Men in Blue may face tough time in Tour of West Indies, opines Lara
The former Windies skipper upbeat about the Caribbean side's display when they face touring side India post WC
Published - Apr 5, 2019 12:05 pm | Updated - Apr 5, 2019 12:56 pm
After the completion of ICC cricket World Cup, India will travel to West Indies in July to play three T20Is followed by a three one-dayers and conclude the tour with two Test matches. Former West Indies skipper and batting legend, Brian Lara is of the opinion that the series won’t be a stroll in the park for Men in Blue.
West Indies might have displayed the impression that they are easy to get overpowered when they toured India last year. Not only did they lose the Test series by a 2-0 margin, but they also lost the T20I series with 3-0. But, managed to win only one ODI in a three-match series.
However, they surprised everyone with their performances against England earlier this year as the Caribbeans clinched the Test series 2-0 at home and tied the ODI series 2-2. However, Under captain Jason Holder, who proved himself as one of the best allrounders in the longest format, West Indies side found redemption.
Windies can defeat any team if they make it to the knock-out stage, warns Lara
If something they are lacking, that is consistency. If the Holder’s side have to succeed in the World Cup, Lara believes they should work on the shortcomings. “I am happy that we have made that little progress since we came here (in India) last October. Windies have match winners, but that’s not enough to play in English conditions and win the World Cup. We need a team that is consistent,” Lara was quoted saying by Sportstar.
Lara, who has more than 10,000 runs in ODIs and in Tests, made it clear that the Caribbean team can beat any team that stand their way if they make it to the knock-out stage. “Once they are in the knock-out, they can beat any team, we have seen that in the past. We have Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, (Andre) Russell, (Dwayne) Bravo all playing the IPL, but I am not sure whom they (Windies selectors) are going to pick,” he said.
Even after West Indies’ struggle in India in October last year, Lara is positive following the comeback against England at home. “The team has shown enough improvement from what they played in India last October. What we are trying to be is be a strong team at home. India may have to worry when they come to the West Indies in July-August because we have a team that understands the conditions,” Lara warns that the Windies won’t be easy to tackle in their den.
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