Following Ireland’s 2-1 thrashing of the West Indies in their first bilateral ODI series, the home boyz are hurting, and badly too.
“I can safely tell you that it’s hurting, and it’s hurting badly,” said West Indies captain Kieron Pollard in his post-match interview.
However, Pollard has singled out three players that, in his view, have performed brilliantly.
“Very, very proud of those two individuals [Smith and Shepherd],” Pollard said.
“They have come in and they have shown, in the last series in Pakistan and even this series here, that they want to be at the international level.”
He noted, however, that they are diamonds in the rough, and in any other cricket set up around the world, these two players would be polished and made to shine.
“Obviously, they are a bit rough on the edges – I am talking about somebody like an Odean Smith. But you can see the raw talent and… what we see around the world is that persons take that sort of raw talent and good players and make them into great players,” noted Pollard.
“That is something we need to do with some of the individuals that we have here. But are we willing to do that?” he questioned.
The captain also said that Romario Shepherd is a committed and dedicated player.
“Romario, he has come in, diligent, hard worker, honest worker, does whatever the team requires, and he shows that he wants it. So well done to these two guys,” said the captain.
He also touted Shamarh Brooks’ performance by commending him for stepping up to the plate.
“And Brooksy, coming into this series, getting a 90 and missing out on a hundred, (then) a 40-odd, missing out today – again, well done to him, but we need to be hungry in order to grab our chances. He would have been one who hadn’t gotten a chance and he had the perfect opportunity here to cement his place. And to the other guys – we need to work harder.”
West Indies’ next outing will be in Barbados against England – a series of five T20Is from January 22-30.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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