Raina happy at the helm of India
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, CMC – India captain Suresh Raina says his side will look to build on their World Cup success when they face West Indies in the upcoming Digicel Pearls Series.
The Indians have been tagged as the favourites but the left-hander strokemaker said his camp will not be underestimating the Windies. He was speaking ahead of the first match, which will be the Digicel Pearls T20 International on Saturday at Queen’s Park Oval.
“We have won the World Cup and now is time to move on and before us is the West Indies series and we have to deal with it as best as we can,” Raina said on Friday at the official series launch.
“The West Indies team has been playing good cricket for the past few months and we are not going to take them lightly. We are very excited to be here in the West Indies to play cricket and let me say that we are going to give of our very best while here.”
India captured the World Cup in April when they beat Sri Lanka in a thrilling final in Mumbai, their second World Cup triumph following their 1983.
However, India will have to do without several key architects of their World Cup success as legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, regular captain MS Dhoni, opener Virender Sehwag, allrounder Yuvraj Singh and seamer Zaheer Khan are all missing for various reasons. Raina said, however, his young team was highly motivated ahead of the limited overs series that will see one T20 International and five One-Dayers.
“The Indian Cricket Board has been very kind to the players and have allowed them some rest and we must respect this. Those guys have been performing well for India for quite a long time and they deserve a break,” he noted.
“We have a young team here and they are focused on doing well for India and I am excited to see them perform over the next few weeks. As a player you get goosebumps when you are told you will be playing for your country so this is a great opportunity for us all. This is a very important series and we will give our all.”