Holder is upbeat

Jason Holder said he and the rest of players joining the West Indies squad for three one-day internationals against India are looking to make an impact.

The lanky fast bowler was speaking after a training session under a scorching sun at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai where the visitors lost the second of two Tests on Saturday.

West Indies lost both matches by an innings inside three days. The first one-day international is at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi on Thursday. The second is on Sunday at the Reddy Stadium, Visakhapatnam and the third on Wednesday in Kanpur.

“Obviously, the guys were a bit disappointed after the Test series, but we have a fresh group of players here now,” Holder said.

“We have some of the players from the Test side and a couple of joining players. We have got a new mindset and new focus.

“We are a very confident side at the moment.”

On the morale in the dressing room, the 22-year-old Barbadian said: “The morale is very good at the moment. We have put the Test series behind us.”

The 6ft 8in tall Holder, a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre based at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has played just eight ODIs, making his debut against Australia earlier this year in Perth.

He was also fortunate to have played in the Indian Premier League earlier this year for Chennai Super Kings, an experience which has helped him to prepare for this series.

“I know much more about the conditions in India and what to expect, but it will be my first time in Kochi and it will be about trying to understand about the pitch there,” he said.

“A couple of guys, I guess, have played in Kochi before, so we are just going to get acclimatized and try to put the best foot forward in the first game.”

Squad: Dwayne Bravo (capt.), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Narsingh Deonarine, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons.

The 6ft 8in tall Holder, a graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre based at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

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