No pressure for Windies - Samuels
Jamaica Star article.
Kingston, Jamaica - Windies star batsman Marlon Samuels has down played suggestions that the team will be under pressure as they attempt to become the first team to defend a T20 World Cup title.
The 33-year-old, who played a crucial role with both bat and ball when the team claimed the title two years ago, believes the West Indies are currently playing good cricket, but will not get carried away ahead of their opening game of the tournament against India tomorrow.
"There's no pressure. We just going to come and play some cricket and not focus on the past, but what we doing at the moment. We have to take each game in stride and just try to win games," Samuels said.
The regional team has been in excellent form heading into the tournament, and followed a 2-1 series defeat over England with a series of convincing practice games wins. Samuels, however, insists that the team will not be carried away by their current good form
"We playing good cricket all-around but we are not going to come into the tournament overconfident. We will play each ball on it's merit," Samuels said.
In Sunday's opener against India the Windies will face a team also capable of power hitting, but Samuels looks forward to the challenge.
"It's always a big challenge playing against India, we just have to come out and play some positive cricket. I think the guys are ready to play some good cricket all-round."