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Richie: We can beat anyone

Calcutta: As the defending champions, there will certainly be pressure on the West Indies team. But from manager Richie Richardson, who is also a former captain, to key players Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith, the men from the Caribbean are confident of putting up a good show in the World T20.

West Indies’ first match is against India, on Sunday. Richardson respects India as opponents but at the same time believes that his team can beat anyone. “Well, we will be in good spirit… Physically, the boys are fit and ready to go into the tournament. As the defending champions, we are aware of what is expected of us. But we are focusing on the things that we need to do to win the tournament again. We are going to take one match at a time,” Richardson said on Friday.

“India are not going to be an easy opposition for us… But I believe with the formula that we have in our game, we can beat anyone who comes our way,” he added confidently.

Samuels dismissed that there’s any pressure on them and said that their primary aim is to reach the semi-finals. “There’s no pressure because we are not focusing on the past… We are focusing on the present. As of now our target is to make semis,” he said.