Brian Lara: India 'may have to worry' on West Indies tour

Lara says the West Indies have improved since losing to India in October, and that India "may have to worry" when it travels to the Caribbean later this year.

Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and Brian Lara (right) during the launch of cricket.com in Mumbai on Thursday.   -  EMMANUAL YOGINI

The West Indies delivered an impressive performance against England recently as it clinched the Test series 2-0 and drew the ODI series 2-2. But former West Indies captain, Brian Lara, made it clear it needs consistency to do well in the World Cup.

“I am happy that we have made that little progress since we came here (in India) last October. The West Indies have match winners, but that’s not enough to play in English conditions and win the World Cup. We need a team that is consistent,” Lara said during a panel discussion organised by cricket.com.

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However, the batting legend admitted that things can change if the Caribbean outfit storms into the knock-out stage. “Once they are in the knock-out, they can beat any team, we have seen that in the past. We have (Chris) Gayle, Sunil Narine, (Andre) Russell, (Dwayne) Bravo all playing the IPL, but I am not sure whom they (West Indies selectors) are going to pick,” he said.

In October last year, West Indies had a tough tour of India as it lost both the Test and limited-overs series. But Lara is happy with the turnaround against England at home, where it won the Test series and drew the ODI series.

“The team has shown enough improvement from what they played in India last October. What we are trying to be is be a strong team at home. India may have to worry when they come to the West Indies in July-August because we have a team that understands the conditions,” Lara said, making it clear that things won’t be easy when India travels to Caribbean for a long series later this year.