Nicholas pooran calls for patience as West Indies’ ODI rebuild

The West Indies lost the three-match ODI series in a humiliating manner with one match remaining.

The hosts suffered a 9-wicket defeat in the second ODI at the Guyana National Stadium on Wednesday, suffering their 10th defeat against Bangladesh.

However, the poor batting style of the West Indies team was a contributing factor to the loss of the ODI series. 149 runs for 9 wickets in the first match and 108 runs in the second match.

West indies Skipper Pooran said that this is a very frustrating time. He also said that the group sits together like a family and searches for answers.

“At the moment, it’s frustrating times for us as a batting group in ODI cricket but we’re together, we’re a family and we’re going to figure it out soon.”

“We definitely need to bat properly – 100 per cent. In order for us to win games, we need to put something respectable in terms of totals and again, it’s for us to find ways – just keep finding ways.”

According to Pooran, it was very difficult to bat first. In both the matches, the rain added to the match from time to time was a reason for this challenge.

“It’s difficult to say [what a par score is] because the wicket gets better the longer the innings goes ahead,”

As well as

“This is the fifth time now we’ve batted first in the Caribbean in the last two series and we haven’t been able to score [a big total] so it’s definitely a challenge batting early up, especially losing the toss again.”

The captain also said that the batsmen are trying new ways to score runs.

“The batsmen, we spoke [before the match] about different ways to score. You saw guys trying to sweep [on Wednesday], [and] reverse sweep and it didn’t come off.”

The captain also said that the batsmen are trying new ways to score runs.

“We asked guys to keep coming with different plans but at the moment we’re still figuring it out, we’re a young group. We’re going to stick together and try our best.”

Pooran said the toss was a big factor.  West Indies lost the toss in both the matches.

“The toss plays a big factor. Whoever wins the toss wins 75 per cent [of the games] in the Caribbean at 9:30 am [starts],”

“Again, it’s not about making excuses but accepting the challenges and come out here and keep fighting as a team.”

He further stated:

“Everyone would question us and challenge us but the group of guys I have there in the dressing room are there fighting, they’re racking their brains to get ideas for us and try to be better as a cricket team. We’re trying our best and eventually I hope we figure it out.”

The Caribbean side have won just three of their last ten ODI series and lie ninth in the International Cricket Council rankings, only above Afghanistan, Ireland and Scotland.

“There are a lot of new guys in the team. I think we definitely need to play together more as a group and just have patience,” Pooran told a media conference yesterday.

“I just think that the ODI format is in between the Test and the T20 and mindsets keep changing. I think we just need to get the right mindset, the right template for this format and stick with it for a bit . . . and hopefully we’re successful.”

Leave a Comment