‘Kieron Pollard will definitely fancy his chances’ – Darren Sammy backs West Indies to do well in India
West Indies are scheduled to tour India for three ODIs and as many T20Is starting from February 6.
Updated - Jan 29, 2022 3:47 pm
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has put his weight behind Kieron Pollard and his team to do well in the upcoming series against India. The series will get underway with three ODI games and it will be followed by three T20Is as well. The tussle in the 50-over format will be taking place in the reconstructed Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad which is one of the biggest grounds in the world at the moment.
Meanwhile, the host nation is coming back from a horrific ODI series against South Africa while the newly appointed limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma will be back in action. The 34-year-old had to miss the Proteas tour due to injury concerns and he is set to join Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, a combination that has worked out well for India for almost a decade.
‘Pollard knows the conditions well’ – Darren Sammy
Sammy is quite confident that Pollard’s experience in India will be very useful for the upcoming limited over series and backed the West Indies to pose a tough challenge. He added that the return of Kemar Roach to the ODI side along with the addition of some new names will definitely keep the Caribbean nation in the hunt.
“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,” Sammy said according to NDTV Sports.
The two-time T20 World Cup winning captain also felt the need of getting wickets with the new ball for the West Indies and supported the decision of bringing back Roach into the side. India won the ODI and T20I series against West Indies last time around in 2019 in the subcontinent nation.
“India have always been strong at home, they are a force to reckon with because of some really good one-day players. We need bowlers who can take wickets in both the ODI and T20 series. Kemar is a quality bowler. We all know his records in Test cricket. He gets wickets with the new ball.
“When you play against quality guys, especially in India, you need guys to get breakthroughs with the new ball. If not, you could find chasing 300-plus especially on good Indian wickets. So I could understand the selection process behind it,” Darren Sammy added.