West Indies cricket goes via a transitional section in the mean time following a disastrous T20 World Cup in UAE final yr.
Nicholas Pooran has taken over as the brand new captain, however the struggles have continued, particularly in ODI cricket, with West Indies dropping back-to-back ODI sequence towards Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Things have been barely higher in T20s, with Pooran’s aspect profitable the sequence towards Bangladesh, and the skipper feels they’ve been a “mixed bag” of late.
“We are trying to find out the right mindset for ODI cricket. Once we get that, we will be fine, but now it’s about forming a template for each format,” Pooran advised TOI forward of their limited-overs sequence towards India, which begins with an ODI in Queen’s Park Oval on Friday.
Pooran is aware of it is going to be a troublesome problem competing towards an Indian aspect which is coming to the West Indies on the again of very good sequence wins in ODIs and T20Is towards the highly effective England.
“We are looking forward to the series and our aim is to be competitive and play exciting cricket. We will look to put our best foot forward,” Pooran mentioned.
There are numerous stars lacking from the Indian ODI aspect, with Shikhar Dhawan main the workforce. The Indians appear to be taking the T20s much more severely although, with solely Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah the most important absentees. Pooran feels so many Indian gamers skipping the ODI sequence makes their job a little bit simpler, despite the fact that nothing may be taken without any consideration. “They have millions of players who can come and do that role,” Pooran mentioned.
In the present context, with the T20 World Cup scheduled for Australia later within the yr, the five- match T20I sequence beginning on July 29 may have extra significance. “They have match-winners with bat and ball and we can come out and challenge them here and Florida (the venues of the last two T20s), it will send a message across the cricket world. And it will be fabulous for us as a group as well,” Pooran mentioned.
For two-time T20 world champions West Indies, it’s doubly essential to be aggressive within the shortest format, as a result of they should play the qualifiers in Australia later this yr to make the showpiece occasion.
It has been a steep fall for the Caribbean aspect, a rustic which produces gamers who’re superstars of franchise leagues the world over. Though Pooran refused to get into the membership vs nation debate, the 26-year-old mentioned that it might be a “blessing in disguise” that they’ve to start out from scratch once more.
“We put ourselves in that position as a team, but that is okay, it happens. We were in a rebellion phase and now we have to start over. It’s a blessing in disguise that we will have to play the qualifiers. We have a series there and then the qualifiers will give us enough time to acclimatize ourselves to the conditions Down Under,” the captain added.
Pooran’s personal type has been spectacular and the left-hander feels he’s in an excellent second. “I am enjoying my role and I am doing some bowling too. The guys are supporting me 100% and we can do wonderful things,” Pooran mentioned.