Barring a few individual performances like Chris Gayle's 215-run knock in ODI cricket, West Indies did not have a very good year © Getty Images
Barring a few individual performances like Chris Gayle’s 215-run knock in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, West Indies has not much to show for 2015 © Getty Images

The West Indies were probably the most consistent team in 2015; they started the year with a loss, and ended on the same note. Their free-fall continued this year as well — as has been the case since the mid-1990s — as they added more losses to their kitty than wins. It was not only about the losses, but there were other issues as well that severely hit the team’s reputation. The team lost to ICC’s Associate Member Ireland in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, their coach Phil Simmons was sacked unceremoniously for questioning team selection (Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo’s non-inclusion), their best player in Tests Shivnarine Chanderpaul was dumped in a rude manner and last but not the least, they missed the ticket to the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

The gravity of their absence from the ICC event may not be felt for now, but it will hit them and the world cricket hard when the tournament is actually played next year in England. Having won the ICC Cricket World Cup twice and the ICC World T20 and Champions Trophy once, it will not be easy for them to sit and watch a mega event from home. Coming back to the review of their performance this year, they were shambolic in Tests and pathetic in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The only silver lining for them was their performance in the shortest format, where they have done well in recent past. As a matter of fact, with a side heavily dominated by T20 stars, it was the only format they were expected to do well and it would have been a major embarrassment had they failed in T20Is too. New Zealand in 2015: A glorious year speckled by stinging heartbreaks

West Indies’ Performance In 2015

Format

Matches Played

Won

Lost

Draw / No Result

Test

10

1

8

1

ODI

15

4

11

N/A

T20I

5

3

2

N/A

Total

30

8

21

1

 

The lows:

The year started for them with a Test loss against South Africa — a side that tormented them at the turn of the year as well as the World Cup. It was the last of the three-Tests of the Sir Vivian Richards Trophy, which they lost by 0-2margin. It was followed by the five-match ODI series, which they lost 1-4.  As if the margin of the loss was not enough, South African star AB de Villiers smashed the fastest ODI ton in just 31 balls in the 2nd ODI, causing huge embarrassment to the Caribbean team.

The series was followed by the World Cup, where the team were knocked out in the quarter-finals, as New Zealand’s Martin Guptill humbled them with his double century. In the same marquee tournament, de Villiers came back to haunt them and smacked the fastest 150 this time. The man clearly had no respect whatsoever for them, making merry of their attack. Post-World Cup, the team lost three of their four Test series (The Frank Worrell Trophy at home and away and the Sobbers/Tissera Trophy in Sri Lanka.) They also lost a bilateral ODI series in Sri Lanka, which the hosts swept by 3-0 margin. West Indies decline disappointing: Peter Toohey

The Highs:

There is little to write about their high points in Tests and ODIs. The drawn Test against England at Antigua and their win at Bridgetown against the same side would be their lone bright spot in the Tests. It was a commendable achievement to draw a Test series against England, but the team could not sustain the momentum. In ODIs, the only high point could possibly be Chris Gayle’s double hundred against Zimbabwe in the World Cup. In doing so, the burly Jamaican became the first player to hit a double ton in the mega event; the first non-Indian to do it and it was the first ODI double century scored outside India. READ: Chris Gayle hits 600th six of his Twenty20 career, makes record

West Indies’ best came in the T20Is, the format that suits them the best. In all, they played five T20Is spread across two away series this year. First they beat the mighty South Africa at their home 2-1. Then they drew with Sri Lanka 1-1. Thus, the only format where their win ratio was higher than the loss was the slam-bang format. There is nothing much to write about individual performances either, as they looked like a bunch of highly talented yet disinterested individuals, which certainly did not help their cause. Yearenders 2015: 13 international cricketers who passed away in 2015

Here comes 2016, they will hope that the ghosts of 2015 do not haunt them. Their first assignment this year will be the third and the final Test of The Frank Worrell Trophy, which they have already lost. New Year would hopefully bring in new enthusiasm and energy into the side and they would put up some show on the field. Results would not matter at this stage; even if they get the basics right and show intent to win that should be enough. Also then there is the ICC World T20 in March in India and the West Indies, who won the title in 2012, are expected to do well there. It can’t get further worse so let us hope they do well not only in World T20, but also in Tests and ODIs. It is not only for their own interest, but also for world cricket, which needs a strong West Indies.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)