IND v WI 2019: “We would be the underdogs and that's fine”, says Pollard ahead of India series

West Indies will play three T20Is and as many ODIs against India.

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West Indies are all set to begin their highly-anticipated limited-overs tour of India with the Hyderabad T20I on Friday (December 6).

Ahead of the match, Caribbean skipper Kieron Pollard said his team doesn’t mind the underdog tag against India and will look to focus on the basics to get a desirable result.

"We are coming up against a harder opposition, we would be the underdogs and that's fine but then again it is about going out there and executing and believing in your talent, once you do that anything is possible," Pollard was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"There are boxes which needs to be ticked off, when you do that, most times you end up on the right side of the result."

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Last month, West Indies defeated Afghanistan in an ODI series in Lucknow and Pollard said his troops are willing to work hard to be more consistent.

"You must commend the guys on how they worked in the little period of time for the Afghanistan series. It was incredible and it augurs well for us as we go into the future," he said.

"Success is boring because you have to do same thing over and over again to be consistent and this is something the guys are willing to work on."

When asked about the additional responsibility of leading the national side, Pollard remarked: "I was playing international cricket for a long period of time. I missed out 3 or 4 years. It is no secret what transpired in terms of my relationship with the board and whatever.”

"Like you dream of playing for the West Indies but you don't dream of captaining West Indies. But something falls into your lap and again it's a challenge and I don't want to shy away from challenges," he continued.

Pollard said he is open to share his experience with the young players in the dressing room.

"And they need the experienced guys also to guide them along so. You know, that's basically my job. In terms of trying to guide them and set them in the right direction.

Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai will host the second and third T20I between India and West Indies on December 8 and December 11 respectively. Subsequently, both the teams will face each other in a three-match ODI series, starting December 15 in Chennai.

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 04 Dec, 2019

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