West Indies cricket team’s young captain Jason Holder said that he has picked up subtle nuances of leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni while playing for his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
“I’ve picked up a lot from Dhoni. He’s a good leader. He’s a guy who is respected in the dressing room,” the 23-year-old fast bowler said on the eve of West Indies’ ICC World Cup match against India, here tomorrow.
For Holder, it’s not only Dhoni but also the likes of A B de Villiers, who inspired him.
“Going about my career, I tend to look at a few players and look at a few things people do, not only M S Dhoni, but also other successful players, who have played cricket before. I just try to take bits and pieces from everybody and try to put it together into one,” said Holder, who has played 30 ODIs for his country so far since his debut in 2013.
Asked if the WACA strip is their chance to win, the West Indies skipper said, “As I said before, cricket is played on a day. Yesterday, I faced a pretty good batsman (AB de Villiers), who was in good form. But I think tomorrow, if we are very disciplined, we’ll get the better of them, put some pressure on them and at least try to finish off the innings.”
Holder showed a lot of respect for the Indian batting line-up.
“Obviously, they have good players, who are in form. You know Virat has been phenomenal for them over the last years. They have Shikhar Dhawan, who has been in some form, and you have players like (Suresh) Raina and MS Dhoni. But I will back my bowlers to execute their plans.
“But they have a pretty good line-up and some good quality players. We’ve planned for them and just looking to execute our plans tomorrow,” said Holder.