West Indian all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, believes that domestic Twenty20 International competitions held in different nations, has helped big hitter Kieron Pollard vastly improve his striking ability.
Pollard, took just 20 deliveries to reach his half century in the first Twenty20 International against Australia at St Lucia, which now the record for the fastest half century by a West Indian in Twenty20 International cricket.
Bravo, believes that the results, since Pollard started participating in Twenty20 tournaments all around the world, are now starting to show.
The Sydney Morning Herald, quoted Bravo as saying: “It shows that playing cricket outside of the Caribbean, whether it’s Big Bash, IPL (Indian Premier League), BPL (Bangladesh Premier League), playing in England, all those different conditions, is actually paying off now.”
Even though the West Indies lost that match, Bravo, still thinks that Pollard’s improvement in striking the cricket ball, has benefited the whole team.
“It’s benefiting the whole West Indies team. It’s a good sign and a good chance for other players to get the opportunity and exposure of playing in those leagues” he said.
Pollard, also played a brilliant match-winning knock of 102 in the fourth ODI against the Australians, and has also smashed 16 sixes throughout the five match ODI series.
With Pollard starting to have a positive impact on his West Indian teammates, many fans are hoping that he will also begin to help the West Indies climb up the rankings and restore their reputation as one of the most feared and dominant teams in the cricketing world.