We Will Look To Take Positives From This Game: Kieron Pollard After Shattering Defeat In Mumbai T20I
In the Mumbai T20I, Windies suffered a big defeat against the hosts India and that also resulted in their another T20I series defeat. However, the Caribbean captain Kieron Pollard wants to look at the positive sides from this series and try to move on from this.
It is the worst year for Windies in their T20I cricket history as they have lost ten out of 12 T20Is in this calendar year. After suffering the 2-1 T20I series defeat against Afghanistan in this tour, Windies suffered another 2-1 T20I series defeat but this time against the stronger side – the hosts India. While Windies are the only side to win ICC World T20 trophy for twice (2012 and 2016) and will feature as the defending champions in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, their T20I performances in 2019 don’t justify their actual status.
However, the skipper Kieron Pollard wants to focus on the positive sides as the team is in work in progress.
During the presentaion ceremony after the Mumbai T20I, Pollard said, “We will look to take positives from this game. At the end of the day, we knew where we faltered and it’s work in progress for us now.”
It was gettable – Kieron Pollard about the 241-run target
Windies captain Kieron Pollard decided to field first after winning the toss in the Mumbai T20I. But the Indian batsmen dominated on Wednesday (11th December) night as the hosts managed the mammoth first innings total of 240/3 (20 overs). While the openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put the 135 runs partnership, Rohit score 71 runs off 34 balls (6 fours and 5 sixes), and Rahul slammed 91 off 56 balls (9 fours and 4 sixes). Also, the Indian captain Virat Kohli played a smashing knock of 70 not out off just 29 balls (4 fours and 7 sixes).
Chasing down that mammoth target, Windies went down to 17/3 inside the first four overs. Though Shimron Hetmyer (41 off 24 balls) and skipper Kieron Pollard (68 off 39 balls) tried hard, they failed to save the game. Windies lost their wickets in regular intervals and only managed to score 173/8 (20 overs) as the hosts won that match by 67 runs.
However, Kieron Pollard still feels that the target was gettable, but they didn’t get the positive start in their innings, like the Indian team.
The Caribbean captain added, “It was gettable, we have chased a big total in 2016 here. When you look at the way Rahul and Rohit went about at the start, they took their time and then exploded.”
All is not lost, we still have 3 ODIs to play
Kieron Pollard and his boys are disappointed with their performances, but they are ready to move on from this situation. The Windies captain is now hoping for a good result in the forthcoming three-match ODI series once again against the hosts India.
Pollar said, “Yes, we are disappointed but we look to move on from here. There are a lot of emerging players coming through the ranks. Success is something you need to do day in and day out. Those are things we are working out. All is not lost, we still have 3 ODIs to play. We will look to stay positive.”
The three-match ODI series between India and Windies will run from 15th to 22nd December 2019. It will be the last international cricket action in 2019 for both these sides.
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