ODI Series is time to shine

Cuttack, India -- West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has backed his young team to deliver in all departments when they face India in the upcoming One-Day series, which bowls off on Tuesday.

Speaking on Monday ahead of the first match, the allrounder said the young players will get their chance to impress and perform on the international stage.

The opening match will be at the Barbati Stadium in Cuttack followed by games in Visakhapatnam (December 2), Ahmedabad (December 5), Indore (December 8) and Chennai (December 11).

Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Anthony Martin and Danza Hyatt are key members have joined the West Indies One-Day squad, while the selectors have called up new boys Jason Mohammed and Sunil Narine.

“We will be having a set of new players in the one-day squad, and they are fresh after a few days’ rest, and I hope that has helped them to stay sharp. But then again we need a collective effort to beat India, as we can’t depend upon one or two individuals,” Sammy said.

“Pollard’s inclusion is quite a blessing for us, as apart from his undoubted skills, he knows the Indian conditions well because of playing in the IPL. So, we would like to tap his brain for some information.”

He hoped that the absence of his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni from the five-match one-day series would help his team.

“Definitely, it will be a boost for us. Dhoni is not just a good captain, but he’s also someone who contributes massively for India at number five or six position. So, it’s something we would like to exploit, but having said that we need to play very good, consistent cricket to beat India at their home.”

West Indies have been hugely competitive in the last two series against India, home and away, and Sammy said they have taken a lot of positives from them.

“We are happy that we haven’t been mere pushovers against a vastly talented and experienced side like India. In the one-day and Test series at home, we had managed to compete very well with India, and here also we created a lot of opportunities in the Test series.

"But now we need to exploit those opportunities, and get some good results. Yes, we are quite confident that we can compete with India on an equal footing in this series,” he said.

SQUAD: Darren Sammy (Captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Danza Hyatt, Anthony Martin, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons

Mon, 11/28/2011 - 12:37