West Indies all-rounder Akeal Hosein has said that he is focused on performing well for West Indies in the remaining two ODIs against India and he feels it will open doors for him to get big bucks at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction.
West Indies National Cricket Team lost the first match of the three-match ODI series against Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team by 6 wickets and they will be looking forward to making a comeback in the second ODI, which will begin on Wednesday in Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, Akeal Hosein has said that the India Premier League is the best in the world but his focus is not entirely on the cash-rich league.
“Yes, we know, the IPL is the best league around. But I’m not really focused on that (IPL). The task at hand right now is these two games. They are very important for me, because it will determine the series,” the 28-year-old said in a virtual media interaction on the eve of the second ODI.
“Having said that, I think once I do the right things and perform well for my team, the doors will open. For me, it’s all about these two games and winning this ODI series.”
I’m a 50-50 perfect proper batter, proper bowler – Akeal Hosein
The West Indies all-rounder feels that he is a “50-50 perfect proper batter, proper bowler”. Akeal Hosein added that he sees himself as a complete all-rounder and was hoping to reach new heights in future.
“I think I’m a 50-50 perfect proper batter, proper bowler. Having said that, over the last couple of years, I’ve played CPL, different formats and what not. Then you find yourself you might flex down the order if given an opportunity to bat.
“I definitely see myself as a total all-rounder and it’s just about working my way up the ladder. Hopefully, people can see that I am a genuine allrounder,” he said.
While talking about the 6-wicket defeat against India in the first ODI, Akeal Hosein said that the message in the dressing room after the defeat was just to stay positive and focused on making a strong comeback.
“Yes, we’ve lost the match and it’s a short series — three matches. Although we lost, there were still positives. It’s just about how we plan to bounce back and come back strong.”
“The message is to stay positive and get ourselves in proper positions to play strong scoring shots. That’s definitely something we’re going to stick with, no matter the surface and condition. Once we do those things we’ll be able to get through,” he concluded.
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