Legend of the West Indies, Brian Lara, believes that the current team has the quality to be a top player at the 2020 ICC Men’s T20 World Championship in Australia later this year, and declares that the seasoned Kieron Pollard will get the best out of the powerful outfit.
Pollard was the first cricketer to play 500 T20 games when he played the first of the two T20Is against Sri Lanka last week. Lara was amazed at the performance of the West Indies captain and demonstrated the leadership skills that he believes will be critical to the team’s success in the near future.
“Playing so many T20 games is an enormous achievement, it’s incredible,” Lara told ESPNcricinfo. “Kieron Pollard has been around for some time. I remember his first game in 2007 was for the World Cup. Apparently he played a lot of franchise cricket around the world and I think the experience he has gained among different captains … he has captain teams in franchise cricket all over the world he brings a lot of experience.
“Whatever he has is the cohesion in the group of players he is responsible for. I think everyone respects what is important and he has a very good head on his shoulder. [He is] a fair guy, so I expect He expects everyone to gather around him, the most important thing is that a captain is as good as his team, and if he has support from his team – and a very talented team, especially in the T20 version of the game – I think he’ll get the best out of them. “
As for the other established T20 greats in Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, who, alongside Pollard, are the only players who have played more than 400 games, Lara believes that her performance will play a key role in the upcoming Indian Premier League The determination will play their selection in the West Indies squad for the T20 World Cup. Bravo recently made a comeback on the West Indies team for the home series against Ireland, while Gayle’s last international appearance was in August 2019.
“I think the IPL will be a big point or a signal for who will actually go on,” said Lara, who has attended five 50-over World Championships for the West Indies. “It will be five months after the IPL for the World Cup. Fitness levels are very important, but a cruel tournament like the IPL will tell the West Indians who the players they really need to get in the last four. ” Months of preparation for the World Cup. “
The West Indies are the only team to have won two T20 world titles in 2012 and 2016, and Lara said that the team led by Pollard, with the quality of powerful players in their ranks, will again be a team to beat in the upcoming edition in Australia.
“Later in the year for the T20 World Cup, I feel the kind of squad we have – Hetmyer, Pooran, Pollard himself, Dwayne Bravo, I see Andre Russell is back, [Evin] Lewis, I think we have a group of players where either one or two or three of them can turn things on and beat the best in the world. I think we have a big chance and my biggest concern is that every other team will be concerned about the West Indies, and they will do their best against the West Indies. And I hope that the boys take up the challenge.
“I don’t think we will be dark horses at the World Cup. I think everyone will see the West Indies as the team to beat.”