West Indies tumbles out of ICC World Cup 2023 tournament for first time since inception.
At the World Cup Qualifiers in Harare, the Men in Maroon suffered a heartbreaking 7-wicket loss to Scotland in the third Super Six game. Due to the loss, the two-time world champions will not compete in the 50-over men’s world cup for the first time in the sport’s history.
They won the initial two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, finished second in 1983, and will no longer be participating in the competition in the 13th edition.
The top three teams from each of the two groups advanced to the Super Six stage of the qualifiers, where they were paired with Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, the United States, and Nepal in Group A.
However, the teams that advanced would carry over any points they had gained from their performances versus the other teams from their group who had also qualified.
The downfall of the Men in Maroon in the limited-overs form is being continued with this setback. Through the World Cup Qualifiers, where they unexpectedly defeated Scotland in a rain-delayed game, they barely made it to the 2019 ODI World Cup in England. After winning just one game (against Zimbabwe) and losing two (against Scotland and Ireland) of their group matches, they were unable to advance to the Super 12 round of the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
West Indies cricket team
The West Indies cricket team, sometimes known as the Windies, is a group of Caribbean nations’ representatives in international cricket. Cricket West Indies, the organization in charge of overseeing cricket in the West Indies, is in charge of managing the team.
The team’s governing body, Cricket West Indies (CWI), is made up of six associations: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Windward Islands.
The West Indies cricket team is renowned for its lengthy history and has given birth to some of the game’s most illustrious players. The Men in Maroon dominated international cricket in the 1970s and 1980s because of a strong team that featured players such as Sir Vivian Richards, Clive Lloyd, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, and many more.
The West Indies cricket team’s performance has varied in recent years. They have achieved success in the game’s shorter formats, taking home the ICC World Twenty20 championship in 2012 and 2016. They have had uneven Test cricket performances, nevertheless.
The cricket squad from the West Indies has taken part in international events like the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, and Test series against other cricketing nations. They have a distinctive personality in the world of cricket, and thanks to their popularity and playing method, cricket fans throughout the world have come to love them.
The Scots put on a strong performance, led by all-rounder Brandon McMullen, who initially grabbed three wickets before patiently scoring 69 off 106 balls to lead his team to a historic triumph.
The West Indies were in such a bind that Jason Holder‘s laborious 45 off 79 balls was the highest score.
West Indies won’t take part in the ODI World Cup for the first time since the tournament’s establishment in 1975 thanks to Scotland’s quick 43.3-over pursuit of the target. Additionally, this was Scotland’s first triumph over the West Indies.
What the Indians have to say
The defeat of West Indies shocked all sports fans, especially those who respected the Caribbean teams. Gautam Gambhir, a former opener for India, comforted the West Indies by expressing his belief that they will one day be the best team in the world.
Former Indian cricketers Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, and Aakash Chopra all responded to the heartbreaking defeat suffered by the West Indies.
In expressing his regret over the West Indies’ inability to earn a spot in the World Cup, Virender Sehwag emphasized that skill alone is insufficient. He asserts that the team’s success depends on focus, effective man management, and an atmosphere free of politics. The knowledge that the team’s current standing was the lowest it could go gave him comfort.
Speaking about the West Indies’ elimination from the World Cup, Aakash Chopra acknowledged that it wasn’t shocking given the decline in their performance over the previous several years. He acknowledged being disappointed to see the former cricket world champions reduced to mere bystanders at a global event. Chopra emphasized the inevitable nature of change, saying that the West Indies’ current circumstance exemplifies how fleeting sports are.
In his analysis of the West Indies’ defeat by Scotland, Harsha Bogle emphasized that it was not simply a loss, but a total one. He emphasized that the team’s overall performance fell well short of what the squad’s individual skills should have produced. Bogle hoped that each participant would reflect and concentrate on their own contributions as opposed to being sidetracked by outside circumstances. Bogle accepted Scotland’s success but thought the West Indies’ loss was mostly the result of their own mistakes.