Skipper Darren Sammy insists the West Indies players have worked on their weakness against spin and will be able to negate the threat of Harbhajan Singh.
The Windies batsmen struggled against off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez during the recent one-day series against Pakistan. The duo shared 12 of the 26 wickets that fell during the five-match series.
Although the hosts’ batsmen put up a better showing against India’s off-spinners during the one-off Twenty20 on Saturday, Harbhajan and Ravichandran Ashwin still managed to pick up three of the five wickets that fell.
Sammy, though, is confident they will do better against Harbhajan during the upcoming one-dayers.
“We should play Harbhajan better than we did against Pakistan,” he said.
“Ajmal was different. He was very difficult to pick because of his doosra. Harbhajan, in contract, is more orthodox and our batters should do well against him.”
The all-rounder added that it’s important for the batsmen to rotate the strike.
“You can’t get bogged down,” he said. “They [batsmen] have been working hard with Desmond Haynes,” he said. “Each individual will have his game plan and the focus should be to rotate the strike. You will have to sweep, use your feet, play with soft hands, all those things come into play.”
Sammy also bemoaned the fact that many of the in the Caribbean will favour the Indians as they are slow and low.
“The tracks have slowed down in the last decade or so,” the 27-year-old said. “We have seen the Indians struggle against bounce and pace in the past but we haven’t had wickets to suit us for some time now. There is little we can do about it. We have to play on the tracks that groundsmen produce.” Cricket365