IND vs WI 2022: ‘It was probably an irresponsible shot by Pooran’

Former wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel believes Nicholas Pooran should have played Ravichandran Ashwin more conservatively. The West Indies white ball captain was dismissed by the off-spinner in the second T20I in St.Kitts yesterday (August 1).

Pooran came out at bat 48-1 chasing a goal of 139 set by the visitors. The wicketkeeper hitter found his groove straight away after dispatching Avesh Khan for successive boundaries. However, he used the same approach against R. Ashwin, who threw one over a good length.

Pooran went for a mighty job after coming down the trail, but only found elevation with his connection. Suryakumar Yadav pocketed the safe hold from long range to give India their second wicket. With four fifty-somethings in his last five matches before the current series, he has yet to make the most of his good form so far.

Expressing surprise at the fashion, the West Indies skipper perished in the second T20I, Patel said on Cricbuzz:

“Really surprised by the shot played by Pooran. Every time a left arm hitter comes in, you see Ashwin bowling and he plays very well with them. So you have to get smarter, choose your bowlers while chasing a such total and Ashwin is not the easiest bowler to do that against.”

Believing that Pooran should have looked to play Ashwin, Patel added:

“That’s where he could have just taken singles against the off-spinner and faced the left-arm spinner instead. So it was probably an irresponsible shot on his part”

It should be noted that the veteran off-spinner also won the opposing skipper’s wicket in the series opener.

Licensed for just 14 of 11 deliveries in Game 2, the left-handed hitter needs to be cautious and aggressive, especially when chasing tough targets. The skipper’s wicket kept India’s hopes in the game only to be crushed by the batting exploits of Brandon King and Devon Thomas.

“I, Hetmyer can take more responsibility” – Nicholas Pooran

After a nervy five-wicket win in the delayed contest, the West Indies skipper admitted batters should play more responsibly. Top scorer Brandon King was devoid of support as he scored a game-winning 68. However, the rest of the batting unit fell after taking time to settle into the crease.

Speaking about the batting performance in the second T20I, the captain said:

“A win is a win. I believe in T20, the best batsmen have to beat long. Myself, Hetmyer can take more responsibility. King should have won the game for us with the way he was batting. But I hope that “He will learn from it. Thomas came back for us after an injury and established himself on his home ground.”

West Indies will face India in the third T20I of the series at the same venue later today (August 2). The series is level 1-1 with three more games to play.

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