Shannon Gabriel, West Indies fast bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Pace and accuracy make experienced Gabriel a daunting prospect

Tall and robust, Shannon Gabriel has pace in abundance, enough to match that of young tearaway Oshane Thomas. Gabriel’s experience and superior accuracy, however, should make him a more daunting proposition.

Garfield Robinson, May 07, 2019 16:32:12 IST

At the announcement of the West Indies World Cup squad, chairman of selectors Robert Haynes offered that the selectors were of the view that pace would be an important weapon at the World Cup. The wickets in England have been flat in recent times and largely devoid of lateral movement, Haynes offered. Unadulterated pace, the selectors reasoned, was the way to go.

File image of West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel. Reuters

File image of West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel. Reuters

That would partly explain the selection of Shannon Gabriel. His last ODI for the West Indies was in November 2017 in Christchurch against New Zealand, over two years ago.

Tall and robust, the Trinidadian has pace in abundance, enough to match that of young tearaway Oshane Thomas. Gabriel’s experience and superior accuracy, however, should make him a more daunting proposition.

Of all the bowlers of the past five years or so, few would have improved as much as Gabriel. He was always capable of bowling quickly. It was inconsistency that was his downfall. And it is his dedication to his craft that has fostered his remarkable turnaround.

Having played only 18 ODIs and two T20Is, Gabriel has had a rather brief limited overs career. Yet if the selectors are right about the role that raw pace will play in the World Cup, then Gabriel will be a vital member of the West Indies’ attack.

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Updated Date: May 07, 2019 16:32:12 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254