Holder defends Gabriel’s swipe

ROSEAU, Dominica – Captain Jason Holder has sprung to the defence of Shannon Gabriel, whose late rush of blood resulted in a series defeat to Pakistan on the final day of the decisive third Test yesterday.

With West Indies battling to save the match late in the evening, number 11 Gabriel survived just over half hour at the crease in a last wicket stand with century-maker Roston Chase, to frustrate the Pakistanis.

But with just one ball left to negotiate in the penultimate over of the day, Gabriel suffered a rush of blood, missed a swipe at leg-spinner Yasir Shah and was bowled for four, to hand the hosts a 101-run loss and a 2-1 defeat in the three-Test series.

Shannon Gabriel’s swipe and West Indies batting generally, ensured Misbah ul-Haq (waving flag) and Younis Khan (waving) created history in their final game for Pakistan.

“We’ve just got to give him encouragement. Up until then, he was doing an outstanding job, he’s done an outstanding job for us in this entire series,” Holder told reporters.

“He’s bowled his heart out. He’s gotten a match-winning haul for us in Barbados (second Test), he bowled his heart out in Jamaica (first Test), he bowled his heart out here in Dominica.”

He continued: “A lot of people don’t know where Shannon came from. Shannon started cricket quite late and to see the progress he’s made. I’ve been able to be with him in the HPC (High Performance Centre) and coming into international cricket, Shannon has made tremendous strides.

“So I am still very, very proud of him and that’s something that I will let him know in the dressing room. We make mistakes and hopefully he can learn from it and move forward.”

Prior to Gabriel’s indiscretion, Man-of-the-Match Roston Chase seemed poised to yet again pull off a remarkable draw for West Indies with a superb unbeaten 101.

He arrived at the crease inside the first hour of the day and proceeded to defy Pakistan in a knock lasting 239 balls and a shade over six hours. He counted 12 fours and a six.

The knock was his second hundred of the series and third in the series, and earned him Man-of-the-Match honours.

Holder said neither Gabriel’s mistake nor the defeat should be allowed to overshadow Chase’s magnificent effort.

“I have full confidence in Shannon. Shannon has a pretty good defence. I guess at that stage a lot of things come in your mind and at the end of the day it got the better of him I guess,” the all-rounder noted.

“Credit must go to Roston Chase though, I thought the way he played was outstanding, not only in this Test match but in the Test series. He’s led from the front, showed character, showed a lot of guts, showed class – something I have not seen in West Indies cricket for a little while.”

The victory for Pakistan saw them clinch their maiden series win in the Caribbean since the two teams first met 59 years ago.

For West Indies it was their second series loss to Pakistan in seven months and their sixth straight series defeat overall. They have now lost 13 of their last 20 Tests.

Holder said in spite of the latest defeat, however, the side had continued to show signs of improvement.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow obviously coming so close and at the end just faltering but I’m still proud at the way the guys played the series,” he said.

“The guys showed a lot of promise and a lot of fight, we got hundreds, we got five-wicket hauls, we got Man-of-the-Match performances as well so there’s still a lot of positives to take away from this series. I just urge the guys to keep going in this same direction.

“One thing that sticks out for me is the fact is the fight – we’ve showed tremendous fight throughout this entire series. I guess in the first Test match we were probably out-played but definitely in Barbados and here in Dominica we showed a lot of fight.” 

Source: (CMC)

13 Responses to Holder defends Gabriel’s swipe

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba May 16, 2017 at 5:42 am


    • Clyde Thompson May 16, 2017 at 9:15 am

      I am in agreement with you Ali Baba, you don’t defend weaknesses you strengthen them, Holder should have left that errant play alone and address it with Gabriel in the dressing room no sugar coating necessary, letting him know that the swipe was not the best alternative and that there were other choices, the first one would have been leaving the ball alone as it was outside off stump and the inside edge redirected it onto the stumps.
      Other “captains” would have been livid but not openly.
      This is a show of the killer instinct that the WI team is lacking.
      In my opinion the WI team need to work with a motivational speaker who can help them strengthen their mind set.

      Footnote to all of this, the spirit of the spectators was awesome and this is what gave them the strength to survive as long as they did, it was a good match regardless, unfortunately WI loss, the energy was very high.

  2. Neil May 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Should it have come down to the last wicket in the 1st place? Shouldn’t someone from top of the order have fended off the bowlers? What more can you expect of tailenders? My all time favourites, WI even at their prime, had got off twice against Pakistan barely just – with tailenders (& dubious umpires) having saved them.
    So this time round, luck/perseverance has paid off for Pakistan.
    But great fight shown by a young WI team. I hope Holder can mould a gritty team together, if for nothing more, then at least for Clive Lloyd, who has been driven to dust for his best efforts.

