Monday 26 October, 2020

Emrit hails "special" Pooran after loss to Amazon Warriors

Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman Nicholas Pooran sweeps for six as St Kitts and Patriots wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin watches on during Match 20 of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League on Sunday at the Queen's Park Oval. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPL T20/Getty Images)

Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman Nicholas Pooran sweeps for six as St Kitts and Patriots wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin watches on during Match 20 of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League on Sunday at the Queen's Park Oval. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPL T20/Getty Images)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots captain Rayad Emrit has hailed Nicholas Pooran as a "special player" after the Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman scored his maiden T20 hundred on Sunday at the Queen's Park Oval.

Pooran ended on 100 not out off 45 balls to lift the Amazon Warriors from 25/3 to a seven-wicket win with 21 balls to spare.

Emrit was high in praise for his countryman and former team-mate.

"Pooran is special and I think it was a special innings. I don't think anyone else would have done that on that pitch. It's a difficult wicket to score runs freely and he made it look like a batting paradise. Well done to him. He just took it away from us. I still think the bowlers bowled well, but Pooran is very special."

Amazon Warriors skipper Chris Green echoed the sentiments of his opposite number.

"Rayad spoke about it, that was a special knock. To come in two-down and get together with Ross, dig in deep and then to clear the ropes like he did there was a special innings from a special player," said Green.

The Amazon Warriors said that Pooran wanted to bat higher in the innings, ahead of New Zealand legend Ross Taylor.

"That was a special innings. Ross has had a lot of success at No. 5 and Nicholas wants to push up and play higher and that paid dividends today. Having Pooran and Hetmyer, they're two of the better players of spin in the Caribbean," said Green.

As for Pooran, who added an unbroken 128-run partnership with Taylor for the 4th wicket, was pleased to finigh the game for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

"It's a tough tournament. Hopefully today can trigger things for my team today confidence wise. We were just trying to build a partnership and keep the required run rate under 10. For the last two years, I haven't been finishing games but I wanted to do it today when it mattered the most for our team. When I saw Ish Sodhi come back to bowl, I backed myself [for the hundred]," said Pooran.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have never won the Caribbean Premier League title despite making the play-offs in each of the seven editions of the tournament and five finals.

Pooran's improved form will be a huge relief for fans hoping that 2020 will be the year for the Amazon Warriors.

 

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