“WI” Are Looking To Win – Chanderpaul steps up where Windies Captain has not
West Indies senior batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul says that despite his team not being favourites to take the ICC World Twenty20 Championship they will be focussed on taking the title even if they have to emerge from their ‘danger horse‘ status.
“We showed some good form in the two Twenty20 games we played in England a few weeks ago and in the 50 over games as well, what we have to do is take that form into this tournament,” the left hander assessed.
He made his comments while speaking with journalists at the team hotel in Johannesburg shortly before the West Indies second training session. Also speaking with the media were vice captain and opening batsman Chris Gayle and fast bowler Daren Powell.
On his approach to Twenty20 cricket:
It is a faster paced game. You have to go out there and score because the overs run out on you very quickly. You have to find ways and you have to try things because you need runs on the board quickly.
On how the West Indies is coming along as a team:
We still have a lot of young players especially in the bowling department. What happened in the past was that we had some very good and experienced bowlers then after a while all our experienced bowlers just went and we only had young inexperienced bowlers and it is always going to be difficult for young guys to come in the game and perform well right from the start. They had challenges and they are beginning to come into their own now and that is good for us.
On how the team is feeling after the long trip over to South Africa:
All the guys are keen to go. We’re a bit jet lagged, but we (have begun) to do some work in the gym and on the field to get that out of our system and move on from here on in. The team spirit is high.
On the view that Twenty20 cricket is perfectly suited to his style of play:
It is perfectly suited to me yes – but it is still an international game, it is a shorter version of one day cricket. I know everyone enjoys it to see balls being hit everywhere but on the field apart from the fun of it all everyone wants to win it and West Indies would like to get hold of that trophy first.
On playing South Africa in the opening game after winning the 2003 World Cup opening game against the same team:
It would be nice to do the same here but we can’t take anything for granted, I’m sure they (South Africa) have worked on us by going to the drawing board and I’m sure they will look to capitalize on us and get a good start.
On his experience captaining the West Indies team in England in the absence of Ramnaresh Sarwan:
The experience was good. I got the full support of the guys and I know he (Sarwan) will get the full support as well. All the guys are keen to go under his captaincy as well. He has done it before by winning the Twenty20 tournament back in the Caribbean so his presence is a good boost for us.
On returning to South Africa:
I played here a few years ago and I enjoyed the conditions and I am looking forward to it.
On the challenges of being a bowler in Twenty20 cricket:
It is a batsman’s game but since the batsmen will be very aggressive this will give you the chance to take a couple of wickets. There is a 60 per cent chance for the opening fast bowlers to exploit the wicket and make inroads in the first over or two when the batsmen are not sure how the pitch will play. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but as a bowling unit we are hoping it works.
On what young bowlers in particular will have to do to succeed:
As a bowler, you are your best coach and if you know that you are trying and doing the best of your ability then you will see the rewards coming your way. You have to control what you can control and not try to do anything like anyone else or being too spectacular.