Jason Holder’s West Indies may have little experience of playing in India, but the skipper is confident that his team, ranked 8th in the ICC Test rankings, has the ability to push the top teams in the world in the longer format.
Jason Holder’s West Indies may have little experience of playing in India, but the skipper is confident that his team, ranked 8th in the ICC Test rankings, has the ability to push the top teams in the world in the longer format.

Jason Holder’s West Indies may have little experience of playing in India, but the skipper is confident that his team, ranked 8th in the ICC Test rankings, has the ability to push the top teams in the world in the longer format.

Only five of the current squad members have played earlier in India but West Indies have had a decent 2018 in Tests claiming a draw against Sri Lanka and beating Bangladesh at home.

“It is a great challenge and everyone is up for it. We have pushed top teams in the last few years. This group has shown what they can do,” said Holder in the pre-match press conference ahead of the first Test in Rajkot. We are just focussed on playing good cricket and would not like to be drawn in personal battles.”

The team had a preparatory camp in the Dubai for a week ahead of their arrival in India and played a two-day warm-up game in Baroda. Holder underlined that patience will be the key to success in India.

“Patience plays a massive role in India. We need to stick to games plans and not get into one-on-one battles. We have discussed how we are going to score runs against their quality attack,” said the 26-year-old, who has played 34 Tests, adding, “One of the things I spoke about was patience, capitalising on every opportunity to score. Not be reckless at the same time but have a clear game plan to score.”

Pace is West Indies’ strength though they have been hit by the absence of Kemar Roach in the series opener after the lead fast bowler had to rush back home following the death of his grandmother.

The pitch here has bit of grass covering and Holder is not complaining.

“It (pitch) was covered when I came today but there seems to be a bit of grass. The practice facilities are brilliant in Gujarat. But like I said cricket is played on the day. It is about executing your plans,” he said.