"He promised his mom that he will take them out of poverty" - Ian Bishop urges fans to learn more about the DC all-rounder
The Indian Premier League has always given opportunities to many players to showcase their real talent infront of the world. Over the years, there have been a number of players that have made an impact in the grandest T20 league and then gone on to play for their country.
It not only gives the right platform to groom amongst the best, but also helps cricketers financially as well. There are many cricketers whose lives have been changed after playing in the IPL. One such story is that of a player from the West Indies who is representing Delhi Capitals in the 15th edition of the cash-rich league.
Rovmen Powell has emerged as a potential finisher for the DC. In the limited opportunities he has had so far, he has impressed one and all with the kind of hitting ability he brings into the game. In the last game against KKR, he played a cameo of 33* off 16 balls, coming down the order to see his team home. Earlier to that, he almost won his team the match against RR.
Ian Bishop, a former West Indies legend, discusses Powell's early struggles. During an interaction with ESPNCricinfo, Bishop asked cricket fans to take some time out and learn about his humbleness and his early struggles. He urged anyone who has 10 minutes to go to YouTube and check out the video of Rovmen Powell's life story.
He added that there are a number of players who are happy with his success and with him being picked in the IPL. The West Indian legend said, "He promised his mom that he will take them out of poverty when he was still in secondary school."
The domestic T20 league of the West Indies, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has filmed a documentary on the all-rounder and his family (a single mother and a younger sister) about the struggles they had in their lives.
Bishop praised the hitting ability of the all-rounder very highly and said that he has many things to achieve in the near future. He said that he tried to think about his century against the strong English spin-bowling attack that had Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.
Bishop also recalled his performance against India in February, where he was averaging 43. On the basis of those performances, he was picked by the Delhi Capitals at the auction at a price of INR 2.8 cr. The West Indian legend concluded, "He has improved a lot, is very good against seam and shows a great temperament.”
Earlier, former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has also urged the DC franchise to promote Powell ahead of Lalit Yadav to make the most of the hitting ability of the West Indian.