It's time for another series from the West Indies, and that means, once again, that it's time for Jason Holder and the leadership of the team to try to achieve results in the face of forced changes. While the retirement of Evin Lewis from the limited part of the tour of India for personal reasons is not in the same sense as some of the most controversial jerks of the West Indies in recent years, it is a big setback for a squad which contains nine players who have played less than 20 ODIs.
"It is difficult to lose a player who has been present and has some success in the particular format we are playing in. It is certainly difficult," Holder said. "Obviously, you set your plans and formulate them around the composition you would have selected. [To have someone pull out at] It's so hard to get there that late.
"I only have to face what I can, I have to control what I can, I have been entrusted with the task of gathering the troops we have here, knowing that I am going out on the field, trying to give the best of For me, it is to lead from the front and lead by example with my own personal actions, we have established roles for everyone, so that everyone can play their roles and make the success of the team is much easier. "
Holder has experienced a sharp increase over the past 18 months, particularly at Pruebas, where along with a great improvement in his overall skills, he has taken the West Indies to six wins along with coach Stuart Law. He has emerged with the reputation of being a young leader in the rise of a young team, but that is far from being the case behind the scenes.
"Interestingly, I'm looking at the barrel of my 27th birthday next month," Holder said. "I've been around a bit, but I'm also relatively young, I'm playing the role of a father figure, trying to mentor and nurture the young talents we have, it's nice for me, I like these things." . I love challenges. The talent we have in the Caribbean is something that really moves me. "
"You see young people like Fabian Allen who has joined this team or [Obed] McCoy … he has done very well for us in national cricket, so we have good talent here, this is the future for West. "Indies cricket. Obviously, for anyone who enters international cricket, there is a bit of nerves and pressure that try to consolidate in the side. Hopefully, those guys can put that aside and channel the nervous energy in the right direction. "
That address is next year's World Cup, for which the West Indies qualified with some difficulties earlier this year. And there are places to fill. Before retiring from the tour, Lewis rejected a contract with Cricket West Indies; Chris Gayle, who was part of the team that played in the qualifiers, was told he will not have an automatic place in the World Cup team, and Andre Russell has been battling his own hamstrings, which are currently unable to do so. Through 50 year cricket. With that reality, the West Indies and their large number of young people have 13 ODI matches between now and the World Cup to emerge as an established team. And there are specific challenges that they seek to overcome.
"Consistency is one of the main things we must consider," said Holder. "Particularly in our batting, we have not really been able to get consistent scores of more than 300. Many times you have to be able to set your benchmark at 300 or 320. That's an area our batters really need to see it. our dressing room and we should be in hitting that mark more often and doing it constantly.
"It's a great test to play against India in India, this gives us a good indicator to see where we are, this team is quite competent in terms of one-day cricket, we had a very good time in the qualifiers of the World Cup, which was a challenge that you know, play in Zimbabwe: convert tracks against opponents you know very little about.That was a challenge in itself and we had a series of Tests against Bangladesh, one that we think we should have done "A lot better, but we could not achieve it with confidence. So, everything to play here. Once again, it is another opportunity for the players. Without a doubt, it will be very competitive in terms of selection. "
Varun Shetty is a subeditor at ESPNcricinfo
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