West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard has said that “it’s the end of a generation” for West Indies cricket, and several Caribbean players have contributed a lot to T20 Cricket.
West Indies entered the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as favourites but had a poor outing in the tournament as they lost 4 out of 5 games.
In the last league stage game, Australia defeated West Indies by 8 wickets with the help of David Warner’s amazing 89 runs knock off 56 balls. Also now Australia have made it to the semi-finals, and they will most likely lock horns with Babar Azam-led Pakistan.
After the victory over West Indies, Australia captain Aaron Finch praised Warner for his brilliant knock. In the post-match presentation, Finch said:
“It was a really pleasing day. I thought it was going to be a long day the way Evin Lewis played. We held our nerves nicely. The way (Warner) managed his innings, got off to a flyer and allowed Mitch Marsh to get into his innings. He’s been a super player for a long time. Can’t understand why people doubted him,”
Overall It’s Been A Disappointing Campaign – Kieron Pollard
After the defeat against Australia, West Indies have been dropped out of a top-8 spot in the ICC rankings, and the two time T20 World Cup champions will miss out on direct qualification for next year’s World Cup.
In the post-match presentation, Kieron Pollard said that it was a disappointing campaign for the team, and they have failed in both the batting and bowling department. He said:
“Overall it’s been a disappointing campaign. In terms of batting, we have not done well at all. Our bowling has been decent but not good enough. It’s the end of a generation, we have some guys who have done good things for T20 cricket in our team and around the world,”
He further added:
“We as people are very proud. We have to look at the way we play T20 cricket. What we’ve seen is that one guy in the top four has to bat as long as possible. Going forward I need to do that better. We have to start from a foundation now,”
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 last group stage match was also the last international match for Dwayne Bravo, who had announced his retirement and for legendary T20 batsman Chris Gayle who haven’t made it official but is expected to retire.
Talking about the retiring duo, player of the match David Warner said:
“DJ (Bravo) has been a benchmark for all players coming through, and Chris, he’s someone I look up to.”
Warner talking about his knock, said that he played his natural game, which worked for him. He asserted:
“Felt satisfying to be there at the end. The key was to play my natural game. It’s about targeting the first two balls and I was able to do that,”
“(Our bowlers) have been outstanding. We knew they would come out hard against us. We know the firepower West Indies have and got to a very competitive total.”