Rethink of combination necessary – Pollard

October 28, 2021
West Indies’ Chris Gayle bats as captain Kieron Pollard looks on during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup match against South Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday.
West Indies’ Chris Gayle bats as captain Kieron Pollard looks on during the ICC Twenty20 World Cup match against South Africa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):

West Indies men's cricket captain, Kieron Pollard, has bemoaned his side's lethargic batting, following their second straight defeat of the Twenty20 World Cup. He says a rethink of the combination will be necessary if they are to turn around their losing form.

The Caribbean side managed only 143 for eight from their 20 overs after being sent in on Tuesday, and South Africa hardly broke a sweat as they chased down the target to win by eight wickets with 10 deliveries to spare.

For West Indies, the result followed their six-wicket loss to England in their opening game last Saturday, when they were bundled out for near-historic low of 55.

"We will sit down as a team, as a management, as a selection group and decide what we're going to do going forward, but as it stands right now, I thought that we didn't bat well collectively as a team.

"Evin Lewis was outstanding - the start that he gave us as an individual - but we kept losing wickets at crucial times."

He continued: "With that being said, we'll have some time. We'll think about it, and hopefully we come back with the right sort of combination or the right mindset in order to put some more runs on the board.

"From where we were to where we are now, sometimes you have to look at it, and it's a bit of an improvement. But it was not good enough for us to get over the line."

Lewis looked in good touch for his 56 off 35 balls, powering a 73-run opening stand. But his partner, Lendl Simmons, was pedestrian and his 16 required 35 deliveries.

Once Lewis was dismissed in the 11th over, the innings fell apart quickly as only Pollard, with 26, passed 20 thereafter.

Veteran Chris Gayle, along with fellow left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, and Simmons, have all been short of runs in recent times, and Pollard said it was reflected in the total.

"I'm obviously disappointed. I thought we left about 20, 25 runs out there when we batted, and that could have made a difference in terms of how we finished off," he pointed out.

"We got off to a pretty decent start in terms of getting that 40-odd in the powerplay without losing a wicket, and that was our opportunity to try to step a foot on the gas a bit, and rotate the strike a bit more and try to get to that 160."

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