Pollard not concerned about Windies ranking – that’s in the past

By December 09, 2019
West Indies Kieron Pollard West Indies Kieron Pollard

West Indies white-ball cricket captain, Kieron Pollard is not paying attention to the difference in ranking between his side and India who are currently locked at a win apiece in their three-match T20i series.

Pollard’s West Indies evened the series thanks to an 8-wicket win in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, making up for a 7-wicket loss in the first T20i last Friday.

Pollard oversaw a comprehensive win for the Caribbean side, first restricting India to 170-7 before watching his young batsmen make light work of the total, cruising to 173-2 in the 19th over.

Lendl Simmons, 67 not out, and Evin Lewis, 40, got the visitors off to a great start after Hayden Walsh Jr, 2-28, and Kesrick Williams, 2-30, did some damage in the first half of the encounter.

Shimron Hetmyer, 23, and Nicholas Pooran, 38 not out, kept the momentum going for the West Indies until they got over the line.

Those performances are what is important to the new West Indies captain, who said if his side cleans up a few things like remaining disciplined with the ball, they could beat any team in world cricket.

"Things like low rankings happen. Different circumstances, that's in the past. What we can control is what's in front of us,” said Pollard after Sunday’s win.

The all-rounder believes the team just has to remain a unit, with each person playing their role and winning will come as a consequence.

“Seniors showed their way and youngsters followed. I am continuing to enjoy my cricket. Most I can do is pass on the knowledge to the youngsters. We will have good results if we stay as a unit,” said Pollard.

Despite the comprehensive nature of the win, with India skipper Virat Kohli saying the West Indies played some good cricket and deserved to win, Pollard sees room for improvement.

“There were areas we need to improve upon, a couple of wides, couple of no-balls,” he said.

The statement came just after Pollard spoke about his personal will to win and how becoming captain has accentuated that.

“God has given me the talent to play cricket. So when I come out, I come out with a will to win. And now as captain, the will is stronger.”

The third and deciding game of the series takes place on Wednesday live on SportsMax beginning 8:30 am/9:30 Eastern Caribbean Time.

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Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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