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India vs West Indies ODI: visitors look to fight back

Present-day West Indies love T20s. with the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine in the line-up, this can give them an edge against the Indians in the ODI series.

cricket Updated: Nov 21, 2013 02:13 IST
Sai Mohan

Skipper Dwayne Bravo said it best: "(Chris) Gayle and (Marlon) Samuels feel most comfortable in this format (limited-over cricket). It (the ODIs against India) won't be as one-sided as the Test series."

Gayle's casual dismissals in the Tests made one want to endorse Clive Lloyd's comments that "West Indies looked drunk on T20". But it was quite in synch with their record in Tests in the last decade. West Indies have won only 13 out of 91 Tests in the last 10 years, six of which came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Present-day West Indies love T20s. The likes of Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine have been criticised for "bringing more intensity" to their respective IPL sides as compared to representing the islands.

Pollard, who averages less than 25 from 85 ODIs, hasn't missed a game for Mumbai Indians over four seasons. He's out injured for the India series.

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With the real 'Tests' behind, the West Indies are now in familiar territory. The ODIs will be played in front of packed grounds, their batsmen can make merry in tailor-made conditions.

"This format gives us more freedom. Tests require more skill, more temperament," admitted Bravo. "Even someone like Darren Sammy, who didn't have a good Test series, can be our match-winner here. We have an opportunity to express ourselves, but we need to play smart cricket," he added.

MS Dhoni too admitted that West Indies were a dangerous one-day outfit. "They play flamboyant cricket - it suits this format. They have some allrounders, some good spinners and big hitters."

When reminded that India chased down totals in excess of 350 twice recently, Bravo felt his bowlers will fare better than the Australians. "Our bowlers are similar to the Indian bowlers.

The Australians bowled too fast. We need to be smart and vary our pace. We have Naraine, who is the No 1 ranked bowler in the world. Jason Holder knows the conditions well because he's playing IPL. The better bowling side will win the series," said Bravo, while endorsing the two new-ball rule: "It is a good rule when you have two good fast bowlers. I think we have that in our set-up."

'Samuels will bowl'
Despite being reported for a suspect action, the Jamaican will bowl his off-breaks.

"Marlon has been reported on a few occasions and he passed the test all those times. Naraine has also been called for his action, he too cleared the test. We don't see any reason to change our plans. Samuels will be available and will be bowling," said Bravo.