ICC World Cup 2019: Our Goal is to Become the First Team to Score 500 in ODI’s Says Shai Hope
We are still a day away from the start of the main round of the ICC World Cup 2019 and all the teams and spectators are gearing up for the showpiece event. Most of the matches are expected to be high scoring an intense one with the pitches likely to be dominated by the batsmen. Hence there is a possibility for some of the top teams to break the jinx of scoring 500 in a single innings in an ODI.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli meanwhile predicted that England can become the first nation in world cricket to score 500 in an ODI. West Indies who is the No 9 ranked team in the tournament possess some exceptional power hitters and can become one of those first teams to score 500. Incidentally, they made 421 in the warm-up clash against New Zealand with Shai Hope top scoring for them with a well made century.
Shai Hope, the man himself is of the opinion that West Indies can become the first team to reach the landmark of 500 runs in an ODI match. Although Shai Hope scored a century, it was blistering knocks from Andre Russell and Chris Gayle which propelled the Windies score to 421. They might be quite low in the rankings but has the ability to beat any team in the world.
“It is definitely a goal we can try to achieve at some point,” Hope said of the 500-run mark. “Definitely it would be great to be the first team to cross that 500 mark and I am sure we have the batting firepower to do it.”
Shai Hope heaped praise on Andre Russell who smashed a sensational 54 of just 25 deliveries. He stated that the opposition has very little idea on how to contain him when he is on song. “He (Russell) is just incredible – a freak of nature really. I don’t really know what to say about Russ, he just hits it and once he hits it, it goes for six. He is a pleasure to be on the same team as him, I can tell you that. If you are in the field you are not sure what you are going to bowl at him. It is just nice to enjoy from the inside!”
Meanwhile, Shai Hope has been in impressive form in any of the formats he has played in the recent past. He is hoping that Windies put behind the disappointments of the previous World Cups and come out stronger this time around. He is of the opinion that it has been the change in his mindset which has helped him to find consistency in any format he plays in.
“I would say my mindset has changed slightly,” he added. “I haven’t really changed too much in terms of my preparation, how I go about things. But, as I said it is about adapting to the style of play, the style of cricket in these times and finding ways to score runs, finding ways to be as consistent as I can be.”
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