WI looking to maintain consistency: Sarwan

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 18:16 PM IST

Mohali: With big wins against the Netherlands and Bangladesh under their belt, the West Indies would be striving for consistency to ensure a smooth entry into quarterfinals when they take on Ireland in a Group B World Cup match on Friday, says batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.

"Yes, it is important to have consistency," Caribbean batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who is playing in his second World Cup, said on the sidelines of the team practice session at the PCA stadium on Wednesday.

"We have been trying hard for consistency. When we have consistency, we will be able to compete with anyone," the 30-year-old, who has featured in 165 ODIs and has 5,000 plus runs, said.

Having seen what Ireland is capable of when it defeated England earlier in a Group B match, Sarwan feels that no team can be taken for granted in this World Cup.

"They (Ireland) showed what they are capable of in their game against England. We are going to go out there and play to the best of our ability. You surely can`t take anybody for granted here," he said.

"The way they played against England, to be honest, I must say it did come as a surprise a bit. But the way they played, in the end they deserved to win. I don`t think it`s a matter of fear, but it`s a matter of executing our plans and giving ourselves a chance to win," he added.

Sarwan said few of their games in the current event including the one against England and South Africa had seen fortunes fluctuate and therefore, they could not afford to take things easy.

"Every game is a must win game for us, we can`t take anything for granted...the points table has gone back and forth. We have to go out there and enjoy. It is important for us to win this (Friday`s) game," he said.

Asked how the team was coping after losing a couple of in-form players to injuries, including Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan said although their absence was a big loss for the team, their replacements had adjusted well.

Meanwhile, West Indies media manager Phillip Spooner said explosive batsman Chris Gayle was fit after recovering from a sore throat.

"He is fit and training as you can see," he said.

Gayle and other teammates took part in an extended training session at the PCA stadium.