We must dig deep – Dot­tin

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

VIJAYAWADA, In­dia (CMC): HE HERO of West Indies Women’s los­ing ef­fort against the In­dian Women in the se­cond One-Day In­ter­na­tional on Sun­day, De­an­dra Dot­tin, says the team in­tends to “dig deep” in their must-win third and fi­nal en­counter today.

Dot­tin, who top scored with 63, de­spite West Indies five wicket loss to In­dia, has ex­pressed con­fi­dence her side can re­bound to se­cure the two points needed to gain au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next year’s 50overs ICC World Cup in Eng­land.

The Caribbean side has cast a shadow of doubt over their chances of qual­i­fy­ing af­ter los­ing the first two matches against the In­di­ans.

“It is a def­i­nite must win last match to qual­ify for the world Cup. I think it is a lot of pres­sure but I think we play bet­ter un­der these kinds of sit­u­a­tions,” said Dot­tin, whose 63 was the only score above 25 for West Indies in Sun­day’s se­cond ODI.

T“When­ever we get our­selves in these sit­u­a­tions we al­ways pull our­selves out. But it is a must win sit­u­a­tion so we have to dig deep and I know the girls will come back and win this last ODI to qual­ify for world cup”.

Poor bat­ting has plagued the Windies Women dur­ing their se­ries against In­dia, in­clud­ing low scores from lead­ing play­ers who are yet to de­liver.


The team’s head coach Vas­bert Drakes says play­ers have been work­ing hard on rev­ers­ing their poor form.

“I felt pretty good. I had to build back some con­fi­dence from hav­ing not get­ting scores in the last games I felt I was push­ing my­self but I felt I have not been pro­duc­ing enough for my team in terms of the bat­ting,” said Dot­tin whose 63 in the se­cond ODI in­cluded six fours and a six.

“I have been putting down my head and stay­ing there and oc­cupy the crease to help my team to get a de­cent to­tal on the board to help to de­fend”.

Windies women’s cur­rent ODI se­ries against In­dia fol­low closely on the heels of their last se­ries against Eng­land in the Caribbean which they lost 3-2.

Dot­tin says her side has had lit­tle time to ad­just to the new con­di­tions in In­dia.

“It has been pretty tough hav­ing come off a se­ries from Eng­land and com­ing straight to In­dia hav­ing lit­tle time to ac­cli­ma­tize in terms of the days and hav­ing to ad­just quickly to the time dif­fer­ence and then the con­di­tions as well ,” said Dot­tin, a key all­rounder in the side.

“It’s been a lit­tle tough but I think the girls have been fight­ing although we lost the first two ODIs”.

A vic­tory in today’s ODI – their fi­nal in the ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship se­ries – would give them au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted by the Eng­land & Wales Cricket Board next year.



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