ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):
Fast bowler Kesrick Williams said making his international debut in a series West Indies had already lost had no bearing on his approach.
Playing in the third and final Twenty20 International on Tuesday, the right-armer produced a superb spell, taking two for 15 from his four overs, as West Indies slumped to an eight-wicket defeat to suffer the embarrassment of a 3-0 whitewash in the series.
The right-armer said though West Indies had already surrendered the series, it was still important to make the most of the opportunity.
“I wouldn’t say it wasn’t an ideal time [to make my debut]. Cricket is cricket, so whenever you get a chance, it’s just about your time to execute,” the Vincentian told reporters.
“As long as you get that shot, you have to grab it with both hands. I just went out there with my mind free – not thinking that we lost the series, and just played positive cricket. I did it in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and enjoyed myself playing CPL and that’s what I did here tonight.
“I didn’t look at it as I was playing against Pakistan, or against Sharjeel Khan or whatever. At the end of the day, it’s the same cricket. I look at it like I’m playing cricket at home, don’t try to overthink it and do what I do best – bowl and just execute.”
Williams, a late call-up to replace explosive all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, conceded that the series had been a difficult one for the Caribbean side.
“It’s tough, it’s really tough … it’s really hot there and takes a while to get adapted to the conditions, but we are tough cricketers and we always look to give our 110 per cent,” he pointed out.
“Cricket is a game of uncertainties, so you just can’t come out and say you’re going to win today or win tomorrow; you just have to put in a lot of work.
“Pakistan played good cricket, Kudos to them. We just have to come out for the ODIs and do well.”