West Indies ODI captain Shai Hope has said that they are taking every possible step to revive their fortunes in the format. The right-handed batsman admitted that the West Indies had a forgettable 2022 and he wants to get back on track this year.
Hope has made a dream start to his ODI captaincy tenure as he turned in an unbeaten 128* in the second game against South Africa in east London. The Barbadian’s stroke propelled the tourists to 335 and they managed to take a 48-run victory to Temba Bavuma’s 144.
Speaking after the match, Hope revealed that he has the full support of his teammates and is accepting the responsibility of leading the team and the prospect of taking it to new heights.
As quoted by ESPN Cricinfothe 29-year-old stated:
“It’s something we talk about in meetings. We’re just trying to win more cricket games. We didn’t have a successful 2022 and we’re doing everything we can to turn that around. It’s about giving everything to the team. I’m getting support from everyone I have the support of guys on and off the pitch. I have to continue to accept responsibility and when the time comes to shine, I will.”
The West Indies’ highest ODI total against the Proteas came on the back of an opening whirlwind of 67 between kyle mayer and Brandon King. the likes of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell hit well around the pattern, making critical contributions to lift his side to a steep total.
“Something I always preach at camp: control what you can control” – Shai Hope
shai hope he further stated that he advises his players to do what is in their control and he abides by it himself. The goalie-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 game and the performance I have on the field. If the chance and opportunity arises, I will take it with both hands.”
The third and final ODI will take place at Potchefstroom on Tuesday (March 21).