The West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said the team’s captain Kieron Pollard’s experience of playing at the Wankhede Stadium will benefit their bowlers. Pollard is associated with Mumbai Indians since the IPL 2010 and he has played a lot of cricket at the franchise’s home ground. Consequently, when Pollard-led West Indies will take on India in the all-important decider at the same stadium, his team will definitely benefit from his experience.
Pollard has become a better player after plying on his trade for the Mumbai Indians and he would hope that his experience of playing at Wankhede Stadium comes good in the decider. The series is 1-1 and both the teams have everything to play for at the iconic stadium.
Pollard is leading his troops with aplomb.
“(Kieron) Pollard has played a lot at this venue, the others have not played that much. I think the experience which they have got from here is invaluable and especially the captain (Pollard), as he has been here for 10 years,” Simmons said in the pre-match press conference here.
“He knows things inside out and that will definitely help our bowlers mainly, there are a few youngsters in this format. It will definitely help,” he added.
On the other hand, both the teams have been sloppy in the field as they have dropped catches. Simmons believes that there should be no excuses and you need to get better in the field especially in the format like T20.
Fielding has been below par.
“You will not win games if you drop them. The players will have to tell you if it is the lights or whether it is their execution or their position,” he said.
“…I do not like excuses. I think if you drop a catch it is your fault. You can blame the lights but I think we just have to keep working hard so we do not drop any,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard recently replaced Jason Holder as the West Indies white-ball captain. Simmons added that Pollard gets the best out of his players and gives them the freedom to play their natural game.
Pollard is getting the best out of his players.
“I didn’t have Jason (Holder) a lot in the ODIs when I was there (as a coach) before. Kieron (Pollard) is proactive with all the players. He lets them know exactly what he wants from them. He’s been good in the sense that they know that he’ll give everything for the team,” Simmons said.
On the other side, the banter between Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams has been a good one. Virat Kohli had checked his notebook to give a taste of his own medicine to Williams in the first T20I. Subsequently, Williams had a quiet celebration when he got the better of the Indian captain in the second match.
“The banter has been good, it has been interesting because they are 1-1 now because he (Virat) got Kesrick in the first match and Kesrick got him in the second. Let’s see who wins it tomorrow (match-day),” he said.
The decider will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow.