< >
CricketWorld.com, Latest Cricket News & Results

It's Good To Be Underdogs - Devon Smith

Its Good To Be Underdogs - Devon Smith
Devon Smith has stated that West Indies doesn’t mind being termed underdogs in the ongoing Test series against England.
©REUTERS / Action Images

West Indies opening batsman Devon Smith has stated that his side doesn’t mind being termed underdogs in the ongoing Test series against England.

“I think sometimes it’s good to be underdogs,” said Smith.

“It means that you’ve nothing to lose and something to prove.

“We have no pressure on us and it’s all on them as they had said in the media about expecting to win the series.”

Prior to the Test series, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board was quoted saying that he expected England to win the series easily as he felt West Indies are a mediocre team.

Reacting to the comments, Smith stated that such comments are always taken in a positive manner by him and the team.

“Yeah they motivate me.

“Not just me but the entire team wanted to prove them wrong.

“You just have to go out there and put in your best to upset their expectations.”

Smith who is the first Grenada player to represent West Indies will get the opportunity of playing in front of his home crowd for the first time on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old seemed excited at the opportunity and hopes to put up an impressive show on his home ground.

“Looking forward to the experience.

“I’m the first person to play Test cricket at home and it can be a good achievement for me.”

When asked about the surface in Grenada, Smith reckons that is will be a good batting pitch with the spinners likely to play a key role.

Stressing on the need to grind out an innings, Smith feels that batsmen with a lot of patience will succeed in Grenada.

“I think it is a good wicket to bat.

“On the fourth and fifth day, the ball might turn a bit.

“Having said that, I think it’s a great wicket to bat on as long as you apply yourselves.
“You need to concentrate hard to get your results.”

The first Test in Antigua proved to be a graveyard for bowlers with very little purchase for both the pacers and spinners.

Smith expects the trend to continue in the second Test as well although he feels that there will be a better balance between bat and ball.

“Yeah it will be hard work for the bowlers.

“If the batsmen decide to occupy the crease, they will get runs.

“But the same time, if bowlers put in extra effort, there will be rewards for them too.

“So, it’s a one-way wicket.”

With the track expected to turn, England are bolstered by the return of all-rounder Moeen Ali who can be effective with his off-spin.

Smith believes that the pitch in Grenada will help spinners considerably than it did in Antigua and expects teammate Devendra Bishoo to get some bite from the surface.

“As I said the wicket will turn a bit on the last two days.

“Maybe it will turn more than it did at Antigua.

“I think it’ll help Bishoo. He is in good form and hopefully it turns out well for him.”

Having batted out close to 130 overs in the fourth innings to save the first Test, Smith believes West Indies have gained a psychological boost heading to the second Test.

Smith expressed satisfaction at his team’s performance which forced a result that not many including their fans thought possible.

“I think the guys are pumped up and all are looking forward to the second Test.

“The way we saved the Test match, it’s been amazing because people expected us to lose.

“But the guys went out there believing in their ability and they came out trumps.”

Smith set up the foundation for West Indies in the fourth innings of the first Test with an extremely gritty 175-ball 65 which was his highest Test score in almost 10 years.

Expressing happiness over his return to form, Smith revealed being able to reinvent himself during the knock which lasted more than three hours.

“I think sometimes before I used to put myself under unnecessary pressure.

“I found a different side of myself in the first Test as I just tried to express myself.”

With series still locked 0-0, all focus will be on local boy Smith when the two sides meet on Tuesday in Grenada for the second Test.

Terming the opportunity to play on his home ground as a ‘dream’, Smith hopes that it will spur him to raise his game to be a better cricketer.

“It has been a dream.

“I know my whole family will be here to support me even before the first ball will be bowled.

“At least that will motivate me to do great things in future.”

In what has been a bizarre Test career so far, Smith has only four fifties in the last 10 years with a career average of 25.01 from 37 matches.

© Cricket World 2015