West Indies skipper Jason Holder blasts critics: Don’t think they’ll ever shut up

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has lashed out as critics who have questioned his team over their one-sided defeat to India in the first Test in Rajkot last week.Prithvi Shaw’s debut hundred, Virat Kohli’s 24th century and a maiden five-wicket haul for Kuldeep Yadav saw India storm to victory by an innings and 272 runs – their biggest in Test cricket.West Indies were without Holder and Kemar Roach in Rajkot but what bothered former players was the lack of application by their batsmen. After India posted 649/9 declared, West Indies were shot out for 181 and 196 after some ordinary shot selection against the home spinners.Once the powerhouse of world cricket, West Indies are far removed from their glory days. They had last drawn a Test series in India back in 1994 – the only time Brian Lara played Test cricket in India.Since that tour, West Indies have toured India in 2002, 2011 and 2013 and lost all three series. Holder said it was not easy playing India in India and added he was focused on playing cricket instead of focusing on what critics had to say.READ – Chris Gayle declines selection, West Indies announce ODI and T20I teams vs India”We are playing the No.1 team, India, in their backyard. And history would show we haven’t won a Test match here since 1994 and if you look at the players who came through West Indies cricket I think Brian Lara and these greats have been playing all that time.”Recently, former West Indies captain Carl Hooper was critical of youngsters in the island nations being only interested in T20 contracts but without taking names, the current skipper presented a contrarian view.advertisement”Again, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just focus primarily on what I have to do and what the team has to do. There’s no point worrying about what people have to say because people will always have to say (something or the other). “The only way we can silence the critics or try to silence them because I don’t think they’ll ever shut up is by playing cricket.”According to a report in PTI, Holder, who did not play the first Test due to an injury, looked unhappy with the comments directed at his team.”A lot has been said about this Test team in particular; things that I am not in agreement with. Because we have beaten top sides in the last two-three series we’ve played. We probably haven’t won as many series as we’d like. Within the last year, I think we’ve won two out of four or five series we’ve played. So I don’t understand why people would be this harsh towards us.”READ – Ravichandran Ashwin surprised to see West Indies’s approach towards Indian spinnersHe also didn’t agree with the theory that West Indies can go the Bangladesh way by concentrating on one format.”I think I would disagree with that. If you look at our history in the last three-four-five years, our suited formats has ideally been T20 cricket and second behind would be Test cricket. We are really struggling in ODI cricket for the last 10 years, if you go back that far.”We’ve obviously had one or two bright spots – our notable performance in ICC 50-over cricket would be the Champions Trophy that we won in 2004. You can see we tend to struggle in ODI cricket. I think the bright spots in the last two-three years have been in Test cricket.”Holder believes that efforts should be made to popularise Test cricket among youngsters.”If you ask any great player in the world, they say ‘if you want to learn to play the game, play Test cricket, play longer format cricket’. So I think that’s something we urge a little more to the players in the Caribbean to understand.(With inputs from PTI)last_img