West Indies skipper Jason Holder has urged his young batsmen to take a cue from Kane Williamson‘s book. Williamson has been an epitome of constructing the innings, taking the match deep and finishing off the things. The New Zealand skipper was at his best when he scored a great hundred against South Africa to help his team get over the line.
On the other hand, the West Indies have adopted a T20 strategy which has backfired them. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer have adopted the strategy of ‘see the ball, hit the ball’, but they haven’t been able to convert their starts into substantial scores.
Hence, the West Indies will want a big score from their talented batsmen. Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran will need to show more resistance with the bat.
“They’ve got to be the rock and soul for our team,” Holder said of his young players. “And they’ve got to set up games and learn to close them out. And great young players are great players, full stop. They get themselves in, set themselves up and they go very, very big.
“And a guy who has done that over the tournament is Kane Williamson. Just see the way how he goes about his business, he sets it up and goes big and bats down to the very, very end.”
On the other hand, the West Indies have faced two crunching defeats in their last two games. The Carribean nation had fought till last breath against New Zealand when Carlos Brathwaite played a sublime knock of 101 runs. However, the all-rounder could not take his team over the line.
Subsequently, West Indies will need to win all the remaining three matches. Furthermore, they would hope that other results go in their favour.
“It’s been two crushing defeats,” Holder admitted. “And we felt them drastically over the past couple of days. But it’s a situation where learning must take place. I think it’s significant for everybody just to draw on their own resources and look at themselves in the mirror and try to make sure that learning takes place.. And it’s a matter of us just to keep going. There’s no point to drop our heads.”
West Indies will take on India in a do or die fixture at Old Trafford, Manchester on 27th June.