“I always believe that I am a leader and I want to inspire others.” – Nicholas Pooran

India won the first ODI of the three-match series against the West Indies by six wickets in Ahmedabad on Sunday (6).

After being invited to bat first, Windies line-up crumbled for a below-par 176 in 43.5 overs.

West Indies kept losing wickets in the middle overs and were reeling at 79/7 at one stage.

However, smart batting by Jason Holder and Fabien Allen helped Windies reach a respectable total.

Holder was dismissed on 57(71). Fabien Allen scored 29(43) and Nicholas Pooran dismissed on 18(25)

Meanwhile, At a chat with Star Sport at the start of the match, West Indies’ batter Nicholas Pooran insisted that the visitors are entering the ODI series against India on a high after defeating England 3-2 in the T20I series.

“We are looking forward to the series. We are on a high after beating England in the T20I series. I am looking forward to playing in India. A lot of us played here and are accustomed to it. But playing international cricket here in India is a different and difficult challenge,” said Pooran in a chat with broadcasters ahead of the start of the first ODI at the Narendra Modi Stadium Ahmedabad.

In 8 ODIs Pooran has played in India, Pooran has scored 307 runs at an average of 72.25 and strike rate of 129.59.

“I am definitely trying to stay in the present for a longer period of time. In ODI cricket, you have more time. Sometimes one makes silly mistakes under pressure but we need to play for longer periods of time and keep things simple,” side the left-hander.

Speaking further, Pooran, believes that he wants to inspire his team-mates as he gets extra leadership responsibilities.

“Life looks a little different as a 22-year-old. At 26, you start to understand life a bit more. I am starting to look at things differently with the added responsibility and I always believe that I am a leader and I want to inspire others. I want to be that person.”

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