Pollard's IPL experience in Wankhede will benefit Windies bowlers: Phil Simmons
MUMBAI: West Indies coach Phil Simmons on Tuesday he said the team would be betting heavily on the boss Kieron Pollard in the third International T20 that decides the series against India, since their understanding of the field due to exposure to IPL will be invaluable to bowlers.
Pollard has played a lot at Wankhede Stadium as he has been part of the IPL team of the Mumbai Indians and Simmons said his experience will help visiting bowlers.
(Kieron) Pollard has played a lot in this place, the others have not played so much. I think the experience they got from here is invaluable and especially the captain (Pollard), since he has been here for 10 years, Simmons told the pre-game press conference here.
He knows things backwards and that will definitely help our bowlers mainly, there are some young people in this format. It will definitely help, he added.
There have been many fallen catches from both sides and Simmons said there should be no excuses for throwing faults.
You will not win games if you drop them. Players will have to tell you if it's the lights or if it's their execution or their position, he said.
... I don't like excuses. I think if you let go of a trap, it's your fault. You can blame the lights, but I think we just have to keep working hard to not drop any, he added.
Pollard replaced Jason Holder as the captain of the ODI team, while replacing Carlos Brathwaite to become patron of the T20 team and Simmons said he has done well in the twin roles.
I didn't have much Jason (Holder) in the ODI when I was there (as a coach) before. Kieron (Pollard) is proactive with all players. He lets them know exactly what he wants from them. It has been good in the sense that they know he will give everything for the team, Simmons said.
The West Indies hit India for eight wickets in the second T20 in Thiruvananthapuram to level the 1-1 series. They had lost the lung opener in Hyderabad.
Pacemaker Sheldon Cottrell He has been among the wickets. He has used many cutters and has also balanced the ball. The coach seemed happy with his performance, but advised the sprinter to control the ball when he balances it.
Know your game, exactly what you can do. He swung the ball a lot in Trivandrum, but didn't control it. Hopefully you control it in this game. But it has been a valuable asset for this team. said the head coach.
The West Indies played a series against Afghanistan in Lucknow before the Indian series and the coach said it did help.
I think (the series against Afghanistan) would help because we've been here for a long time. We worked hard to keep the (limited) boys here even though there was a Test match, Simmons said.
The West Indies had defeated India in the 2016 ICC World T20 semifinal here, but the coach said it was a long time ago.
Many things have happened since then. But I think we are sure of the way we have played in both games here. Although we lost the first, we won the second. The way we prepare, the way we've been playing, that gives me and the players confidence, he said.
India has been vulnerable in the defense of totals, but Simmons said teams must be prepared for any situation.
I think you should be prepared at the beginning to do any of them. If you win the raffle, you are prepared to do good, the one we decide to do tomorrow (game day). You can lose the draw. I don't worry too much about the launch, he said.
The coach had his own opinion when asked about the jokes between the captain of India. virat Kohli and a half step Kesrick Williams .
The jokes have been good, it has been interesting because they are 1-1 now because he (Virat) got Kesrick in the first game and Kesrick got it in the second. Let's see who wins tomorrow (game day). he said.
Finally, several grand totals have been chased in Wankhede and the head coach knows it.
We have seen in the IPL and in international cricket that a total of more than 200 can be pursued here, it is that kind of terrain. You never know how much you have to endure when you're hitting first. I think any score is persecutable here, he said.
The all-terrain of the West Indies, Fabian Allen, has been ruled by the decisive of the series, since he has not yet recovered his physical condition after recovering from a knee injury.
Simmons reported that Allen has not yet regained his physical condition and was ruled by the end of the series.
He (Allen) is still not fit enough to play tomorrow. It's coming, it's getting there, but it's not fit enough for tomorrow. It is a great foul for us because he is an exciting player, Simmons said in the pre-game press conference.
Allen, an SUV that turns with his left arm, was part of the West Indies squad that faced Afghanistan in Lucknow earlier this month, but had to retire after playing the first game due to a knee problem.
However, he was chosen for the current three-game series against India after convincing the national teams about his recovery.
But Allen did not appear in the first two T20 International against India in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam.
The series is now locked at 1-1. India won the first T20I in Hyderabad for six wickets before the West Indies tied by winning the second game for eight wickets.