We lost momentum early in the innings and never recovered: Jason Holder
West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team’s poor batting performance for the loss against defending World champions India
West Indies captain Jason Holder blamed his team’s poor batting performance for the loss against defending World champions India on Friday at WACA, Perth. West Indies lost four wickets inside the first 10 overs but Holder defended his decision to bat first and blamed his batsmen for not scoring more runs. He felt that the ideal score in the pitch would have been 270 and not the 182 runs they managed to score.
“No regrets about batting first. I thought the wicket was a good one to bat on but we just didn't play ourselves when we batted. I thought initially we should have been looking in excess of 270. I think the wicket was good enough to get that, we just didn't."
“We lost momentum early in the innings and never really recovered.” he said.
We didn’t bat well in the last two games: Holder
The Caribbean skipper mentioned that he shares good rapport with most of the players.
"Well, I have a very good relationship with most players. It may not require me to be speaking to them in a team setting. I may just pull them one-on-one and just have a chat. We just sort of unlace things, try to work out stuff.“ he added.
“Obviously, we didn't bat well in this game and we didn't bat well in the last game as well. So we just need to address a few areas. But there are ways that I will go about doing it. But we just need to be honest with ourselves and the batsmen just need to be accountable for putting runs on the board." he said.
I can only control what I can control: Holder
Holder knows that it’s a tricky situation right now for the former World Champions as they not only have to beat UAE in their last game but also hope that Ireland slip in their remaining three games.
"Well, I can only control what I can control. Whatever happens in those last preliminary games is beyond my control. What I can control is the game against UAE, and I can assure you that we are going to win that game by all means, and we just need to be aggressive and finish this preliminary round in a good manner," Holder said.
West Indies have an eight-day break before their final league match against United Arab Emirates on 15th March in Napier.