Windies suffered a disheartening loss in the final ODI in Port of Spain, with India romping home in a canter to seal the ODI series 3-0. Windies did put up a fight in the first couple of games, but had a meek surrender in the third game that further escalated the chaos in the ODI set-up following a 3-0 loss to Bangladesh recently.
Skipper Nicholas Pooran is disappointed by the scoreline but stated that his side did punch above their weight in the first two games. It is a takeaway he wants his players to grasp as they approach a series against New Zealand next month.
“It was a tough one for us. We did a lot of right things in the first two games. I think we tried our best, the boys performed well. But there were a lot of games in a short span of time. As a batting group, it was going to be a challenge with DLS coming into play. We did get some partnerships, but not as many as we wanted, that cost us the game. There are a few inexperienced players, still figuring out how to play ODI cricket,” Pooran said in the post-match presentation.
As a bowling group, the Windies were disappointing, failing to strike early in all three games. The partnership between Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan were decisive in all three games but Pooran wants his side to move that behind to do well in the T20 series, starting Friday.
“Everyone has a good idea now, looking forward to the upcoming New Zealand series. We gained a lot in this series after coming from Guyana. The bowlers bowled well in the powerplay, they didn't get wickets, but that's fine. The guys are getting more confident with every game. Very excited with our T20 team, looking forward to the game on Friday. Hope that we come out and entertain the crowd.”