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AFP
June 27, 2019

Holder urges WI to dig deep against India

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AFP
June 27, 2019

MANCHESTER: West Indies captain Jason Holder says he is proud of his players but wants them to put everything together in a “perfect” World Cup performance against India.

The two-time champions opened their campaign with a convincing victory against Pakistan but have not won since and, barring an unlikely sequence of results, will be heading home after the group phase.

Batsmen Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Carlos Brathwaite have shown glimpses of what they can offer but have failed to win games for the team. Brathwaite hit his maiden One-day International century in West Indies’ ultimately fruitless chase of a target of 292 against New Zealand on Saturday.

Holder urged his team to show fight on Thursday (today) against Virat Kohli’s unbeaten side. “We’ve shown glimpses here and there of what we can produce. And as a side we just haven’t brought it together collectively more often than not,” Holder said at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

“And it’s hurt us in games before. So tomorrow is another opportunity for us to bring it all together and play a perfect game.” The West Indies’ World Cup hopes were hit by injuries to Evin Lewis and Andre Russell, who has been replaced by Sunil Ambris in the squad, but Holder said the batsmen should step up despite the problems. “Injuries have definitely plagued us. But I’ve been proud of them so far. I think it’s just a matter for them to grasp batting on the international circuit,” said Holder.

Today’s Fixture

India vs West Indies

starts 2:30 pm PST

at Old Trafford

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