A few hours after India’s historic three-wicket prevail upon Australia, the first question presented to Jason Mohammed, West Indies’ ODI captain, during a virtual press conference, was about how his makeshift group of novices and returnees can take motivation from Brisbane.
Mohammed, himself getting back to the ODI side after over two years, said that India, who had an inexperienced side after a few wounds, indicated how conviction could deal with a group of cricketers on a visit to a country where the home side successes frequently.
West Indies are in Bangladesh where the home side has won the last three ODI series, one of them against a lot stronger West Indies side two years back. On the off chance that this West Indies side, and certainly Mohammed, can identify with India’s circumstance in Australia, they can be motivated to accomplish something comparable.
“It is something that we will look to,” Mohammed said. “It depends on how you play on the day. Obviously, a lot of the guys will be making their debut. Once you have the belief within yourself and within the team that you can win games, these things are achievable. It showed in the India-Australia Tests. We have the same mindset, to play some good cricket starting tomorrow, and hopefully results can go on our side as well.”
Be that as it may, it stays a tough task. West Indies has needed to manage with a few newcomers after quite a bit of their main squad pulled out of this visit, their third during the pandemic. It is a subject that no one on tour wants to discuss, at least publicly, yet it is a subject that is not really disappearing.
Mohammed, a middle-order batsman who additionally bowls part-time offspin, said that he has advised his group to appreciate the moment of playing for the West Indies, and attempting to unite their exhibitions for the team’s cause. “We are just looking to enjoy the series and our first game. It is a big opportunity for all of us here representing the West Indies. We just want to do well as individuals, but importantly, bring it together and do it for the team. We want to have some good results here. There’s a lot of positive going around. We had couple of days in Bangladesh. We have prepared well. Hopefully we can use whatever we learned here, and put in practice in the game,” he said.
Mohammed said that he feels they are decidedly ready, notwithstanding the short window that they had the opportunity to prepare in Dhaka throughout the most recent week, to tackle Bangladesh’s turn. Chiefly, they need to guarantee that they can ruin Shakib Al Hasan, who is getting back to international cricket after his year boycott.
“We have a lot of positives. We had a couple of practice sessions and the game within ourselves. The batters looked pretty good I must say. The main thing coming to Bangladesh is a lot of spin. We just have to play it as we see it in the game. Whether we attack, defend or rotate.
“It is going to be a little bit challenging but I think we prepared well, and we are up for the challenge. We have to play (Shakib) as we see it. We know he is one of the best going around the world. We just have to stay positive against him. If there are balls that we can score off, we have to score. If it is good balls, we have to defend,”
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