Fearless Permaul topscores for Windies A
Bridgetown, Barbados – West Indies A team captain Veersammy Permaul said he was fearless when he went to the crease on Saturday and backed himself to do the job against India A at Kensington Oval. The small, slim right-hander made a career-best 66 as the home side posted 252 all out on the opening day of the first Digicel four-day match.
Permaul went in at Number 9 with his side reeling on 126 for seven after tea and immediately launched an attack on the India A bowlers. He added a vital 92 runs for the eighth wicket with wicket-keeper Devon Thomas, who played some superb off-side strokes in a classy 57.
“I decided to play my natural game which is to attack. When I went to the crease they (India A) were well on top so they were on the attack and the field was in. I knew that if I got myself ‘in’ then I could play my shots after that, but I had to make sure I got ‘in’ before I tried anything. It was a deliberate plan to go over the top. The pitch was good and I felt I could do the job,” Permaul said.
“I bat at the bottom of the order, but I don’t see myself as a tailender. There is always a job to be done once you go to the crease, whether the team is in trouble or whether the team is on top. We were in trouble so I knew I had to build a partnership with Thomas and look to give us something to bowl at.”
Permaul hit three fours and a six – through the onside – in his first 20 runs and after that the Indians were forced to spread the field. He then settled in and played a number of powerful drives and cuts. He added another six – a huge hit over long-on of off-spinner Rohit Sharma.
His half-century came off 65 balls in 90 minutes. He was last man out, bowled by leg-spinner Rahul Sharma. Overall he batted for 142 minutes and face 94 balls and counted six boundaries and two sixes.
Permaul looked ahead to the second day on Sunday and said patience will be the keep for the West Indies A bowlers when they come up against the experienced India A batsmen.
“The pitch is flat and pretty slow. In the first session a few stopped but it got better as the day went on and once you got in you could bat on it. We will have to be patient and consistent…build pressure and look for wickets. This is not pitch where you can expect to blast out or spin out the opposition.”