Jason Holder rues team’s poor shot selection after series loss to India
West Indies captain Jason Holder. (AFP Image)

For the second time in two games, West Indies were below average with the bat. Following their shambolic 224-run defeat in the fourth ODI, they were expected to produce a repeat of the first three games that saw them get totals above or near 300. But with the series on the line, West Indies once again capitulated and batting first, were bowled out for 104 inside 30 overs. India comfortably chased down the target and won the series 3-1.

Looking back at the match, West Indies captain Jason Holder mentioned there were a few things that his players could have done better, including shot selection. “Not the finish we were looking for. We lacked consistency in the last couple of games. We didn’t bat well enough. Still I think we should admirable performance coming to India and playing India,” Holder said.

Little went West Indies’ way from the time Holder opted to bat. Kieran Powell edged the fourth ball of the match to MS Dhoni to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar first strike and in the second over Jasprit Bumrah got big inwards movement off a lively pitch to breach Shai Hope’s forward prod. West Indies were 2/2 and in early trouble. Occasionally, the surface behaved slow, something that Holder was quick to point out.

“I felt the pitch would have been good. I didn’t expect it to play that slow though. A lot of the dismissals from our batsmen were through poor shots. I think it was a lack of application. We could have made in excess of 300 if we had given ourselves a chance, if we had taken a few balls to settle in,” he said.

That said, there were a few positives for the West Indies throughout the series, the biggest being the rise of Hope and Shimron Hetmyer. Despite both batsmen missing out in the final two games, Hope and Hetmyer ensured that West Indies showed fight in the first two games and beat India in the third ODI. Holder had nothing but praise for the two players.

“Relatively happy with the youngsters. Hope and Hetmyer were bright spots. Oshane Thomas was good here. But like I said, more consistency with the bat and some wickets through the middle overs would help,” he said.