Brian Lara has willingly draped West Indies in the coat of underdogs against South Africa. But he didn't take long in spelling out what they have done to the favourites in the tournament so far.
“I know India and Australia were favourites in our group, but we were quietly confident in our abilities,” Lara said. If his message was still somewhat obscure, he made it clear pretty soon.
“We haven't played South Africa for some time, but we have our gameplan in place for them. We have dissected the South African cricket team and we know exactly what we want to do against them.”
Lara's confidence is understandable in the light of the performance his team has churned out. “I am happy the way things have been going for us,” he said.
“We had two centurions in that game and so we're quite happy with the way the guys are expressing themselves irrespective of the batting order,” he said. In what could be another indication of how confident he is, the skipper doesn't see any devil in the wicket.
“Teams playing here have got good starts and then folded up later,” he said. “We have to take that into consideration,” he added.