Lendl Simmons was expected to miss T20 World Cup 2016 due to an injury. But somehow he managed recovery from the injury and had just made it to the squad. (Image Source : News18 .com)
The player who has been the vital cog for West Indies to overcome India to reach finals has revealed that an ‘arrogant’ motivated him to win the match for West Indies.
India after setting a target of 193 looked like they were on their way to the finals at Eden Gardens before a Masterclass innings of Lendl Simmons snatched the victory from their hands.
The Caribbeans were 19/2 over just 3 overs in a crunch semi-final game where India was considered out-right favorites with Virat Kohli been in sublime form. However, Simmons had other ideas as he made a match winning 51-ball 82 to charge his side to the final.
Remembering that night, Simmons said: “When he fielded, he said something to me, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to show you’re not the only good batsman.
The batsman also reckons Kohli kept throwing the ball at his end to try and get under his skin in that crucial encounter.
“That’s the way he is. He’s very arrogant, he’s very aggressive when he fields, and when he bats as well. He’s just a very aggressive person.”
“Those things motivate our players and it certainly motivated me. That really urged me to bat the way I did – to show him that he’s not the only one who can do it. That played a big role.”
The batsman also admitted the luck he had as he was lucky three times in the innings as India lost due to their poor bowling despite striking early in the game.
He said, “Every cricketer has his day and you just need to cash in when it is your day.
“I took full opportunity of that to bat until the end. It was mind-blowing doing that with all those people supporting India and being very loud. It was the highlight of my career.”
The West Indian also attributed their success to their playing style which has earned fans from all over the world.
“It’s because of the way we play our cricket – we are aggressive, very sprightly, and that’s how we are. We’re not good at Test cricket right now, but T20 is right up our alley.”