India and West Indies will resume their rivalry in the three-match T20I series starting today at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Both are potentially strong when it comes to the shorter formats as they have all the weapons to come out on top. Virat Kohli & Co whitewashed West Indies across formats when they visited the Caribbean Islands earlier in August.
They will be vying to maintain their winning ways at home. On the other hand, Kieron Pollard will be leading his team from the front. It is to be noted that West Indies Cricket Board sacked Jason Holder as limited-overs captain and appointed Kieron Pollard as his successor after a dismal performance in 2019 World Cup in England and India series at home in August-September.
Pollard is all set to play his first bilateral ODI series against India since 2016 as he was axed from the squad due to a tussle with the previous Windies Cricket Board. Under Pollard’s captaincy, Windies won bilateral ODI series for the first time since 2014 as they whitewashed Afghanistan, 3-0, in Lucknow recently. However, the two-time champions surrendered at the hands of Afghanistan in T20I series, losing 1-2 after winning the opening contest.
We need to use the experience and win matches here: Pollard
West Indies’ players are well aware of the Indian conditions as they have played a lot of matches in India and Pollard reckons that they should use the experience to better effect for better results. “We have played a lot in India, so it is just a matter of using that experience and trying to win matches here. At the end of the day, we are here to play, we have prepared well and hopefully we show a good performance tomorrow,” Pollard said.
Pollard also hailed the current Indian pace attack which has been creating havoc against the opposition of late. He went on to add saying that they need to try to find ways to tackle the side. “Indian pace attack has been doing really well. They are the number one team, it is a good opportunity for us to face the number one ranked side, we cannot take much into that and we need to do our thing. We need to try to find ways to tackle the attack. We are not focused on individuals.”