first_imgWill try to restore lost pride in West Indies cricket in India series: Nicholas PooranNicholas Pooran, who scored his maiden ODI century (118), in West Indies’ narrow defeat to Sri Lanka, is hoping that the team restores their pride in their next series against India.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Chester-le-StreetJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 13:09 IST Will try to restore our lost pride in India series: Nicholas Pooran. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies suffered their seventh successive tournament defeat against Sri LankaIndia will be touring West Indies to play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in AugustWest Indies’ final match of the tournament is against Afghanistan on July 4West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, who scored a brilliant century in his side’s narrow defeat to Sri Lanka, is hoping that the team can learn from its disappointing World Cup campaign and restore their pride in their next series against India.On Monday, the 23-year-old left-hander scored his maiden ODI century (118) as the Windies suffered a seventh successive tournament defeat against Sri Lanka in Durham.Pooran hammered an 83-run stand for the seventh wicket with Fabian Allen to give West Indies an unlikely shot at a record World Cup chase but they fell short by 23 runs.”This hasn’t been a successful tournament for us but as sportsmen, you fail more than you win and this has been a learning experience,” he was quoted as saying by the ICC.”We have a young team and a young batting line-up. Hopefully, a lot of guys like me, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Fabian Allen have learned from this tournament.It was the third time they’ve come close to a big scalp in recent weeks, after also losing out narrowly to Australia and New Zealand, scant consolation ahead of their final match against Afghanistan on Thursday.”Hopefully when we play our next series against India we can start heading in the right direction and restore pride in West Indies cricket,” said Pooran.India will be touring West Indies to play three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests, starting from August 3.Pooran also acknowledges the comparisons with Brian Lara and admits that he watched a lot of film of the great man but does not intend to fuel the hype.advertisement”I know people say a lot of things about me but if I don’t perform on the field it makes no sense,” he said.”I just want to get better and better each day. I have had a lot of starts in this tournament but not converted. I don’t know what the future holds – I’m just thankful that I got the opportunity to play and I could show the selectors that I could play.”I don’t want to be like anyone else, I just want to be Nicholas Pooran,” he added.Also Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies gameAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Nicholas Pooran 118 in vain as Sri Lanka scrape past West Indies in thrillerAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Nicholas PooranFollow Sri Lanka vs West Indies Nextlast_img

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