ICC Champions Trophy 2013 May 29, 2013

We want to repeat success of 2004 - Sarwan

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Former West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan advised his batsmen to observe the basics of the game as West Indies mount their charge to repeat their success from the 2004 Champions Trophy. The 2013 edition begins on June 6 and West Indies will play their first match on the next day against Pakistan at The Oval.

"It is important that you start off trying to play the ball as late as possible." he said. "The good thing about it is that the outfields are pretty quick here, so even if you have sweepers out and you time the ball well enough it will probably go for four. You will get value for your strokes.

"It would be a great achievement to win this tournament. When we won back in 2004 we came in as underdogs. We want to repeat that," said Sarwan, who was adjudged the player of the tournament in 2004. He scored two half-centuries in four matches, including one in the semi-final and finished as the second highest run-getter of the tournament.

Sarwan laid the onus on the top-order batsmen to provide a solid foundation so players like Kieron Pollard and captain Dwayne Bravo could make the most of the latter half of the innings.

"The key is to give yourself a chance and try to 'get in' and just like everything else it gets easier." he said "Keeping wickets in hand at the top is vital and we all know we have a lot of power at the end to capitalise, as we are able to clear the boundaries."

After a month-long stint captaining Leicestershire in Division Two of the County Championships in England, Sarwan joined the West Indies side on Monday feeling confident about his batting. He had scored 227 runs in five matches, including two fifties.

"It's a great opportunity for us to do well as a team. I was fortunate to be here a little early so I'm basically already acclimatised and have been striking the ball well. I have spent a lot of time batting at the crease, which is a good sign for me, even though I don't have the big scores to show for it. I was pleased with the way I was striking the ball in the nets and I will look to perform and contribute to the team's success."

Expressing satisfaction over the performance of West Indies last year, Sarwan reiterated the views of West Indies coach Ottis Gibson about getting used to English conditions as soon as possible.

"We did really well in the T20 format to win in Sri Lanka last year and I believe we have a very sound squad for this tournament. The conditions will play a part as well with the ball swinging and we will have to make the necessary adjustment with the bat. For the younger guys it will be vital that they get used to the conditions and be ready when the matches get started."

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  • on May 29, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    On paper, the Windies have a solid side with several top quality ODI players. However, their performance in the last couple of years in one-dayers has been poor. Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Samuels and Narine are all very fine ODI players, but for some reason WI haven't done well at all. I hope things change this time; they should put up a fight against the big teams. They have an excellent record in this tournament and maybe they'll surprise everyone again.

  • on May 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    pak win ICC Champions Trophy

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    commins should have been on this side. the bowling is poor. Best and holder are a waste of time. Roach has dropped back. Dwayne bravo is not an international standard batsman or bowler. Neither is sammy and they will never be! The new wicb president should move quickly to straighten wi cricket. Time to get rid of sammy and gibson! And the confusion they have created. It is incumbent on him

  • on May 29, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Windies have good chance only one thing missing K.Powall and Gerome Taylor

  • on May 29, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Regardless of what I will never tell my team they are not the favorites.

  • on May 29, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Cooper deserve a shot in this tourney with his good variation he can come in the middle overs and tighten thingz up which as been WI problem in odi plus his style of bowling will work well in England

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    West Indies are a very unpredictable side. They have inconsistent batting and Gayles and narine r not the same force in intl matches. They might just qualify in 2nd place but looks doubtful. They need consistent performing all rounders not bits n pieces players like Russell and Pollard. All the best though . Hopefully they don't knock India out.

  • on May 29, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    The WI have a good chance of winning this title again. They have premium swing bowlers for the condition and batsmen who have the skills in the limited version of the game. Despite Gibson's comment about England winning, Bravo and company will prove him wrong......again. Look out for the match winners : Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, Sammy, Capt.Bravo, Rampaul, Roach and Narine.

    Any team with these players must be the favourites.

  • siddhartha87 on May 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Truly West Indies is a highly unpredictable team.They got batsmen who can decimate any bowling attack but for some reason they always fail to perform well as group.Hopefully this time they will get some solid partnerships at the top.My XI-

    Gayle,Charles,DarrenBravo,Sarwan,Samuels,Bravo,Pollard,Ramdin,Rampaul,Roach,Narine

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I have always been a huge Sarwan fan. I, however, fail to see how impactful he would be in a ODI side where Samuels is already firing. My XI - Gayle Charles Bravo Samuels Ramdin Pollard, Bravo Sammy/Narine Roach Rampaul Best

    Charles get my pick ahead of Smith because he has been in this team set up for a while so he would be more comfortable but technically Smith is the better batsman

    Narine hasn't proven he can be effective in the 50 over contest so i might give his place to Sammy who will seam it around in England and expect Samuels to bowl a few.

