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“I worked myself very hard to get back into the team”
West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith has announced that he is looking to revive his international career after being included in the national team for the two-match Twenty20 series against Ireland.
Smith’s comments come after he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Nagico Super50 tournament for scoring 232 runs at a brilliant average of 58.
“It feels very good to play a good innings and to go on to continue to win the finals,” Smith told ESPNcricinfo. “And now I’m here holding the trophy. I won it the first time I played (for Barbados) in 2003 but it’s the result of working hard throughout the entire series.
“Now I’m excited to link up with the West Indies team again. I worked myself very hard to get back into the team.”
Smith credited his red-hot form to the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he used to open the batting for the Mumbai Indians.
“I’m enjoying the role as opener once more,” he said. “It’s a position I get to play and score freely. I showed it in the IPL and in the Champions League.
“The selectors and coaches who backed me for this position, I’m repaying them. Also, for Mumbai, I got to bowl more than expected. I’m always willing and up to do the best job I can, as an all-rounder.”
However, Smith will be representing the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL after they bought him for US$685,000.
“Mumbai was quite an experience,” he said. “The Champions League was too. But The MVP title was one of the biggest highlights ever. Now, it’s onto newer things and I’m looking forward.”