West Indian skipper Kieron Pollard expressed that his side enjoys playing the shortest format of the game and will try to prove why they continue to be one of the best in the T20Is.
West Indies is the only team to have won the T20 World Cup twice. They did it in 2012/13 at home and 2015/16 in India where they proceeded to beat the favourites, India and England, in the semifinals and the finals.
The current side is missing one of their most influential T20 players, Marlon Samuels. He was their best player in the finals of both events but will not be there for the upcoming tournament. Nevertheless, the players in the squad are more than capable of destroying their opponents.
“I just think that the format, we get an opportunity to express ourselves in a short piece of time and that’s something we like to do, we are an exciting bunch of cricketers. Over the years we have gained a lot of knowledge of how to play T20 Cricket and the different sort of changes and what is needed at different times in order to be successful.” Pollard said.
There’s a perfect mixture of youth and experience in the side which is hungry to secure more silverware for the West Indies in the T20I format. One of their strengths is their six-hitting ability, which is extremely important in the 20-over games, right from the first batsman and down to the lower order.
“Hopefully, we prove we may be a step above the rest in T20” – Kieron Pollard
The burly all-rounder, who is playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL, expressed that his side is one of the best going around in World T20. The Caribbean players participate in most of the franchise leagues around the world and their experience will matter when it comes to the big stage like the World Cup.
“We’re looking forward to the T20 World Cup against and hopefully we can, you know, show our worth and continue to prove that when it comes to T20, we may be a step above the rest,” the 34-year-old mentioned.
Pollard recently achieved the feat of becoming the first cricketer in T20 history to score 10000 runs and take 300 wickets in the format.