West Indies Captain Jason Holder has said that destructive opener Chris Gayle will be the vital player for team in upcoming big quarter-final match against New Zealand on Saturday. Gayle didn’t play last group match against United Arab Emirates as he was injured and facing back problem. Holder mentioned that if Gayle is not 100 percent fit, still he’s crucial player for Caribbean side in a big match.
Jason Holder said, “He has had the same back problem he has had for a year and he has good days and bad days. But he is a crucial player for us going into the quarter-final. He will be up for it, even if he is not 100 per cent. He is a big game player and we all know what he can do on those days.”
Chris Gayle scored first double hundred of cricket world cup in this tournament against Zimbabwe in pool match and in the rest matches he was not able to hit the ball. Jason Holder also believes that if Gayle goes on song, nobody can stop him, hence he’ll be the key for Caribbean team in knockout stage of 2015 world cup.
Johnson Charles played at the place of Gayle in last match against United Arab Emirates and he made 55 in 40 balls. Captain Jason Holder praised his inning and said in a press conference after winning the match as Charles deserves to be in the playing 11 and he has secured his position but still we need to talk about it before the match who’ll be playing Quarter-final.
Holder said, “Obviously Johnson played a very good innings and has probably pretty much secured his spot for the next game but we will sit down, see the conditions and pick the team.”
West Indies are scheduled to face New Zealand in the fourth quarter-final of ICC world cup on 21 March at Wellington.