GUWAHATI, Oct 19 - Indian pacer Khaleel Ahmed is taking the ODI series against the West Indies very seriously as a part of the preparation for the tour Down Under and the World Cup.
Having made his debut in the Asia Cup against Hong Kong in Dubai, he went on to play in two matches and has picked up four wickets so far. Khaleel has the ability to swing the ball at a fair pace and with 18 games left before India�s World Cup opener against South Africa on June 5, next year, he has his priorities in place.
�It�s a good preparation for me for the World Cup. I want to take as many wickets as I can in the ODIs leading up to the World Cup. It will also boost my confidence and I will be under less pressure, if I am picked for the World Cup,� Khaleel told reporters here ahead of the first ODI.
Regarding the West Indies team which suffered a white-wash in the two-test series earlier this month, the 20-year old left-arm pacer said that they cannot take the visitors lightly.
�West Indies plays good cricket with the white ball. It will be a different ball game. I will try to take more wickets and especially it will be how I bowl in the death overs,� he added.
Despite making his debut recently, the pacer said that the seniors have never made him feel like a newcomer.
�I never have a feel that I�m a junior in the side. Seniors support me well. Everyone keeps talking to me and boost my confidence,� he said.