The Indian team sports a distinctly depleted look in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan but the West Indies captain Chris Gayle said he would not make the folly of underestimating the visitors in the forthcoming four-match ODI series starting on Friday.
“It is never a walk over against India. There are a lot of guys to give us a lot of trouble, so we just have to stick to our game plan and make it a successful one,” Gayle said.
The hosts themselves have seen quite a few changes in their squad with pace spearhead Fidel Edwards missing the tournament with a back injury.
The West Indies selectors added Darren Bravo, younger brother of Dwayne, in the 13-member squad in which Runako Morton and Narsingh Deonarine replaced Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard.
Senior batsman Sarwan also agreed that even a depleted India would prove a difficult challenge for the hosts in the series. “The Indians are a very good one-day team and while they may be without a couple of their players, they will prove handful for us,” Sarwan said.
“But we are in good form and have confidence in our abilities and hopefully, beginning Friday, we can get a good start to the series,” added Sarwan.
Gayle, meanwhile, was proud of the West Indies’ performance in the Twenty20 World Cup even though he rued not advancing beyond the semifinals.
“It was a pretty decent performance. We tried our best but in the end it was not to be. I am not disheartened. I am proud of the guys, as not many were expecting us to reach that far,” said Gayle. PTI