Ramnaresh Sarwan: WI has to play well as a unit to challenge India

“Once we gel as a unit, we have a chance of winning,” says the former West Indian batsman.

Ramnaresh Sarwan: "If we can collectively play well, we have a chance of beating India." File Photo: AP

West Indies can give the Indian team a run for its money in the Test series if it performs as a unit, according to former batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

“If we can collectively play well, we have a chance of beating India. We have individual talents, but it is a matter of playing well as a unit. Hopefully, we will be able to play as a team. At the end of the day, once we gel as a unit, we have a chance of winning,” Sarwan said.

The pitch could turn out to be the difference as tracks in the Caribbean islands have slowed down over the years and the ball may once again lose pace on the wicket, making it difficult for the batsmen to play their shots. Sarwan feels the home team needs to make best use of the conditions on offer.

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“Yeah, ideally you would want a fast wicket in Antigua. We have to ensure we play well on whatever wicket we play on. Obviously, the guys would have plans and if they are able to execute 70-80 per cent of the time, we would have a good chance of winning,” he said.

Commenting on the camp at the start of the Test series, he said: “It has been really [good]. We had Brian [Lara] as well, the way he put everything to them was very simple, guys understood him. The guys really applied themselves in the pre-series camp. Mostly we have tried to work on the mental aspect with them. We did not want to change anyone, just tried to keep them in a clear mindset, hopefully, they will be able to take it to the game. Brian stressed the need to be patient in the middle.”