ICC Champions Trophy 2013 May 29, 2013

We want to repeat success of 2004 - Sarwan

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    pak win ICC Champions Trophy

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2013, 17:40 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2013, 16:45 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Harsh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • siddhartha 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-


  • Dummy4 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!

  • Dummy4 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 .