India will miss a finisher like Dhoni: Sammy
Cuttack: West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Monday said that India would miss a finisher in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been rested, during their five-match ODI series, starting here from on Tuesday.
Dhoni has remained unbeaten in the last six one-dayers against England, both at home and away. In fact, coming down the order, he has played the vital role of a finisher especially in the five-ODI series at home recently, which India managed to whitewash 5-0.
"There is no doubt (that India will miss Dhoni)...looking at the one-day series against England (both away and in India), Dhoni contributed a lot at his position. Basically, he finishes the game for India all the time," said Sammy.
"I do not think he got out at all in those one-dayers. Without Dhoni in that batting order, somebody will have to play the role of a finisher. But we will be looking at our squad and focus on what we have to do in order to beat India," he added.
Having players like Kieron Pollard, who is an integral member of Mumbai Indians in the IPL T20, in their ranks, Sammy felt that the Windies would return home on a winning note, putting behind the disappointment of the 0-2 thrashing in the three-match Test series.
"We all have seen what he (Pollard) has done here in the IPL. Last time he played in the World Cup, he batted well. He has a lot of knowledge about the Indian conditions and Indian players, having played here for three seasons. We look forward to his knowledge and use that to our advantage.
"We have the belief that we will come out well and look to win matches. We as a team are looking to improve in every aspect of the game whether in Tests, one-dayers or Twenty20s. We are looking forward to what could be a very exciting five-match ODI series. Both teams have equally capable players who can make an impact," Sammy insisted.