West Indies skipper Jason Holder was all praise for India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah after his breathtaking spell on day four of the Antigua Test. West Indies stood no chance to even get close to the 419-run target let alone chasing it down as Bumrah breathed fire. Bumrah completely dismantled West Indies’ batting with figures of 5 for 7 in 8 overs to bowl them out for just 100.
The West Indies players were looking more or less clueless as Bumrah swung the ball viciously. Half of the West Indies team was back in the hut with just 15 runs on the board. By the time they reached fifty, they were nine down. But thanks to a fifty-run stand between last pair Miguel Cummins and Kemar Roach, West Indies managed to reach the three-digit mark.
Speaking at the end of the game, Jason Holder lavished praise on Bumrah. The West Indies allrounder said that Bumrah ‘bowled some magic balls’.
“Today Bumrah bowled some magic balls and he got few of our batsmen with some very good balls. We have to find ways. He is a quality bowler but definitely, there is a solution out there,” Jason Holder told reporters in a post-match conference.
Holder also praised Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami as they supported Bumrah really well and scalped three and two wickets, respectively.
“They bowled well. Bumrah bowled an exceptional spell, Ishant was very supportive as well as Shami. I just want those spells where the opposition gets on the top and stays on the top. We have seen that happening in around the world,” Holder added.
Holder admitted that the team fell short by few runs as they scored just 222 in the first innings while India scored 297 runs in their first inning.
“We fell short quite a few runs and I think the wicket was very good for the batting. At the initial phase when the ball is new it is difficult as a batsman to sustain but after that it becomes easy. We did not get enough runs in this game,” Holder said.
West Indies will now face India in the second Test of the series at Sabina Park in Kingston from August 30.