After the exciting and intriguing start to the World Cup 2019, it is time to shift the focus on the second encounter of the tournament wherein the Windies team will be locking horns with Pakistan later in the day at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Both the teams will be eyeing to start the tournament on a positive note.
Whilst Pakistan, who last won the 50-overs World Cup in 1992 under the leadership of Imran Khan, are aiming to get their hands on the coveted trophy for the second time and the two-time champions West Indies will be wanting to put behind the T20 specialists tag by performing to their highest of abilities in the 50-overs format as well.
West Indies do not enter the World Cup with the best of match forms. After a turbulent last year, the five-match series against England was drawn 2-2 before West Indies went on to lose the tri-series in Ireland to Bangladesh. “One thing I like coming into this tournament is that every player is in a good frame of mind. Everybody is playing with a smile on their face, and I think that’s how we play our best cricket. We’re fearless, we enjoy what we’re doing and we enjoy one another’s company. I can safely say within the group we’ve got that. We’ve got an atmosphere that we would like to create, and we’ve got the energy going into this tournament that we would want to have,” quoted Jason Holder.
“I think the rest is left down to us on the field. We’ve just got to execute whatever plans we formulate, and I think execution is key in this tournament, you know, whether it’s West Indies, England, India or whoever. I think the teams that execute their plans and be as disciplined as they can, more often than not they’re going to come out on top,” he added.
I am excited to play in England
The possibility of a 500-run total being scored in this World Cup has been talked about. West Indies recently hammered 421 runs against New Zealand and considering how the Trent Bridge something has always been fancied by batsmen, another high-scoring contest beckons. But Holder, being the realist that he is, was content playing the waiting game.
“Look, I don’t want to sit here and try to predetermine what’s going to happen, but I just think in this situation we play a normal cricket game. We assess the conditions as early as possible and we play to suit,” Holder said on the eve of the game against Pakistan.
“I think I’m excited to play in England. We are all excited to play in England. The magnitude of this tournament speaks for itself. There’s no need to sit here and harp on about it. As I said previously, we just want to take it stage by stage, game by game. It doesn’t matter where we’re playing, we’ve just got to assess the conditions and be as professional as we possibly can.
So I don’t want to sit here and to narrow it down to one or two grounds that we’re particularly looking to favour, we’re just looking to play solid cricket, whatever the conditions may be, we’ve got to find a method and a way to be successful,” the Windies skipper concluded.