The Men in Blue succumbed to the Rovman Powell-led side in the five match T20I series despite making a comeback to level the series at one point of time. The Hardik Pandya-led side lost the final T20I by eight wickets, registering their first loss against the Caribbean side in 17 years.
And in the loss, the Team India skipper Hardik Pandya took all the blame on his shoulders. The Indian all-rounder, who himself wasn’t upto the mark in the five-match series, accepted that the slow approach became the turning point in his team’s loss.
While addressing in the post-match presentation, Hardik admitted, “We lost the momentum when I came in and couldn’t capitalize on the situation. I believe we gonna challenge ourselves. We try to get better. In hindsight, it is fine. We don’t need to explain much. I know how the boys are within the group. We have enough time to figure out.”
Pandya also accepted that the momentum was further lost in the post 10 overs while he spoke about his decision to bat first on a slow wicket like that of Regional Park Turf Ground in Florida.
One series here or there doesn’t matter: Pandya
The T20I skipper also spoke of keeping the T20 World Cup, set to take place next year in this part of the world. Reflecting the series loss against West Indies, Pandya said, “One series here or there doesn’t matter but the commitment to the goal is important.”
Further adding to the World Cup next year, Hardik Pandya added, "It’s a long way. We have the ODI World Cup coming up. And sometimes losing is good. You get to learn a lot.”
The Men in Blue will next be seen in Indian colours in the three-match Ireland series, followed by the Asia Cup, set to kick start from August 30 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.