Pollard upbeat about West Indies future despite series defeat

WI Captain Kieron Pollard.

Captain Kieron Pollard said he was proud of the strides West Indies had made despite their 10th straight one-day series defeat to India, in Cuttack, India on Sunday (Dec 22).

Chasing a victory that would have ended their near two-decade wait for an away series win against the subcontinental powerhouses, West Indies went down by four wickets in a tense finish at the Barabati Stadium to concede the three-match rubber 2-1. West Indies won the first match in Chennai by eight wickets before India levelled in Visakhapatnam with a 107-run win.

“I don’t think there’s much to be disappointed about. Yes, we live in a results-oriented world where results matter but when you look at where we have come from to where we are at this point in time, honestly I’m very, very proud of the guys. They carried themselves well in the two series and the mettle that they showed, the mindset in terms of our batting. Yes, we faltered a bit with the ball in the field and the total attitude from the management staff and the team, you can’t fault the guys at the end of the day,” Pollard said following Sunday’s loss.

‘We competing with them and pushing them all the way, I think was fantastic.’

— Pollard

“Yes we came out on the losing side but well played to India for going out and pushing the limits and showing why they’re the number one team. We competing with them and pushing them all the way, I think was fantastic,” he added.

‘Shai Hope extended his excellent form…’

There were several bright sparks for the Windies during the series, primarily among the batting group. Opener Shai Hope extended his excellent form with 222 runs at an average of 111, including an unbeaten hundred while Shimron Hetmyer got the other century for the Caribbean side — 139 in the opening ODI — to finish with 180 runs at an average of 60. Left-hander Nicholas Pooran also impressed with whirlwind half-centuries in the last two ODIs to end with 193 runs at an average of 96.

‘I think there’s a lot to look forward to for us in the near future.’

—Pollard

“As I said at the start of the series, we have a lot of exciting talent, a lot of exciting persons on our dressing room and it’s just a matter of allowing them to express themselves. And we got a glimmer of what they can do — Pooran getting a couple fifties, the way Hetmyer has batted getting over 130 in one of the games, Shai Hope and his consistency, there’s still Brandon King who hasn’t gotten that opportunity… I think there’s a lot to look forward to for us in the near future,” Pollard added.