West Indies in Sri Lanka 2010-11 February 5, 2011

Barath believes World Cup is anyone's tournament


Adrian Barath, the West Indies opener, has said the 2011 World Cup gives West Indies the opportunity of showcasing their performances on the world stage and a chance to get back to what they were about two decades ago.

"We fancy our chances and it's good to have our name back on top of world cricket and showcase our performances at the world stage. There is no better place to do it than the World Cup. It starts right here acclimatising to the conditions similar to India where most of our games will be played. We will definitely be looking forward to having a good World Cup.

"My personal thoughts on the World Cup are that the team clicking at that point of time will win it. To me it's anyone's tournament right at this point of time. The West Indies are looking at another World Cup win."

Barath who hails from Trinidad, the same island as the great Brian Lara, was thrilled to score his first hundred in ODI cricket in the first game of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. "It was a great moment for me and for West Indies cricket because it's been a while since a century has been scored in Sri Lanka in an ODI. It was special for me. I had my eyes set on an ODI century last year but unfortunately the series got called off. Thankfully the series did come off and it happened. I am thankful for the opportunity that came to me to score the hundred."

Helping 20-year-old Barath achieve his maiden ODI hundred was the experienced middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan. "I am a junior player and I try to learn as much from the senior players. Sarwan is someone who really showed me the way. Every so often he would come down the pitch and have a word with me."

Opening the batting with Chris Gayle, who is very different from Barath physically, as well as in his approach to the game, makes it difficult for opposing bowlers to settle. "With a left-hand right-hand combination and as he is tall and I am short it is difficult for bowlers to rally and strike their lengths especially if we are rotating the strike.

"Gayle is someone who has been in the team for a while and I have grown up seeing Gayle playing for West Indies. It's an inspiration for me basically to start my career and bat with someone like Chris. He is someone who can take the attack to the bowlers and I can play that role as well but on the day Chris really gets going I am prepared to play the supporting role."

Barath added that Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga was one to watch during the World Cup. "We all know that Malinga is a world class bowler in this version of the game and in T20. We all know his unique action. Most of the guys are not used to it but at the end of the day we are going to be looking at footage of Lasith and ways of playing him.

"As a team already we have looked at these things but he is on spot at the moment and any player on spot is a force to be reckoned with. All credit to him, he's been bowling well and he has good form at the moment. We'll be definitely looking to counteract his bowling."

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 7, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    It is exposed that SL's middle order is failing. Hence I agree with Arjuna. I do not think SL would win the world cup if SL batting order is not changed a little bit by moving Mahela or Kumar down the order. SL can get to QF. From there it will be a very difficult assignment if 1 or 2 top 4 failed. Bowlers are good but not exceptional like WI in 70-80 where they can restrict teams less than 150 when they want.

    In the world cup you need to put up 275 and or prepared to chase 275 - 300. In 1996 SL had a very powerful batting line up with very good batters down to No 7 in Roshan Mahanama.

  • enigma12345 on February 7, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    i like your timely Jokes Barath

  • Metman on February 6, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    A.Barath is correct !It's anyone's tournament ! Any one between Aus.,SA,England and India.Outsiders,SL,Pak,NZ for last 4.WI don't stand a chance with Pollard , Rampaul and Miller in the same XI.WI at present are struggling to make 250,therefore,they need to take a chance with Roach,Benn,Bravo,Gayle and Sammy as their bowlers.The batting order needs to be rearranged with Chanders opening.Darren must bat at 4 ,with Sarwan at 3.Barath does not impressed me as an opener,he should bat down the line in this team.With the present batting lineup ,WI will be" sitting ducks " for the other teams.You need to have a thinking capt(like Ganga).and coach.My team in batting order batting first,Gayle,Chan,Sar,Darr.Barath,Dwayne,Russell/Smith,Sammy,Baugh,Benn,Roach.Chasing,put Sar,in Russell/Smith place ,and vice versa.Another option in chasing,put Darren,Dwayne,Sars,Chanders,at 5,6,7,8 to guide Baugh,Benn,Roach,and to hold the top order,in that case open with Gayle,Barath,then Smith/Russell , Sammy.

  • mits6 on February 6, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    chance of winning WC aus=ind=sa >eng=SL=pak >> WI=bangla > NZ this is what I think . But any upsets are cordially invited.

  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Mr Barath I think you need to wake up and smell the coffee the west indies cricket team are in an absolute mess going into the world cup could someone tell me why is sammy captain of this team the guy can`t even hold on to a permanent place on the test team according to colin croft the guy cannot even bat or bowl properly then again its the decision of these clowns the WICB to make him captain if screwing up west indies cricket was a university they would surely graduate with first class honours.

  • top_SPIN on February 6, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan but i always loved to see WI play well. But unfortunately for last two decades they were not doing very well. When we look at the team toured SL this time it is seriously having a lack of batting power. The two new comers Barath and Bravo junior had lot on their shoulders while other seniors failed except sarwan. The lack of consistent batting power is visible in this tour and hope they will reconsider about their attacking plans in the World Cup. They seems to have no good bowling attack to do a considerable damage and let the opponent team to have partnerships. Other teams have made their squad full with batsmen while WI struggling to find some consistency with in the fairly weak batting line up. I hope they will find new strategics and do well in WC

  • Gizza on February 6, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    I made a typo in my previous post. Should be As long as they DON'T encounter upsets.

  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    ya My personal thoughts on the World Cup are that the team clicking at that point of time will win it. To me it's anyone's tournament right at this point of time. The West Indies are looking at another World Cup win.

  • dummy4fb on February 6, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    india would not even make the second round.

  • Gizza on February 6, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    The Windies do have an outside chance. As long they encounter upsets in the earlier part of the tournament and make it to the quarters it is anyone's game from there on. Gayle can fire for one game, Pollard for the next, then Bravo or Chanderpaul for the final.

    The knockout format gives a great opportunity for weaker teams to do well. Look at the first two Champions Trophies/Mini World Cups (which also happened to be the most interesting) and look at the winners: South Africa and New Zealand - two teams which haven't even qualified for a World Cup final.

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