Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar has labelled the West Indies National Cricket Team as a “newish or youngish-looking” team and he feels that leading the side for the white-ball series against India won’t be an easy job for Kieron Pollard.
The West Indies tour of India 2022 consists of 6-match limited-overs series, including three ODIs and as many T20Is. Also, the series will commence on February 6 and all the ODI games will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad and T20Is will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Previewing the series on the Star Sports show Game Plan, Ajit Agarkar said:
“It’s quite a newish or youngish-looking team and that’s where your job becomes a little bit harder when you don’t have the experience to fall on. When they were winning those back-to-back T20 World Cups, there were superstars in that team who suited that format.”
He added that West Indies have some brilliantly talented cricketers like Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. He said:
“This is going to be a lot harder work. I think they still have a lot of talent, if you look at Shai Hope or someone like a Nicholas Pooran, with the kind of talent that he has, we want to see more of at the international stage.”
West Indies have got to make that step up and take some leadership roles – Ajit Agarkar
Former Indian cricketer feels that the skipper Pollard will be a key to success for the Men In Maroon. He said:
“Pollard himself, to have that experience in the middle plus his leadership qualities to guide some of the younger guys, is going to be key. But some of those guys who have been part of the West Indies team, like Hope or Pooran that I mentioned, they have got to make that step up and take some leadership roles as far as performances are concerned.”
Agarkar was asked about the Mumbai Indians teammates Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard going out for the toss together during the 6-match limited-overs series, to which he responded:
“Ya, it will be fun and I think one of the reasons that the Mumbai Indians have retained Kieron Pollard is that if Rohit is missing for some reason, for his leadership qualities. He has got to show it for the West Indies right now.”
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