The recent shellacking of Windies by New Zealand in the three-match Test and ODI series has stirred further call for Jason Holder to be either sacked or asked to step down from the leadership of the Windies team.
The fact of the matter is the Windies team has not performed well under Holder’s leadership, albeit, the same could be said of all captains since Richie Richardson.
That said, Holder’s record speaks volume. He won only three of the 21 ODIs he led the West Indies in during 2017. He lost 15 times and had three no-results.
Under his leadership this year, in Test, the Windies lost 3-0 to England, 2-1 to Pakistan, 3-1 to India and drew 1-1 with Afghanistan in the Caribbean before being whitewashed 4-0 and 3-0 in away series in England and New Zealand.
Overall, he has led the Windies in 21 Test matches won 4, got beaten in 13 with four drawn.
Additionally, under his captaincy, the Windies played 49 ODI, won 11, suffered 34 defeats, had one tie and three no-results.
In a recent radio program, former opening Windies batter Philo Wallace has questioned the support Holder is being given by team members and opined that Holder’s confidence must be waning on account of the poor performance of the team under his leadership.
Notwithstanding, Holder’s contribution has been on par with all the front-line batters and bowlers on the team.
He captured 23 wickets with steady seam bowling at an average of 38.73 and an economy rate of 5.30 runs per over.
Moreover, he has scored 410 runs at a strike rate of 99.51 and an average of 25.62. He also recorded two half-centuries.
On 2 July 2017, Holder took his maiden ODI five-wicket haul (5–27), in a low scoring game against India.
In April 2015, he scored a maiden Test century against England to help secure a draw in the first Test.
On the other hand, he also has the unflattering record of the second worst bowling figures in World Cup games and the worst bowling figures by a captain in a World Cup match.
Now, what has irked both pundits and fans over the years regarding Holder’s captaincy is his lack of strategy and tactical approach to the game.
His robotic approach to the game is not only uninspiring and stifling, but also heartrending and galling.
Pretty looks and talk, though good, must be backed with a mindset of war when meeting an opposition and Holder would do well to take his cue from Mohammed Ali.
The fact is many have questioned the wisdom of the Clive Lloyd’s selection panel that appointed Holder as captain with the full knowledge that he lacked the experience, knowledge, and skills at the time.
Now, the call is for Jamaica’s Nikita Miller, one of the most experienced and seasoned cricketers to take over the job of captaining the Test team at least in the short term.
Miller boasts the lowest First-Class bowling average (15.51) of any active player in world cricket.
Despite his staggering returns in regional cricket, he has been overlooked by the West Indies selectors in favor of other spinners.
However, he continues to perform for his local team with both bat and ball.
He has career-best figures of 9/41 in this year’s regional competition and has led Jamaica team well since he has assumed the captaincy.
Will the Windies be bold enough to make such a change in 2018?
Don’t hold your breath!
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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