Five-day narrative back in vogue for Jason Holder’s West Indies

Ever since the inception of T20s, the burgeoning leagues across the globe have lured away players from the Caribbean the most.

Published: 04th October 2018 02:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th October 2018 03:10 PM   |  A+A-

West Indies' captain Jason Holder with the teammates during a practice session ahead of the first cricket test match against India in Rajkot Wednesday October 3 2018. | PTI

Express News Service

RAJKOT: This has been a good year for West Indies Test cricket. They had a decent home run, beating Bangladesh 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Sri Lanka. But even more importantly, a dozen players signed contracts for the longest version of the game.

Ever since the inception of T20s, the burgeoning leagues across the globe have lured away players from the Caribbean the most. This new development has given skipper Jason Holder hope for the future.
“Just a couple of days ago, we were sitting down in the dressing room to chat as part of a group. For me personally, it is a thing of joy and pride to play Test cricket.

“Of all three formats, Test is my favourite and it was really good to see most if not everyone sa­ying the same thi­ng. And in recent ch­ats as well around the Caribbean Premi­er League and even prior to the event, the am­ount of young players we saw who are eager to play Test cricket is remarkable,” Holder said a day before the first Test in Rajkot.

“There’s been a craze that Test cricket is dead around the world but if you have young players coming through such as the ones in the Caribbean who are really looking forward and really want to play a Test match for West Indies, I’m sure Test cricket will be here for a very long time.”

Part of the reason behind the apparent apathy towards Tests cricket has been their poor form. Since Holder taking up the mantle of captain in 2016, the visitors have managed a meagre seven wins from 26 Tests. And those results have not had a positive effect. Something the 26-year-old feels needs to change.

“We should not stress too much, think too much of the results. We have been through some tough times in the past but everybody has stuck together, particularly here in this Test group. We should just try to look at the process, and be confident to be able to express ourselves.”

But recently, things have been on the up. They secured a famous win over England at Headingley and came close to beating Sri Lanka at Bridgetown and Pakistan in Dubai. Now after an encouraging home season, they have come to face the numero uno Test side, knowing that since 2002, India haven’t lost a single Test to the West Indies. Of the 19 matches played, India have won 10, while the remaining have ended in draws. Another factor against them is the fact only five me­mbers of the 15-man squad have played a Te­st in India.

“It is a great challe­nge and everyone is up for it. We ha­ve pushed top teams in the last few years. This group has shown what they can do. We are just focussing on playing good cricket and would not like to be drawn in personal battles. Patie­nce plays a massive role in Ind­ia. We need to stick to game pl­a­ns and not get into one-on-one ba­ttles. We have discussed how we are going to score runs aga­inst their quality attack. One of the things I spoke about was patience, capitalising on every opportunity to score. Not be reckless, and at the same ti­me have a clear game plan to sco­re.” Incidentally, Holder, himself, has not played a Test in India.

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp