Another West Indies cricketer has shrugged off the favourite tag being heaped on the Caribbean side preparing for the ICC T 20 in Sir Lanka later this month.
Big hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard says being labelled as favourites could only put the West Indies players under a certain amount of pressure going into the tournament.
Pollard, who is one of the leading T20 players on the planet, said it’s only performance on the field of play that counts.
“We have a very good team and a lot of people are saying we are favourites. But you know when you are favourites it comes with a pressure tag as well” Pollard said.
“But you know . . . names on paper come for nothing. It is performance in the field. So it’s a matter of putting all what you have practised into play”.
He is part of a 15- man squad involved in final preparations at the Sagicor High Performance Centre at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Pollard’s comments follow similar statements from West Indies captain Darren Sammy earlier this week playing down the favourites tag.
Windies are currently fifth in the ICC T20 rankings, below South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and India.
The likes of New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson and former India captain Sourav Ganguly have publicly lauded Darren Sammy’s men as one of the favourites to win the World Twenty20.
“Twenty 20 is about who does the basics right. You have a situation to play to the best of your ability and try to execute as properly as possible and hopefully it comes off for you on that day,” said Pollard, the joint highest paid player in the 2010 Indian Premier League, representing Mumbai Indians.
“It’s another day of cricket. Another tournament and once we relax and play our cricket we are going to do well”. (windiescricket)