BASSETERRE – West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell has indicated that he is fully focused and ready for the upcoming challenges as he heads off to India with the West Indies A team.
Reviewing his recent Limacol Caribbean Premier League performances, Powell said he was below par. “I was a little rusty for starters as I was just coming off my finger injury. My finger was broken on two separate occasions. However, I got better as the tournament progressed and I managed to end up in the ten top batters,” he said.
Quizzed about adjusting to the longer versions of the game on the India tour, he stated that his plan was simple.
“. . .Stick to the basics. It’s a matter of waiting for the bad balls. The scoring opportunities will come. I just plan to keep it simple,” he said.
Powell who has been selected as captain of the one-day team and vice-captain of the four day team, stated that when he was asked to take up the leadership role, he was happy to accept. “They (the selectors) are looking in new directions in terms of leadership and I did not see any harm in giving it a try. Obviously, I have a little more international experience than some of the other guys and I will do my best for the team,” he said.
Powell also explained that he has sought advice from several key individuals as regards to captaincy and other issues. These include Ricky Ponting, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, and his dad who has stuck with him through thick and thin, Carlisle Powell.
About his plans for the upcoming tour, Powell who has played in India previously, noted that the surfaces there were slower and lower and the ball turned from ball one.
“I plan to build my innings and spend a lot of time in the middle. I hope to get some big scores and build my confidence,” he stated.
Powell was quick to point out that he was hoping to be a part of the senior West Indies tour to India which begins just one week after the A team tour concludes and he also planned to be a part of the team for the New Zealand tour which follows.
In terms of countering the spin threat, the confident left hander indicated that his plan was to get as close to the pitch of the ball as possible and to be aggressive against the spinners. “In my mind they are the easiest form of bowling to face. They just toss the ball into the air. I will get to the pitch to eliminate the spin threat and force them to bowl more seamers at me,” he said.
In terms of the pitch conditions he opined that because they were slower and lower in nature, the batsmen would have to stay a bit lower and wait on the ball a little more. (windiescricket)