GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC- Former West Indies middle order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan says he was impressed with the performance of teenaged debutant Nicholas Pooran in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match between Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel and Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday.
The 17 year old wicket-keeper batsman for the Red Steel blasted six sixes and one four on his way to a 24 ball 54 that earned him the fastest innings award.
“It was amazing to see this little guy hit the ball so cleanly,” declared Sarwan, the captain of the Warriors.
“That pitch we played on was keeping low and it was difficult to get under the ball to clear the ropes. However, this young man was able to do it regularly, which was really amazing to see”.
Warriors secured victory over Steel by 19 runs despite the power hitting of Pooran which won the hearts of the Guyanese fans.
His effort provided some impetus for Red Steel who were chasing 156 for victory but only managed 136 for nine off their 20 overs.
“I was really impressed with him and I wish him all the best in the future, he is a good find for his team and very exciting to watch,” said Sarwan, who had some words of encouragement for the young player.
“He would not find success as easy as to come in the future because people will start to work him out. He has to continue doing his hard work and keeping ahead of the game in order to continue to be successful.”
Guyana Amazon warriors were due to play their second game in the tournament against Jamaica Tallawahs in Guyana yesterday.