‘I was al­ways con­fi­dent,’ says debu­tant Wil­liams

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates, (CMC): FAST BOWLER Kes­rick Wil­liams said mak­ing his in­ter­na­tional de­but in a se­ries West Indies had al­ready lost had no bear­ing on his ap­proach.

Play­ing in the third and fi­nal Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional on Tues­day, the right-armer pro­duced a superb spell, tak­ing two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eightwicket de­feat to suf­fer the em­bar­rass­ment of a 3-0 white­wash in the se­ries.

The right-armer said though West Indies had al­ready sur­ren­dered the se­ries, it was still im­por­tant to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity.

“I wouldn’t say it wasn’t an ideal time [to make my de­but]. Cricket is cricket, so when­ever you get a chance, it’s just about your time to ex­e­cute,” the Vin­cen­tian told re­porters.

“As long as you get that shot, you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free – not think­ing that we lost the se­ries, and just played pos­i­tive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and en­joyed my­self play­ing CPL and that’s what I did here tonight.

“I didn’t look at it as I was play­ing against Pak­istan, or against Shar­jeel Khan or what­ever. At the end of the day, it’s the same cricket. I look at it like I’m play­ing cricket at home, don’t try to over­think it and do what I do best – bowl and just ex­e­cute.”

Wil­liams, a late call-up to re­place ex­plo­sive all­rounder An­dré Rus­sell, con­ceded that the se­ries had been a dif­fi­cult one for the Caribbean side.

“It’s tough, it’s re­ally tough ... it’s re­ally hot there and takes a while to get adapted to the con­di­tions, but we are tough cricketers and we al­ways look to give our 110 per cent,” he pointed out.

“Cricket is a game of un­cer­tain­ties, so you just can’t come out and say you’re go­ing to win to­day or win to­mor­row; you just have to put in a lot of work.

“Pak­istan played good cricket, Ku­dos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.”


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