By Ravendra Madholall
Former Guyana and West Indies middle-order Narsingh Deonarine is elated with his performance at the recently concluded Road Safety World T20 series in India.
According to the elegant left-hander, he was indeed delighted to be selected and churned out two half-centuries.
The 37-year-old Deonarine represented West Indies Legends, captained by the legendary Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies batsman Brian Lara.
West Indies were knocked out by India Legends, the eventual six-nation champions at the semi-final stage.
Deonarine, who featured in 18 tests and 31 one-day internationals, had scores of 2, 53 not out and 59. His first innings came up against Sri Lanka Legends while his second was against England Legends and then the Sachin Tendulkar-led Indian side.
He stated that he was more than happy to play the game competitively against some distinguished and retired international players, too.
“I was happy to be called for this tournament. I must thank my family for supporting me and giving me that confidence and motivation to go out and perform. Because of my son’s passion for the game and I had wanted him to see me play again; I was highly motivated,” Deonarine informed.
Deonarine mentioned that he was extremely proud to know his son Dariel got the opportunity to watch him play on television live and in a tournament of this magnitude.
“I feel very proud of my accomplishment and the fact that my son Dariel was able to see me play cricket with the legends; the tournament was highly competitive and of course we competed to win the championship,” the US-based Deonarine related.
Mahendra Nagamootoo, a veteran leg-spinner, was the other Guyanese in the squad. The tournament is expected to be an annual affair.