West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder reveals the difficulty he faced when he was stripped down of captaincy for the national team after a poor performance in the World Cup. The all-rounder admitted that it wasn’t easy for him to make the transition from a captain back to a being a player in the West Indian national team.
WI veteran Kieron Pollard replaced Jason Holder as captain of the limited-overs formats after the World Cup. The West Indies Cricket Board decided to take such a harsh step after the Carriabian team finished 9th in the World Cup. However, Holder still remains in charge of leading the West Indies team in the longest format of the game.
Speaking with Cricket Collective podcast on TalkSPORT Holder said he was slightly taken aback with the timing of WICB’s decision.
“To be quite honest, it has been tough transitioning back just as a player. In hindsight, it has been tough trying to understand how to get back in as just a player. It was an interesting time for me. I had found out earlier in the tournament that we have moved as one-day international captain. For me, it was just trying to win it [the CPL].” Holder said.
Stripping off captaincy is not the biggest problem for the West Indes allrounder right now. The ex ODI captain hasn’t found it easy to accumulate runs with the bat. After the World Cup, The West Indies all-rounder has managed to score only 50 runs in 6 games for the Caribbean side. He is also having a torrid time with the ball. In 10 games, Holder has managed to pick up only 7 wickets.
Holder has also expressed the toll his body has taken over due to playing excessive cricket without any break. Holder finds excessive cricket as a factor and another reason behind his recent poor form.
“Performances obviously haven’t been there as I would’ve probably liked, but I’m not too disheartened. “Don’t beat myself up. I don’t get too worried because I know my ability. Just know that an innings is around the corner, a bowling effort is around the corner,” Holder said.
“I felt I needed the break after the India series [in December] particularly, just to refresh. Having played every single series in the entire year. Want to go forward to work out again how just to be a player as opposed to being the captain,” he said.
Holder shares the new challenge he is facing under coach Phil Simmons and ODI captain Kieron Pollard. The all-rounder has to now bat just above the tailenders in order to provide batting opportunities to youngsters in the upper-middle order.
Holder explained himself with, “Certain situations haven’t really gone my way in terms of having an extended time to bat in ODI, which I feel personally has contributed to me not having that [big] score. I’m a batsman who needs a little bit of a time to get in and then flourish. And I haven’t had many opportunities to get a solid knock. There hasn’t been much Test cricket going on as well too, which helps me a lot in terms of spending time at the crease.”
Jason Holder signed off after sharing a thought on his current form and how he hopes to get better. “But, again, I’m not too disheartened. I’ve done a lot of thinking. I’ve done a few technical sessions trying to work through a few things that I wanted to correct. I’m in really good spirits.”