STORY: West Indies captain Jason Holder on Wednesday (October 10) slammed his critics saying the team which had legendary cricketer Brian Lara at its disposal couldn’t muster a series win in India.
The young Caribbean side has drawn flak from former West Indies cricketers after their poor performance against India in the first match where they lost by an innings and 272 runs inside three days.
After their training session in southern Hyderabad city, Holder said West Indies had been performing well in the longest format of the game for the past two-three years and would need to perform well against India in the second test to silence the critics.
Holder said West Indies star Chris Gayle’s absence would provide opportunities for new players to seize.
Gayle, 39, has decided to skip the series in India and Bangladesh. He is currently busy with the Afghanistan Premier League and will subsequently feature in the T10 league, also in the United Arab Emirates.
Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun said they were prepared to take on West Indies who will be bolstered by the return of Holder and fast bowler Kemar Roach back into the fold.
The two teams will face off in Hyderabad on Friday (October 12).