ILT20 2024: Sherfane Rutherford plots T20 World Cup selection

ILT20 2024: Sherfane Rutherford plots T20 World Cup selection. West Indies great returns to the Desert Vipers for ILT20 2024.

Dubai, UAE (January 10, 2024) — Sherfane Rutherford, a West Indies batting juggernaut, wrote his way into cricketing history in season one of the ILT20, when he valiantly returned to the field against the Gulf Giants after suffering a ruptured hamstring.

Rutherford scored 37 off 19 balls, in great discomfort, and helped his team advance to the final. The West Indies star is back with the Desert Vipers for season two, and Head Coach James Foster couldn’t be happier.

“What a tournament he (Sherfane Rutherford) had last year; he was a star player for us with his impact throughout the campaign. We all remember the qualifier and how he tore his hamstring, which ended the competition for him and forced him to leave the field. But then he insisted on going back out to play.

“My initial instinct was to say, ‘You can’t go back,’ but he insisted. After speaking with (Desert Vipers Director of Cricket) Tom Moody, our great physio strapped him up and sent him back. The way he performed after that, hitting all those sixes, was simply amazing.

“But it was more than simply one performance; it was about the entire tournament. He is a fantastic guy, a great teammate, and a really talented and skilled player, and I am thrilled to see the acclaim he has received with the West Indies.

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Rutherford spoke to the Vipers Voices podcast about that knock in the qualifying

“As I prepared to bat, I wondered what I would do. I was in anguish and could scarcely move. I didn’t have a strategy. Just assumed I’d go out and do my best. I hoped to end the competition well. Guess it was a miracle since everything went so beautifully, and it’s something I’ll never forget. “I enjoyed that innings, and it will be one of my best.”

While that was an unforgettable performance, Rutherford was impressive throughout the first season of the ILT20, scoring 247 runs at a strike rate of 184.32, the second-best strike rate of any player in the tournament who played eight innings or more, trailing only MI Emirates’ Keiron Pollard (192.19).

Rutherford stated that it was all about putting in the effort: “It (the ILT20 campaign) was a good one; I actually played out of my skin, surprising myself once more.”

“I truly believe in my game and process, and I work hard. There is no limit to what you can do with hard work, and that is what stands out for me in terms of performance and playability.

“Doing well for me means preparing well, and I believe I have been doing so for the past few years. I’m looking forward to the new season, and I hope my hard work continues to pay off on the field.”

The left-handed batter demonstrate true tenacity in returning from a hamstring injury after a lengthy absence.

“Six months I was out and basically it was about recovery,” he recalled. “The first two weeks, I couldn’t walk or do much for myself. It was difficult, but in the end, it was a part of our journey, and you should be proud of yourself for overcoming it.”

Rutherford’s patience was rewarded when he was called up to the West Indies short form squads, where he will play for his country in an ODI and T20I series against England at the end of 2023.

“It’s great to play international cricket; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. ” He said on the Vipers Voices podcast. “It’s fantastic to get that feeling back. I’m excited to play more, advance my career, and have a long run in international cricket.”

For Sherfane Rutherford now, the goal is to remain in international contention and work even harder towards the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, schedule to be played in the summer in the West Indies and USA.

“I sleep with that on my mind, it keeps repeating itself in my head every day,” he said. “That is one of my biggest motivations. It is a work in progress, but the good thing about the T20 World Cup is that it is being played in a few months and I have a lot of cricket ahead (with the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League following the ILT20). Playing cricket, I feel is going to give me the best chance of making the squad and also performing.”

Rutherford expressed confidence that the Desert Vipers will win the championship this season.

“The key to winning the tournament and being a good team is to try and retain the core of the players and I think we have done that,” he told reporters. “We’ve chosen some fantastic players, and I’m looking forward to hooking up with them. This is a solid team, and I am convinced that these are the players who can put their hands up in every game and take us to the next level at the end of the tournament.”

The ILT20 begins on Friday, January 19, with the Desert Vipers’ opening match against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, January 21.

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