‘Not too worried that I got hit by AB’
West Indies captain Jason Holder, who was hit for 104 runs and picked up one wicket in the game against South Africa, spoke about how he is trying to forget about the thrashing at the hands of AB de Villiers and why he is confident that the Windies can bounce back against India. Excerpts from a media interaction.
On Dhoni influence
I’ve picked up a lot from Dhoni (while playing for Chennai Super Kings). He’s a good leader. He’s a guy who is respected in the dressing room. Going about my career, I tend to look at a few players and look at a few things people do, not only MS Dhoni, but also other successful players, who have played cricket before. I just try to take bits and pieces from everybody and try to put it together into one
India’s batting line-up
Obviously, they have good players, who are in form. You know Virat has been phenomenal for them over the last years. They have Shikhar Dhawan, who has been in some form, and you have players like (Suresh) Raina and MS Dhoni. But I will back my bowlers to execute their plans. But they have a pretty good line-up and some good quality players. We’ve planned for them and just looking to execute our plans tomorrow.
On being hammered
As I said before, cricket is played on a day. Yesterday, I faced a pretty good batsman (AB de Villiers), who was in good form. But I think tomorrow, if we are very disciplined, we’ll get the better of them, put some pressure on them and at least try to finish off the innings. Obviously, I’ve had a bad bowling effort in the last game. But I’m not too worried about it. That’s gone. That is in the past, and I’ve taken a lot from it. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow to just come back stronger.
On Chris Gayle
As far as I know, Gayle turned up to practice the last time and today, so that makes two. Everybody’s good to go. We’ve had some days off, obviously, so we just try to manage our players well so they’ll be fresh enough for the game tomorrow. It’s an important game and it’s a must-win for us, so we’re just trying to get everybody fresh and ready to go.
Source:: Indian Express