West Indies Under – 19 all-rounder Bhaskar Yadram says his World Cup experience has proven to be a learning one.
The young man expressed his disappointment in the context of the Windies’ failure to qualify for the semifinal stages of their title defence at the ICC showpiece youth tournament.
“Well it’s was a good learning experience for me…and I am disappointed that we didn’t make it through the group stage,” Yardam told Stabroek Sport, upon his return to Guyana.The tournament saw the 18-year old using the New Zealand seamer-friendly conditions to good effect, bagging 11 wickets, inclusive of a match-winning five-wicket haul, while posting slightly disappointing numbers with the bat, scoring just 131 runs from six outings.
His most notable performance with the bat came against Ireland, when he recorded his only half-century of the tournament. Asked about his most memorable moment, the young man recollected at Lincoln where he destroyed the Kenyans.
“I had so many, but I’ll do with that five wickets haul, it was good,” he conceded. Yadram also added: “Also in the last game that we played, the guys felt that we lost the game at an early stage, but I told them to keep fighting fellas and we brought it down to the last four balls. I think that will remain in my heart and I’ll remember that moment, forever.”
Meanwhile, left-arm spinner, Ashmead Nedd who fell victim to the harsh conditions, admitted that his performances were not as he had expected. “I’m not satisfied with my returns’ Nedd told Stabroek Sport. “I went into the tournament with bowling form, but the conditions were different. “The wickets were good batting wickets and I didn’t get the spin that I’m accustomed too. Nevertheless, it was a good learning experience for me as a young player coming up. So I just had to gather the experience, and hopefully, if I do get the opportunity to play in the next world cup, I’ll hopefully have better performances,” the 17 year old remarked.
The Demerara Cricket Club player collected one wicket from his five bowling outings and was a bit on the expensive side. Still relatively young, the experience would be well worth his while, as he is one of the candidates tipped to lead the Caribbean side at the next youth World Cup.The squad, which included five Guyanese, also featured all-rounder Ronaldo Ali-Mohammed, who played in the tournament as a fast bowler and had five scalps, with his 2-17 against Canada, being his best return. However, Raymond Perez and Joshua Persaud, the other Guyanese selected, had their tour end prematurely, because of an injury and a family emergency, respectively.