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WI vs India: Return of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard a boost - Carlos Brathwaite

West Indies face India in one-off Twenty20 on Sunday with top players like Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle back in the squad.

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:45 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times, Kingston
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Chris Gayle is part of West Indies squad for the one-off Twenty20 against India.(AP)

With the big boys back in the squad for the one-off Twenty20 International against India, West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite says confidence is high with so much experience back in the team.

“Confidence is always high. You don’t see Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle sulking or low on confidence. They always think we can win whatever the situation and that rubs off well,” Brathwaite said.

“It is always nice to get the big boys back, nice vibe in the dressing room. With all the boys coming in, we have jokes around, we have fun. We always know where to draw the line. They are all mature guys. Me as the captain, am always trying to keep the dressing room as happy as I can as long as the boys express themselves at the park. Looking forward to a good performance tomorrow.”

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The West Indies skipper has a big task at hand. After India thrashed the hosts 3-1 in the ODIs, he needs to galvanise the team to restore pride in the lone T20 International.

“We have to concentrate on us. It is not about them but us trying to take ourselves to the highest gear as best and as quickly as possible,” he said.

Brathwaite said that the tiff with West Indies board over contracts and pay dispute is a thing of past and they signed the contract because they wanted to play for West Indies.

“We signed the contract because we wanted to be here, we wanted to represent West Indies and we wanted to play. So it is just to go there and show on the field our good performance,” he said.

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With many West Indians playing Indian Premier League, Brathwaite felt it could be a double-edged sword.

“It can help us, it can help them as well. So wouldn’t be any trade secrets lost between the two teams but yeah we are good friends off the field. But once you cross the line, you come to represent your country and friendships don’t happen out on the park. We get on the park, there is war, it is country vs country.”

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 23:45 IST