West Indies' powerful all-rounder Kieron Pollard aims to make an immediate impact on his return to international cricket ahead of the first One-Day International against India.
Pollard, who recently helped the Mumbai Indians reach the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League, was not considered for the one-off Twenty20 International because he had not participated in the domestic Twenty20 competition.
India won the match by 16 runs but Pollard, along with fellow all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, is available for the five-match ODI series.
And Pollard, who has also starred in Twenty20 cricket for Somerset, Trinidad and Tobago and South Australia, is looking forward to playing 50-over cricket.
"I have been training well and batting well so I’m eagerly looking ahead to this series. My form is there and I’m hitting the ball well," he said.
"It’s a matter of me trying to get off to a good start and try to get the team off to a winning start when things kick off. I’m looking to do well and make a positive impact for the West Indies. There is a lot of cricket to be played and, as a team, we are really looking forward to playing against the Indians."
To do so, and attempt to dethrone the reigning world champions, they will need to improve on their performance in the Twenty20 game but Pollard is confident that he will give the watching crowd a performance to be proud of.
"We have a very good team. We have a lot of players who have done well at the international level and I’m sure they will be looking for more good performances at this level. We are fully aware of what is required and we will be looking to go out and do the job for the people of the West Indies."
"Playing at home is always special for me in front of friends and family and people I have known all my life. The key is to get off to a good start and maintain that momentum. The Indians have a good bunch of guys and they are a young team. They have a lot of talent, but what we will try to do is plan well and exploit any the weaknesses in their team."
Pollard has played 39 One-Day Internationals for the West Indies, making his debut in the 2007 World Cup, to date scoring 726 runs and taking 32 wickets.
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