We''ll look to upset big teams: Gayle

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Colombo, Feb 10 (PTI) Self-proclaimed underdogs, the WestIndies would aim to upset bigger teams and reach at least thequarterfinals to restore some lost pride, say the side''sexplosive batsman Chris Gayle and newly-appointed captainDarren Sammy.

The 31-year-old Gayle said the event starting February 19would probably be his last World Cup and he would try toensure that the two-time champions have a good campaign.

"We want to get the record straight this time. There area lot of expectations from people back home. We want to go allout for them. This is my third World Cup. I''m treating it likemy final Cup," Gayle said.

"The West Indies have a legacy of winning and I want togive my best to win matches for us," added Gayle ahead oftheir first warm-up match against Kenya on Saturday.

The West Indies won the World Cups in 1975 and 1979 buthave been struggling with poor form, injuries and along-standing contract disputes with the Board.

"We go in as the underdogs. But we want to be the teamthat upsets biggies and the one that gets through to thequarter-finals," Gayle said.

Gayle, in fact, lost his captaincy after refusing to signthe central contract over a pay dispute.

Sammy was handed the captaincy in his place and the newskipper said he is confident of reviving the Windies''fortunes.

"Yes, we have had some difficult times these past fewmonths, but its behind us. The seniors and the juniors in theteam are united to win games in this tournament," he said.

"We are a bit fresher than other teams I suppose, havingspent more time indoors than on the field. This is my firstWorld Cup and like many other young people in my team I amexcited to have the chance to restore our cricket legacy," hesaid," he added.

Story first published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 13:45 [IST]
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