Holder hails team’s “out­stand­ing” per­for­mance

Stabroek News Sunday - - SPORT -

PUNE, In­dia, CMC – West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder has lauded his charges for an out­stand­ing all-around per­for­mance in the team’s 43-run win over In­dia yes­ter­day which helped the visi­tors level the five-match One Day In­ter­na­tional Se­ries at 1-1.

Shai Hope fell five runs short of a well de­served cen­tury, Shim­ron Het­mer made a use­ful con­tri­bu­tion and Ash­ley Nurse struck a late cameo to help pro­pel the Windies to 283 for nine in their 50 overs.

Mar­lon Sa­muel then grabbed three wick­ets, and Ash­ley Nurse, Obed McCoy and Holder each grabbed two wick­ets apiece to help re­strict In­dia to 240.

“I have to give credit to the boys. I thought we played an out­stand­ing game of cricket and we hung in the game for as long as pos­si­ble,” Holder said in the post­match press con­fer­ence.

“I felt that at the half­way stage we did re­ally well to get up to the 280 mark af­ter strug­gling in the mid­dle a lit­tle bit. You know we re­built with the part­ner­ship be­tween Shai and I and it was im­por­tant that I should have gone a bit deeper, but un­for­tu­nately I got out at that stage as I was try­ing to take the game on, some­thing to learn there, but credit to the way the guys per­formed in the field, it was out­stand­ing.

“We got some new ball wick­ets and we got into the mid­dle or­der quite nicely and we hung in the game which was very, very im­por­tant. We knew that they were prob­a­bly a batter short and if we could get down to Dhoni, ob­vi­ously then we could get in the game and put some pressure on who­ever the last bat­ters were,” he added.

Holder heaped praise on off­spin­ner Nurse, who he said not only took wick­ets at cru­cial stages but was also very eco­nom­i­cal.

He in­sisted though, that the Windies needed to de­liver sim­i­lar per­for­mances on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis.

“Ash­ley was out­stand­ing. It was good to see him come into his own. He’s been around for a while now and he’s a com­peti­tor. I’ve played lots of cricket with Ash­ley, ob­vi­ously be­cause we’re from the same is­land and I know what to ex­pect from Ash­ley. It’s good to see him get some wick­ets, but not only take wick­ets, but also take them at cru­cial stages in the game and keep­ing things quite tight for us.

“I don’t think much is chang­ing. I think the guys are learn­ing a lit­tle bit bet­ter. We’re still an un­fin­ished prod­uct and there are a few ar­eas that we need to touch up on and be more con­sis­tent. I think con­sis­tency is a word that we need to pay more at­ten­tion to. We have to be con­sis­tent in all three de­part­ments and if you want to beat the best teams in the world you have to be very con­sis­tent,” Holder main­tained.

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