West Indies


Rankings:  ODI - 7th, Test - 8th, Twenty20 - 6th

WI Bio

The West Indies cricket team, also sometimes referred to as the “Windies”, is a multi-national cricket team representing a sporting association of a dozen English-speaking Caribbean countries and British dependencies that form the British West Indies. The beginnings of West Indies cricket go back to 1890s, when the first representative sides were selected to play visiting English teams. The team is administered by the West Indies Cricket Board. The Windies were granted Test status in 1928 when they played their first official international match. The team has been home to some of the most spectacular cricketers ever to grace the gentleman’s game. By the seventies, the West Indies were unofficially crowned world champions, a status they retained throughout the 1980s.

West Indies were known for their four-man pace battery, supported by some of the best batsmen in the world. The eighties saw them set a then-record streak of 11 consecutive Test victories in 1984 and inflict two 5–0 "blackwashes" against their old foe, England. One look at the names of West Indian greats and it is no wonder that the likes of Frank Worrell, Sir Garfield Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Alvin Kallicharran, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Courtney Walsh, Brian Lara, Curtly Ambrose are names that can inspire awe even today. However, all good things do not last forever and there has been a sharp decline in West Indian cricket largely due to the failure of the WICB to make the game more professional along with the economic deterioration in the West Indian countries. Even then, the team boasts of destructive batsmen in the form of Chris Gayle and fine players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, etc.

West Indies won two successive World Cups, in 1975 and 1979 and became the first cricket team to do so, until Australia surpassed the record. However, with the passage of time their form saw an eventual drip and they could not achieve anything substantial in the years that followed. 

WI Records

In:
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 111 32 54 1 24 29
 
Bangladesh 12 8 2 0 2 67
 
England 150 53 46 0 51 35
 
India 90 30 16 0 44 33
 
New Zealand 45 13 13 0 19 29
 
Pakistan 46 15 16 0 15 33
 
South Africa 28 3 18 0 7 11
 
Sri Lanka 15 3 6 0 6 20
 
Zimbabwe 8 6 0 0 2 75
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Brian Lara - 400 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Brian Lara. Total: 11912 runs in 130 matches with a batting average of 53.17
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Courtney Walsh. Total: 519 wickets in 132 matches with an average economy of 2.53
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 135 59 70 3 3 44
 
Bangladesh 28 19 7 0 2 68
 
Bermuda 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Canada 4 4 0 0 0 100
 
England 88 42 42 0 4 48
 
India 116 60 53 1 2 52
 
Ireland 6 4 1 0 1 67
 
Kenya 6 5 1 0 0 83
 
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 0 100
 
New Zealand 61 30 24 0 7 49
 
Pakistan 127 69 55 3 0 54
 
Scotland 2 2 0 0 0 100
 
South Africa 58 13 43 1 1 22
 
Sri Lanka 51 27 21 0 3 53
 
United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 100
 
Zimbabwe 45 35 9 0 1 78
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Chris Gayle - 215 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Brian Lara. Total: 10348 runs in 295 matches with a batting average of 40.90
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Courtney Walsh. Total: 227 wickets in 205 matches with an average economy of 3.83
Win percentage against other teams
Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
Australia 11 6 5 0 0 55
 
Bangladesh 6 3 2 0 1 50
 
England 12 8 4 0 0 67
 
India 4 2 2 0 0 50
 
Ireland 4 2 1 0 1 50
 
New Zealand 10 3 4 3 0 30
 
Pakistan 4 2 2 0 0 50
 
South Africa 9 3 6 0 0 33
 
Sri Lanka 6 1 5 0 0 17
 
Zimbabwe 3 2 1 0 0 67
 
  • Highest Individual Score:
    Chris Gayle - 117 runs
  • Best Bowling:
  • Prolific Batsman:
    Chris Gayle. Total: 1406 runs in 45 matches with a batting average of 35.15
  • Prolific Bowler:
    Darren Sammy. Total: 43 wickets in 58 matches with an average economy of 7.11
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