“It’s definitely hurting” – West Indies Captain Nicholas Pooran Reacts After Shock T20 World Cup Exit

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran expressed his disappointment that the team had let down their fans after their exit from the T20 World Cup on Friday following a heavy defeat by Ireland.

The captain also cited his batting failure at the World Cup and was absolutely disappointed about the West Indies exit.

“We have disappointed our fans and ourselves. It’s definitely hurting. I have disappointed my guys with the way I performed,” said Pooran after the match.

Pooran mentioned that the pitch was batting-friendly and the total was never enough for the bowlers to defend.

“It’s tough, we haven’t batted well in this tournament at all. On a really good batting surface, making 145, it’s a really difficult task for the bowlers. It was going to be a challenge,” mentioned the left-hander.

“There are a lot of positives, Jason is back to bowling well, King is batting wonderfully, and Joseph is stepping up with the ball for us. This is a learning experience for us.”

On the day, Ireland restricted Windies to just 145 runs after being sent to bowl first and then chased the target down with easy, courtesy, some firebrand batting from Paul Stirling, who scored 66 off 48 balls.

The right-hander was aided by his captain Andrew Balbirnie, who played an uncharacteristic attacking inning of 37 off 23 balls to take Windies out of contention.

At the time the first wicket fell, Ireland had already amassed half the runs in 7.3 overs, and had enough time to chase the total down. Stirling and Lorcan Tucker combined and chased it down in 17.3 overs with 9 wickets remaining.

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