Hope we can come back stronger, says Holder after loss in 4th ODI

West Indies captain Jason Holder hopes his squad can regroup and come back stronger for the fifth ODI against India.

West Indies captain Jason Holder (R) celebrates with his teammates during the fourth ODI against India on Monday.   -  AFP

The disappointment was writ large on Jason Holder’s face as he arrived for the post-match media interaction on Monday evening after his side suffered a 224 run loss against India in the fourth ODI.

India gained an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series and with only one ODI left, the result dashes the West Indies' dreams of clinching the series.

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Holder admitted that the Windies bowlers conceded too many runs, making it tough for the side to chase a mammoth target of 378.

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On being inconsistent in the series

We didn’t play well (today). The way we started the series and the way we have played so far, we certainly didn't do any justice today. (We leaked) too many runs... I felt it was a very good wicket, the outfield was lightning. It was a wicket where once you get in, you can go really big. Unfortunately, none of our batters got it and gave themselves a chance to bat deep into the innings.

On whether a high asking rate put the batters under pressure

That definitely plays on your mind. It was a big target and we needed to be up with the total for a majority of the innings. We never really got any momentum up front, lost too many wickets up front and the two run-outs didn't really help us, they set us back.

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(We lost) two of our better players and didn't really have any momentum in the middle. Credit to India, they bowled reasonably well up front and caused trouble.

On Indian batting order

Yeah, (they have) good players, they play really well but we have shown we can get them out. It’s just a matter of being more consistent. You just have to take a bit of a gamble up front to take their wickets. I reckon if you get their wickets, you are in with the show.

Cricket is played in a day and we just got to play clinical game all through the day. It just didn't come off today, hopefully the guys can regroup in the next couple of days and come back stronger.

On how it was to bowl to Rohit Sharma

It’s tough. The conditions are such that they favour batters. He is a really good player, once he gets in there, he goes really big. We just have to hang in there, bowl outside off stump and try to get his wicket.

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There's no point in sticking to line and lengths for the first 10 overs trying to contain him. You know how dangerous he can be once he gets in the flow, so you have got to get him out.

 On why was Keemo Paul brought in the side

Keemo hasn't had a game so far on the tour. We see him as one of our death bowlers, a good all-rounder and a top fielder. We had to let him get a game somewhere. We felt Obed had two back-to-back games. He got a couple of wickets, but he was a bit expensive so we felt we can give him a straight swap.