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Windies’ Rutherford keen to make a mark in India | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: There is something about Guyanese batsmen and their relationship with India. Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan all dazzled against India, especially in India. Among the current crop, Shimron Hetmyer is a star in the making. Sherfane Rutherford is an aspirant to get into that league.

Having recently signed up with Mumbai Indians after being traded by Delhi Capitals, he would have been a touch disappointed that the limited-overs series (3 T20s and 3 ODIs) is not starting in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on December 6.

He would have loved to show the Mumbai crowd what to expect come summer time. He can do it on the 11th now, but he would also be keen to show what he is made of in Hyderabad.

At a promotional event in Thane, Rutherford looked relaxed as he reckoned the West Indies have had a lot of time to train and were hoping to put up a good show against India.

West Indies have been virtually camping in Lucknow, having played a full ‘series’ with Afghanistan. Rutherford, who was part of West Indies’ limited overs team, said most of the Indian wickets are good to bat on. But they have been working on adapting so that they can improve their game.

Talking about his role in the side, the 21-year-old, born on India’s Independence Day in 1998 (another India connection) stated, “My role in the middle-order is similar to Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell and I have been working with them, talking to them and learning a lot,” said Rutherford.

Talking about his skipper Pollard, Rutherford described him as a cool leader. “He’s somebody you can talk to. Someone who would listen to you always, he brings a different energy to training sessions and the guys look up to him.”

Like all players, Rutherford too is eyeing a ticket to the T20 World Cup in Australia in October next year, but he does not want to stress over it. West Indies, the two-time winners of the event are the defending champions. “T20 World Cup is a while from now but every series we look to take something out of it. We look to give our best and take it one step at a time,” he said and added that players are not thinking about the World Cup or the IPL. “Players are not thinking too much about the World Cup or IPL, it’s just about performance and everything else will follow from there.”

As a cricketing nation, West Indies have been labelled as a fertile land of T20 superstars and a country that exports talent to the ever-growing monster called franchise cricket. But Rutherford’s views are refreshing in that he wants to represent the Windies in all three formats and not just T20. “I am doing the hard work and hopefully I will get my opportunity when I deserve it.”



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