Powell looks at himself as ‘batsman with power’

Destructive West Indies batsman Rovman Powell who played a match-winning knock yesterday in the second T20I against Bangladesh has revealed that he stopped looking at himself as a big hitter, instead, he believes himself to be a ‘batsman with power’.

“I stopped looking at myself as a big hitter. I start looking at myself as a batsman with power. With that comes control, know when to take a single, know when to attack. I think it has served me well so far,” Powell said.

“Growth is an important part in any professional sport. From both skill and mental perspectives. I think I am growing in each passing year. I want to continue to learn. It is a change in the guard, to be honest. Our legends Chris Gayle, [Dwayne] Bravo, and [Kieron] Pollard sit back and let us youngsters come through. We have to take this opportunity to bring smiles back to the people of the Caribbean,” he added.

Meanwhile, the hard-hitting batsman went after Shakib Al Hasan with the bat in the second T20I and he said that it was preplanned as he realized Shakib was having a bad day.

“We always sit in our batting meeting to talk about changing momentum and course of the game,” Powell said. “I think that over today from Shakib did that for us. It is very, very important to pick match-ups and bowlers. I reckoned Shakib wasn’t having the best of the days. I decided to go after him. There was five overs of pace in the back-end. The platform was already set by the captain and Brandon, who both played well before I got to the crease. It was just an opportunity for me to advance the scoring. To bat all the overs.”

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