ICC World Cup: WI bowlers must put the ball in right areas against India, says Sammy
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy says bowling in the right areas on the pacy WACA wicket will be key against in-form Indian batsmen
Perth: West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy sounded confident at the Murdoch University Oval yesterday that his bowlers will deliver the goods against India on the juicy WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) wicket come Friday.
"Any fast bowler will be excited to bowl at the WACA as it is one of the quickest wickets in the world. But having said that, India is playing well and our quick bowlers can't just come in and blast the batsmen out. They will have to put the ball in the right areas and hope to get the results.
"And that's exactly what we are planning to do. We have to maintain proper line and length and bowl yorkers at the death," former West Indies captain Sammy told reporters here after the team's training session yesterday.
The Windies have lost two of their four matches in this World Cup so far — to minnows Ireland (who chased down 307) and South Africa (who piled on 408) — and on both occasions it is their bowling that has not lived up to expectations. Sammy admitted there were some irregularities in that department.
West Indies pacer Andre Russell. Pic/Getty Images
"It (bowling) has been a bit inconsistent. We haven't created enough pressure on the opponents when we bowl. But in the games when we bowl well, we get it right and can compete with best in the world.
Difficult without a plan
"We have to come up with a plan, otherwise it is difficult to stop the batsmen with four men outside the circle," added Sammy, who has played 123 ODIs scoring 1818 runs and claiming 81 wickets.
The 31-year-old said his team had done their homework going into Friday's game: "We've studied all the (India) players. We have the footage of them. Courtesy technology, you can get footage from any position and come up with a plan accordingly," he said, before quickly sounding a word of caution though: "It's all good to have plans, but the main thing is to execute them."