West Indian batsman Rovman Powell says that he stopped looking at himself as a big hitter instead he start looking as a batsman with power and with that comes control.
In the recently concluded West Indies vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I match, West Indies won the match by 35 runs and registers the first victory of the 3-match T20I series after the first match was called off.
I recognize Shakib wasn’t having the best of the day – Rovman Powell
Powell shines with both bat and scored an unbeaten 61 runs off 28 balls which boosts the Windies’ score to 193 runs for 5 wickets loss at the end of the first inning. Bangladesh struggled to build a partnership and lose the wicket at regular intervals.
Shakib Al Hasan who remains unbeaten with 68 runs failed to lead his team towards victory. READ: Bangladesh Tour of West Indies 2022 Schedule, Squad
“The platform was already set by captain and Brandon and I think they played well before I got to the crease so it was just an opportunity for me to advance the score and bat all-overs and I think I did that today,” said Powell after the game on Sunday (July 3).
“I think it’s a pretty good wicket. It’s a very good wicket, especially for batting and you just see five or so balls and get yourself in, and then the ball just coming on to the bat and you express yourself as a batsman.”
Powell also added that he now feels he has grown as a cricketer, and as a result, there is a change in his mindset as far as his batting is concerned.
“In anything you do, especially in professional sport, growth is a very important part and you have to grow from skill perspective to mental perspective and in each part I think I am growing and hopefully continue to learn.
“To be honest I stopped looking at myself as a big hitter. I start looking at myself as a batsman with power and with that comes control… know when to look for a single and know when to attack I think that served me well so far,” he said, whose innings was decorated with six sixes and two fours. He picked 23 runs off a Shakib al Hasan over that was the switch in momentum that West Indies were looking for.
“I think picking up match-ups and picking up bowlers to go after is very important and you know today I recognize Shakib wasn’t having the best of the day and then I decide to go after him and then I have five overs obviously at the back end.
Yeah definitely (getting big over against Shakib) changed the momentum. We always sit in the batting meet and talk about changing momentum and changing the course of the game and that over today against Shakib did that for us,” he said.
The third and final T20I between West Indies and Bangladesh will be played on July 7 in Providence Stadium, Guyana. Post the final T20I match, 3 ODIs will be played in the same venue on July 10, 13, and 16.