In the first T20I of the five-match series against India National Cricket Team at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad on Thursday, August 03, Jason Holder, the 31-year-old pace-bowling all-rounder from the West Indies National Cricket Team, delivered a stellar performance and earned the Player of the Match title.
In his 4-over spell, the right-arm pacer maintained an impressive economy of 4.75 and took significant wickets, dismissing both Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav. Holder bowled out the Indian captain on the first ball of the 16th over of India’s innings and got Sanju Samson out on the third ball of the same over.
According to Holder, that crucial 16th over became the game-changer, costing India the match and propelling West Indies to a 1-0 lead in the series with a narrow 4-run victory.
Reflecting on his performance, Jason Holder expressed his satisfaction with sticking to his plans. He aimed to make the Indian batsmen work hard for their runs, not allowing any freebies. He emphasized that the 16th over was the turning point, especially with the game getting extremely close. The presence of well-set batsmen on the opposition side required the West Indies team to remain fully engaged and focused.
The team’s efforts and unity pleased Holder, who acknowledged that everyone’s collective endeavor resulted in the victory. He was also glad to have taken some time off from ODIs, as it provided a much-needed break after playing cricket consistently for the past three years.
Break Was Needed From ODIs – Jason Holder
Jason Holder acknowledged the regular cricket play and emphasized the need for a break from ODIs against India.. He shared, “I’ve been playing a lot of cricket for the last three years. Finding moments to take a break, get some time off, refresh, and come back is essential. I believe the break from ODIs was necessary.”
Praising his teammates’ unity and effort, Jason Holder said, “The guys really stuck together, it was a total team effort”. The bowlers benefitted from the favorable conditions, and getting early wickets was crucial.”