West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard has said that India will have their ‘work cut out’ against West Indies in the upcoming three-match ODI series. Pollard gave the example of India’s 3-0 ODI whitewash in South Africa last month to emphasize his point as well. He also referred to India’s controversial captaincy shuffles to say that they aren’t in the best of form now.
Speaking in the pre-series press conference, Pollard said: “As you mentioned they (India) didn’t do too well in South Africa, and with all the other things on the outside, they will have their work cut out. But as I stated earlier for us, it is about focusing on what we can do. They will have their challenges, we will have our challenges.”
He further added: “The good thing is that when we start the game tomorrow, there is no advantage or disadvantage. We start on a level-playing field and whoever plays better cricket on the day will come out on the top.”
However, India’s ODI series against South Africa was supposed to be Rohit Sharma’s first series as the full-time ODI captain post-Virat Kohli’s sacking. However, he pulled his hamstring days before the series and in his absence, KL Rahul led the team and they eventually lost as well.
Kieron Pollard said: “Obviously, Rohit, you know, a good person, he knows how to lead, but having said that he will be coming up with his own plans and the way that he wants to play, wants the team to sort of play, so that will be a learning for them (India) as well…”
“Because, yes, you have captained a couple of games but when you are a full-time captain, I think that is something sort-of different,” Kieron Pollard concluded.