Jul 16, 2013 Sports
By Zaheer Mohamed
All-rounder Darren Sammy and fast bowler Jason Holder believe West Indies can rebound in the 5 match one day international (ODI) series after suffering from a 126 run defeat against Pakistan in the opening game on Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium Providence.
Both players were speaking with the media at the Le Meriden Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown yesterday.
Holder, who bowled impressively taking 4-13 on Sunday, said despite the loss they are confident they can turn things around. “We need to apply ourselves a bit more,” stated Holder.
He added that he is happy with his performance. “Things went well for me, I was able to get early wickets and put the Pakistani players under early pressure, I am looking to continue in the same vain.”
“I pick up a lot of things from Kemar Roach, I notice the line and length he bowled with the new ball and I did some work with the coach as well.”
When quizzed about his comparison to former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner, Holder said he respects what ever Garner has done, but he is just trying to be himself.
Former captain Darren Sammy is expected to play his 100th ODI today and the St. Lucian said he will approach it like any other game. “I must thank the almighty for giving me the strength to play so many games for the West Indies,” added Sammy.
Sammy pointed out that they did not capitalise on the early inroads made by the bowlers. “We were in similar situations before, we know where we went wrong, but credit must be given to the bowlers,” stated Sammy.
He indicated that they must improve in the batting department. “We have the ability to do better, we needed a good start on a different pitch, and we didn’t get any partnerships going, it’s a game we need to forget,” stated Sammy.
Sammy informed that he enjoys playing for the West Indies and he always endeavour to do his best. He said that Guyanese are very passionate about their cricket.
“We have to give the fans something to cheer about. We ought to find a way to believe in each other, put the loss behind us and focus on the next game. It’s nice to see young guys like Johnson Charles coming through”, concluded Sammy.
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