Batting order will be shuffled: Sammy

By Pragya Tiwari, IANS
Sunday, February 27, 2011

NEW DELHI - West Indies skipper Darren Sammy says the batting order will be shuffled and the team will adopt a different mindset and attitude against the Netherlands for their World Cup clash Monday.

Bringing big-hitting Kieron Pollard up the order is one of the changes the West Indies can make following all-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s absence due to injury.

Sammy said Dwayne’s exit has prompted them to revise their team composition, especially their batting order.

“In absence of Bravo, we have to rethink the composition of our team. I am confident of their abilities. We are looking at changing the batting order. Each player will have to play to their full potential. As a captain I, also, have to put my hand up.

“We might bring him (Pollard) up the order. He has done very well in India. We have to utilise him. He brings with him the experience of playing in the conditions because of IPL,” Sammy said Sunday on the eve of the match here.

The West Indies lost their opening match against South Africa by seven wickets Thursday but Sammy chose not to mull on it, saying they will try to put up a better performance and bring cheer to their fans back home.

“We know what to expect. We are much better prepared. Guys did their best against South Africa. We have been working hard and will try and put better batting and bowling display. We will come with a different mindset and attitude and win it for the fans back home. It’s a must win match for us,” Sammy said.

The absence of their key player Dwayne Bravo, who has been ruled of the tournament due to a knee injury, will be felt. Sammy said the all-rounder’s sheer presence was a motivation for the team.

“To have Bravo in the side is an inspiration even if he is injured. He is a great motivation.”

The Netherlands gave a fright to England in their opening game but Sammy is not too ruffled.

“We saw them bowl (The Netherlands) against England. We know what to do. We have to go out there and express ourselves and execute our plans properly,” he said.

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