Mumbai, April 1: On a high after a match-winning knock against India which steered West Indies to World T20 fil, star batsman Lendl Simmons on Thursday said that the experience he gained from playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL helped him play such an innings in such a crucial match.
“I got the news after Afghanistan game. The chairman called and told if I was fit to go and play the match and said yes, I was and to play the match. I was about to get ready on Friday and come to Mumbai for the IPL. I saw an opportunity to get ready for IPL as well. This is my home ground, I read the conditions well and think I read it well. Yes IPL helped me very well,” Simmons said at the post-match press conference here.
Simmons was recalled to the side after Andre Fletcher was ruled out of the tourment after hamstring problem against Afghanistan.
“When I went out to bat, I had clean in my mind what I had to do, because the game was early and we had a target to chase. So before the game I was a bit nervous. And I was in a bit pressure as I came here for a job. We got to chase the target and it was good,” said Simmons.
The 31-year-old said that despite Chris Gayle getting out early for just five runs, the side pulled of a stunning win and that shows the strength of the batting line-up. IANS