Pollard sees 119 as step forward

Chennai, India -- West Indies power-hitter Kieron Pollard says the superb breakthrough century he made on Sunday was a huge stepping stone in his international career. The powerful six-footer made 119 off 110 balls with 10 massive sixes, his first ton for the Windies in his 51st One-Day International.

During the innings Pollard reached 1,000 career runs but his prowess was not enough as the West Indies fell short 34 runs short of India’s target of 268 in the fifth and final match of the ODI Series. India won 4-1.

“This innings has done a lot for me. It is certainly a breakthrough and I hope to get better for the West Indies. I hope be more consistent with the bat. Thank God I got my maiden hundred. I wanted the team to win, but didn’t happen today. I just have to go back and reflect on what went wrong,” Pollard said.

“I was looking for a different approach. I had a couple of starts in the earlier matches. Thank God that one of the best fielders in India (Kohli) dropped me on 99 tonight. I have to be positive. I have to look for singles, but when the ball is in your arc, go for it. Hopefully, I will learn from this and do well for West Indies cricket and for myself.”

Throughout the series the West Indies created opportunities to win but were not able to finish off the Indians. Pollard said in future they need to be more clinical.

“The first couple of games were really close. Hopefully, we will take a couple of months off international cricket and reflect and come back strong for Australia,” he said.

“We had a chance in the first couple of games. It’s just the mental aspect or killer instinct. Past West Indian sides had it, then the Aussies had it and now India is doing really well. Hopefully, we will be better equipped mentally to handle close finishes in future.”

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 06:58