Antigua, June 13: When the dashing Andre Russell signed off at 92 off 64 balls against India in the third ODI against India at the Viv Richards Cricket Ground, he registered quite a feat.
Not only did he record the highest individual score for a West Indian at that venue, he even surpassed batting great Brian Lara's previously highest score off 77 against Australia in the 2007 World Cup.
At a time when the Windies' batting is looking as tenuous as ever and the selectors are finding it quite a ordeal to home in on raw talent, Russell emerges as a clear revelation.
When quizzed about his phenomenal innings, he pointed out that he was confident from the instant he walked out to the crease. It therefore, didn't seem to matter that the Windies were in shambles at 96/7.
"I always go in with a positive frame of mind," he said. "I believe in myself, and I know I can hit the ball.
He added that he needed to find a groove in order to take the fight to the Indians.
"What matters the most to me is that I get a start. As long as I get a start; start sweating a bit and see the bowlers, I can bang them around later.
Russell felt the innings was the most significant of his short career, but shrugged off suggestions that he has established himself as an all-rounder.
"I had a 65-ball 108 against Ireland for (his native) Jamaica, but this was my biggest innings as it came on a big stage," he said.
He added: "I try to balance (batting and bowling) as best I can. Bowling is my first choice. I bowl first in the nets and then have a hit.
"I don't go to training and just bowl and not bat. I just want to have that balance and enjoy the success."
Russell will get another opportunity to hone his batting prowess in the fourth ODI on Monday at the same venue.