Sherfane Rutherford delighted at 2nd T20 call-up for West Indies
ꟷ “Application was key in my 154”
By Brandon Corlette
Fresh from recording the highest individual score in the recently concluded SBF Petroleum Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) one-day franchise league, Sherfane Rutherford has told Guyana Times Sport that application was key during that top knock.
“First of all, I want to thank God. Coming into this tournament, I was expected to make some runs, and I think application was key, because Essequibo was one of the better bowling line-ups, and it was exceptional of me to play a role in the team’s win”, Rutherford explained.
Rutherford’s stunning innings of 154, which included 13 towering sixes and 11 fours, comes at a time when the West Indies are resuming their international schedule against Afghanistan from November 5. Three T20 International matches will be followed by three ODIs and a single test in that schedule.
Having played one T20 International for the West Indies back in December 2018, Rutherford has returned to the T20 squad that will oppose Afghanistan in India. Speaking on his second homecoming in the West Indies team, Rutherford had this to say: “Well, it’s always good, you know, to play for West Indies. After playing one game and (being) out, I think it’s a pleasure for me, and I’m just looking to make the opportunity count.” He is currently in preparation mode for that T20 series.
Rutherford also reflected on his Hero Caribbean Premier League stint with the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW). “I think for me personally it was good; (I have) no complaints. Batting six times out of 12 and getting some runs…but not how I wanted to end”, Rutherford explained.
This Enmore resident made his T20 debut for the GAW in 2018, and has since played 28 T20 matches around the globe. He is recognised as one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball, and has earned recognition in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playing for the Delhi Capitals. He was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 tournament.
In his 28 T20 matches, this white-ball specialist has a strike rate of 137.87. His most memorable T20 knock was in the Global T20 League, wherein he slammed an unbeaten 134 against Vancouver Knights.
Rutherford will turn out for the Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which is slated for play from November 15-24 in the United Arab Emirates.