    I wish my team all the best as has been said before the team needs to aclimatise them selves quickly to the conditions.

    When we won the Competition back in 2004 we had been in England for at least a month playing the tri series tournament between WI ENG & NZ. So I believe this will be a challenge!

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    On paper, the Windies have a solid side with several top quality ODI players. However, their performance in the last couple of years in one-dayers has been poor. Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Samuels and Narine are all very fine ODI players, but for some reason WI haven't done well at all. I hope things change this time; they should put up a fight against the big teams. They have an excellent record in this tournament and maybe they'll surprise everyone again.

  • on May 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    pak win ICC Champions Trophy

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    commins should have been on this side. the bowling is poor. Best and holder are a waste of time. Roach has dropped back. Dwayne bravo is not an international standard batsman or bowler. Neither is sammy and they will never be! The new wicb president should move quickly to straighten wi cricket. Time to get rid of sammy and gibson! And the confusion they have created. It is incumbent on him

  • on May 29, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Windies have good chance only one thing missing K.Powall and Gerome Taylor

  • on May 29, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Regardless of what I will never tell my team they are not the favorites.

  • on May 29, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Cooper deserve a shot in this tourney with his good variation he can come in the middle overs and tighten thingz up which as been WI problem in odi plus his style of bowling will work well in England

  • Harshmeswanirafanadal on May 29, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    West Indies are a very unpredictable side. They have inconsistent batting and Gayles and narine r not the same force in intl matches. They might just qualify in 2nd place but looks doubtful. They need consistent performing all rounders not bits n pieces players like Russell and Pollard. All the best though . Hopefully they don't knock India out.

  • on May 29, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    The WI have a good chance of winning this title again. They have premium swing bowlers for the condition and batsmen who have the skills in the limited version of the game. Despite Gibson's comment about England winning, Bravo and company will prove him wrong......again. Look out for the match winners : Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, Sammy, Capt.Bravo, Rampaul, Roach and Narine.

    Any team with these players must be the favourites.

  • siddhartha87 on May 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Truly West Indies is a highly unpredictable team.They got batsmen who can decimate any bowling attack but for some reason they always fail to perform well as group.Hopefully this time they will get some solid partnerships at the top.My XI-

    Gayle,Charles,DarrenBravo,Sarwan,Samuels,Bravo,Pollard,Ramdin,Rampaul,Roach,Narine

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I have always been a huge Sarwan fan. I, however, fail to see how impactful he would be in a ODI side where Samuels is already firing. My XI - Gayle Charles Bravo Samuels Ramdin Pollard, Bravo Sammy/Narine Roach Rampaul Best

    Charles get my pick ahead of Smith because he has been in this team set up for a while so he would be more comfortable but technically Smith is the better batsman

    Narine hasn't proven he can be effective in the 50 over contest so i might give his place to Sammy who will seam it around in England and expect Samuels to bowl a few.

    I wish my team all the best as has been said before the team needs to aclimatise them selves quickly to the conditions.

    When we won the Competition back in 2004 we had been in England for at least a month playing the tri series tournament between WI ENG & NZ. So I believe this will be a challenge!

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Chanderpaul is a better fit than Pollard. especially if there is a quick collapse. Pollard is by far too inconsistent For 50 over matches there must be certain amount of discipline .

  • on May 29, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    The Windies have a unpredictable, but dangerous batting line-up. On their day they can dominate any team, but they don't come often enough, particularly in ODIs and Test Matches, but on one of their poorer days, they're capable of self-destructing like minnows. The biggest worry for me is the discipline of their bowling, i would fancy them to chase any total if the likes of Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels and Pollard get themselves in, but i don't trust the consistancy of the bowlers to restrict or take crucial wickets of the opposition batsmen. They'll do well just to qualify from that tough group.

  • CricketMaan on May 29, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    Pollard was playing with finger injury in IPL, i wont be surprised if he pulls out midway!!

  • tommyhawk on May 29, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I would like to see Sarwan back up his talk with action! I'm watching closely to see how he performs.

  • westindiesupporter on May 29, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Sarwan is a good choice as he can change gears when necessary.I hope West indies wint the trophy and make us proud.

  • SherjilIslam on May 29, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    WI will definitely reach semis if they bat full 50 over in each game, as simple as that.

  • on May 29, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    If the selectors get it right and focus more on the specialist batsmen and bowlers rather than makimg the mistake in the past of picking too many one dimensional all rounders, W.I has a good chance.

  • on May 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    West Indies is a good and capable team but the problem is they either block or hit bboundaries.They dont know how to rotate strike and cant play their50 overs.UI think a Chanderpaul could have been a better choice at place of Sarwan.. Still Gayle and Charles open den Sarwan,Younger bravO Captain bravo Pollard Ramdim Sammy narine roach and rampaul gwould be a great team..!

