TTCB official commends mature Pollard
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday article.
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD - Patrick Rampersad, Executive Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB), yesterday hailed the patience of West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard who struck an uncharacteristic 30 from 58 balls to help guide the regional team to victory against Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Pollard, who came to the crease with the score 80 for four chasing 171 for victory, batted with great maturity and patience to help stem the slide in company with Marlon Samuels.
The hard-hitting Trinidadian struck just one six and three fours in a gritty knock after taking 18 balls to come off the mark.
“I thought Pollard’s response was one that was required at that stage of the game. It was excellent of him to approach his innings like that. People expect to see fireworks every time he is at the crease but he batted manfully and skillfully,” Rampersad declared.
Nevertheless, the Merry Boys president was still critical of Pollard, Chris Gayle (39) and Marlon Samuels (30) for not pushing on to get a big score.
After dismissing their opponents for 170, the West Indies made things interesting by losing wickets in their chase before getting the victory target with two wickets to spare.
“I wasn’t totally happy with our batting. We won but we have to win those (low scoring) games much easier.
Pollard, Gayle and Samuels all got starts and needed to bat through the innings like Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq did (96 not out).
Someone needed to bat deep and we would have gotten there comfortably,” Rampersad continued.
He did express satisfaction with the bowling and fielding performance and also approved of the decision to leave Test and Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, out of the final eleven.
“I thought that was the best team for the game,” Rampersad noted.
The TTCB official also commended captain Dwayne Bravo for leading the team to victory in his first match in charge of the one-day side in a major tournament. “Congrats goes out to Bravo for the win.
There seems to be a nice gelling of the team under him already,” he continued.
Looking towards the West Indies’ second group match against India on Tuesday, Rampersad is confident the regional side can get past the Asians and even go on and win the tournament for the first time since 2004.