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ICC World Cup 2015: India's 'all-round' show impresses Brian Lara

Being a former captain himself, Lara is also closely following West Indies performance in the World Cup and feels Chris Gayle's return to form with a blistering double century against Zimbabwe in Canberra on Tuesday augurs well for the Caribbean side ahead of tough clashes against South Africa and India.

Gayle bludgeoned his way into the history books by becoming the first player to score a double century in the cricket World Cup, smashing 215 off just 147 balls with the help of a record-equalling 16 sixes and 10 fours to help West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs via D/L method.

Asked whether West Indies opponents now should feel scared after Gayle knock today, Lara said: "Very much so.

Chris played very well. I felt he was a bit conservative in his first 100, scored it in more than a run-a-ball. But he took off after that and was great to watch. Marlon Samuels also played a very supportive role.

"It is great for West Indies team at present. Their morale must be high now after the victories against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. They have two very tough games coming up against South Africa and India. But Chris Gayle in form can always be a danger."

The destructive batsman was also involved in a record 372-run second-wicket partnership with centurion Marlon Samuels (133).

"Marlon Samuels to me played a great role today. Gayle and Samuels formed a great combination today," Lara said.

Lara, however, feels West Indian selectors made a big mistake by leaving out the duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad.

"It was a huge mistake. Those two gentlemen bring a lot to the team. Their performance might not be amazing all the time but I do believe that Dwayne Bravo really do have a very good record for West Indies. Pollard now is one of the big players in world cricket and he brings something else to the team. The confidence he gives to his teammates and his camaraderie in the dressing room are very important part," he said.

"Those two boys are very important to the psyche of the team. But let's hope that we don't feel the mistake we did. We can't change things now. But it was a step in the wrong direction for West Indies cricket."

Being a former captain himself, Lara is also closely following West Indies performance in the World Cup and feels Chris Gayle's return to form with a blistering double century against Zimbabwe in Canberra today augurs well for the Caribbean side ahead of tough clashes against South Africa and India.

Gayle bludgeoned his way into the history books by becoming the first player to score a double century in the cricket World Cup, smashing 215 off just 147 balls with the help of a record-equalling 16 sixes and 10 fours to help West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs via D/L method.

Asked whether West Indies opponents now should feel scared after Gayle knock today, Lara said: "Very much so.

Chris played very well. I felt he was a bit conservative in his first 100, scored it in more than a run-a-ball. But he took off after that and was great to watch. Marlon Samuels also played a very supportive role.

"It is great for West Indies team at present. Their morale must be high now after the victories against Pakistan and Zimbabwe. They have two very tough games coming up against South Africa and India. But Chris Gayle in form can always be a danger."

The destructive batsman was also involved in a record 372-run second-wicket partnership with centurion Marlon Samuels (133).

"Marlon Samuels to me played a great role today. Gayle and Samuels formed a great combination today," Lara said.

Lara, however, feels West Indian selectors made a big mistake by leaving out the duo of Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the World Cup squad.

"It was a huge mistake. Those two gentlemen bring a lot to the team. Their performance might not be amazing all the time but I do believe that Dwayne Bravo really do have a very good record for West Indies. Pollard now is one of the big players in world cricket and he brings something else to the team. The confidence he gives to his teammates and his camaraderie in the dressing room are very important part," he said.

"Those two boys are very important to the psyche of the team. But let's hope that we don't feel the mistake we did. We can't change things now. But it was a step in the wrong direction for West Indies cricket."

 

 

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