“I stopped seeing myself as a big hitter” – Powell looks at himself as ‘a batsman with power’, not just a ‘big hitter’

Rovman Powell Powers West Indies to 35-Run Win Against Bangladesh in Second T20I. West Indies lead the series 1-0 following the no-result in the rain-ruined opening fixture at the same venue on Saturday.

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Powell’s blistering 61 not out off 28 balls home side to 193 for five batting first in ideal conditions.

When Rovman Powell came into bat, West Indies were going about smoothly at 100 for 3 in the 13th over.

Before he came Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran added 74 for the third wicket.

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Powell’s innings, highlighted by six sixes and two fours, earned him the man-of-the-match award.

“My plan is very simple at the crease,” said Powell. “I look to get a start, even if it takes a while because I know I can make up for it later on in the innings.”

“I’ve been struggling quite a bit with spin but I have to give credit to my coach (former West Indies Test opener) Robert Samuels for helping to adjust my game.”

Powell later said that the 23-run 16th over changed the course of the match significantly.

He probably realised that he was batting on a good pitch, before launching into an unbeaten 61 off 28 balls.

“We always sit in our batting meeting to talk about changing momentum and course of the game,” Powell said.

“I think that over today from Shakib did that for us. It is very, very important to pick match-ups and bowlers. I reckoned Shakib wasn’t having the best of the days. I decided to go after him. There was five overs of pace in the back-end. The platform was already set by the captain and Brandon, who both played well before I got to the crease. It was just an opportunity for me to advance the scoring. To bat all the overs.”

Powell, meanwhile, said that he doesn’t think of himself as a slogger, but more of a batter these days. He said that it is all part of his growth as a cricketer.

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“I stopped looking at myself as a big hitter,” he said. “I start looking at myself as a batsman with power. With that comes control, know when to take a single, know when to attack. I think it has served me well so far.

“Growth is an important part in any professional sport. From both skill and mental perspective. I think I am growing in each passing year. I want to continue to learn.”

Powell said that they understood that their fans are looking forward to bigger things from this group ahead of the T20 World Cup laster this year.

“It is a change in the guard, to be honest. Our legends Chris Gayle, [Dwayne] Bravo and [Kieron] Pollard sit back and let us youngsters come through. We have to take this opportunity to bring smiles back to the people of the Caribbean,” he said.

Also Rovman Powell Works as a West Indies T20I vice-captain in First time.

“We know Rovman’s history,” chief selector Desmond Haynes said.

“He has captained the West Indies before and is also the captain of his CPL franchise [Jamaica Tallawahs]. Our role is to look at future leaders as well and we have identified a few, including himself, who we will be putting programmes around to ensure we keep them involved in that aspect of the cricket.

“Generally, we have to start looking at the bigger picture of getting these players playing together as often as possible in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later down in the year. We need to ensure we are fielding a very strong side for that tournament.” chief selector Desmond Haynes said before the Series began.

1 thought on ““I stopped seeing myself as a big hitter” – Powell looks at himself as ‘a batsman with power’, not just a ‘big hitter’”

  1. Congratulations! I am happy to see what is happening in the West Indies camp, cricket is my number one I love this game with a passion am happy for the result but would still like to see Odain Smith bat ahead of Shepherd in the next match. That’s my take not asking for much.


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