Sublime Ambris eyes more runs
Brisbane, Australia - Fresh from an electrifying century against Papua New Guinea earlier this week, Sunil Ambris says he is on the hunt for more big runs when he lines up against Zimbabwe on Thursday.
The stylish Vincentian scorched 91 runs off 43 balls as he piloted the Windies to an easy nine-wicket win over PNG in their second Group C match of the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 World Cup. That impressive result gave the West Indies two wins following their first round win by four wickets over India. They will look to make it three wins out of three when they go up against the Zimbabweans.
“It was just a matter of ‘go with the flow’. I was playing well and got off to a flyer so I just kept going and it paid off,” Ambris said. “It was a small target we were chasing so I knew once I got my eyes in I could get after the bowling and I did just that.”
The West Indies eventually reached the target of 116 off just 11.4 overs. During the carnage Ambris struck 28 runs - four sixes and a four - in an over from the luckless Charles Amini. It turned out to be a record for the most runs in an over in an Under-19 One-Day International.
“I was in a zone and in that over I just hit the ball freely and cleanly. I git a good one (ball) in the first match against India and I didn’t get many (runs) so I was determined to make up against PNG,” Ambris told windiescricket.com on Wednesday.
“Overall I was happy with the way I played and the fact that we played a complete game as a team. No matter the opposition, who still have to be at the top of your game, as you don’t want to slack off at any stage. We are here to win and we believe we can win.”
Ambris is not a natural opener by upbringing. He was also given the double responsibility of keeping wicket - a role he is also unaccustomed to.
“I don’t open for my country and I don’t keep wicket either but I have been asked to perform both rile for West Indies and I know I can handle myself in both departments. I will never back down. I look forward to the challenge and I’m always willing to go out and get on with the job.”
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