IND vs WI: West Indies Batting Is A ‘Huge Concern’ According To Head Coach Phil Simmons

West Indies have failed to play the full 50 overs in 12 of the last 18 One-Day Internationals, raising concerns about the batting unit.

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said on Friday that his team’s batting was a major concern in the one-day international series against India, and that the batters needed to better assess situations and play accordingly. (Learn More About Cricket)

“It (batting) is something that needs to be addressed because it has cost us the last two games. You’re expected to chase down 230 and 260 if you bowl India out for 230 and 260 respectively. We were cruising to 280 and 290 against SL a year ago, which has similar spinners and other things…batting is a major concern, “Simmons said this after his team was defeated by 96 runs in the third and final One-Day International.


“The most serious issue is the manner in which dismissals are made. It’s upsetting, and it’s not entertaining to watch. Players must sit down and assess the situation before deciding what to do. We can’t keep going in this direction, “At the post-match press conference, he stated.

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India won the three-match One-Day International series 3-0.

“As we prepare for the next round of ODIs, everyone needs to stand up and make sure that they are batting for the West Indies and understand what we need to do as a team. It’s a major concern “Simmons went on to say.

In response to a question about whether the batters’ technique was an issue because the team was bowled out several times without playing the full 50-over quota, Simmons said, “Technique isn’t an issue for me. Batters must better assess the situation.”

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In the last 18 games, the West Indies have failed to bat out 50 overs on 12 occasions, raising concerns about the batting unit.

He cited the bowlers’ performance as a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing series for the West Indies.

“The fact that the bowlers have done what we have asked of them is, in my opinion, a positive. Bowling and fielding have been enormously beneficial “he stated

“The bowlers, I believe, are a little more disciplined than the batters in terms of sticking to the strategies we’ve devised for the Indian batsmen. The bowlers’ discipline has improved dramatically “In response to another question, he reiterated.

When asked about skipper Kieron Pollard, who was forced to miss the second and third One-Day Internationals due to a niggle, Simmons said, “I’m not a big fan of dealing with medical issues. Polly’s knee is bothering him. I wasn’t prepared for today. Pollard should be back to 100 percent in the next few days, hopefully.”

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Beginning on February 16, the two teams will compete in a three-match T20 International series.

He was optimistic about the team’s chances in the T20Is, saying that “assessment in the T20s is better than in the ODIs.”

“We have to assess the situation and play in accordance with that assessment.”

Odean Smith, who picked up wickets and hit some big hits during the series, did well, according to the former West Indies batter.

“I believe he (Smith) has performed admirably, bowling quickly, picking up wickets, and batting well…he could have gone on for longer today. We’ll take it slowly with him because he’s new to international cricket “According to the head coach.

Smith hit three big sixes in his 18-ball 36, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

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