Goolie, Kallicharan point to composure, unity as keys
PORT OF SPAIN, CMC:
All-rounder Jyd Goolie says one of the keys to the West Undies Under-19s' recent success at the ICC Youth World Cup was the ability to stay calm under pressure.
The Caribbean side made history by winning their first-ever Under-19 World Cup when they beat heavy favourites India by five wickets in the final of the tournament in Bangladesh last Sunday.
En route to the final, West Indies encountered several tense situations which Goolie said they managed to deal with by holding their nerves well.
"Staying calm and focused was a major factor for our success. Most of the games, we were under pressure, and ended up being close finishes," Goolie explained.
"There were some nerves in the squad, but the coach, captain and vice-captain brought the team together and really ensured we were focused and calm. We were able to perform effectively in some difficult match situations and in front of hostile crowds."
Goolie, who played important roles during the campaign, said it was major to be part of the first-ever Youth World Cup-winning squad from the region.
"It feels very good to be a world champion. The West Indies never won a title at the Under-19 level, and I was honoured to be part of the team that won the first title."
Kallicharan, who played only the two first games of the tournament, pointed to team unity as another factor in the successful campaign.
"We really worked together, and it was fun getting to know the players from the other islands," he said.