The West Indies had a hard start on their tour of India, losing their captain Jason Holder to an ankle injury on the morning of the first test in Rajkot. His field coach, Nic Pothas, revealed that Holder took charge of the injury in the third week of September, when he was in Dubai, training with his team to prepare for this tour.
"I'm not in a position to talk about Jason's injury, but he felt something in Dubai at our preseason camp," Pothas said. "Obviously, it has not been established as much as he or the medical staff wanted, it will be monitored daily, and we will wait and see how it is resolved."
With Holder not available, and Kemar Roach leaves. On the tour that followed his grandmother's death, only one front-line player in the West Indies squad, Shannon Gabriel, had played more than one event. Keemo Paul and debutante Sherman Lewis arrived at the XI in Rajkot, and the West Indies had trouble planning from the start.
At lunch, India had 160 for 1, scoring their runs at a rate of 5.5 and more, with the debutant. Prithvi Shaw in progress for a hundred.
Pothas defended his team's tactics and thought bowlers fared well enough to control India's scoring rate in the game. Second half of the day
"It's a chess game," he said. "You do not want the game to get out of you early in a test match, I thought (substitute captain) Kraigg [Brathwaite] did fantastically well today, I think I also learned that I played a lot against India, Virat [Kohli] would Something quite similar, they are difficult conditions, and what you do not want is to have a day that exceeds 400 or 420 because you keep the gardeners in attack positions for too long We had discussed this, very happy with how Kraigg has spent the day The bowlers were very well taken care of at work. "
Pothas was particularly impressed with Gabriel's efforts on a day of 39 degrees.
"Shannon has had a fantastic year," he said. . "Through the series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, he shot fast, we know that Shannon Gabriel can play fast, but the most exciting part for me was in the final part of the day when I was still reaching it at 145 kilometers per hour, [at the] the end of a very hot day in quite docile terrain, the other thing is that Shannon's attitude has been incredible, where we have had a pretty young bowling attack and he has stood up as a high level player, he has knocked down his players and he has helped those guys through what is a pretty tough day against some really good hitters.
"You have a guy (Lewis) who is making his debut and one (Paul) who is playing his second test game, so hats A Shannon, I thought it was fantastic today. "