Had To Get Bat To Ball, Says Centurion Shai Hope About Last-ball Four

Written by Abhishek Patil

Centurion Shai Hope said his aim was to just put bat to ball in the last delivery after the final-ball boundary helped West Indies steal a draw from India in the second ODI here Wednesday. Chasing 322 to win at the start of innings and five off the last ball, Hope cut India seamer Umesh Yadav for a boundary through point to level the scores.

“Last ball I knew a wide yorker was coming at the end, and I had to get bat on the ball. I didn’t get enough bat but it was enough,” Hope told reporters at the post-match press conference.

“There was a change in approach after that (Hetmyer’s dismissal). We needed to take the innings deep,” Hope said.

Speaking about batting with Hetmyer, he said, “It’s pretty different with him, he likes to keep the scoreboard ticking. As long as we take it to the last five overs, we knew we stood a chance.”

Asked about the knock, he said, “Definitely, such knocks improve your confidence. You have to gain after every innings. It was a matter of time before I got a big score.”

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