India is the number 1 team, not focused on individuals: Kieron Pollard

HYDERABAD: Recently appointed West Indies patron Kieron Pollard He has urged the board to support young people who join the squad and also to ensure that they are protected from vultures that are always trying to take them down.

The West Indies, which have been in India for quite some time while facing Afghanistan in all three formats in Lucknow, will now face India in a limited series (consisting of three T20I and the same amount of ODI) to Starting Friday.

We need to support these young people, since we have seen their talent and attitude. In exciting times for young people, we have many young talents, it is about facilitating their entry into the world of international cricket, Pollard said on the eve of the first T20I to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Sometimes you need to be honest with yourself and protect them from the vultures that are there to take them down, he added.

India had limped Windies in all three formats when they visited the Caribbean Islands in early August.

However, in the T20I series against Bangladesh that was played last month, the Men in Blue, under Rohit Sharma, were not at their best, as they recognized their first defeat against their Asian neighbors in the format.

The West Indies, on the other hand, come from a 1-2 defeat against Afghanistan in the T20I and know that they have a task in their hands against the Men in Blue.

We have played a lot in India, so it's just a matter of using that experience and trying to win games here. At the end of the day, we are here to play, we have prepared well and we hope to show a good performance tomorrow, Pollard said.

Indian bowling also looks much stronger with the return of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have proven to be match winners. Deepak Chahar and Shivam Dube have done remarkably well in their limited opportunities so far and have strengthened the rhythm drum of India.

If Windies hitters deal well with pacemakers, they will have to deal with the quality spin attack that includes Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.

The attack to the rhythm of the Indians has been doing really well. They are the number one team, it is a good opportunity to face the number one side, we cannot take that much and we need to do our thing. We have to try to find ways to face the attack. We are not focused on individuals.

Visitors do not have their key players, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, for the T20I and, therefore, would not start as favorites.

However, Pollard believes that his team needs to move forward and intend to do his best. You don't want players to try to fill the gaps of older players. For us, Russell, Narine and Bravo are big gaps, but as a team, we have selected 15 players to do a job here, Pollard said.

We support each and every player, when these senior players are available for selection, we can have a discussion about it. It is what it is, we have gone over that and we know the reasons why they are not here. additional.