Port of Spain. Routed in the quarter final at the hands of a determined New Zealand, a section of West Indies players however expressed satisfaction over the match practice they got in the world cup, which they fell would hold them in good stead ahead of IPL.
“The matches in world cup proved to be too good a platform to get much needed match practice before the real deal IPL begins in April,” said WI captain Jason Holder.
“Since most of the pitches were batting friendly and kind of belter, we were closest to being in India,” he further claimed.
Holder also pointed to the overall progress the team showed in tournament.
Pointing to their last inning in the world cup where they scored 250 in 30 overs, Darren Sammy showed how the team peaked at the right time from T20 perspective.
“We were as it never aiming to win the game. The idea was to see how many runs can be score in 20 odd overs and I must say we did a pretty good job there,” Sammy told Faking News.
Many West Indies players even went on to feel sorry for teams that are still playing the world cup and felt blessed to have made timely exit from the tournament.
“We are glad we exited a good 2 weeks before IPL commences. This will give us the much needed break and a chance to rejuvenate and be fresh for IPL,” Gayle opined, “We certainly have a distinct advantage over players from New Zealand, Australia, India etc.”
Gayle further prayed for South Africa losing semi final against New Zealand so that RCB teammate AB De Villiers too gets some rest before IPL.
However players like Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard felt helpless at having missed out playing World Cup, by virtue of being dropped.
“These guys will definitely have an edge over us in IPL,” Mumbai Indians star Pollard argued.
“WICB just doesn’t want us to do well in IPL. This was part of their strategy to deny us any match practice ahead of IPL, which we all wait with bated breath for and which we consider the highest level of the game,” CSK trump card Bravo added.