Bridgetown: After his brilliant Man-of-the Match performance in West Indies' 14-run win against Australia on Friday in the second T20 international, Windies' batsmen Dwayne Smith said that his six-year-old daughter Niyesha is a key reason behind his resurgence. The 28-year-old right-hander has enjoyed a purple patch of form over the last year, which earned him a recall to the Windies side for the Twenty20 format.
Smith was axed from the Windies side in March 2010 and was only recalled in September when he suited up for a two-match T20 International series against England in London. Last month he smashed his maiden T20 century playing for Khulna Royal Bengals in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.
On Friday, he continued his good from as he top-scored with a brilliant 63 to help West Indies beat Australia by 14 runs and square the two-match T20 series 1-1. Smith said his daughter had been the inspiration behind his innings.
"Before I came to the ground I called my daughter and she said, 'Daddy if you don't make runs don't come home'. When I was batting I was thinking about her and that conversation. She inspires me ... guess I can go home now," Smith laughed.
"It felt really good to go out there and play so well for the team. The winning feeling is great. It was good to do so well in front of my home fans in Barbados. They have always supported me and I wanted to repay that faith and that support."
Smith is also hoping that his success T20s can help him force his way back into the ODI and Test outfits as well. He has not been part of the ODI side since March 2010 or the Test team since March 2006. Smith said he hoped he could build on his work as a T20 opener in the other formats as well.
"Right now I am focussing on my Twenty20 and also trying to get back into the 50-over side as well. But with opportunity I am sure I can push myself back into Test cricket as well."