Windies lacked consistency against India, says Ricardo Powell

Ricardo Powell is particularly impressed with how youngsters like Hope and Hetmyer have shaped up on this tour.

Powell is now in India doing commentary for a radio channel.   -  Special Arrangement

As a prodigious 20-year-old, Ricardo Powell burst into international cricket with a stupendous century against India in the final of the 1999 Singapore Challenge cricket tournament. Powell hammered 124 off 93 balls, which included nine sixes, to take West Indies to an unlikely win. He was destined for greatness. But Powell’s best knocks came only against India and his career was marred by inconsistency which saw him fading away quietly.

Now in India doing commentary for Radio, the 39-year-old Powell was disappointed with the utter lack of application of the young West Indian batsmen against India in the fifth one-day international at Sports Hub on Thursday.

"The pitch had its flaws but you cannot give any excuse for bad batting. It was lack of application from the batsmen on a tricky surface which led to the collapse. You need patience to score runs on such wickets and none was willing to do it here," he said.

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Powell was, however, happy that the young team managed to hold its own against the world’s best side in the one-day internationals but said the team lacked consistency and future looks bright with some exciting talent around.

"Playing against India in India is tough. They are the world’s best side. You have to be good in all departments to stretch them. We probably lacked consistency. We played well in the first three one-day matches but batted and bowled poorly in Mumbai. The trend has continued here in the fifth one-day as well. At highest level it is all about consistency. Having said that I am impressed with the way Hope and Hetmeyer have shaped up on this tour. They are the future of West Indies cricket," he said.

On his first visit to Kerala, the US based Powell was impressed with the natural beauty of the State. "The weather and climate is almost like what it is in Jamaica. The ground is also beautiful and I would like to visit here again," he said.