After West Indies stunned India by 43 runs in the third ODI at Pune, experienced batsman Marlon Samuels, who claimed three crucial wickets with the ball, including that of Virat Kohli, stated that West Indies have come to India with the intention to win and not just compete.
He was also full of praise for Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, who have been the standout performers for West Indies with the bat, as the series stands tied 1-1.
Praising Hope, Samuels was quoted as saying in an ICC report, Sitting in the dressing room and watching Shai Hope batting the way he has been batting, we have been having a lot of conversations about how to score runs in India and to be watching him doing the things we have been talking about him doing is just wonderful to be watching him.”
On Shimron Hetmyer, who has registered scores of 106, 94 and 37, Samuels added, “What you can see is, he is fearless and he is brave, he is going to get there with consistency and choose the right moment and choose the right bowlers, but he is another youngster who asks a lot of questions. So, I guess he is hungry, and you should look out for big innings from him as well.”
Samuels concluded by warning India in a sense, “We are not looking to compete anymore. We are looking to win.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent