West Indies owe their victory over Bangladesh to Kyle Mayers who played a scintillating knock of 210*, helping the visitors chase a mammoth target of 395 in the 1st Test. West Indies are missing the services of their key players who pulled out of the series citing Coronavirus concerns. This gave an opportunity to players like Kyle Mayers who grabbed it with both hands. The innings has made Mayers an overnight sensation but the southpaw wants to focus on being consistent rather than being a one hit wonder.
“I will try to learn as much from this innings and take it to the next game where I start from zero. I don’t want to be a one-hit-wonder. I want to be successful and consistent for the duration of my career.” said Mayers, as reported by AFP.
Bangladesh declared their innings at 223-8 in their second innings, setting a target of 395 for West Indies to win. The hosts reduced West Indies to 59-3 and were looking good to pocked yet another victory over the Caribbeans. However, the duo of Mayers and Bonner had other ideas as they stitched a 216 run partnership to bring the visitors back in the game. Post the wicket of Nkrumah Bonner, Mayers took charge and helped West Indies cross the line with 15 balls to spare.
Mayer further revealed that it was the letter from Clive Lloyd that inspired him to do well in Bangladesh.
“He (Clive Lloyd) just let us know that representing the West Indies is a lot. He said don’t go to Bangladesh thinking you are a second-string team. Give your all, put up a fight, and make sure you represent yourself and family. It was a very strong letter,” said Mayers.
Bangladesh will be eager to make a comeback in the series in teh second Test that gets underway on February 11.