Falling short tough, but a lot of positives – Holder

By June 22, 2019
Jason Holder (centre) talking to the West Indies ahead of their outing in the field against New Zealand at the ICC World Cup on Saturday. Jason Holder (centre) talking to the West Indies ahead of their outing in the field against New Zealand at the ICC World Cup on Saturday.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder had high praises for his charges despite coming out on the losing end of another ICC World Cup game maybe they should have won. 

The West Indies, after restricting New Zealand to 291, fell five runs short of their target with debut centurian Carlos Brathwaite the last man out, caught on the boundary by Trent Boult.

According to Holder, the game never had to come down to the last pair but that there were a number of moments the team did not handle well.

“If you look through the entire game you can probably pinpoint a few areas where we fell down,” said the skipper.

Despite that, Holder said he was proud of the way the team played in trying to get back into the game.

The day had started with Sheldon Cottrell pushing back the Black Caps, bagging 4-56, as well as taking two catches and effecting a smart run out.

Chris Gayle, with 87 at the top of the order and Shimron Hetmyer with 54 had laid a good platform but got out before finishing the job and watching as a dramatic collapse put the game firmly in the favour of the New Zealand side.

Then enter Carlos Brathwaite, who slammed 101 from 82 deliveries to get the West Indies to within five runs of the total.

“We brought our way from a long way back, back into the game and just credit to the guys for the way they fought,” said Holder after the game.

The effort that Holder had wanted to see from the players, something he admitted to speaking to the team about in between losses at this World Cup, was evident despite the loss.

“I don’t think you can really fault the efforts. There are just some moments that we have to handle a little better,” he said.

After the game, the general consensus, was that Hetmyer may have cost his team the game by playing an injudiscious shot when the West Indies were in the ascendency.

“We lost wickets at crucial stages. I felt Hety (Hetmyer) got out at a bad time. I came in and got out and we were always on the backfoot from that stage,” said Holder.

Holder was quick to point out though that the lower order, inclusive of Kemar Roach (14 from 31 deliveries) and Cottrell (15 from 26 delvieries) were crucial to making a game of it.

“Credit to Kemar Roach for putting on that partnership with Carlos. It was very crucial to us right at the end. Falling short you still feel it,” said the skipper.

While the West Indies are almost certainly out of a semi-final spot at this World Cup, Holder still believes there is a lot to play for and plans on winning the final three games against India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.

“We still have a lot to play for. We have our pride to play for and obviously we want to finish the tournament on a high,” he said.

“I am proud of the guys. Especially Carlos. He played a really good innings, well supported obviously by guys like Hety. And Chris had a really good knock and set the tone for us. You know falling short in a game such as this is really really tough but having said that, there are a lot of positives.”

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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