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“India is a difficult place to bat but it’s good once you can utilize the conditions there”
West Indies opening batsman Kieran Powell has announced that he feels much more prepared for the upcoming tour of India in comparison to the first time he visited since “I have more experience”.
Powell admitted that batting in India was no easy task, but added that it is possible to be successful in the subcontinent nation if “you can utilize the conditions there”.
“India is a difficult place to bat but it’s good once you can utilize the conditions there,” Powell said. “It’s about adapting quickly. The upcoming tour is much different to the first time I toured India because now I have more experience.
“I also had more responsibility playing and leading the A team here last month (in the limited-overs games) and seeing that the pitches had more grass, I think I know what to expect.
“I made 80 last time I was on the Mumbai pitch and it’s a lot of good memories. It’s a wonderful place to bat and it’s extra special with Sachin’s (Tendulkar) farewell. The pitch can be a bit flat but mostly, it’s batsman friendly.”
Powell also highlighted the fact that he needs to be more consistent, especially since he is an opening batsman.
“It should be interesting to look to the matches ahead with more games now under my belt,” he said. “But also, I can’t wait to bat with Shiv [Chanderpaul] and I hope we both have wonderful tours and rack up a few centuries.”
The 23-year-old also paid tribute to veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who will be playing his 150th Test in Mumbai, which will also be the scene for Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test before he retires from international cricket.
“It’s always a pleasure to bat with and learn from Shiv,” Powell said. “His 150th match is a great achievement and as a batsman, he’s one of the best to take notes from. He is critical to our motives in India.”
Powell also believes that if the West Indies were to bat first and make a solid total, it would put the Indians under a lot of pressure.
The opening batsman added that spinner Shane Shillingford would play a key role throughout the series since India is infamous for their spin-friendly pitches.
“Getting big scores and pegging India on the back foot is ideal,” he said. “I know (Shane) Shillingford is going to be a big player with his spin and I’m always at short-leg for him and busy.
“He keeps batters so aware and he’s a great find for us. He’s moving from strength to strength also and will be troubling. The pitches are tailored for him I think.”