KINGSTON: India will pose a manifest of problems for hosts West Indies in their forthcoming four match One-day series claimed West Indies’
flamboyant captain Chris Gayle on Tuesday.
The tourists — who lost their Twenty20 crown tamely when they bowed out in the Super 8 stage — will be without injured star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, the latter of whom was sorely missed in the World Twenty20 series.
However, Gayle — who guided his side to the semi-finals — insisted that even without them India posed a formidable challenge.
“Sehwag and Tendulkar (are) two world class players,” said 29-year-old Gayle.
“But (India) still has quality players to step up and they have a lot of experience in One Day cricket so it’s not a situation where we will say it’s a walkover, it’s never a walkover against India,” added Gayle, who got into hot water earlier in the summer when he said that Test cricket was not high on his list of priorities.
“They still have quality players, they have Yuvraj (Singh), Harbhajan Singh, (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni and (Ishant) Sharma, a lot of guys to give us a lot of trouble,” added Gayle.
Gayle highlighted the first one day international on Friday as being pivotal to the series.
“We have a big game on Friday against India. We’re all looking forward to it. India is always a good One Day team and they will be looking to beat us based on their T20 disappointment,” said Gayle.
Gayle said that despite criticism of his captaincy he was delighted with the role and had no problems within the dressing room.
“The support has been brilliant, the guys gave me their full support and I gave them the same sort of support and respect which they deserve,” said Gayle.
“It’s been enjoyable. Captaining the West Indies has done a lot for me individually and I’m really happy and grateful to be captaining West indes the entire region.
“It’s a privilege and hopefully I can continue from strength to strength and give everyone something to cheer about. Hopefully we can wrap up this series and I am looking forward to a lot of things,” Gayle concluded.