Crushed! That’s an apt word to describe West Indies’ 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the ODI series. This is the sort of performance we expect from West Indies but every time, or most of the time, they left us disappointed. But this series, they played to their full potential and decimated the visitors. Mind you, Sri Lanka went in with a full strength squad yet they could barely challenge the hosts.
While it was Shai Hope and Evin Lewis, that helped West Indies cruise to easy victories in the first two matches, the third ODI saw Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard set the stage on fire. Kieron Pollard was pleased with the team’s performance and said that every time they were put under pressure, individuals stepped up and bailed them out of trouble. The West Indies skipper, however, sees a lot of scope for improvement in the bowling department.
“The guys have worked hard, stuck their neck up to come out and perform everytime. It’s nice to have different guys making hundreds, but this is a team effort – bowling variations, especially at the death, is something that’s important, and we need to work on that. We need to use our home advantage, we’re accustomed to be playing in these conditions,” said Pollard in the post-match presentation, reported Cricbuzz.
Having won the T20I and ODI series, the focus now shifts to the Test series where West Indies will be led by a new skipper, Kraigg Brathwaite. The hosts will be very confident after a magnificent 2-0 win over Bangladesh in their previous series. The limited over skipper, Pollard wished the team luck and hoped that they continue their winning ways.
“It’s important to work hard and improve, keep playing the way we’re doing now. Wishing Kraigg Brathwaite all the best, needs the team management to back him – Jason has been fantastic as well, the team needs to rally around each other and continue winning.”