World Cup 2019: Holder has no regrets about gambling on Russell’s fitness

The West Indies all-rounder once again pulled up a knee injury during its eight-wicket defeat to England in a World Cup match on Friday and he went off the field after bowling to Jonny Bairstow.

Andre Russell injured his knee during West Indies' clash against England.   -  GETTY IMAGES

His troublesome knee flaring up time and again but West Indies skipper Jason Holder insists that “match-winner” Andre Russell’s fitness is a gamble worth taking.

The West Indies all-rounder once again pulled up a knee injury during its eight-wicket defeat to England in a World Cup match on Friday and he went off the field after bowling to Jonny Bairstow.

The 31-year-old had earlier also left the ground during West Indies’ game against Australia on June 6.

“It’s been difficult so far for him. We have been trying our best to keep him on the park, but it is proving difficult,” admitted Holder.

Holder desperately wants Russell, who is a match-winner on his day, to be a part of West Indies paying XI during crucial World Cup matches.

“Going forward, we have to persist. He is here for a reason. We think he can be a match-winner for us. We have just got to cope with him. We have got to do everything we possibly can with him to keep him on the park,” the captain said.

The West Indies has suffered its second defeat in four games but Holder is confident of his team making the semifinals of the World Cup.

“I think it would be very foolish not to be confident (we can reach the semis). There’s still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament. We have only played four games. There is a hell of a lot of cricket left to be played,” said Holder.

He said the players would have to come up with a disciplined performance against Bangladesh in its next match in Taunton on Monday.

“We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh firstly in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh.