BANGALORE: An incremental gain in confidence – or at least in verbosity – was apparent in Kieran Powell across the three-match series in which he led West Indies ‘A’ to a 2-1 victory.
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Identified as a future leader of the senior team, Powell let his coach do the talking at the end of the first game, was relatively more loquacious after his team came back to win the second, and actually permitted himself a smile on Thursday.
“After the first game we got to observe the Indians and we strategised and came out and executed our plans brilliantly,” he revealed the key to his growing confidence.
“For a lots of guys, this is the first time in India and (for) getting to play in different conditions. It augurs well for West Indies cricket for us to come here and win the series.”
On Fidel Edwards match-winning hundred in the decisive ‘ODI’, Powell said, “He gave himself a chance to bat deep into the innings. He knew that if he did so, he would go on to get a century. He did it and the other guys batted around him to get us to a winning score.”
At 23, Powell has already played 15 Tests for the West Indies, and has three centuries to his name.
But his form in the series was mixed. He made 17 and 4 opening the innings in the first two games, before contributing a 33-ball 40 in the final fixture.
“I was looking to be more positive and show more intent than I did in the first two games and hopefully this carries over into the T20 and four-day matches," he concluded.