West Indian captain Chris Gayle has guarded against any complanceny creeping into his camp by saying that India will still pose a significant threat during the upcoming ODI series.
India go into the four-match series, which begins on Friday, missing Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina, but Gayle is expecting a tough battle.
“Sehwag and Tendulkar (are) two world class players but (India) still has quality players to step up and they have a lot of experience in One Day cricket so it’s not a situation where we will say it’s a walkover, it’s never a walkover against India,” Gayle told the media in Jamaica, where the first game takes place on Friday (26th June).
“They still have quality players, they have Yuvraj (Singh), Harbhajan Singh, (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (Ishant) Sharma, a lot of guys to give us a lot of trouble,” he added.
Gayle led his side to the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20, beating India along the way, and he acknowledges that India will be motivated ahead of the clash at Sabina Park.
“We have a big game on Friday against India. We’re all looking forward to it. India is always a good One Day team and they will be looking to beat us based on their T20 disappointment,” he explained.
The West Indies have called up Darren Bravo, brother of all-rounder Dwayne for the first two matches and Fidel Edwards misses out with a back injury.
Cricket World Radio will be offering live, unofficial audio coverage of all four matches as well as ball-by-ball text coverage.
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