‘We’re trying everything to turn things around’ – Shai Hope after dream start to ODI captaincy

West Indies ODI captain Shai Hope says they are taking every possible step to revive their fortunes in the format. The right-handed hitter admitted West Indies had an unforgettable 2022 and wants to get back on track this year.

Hope made a dream start to his ODI captaincy as he netted a 128* unbeaten run in the second game against South Africa in East London. The Barbadian’s shot took the tourists to 335 and they managed to earn a 48-point win despite Temba Bavuma’s 144.

Speaking after the game, Hope revealed he had the full support of his teammates and took responsibility for leading the team and the prospect of taking it to new heights.

As quoted by ESPN Cricinfothe 29-year-old said:

“It’s something we talk about in meetings. We’re just trying to win more cricket matches. We haven’t had success in 2022 and we’re trying everything to turn things around. It’s about giving our all to the team. I get support from all sides. I have the support of guys off the pitch and on the pitch. I have to keep taking responsibility and when the time comes to shine, I will.

The West Indies’ highest ODI tally against the Proteas came following a whirlwind opening stand of 67 between Kyle Mayers and Brandon King. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell beat well around the skipper, making vital contributions to lift their side to a steep total.

“Something I always preach in camp: control what you can control” – Shai Hope

West Indies cricket team.  (Credits: Twitter)
West Indies cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)

Shai Hope further stated that he advises his players to do what is within their control and he himself complies. The batsman added:

“Something I always preach in camp: control what you can control. I can’t control what the selectors do, I can’t control things behind the scenes, all I can control is the way I prepare, the way I play and the performance I put in on the pitch. If the chance and the opportunity arise, I will grab it with both hands.”

The third and final ODI will take place at Potchefstroom on Tuesday 21 March.

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