Haven’t been near our best: Stuart Law
West Indies head coach Stuart Law. (Getty Image)

West Indies head coach Stuart Law feels his team capable of producing performances much better than what they are coming up with at the moment. Law, who is nearing the end of his stint as coach, pointed out that this young West Indies outfit, despite showing promise, is far from a finished product and rued the lack of impactful contributions from the senior members of the side

“We have a very young team… young squad here. We’ve got guys who have played lot of T20 cricket and when that happens, you’ve got young players mixing with some experienced ones,” Law said after West Indies’ 71-run loss to India in the second T20I on Tuesday. “You expect the seniors to stick their hands up and be doing the bulk of work. They should usher the young guys through. But unfortunately, we’re not quite doing that. We haven’t been near our best and that’s probably in all facets. At times, we’ve shown that in the field and with the ball that we can fight hard. Tonight, we lacked a bit there.”

West Indies produced another disappointing show with the bat, finishing on 124 for 9, needing 196 to win. Youngsters aside, even the experience of Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and captain Carlos Brathwaite is not saving them the blushes. While West Indies showed fight with the ball in the first ODI, chipping away with wickets, on Tuesday, they came in for a severe treatment from India captain Rohit Sharma who struck a fourth T20I century.

“Rohit Sharma is not a bad ball striker. He can hit any bowling around the park on any given day so credit to him because he played exceptionally well and took the game away from us. We just didn’t have the answers with the bat,” said Law.

The coach admitted that the youngsters need more time to grow, but facing India is not something that make that transition take place overnight. “It’s a young team and it’s tough for them to learn in this environment, against one of the best teams in the world, regardless of the fact that we are the current World T20 champions. We just haven’t got the side together,” Law said.

“This side is full of potential but it’s time for them to dig deep and play for pride and give it everything in the last game. If we play anywhere near our potential, we can beat any team. But for the time being, we have to prove a lot to get to that stage.”