'We are underdogs and that’s fine' - Kieron Pollard looks optimistic ahead of T20I series against India
T20I series between India and West Indies will begin from 6th of December.
West Indies cricket team is gearing up for the three-match T20I series against India that will begin from 6th of December at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Ahead of the much-anticipated series opener, Kieron Pollard, the skipper of Carrebiean team looked optimistic about his team.
Pollard and Co. had recently whitewashed Afghanistan by 3-0 in ODI series on Indian soil. They gave some astonishing performances in that series and their players will be full of confidence when they lock horns with Team India in the shorter format. However, it will be an uphill task for the West Indies side to contest against the Men in Blue, who are in phenomenal form lately.
Kieron Pollard wants his players to believe in themselves against India in T20Is
Kieron Pollard feels that his side is coming against a tough opponent. He also accepted the fact that they are underdogs going into the T20I series. But, it is exactly fine as they just want to concentrate on their performances and execute the plans. He also looked optimistic on the talented individuals in his side, who according to Pollard just need to have faith in themselves.
“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. There are boxes which need to be ticked off, when you do that, most times you end up on the right side of the result. Success is boring because you have to do the same thing over and over again to be consistent and this is something the guys are willing to work on.” West Indies skipper said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
In further explanation, Pollard stated that they have to achieve consistency and the players in the team are ready to work hard to get the favourable results. According to the all-rounder, he is a senior cricketer and hence, he holds the responsibility to guide the young individuals in the right direction. He believes that being a skipper is a big responsibility but he is ready to take up every challenge in the near future.
“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. 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 added.
After the conclusion of T20I series, West Indies will play three-match ODI series against the same opponent starting on December 15.