West Indies captain Kieron Pollard declared himself ‘heartbroken’ however ‘determined’ to combat on within the worldwide sport as West Indies’s Super 12 destiny was confirmed with defeat to Sri Lanka on Thursday (November 4). The Windies noticed their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 title defence flounder additional as they went down by 20 runs in Abu Dhabi, making the highest two an unreachable goal.
Pollard’s facet had been second finest with bat and ball with the skipper pointing his finger on the former as central to their struggles. “I think it’s heartbreaking,” mentioned the skipper after the match. “A lot of different things might have gone wrong from the start of the tournament, during the tournament. The batting has struggled throughout the entire tournament. It has been disappointing, it’s something we’ve seen over and over and it’s something that hasn’t helped us,” he mentioned.
“We just have to accept we weren’t good enough. The guys are disappointed, I am disappointed myself. Hopefully at the end of the campaign when it’s finally over, we’ll be able to sort of give some information what we think or what we thought might have gone wrong,” he pointed.
The highly effective West Indies batting line-up has failed to fireplace up to now, with Andre Russell scoring seven runs and Chris Gayle 30 in 4 match innings. Pollard himself needed to go from ball one within the run-chase and went for a golden duck, bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga to encapsulate his facet’s struggles. With another sport to return in opposition to Australia in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (November 6), Pollard’s last message was a resolute one.
“Unless you are part of the decision that is going to get rid of me or fire me or retire me, as I stand right now, I have no intentions of not playing international cricket,” mentioned the 34-year-old. “One match or a pair unhealthy video games don’t make a summer season. For me personally, there’s numerous mileage in my legs aside from particular person. There are individuals within the entrance eventualities who make choices and I can’t, on the subject of that query, I can’t make that call.
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“But again, we have a tendency as things go badly, the easiest thing for us to do is look for things to blame and chop and change and do different things. But we accept that. I accept that. I take it on the chin. You know, sometimes you have to absorb the pressure before you apply, but personally as an individual, I have played a lot of good cricket in the last 18 months or two years or so, so three or four games, not going to lead to Kieron pulling out, I’m sorry,” he added.
For Sri Lanka in the meantime, it was an outstanding strategy to finish an encouraging match that yielded two wins from 5 Super 12 video games.
(with ANI inputs)