India vs West Indies 5th T20I Highlights – 7 August 2022

Nicholas Pooran:

“We weren’t good enough. India came out aggressive, but as batters, we didn’t learn. As bowlers, we are getting better, but we need to learn faster. It is a game of skills vs skills and today we weren’t good. We didn’t put partnerships together, except for Hetmyer. When you come against one of the top teams in the world then execution is important. We didn’t come up with trumps. As a batting and bowling team, we have a lot to do. There’s a lot of cricket to be played, a lot of experience to be gained. Hope we learn as a team with these losses. We just won a series, we lost another series here, but we are building towards a World Cup and when we reach there we are ready to compete. (Holder opening the batting) King and Mayers weren’t playing today. We gave him an opportunity today. We know how well he bats. (Invest in spin more?) In hindsight, we could’ve played two spinners, something for us to think about. Both Hayden and Akeal are bowling well. Thank you to the fans in America.”

Arshdeep Singh is the Player of the Series:

“It feels really good and feels grateful to represent my country. Tried to keep things simple. As Rahul Dravid sir says we are processed-based teams so I stick with my process. I don’t try to think much about other things during bowling. The talk is to be adaptable. We have to do whatever the demand of the wicket and the team is. We do what the captain and coaches tell us. Credit to them for the clarity they have given me. I don’t know what my greatest asset is but keeping things simple and focusing on the process helps me. The way the captains back the youngsters, and the feel of the dressing room is very nice. Youngsters and seniors feel the same. Helps as a youngster to come in and repeat what you do with your IPL and state teams. My mentor and my competition is my dad, he is very economical and bowls well.”

Axar Patel is the Player of the Match:

” My plan was to vary my pace. I knew wickets were slow. And tried to bowl stump to stump. The main thing is that I need to back my strength because in T20s batters try to hit you. So you just focus on bowling good areas and using your strength and your pace. The wickets felt similar to the ones I played in the Caribbean earlier on. The wickets for the one-dayers were similar, and then when I played the last two T20Is, it helped. I am an allrounder – doesn’t matter batting or bowling. The day I bat well, I’ll be a batting allrounder. The day I bowl well, you can call me a bowling allrounder.”

Hardik Pandya:

“Very special to get a chance to lead your country. And getting that chance and getting that victory means a lot to me as a captain and as an individual. I was just following our captain’s roles. (Do you see yourself as a permanent captain?) Yeah, why not? If I get an opportunity, I’ll be more than happy to do that. We have a World Cup and Asia Cup now though, so we need to focus on that and use our skillsets there. (What makes India consistent?) The kind of talent the players have and the freedom we have. This is the new India how they are playing. They are expressing themselves well, and when you have the freedom you get more dangerous. Credit to management and the whole group to make that environment.

They are not worried about whether they won’t get picked or whether they will get dropped. (Ten wickets falling to spinners) I wanted to make sure I gave Axar the new ball and wanted him to get the confidence back and bowl dots. I knew the kind of bowler he is, when he bowls tight he creates chances. Then the wrist-spinners have some weapons that can trouble batters. I just hand to hand over the ball and told them to enjoy it. (T20 World Cup in Australia – how close are India to being 100% ready?) Absolutely close. Just got to know how to keep getting better. Pressure and environment wise we are ready but in this sport, you never stop learning. (Fans’ role) It has been fantastic and I want to thank the fans who supported us. Didn’t make us feel like we are playing abroad. Bohut badhiya, majamma”

India vs West Indies 5th T20I Highlights today, Sunday 7-8-2022. 5th T20I, India tour of West Indies from Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill.

Form guide

(Last five matches, most recent first)
India: WWLWL
West Indies: LLWLW

Hardik chose to bat first.

Hardik: “Batting gets slower in the second innings. We don’t feel we are playing in Miami but in some Indian city. Fantastic to come abroad and get this support. (Goal in final match) We spoke to the boys that no matter what happens, we have set some standards for the Indian cricket team so the intensity and the attitude stays the same. Four changes: all are resting, Rohit, Rishabh, Bhuvneshwar, Suryakumar go out.”
Pooran: “Wanted to bat first but that’s fine. Need to restrict them and try and chase it. Four changes: Mayers, King, Joseph, Hosein won’t play. Brooks, Walsh, Smith and Paul are in. For us, we need to get better as a team, reduce mistakes and get better. (Walsh Jr, why excluded so far?) We felt that St Kitts was a small venue. It’s nice to have both him and Akeal in the squad so we can use both spin options when needed.”

India team: Kishan, Samson, Shreyas, Hardik, Hooda, DK, Axar, Avesh, Kuldeep, Bishnoi, Arshdeep.
West Indies team: Pooran (c), Powell, Brooks, Paul, Thomas (wk), Drakes, Mccoy, Walsh, Hetmyer, Holder, Smith.

Head to Head In T20I’s: 24
India Won: 156
West Indies Won: 7

Match Timings: 14:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Umpires – Gregory Brathwaite, Leslie Reifer
TV Umpires – Patrick Gustard
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Nigel Duguid
Match number – T20I no. 1726

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