Windies Captain Rovman Powell backs Johnson Charles – ‘Pressure is always there when you’re playing a WC at home’

West Indies skipper Rovman Powell is delighted with the team’s progress in the shortest format of the game. and he has acknowledged the presence of pressure for his side given they are playing a World Cup at home.

The Caribbeans are currently ranked third in the latest ICC T20I rankings ahead of England, South Africa, Pakistan and others.

Powell is happy to lead such a talented side and has also reflected on his journey as captain when his team was ranked eighth or ninth when he took over.

However, ahead of their final group game against Afghanistan at St.Lucia, Powell has also revealed that he is pleased with the progress West Indies have been making in this format over the last year or so.

“I think pressure is always there, especially when you’re playing a World Cup at home,” Powell said. “Pressure is always there, but it’s for us as individuals to manage those pressures. And I think for me as captain, when I started this journey 12 or 14 months ago, when I took over as captain, we were at eight or nine in the ranking. To see us at number three now in the world is a pleasing feeling. And it shows that not just myself, but the players are coming together and we’re doing something right. I’ve never played in a West Indies team that is ranked number three in the world. So that for me is something special and hopefully, just hopefully, we can continue to climb those rankings.”

With different players from the side getting an opportunity to play in front of their home crowd, it is now the turn of opener Johnson Charles.

The opener has been searching for some form like most batters in this tournament so far but Powell has revealed that he will be backed to come good.

“It’s just a case of us telling him to be Johnson Charles, be his natural self,” Powell said. “If he’s an aggressive player, we expect him to play aggressive. But with that aggression, we know at some point he will fail and at some point, he will come good. So, it’s for us now to support him, it’s for us now to give him that additional backing that he needs and I think everyone is behind him to come good tomorrow or when he gets the opportunity in the future games.”

Powell also expressed his delight at having an opportunity to play at this venue which has been batter friendly, something that’s been rare in this tournament.

“When we look on the schedule all the batters were excited to come to St. Lucia,” he pointed out. “Traditionally St. Lucia has been a place where batters like to bat. But it’s also an opportunity for bowlers to bowl good spells here, especially the fast bowlers. We think that St. Lucia offer 60 – 40 in terms of, from a batting perspective, to bowl. And so, if you are a bowler, or if you are a batter, you definitely can get something out of the St. Lucia wicket.”

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