Jason Holder says West Indies ready for India challenge in Perth

Sampath Bandarupalli / 05 March 2015

West Indies’ captain Jason Holder says that his team is all set to face the defending champions, India at Perth who are undefeated so far in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

Indians have almost confirmed their Quarter Final spot whereas, West Indies is going to play crucial games up next. Ahead of their game against India, Holder said, “I think it’s important to take it game by game. Obviously, we have India tomorrow. I think it’s important that we beat India first and move into our last preliminary game against UAE. But I don’t want to look too far down the road. I think it’s important to look at each particular game as it comes. Tomorrow is India, so we’ll put all our focus into India tomorrow.

Talking about the form Indian batsman are in, Holder told, “Obviously, they have good players and players that are in form. You know, Virat has been phenomenal for them over the last years. They have Shikhar Dhawan who has been in some form, and you have players like Raina and MS Dhoni.

You know, but cricket is played on a day, and I back my bowlers to execute their plans, putting them back and setting them on the back foot. But they have a pretty good lineup and some good quality players. We’ve planned for them and we’re just looking to execute our plans tomorrow.

Jason Holder recalled the moments he spent in dressing room along side MS Dhoni and praised the Indian captain’s skills. “I’ve picked up a lot from Dhoni. He’s a good leader. He’s a guy who is respected in the dressing room. Going about my career I tend to look at a few players and look at a few things people do, not particularly MS Dhoni, but successful players who have played cricket before. I just try to take bits and pieces from everybody and try to put it together into one,” said Holder.

When asked about their chances in the tomorrow’s game, Jason replied, “As I said before, cricket is played in a day. Yesterday I had a pretty good batter who seems to be in good form. But I think tomorrow if we come in here early, we’re very disciplined with what we do, I think we’ll get the better of them initially and put some pressure on them and at least try to finish off the innings.

Talking about the present conditions in this format of the sport where totals of 400 and individuals’ 150 been seen regularly, he said: “That is a tough question in terms of trying to work to keep these scores down. I think me personally, the way I look at it, I think we have to limit batsmen scoring on one side. You know, you have to just in a sense narrow down your options just to one or two things and try not to cater to too many things.

I think the more we actually spend pondering on the actual field and fielding restrictions, it makes life a little more difficult in a sense. I think the quicker we forget about it, we’ll try to come up with ways to execute and be successful, the better off we would be. But I wouldn’t take away the fact that having (Indiscernible) outside the ring is quite tough.

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