Ahead of the upcoming two-game test series against Bangladesh, West Indian batsman Jermaine Blackwood has said he has a similar batting style to Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Pant recently played an 89-run match-winning knockout in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Gabba, as India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. Blackwood was the West Indies top scorer in the recent test series against England and New Zealand. “I followed the series between India and Australia. In the fourth innings with an hour to go, I told myself once Rishabh Pant is there, you’re going to win. I think we have the same hitting style. He looked to. Scoring and a player who pressures bowlers. That’s the same way I hit. I just rooted for him because I know he was under a little bit of pressure. He’s a very cool guy, “quoted ESPNCricinfo Blackwood.
Before there was any quality performance against England and the Kiwis, Blackwood didn’t get a long rope in the test setup and the batsman had to warm up the bench for nearly three years.
“I think I’ve been out of the West Indies team for almost three years. On the sidelines I worked on my mental space. I trained twice a day and went to the gym every day. I worked hard. I tried to come back as strong as possible. You can see the results. I’m better at selecting my strokes, I’m starting to understand my game very well and I want to keep moving forward the same, “said Blackwood .
The Windies batsman also revealed his conversation with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, and how he helped him learn the art of scoring big runs.
“I also spoke to Virat Kohli a few times on social media. The last time India traveled across the Caribbean, I had the chance to talk to him in Jamaica while I was there,” he said.
“So after the game I just had a little talk. I asked him how I have a lot of half centuries and only one century. He just said,” What are you going to do when you score a century? How many deliveries do you face? “I said I had to face 212 balls,” said Blackwood.
He said, “ That’s it, once you can hit some balls, you’re going to score runs. ” So I took something big out of that. After that conversation, I tell myself that once I get over 200 or 300 balls , the way I hit, I can score runs no matter who I play against or where I play, ”he added.
The West Indies and Bangladesh will lock the horns in the first test, which starts on Feb. 3.
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