West Indies suffers yet another defeat in the home series by 2-1: Player Ratings from West Indies’ T20I series defeat against New Zealand 

The King of good times!

Yet another disappointing T20I outcome on home soil for the skipper Nicholas Pooran and his Maroon boys. The stand-in captain Rovman Powell managed to pull one game back but it caused no trouble to the Blackcaps who graced the champions podium without hesitation. Let’s take a look at the player ratings and detailed performances report of Team West Indies from this series.

Top Order

Brandon King (8/10): King was dropped from the playing eleven in the T20I series against India and was also left out on the bench for the first two games. Then he made a return to the battlefield in the final fixture replacing Kyle Mayers and went on to claim the Player of the Match honour. The 27-year-old Jamaican’s 53-run stand and an opening partnership of 102 runs with Shamrah Brooks played a pivotal role in their only victory of the campaign. 

Shamarh Brooks (7/10): Brooks continued his fine run for the Maroon Army in this T20I saga too and emerged as their top scorer with 105 runs from three appearances. Especially in the final T20I where he opened the innings and left the crease only after achieving the target while individually contributing 56 runs to the team total. However, he failed to score those runs at a quick speed and his strike rate of 98.13 remained the lowest among the players who scored 20 or more runs in this series. 

The dreaded captaincy run of Nicholas Pooran continues

The dreaded captaincy run of Nicholas Pooran continues 

Nicholas Pooran (4/10): The Windies skipper had a disastrous home campaign as captain and as an individual batsman as well. Pooran did not take the learning lessons from limited-overs defeat at the hands of Indians and went on to lose against Kiwis too on the home soil. Moreover, he couldn’t excel much with his willow and could fetch only 16 runs from two appearances before being rested for the final T20I. 

Kyle Mayers (1/10): A disastrous home T20I campaign for the 29-year-old explosive batter who scored the lowest tally of runs in this series. Mayers could score only five runs in two appearances in this series consisting of 1 in the first game and 4 in the latter one. He was dropped from the Third T20I to make way for Brandon King in the Caribbean Eleven as he also suffered the same fate against India earlier. 

Middle Order 

Shimron Hetmyer (5/10): The 25-year-old scored an impressive half-century against India in the 5th T20I but failed to sustain further momentum against the Oceania opponent. The failure of Hetmyer who is regarded as the backbone of the Windies middle-order was one of the prominent reasons behind the Men in Maroon being unable to chase the total in the first two fixtures

Devon Thomas (1/10): The Antiguan wicket-keeper batter who made his comeback into international cricket after eight years against Pakistan last year has finally managed to extend his stay in the West Indies T20I side. However, Thomas could not stand upon the Blackcaps bowling unit and gathered only seven runs from three innings. The failure in this series can cause a major drawback to his hopes of prolonging the stay in the Caribbean first-team.


Rovman Powell (6/10): When Nicholas Pooran was rested for the dead-rubber fixture, the star Windies all-rounder stepped up to lead the Men in Maroon. In that game, he arrived at the crease when they were 33 runs away from the target and the set batter Brooks was unable to strike big hits. Then Powell started fireworks by scoring 27 off 15 balls and finished it off in the 19th over with a massive six. 

Romario Shepherd (6/10): The 27-year-old Guyanese all-rounder had a bigger contribution with the bat than his primary strength of bowling. Shepherd played a memorable unbeaten knock of 31 runs off 16 balls at a strike rate of 193.75 smashing three sixes against the tough Kiwi attack. In the following game, he got the bails of danger-man Daryl Mitchell in the final over of the innings and gave away 26 runs in his three-over quota. 

Jason Holder (5/10): The former Caribbean skipper fetched 36 runs from two innings including a 25-run stand in the opening game at Sabina Park. In the same fixture, he had dismissed the man-in-form Glenn Philips earlier in the first innings which stood his only breakthrough with the ball. His inflated economy rate of 10.25 runs per over was the highest among the Windies bowling unit in this home series.  


Odean Smith (9/10): The Jamaican gunman who was playing in his homeland topped the wicket-taking charts of the series by fetching seven wickets from three games. Smith picked three-three wickets in the first and last fixture and also got a solitary breakthrough in the second T20I. The late fireworks from him in the death overs of the first fixture at a thunderous strike rate of 220 was one of the highlights of that night. 

The big guy Obed

The big guy Obed

Obed McCoy (8/10): The Caribbean speedster has just touched his prime and emerged as their top gun in the limited-overs internationals. McCoy only played two games in this series but still ended up as the third highest wicket-taker with four wickets from those appearances. While batting at number eleven, he scored 23 runs from 15 balls which was the highest individual score from the Windies camp in the 2nd T20I. 

Akeal Hossein (8/10): After playing the first two fixtures with only a single spin-bowling option, the Windies team management finally fielded two spinners in the final encounter. He was brought in the bowling attack quite early to bowl the third over where he conceded a six from Martin Guptill in the fourth ball and dismissed the same batter in the very next delivery. He then bowled his next over in the right after the completion of powerplay where he trapped Mitchell Santner in his net.  

Dominic Drakes (7/10): Drakes was one of the three bowlers who were brought to the Playing Eleven from the bench in the dead-rubber encounter. The Bakan speedster was the most economical bowler from the Maroon Army as he gave away only 19 runs from four overs at an economy rate of 4.8. He also sent the opposition captain Kane Williamson back to the pavilion in the 15th over of the innings.

Alzarri Joseph (5/10): Joseph who made his T20I debut against India in the previous month was brought in the last fixture to make his fifth career appearance. However, he could not impress much in the solitary opportunity and remained wicketless while spending 35 runs from four overs. It was the golden chance for the Antiguan prodigy to leave a strong impression to strengthen his contention for the T20 side ahead of the carnival. 

Hayden Walsh Jr (4/10): A forgettable series for the Antiguan leggie who is now regarded as their first-choice option in the limited-over format. Walsh featured in each and every fixture of the series but could fetch only a single wicket and that too with an economy rate of 10. The caught-out dismissal of the Kiwi opener Devon Conway remained his only breakthrough after bowling 10 overs in this bilateral saga.