I stopped seeing myself as a big hitter: Rovman Powell

West Indian batsman Rovman Powell no longer believes he is a “hitter” but believes he has developed as a batsman. Powell’s unbeaten 28-ball 61 against Bangladesh in the second T20I in Dominica helped the hosts take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series after the opening game was washed out a day earlier due to rain at the same venue.

Powell snatched the game from the visitors with his brutal swing after opener Brandon King (57) and skipper Nicholas Pooran (34) laid the platform by adding 74 runs for the second wicket.

“The platform was already set by Captain and Brandon and I think they played well before I got to the kink so it was just an opportunity for me to improve the score and hit all the overs and I think I did I did today,” Powell said after Sunday’s (July 3) game. “I think it’s a pretty good wicket. It’s a very good wicket, especially for batting, and you just see five or so balls and get in and then the ball comes straight on the bat and you express yourself as a batsman.”

Powell added that he now feels he’s grown as a cricketer and as a result his way of thinking about his batting has changed.

Powell later said that the 23-run 16th over changed the course of the game significantly. He probably realized he was hitting on good field before starting with six sixes and two fours in an unbeaten 61-of-28 ball.

“We always sit in our batting meeting to talk about changing the dynamic and the flow of the game,” Powell said. “I think Shakib did that for us today. Picking match-ups and bowlers is very, very important. I thought Shakib wasn’t having the best of days. I decided to go after him. There were five overs of pace in the back end. The platform was already set by the captain and Brandon, both playing well before I reached the circle. It was just an opportunity for me to advance the standings. To hit all overs.

“I think it’s very important to pick up match-ups and bowlers to chase them and you know today I realize Shakib didn’t have the best of the day and then I decide to go after him and then I obviously have five overs down the back end. Yes, definitely (getting the big over against Shakib) changed the dynamic. We’re always sitting in the batting meeting and talking about changing the dynamic and changing the course of the game and today against Shakib did that for us,” he said.

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