Windies head coach Stuart Legislation is relying on his high six batsmen to attain “large runs” to compete in opposition to the No.1 ranked Indian facet within the two-Take a look at collection that begins on October 4.The Jason Holder-led Windies arrived in India on Thursday and can play a two-day apply recreation in Vadodara on September 29 earlier than the primary Take a look at kicks off in Rajkot. Regardless of ranked eighth on the ICC Take a look at chart, Legislation stated that the facet had a reasonably good stability and anticipated them to come back good. Nonetheless, he did admit that issues won’t be simple for the Windies within the collection.
”Our high six are actually good to stay their hand up and rating large runs that they’re able to,” stated Legislation “If we are able to put runs on the board, we are able to create stress that method and provides our bowlers one thing to work with.
“Having stated that, India should not going to be simple. We’re underneath no illusions. They’re the No.1 Take a look at crew on the earth for a selected motive. So we’ve to play rather well to not solely get into the competition but additionally we are able to stress them into errors and we are able to cling on to these errors, then we are able to open up alternatives.
“We’re going there to compete. We’re going there to do our absolute best and hold preventing until the very finish. You by no means know what can occur.”
Windies had been pressured to make a late change to the unique Take a look at squad with Alzarri Joseph failing to get well from a stress fracture. Changing him within the squad is uncapped pacer Shermon Lewis who had a terrific debut for the Windward Islands final 12 months, ending 2017-18 season with 30 wickets at 21.66 within the home four-day event.
Legislation insisted the 22-year-old was an thrilling prospect and will hassle the Indians together with his uncooked tempo.
“He’s an thrilling new prospect coming from Grenada,” Legislation stated. “The smaller islands are getting some recognition, which is nice.
“However he isn’t right here simply because he’s from a small island. He’s right here as a result of he’s high quality. [I am] trying ahead to working with him, trying ahead to seeing what he can convey to the desk.
“He has received some good tempo, some swing that may be very helpful notably with reverse swing in India.”
The Caribbean facet will largely depend on their skilled guys in Jason Holder, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and Shane Dowrich to information the younger crew. Dowrich, who scored a century and a fifty in opposition to Sri Lanka within the house collection not too long ago stated his facet’s confidence was excessive coming into the collection.
“India is all the time a troublesome place to play cricket. They’re fairly good in their very own yard like most groups,” stated Dowrich. “However I feel we’ve been doing effectively within the final couple of collection and going into this one I feel we are able to put up a superb battle. Our confidence is fairly excessive. We all know it will likely be a troublesome collection.
“I might love to attain a Take a look at hundred in India. However for me, it’s about serving to the crew and trying to do as a lot as I may to ensure the crew does the very best.”
First Printed: September 28, 2018, 6:44 PM IST