“I’m doing this for my mom”: Pacer Obed McCoy dedicates 6-wicket haul to his sick mother

West Indies equalised the five-match series with a five-wicket victory in the second T20I on Monday, August 1, at Warner Park in St Kitts

McCoy wreaked havoc in his two spells as India, after being put into bat, were bundled out for 138 in 19.4 overs on Monday.

The target was never going to be a problem for the West Indies batters as opener Brandon King smashed 68 off 52 balls, but the hosts stuttered during the back-end before Devon Thomas’ unbeaten 31 off 19 balls sealed it in his team’s victory.

West Indies fast bowler Obed McCoy, dedicated his six-wicket haul against India to his sick mother.

Put into bat in a match that was pushed back by three hours due to late arrival of team kits, the Indians lost the momentum from the onset as skipper Rohit Sharma (0) was dismissed off the first delivery of the match.

Throughout the innings, the Indians were unable to gauge the pace and bounce of the Warner Park track, as McCoy mixed his variations well during a career-best spell.

It was the extra bounce from McCoy that reared up awkwardly taking off the shoulder off his bat and the short third-man was in action to gobble up the dolly.

Suryakumar Yadav (11) hit an audacious six over cover but Mccoy bowled one full, and the loosely attempted expansive drive, without any palpable footwork, was only going to turn into an edge and land up in the wicketkeeper’s gloves.

Rishabh Pant (24 off 12 balls) was breathtaking during his stay and a flick behind deep square leg for a massive six off McCoy left everyone in awe.

The only time India seemed to have a partnership going was when Hardik Pandya (31 off 31 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (27 off 30 balls) tried to resurrect the innings with a 43-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Once Hardik’s powerful slap off a slow Jason Holder bouncer was taken in second attempt by Smith, McCoy came back for his second spell to polish off the lower middle-order in a jiffy.

Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik (7) were foxed by slower deliveries while Ravichandran Ashwin failed to use the pace and bounce to be caught in the deep.

The last four Indian wickets fell for just 11 runs, with Holder taking 2 for 23.

McCoy finished with figures of 4-1-17-6. After bagging the Player of the Match award, mcCoy said that he is trying to be a better cricketer.

“I want to thank God. I’m doing this for my mom, she is home sick. This is motivating me to be a better player. Thankful for it,” McCoy was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

McCoy opened the bowling for the hosts and got rid of Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma, in his very first delivery.  The speedster said that Rohit’s dismissal put the visiting team under immense pressure.

“It put a lot of pressure on their batters. I always look for wickets in the powerplay because that stops batsmen from scoring runs in the powerplay,” he stated.

McCoy said that he didn’t have clarity of thoughts in the first T20I, although he picked up one wicket at a decent economy rate of 7.50.

“Went in with a clear mind. Was overthinking in the previous game,” McCoy said.

Talking on his ability to bowl in the powerplay, McCoy mentioned, “It gives me a lot of challenge and experience. Helps groom me as a player.”

The third T20I is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 2 at the same venue in St Kitts.

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