West indies ready to win the match against South Africa | West indies ready to win the match
West indies ready to win the match against South Africa: West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes his side will have an ally in the batting wicket for their World Cup match against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
South Africa are concerned about the batting strip and Sammy believes the Windies are geared to force the Proteas off course early in the tournament when the teams clash on Thursday.
They will be playing on a wicket where no international cricket has been played since December 2009.
“A number of our guys played here recently in the Indian Premier League and the Champions Trophy, so we probably know it better than the South Africans,” said Sammy.
“That should count in our favour, as well as the fact that we have slower bowlers that usually fare better on slow wickets like this one.”
The team has also been on the sub-continent for the past two months and played a one-day series against Sri Lanka.
And with a handful of hard-hitting batsmen like Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo in their ranks, Sammy believes that the islanders can easily deliver the tournament’s first major surprise.
“The team’s biggest challenge is to be consistent without compromising on flamboyancy,” he said.
“We have more than enough match-winners and now we just need to ensure that we play together as a team.”
That is why the Windies have consulted some of their superstars of yesteryear this week.
Viv Richards and Clive Lloyd – two of the players in the Windies team that crushed all comers in the 1970s and 1980s – offered some advice.
“They wished us good luck for the match and made suggestions about how we can win,” said Sammy.
However, the Windies have struggled for victories over the past 12 months and were also beaten 5-0 in a one-day series by a touring South African team last year.