Obed McCoy’s strange record

Cricket is a great leveller. West Indian medium pacer got to see it first hand in the five-match series against India.

 On a high

Obed McCoy was on a high after taking a six-wicket haul, the best figures by a West Indian bowler in T20 Internationals and also the best figures against India in the shortest format of international cricket.

McCoy gave away just 17 runs from his four overs and bowled at an economy of 4.20. His spell included a maiden over, which is very rare in T20 cricket and especially against India.

Positive reactions ensued from both McCoy and the West Indian captain.

Obed McCoy, MoM: This is for my mom. She is sick, and she has motivated me to be a better player. The first ball wicket put pressure on the batsmen. I always look for wickets in the powerplay. I went in with a clean mind. In the previous game, I was overthinking a bit. It gives me a challenge and I am just thankful for all the experiences and the challenges.

Nicholas Pooran, winning skipper: Obed was fantastic and all the guys just used the pitch and the conditions well. A win is a win. I believe in T20, better batsmen have to bat long. Myself, Hetmyer can take more responsibility. Obed is a bit of a freak and today he was just fantastic. He just kept picking up wickets for us. He said he would bowl full and straight on the stumps to Dinesh Karthik and it worked. Lovely to have him in the team and have that left-arm action for us.

A great leveller

However, destiny had some other plans for him as the fourth T20 International turned out to be a completely different kettle of fish for him. There wasn’t as much assistance on offer as in the second T20 International and the Indian batters stuck into the left-arm pace bowler.

McCoy gave away as many as 66 runs from his four overs while picking up two wickets. He bowled 4 wide balls and returned at an economy rate of 16.5 after leaking 66 runs, recording the most expensive figures by a West Indian bowler in T20 Internationals

That’s cricket for you. It can make you a king one day and a pauper another day.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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