Samuel Badree has been a vital cog within the West Indian setup. The leg spinner, who has been a revelation with the new ball, has been simply exceptional for the West Indies as he has been extremely economical and among the wickets. Badree played a crucial role in West Indies’ famous 2012 T20 World Cup triumph where he bowled with precision.

After a fantastic outing against Sri Lanka, Badree looked relieved and satisfied. With West Indies taking on South Africa, the onus will once again be on Badree to restrict the run flow and strike early. “If the wicket is turning you obviously want to bowl slow and exploit that and takes wickets early. In T20 cricket sometimes people underestimate how important early wickets are in terms of restricting the opposition,” Badree said.

Badree has also stepped up in the absence of mystery spinner Sunil Narine, whose bowling action still needs some work to be remodeled. “The absence of Sunil is a big blow to the team. You know how dangerous he is especially in these conditions. Yes, we have talked about someone having to step up the fill those huge shoes. I am happy thus far in the tournament I was able to do that quite competently,” Badree said.

“It is fair to say we are strong in our batting department. We haven’t been tested in defending a total. Luckily thus far the captain has been able to win both the tosses. Here in Nagpur it seems as if the pitch is going to turn so we might want to bat first and set a total and defend that.

“You never know. That is the captain’s call. At the end of the day the toss is not guaranteed. Whether we bat first or we bowl first we know that at the end of the day we want to win all our games and send a signal to the other teams we here to compete and we are here to win,” Badree concluded.