Guyana coach urges his batsmen to put bat to ball

Durban, South Africa: Guyana coach Ravindranauth Seeram is looking for a completely different outlook and approach from his players when they meet Mumbai Indians in their second Group B match of the Airtel Champions League T20 tournament on Thursday.

The Amazon Conquerors lost their opening by nine wickets to Royal Challengers Bangalore but will aim to rebound against the star-studded Mumbai side at Kingsmead in Durban. Seeram said the major problem in the first match was that his batsmen were bogged down and chewed up too many dot balls. They failed to score off 65 out of 120 balls in the opening match last Sunday.

“Even in the Caribbean Championship we struggled with too many dot balls. I have told the batsmen that this is T20 cricket and they have to play shots, they have to be positive without being reckless. Ideally we would want Ramnaresh Sarwan to bat through the innings,” Seeram said.

“The disappointing thing is that we know we are a much, much better team than the way we performed and we are working on correcting our mistakes from the first game. We are working hard physically, technically and mentally to be ready for the different conditions here and after Sunday I don’t expect nervousness to affect the guys.”