No team can be taken for granted in this World Cup. Not the Netherlands, not Bangladesh, and certainly not Ireland. Giving this impression, West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan indicated the mindset of his team ahead of the World Cup match against Ireland here on Friday.
“Ireland showed what they are capable of in their game against England. You surely can't take anybody for granted. For us, every game is must-win now,” he said here on Wednesday.
West Indies, which has posted convincing victories over the Netherlands and Bangladesh, will be keen to maintain the tempo.
“It is important to have consistency and we have been trying to maintain that. We need consistency if we have to compete with any team,” said Sarwan.
The West Indian confessed the Irish “surprised everyone” with their performance against England, but added, “Ireland deserved to win.”
The West Indies team, meanwhile, took time out to show its support for the Think Wise campaign. The players met 10 adults who are living with HIV.
Sarwan is an Ambassador for the Think Wise campaign, a partnership of the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF.
“It was interesting to have the opportunity to meet people living with HIV and understand some of the issues they face on a day-to-day basis. What came very clear to me during the interaction was that people affected by the disease are no different to anybody else and that they must not be discriminated against,” said Sarwan.
The Think Wise campaign encourages young people to be informed and take appropriate action to prevent HIV infection.