Advertisement

“I don’t think I’d ever give up captaincy” claims skipper Jason Holder

"We haven't had the best results over the last few years but I enjoy it," Holder said.

Jason Holder Virat Kohli
Jason Holder captain of the West Indies Test team. (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Windies team suffered a huge innings defeat against a strong English side in the day-night Test of the 3-match Test series. The visitors were left completely clueless with the dominance showed by the Englishmen both with bat and ball. However, Windies captain Jason Holder wants his boys to move forward and get fired up for the 2nd Test match at Headingley.

Many of the former West Indian cricketers stated the performance of the current Windies side was absolutely pathetic and poor. Their batters lacked experience and skills to tackle the pace bowling duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. However, Holder ignored the continued criticism and claimed to continue leading the Caribbean team, despite some poor results in the past.

Advertisement

“I don’t really hear it,(the criticism) I can’t change it or control so it’s a waste of time worrying about it. We’ve taken a fair bit of criticism from West Indians and English and everybody else to be honest. That’s something that inspires or motivates some people and it breaks some people,” said Holder.

We have to perform as a team

The skipper motivated his team to put an improved and complete show in the second and third game of the series. “But for us we’ve got to stay together as a side for people who might not necessarily be able to handle it. For the people it motivates that must drive them to get the best out of themselves,” he added.

“It’s not easy. We haven’t had the best results over the last few years but I enjoy it. I don’t shy away from it and I don’t think I’d ever give it up. There might be a situation where people want to move on from me but I can’t control that. The one thing I can control is trying to get the best out of each and every individual in the dressing room and I try my best to do that,” Holder further said.

Want to make a mark

The 25-year-old made his debut in Test cricket in June 2014 against New Zealand scoring a maiden half-century in the longer format of the game. He was first appointed as the captain of the national team in ODI format by the selectors, after sacking all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who previously captained the ODI side.

However, Holder was named as the captain of the Test side for the series against Sri Lanka. But the current Test skipper has certainly failed to leave a mark towards leading his team to a winning run when compared to the legendary West Indies team of the 1970-1990 period.

“One thing I’ve said to myself is that when I leave here just leave some kind of mark on it. So far the guys have been quite receptive and helped me out tremendously. It is a young group, we’re trying to learn as fast as we possibly can under the circumstances we’re faced with,” concluded Holder.

Advertisement