For Akeal Hosein, his 23.5 overs against the Windward Islands stretched across two innings, to his mind, was not anything “magical,” but for Trinidad and Tobago’s opponents it must have been mystical.
The left-hand orthodox spinner grabbed six wickets for 33 runs from 13.5 overs in the first innings and followed up with five for 34 off ten overs in the second as the Windward Islands were dismissed for 122 and 124, giving T&T a 186-run victory inside three days.
Asked for his thoughts on what he did, Hosein said that while it was good, he is still aiming for better.
“I did not think it was my best bowling performance. I think there is still room for improvement. I did a fair amount of work and it was good enough to give us a good result,” the 20-year-old Hosein explained.
“I did not do anything different. Queen’s Park Oval is my home ground so I had a little advantage and the wicket had some grass on it so I used the grass to my advantage to get the ball to do different things. I wanted to spin some, slow up some and use the grass to get some to skid through so it was not anything magical,” he said.
“I guess I just bowled in some good areas and I got the results,” Hosein added.
The former West Indies Under-19 all-rounder and graduate of the Sagicor High Performance Centre had played two games for T&T last year, making his first-class debut against Jamaica in the Regional Four Day semi-final at Sabina Park and retaining his place in the squad for the final against Barbados.
But the spinner had to undergo a minor surgery in his wrist during his time at the HPC last year and did not have a lot of cricket to impress the national selectors leading up to the 2014 season.
In fact he played just one out of the three T&T three-day trial games and was a long-shot to make the side but insisted that while he was unsure about making the team, he was sure that if he got the chance he would make it count.
“I know I played the last two games last year in the semi-finals and final but I was a bit unsure if I would have been selected after just one trial match,” Hosein said.
“I also had some hiccups in the last couple of months coming back from the HPC so it was kind of a little shock but nevertheless I knew that once I got my chance, I wanted to grasp the opportunity with both hands and that is what I did in the first game,” he added.
Hosein though was disappointed with his performance with the bat and said he would be working on that aspect of his game ahead the next four-day match against the Leeward Islands which starts tomorrow at the Oval.
“Today (Monday) I am going to do some personal work with my coach on my batting. I was really disappointed and hurt I did not make any runs (in the game against the Windwards) so I am going back to the drawing board. I can’t say what will happen but I will try my best again,” Hosein said.