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India vs West Indies | Very Happy About Hetmyer’s Knock: Pollard

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After West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India in the first ODI at Chennai on Sunday, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard could not contain his excitement about the knock Hetmyer played and spoke about his journey with the national team.

After West Indies cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India in the first ODI at Chennai on Sunday, West Indies captain Kieron Pollard could not contain his excitement about the knock Hetmyer played and spoke about his journey with the national team.

Speaking in the post-match presentation, Pollard said, “He has been in the team for the last 18 months so he has a taste of international cricket. As a management we are very happy about his knock, because we know the talent that he has.

“He has been struggling a bit in the last 9 months and he has been under a lot of pressure. We just want to make him understand about his role in the side. Everyone playing should be accountable and responsible as you are playing for your team.”

West Indies did a good job of coming back into the match with the ball in the first innings, after India were cruising for a large part of the innings. Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell shared two wickets each between them, and Pollard was all praise for his bowlers as well, particularly Cottrell.

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“Cottrell has a magnificent last 18 months. With experience comes confidence and Cottrell is bowling superbly for us. We have talent in the Caribbean, we just need to give opportunity to the players.”

Meanwhile Hetmyer, who was deservedly declared the man of the match for his match-winning knock of 139 off 106 balls, said that he “did not know” where he got the power to hit the kind of shots he did, but that the innings meant a lot to him.

“I don’t know from where the power is coming from,” he said. “I am trying to hit as hard as I can. This ton means a lot to me. The last one I had was at the start of the year and this one came at the end of the year. It is always nice to have a smile on the face after the victory. It’s a good feeling because the last time, I got a hundred in India, we lost the game.”

Along with Hetmyer, the other centurion on the day was Shai Hope, who has been a key component of the last four ODI victories that the West Indies have registered in a row. He also made a patient 102 off 151 balls, holding the innings together as he lost partners around him.

“I’m cramping a bit, that’s why I’m not smiling too much,” Hope said. “The key is to stay as long as possible, see off the new ball, assess the situation. Key is for someone to bat deep, win the game, and that’s what we did.”