West Indies in England 2012 June 12, 2012

Gayle will be hungry - Pollard


Chris Gayle will have enough "hunger and desire" when he returns to West Indies colours for the first time in 15 months against England. That is the opinion of Gayle's West Indies team-mate Kieron Pollard, who said that Gayle's return only means West Indies would be well-equipped to face England in the three-match ODI series followed by a solitary Twenty20.

"Obviously it is a boost. Chris is a world-class. He has proven himself over the years," Pollard said on the eve of West Indies' tour match against Middlesex at Lord's. "I am a youngster and have seen Chris on television and I get the opportunity to play alongside him in the same team. It is fantastic. He has been out for a while so he will be hungry to go out there and perform."

Gayle last played for West Indies last March during the 2011 World Cup when West Indies lost to Pakistan in the quarter-finals. He was included in the 15-man squad for the England ODI series but subsequently got embroiled in a bitter dispute with the WICB, which was resolved on the eve of the squad announcement.

Gayle kept himself match-fit in the time away from the West Indies dressing room in various Twenty20 domestic leagues around the world. He has topped the run charts in the last two editions of the IPL, which Pollard says can only be a positive now for West Indies.

"He has been doing well in IPL and all over," Pollard said. "It is now a matter of transforming it to West Indies cricket. And I am sure he is willing and ready to do that so hopefully we can go out there as a team and do well."

Pollard said it was obvious that Gayle would have the "desire and the hunger" after being out of international cricket for more than a year but he did not know what exactly Gayle's plans were and it would be better for him to speak, but he knew he was determined to be successful for West Indies again.

Pollard, who is one of the seven ODI players to join the squad, said West Indies would definitely prove to be a tough challenge for England. "We are a very good team. We have a wealth of experience with Chris back at the top of the order. He is one of the most explosive batsman in the world and an experienced former captain. Then we have Marlon Samuels, who has been around for a while along with Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin and myself so we have a very experienced team. The days of just competing in ODIs are over. It is a matter of performing on the field."

Pollard though was cautious about calling West Indies the favourites only because he felt every player, no matter how big a name, had to still prove himself through performances. "At the end of the day names on the paper count for nothing. Your performance on the field matters. You can't judge from the names on the paper that we are a stronger team in ODIs than in Test cricket. If we go out there and give a good account of ourselves and win games, that would be better."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • G on June 15, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    javiso, maybe it's because these players have only ever done it in domestic 20 over cricket, and not international 50 over cricket

  • Martin on June 14, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    England don't have to worry about Pollard. Pollard has to worry about England.... He won't last long.

  • Javed on June 14, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I too am very surprised at the comments here against Pollard and even other WI players. The truly sad part is that it seems to be coming mostly from their "fellow" West Indians.......Pollard, Gayle, Bravo, Smith, Narine, Russell etc are in demand all over the world, but don't seem to be wanted by West Indians?? Persons from other countries are in awe at the quality of the ODI team, but as always, West Indians will continue to drag down their own people. I could just imagine people from other countries reading those comments and being not only amazed, but also laughing at West Indians on the whole. Some of the comments make me ashamed to be West indian. And oh, for those who say "cricketer xyz should keep his mouth shut", just remember that the cricketer did not ask to be interviewed, but was sought out for the interview. So maybe you should be the one who should just keep your mouth shut, as no-one asked for your two cents, and you are embarassing true West Indians.

  • Frank on June 14, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    My humble suggestion to the selection committee is to utilize the depth that they have been afforded on the bench. Every player must perform in some outstanding way to keep his place. So my first 11 are Gayle, Simmons, Bravo (Jr), Samuels, Bravo (Sr.), Smith, Pollard, Ramdin, Sammy, Best and Rampaul. The bench will be Russell waiting to replace Pollard, Charles waiting to replace Simmons, Edwards, Fidel, waiting to replace Best and Narine just waiting, as there is no need to use him in English conditions as we just saw in the 3rd test. He should serve as an excellent 12th man for this ODI series. Be humble and focused on the job ahead young men and return Windies to cricketing greatness! Rally round the West Indies!!! Go get them!!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @ Mrhamilton... I believe you're being a little too hard on the youngster being the older folks suck as yourself has left those boys to fend for themselves and have not at least tried to guide them or even instill the bravado that the old men had in a nutshell (you had not teach them anything) but you expect them to just pick up where the old legends have left off right? Give me a break, traits are learnt by passing it on! Sounds familiar?

  • mohammad on June 13, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I am very surprised to see some of the comments here against pollard. He did not say anything wrong and more importantly he is performing. Dont know pople are sleeping or what? In the last two ODI series he played he scored two century. And again he was MAN OF THE SERIES against a strong Australian side for his highest run. So it is pretty clear that some of us here may be did not watch those matches. In recent time pollard played very consistently and as a result WI did not loose their last ODI series.

  • darius on June 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    if Pollard is talking good about Gayle ,that can be taken into account,but Pollard himself seems to be a liabilty for the team.he has never performed in International matches even in recent ipl he was struggling big time.and his struggle facing genuine pace bowling makes him vulnerable in these conditions ,for me he is the weakest link in WI line up as Eng have some good pacers in these conducive conditions to knock him off very early

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well said, Mr. Hamilton, well said. Pollard ought to keep quiet and let his skills do the talking on the field. So should the other big names. As Pollard correctly pointed out, the game is not played on paper or in rum shops I might add.

    Enough of this hype. Just go out and play some smart cricket and bring a measure of respect back to WI cricket. Many of you have failed us in the past. You have given WI cricket a bad name in the last decade with your poor play, carelessness, lack of commitment, effort, pride, discipline and the like.

    You now have an opportunity to redeem yourselves thanks to very Board whom many of you despise. Humble yourselves and give thanks to the Lord GOD Almighty for opening a door for some of you to teturn to the WI fold as it were. Cut out the arrogance and self-praise. Seize the chance with both hands and show the world what you can do. For the sake of WI cricket, I hope you don't fail. If you do, it will be "I told you so" from many quarters. Go Windies!

  • anthony on June 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Pollard should keep his mouth closed for now and try and achieve something in international cricket for his country. So what if he and some of these other "legends" have done well in the IPL. IPL is not test cricket and it isnt 50 over cricket either. The so called experienced players he lauds as being the saviours of windian cricket like himself, such as bravo snr,ramdin,samuels and even to a certain extent Gayle have been failures in TEST cricket!!! That is the hard truth people laud samuels sudden maturity forgetting he made his debut 12 years ago!! same as gayle, these guys only have a few years left, they can be the bridge to a new greater windies but they cant be a great team ever, as the decade plus of debacles featuring messrs, bravo snr, gayle,samuels,ramdin got us nowhere!!!! Russell, pollard and narine have it all to prove i just dont like this hype like the IPL has laready made them legends. They were poor at the world cup yet now we are told are favourites to beat england

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    IPL and International are two different experiences and waiting to see his performace representing his team.

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