I played my natural game: Charles
Kingston: West Indies` opening batsman Johnson Charles says he played his natural game during his match-winning knock, which helped the hosts clinch a one-wicket victory over Champions Trophy winner India in the second game of the Tri-Nation ODI series here.
"I felt nice and relaxed at the crease. I was told to go out and play my natural game and that is what I did. In the last game I had no rhythm but this game I came out with a bit more intent and I knew exactly where I wanted to score. I played to my strengths and played shots according to the fields set by India," he said.
The southpaw was named Man of the Match for his knock of 97 off 100 balls that included eight fours and four sixes.
Charles narrowly missed out on what would have been a well-deserved century. However, he led the recovery with skipper Darren Bravo; adding 116 after the home side had lost three quick wickets at the top of the order.
"When you get out for 97 it is always going to be a disappointing feeling but I have to say well done to Tino and Roach for getting us across the line. When we got across the line that was huge pressure off my shoulders," he said after the match.
It was Charles` second half-century against India. Earlier this month, he made a quick-fire 60 in the ICC Champions Trophy match in England.