Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has said that his side will fancy their chances against India at home. The Windies are currently playing a T20I series against England. Post that the Kieron Pollard-led side will travel to India for a white-ball series comprising of three ODIs and three T20Is between February 6-20. The ODIs will be played in Ahmedabad (Feb 6-11) followed by the T20Is in Kolkata (Feb 16-20).
Speaking to PTI on the sidelines of Legends League Cricket in Muscat, Darren Sammy said that the series will not be a cakewalk for India at home. He expects Pollard’s West Indies to put up a fight against the Indians.
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“I believe Pollard will definitely fancy his chances (against India). He has been playing in India for so long, he knows the conditions well. At the (ongoing) England series, we have unearthed some new talents. I think West Indies could go out there (India) and do well,” said the former West Indies captain.
Both teams have faced some tough defeats in recent times. West Indies made an early exit from the T20 World Cup 2021. That was followed by a whitewash against Pakistan followed by a shocking 2-1 defeat to Ireland in ODIs. However, against England at home, they are leading the T20I series 2-1 with two games left.
India, on the other hand, are also experiencing a transitional phase in their cricket. They bowed out early from the T20 World Cup as well. This saw Virat Kohli step down as India’s T20I captain followed by his sacking as ODI captain.
India lost the Test series against South Africa 2-1 which saw Kohli step down as India’s Test captain as well. Subsequently, they lost were whitewashed in the ODI series. They started 2022 on a forgettable note with the side looking to appoint their next Test skipper ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka which starts from February 25.
When asked if India’s series defeat would hand West Indies the advantage in the contest, Sammy said, “India have always been strong at home, they are a force to reckon with because of some really good one-day players.”