After a resounding victory over Bangladesh in the first Test, the West Indies team has proved that they are a force to be reckoned with even without most of their senior players absent in the team.
Debutants were the stars of the match who successfully chased a seemingly difficult target of 395 runs in the fourth and the fifth day. Debutant Kyle Mayers played smashed a swashbuckling 210 runs making it one of the most memorable debuts any player has ever had. Nkrumah Bonner played an unbeaten knock of 86 runs and partnered with Mayers, led the team to a thumping victory.
Bonner played a crucial role in holding the wicket with Mayres and stitching 216 runs to meet the target. Cherishing the memorable stint, Bonner said that it was a dream-come-true match for him.
“I think it is important to be confident, patient and willing to fight for your country. When you make runs it gives you confidence a lot. It was my debut. I gained a lot of experience and it prepares you for the rest of the series,” Bonner said on Tuesday.
“It is a big achievement for me. In my childhood dream, it was something I wanted to accomplish. I don’t have words to really say how I feel but all I can say is that victory is an amazing feeling. Personal milestones are always good, but obviously, we know we do everything for the team. It would have been good to make a 100 on debut but it wasn’t meant to be. I am happy that we won the game.”
However, the 32-year old regretted not playing for the team in the previous matches, but said that it turned out to be an enjoyable experience for him.
“I did feel slightly disappointed not playing in England and New Zealand. But obviously, you are part of the team and I gave my full support each and every time. Basically, I had to wait for my chance to perform. I’d say that I enjoyed the experience in England and New Zealand, it helped me to prepare mentally and physically even more for this Bangladesh series.”
Though it was his debut match in the international forum, Bonner has a rich experience of first-class cricket. Now that he has played a heroic knock in sealing the victory for the team, many more international opportunities have opened for him.
“There might be expectations from the public but for us, it is something that we are paid to do. We are paid to go out there and perform every time. We are just sticking to the process and believing in ourselves. We are having a clear mind each time. We start from zero again. We have to go back to the process, we have to practice and prepare well. It is going to be a different wicket, ground and everything. It is important for us to assess again. Going over the processes and ensure we do well.
“Obviously It has been a while we have won away from the Caribbean and we are trying our best to make this one best. We really want those back home proud. We are not trying to be overconfident or take anything for granted. Bangladesh is a good team, especially in their own conditions. We know it is going to be tough, but we are looking for a bigger challenge.”