West Indies v India, 4th ODI, Antigua July 3, 2017

Kesrick Williams did an outstanding job - Holder

ESPNcricinfo staff
63

Play 03:22
'The bowlers really supported me' - Holder

After winning the Champions Trophy in 2004 and reaching the final in the next edition, West Indies failed to qualify for the tournament this year. They hit another low when they tumbled to a 63-run defeat against Afghanistan in St Lucia last month. Not many would have given them a chance to topple India, especially after they had suffered heavy losses in the second and third ODIs. Things seemed dire for the hosts in the fourth match as well, when they snoozed their way to 189 for 9. But the bowlers, led by captain Jason Holder, rallied the team to defend the score against No. 3-ranked India.

Holder, who used the word "proud" three times in the press conference, put down the win to resilience. "I have a lot of faith in the guys and have a lot of faith in myself," he said. "Once we stay together, we can learn as quickly as possible and see more results like this.

"Extremely proud. We have copped a lot of criticism over the last four months as a team. We haven't had the best results and people tend to write us off. The way the guys played today, I am extremely proud. Our backs were against the wall at the halfway stage and a lot of people didn't expect us to win the game. But it shows what we have in us and I am really, really proud of the guys."

Holder played a starring role, claiming a maiden five-wicket haul in his 62nd ODI, and was ably backed up by Kesrick Williams, who was playing his second ODI, and Alzarri Joseph, who had replaced Miguel Cummins. Williams, in particular, shackled MS Dhoni, conceding only 13 runs off 33 balls. The fast bowler ultimately had Dhoni holing out to long-on at the end of the 49th over, bringing the equation to 14 from the last over.

"The guys really, really supported me not only in the field but with suggestions," Holder said. "The bowlers really supported me the way they came out and bowled. It is easier when guys come out and do what is expected of them. I must give Kesrick Williams a lot of credit; I thought he did an outstanding job. He is only in his second game and showed a lot of maturity. Alzarri Joseph also makes the job a lot easier."

Play 04:57
'Our fielding was outstanding' - Law

West Indies coach Stuart Law also delivered a glowing appraisal of Williams. "In the first game he played the other day, he got none for 60 [69], I thought to bowl five overs straight to the best finisher in the world, MS Dhoni, and to only go for the amount of runs he did was a great effort," Law said. "He's got some tricks, which are difficult, and he is our leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket this year and we drafted him into the [ODI] side to do a job for us through the middle and towards the end. He only got one wicket but it was pretty crucial one and only gone for 29 runs. That's an outstanding effort. He is a livewire in the field and is good in the dressing room."

Their batting, however, looked far from promising. Each of the top five batsmen got starts on Sunday, with the highest score being 35. Law held shot selection, not lack of talent, responsible for the batsmen not making it big.

"It's not lack of talent. I have seen these boys from close quarters for a while now, and it's definitely not lack of talent," he said. "They have got skill and it's just about match awareness - being smarter in the shots they choose to play at the right time. If you have been watching for a while now, they lose wickets at crucial times and if they do that we start putting ourselves under pressure. We are learning and we talk about it all the time. They are honest and we can deal with it in an honest manner."

Law also hoped that Sunday's success, which came about three months after West Indies secured their highest successful ODI chase, against Pakistan, would be a stepping stone to higher honours.

"We beat Pakistan a couple of weeks ago, chasing down 300, and now we have defended a reasonably small total against India," he said. "We have beaten two of the best teams in the world.... it's a big ladder, and today is one step closer to where we want to end up.

"People in the Caribbean probably don't see we are working hard as hard as we are. We are pleased we put up a win for everybody in the region. It gives us a warming feeling and hopefully it gives everybody a good feeling as well."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • randolf on July 4, 2017, 14:54 GMT

    I get the impression that the Jason Holder supporters here in the Caribbean, don't want the world to know, that Mr Holder took his "first ever 5-for" in his "fifth year" of playing ODI cricket! And, it took him "62 matches" to do so! Hence, there is no reason for any of this big celebration that's going on, as if he has just broken the world record for taking the most ODI wickets! Maybe, some research should be done to see if he has not broken the world record for being "the slowest" to take a 5-for in ODI, as a jurisdiction's "most experienced" and "leading" bowler; for a period of 5 "consecutive" years! And I continue to ask the authorities that be, this very long question: "Is it OK to keep a permanent place in the WI team, for player, who is our leading bowler and captain, on whom we have to wait "once every five years" to take a "5-for" haul of wickets; though his team is losing every series - almost every match; and generally, he makes no significant contribution to the team"?

  • Josiah on July 4, 2017, 8:02 GMT

    Badree is a part time cricketer. he also teaches PE to primary school children and hasn't played a list a or first class game since 2013.

  • Prem on July 4, 2017, 4:56 GMT

    Rahane is too slow for ODI and T20. Remember his slow 3 off 8 balls in the T20 final in Dhaka and his slow innings in the ODI semi-final against Australia in 2015 among many other slow ones that caused India to lose. He just can't force the pace and puts pressure on the other batsmen.

  • raj on July 4, 2017, 4:22 GMT

    Holder good for another five years as captain now. Win one game and everyone talking as if you won the world cup

  • Vivek Anand on July 4, 2017, 3:14 GMT

    Why is Samuel Badree not in the ODI team despite being a top T20 bowler? Does he not play the domestic ODI competition, or is there any other reason?

  • loveon5209141 on July 4, 2017, 2:33 GMT

    I think kedar jhadav should prove his worth or should be dropped just because his body language. Whenever he comes to the crease, he behaves like a world boss. I don't know why ??? Actually he is very causal in his approach. Also his fielding. From ct, he has got at least 5 chance to hit the stump to get a run out , but he hit none. For me this team can be best for 2019 if everyone will be fit ---- Rohit, Dhavan, Kl Rahul, Virat, Dhoni, Krunal, Hardik, Ash/Kuldeep, Bhuvi, shami/umesh, bumrah. Standby- Pant( for triple role- WK, opener, lower order dasher), manish/iyer/Samson/yuvi, People look quite impressed by Kuldeep but I will wait till he perform against australia/southAfrica/shrilanka on flat pitches. Krunal is also untested but hopefully he will do better than jadeja+jhadhav combined. One last thing whoever gets chance will not perform in everymatch, so we all should just shut our mouth and support the team and the eleven.lol ....

  • girige6267264 on July 4, 2017, 1:49 GMT

    Happy for WI but will they even reach those great days? If the full strength team is available then WI becomes a force. India will no doubt get back after they sort out their internal issues.

    India must play Rahul in the top 3 or for dhawan and Rohit when one is not in form.

    Pandey should replace yuvraj.

    MS is ok but pant should be groomed.

    Kedar and pandya must take the finisher hitter role. Ms cannot always do it.

  •   Bhim(bro)Nepal on July 4, 2017, 1:37 GMT

    Yes ! It was a great win match. If not India capacitance would be better job.

  • Simon on July 4, 2017, 1:37 GMT

    So what happens next - the players continue to win every 5th match or so - drop down to 9th or 10th after bang, Afghanistan, then the players after some experience stand up to the dysfunctional board, they get sacked and then the whole cycle starts again. When is the 'penny' going to finally drop? It has for the poor fans such as me, not for the administrators of the game.

  • ALIENA on July 3, 2017, 21:02 GMT

    Thank you KOK Williams. I do hope you can be given every opportunity to become better and stronger , and eventually will have a 5'fer in a match. Congrats to the WI team. Go do it again in Jamaica, Please!!!!

  • No featured comments at the moment.