We have to play consistent and smart cricket – Coach Harper
Guyana Amazon Warriors batsman, Gajanand Singh, fresh from his match winning innings against the St. Lucia Stars to give the Warriors their first win in the year’s edition of the tournament, has stressed the importance of coming out on top in all their home games, beginning on Thursday at the National Stadium, Providence.
Moments after landing on these shores, Singh told the media at the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown: “Well, coming home now, a lot is dependent on us to win our home games. In comparison to St Lucia who lost all their home games, that is not something we can do now.”
The 29- year old further emphasized the necessity of playing well at home in order to sneak their way into the playoff round of the tournament, said: “We are looking to build and move up from this stage. We have started with a victory in St Lucia, there and hopefully we can get all four [wins] in Guyana and go through.”
Singh, who knows the conditions well, which is tailored for his style of play, laced an unbeaten 35, which included three fours and two sixes, to see the Warriors home two nights ago to tease the interest of franchises followers.
Commenting on his CPL journey thus far, Singh said that he is trying to keep things simple while aiming to fulfill his role for the team success in what he describes as a fast pace playing environment.
Meanwhile, Coach Roger Harper in summing up his charges run so far, alluded to the side having had to endure a tough start to the tournament where they surrendered close games, which the side is well known for winning. Harper, however, lauded the efforts of the comeback kid, Singh, as he stressed the importance of utilising the local knowledge of the conditions while playing consistent and smart cricket, at home and thereafter.
Harper acknowledged that his team did not bat collectively, which was reversed during their win against the St Lucia Stars. Warriors currently sit second from bottom of the points table after four games, behind leaders – Trinbago Knight Riders, who are followed by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Barbados Tridents, and Jamaica Tallawahs, and ahead of the stragglers St. Lucia Stars.
Warriors, however, now have the opportunity to capitalise on their home field advantage and the usually supportive home crowd in four games, beginning with the Tallawahs on Thursday from 18:00hrs at the National Stadium, Providence.