"It is not something we saw coming" - Pollard on West Indies' early exit

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"It is not something we saw coming" - Pollard on West Indies' early exit

Windies skipper Kieron Pollard expressed his shock over West Indies' performance, stating that the experienced guys didn't put their hands up

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard admitted that all the senior players including himself let the team down as the defending champions crashed out of the ICC T20 World Cup after losing to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka defeated them by 20 runs and the Cup certainly marked the end of an era with the likes of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo not going to play again in West Indies jersey.

"A couple of young guys are putting up their hands (up) but the experienced guys, myself included, have not done well. We are not going to hide from the fact that it's been disappointing for us.

"I'm sure all the guys are hurting in that dressing room. It's something we didn't see coming but we have to face reality," Pollard said after the match.

He had no hesitation in admitting that they were poor in all departments.

"I think we were below par. In a crucial match like this, you don't want to see those things (for fielding). Our bowlers did okay, they got 189 but it was a very good batting track.

"I think cricket smarts is something that has plagued us. We have spoken time and time again especially from a batting perspective what we need to do as individuals and we have not done well," Pollard summed it up.

Sri Lanka's captain Dasun Shanaka praised his team for a complete performance.

"Overall it's a very good victory. These youngsters have been working hard, so I'm really happy. The batsmen were brilliant and the bowling was also brilliant throughout the tournament."

For youngsters Charith Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka, the skipper was all praise.

"I knew that they have the potential. They worked really hard for this. They have a long career ahead and a lot of good cricket to come. Anywhere they go, they'll have a special place in the team. I think the team is going in the right direction at the moment."

He had reserved special mention for Wanindu Hasaranga, who was outstanding throughout the tournament.

"He's a gem. He's a superstar in the making. Lot of cricket to be played, we have to protect him as well. As a captain, I back him in every situation," he concluded.

(With inputs from PTI)

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