Rajkot: West Indies fielding coach Nic Pothas did not reveal much about Jason Holder’s ankle injury, which ruled him out of the first Test, but said the skipper was carrying the pain and injury from the preceding training camp in Dubai.
The West Indies had trained in Dubai for a week before coming to India. Missing out Holder from the line-up was a big blow to the visitors as is handy with both bat and ball. The team struggled on day one with India reaching a commanding 364 for four. “I am not in a position to discuss Jason’s injury but he felt something in Dubai in our pre-season camp. Obviously it has not settled down as much as he or the medical staff would have liked. He will be monitored on a daily basis and we will wait and see how that pans out,” said Pothas, who has also worked with Sri Lanka. “But more importantly on the day [Day One] itself, I think we could have probably started the day a little bit better and having said that Prithvi (Shaw) played really well early on
We probably did not execute as well as we would have liked on the plans but we dragged the game back very well,” said the South African. In the absence of Kemar Roach, pacer Shannon Gabriel was the standout bowler while the rest of the West Indies’ attack looked ordinary. “Shannon has had a fantastic year, through the series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka he bowled quick. But we know that Shannon Gabriel can bowl quick, but the most exciting part for me was at the back end of the day he was still getting it up to 145 kilometres an hour,” he said. When asked to comment on Shaw’s ton on debut, Pothas said: “He is obviously a very exciting prospect for the future.
But I think it would be a mess of me to make a judgement call on a very good young cricketer having seen him play only once. But certainly on today’s performance, hats off to him.” He also defended the field placements of stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, who opened the field quite early in the game. “I thought Kraigg did fantastically well today. I think I have also learnt having played against India a lot, Virat (Kohli) would do something pretty similar.”