West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase commented his captain Jason Holder is a legend, after a convincing victory over England in the first Test.
Chase, who claimed his career-best eight-wicket haul and helped West Indies to a comfortable win, said that there was “no greater feeling” than seeing his captain Jason Holder score a double-century on the third day of the first Test.
Holder named the ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance. He became the third batsman, batting at No. 8 or lower than that to score a double-century in the longest format of the game. Along with his double-ton, Shane Dowrich too scored an unbeaten ton to put up a target of 628. Holder also bagged two wickets and three catches.
“Jason is a legend in my eyes, a long-time friend, I believe in him and he believes in himself on the field,” Chase expressed. “Could have been no greater feeling than to see him do that double-hundred yesterday. I thought he was going to give it away for a bit but he really showed the true character that he is, so I’m really happy for him and for my friend Shane Dowrich, who came through for the team.”
While England started their innings with a great flow with an opening 85-run partnership between Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns, Chase stopped their run chase by picking up Burns for 84 and later dismissed Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali in quick succession.
“Looking at the wicket, I always thought I would come into play in the second innings,” he told. “The quicks set it up for us in the first innings and Mushy [bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed] told me I’m going to have to bowl 25 overs in the second innings, to get my mind ready for it, so I was always prepared to do some work, to give the pacers a rest. I started to pick up some wickets and it went from there.”
“I just tried to be consistent and land it my areas, despite what the batsmen were doing, put some revs on the ball and vary my pace a bit.”
“It gives us big confidence for the series because England are a higher-ranked team than ourselves,” he further added. “For us to carry on from here, don’t get too big headed, continue to do what we do well, the basics and focus on our processes, we should be all right.”
While talking about the win, Holder said that they have to go a long way and shared that he has worked very hard on his fitness.
“We still have a long way to go. I think we ticked a few boxes in this Test match,” Holder said in the post-match presentation. “It’s about turning up in Antigua and doing the same. One Test match doesn’t make a summer. We’ve got two Test matches to go and have to make sure we close out the series.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve been playing Test cricket and it’s really good to come back in the game like this. I put a lot of hard work in just to get back to full fitness,” Holder further said. “It’s difficult to explain. A bit of emotion getting out. I’ve had a lot bottle up for a long time and I had the moment there to express myself a little bit. It’s really pleasing to know I can bat a whole session.”