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West Indies hero against Sri Lanka Andre Fletcher unsure of place in side for next match

Andre Fletcher, filling in for injured Chris Gayle, played a career-defining unbeaten knock to help West Indies beat Sri Lanka on Sunday.

By: PTI | Bengaluru | Updated: March 22, 2016 3:01:10 pm
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West Indies star performer Andre Fletcher, who made an unbeaten 84 in their win over Sri Lanka, on Sunday said he is still unsure of getting picked for the next match in the ICC World Twenty20.

“I cannot answer that (whether you are expecting to open for the team for good). I can’t even say whether I will play the next game. I am keeping my fingers crossed,” he told reporters.

Fletcher, filling in for injured Chris Gayle, played a career-defining unbeaten knock to help West Indies beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in a Super 10 match.

Asked about the side’s chances of lifting the cup for the second time, Fletcher said if they continue with the winning streak, they would lift it again. “Before the World Cup, we knew what we are capable of. We know the strength of our team. We always back ourselves to win the World Cup. It was good to see two wins under our belt. So, once we get to the semifinal we take it from there into the final. For sure once we continue to play cricket we are accustomed playing, we would lift the cup for the second time,” he said.

Asked whom they fancy to meet in the final if they qualify, Fletcher said, “It doesn’t matter who comes. We have played everybody. Who so ever the opponent is, we would play them in our style.”

Asked about the mood in the camp, Fletcher said it would be good if they win all the matches going into the knockout stage and were treating each match as final.

“We have a great team spirit and are playing in unison. We have to continue that momentum and try not to get complacent. We are playing each game as finals. We want to play as hard as possible and once we could win all four it will be good for us,” Fletcher said.

He also said he was grateful for the opportunity he got in place of Gayle.

“I grabbed the opportunity to bat and I’m grateful for that. I am happy that I did the job for the team,” he said.

Replying to a query, Fletcher said he wanted to watch Gayle bat from the other end and wouldn’t admit that the spectators wanted to see his back, making way for the mighty West Indian to walk into the middle to entertain them.

“I wouldn’t say the crowd wanted me to get out. You know Chris will always be Chris. He is a great T20 batsman and everybody wants to see him bat. In fact, I also wanted to see him bat from the other end,” he said.

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