Estwick urges West Indies players to work as hard as Kohli

back icon
safari
13 Dec 2019 | 10:54 AM
authorPTI

Estwick urges West Indies players to work as hard as Kohli

The West Indies assistant coach wants young players like Hetmyer and Pooran to learn from the Indian skipper

heart

Share

Virat Kohli is the "benchmark" and that is why all West Indies players should work as hard as the Indian captain to achieve their goals, feels their assistant coach Roddy Estwick. In a media interaction ahead of the ODI series, which begins on Sunday, said the team's young cricketers like Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran must learn from opposition skipper Kohli.

"It's exciting times for us when you look at guys like Hetmyer, Pooran and Hope. We have got young batsmen who are developing. But the key thing is how you prepare to work hard. You have got a benchmark in Virat Kohli. He is somebody who will be in the gym and work very hard," he said on Friday.

"A lot of players can learn from him. Then, we have got a chance. Without hard work, there is no success. Hard work is boring but it can give you great success. Once they keep working and dealing with the process, they will have a chance."

He said the players had been brilliant on this tour but cautioned that in cricket one cannot relax. "They have been brilliant on this tour, we can't fault them. They have worked really hard. They are beginning to see the results. If you look at Hetmyer's play in the T20s, it was exciting. Now, we move to a longer format. People forget the fact that at a very young age, he already has four ODI hundreds. Obviously, there is a lot of talent there. In cricket, you cannot rest and relax," he added.

Estwick also said the West Indies team had done well to bridge the gap with India in the T20s and hoped to do the same in the ODIs too. The visitors lost the T20 series 1-2. "We are happy with the way we performed in the T20s. When these two teams played three T20s in the Caribbean, the gulf between them was wide. We are happy that we have narrowed that gap (in the T20 matches) and hope to do the same in 50 overs," he added.

Asked about the challenges in store for the young spinners in the side while taking on India, he said: "It's a learning curve for these young spinners Hayden Walsh Jr, Kharry Pierre and Roston Chase. It's all about learning and building blocks for the 2023 World Cup.

"Once you play against the best, it helps you to raise your game and standard. So, it is good that we are playing against a quality side like India," he added.

On what dimension Romario Shepherd added to the West Indies squad, Estwick said he was a very good cricketer and would add value to the bowling and batting departments. "He will add good skills to the bowling department and backend batting. He is also an excellent fielder. He is another youngster who we are trying to give opportunities to.

"The only way to find out what a player can to do is to put them against the best. We will see if they have got the temperament and skill and then you can add things to what they are doing. I hope he will learn from a tour like India," he added.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Virat KohliWest IndiesIndia

Related Articles

safari
ANALYSIS
Can West Indies bounce back and avoid series whitewash?
With the T20 World Cup less than a year away, every T20I is crucial, even if the series has already been decided
userNitin Fernandes
29 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
West Indies quicks excite Estwick ahead of England Tests
Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and captain Jason Holder are all in the Caribbean tour party for the Test series in England
userAFP
16 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
IPL right platform for the preparation of T20 World Cup: Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that his team is not looking at New Zealand ODIs as World Cup preparations as the upcoming IPL is the right platform for it
userPTI
04 Feb 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
The decider of the six-hitting contest
The two teams are tied on ODI wins against each other ahead of the last ODI of the decade
userShubh Aggarwal
21 Dec 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
No let up in intensity as focus shifts to ODIs
Spinners hardly had their say in the India-West Indies T20I series but it can all change at the Chepauk
userHardik Worah
14 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
Only one spot up for grabs in pace attack for T20 WC, rest sealed: Kohli
The Indian captain also backed the under-fire Rishabh Pant, saying he will be supported
userPTI
05 Dec 2019
safari
NEWS
West Indies trying to adapt to Indian pitches: Rutherford
Rutherford, who was part of the T20 series against Afghanistan, said he has been taking batting tips from skipper Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell
userPTI
29 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
Allen returns for India T20Is; Hope & Joseph miss out
The selectors decided to keep faith with the players who recently played against Afghanistan
userPTI
29 Nov 2019
safari
NEWS
"Till we work with honest intent, results will follow"
Best part about the win was taking the conditions out of the equation, said Kohli
userPTI
22 Oct 2019
safari
NEWS
Chance to step up and take responsibility: Virat Kohli
Kohli now has the most runs by any batsman in ODIs against the West Indies
userPTI
12 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved