West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has admitted that despite top scoring with 55 during his side's to India in the opening One-Day International in Trinidad, he still has to work on his game.
Following the match, in which the West Indies posted a modest score of 214 for nine, which was overtaken with more than five overs to spare. Sarwan revealed he is yet to return to batting as fluently as he would like.
"It was pretty tough early up but once we got set it became a bit easy to bat," he said. "Marlon (Samuels, who made 54) and myself, we got starts, but we did not quite carry on. I was looking to get a much bigger score for the team and set a bigger target.
"I’m still not my fluent self, but I will go back to the nets tomorrow. I have a few things I have to work on and be ready for the match on Wednesday. From here on I will be looking to improve even more and do better for the team."
The second game in the five-match series is on Wednesday and the West Indies will undoubtedly be keen to put in an improved performance in all areas.
"As players we have been trying to help each other and look to improve and win more matches," Sarwan said. "The spirit in the team is still high. We played some good cricket against Pakistan and won a few matches against them, and even though we have not started the way we would have liked against India, we still have four more one-day matches to go, so we will be looking to get some wins here as well."
And Sarwan was keen to reflect on the positives from a match that the West Indies fought hard to remain in right until the very end.
"It was really good to see Marlon get a good score under his belt," Sarwan added. Samuels has just recently returned to international cicket after serving a two-year ban for illegally providing bookmakers with match information.
"Young (Devendra) Bishoo has continued to bowl really well and (Anthony) Martin did well for us with the new ball and returned to get some wicket close to the end of the innings and build some pressure," Sarwan continued.
"Martin has done well in the team. He plays with a lot of passion and it is great to have a player like him in the team. Today, the bowlers kept us in the game and out there we felt we were always in with a chance."
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