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India will be desperate to avenge T20 humiliation

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2009 13:54 IST

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With the Twenty20 World Cup debacle still fresh on their mind, a wounded India will be desperate to avenge their recent defeat against the West Indies when the four-match ODI series gets underway from Friday.

A tired Indian team, who suffered a seven-wicket tharshing at the hands of Christ Gayle's men in T20 World Cup in England, has now regrouped for the 50-over format after a nine-day break from competitive cricket.

The squad is sans big-wigs like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, who are nursing various injuries, but promises to put up a goos show against the hosts with the return of pacer Ashish Nehra and some new talents.

The Indian team is packed with all rounders in Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja besides the likes of star batsmen Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma.

Their bowling department, as admitted by West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, will be the main concern for the home side, especially the spinners.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has vowed to bring cheer back to the Indian fans, has already made it clear to the opposition that his team was not short on confidence and had the wherewithals to challenge the West Indies.

"When it comes to playing for your country you don't really need motivation to go out and perform," Dhoni had said on arrival in the Caribbean.

He also warned the hosts against relying on the Twenty20 form, saying the 50-over format was altogether a different ball game.

"The West Indies is playing good cricket at the moment. They had a very good (World) 20/20 tournament, but in the 50 overs, you have time to settle down," he said.

Dhoni believes consistency would be the key to success in the series, which begins at the slow Sabina Park track.

"The team that plays consistent cricket over the series will come out as winners. We have to play consistent cricket and I think that will be the key for us," Dhoni said.

Dhoni's men, ranked third in the ICC's ODI team rankings, would also take the opportunity to climb up the ladder ahead of Australia and inch closer to table toppers South Africa, especially in the backdrop of their successful last ODI series against New Zealand in March.

The West Indies, seemingly resurgent following their semifinal berth in the T20 World Cup, are not taking the Indians lightly though. Chris Gayle and Co had lost their last series in England.

"India is always a good One Day team and they will be looking to beat us based on their Twenty20 disappointment."