Jamaican fast bowling legend Michael Holding has severely criticized that the West Indies’ four-wicket defeat to Ireland in their ICC World Cup opener as a wee bit pathetic.
The West Indies squad crumbled to 87 runs for the loss five wickets in Nelson on Monday before Lendl Simmons who scored 102 runs and Darren Sammy who got 89 runs assisted them to a total of 304 runs for the loss of seven wickets. But as far as Michael Holding and many other observers were concerned that was purely a “par score”.
Definitely it was one Ireland, defeating a Test team for the 3rd consecutive World Cup, had few issues chasing down as they made 307 runs for the loss of six wickets with 25 balls to spare at Saxton Oval.
Holding, a member of the West Indies side that won the 1979 World Cup final, was quoted saying: “I’ve been saying since this World Cup started that 300 on a good pitch here in New Zealand or Australia is just a par score, irrespective of who you’re playing against. The West Indies, I do not understand how they could ever think that just over 300 runs that they would just automatically win.” Michael Holding said an incapacity to adjust to game situations had hurt the Caribbean.
Michael Holding told Wisden India that they cannot take things for granted. One should be able to think for himself and added that they got a reasonable runs but they still have a fight on their hands and they still have to go out there and perform well.
Moreover, the 61 years old Jamaican was far more appreciative about Ireland, pointing the International Cricket Council (ICC) should grant them Test status in a bid to stop the other players from following the instance of Ireland born Eoin Morgan, England‘s skipper at the ICC World Cup, in switching loyalty.