance? Or will they go back to the experienced but inconsistent Cottrell?
Now I must confess that I am not certain about my third and final bowler. So I would rotate between Oshane Thomas, who can bowl 90mph+ but can be just as inconsistent and flat as Cottrell, with Jayden Seales, a young fast bowler who has been making quite the noise.
Both are fine bowlers and offer a dilemma that captain Pollard, coach Phil Simmons and the rest of the squad need to solve.
My West Indies ODI Squad:
1-Shai Hope (WK)
11-Oshane Thomas/ Jayden Seales
Rest of the Squad
15-Hayden Walsh Jr