  3. The Kingdom May 16, 2017 at 9:12 am

    @ali baba . Dude , its the first rule of effective management. Show a united front especially in times of adversity. Shannon must feel horrible enough already , and a good captain will speak to him frankly in the dressing room or in the post-match meeting in the hotel, but should never admonish or discredit him publicly. We all feel the pain and we all know that the shot was not the right decision , but hopefully he will learn . Good Job Windies. First series that all games went to the 5th day for a long time.

  4. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Again I am asking “who in the dressing room is the person responsible for getting into the heads of these young players”.

  5. Peter May 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Clyde Thompson and Ali Baba. Have you ever been a situation where you are cornered from all sides? Gabriel had a right to think the way he thought best to defend the WI in that situation. He mishit, inside edged or under edged the ball which cannoned in to the stump. Had he connected with the full face, both you idiots who perhaps NEVER played cricket at a club nor professional, much less national level can only exhibit your ignorance in your comments and express such narrow mindedness. It is likened to your father beating your mother unmercifully for buying you a cheap meal with her last few dollars, when all she was thinking was that she had no time to cook you a meal, and you hadn’t eaten all day. On the other hand if she bought a few lotto tickets and won, he would have praised her for “doing the right thing.” There were seven men close in around the bat all hungry for a catch. Gabriel was psyched into defending by attacking with the hope that if there were to be a catch, it would be coming at whomever the potential catcher was at over 150 miles per hour causing possible serious injury, delay and wham light too dark to bowl the last over. end of risk. I hope that both you gentlemen read this, understand it and have the guts to be matured enough to apologize.

  6. Leroy Parris May 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Why is it that every time when people have to refer to the West Indies cricket team there’s a term wording ” youngsters” being used. When to reached the level that they are playing at there’s no excuse for ignorance to be accepted. A termed “youngster” in this game that can be accepted as an under 16 or younger player. All thats wrong with this lot is that they are lacking the basics of what this game of cricket is all about. The majority of them have this impression that hitting boundaries are what’s needed to succeed. Send the failures back to elementary school with a few of the legends and let them be taught what is required to become a test cricketer. The system that’s in place are a failure. When are those in authority are going to see that. For years now progress within are very limited. West Indies cricket are now the bottom of the line. The importation of these foreign coaches are no good. Don’t the WICB know the tune ” Home drums beat first “.

    • Clyde Thompson May 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Leroy after 20+ years and you can’t turn the corner you are either stagnant of visually impaired.
      The boundaries will come just turning the strike over is the key along concentration.

  7. Curious May 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    He Gabriel will do it again

  8. Leroy Parris May 17, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Clyde Thompson, am afraid to tell you that your perception about cricket is very limited. I take it you are an ardent Windies supporter. Boss man that’s why the rut has set in to cricket through out the region. Haven’t you realise that the majority of the international cricket teams are moving ahead of the West Indies. Have you ever sat down and ask yourself how come theres no success at the highest level. The standard of cricket are so poor that without the interruption of rain most Test matches will only last about 3.5 days. I certainly would like to advise you to get yourself a copy of the manual ” Teach yourself cricket. Whenever you succeed in doing so am quite certain you will surely see that it’s not the sort of game you think you know. Best of luck, and good reading.

    • Clyde Thompson May 18, 2017 at 9:17 am

      “Leroy” I am a fan of WI cricket and cricket is a “product” for the fan not the armchair experts like yourself who fail to think outside of the box.
      Yes I ask why WI cricket success is so long in being achieved, I could read the best of cricket manuals and it still would be of no help in turning WI cricket around as you can clearly see, you read this book and obviously call yourself a cricket expert but the WI still lack mental preparation, no fan education will be ever conducive to WI cricket.
      Leroy you need to engage others with constructive criticism to gain knowledge, not by badgering.
      I enjoy “reading” you comments

  9. A. Azmi May 17, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Only Jason Holder is responsible for defeat . Won the toss and selected to field first .
    Foolish Skipper Defending in wrong way ” Lol

  10. A. Azmi May 17, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Only Jason Holder is responsible for defeat . Won the toss and selected to field first .
    Foolish Skipper Defending in wrong way ” Lol
    1st Test Pakistan’s 4th Inning 30/3
    2nd Test Pakistan’s 4th Inning 81 All-out
    3rd Test Pakistan’s 3th Inning 90/6 to 178/8
    Lol !

    Poor Captaincy Only by Morally Week Captain .


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