On a pitch that has traditionally assisted pacers, West Indies skipper Jason Holder’s decision to bat first after winning the toss raised a lot of eyebrows.However, Jermaine Blackwood, who top-scored for the hosts with 62, backed his skipper’s decision and said that they will be looking to improve their batting in the next innings.The hosts once again batted poorly and were dismissed for a paltry total of 196. India finished the day in a very strong position as they ended the day on 125 for 1. Blackwood interacted with the media after the day’s play.
On his performance:
It is always good to play in front of my home crowd. This is the second time I am playing for West Indies in front of my home crowd. I was feeling confident but I was also a bit tentative at the start because you always want to make runs at your home ground. So it was a good feeling getting some runs today and I was happy that I was able to help the team’s cause and score some runs, just happy to being back in this nick.
On his plan to attack the bowlers:
That is just normally how I play, ever since I started playing. So that’s my natural game. I try to score my first 20-25 runs quickly and tried to use the pace of the ball. So that is how Jermaine Blackwood plays his game.
On his 81-run partnership with Marlon Samuels:
When I went out he was just giving me a lot of advice about staying positive and running well between the wickets, try to score runs and wear down the bowlers. As scoring chances came I played my shots. If I had come back after lunch it would have been a different ball game because me and Marlon had a nice partnership. For me to get out, it set the team back and put the bowlers back on top. So I guess you have to learn from your mistakes.
On Holder’s decision to bat first:
Normally at Sabina park, the wicket is going to have a little bit in it for the pace bowlers for a couple hours. This track is different and has some grass so they will get assistance right through the match for pace bowlers. It wasn’t a wrong decision to bat first but we just didn’t bat for a long period. I guess next time we will have to do that.
On whether India is in the driver’s seat:
We just need to worry about getting ten wickets. So the boys will go home and have a good night’s rest and come back fresh tomorrow morning and have a go at them and build some pressure.
On Indian bowling attack:
This attack is a world class attack and you have the Test No.1 bowler, Ashwin and he is very experienced and very good bowler. The seamers are very consistent with their line and length and they are bowling to a plan. So they are playing on our minds. So as batsmen we have to go and counter that and try to go against that plan, assess conditions and score runs at the same time. So this is a very, very good attack.