Skipper Jason Holder has pointed fingers at the bowlers ahead of the third ODI between West Indies and India at North Sound in Antigua on Friday. India smashed 310 runs in 43 overs (overs reduced due to rain) against a hapless Windies bowling unit in the previous match, which eventually helped Virat Kohli and Co record their biggest victory — in terms of margin of runs — in the Caribbeans.
Holder stated that the bowlers need to pull up their socks and they cannot perform like they did in the second ODI, if they want to level the series on Friday.
“We need to worry about our bowling. Obviously chasing over 300 runs is always going to be difficult," Jason Holder said ahead of the third ODI.
The Windies skipper also said that they will have to bat well and build partnerships early in the innings. Holder stated that they kept losing wickets in regular intervals in the last match which derailed their chase.
“We are looking for a much better start than in the previous game. We kept losing wickets and couldn’t get our momentum going," Holder said.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, the West Indies have brought in two fresh faces — Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris — for the remaining three ODIs. Hope and Ambris replaced Jonathan Carter and Kesrick Williams in the 13-man squad.
“I think he (Kyle Hope) brings a lot, exuberance of youth and is a great fielder. He has been playing a lot of domestic cricket. I have grown up playing with him, so he is a phenomenal scorer," said the Windies skipper.
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder(c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Kesrick Williams, Miguel Cummins