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We are trying to adapt to Indian pitches – Sherfane Rutherford

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Gearing up for next month’s T20 series, West Indies all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford on Friday said his team trying to adapt to the Indian pitches and would look to put up a good show against India. The three-match T20 series starts in Hyderabad on December 6, followed by games in Thiruvananthapuram (December 8) and Mumbai (December 11).

“I am happy to get the opportunity. Preparation coming along well, we a lot of time to train and to get some work done. So over the past few days we have been putting in some hard work and are looking forward to giving our best against India,” Rutherford told reporters.

“Most of the Indian pitches are good wickets to bat on. We have been working on adapting to the pitches so we can improve our game. I don’t think players are thinking too much about the World Cup or IPL, it’s just about performance and everything else will follow from there.” The West Indies team has been based in India for the last one month, playing their bilateral series against Afghanistan which featured three ODIs, three T20s and a one-off Test.

Sherfane Rutherford said his team has been trying to adapt to the Indian pitches

Rutherford, who part of the T20 series against Afghanistan, said he taking batting tips from skipper Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell. “My role in the middle order is similar (to that of Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell). I have been working with them, talking to them and learning a lot. My game is about adapting and learning,” said the 21-year-old left-handed batsman.

Rutherford, who played three T20Is, said he wants to play all the three formats and putting in the hard yards. “Bowling is something that I like to do. Now I’m comfortable bowling but it’s something comes after my batting but it gives me confidence,” he said.

“I don’t see any problems with franchise cricket. Maybe sometimes it gets a bit frustrating as you may not stay as much free as you want to but I think it’s good and in everything you have to make sacrifices,” he added. The all-rounder also heaped praise on the West Indies Test team, who thrashed Afghanistan by nine wickets in the one-off Test at Lucknow.

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