You’re lucky if you have one world-class all-rounder in your side to add that all-important balance. So England have Ben Stokes, New Zealand have Kyle Jamieson and (when fit to bowl) India have Hardik Pandya.
So consider how lucky the Windies have been to be able to count on the following top-class all-rounders over the years: Pollard, Bravo, Narine, Daren Sammy and Andre Russell. Russell, by the way, is arguably the best T20 all-rounder ever.
Very often they’ve played at least three of those in the same side. What that means is that the captain almost always has at least seven bowling options in total and that the team bats down to at least number nine.
So plenty of choice when it comes to bowlers and then there batsmen down the order who can add some quick runs batting first or get over the line in a chase. A real recipe for success.
Sammy and Samuels
There were two common factors in the West Indies’ two World Cup wins.
The first was that they were captained by Daren Sammy on both occasions, the second that Marlon Samuels was man-of-the-match in the final on both occasions.
Sammy was a curious case. He went from being a really good all-rounder who could hit sixes at will, to playing mostly just as a batsman, to playing almost solely as a captain. After all, towards the end of his international career he generally batted at eight and hardly ever bowled.
But don’t dismiss his importance as captain. He was good from a tactical point of view but he was an even better man manager and motivator.
The Windies are a hard team to lead with some difficult personalities. But he had them all pulling in the same direction.
Speaking of difficult characters in cricket, look no further than Samuels. But the Jamaican scored 78 off 56 in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka and then 85 off 66 in the 2016 final against England. As we said already, he was man-of-the-match in both games.
This time round, they’ll have to do it without both of them as they’ve since retired.