25-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Tevin Imlach believes the Guyana Harpy Eagles can win the CG United Super 50 title this year. Joining the Caribbean Cricket Podcast, he said Guyana can take out any team.
“We have a lot of match-winners in our team, players who are capable of taking the game away from any team.”
The CG United Super50 tournament will be played in Trinidad this year, and Imlach mentioned that playing on slow wickets will be challenging for the batsmen.
“It’s been tough, the wickets are slower, as you expect when you come to Trinidad, it’s not easy, but once you apply yourself you can do well on these pitches.”
He has been batting at number three, four, and five so far in this tournament and says that his preference is to Play in the top order between positions 1 to 3.
“I’m the type of player who likes to spend time at the crease, watchful, I like to have that time where I can actually build an innings, but whatever the team asks of me I do my best.”
West Indies won the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup, and Imlach scored a crucial half-century against Pakistan in the quarter-finals. However, he had to wait two years to get the Super 50. At the end of 2018, he received a call-up to the Guyana Red Ball team but it was limited.
“That’s one of the challenges for playing for a side that does well, it’s hard to break into the team. I did stuff at home, gym stuff, I’m fortunate that my Dad loves the game, him being at home, he helped me practice batting and keeping, we would have gym in the morning and batting in the afternoon as I had space in the yard.”
Imlach has played 06 matches for Harpy Igal in this CG Super 50 season and he has scored 248 runs at an average of 49.60. He contributed to the victory by scoring 63*,75 in Guyana’s winning effort against Combined Campuses and Colleges and yesterday
“The call-up was a surprise, after just 3 first-class games in the season, but I was happy for the opportunity, it’s been a long time coming.”
“In four-day cricket, you leave a lot of balls, balls in certain areas you don’t try to play, but when it comes to one-day cricket, I played in the West Indies A-team white ball series batting at number five, where you have to move the innings along…it is a challenge but I am getting the hang of it; I just try to play the situation.”
He also commented on Guyana captain Leon Johnson’s leadership this season.
“He has a lot of knowledge about the game, a great understanding, he’s had success in four-day and one-day cricket, with one day cricket we have been unfortunate, we’ve made two finals in the past three editions, but were outplayed on those days.”