Former West Indian cricketer Bryan Davis says the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team will have to focus particular attention on their bowling when they face the Mumbai Indians in their Champions League T20 semi-final tomorrow.
Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) vice president Dudnath Ramkessoon said while the team performed really well against Chennai Super Kings in their eight-wicket victory, they will have to be on top in all departments to beat a very talented Mumbai side.
Both Davis and Ramkessoon believed the Mumbai team contains some very dangerous batsmen.
“You can never underestimate a team that has Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma, and don’t discount Sachin Tendulkar who is going through a little rough patch, “ Davis said, “so our bowling has to be on spot because those batsmen are liable to launch an attack at any time.”
Ramkeesoon said:” Pollard and Smith and of course Sharma are danger men, so the team will have to be on top of their game. But the T&T team knows the conditions, the pitch so they will have to strategies and work out a game plan to contain that batting line-up.”
Ramkeesoon believed the team is showing cohesiveness and excited that the batsmen are rounding into form.
“Everything is coming together with the captain doing a good job last game and I think everything is set for them to give a good account of themselves,” Ramkeesoon added.
But Davis says young, inexperienced Nicholas Pooran should be replaced with Adrian Barath going to the top and Simmons dropping to number four.
Davis said that in addition to Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree needing to be consistent with the ball and backed up by top class fielding, the TT batsmen will need to be very focused
“I think our batting lacks depth, and that is very worrying. But it makes it more important for (Lendl) Simmons to display the sort of mind set he did in the last game and try to build an innings instead of trying to blast in the first six overs,” Davis said, adding that he was proud with the way the team approached the last game with a winning attitude.
“This game is unlikely to be as easy as the last one against Chennai, who were not as motivated as they could be because they had already qualified,” he noted.
Davis said the majority of the batting performance rests on the shoulders of Simmons, Evin Lewis, who has been consistent and Darren Bravo. He said he preferred captain Ramdin to take more of the batting responsibilty by moving up a spot or two depending on the game situation.
“So I think our chances are good but the bowling and fielding are the key aspects in whether we do well or not,” Davis said.