West Indies star batsman Nicholas Pooran was brimming with joy and satisfaction after playing an explosive knock of 67 runs, leading his team to a thrilling two-wicket victory against India in the second T20I held in Guyana. The electrifying encounter saw Pooran’s brilliant performance counter Indian captain Hardik Pandya’s exceptional showing in the power-play. Despite India’s impressive bowling in the final stages, Pooran’s heroic fifty guided the West Indies to secure a hard-fought win against the Men in Blue during the second T20I of the five-match series.
The victory has put the West Indies in a commanding position, as they now lead the series 2-0 against India. After the game, Pooran expressed his initial misjudgment about the game’s progression and conclusion, revealing the roller coaster emotions that unfolded on the field. “Yeah, I want to thank Jesus. I want to perform and be satisfied with this. Honestly, I want to finish the game. But when I got out, I thought it was done and dusted. But it is cricket, anything can happen, and we did see the game turning on its head,” Pooran said, reflecting on the twists and turns during the intense battle.
Emphasizing that his stellar performance was not merely a result of a “purple patch,” Pooran attributed his success to hard work and dedication. He emphasized the effort and commitment that had led him to this moment of triumph. “I won’t say this as a purple patch. I have been working hard to get this, and it has been going well for me so far. I have seen us losing consistently. I have given away the captaincy as well, and now want to enjoy the game. It’s happening to me,” he stated, highlighting the personal growth and determination that fueled his outstanding display.
As a batsman, Pooran acknowledged the importance of capitalizing on every opportunity, no matter the bowling situation. He emphasized the need to cash in on half-volleys, short balls, and full tosses, taking advantage of the familiar wickets in Guyana. “I want to enjoy the game and continue entertaining. The score didn’t actually matter to me. It was about batting well and controlling the game. I felt like it was a decent wicket, and we are accustomed to getting such wickets here in Guyana. The bowlers are going to give you half-volleys, short balls, and full tosses, and you need to cash into it,” Pooran added.
With his exceptional performance in the second T20I, Pooran has set a high standard for himself, and he aims to maintain consistency going forward. The West Indies team will look to build on this momentum as they strive for further success in the series, and Pooran’s contributions will undoubtedly be crucial in their quest for victory.
As cricket fans eagerly await the next encounter between the West Indies and India, they can expect more exhilarating performances and nail-biting moments on the cricketing field.