Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. Credits: BCCI.

Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar shared a fierce rivalry but now the greats illustrate how well the players from India and the West Indies bond with each other. Battles between the two nations are for the field and once off it only camaraderie prevails. In an exclusive interview with CricketAddictor, one of the cleanest strikers of all-time, ex-West Indies batsman Ricardo Powell spoke in depth about his bond with the Indian players.

Powell has shared a neutral relation with most Indian cricketers. But he said Lara and Tendulkar are example of ”how we bond over the years”. Back in April 2019, Lara was in Mumbai and he made it a point to meet his former Indian counter-part. The greats made the meeting even more memorable by taking pictures and uploading it on the social media accounts. They discussed about ‘cricket, golf and more’ during the meet.

Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Road Safety World Series 2020, Sachin Tendulkar
Brian Lara with Sachin Tendulkar(credits: Twitter)

Had a good relationship with Yuvraj Singh: Ricardo Powell

West Indies legend Michael Holding famously said, Ricardo Powell, wasted his talents. But Powell does not wants to change anything in career, where he represented the West Indies in 109 ODIs, as he believes it is all about learning from your mistakes. However, the shortest format, has attracted him a lot much like most West Indies cricketers of the current generation.

Powell shared a good relationship with Yuvraj Singh during his playing days. He also had a good bond with former India fast bowler Munaf Patel. They often visited each other during tour games and got to know about each other well. Powell, 41, feels the Indian and West Indies players always get along well and it is something they will cherish.

Ricardo Powell, India vs Windies 2018
Former Windies cricketer Ricardo Powell reckons that Windies cricket is currently lacking behind with their consistency after a series defeat to India/Getty Images

“Have a very neutral relationship with most of the guys, back when I played had a good relationship with Yuvraj (Singh), I also have a very good relationship with Munaf Patel. I remember when they toured there, they would visit home, and stuffs like that. Even recently when I visited India, during the West Indies vs India series, I was in commentary during 2018, I catch up with most of the guys. Harbhajan and Laxman and these guys,” Ricardo Powell told in an exclusive interview with CricketAddictor.

“The relationship has always been very good. I think West Indian and Indian players always get along really well and that’s something we cherish. If you look at the current relationship with Brian Lara and Sachin, it’s an example of how we bond over the years,”  he explained.

With eight half-centuries and one century to his name, Powell scored 2085 ODI runs, at an average of 24.82. He had a strike rate of 96.66 at a time when there weren’t as many powerful hitters of the ball. Besides that, he also had a good record against the Indian bowlers.