Williams thrives on pressure


July 05, 2017
Kesrick Williams (centre) celebrates during the fourth one-day international match between West Indies and India at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, North Sound, Antigua on Sunday.


Rookie seamer Kesrick Williams says he never once doubted his ability when skipper Jason Holder asked him to bowl the pivotal penultimate over of the fourth one-day international against India last Sunday.

Handed the ball with India requiring 16 from the last 12 deliveries of the game in pursuit of 190 for victory, Williams remarkably conceded only three runs while delivering the prized wicket of MS Dhoni - considered one of the best finishers in the limited overs format.

"I was really confident. These are the times that I live for," said the 27-year-old Williams, who was playing just his second ODI.

"It's only two things that can happen: you can come out victorious or you can lose. So these are time times I want to cherish and to really grab.

"When I got that ball in my hand, I looked at the captain and I said 'skip, how much do you want me to defend.' He said: 'how much can you?' I said: 'I can go about three runs in this over and he said: 'ok that would be great. If you give me that at the end I can work with that.'

"I just went out there and executed and did whatever he asked me to."

The Vincentian has become known for his variations which have been used to good effect in the T20 format where he is now an established member of the attack.

And while noting that his many variations had worked well for him thus far, he stressed that it was a process of continuing to perfect them.

"You can never ace these deliveries. It's something you have to practise all the time because even though you bowl slower balls you have to bowl them in the right areas," he explained.

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