We still have to improve with the bat - Kieron Pollard
Despite his Barbados Tridents team being on top of the Caribbean Premier League table, West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard says that they still need to do better with the bat.
Barbados have been doing well this season and are sitting pretty on top with a one-point lead and a game in hand over the second placed St Lucia Zouks.
Speaking to Cricket World, Pollard reckoned that the Tridents have been doing well after a good start to the tournament, but urged the players to improve as a team.
“We are at the top but still not satisfied by the way we are performing with the bat," he said.
“We are always looking for improvement, we have to improve as a team.
“That is one of the areas we need to work on.
“As for the overall season, we started well, performed in Barbados, where each and every team are expected to do well at home.
“Then we lost a couple but caught up against Jamaica in the last game. So things are looking up.”
Barbados began their campaign well, winning three out of their four home games, losing just the one game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Hailing the early wins as crucial, Pollard now wants his team to focus on winning away, where the remaining games for the Tridents will take place.
“It was very important (getting early wins). When you play at home, it is supposed to be the fortress.
“For the past two years, we have really done well in Barbados. We wanted to do well.
“To start any tournament, you want to start on a winning note, it is very nice that we actually got off to that sort of a start.
“Now at the back end of the tournament, all the games are away from home.
“It will be a different atmosphere, it is more to adjust.”
This year’s CPL has seen stiff competition with only five points separating the six teams while no team has yet qualified for the play-offs.
Pollard is happy the way this edition of the CPL has turned out, stating that it was exciting to see a close contest, despite being the last leg of the tournament.
“Yeah, that is what you want. You don’t want just one or two teams running away.
“It is good for the CPL that we are into the last phase and no one has qualified just yet. It is exciting.”
Pollard has been leading Barbados from the front, scoring 279 runs from seven innings, at an average of 46.50, while also taking eight wickets at 18.62 apiece.
Hoping that he will continue to show the same kind of form while leading his team, Pollard stressed the importance of being able to consistently lead by example.
“You want to lead from the front, you have to lead by example.
“I have been batting well and I tried to capitalize. A couple of knocks came in a losing cause. Hopefully my form will continue.
“It (captaincy) is a challenge in itself. You have to be consistent, you have to lead from the front, by example.
“You don’t want guys to get accustomed to one style of play. You have to try and make them comfortable.
“That’s what I have done. I have tried to do those things so far. It is another challenge and I am trying to improve.”
With just two more games left to play in the group stages of the CPL, Pollard is optimistic of Barbados cementing their position at the top in the upcoming games.
“We are looking forward to that (upcoming game against Trinidad and Tobago). It has been a busy couple of weeks as well.
“It is a hectic schedule. We will try to hone our strengths and look forward to getting back on track, especially at Queen’s Park Oval.”
This edition of the CPL has received immense support from the crowd, who are coming out in large numbers to support their teams, making it a great atmosphere.
Thanking the crowd for backing the teams, Pollard opined that this kind of response for the CPL augurs well for the cricket in West Indies.
“It has been fantastic. The crowds have come out and supported in large numbers. That is good to see. The crowds in Barbados were fantastic.
“People have come out and supported the CPL, they have supported the teams. It augurs well for cricket.”
Barbados will play Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel on 16th July at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, before going on to finish their group stage matches with a game against Guyana Amazon Warriors on 18th July at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
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