Devendra Bishoo keen to do well in Sri Lanka

Devendra Bishoo keen to do well in Sri Lanka
Devendra Bishoo keen to do well in Sri Lanka
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West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo is looking forward to make optimal use of the spin-friendly conditions in Sri Lanka in their upcoming tour which begins on 14th October.

West Indies have arrived in Sri Lanka to play two Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

Bishoo who made his Test debut in 2011, has played 13 Test matches but he is yet to feature against Sri Lanka.

Bishoo is extremely keen to challenge the Sri Lankan batsmen in their own backyard with his spin bowling.

“It’s my first time in Sri Lanka playing Test cricket.

“I’ve heard a lot about Sri Lanka and the pitch taking spin, so I really want to play here.

“They are one of the best teams in the world at playing spin.

“At the end of the day, you have to play your cricket and try to enjoy it as much as possible and be up to the standard.

“I just want to do well, as with every other series and every match that I play, I just want to do well and enjoy it as much as possible."

Despite taking 39 wickets in the 10 matches he played in 2011, Bishoo has only managed to feature in only three games since then.

However, in the two games in 2015, Bishoo has accounted for 10 wickets including a six-wicket haul in June against Australia in Dominica.

The 29-year-old is very confident in his abilities and is focussing on enjoying his time out in the middle when playing for his country.

“My confidence is there, there’s nothing to worry about too much.

“I just have to go and put the ball in the right areas and just focus on your game and do what you have to do at the set time.

“One of the things (I am focussing on) is staying tough and enjoying my cricket as much as possible and just keep working hard at my cricket.”

Apart from the spin-friendly tracks, West Indies will have to endure some warm and humid weather in Sri Lanka, as the temperatures are expected to touch 30 degrees along with a rain forecast.

Bishoo further opined that the team has to simply prepare themselves mentally to deal with the weather conditions.

“If the place is hot, you can’t do anything about it.

“At the end of the day, you still have to play cricket in it and you have to be mentally tough and mentally strong.”

Bishoo feels that the team will be largely benefited if they stick together and support each other in the tour.

“We have to enjoy the tour as much as possible, stick together as a unit and do well.

“Sticking together will help the team a lot, that’s very, very important, just supporting each other.

“As I’ve said over and over, we have to enjoy the cricket as a team.”

West Indies will kick off their campaign against Sri Lanka with a tour game against Sri Lanka Board President's XI on 8th October in Colombo.

© Cricket World 2015