November 27, 2013 3:41:41 am
The series-levelling win in the second One-day International gave the West Indies the self-belief that they can beat India in their own backyard,the visiting team skipper Dwayne Bravo told the media on Tuesday. However,he said the team will need to produce something special if they are to repeat the feat and win the series. Excerpts from Tuesdays pre-match press conference:
On the Vizag match
Winning the last game gave us the confidence and the belief that we can actually beat India in India. From our point of view,we are just focused on improving on our previous performances and try to play together as a team more consistently. In the last five encounters weve had with India in ODIs,weve won two and lost three. So,tomorrows game will be very important to get even and of course win the series.
On the Indian threat
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The Indian team will come back hard after the hurtful loss. Its not going to be easy but I will keep reminding the team of the importance of beating the number one team in the world. Before the last match we had a very good team meeting it was very interactive and thorough.
In all meetings we formulate our plans but never really executed them on the field,which we did well the other day. I will remind the guys of the good things we did in that match and encourage them to repeat all that tomorrow.
On the Need to score big
I encourage the young West Indies batsmen to learn from the Indian batsmen,particularly inculcate their appetite for runs. I want guys like Darren Bravo,Kieran Powell and Johnson Charles to learn from the likes of Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
The talks are on in media and outside that Sammy should not be part of team but for us he is a big part of our team. As captain,he is an important player for me,especially with likes of Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle out. He is a main player in our side and will be an asset as long as he plays.
If he is out of form,its important for us as a team to give him all support and continue to encourage him because he is a match-winner on his day. He showed that in the last game. He also brings in a positive vibe in the dressing room and I would always want someone like him around at all times.
On WI spinners
I am happy to have two good spinners at my disposal in Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul in Indian conditions. Tomorrow,it being a day game,they will play an even bigger role.
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