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How West Indies tricked India into bowling out Bhuvneshwar Kumar early

West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite revealed that their plan was to take Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the equation.

cricket Updated: Jul 10, 2017 13:39 IST
Khurram Habib
West Indies' Marlon Samuels and Evin Lewis celebrate beating India by nine wickets during the one-off T20I at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday.
West Indies' Marlon Samuels and Evin Lewis celebrate beating India by nine wickets during the one-off T20I at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday.(AP)

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite had given an incentive to his players that whoever would get a fifty will get half his match fee. Going by that, it seems centurion Evin Lewis, who led them to a nine-wicket win over India in the lone Twenty20 International on Sunday, would get his full match fees.

“Yesterday we asked the batters to go out and express themselves. I gave them the captain’s incentive, whoever goes and gets a fifty gets half my match fee. We wanted to put smiles on the faces of the fans and that’s what we come back to do,” said Brathwaite immediately after the match.

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The skipper of the West Indies team revealed that their plan was to take Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the equation. Bhuvneshwar was excellent in the death overs during the Indian Premier League (IPL), not allowing batsmen to free their arms.

However, Lewis’s relentless attack in the fourth and fifth overs, in which West Indies collected 35 runs, forced Virat to bring Bhuvneshwar back for the third over early on --- in the sixth over.

“We wanted to wrestle the game back from them. We’ve seen the IPL, we know how Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls at the death and we wanted to make him bowl more in the first few overs and that’s a box ticked,” said the West Indies skipper.

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“It was a very good wicket, we did very well to keep them to 190 especially after the start they had, getting to 60-odd in 6 overs and the way Jerome Taylor came back, being proud of, the finish that brought us into the game. We all thought that India is 20 runs short and then the batters pulled us back.”

Brathwaite was effusive in praise for the young left-handed opener. “Evin played magnificently. He played on. He scores big when he gets in.”

The West Indies skipper said that the presence of big stars in the team helps. West Indies have seen the return of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine and Brathwaite himself.

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“It does give us confidence. We’ve been able to rub shoulders with them and we’ve been able to ask their opinion in certain times, even to practice with them is a privilege. It gives the guys a little bit more confidence. The good thing is that they take the mantle upon themselves and be professionals on and off the field. When we are on the field, we like to give it a 100 percent. None of the guys take it for granted. We know it is a massive privilege to represent the West Indies and we have shown it whenever we take the field.”

Brathwaite himself has been under scanner. The West Indies skipper was left out of the longer formats as coach Stuart Law asked him to work on his fitness to get eligible for the three formats.

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“At the moment, I am up at 5.30 in the gym, then I practice from 8 to 10 and that’s what I can control. That’s what I continue to do and then if I take my opportunities, I get back into the team. If not, then I’ll keep working till I get an opportunity for myself,” he said.