Although the West Indies team was able to overcome the negativity: Pollard

Bridgetown (Barbados), Jan. 31 (IANS): West Indies captain Kieron Pollard says despite people spreading negativity against the team during the T20I five-game series against England, they managed to beat the tourists to emerge victorious.

Jason Holder’s versatile four-wicket four-ball and superb display of bowling by left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein (4/30) helped West Indies beat England by 17 runs in the fifth and final game at the Kensington Oval here to clinch the 3-2 series on Monday (IST).

The West Indies team was hit by breakup rumors during the series with voice notes circulating on social media attacking Pollard’s credibility. A report in a West Indies newspaper alleged victimization in the men’s team, with the treatment meted out to the versatile Odean Smith coming under the scanner.

West Indies men’s head coach Phil Simmons has quashed reports that Smith was a victim, particularly after he was not included in the playing XI for the third T20I.

After the series victory on Monday (IST), Pollard said: “It’s wonderful. I thank the Almighty for giving us this victory, but having said that, I think everyone in this locker room, we pulled together through everything.

“Every time we won a game there was something negative against us but we came out today and the lads rallied really well, well done to each and every one of them and all the supporters who gave us a thumbs up supported,” said the white-balloon skipper.

Jason Holder became the first West Indies bowler to score a hat-trick in the T20Is and only the fourth player ever to take four wickets in as many deliveries as the home side picked up a sensational win to cap the series of five games.

Holder again confirmed his status as one of the best all-around players in the world in any format and was named ‘player of the match’ and ‘player of the series’. He said the performance was redemption for a subpar show on the fourth T20I on January 30 (IST).

“A classic finish. It probably wasn’t the best start for me but for me, I always try to stay in the game and you never know how this game can go,” he said.

“Last night was a topsy-turvy game for me too, starting well but not being able to finish, but today it’s quite the opposite, not starting well but being able to close the game. “

The West Indies team will fly from Barbados on Monday to India where they will play three T20Is and three ODIs.

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