Consistency crucial to Windies success

Denesh RamdinWest Indies captain Denesh Ramdin believes all the elements of his team need to be working in sync if they are to beat India in the upcoming one-day series (Windies 4/1, India 1/6 – Series Winner).

The men from the Caribbean are currently on the sub-continent preparing for a five-match ODI series to be followed by a one-off Twenty20 clash and three Tests.

It is a daunting prospect for the Windies who have traditionally struggled on the slow, turning pitches found in India and they are very much second favourites for Wednesday’s opening one-dayer in Kochi (Windies 9/4, India 1/3 – Match Prices).

India have not enjoyed the best of fortunes themselves of late, however, with a 3-1 reverse to England in last summer’s Test series, although they came back strongly to take the one-day series 4-1.

But back in familiar surroundings they will, as ever, be hard to beat, with MS Dhoni pulling the strings and leading from the front.

West Indies have become an inconsistent side in one-day cricket, with players capable of blowing any opposition away, but who also have a propensity for self-destruction at times.

And it is this aspect of their make-up that worries the skipper, who wants to see consistency in the ranks from one to 11.

“We have to play well in all departments,” he said. “We can’t bat well and don’t field well. It is very important our batters come out and put the runs on the board.”

The tourists will be without influential spinner Sunil Narine, who was withdrawn from the squad after being reported for a suspect bowling action while playing in the recent Champions League T20.


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