We'll exploit weaknesses of the Indian side: Pollard

Kieron Pollard confides that its always special to play at home in front of family and friends Getty Images

Port of Spain: Jun 6, 2011

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard said his team would be looking to exploit the weaknesses of a second-string Indian side in the five-match ODI series and try to a make a big impact in front of the home crowd.

“The key is to get off to a good start and maintain that momentum. The Indians have a good bunch of guys and they are a young team. They have a lot of talent but what we will try to do is plan well and exploit any weaknesses in their team,” Pollard told Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday.

“Playing at home is always special for me in front of my friends and family and people I have known all my life,” he added.

The One-Day International series is all set to start from Monday at the Queen’s Park Oval and Pollard said that the West Indies would be keen to make a winning start to their limited-over campaign.

“There is a lot of cricket to be played and as a team we are really looking forward to playing against the Indians. We have a very good team. We have a lot of players who have done well at the international level and I’m sure they will be looking for more good performances at this level. We are fully aware of what is required and we will be looking to go out and do the job for the people of the West Indies,” the hard-hitting batsman said.

The West Indies team had a three-hour net session yesterday ahead of the first ODI against India and Pollard said that he had a good work-out.

“I have been training well and batting well so I’m eagerly looking ahead to this series. My form is there and I’m hitting the ball well. It’s a matter of me trying to get off to a good start and try to get the team off to a winning start when things kick-off tomorrow. I’m looking to do well and make a positive impact for the West Indies,” Pollard, who is also a tricky medium-pace bowler and an excellent fielder, said.