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West Indies ODI captain Shai Hope said that the upcoming ODI series against India will be a great opportunity for them to bounce back after a humiliating performance in the World Cup qualifiers. Shai Hope expressed optimism about addressing a few things and starting afresh in ODIs.

The West Indies failed to qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023 as they were eliminated in the Super Six stage during the qualifiers. Meanwhile, their last ODI series win against India was almost 17 years ago. The Windies team won the last match against India in the 50-over format in 2019.

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Opportunity For Us To Bounce Back – Shai Hope

During the pre-match press conference ahead of the ODI series against India, Shai Hope expressed confidence that they can secure victory if the players execute their plans well.

“It’s an opportunity for us to bounce back. It’s a different format and another opportunity for us to showcase our skills and show the world what we can do. We know the Zimbabwe (World Cup Qualifiers) stint is in the past. There are certain things we need to address and now is a good start to do so,” he added.

“Anytime we cross that line the aim is to win we know that we can’t always win but everything we do is geared towards that victory at the end of the day. Our plans we have in place, as long as we execute them, I’m sure that we’re going to get some victory,” he said.

India whitewashed the West Indies in a tightly fought three-match ODI series during their last Caribbean tour in 2022. The Men in Blue secured three-run and two-wicket victories in the first two matches.

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Great To See Him Back – Shai Hope

Shai Hope feels that Shimron Hetmyer’s presence will boost their batting department, describing him as a real impact player for them.

“Any time Shimron’s around we know there’s going to be a lot more depth in the batting department. He can transform any batting lineup and take the attack to the bowlers and can be a real impact player for us; it’s great to see him back,” he concluded.

Shimron Hetmyer has been included in the Windies squad for the first time since the 2022 T20 World Cup. The left-handed batter missed the World Cup due to missing a rescheduled flight for Australia. He last played an ODI match back in 2021.

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