Hyderabad: West Indies captain Jason Holder, who missed the first Test in Rajkot with injury, said that their batsmen need to show more patience in the middle and build partnerships to succeed in Indian conditions.
Conceding that they were outplayed by India in all three departments in the first Test, the lanky fast bowler said that they need to learn from the way India batted. “We definitely we didn’t play good enough of cricket in the last game. We were below par in all three departments. We got to string good performances in this Test.”
When asked to point out where they missed out, he added, “It is not lack of temperament the execution was not right. We didn’t have enough partnerships in the middle. If you saw how India batted, they got big partnerships going and players who got in went on to score big runs. We have to take a leaf out of their book and make sure we build some big partnerships. We need to be more patience and ready for the grind. I urged them to be patient for longer periods which we didn’t do in the last game. We need to absorb pressure.”
He revealed that he is not 100 per cent fit and a decision on playing in the second Test will be made on Thursday. “But it looks promising. I am hoping to get in shape. The main thing is to sustain for five days. I don’t want to rush and leave the field mid-way. That will put a lot of pressure on other bowlers. But I am hoping to be fit,” added Holder, who had a go at the bowling before batting in nets close to half an hour.
The Windies batters went hard in the second innings after a first innings collapse and Holder justified the tactics given the lack of partnerships at the top.
“Most of the middle and lower order batsmen in the world are aggressive players. Once you don’t have a good partnership at the top, it is left to them to score runs. So they went hard but it was not ideal to lose the wickets on those shots were not ideal,” he pointed out.
He further added that his bowlers need to be aware of the match situation and perform. “When there is no assist from the pitch or no carry, we need to contain batsmen without conceding easy runs and make it hard for the batsmen, so that the spinners can later come in and use it to pick wickets. But our bowlers were leaking runs, going at a run rate of four to five or even six per over. I spoke to Shannon (Gabriel) and Keemo (Paul) at the nets about it.”
He opined that the absence of Chris Gyale in the limited over series will provide an opportunity for other youngsters and tests their talent pool other than giving negative signals. “I don’t think it will give any negative signals. He understands that he is at his back end of the career. He is very much part of our World Cup schemes.”