West Indies Eye Rare Series Win
One more win would give the West Indies an all-too-rare One-Day International series win over India, or indeed any side ranked higher than them, away from home.
It has been more than a decade since the West Indies achieved such a feat, discounting the Champions Trophy success of 2004 where they beat England in the final.
By drawing level in their three-match series with India courtesy of a two-wicket win in Visakhapatnam two days ago, they have given themselves a chance of upsetting the reigning World Cup and Champions Trophy holders.
As Kanpur (where the West Indies beat India in an ODI back in 1994) prepares to host the third ODI, its first international match in four years, West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo is in confident mood.
"Winning the last game gave us that self belief and the confidence that we can actually beat India in India," he said.
"For us as a team, we were just focussing on improving from our previous game, focussing on playing together as a team and trying to be more consistent.
"In the last five matches between the two teams, starting from the Champions Trophy last June in England, we’ve played India five times in ODIs, we’ve won two and lost three.
"So [this] is a very important game to get even and of course win the series, so we are looking forward to it."
Bravo adds that if the West Indies are to beat India again, it is vital that they stick to the plans they have drawn up.
"Before the last game, we had a very good team meeting. It was very interactive and we planned very well. In all our meetings, we formulate our plans. Most times, we fail to properly execute them on the field, but we did in the last game and they worked.
"I will remind the guys of the good things we did in that match and encourage them to have the same approach in the team meeting, the same attitude and encourage them to do the same things again.”
"This will be a day game. It will be very hot and humid. We expect the Indian team to bounce back from a loss that obviously hurt them, so it’s not going to be easy and we never expected that it would be.
"For me, I will keep encouraging the guys and let them understand the importance of winning a series in India against the No.1 ODI team in the World. All I can ask of my guys is to be consistent and give another good showing of themselves to make our people proud."
And Bravo is not unduly concerned that in the two Test matches and two ODIs so far, not one of his batsmen has hit a century. So long as the batting unit is producing match-winning innings, the all-rounder is happy enough.
"It is good they are getting starts, some of us are not even getting that," he said. "It is good for us that four of them got 50s and we had a few good partnerships to put us in a situation to win the last game.
"This was important, rather than one person carrying on, making a hundred and we are losing. Four or five batsmen getting half-centuries and putting the team in a position of strength so that we can win games, I will take that any day."
Nevertheless, he stresses the importance of his young batsmen in particular, learning from the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"We have a very good relationship with the Indian team, not only their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin. We have learnt a lot from them.
"I encourage the young West Indies batsmen to learn from the Indian batsmen, particularly the hunger they have for runs. I want guys like Darren Bravo, Kieran Powell and Johnson Charles to learn from them because it’s a learning process for all of us."
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