Powell sounds warning to Indians
Guyana Chronicle
September 30, 2002

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THE newest addition to the West Indies pace attack, Darren Powell, is sounding an ominous warning to the Indian batsmen ahead of next month's three-Test tour of the sub-continental nation.

"I want to go down there, bowl fast, get wickets and let the batsmen realise that somebody is really coming at them," Powell declared of his plans for the upcoming return tour of India by the Windies team, starting October 3.

Powell, who to date has played one Test against New Zealand in the Cable & Wireless 2002 Series, told windiescricket.com that he is working on tightening his bowling to become a better and more effective fast bowler.

"I'm working on control and not getting slower in my pace, I am working on bowling real fast and (improving) my consistency," the fiery Jamaican quick-man revealed.

He is also working on other aspects of his game in order to contribute more meaningfully to the team's success.

Powell, who started his career as an off-spinning batsman during his schooldays, said that he is focusing on his batting as he feels he can offer a lot more in this department... He admitted that as he began to focus on fast bowling, his batting 'drifted away'.

"If you look at the state of cricket in the Caribbean, the West Indies doesn't have the depth in batting as other teams, so getting into the team now and being able to bat would be a plus. That's the reason why mainly I am working on my batting," Powell, who left for India last Monday, asserted.

He is acclaimed by many cricketing knowledgeables to be the fastest man in the Caribbean but of this he said, "I don't go about concentrating on who bowls faster, I just go out there to bowl fast and not to be as gentle as a medium pacer."

Such comments should be a clear signal to the Indians that they can expect him to steam in at them with his trademark ferocity.

He said while he was pleased with his performance leading up to the final of the Red Stripe Bowl, he bowled badly in the final against Barbados and that may have cost him a place in the squad for the ICC Mini World Cup.

"I was disappointed with the final. I bowled good balls in patches but I still got some licks because I didn't put the ball in the right spots. I thought I tried too much in that game," Powell said of his performance in the game that Jamaica lost.

He admitted to being nervous on his Test debut in Barbados but assures that that was not the best he can do: "I think I can do better, I went out there and was a bit nervous, but that has gone already so when I go out for the next game, if I get it, then I will prove my point."

Powell bowled with pace and fire on his debut but could have been more accurate. He finished with match figures of 3-102.

On being retained in the squad for the Indian tour, 'Pow Pow', as he is known to his team-mates, said, "I am glad for the opportunity to go to India and basically when I go down there, I hope everything turns out for the best. I just want to go there and perform to the best of my ability."

He told windiescricket.com that when he ends his career he would like to certainly end up in the "top bracket of fast bowlers" but to do that he recognises that he "must take it one game at a time". (Windiescricket.com)