Nicholas Pooran is widely recognized as one of the best Caribbean batters in the world right now. His attacking style of play combined with his swift footwork makes him a dangerous limited-overs batter. Now that Pollard announced retirement from international cricket, it is Pooran’s duty to lead his side. While he has been doing fairly well as the captain, his stats as a batter have not been so impressive. West Indies played away series in Netherlands and Pakistan recently. In total six innings, Pooran accumulated just 81 runs at an extremely poor average of 13.50 to go with his strike rate of 75.
His previous half-century in the format came 15 innings ago. In the recently concluded IPL, he played decent and formed solid partnerships with Aiden Markram. But he has failed to carry that touch in the ODI format. He would be happy with his performance with the ball though. Pooran ended with bowling figures of 4 for 48 in the recently concluded match, his best figures in the format. The fact that it was only his second outing with the ball in this format makes this achievement even more impressive.
West Indies lost to Pakistan by 3-0, but Pooran looked at the brighter and was happy with how his team played under the scorching sun of Multan. His team had played against Netherlands before this series in a much cooler climate. This highlights the standard of fitness is quite high in the West Indies team.
Pooran Doesn’t Want To Get Overconfident With His Bowling Ability
“In the last 10-12 innings, I haven’t scored [substantially] in ODI cricket and I’m very disappointed with myself as well. Looking forward to start scoring runs in ODI cricket and hopefully that changes as well. If I can start doing what I’m accustomed [to] doing in [the] middle overs for West Indies, hopefully the other guys can continue stringing partnerships and that could be the start of something special for us as a team.
Today was amazing for me and if the guys are interested to know, I’m going to talk a lot about it, especially to pressure Akeal [Hosein] and Hayden [Walsh Jr.] [into] getting wickets for us because today these fingers worked, but I’m not going to get overconfident,” Pooran quipped. “Hopefully, there are two left-handers in the next series, so I can bowl as well.”