Visakhapatnam: West Indies opener Shai Hope is kind of “positive” that a few of his teammates may have Thursday’s IPL public sale on their minds throughout the second ODI towards India however for him will probably be “secondary” to beating Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma within the 2019 prime run-getters’ listing.
Hope, a chip of the outdated bloc, carried his bat by with a century within the first sport however one quantity nugget that might curiosity the uninitiated is the runs he scored in ODIs this 12 months.
Speak about whether or not IPL public sale can be on his thoughts, Hope sounded dismissive.
“I’m positive it might be however I’m positive that is secondary. We got here right here to play a collection towards India so no matter comes secondary is secondary,” Hope stated on the eve of the second sport.
“I’m positive among the guys can be wanting ahead to the public sale however now we have an India collection to play and that is the primary factor proper now,” he added.
Hope is at the moment third within the ODI run-getters’ listing this 12 months with 1225 runs behind Virat Kohli (1292 runs) and Rohit Sharma (1268 runs).
Is there an added motivation to surpass the Indian superstars?
“Thanks for heads up (on numbers). Clearly I’ve to ask the bowlers to do some injury as nicely,” he smilingly replied
“As a batsman, you wish to contribute as a lot as attainable and if it helps the crew win much more satisfying. Hopefully, we will take away them on the prime after which get some huge runs and get to the highest of that run getters listing,” he stated.
However not for as soon as throughout the Chennai chase did he really feel like upping the ante to impress franchises?
“It was about pacing my innings to the crew’s requirement. We solely needed to chase 280 and we needed everybody to be on the identical web page,” he defined.
“My function was to remain, knock round and never give any wickets. It is about doing what the crew requires. If the chase required me to step it up, I can try this as nicely,” stated the West Indies’ most constant batsman in current occasions.
A team-man to the core, he would not thoughts preserving wickets for 50 overs after which batting for one more 50.
“It is a powerful job nevertheless it takes a toll on the physique however I wish to remind myself that everybody within the Caribbean is supporting us. If I’m required to maintain 100 overs after which requested to bat, I’m going to try this,” Hope stated.
Batting with a flamboyant participant like Shimron Hetmyer may make somebody really feel inferior however Hope knew he needed to play a contrasting knock.
“I believe it is troublesome for me whenever you see somebody on the different finish going really easy. You simply wish to be a part of the celebration however I’ve to maintain reminding myself that I can not let the opposition make inroads.
“If one man is attacking on the different finish, it is not essential to have a go if the run charge is below management. Secret’s to pay attention to what the crew wants.”
Hope made it clear that the ACA VDCA monitor right here can be a problem for bowlers.
“Seems to be higher for batting. The ball will come on a bit extra. I believe will probably be simpler for scoring and bowlers may have tougher job on this floor.”