In a gripping five-match T20I series, West Indies emerged victorious with a 3-2 scoreline, clinching the trophy. Amidst several standout performances from the West Indies squad, Nicholas Pooran’s consistent batting prowess was a decisive factor. Pooran scored a total of 176 runs in the series, at an impressive average of 35.20 and a striking strike rate of 141.94.
Notably, he outperformed all other batters from both teams in terms of runs scored. During the crucial fifth T20I, played in Lauderhill, Pooran showcased his mettle by contributing a match-turning 47 runs off 35 balls, steering his team to a comfortable victory while chasing a target of 166 runs.
However, amidst his impactful innings, Pooran faced some challenges as he was hit on the abdomen by a delivery from Arshdeep Singh. Additionally, a powerful stroke from Brandon King off Kuldeep Yadav struck Pooran on his forearm. Sharing his battle scars on social media, Pooran humorously thanked King and Arshdeep for the “after effects”.
The after effects 😂 thank you brandon king and arsdeep. pic.twitter.com/7jOHS46NSr
— NickyP (@nicholas_47) August 14, 2023
West Indies skipper Rovman Powell didn’t hold back in his praise for Pooran during the post-match presentations. He hailed the 27-year-old as a pivotal player for the team and revealed the management’s expectations for him to deliver in at least three out of the five matches. Powell commended Pooran for rising to the occasion and delivering outstanding performances as required.
The Player of the Series award was rightfully bestowed upon Pooran for his consistent and impactful contributions throughout the T20I series. This triumph marked a significant victory for the West Indies, offering a boost to a team that has faced challenges across different formats in recent times.