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UAE | Oct 14, 2021

Nicholas Pooran not focusing ‘poor form’ going into T20 World Cup

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File photo of West Indies vice-captain Nicholas Pooran playing against Afghanistan in November 2019. (Photo: Ashley Allen for ICC.com)

Despite a poor run of form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he only scored 85 runs in 11 innings, West Indies vice-captain Nicholas Pooran said he is not concerned over his form even as the ICC T20 World Cup looms ever closer.

Pooran and the West Indies will begin their quest for a third consecutive title when they take on England on October 23 at the World Cup that begins on October 17. He told journalists on Wednesday (October 13) at the Windies training base in Dubai that he has put his IPL form behind him and is only focused on what is to come.

“I’m not concerned at all. My cricket is based on confidence and my intent. I left the first half of the season scoring what, 20 runs in five, six, seven games. I came and did decent in the last three series for West Indies and in CPL. It’s about my process, continuing to believe in my process, having faith in my process, and my confidence is very high. I have no doubts in my mind that I can execute my game-plan and do good for the team,” he said during a press conference from the West Indies training base in Dubai.

“It’s just games. A lot of sportsmen and a lot of cricketers have bad times but that’s fine. All cricketers do have that patch and come out of it. I wouldn’t say it’s a patch for me. I came to the second half of IPL batting really good for West Indies and Guyana in CPL. To me, it’s not form. When you think about it, I haven’t really faced much balls in all honesty. It’s just for me to give myself a chance.”

He did concede that he felt like he let himself down during the IPL season where he played for the Punjab Kings.

“The IPL is gone. It’s done for me. I just have to refocus and go again. I know personally, I’ve let myself down in terms of not sticking with my process long enough. I felt like I rushed the results a lot and I paid the price. You could see that in my scores. It’s just for me to refocus now, hit the nets, work hard and plan again – simple as that.”

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