West Indies captain Chris Gayle has said that his team is determined to put the ICC World Twenty20 semi-final exit behind them and rebound against the Indians in the four-match ODI series in Jamaica and St Lucia. Gayle cautioned that the tourists will be out for revenge after their disappointing display in the World Twenty20, which included a defeat to West Indies in the Super Eights.
The Indians have a poor recent record in the West Indies, including a 4-1 defeat in the bilateral series in 2006 and a forgettable performance in the World Cup the following year, which led to a first-round exit.
“Both teams are looking to win and they (Indians) are trying to prove something against us,” Gayle said. “At the same time we want to get more wins under our belt and continue our development. It’s going to be a tough series but we’re excited about it and have fun and play some good cricket all around.”
West Indies turned in a much-improved performance in the World Twenty20 after a lacklustre Test and ODI series against England. Gayle admitted that his team had an ordinary day in the semi-final clash against Sri Lanka where the top-order collapse contributed to a big loss.
“We were happy to be in the Twenty20 and happy to make the semi-finals but we’re disappointed in the way we lost the game,” Gayle said. “We’re now focused on rebounding by winning here against India.”
Gayle had earlier warned against complacency, given that the tourists are without star players like Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag. The coach John Dyson said an aggressive approach would work against India.
The series is part of a reciprocal arrangement between the two cricket boards. West Indies had toured India for four ODIs in 2007, just before the World Cup. The Indians have been on the road since the tour of New Zealand and their packed schedule has included the five-week IPL in South Africa and the World Twenty20. Fatigue was cited as one of the reasons for India’s poor performance in England but Gayle, nevertheless, expects a tough contest.
The Indian one-day side performed well in New Zealand, taking the series 3-1.
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