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Devendra Bishoo ready for bowling long spells

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West Indian leg spinner has said that he is ready to bowl long spells against Indians in the upcoming four match Test series. Bishoo is the lone spinner in the 13 member squad and will most certainly be in the playing eleven.

Bishoo last played for WI in SL at P Sara Oval in Colombo. Jomel Warrican who played in Australia was overlooked for the series. Bishoo didn’t play a single game in Australia because of rotator cuff injury.

“The bowling is good. I didn’t get to play much matches in the Caribbean T20 (CPL) but Test cricket is a whole different kettle of fish,” Bishoo was quoted as saying in WICB website.

“I am up for it,” Bishoo said looking ahead to the Tests against India. “I know I will have to bowl long spells and get wickets … I really want to have a good series. I want to have an excellent series.”

Bishoo, who made his debut in 2011 has fond memories of playing against India. He took seven wickets at Sabina Park in 2011. He finished that series as West Indies’ second highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps in three matches at 32.58.

“We’ve been putting in the work since day one and we’ve been enjoying it as a team. All the boys are very comfortable and we’re looking forward to the tournament,” he said.

“Everyone is really up for it and we really want to do well in the series. As a young team, there are a lot of expectations on us as for the last few Test matches we haven’t been doing that great but I think the team is coming along very well.

“We’re getting there as a team, the togetherness is there and we’ll like to take it from here,” said Bishoo, who has played 15 Tests, picking up 55 wickets at an average of 38.

Lot will depend on Bishoo as WI are not playing their strongest team and Indians are known to be very good players of spin bowling and bowling to them would be an uphill task. He also stressed on being mentally and physically fit to take on men in blue.

Bishoo further added that, “Both sides are important, the mental side and then the physical part of it. If you’re not fit you can’t focus that well,” he said.

“Test matches are long and drawn out but at the end of the day you have to be tough. If you’re mentally fit and physically fit, you make it a lot easier on yourself and on your body.”