Windies captain Jason Holder is very optimistic about their success in the upcoming World Cup. He feels that they can lift the World Cup trophy if they properly execute their plans.
England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup that will run from 30th May to 14th July. A total of ten teams will participate in the upcoming World Cup.
The two-time World Cup winners Windies initially failed to qualify for the World Cup through the direct process. They had to play the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier where they finally earned the World Cup ticket after finishing as the runners-up of the tournament.
However, Jason Holder is confident about their success in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The Windies captain believes that they have enough match-winners and they can now beat any side.
Jason Holder told Sportsmail, “I’m very optimistic. I think we’ve got what it takes to win the World Cup. It’s just a matter of the [kind of] cricket we play. We’ve potentially got match-winners on any given day and we can beat any side in the world.
“We’re confident that once we formulate our plans and execute them, we’ll be up there lifting that trophy at the very end.”
It was a surreal feeling scoring a double century in front of my home crowd
Though the Windies cricket team has struggled for the long times, they have recently shown their positive capabilities. Recently, Windies had the multi-format home series against the strong England sides, where they won the Test series (2-1) and drew the ODI series (2-2), before suffering a whitewash (3-0) in T20I series.
During the Bridgetown Test (first Test of that series), captain Jason Holder played a crucial match-winning innings of unbeaten 202 runs off 229 balls.
Talking about those memorable home series, he said, “I don’t think it’s all sunk in yet. It was a surreal feeling scoring a double century in front of my home crowd. And competing against the No.1 one-day side in the world and pushing them right until the end says a lot about our potential.”
Jason Holder’s relation with two-time World Cup-winning captain Clive Llyod
After Windies (formerly known as West Indies) won the first two editions of the Cricket World Cup (1975 and 1979), both under Clive Lloyd’s captaincy, they have never tasted another Cricket World Cup success. Jason Holder will try to change their fate through the valuable advice from Clive Lloyd.
The present Windies captain said, “Growing up, you track history. Clive Lloyd lifted two World Cups [in 1975 and 1979], and it’s up to us to try to achieve something similar.
“He and I are very close. He’s given me a lot of advice about how to go about my international experience. He always said to me that it took three years for him to understand how to play Test cricket. Having played Test cricket for a while, I realise what he meant.”
Windies won their World Cups in England
Jason Holder is confident about the present Windies side. However, he also believes that they have to grow up more to become a strong competitive team in international cricket. As Windies have the good histories in England, Jason Holder is hopeful of emulating those successes once again.
He said, “Our boys are probably not the finished product, but we’re definitely on the right path to becoming pretty good West Indian players. If we stick together for the next two or three years, the sky’s the limit.
“And, being in England, this was the last place we lifted the World Cup. Who knows, maybe there’s a script to be written there.”
Windies will begin their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup journey on the second day of the tournament. On 31st May, Windies will play their opening match of the tournament against Pakistan at Trent Bridge (Nottingham).