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Chanderpaul should have been in the squad . No need for Sarwan . Devon Smith was picked on form in the Caribbean . Its going to be interesting with our batting line up in England and for 50 overs . All in all , I do wish WI well.

  • on May 29, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Agree with wealwayseloosetjecricket...

    Here is something interesting about the west indies side.... Wi failed to bat a complete 50 over in any of the matches played in Australia on their last tour. Wi lost a series against bangladesh 2-3 ... In the last game again they failed to bat 50 overs and lost the match and the series.

    And to think they say chanderpaul bats too slow!

    Having said that... Wi have played well in their last tour to England around the same time last year. So, I think that's a bit of silver lining.

  • Captainman on May 29, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    West Indies are a pathetic team in Tests and ODIs.

  • Wealwayslosethecricket on May 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well said, Mr Sarwan. After the conclusion of the IPL, it is refreshing to hear someone focussing on the right aspects of the game and taking the team approach, rather than the short attention span cricket that defines the T20 format. The IPL is the most overrated domestic league in the world right now, and it is my prediction that the test cricketers such as Steyn, Clarke and Amla will be the ones to dominate this tournament. I should say here that I am not attempting to rant about the T20 format, but I believe that England and South Africa will have a significant advantage in the Champions Trophy as primarily test-focussed nations. It is good to hear that Sarwan and the West Indies will take a similar approach to the tournament. I look forward to the results.

  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    it will be difficult but with the West Indies you never know...btw i would like to see them against my Indian side in the final.

  • hotcric01 on May 29, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Windies can win it.But they should play with a good game plan and should capitalize their skills.They are far more stronger with an experienced player like Sarwan.

  • Ali_86xz on May 29, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Wow some amazing stats: In 2004 Champions Trophy. Chris Gayle was the fifth highest run-scorer with 139 runs from 4 matches. The surprise is that Gayle made that 139 from 192 balls with a strike-rate of 72!!! And the biggest surprise is that he had NO SIXES at all!!! No surprises if he makes 192 in a single match this year.

  • Ali_86xz on May 29, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Wow some amazing stats: In 2004 Champions Trophy. Chris Gayle was the fifth highest run-scorer with 139 runs from 4 matches. The surprise is that Gayle made that 139 from 192 balls with a strike-rate of 72!!! And the biggest surprise is that he had NO SIXES at all!!! No surprises if he makes 192 in a single match this year.

  • hotcric01 on May 29, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Windies can win it.But they should play with a good game plan and should capitalize their skills.They are far more stronger with an experienced player like Sarwan.

  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    it will be difficult but with the West Indies you never know...btw i would like to see them against my Indian side in the final.

  • Wealwayslosethecricket on May 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well said, Mr Sarwan. After the conclusion of the IPL, it is refreshing to hear someone focussing on the right aspects of the game and taking the team approach, rather than the short attention span cricket that defines the T20 format. The IPL is the most overrated domestic league in the world right now, and it is my prediction that the test cricketers such as Steyn, Clarke and Amla will be the ones to dominate this tournament. I should say here that I am not attempting to rant about the T20 format, but I believe that England and South Africa will have a significant advantage in the Champions Trophy as primarily test-focussed nations. It is good to hear that Sarwan and the West Indies will take a similar approach to the tournament. I look forward to the results.

  • Captainman on May 29, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    West Indies are a pathetic team in Tests and ODIs.

  • on May 29, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Agree with wealwayseloosetjecricket...

    Here is something interesting about the west indies side.... Wi failed to bat a complete 50 over in any of the matches played in Australia on their last tour. Wi lost a series against bangladesh 2-3 ... In the last game again they failed to bat 50 overs and lost the match and the series.

    And to think they say chanderpaul bats too slow!

    Having said that... Wi have played well in their last tour to England around the same time last year. So, I think that's a bit of silver lining.

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Chanderpaul should have been in the squad . No need for Sarwan . Devon Smith was picked on form in the Caribbean . Its going to be interesting with our batting line up in England and for 50 overs . All in all , I do wish WI well.

  • on May 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    West Indies is a good and capable team but the problem is they either block or hit bboundaries.They dont know how to rotate strike and cant play their50 overs.UI think a Chanderpaul could have been a better choice at place of Sarwan.. Still Gayle and Charles open den Sarwan,Younger bravO Captain bravo Pollard Ramdim Sammy narine roach and rampaul gwould be a great team..!

  • on May 29, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    If the selectors get it right and focus more on the specialist batsmen and bowlers rather than makimg the mistake in the past of picking too many one dimensional all rounders, W.I has a good chance.

  • SherjilIslam on May 29, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    WI will definitely reach semis if they bat full 50 over in each game, as simple as that.