West Indies endured a tricky begin to their tour of India, shedding their captain Jason Holder to an ankle harm on the morning of the primary Check in Rajkot. Their fielding coach Nic Pothas has revealed that Holder picked up the harm within the third week of September, when he was in Dubai, coaching along with his crew to organize for this tour.
“I’m not ready to debate Jason’s harm, however he felt one thing in Dubai in our pre-season camp,” Pothas stated. “Clearly, it has not settled down as a lot as he or the medical employees would love. He might be monitored on each day foundation, and we’ll wait and see how that pans out.”
With Holder unavailable, and Kemar Roach leaving the tour quickly following the dying of his grandmother, just one frontline quick bowler in West Indies’ squad – Shannon Gabriel – had performed multiple Check. Keemo Paul and the debutant Sherman Lewis got here into the XI in Rajkot, and West Indies struggled to bowl to plan early on.
At lunch, India had been 160 for 1, scoring their runs at a fee of 5.5 an over, with debutant Prithvi Shaw on target for 100. West Indies tried to claw their means again into the sport by taking males out of close-catching positions and placing them within the deep.
Pothas defended his crew’s techniques, and thought the bowlers did pretty nicely to manage India’s scoring fee within the second half of the day.
“It’s a recreation of chess,” he stated. “You do not need the sport to run away from you early in a Check match. I believed (stand-in captain) Kraigg [Brathwaite] did fantastically nicely in the present day. I believe I’ve additionally learnt having performed in opposition to India loads, Virat [Kohli] would do one thing fairly related. It’s powerful situations, and what you don’t want is to have a day that goes in extra of 400 or 420 since you preserve fielders in attacking positions for too lengthy. We had mentioned this, very proud of how Kraigg has gone in regards to the day. The bowlers caught to the job very nicely.”
Pothas was notably impressed with Gabriel’s efforts on a 39-degree day.
“Shannon has had a improbable yr,” he stated. “By means of the collection in opposition to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, he bowled fast. We all know that Shannon Gabriel can bowl fast, however essentially the most thrilling half for me was on the again finish of the day he was nonetheless getting it as much as 145 kilometres an hour, [at the] finish of a very popular day on a reasonably docile wicket. The opposite factor is Shannon’s angle has been unbelievable, the place we now have had a reasonably younger bowling assault and he has stood up as a senior participant, bowled his overs, and he has helped these younger guys by way of what’s a reasonably powerful day in opposition to some superb batters.
“You bought one man (Lewis) who’s making his debut and one man (Paul) who’s enjoying his second Check match, so hats off to Shannon, I believed he was improbable in the present day.”
Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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