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Jason Holder – Carrying Forward A Legacy

When Jason Holder was appointed captain of the West Indies in late 2014 after the sacking of Dwayne Bravo, more than a few eyebrows were raised. It was clear that the senior players had been punished for defying the board, but the choice of making someone with barely any experience captain seemed a bizarre one. Holder led a team packed with experience at the 2015 World Cup and a quarterfinal exit was par for the course, given the team’s struggles since the glory years of the 1970s and ’80s.

What soon became very clear was how seriously Holder took the job. Especially in Test cricket, he led from the front, bowling probing spells and contributing vital runs lower down the order. More importantly, he gathered around him a group of players who actually seemed to care about restoring the region’s cricket legacy.

With such a small player pool to choose from, there have been more lows than highs. Holder wasn’t part of the World T20 triumph in 2016, and the West Indies have struggled in the longer formats for decades now. But by winning back the Wisden Trophy against England and leading the way with his own performances, Holder has helped build a platform for a better future.

He hasn’t had anything like the same impact in colored clothes, which is surprising given how cleanly he hits the ball and how awkward he can be to face when bowling from that height. But the career-defining performances that he has managed in Test cricket have eluded him in the maroon limited-overs kit, and it’s been the same story in the Indian T20 League.

He had his first taste of it with Chennai in 2013, on the fringes of a team full of stars. Further stints with Hyderabad and Kolkata also didn’t tell Indian audiences anything about his talent, and it was only when he returned to the Hyderabad team for the Covid-hit season in 2020 that he made his presence felt.

Even with Holder among their ranks, Hyderabad had a miserable 2021 season, culminating in them missing the play-offs for the first time since 2015. The tall West Indian all-rounder was one of the casualties, being released by the franchise ahead of the mega auction. When proceedings began, he was bought by the new entrants Lucknow for a fee of ₹8.75 crores. We hope he keeps entertaining cricket fans with his all-round performances for at least a few more years.

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Jason Holder’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Jason Omar Holder
    • Age
    • :
    • 5th November 1991
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Bridgetown, Barbados
    • Height
    • :
    • 6′7″
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Right-handed batter
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • All-rounder
    • Current Team
    • :
    • West Indies National Cricket Team, Lucknow team
    • Jersey Number
    • :
    • 8

Jason Holder’s Current Rankings

Jason Holder’s Stats

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • W
    • Bowl. Avg.
    • Bowl. SR
    • Test
    • 62
    • 110
    • 2744
    • 202* vs Eng
    • 29.51
    • 56.05
    • 3
    • 1
    • 12
    • 155
    • 28.8
    • 67.32
    • ODI
    • 133
    • 100
    • 2093
    • 99* vs PNG
    • 24.34
    • 90.25
    • 0
    • 0
    • 11
    • 153
    • 37.03
    • 40.10
    • T20L
    • 51
    • 35
    • 398
    • 29* vs SL
    • 15.31
    • 121.34
    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 53
    • 27.55
    • 19.89

Jason Holder – Key Skills and Strengths

For a lower-order batter, Holder possesses both fine technique and temperament. He is also one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball. Despite his imposing frame, he has never been an express pace bowler. His height means, however, that the ball has an awkward trajectory on leaving his hand and the bounce he can generate asks questions of the best batters. And while he may not be bowl quick, there’s enough velocity in those deliveries to jar more than the odd bat handle. He has also shown himself to be a calm leader, trying to make the most of limited resources.

Jason Holder’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • Test
    • 37
    • 11
    • 21
    • 0
    • 5
    • ODI
    • 86
    • 24
    • 54
    • 2
    • 6
    • T20I
    • 3
    • 0
    • 3
    • 0
    • 0

Jason Holder’s Awards and Achievements

Holder has gained many admirers around the world for the quiet dignity with which he has led the West Indies cricket team through some challenging times. He led them in two cricket World Cups, and his outstanding individual displays played a big part in restoring some pride to the West Indies Test team.

Here are some of Holder’s biggest records and achievements in international cricket:

  • At 23, he was the youngest man to lead the West Indies in an international match.

  • He was the first West Indian since Sir Garfield Sobers in 1974 to top the all-rounder rankings.

  • His 202* against England was the third-highest score by a No. 8 batter in Test history.

  • Holder’s bowling average of 12.39 in 6 Tests (33 wickets) in 2018 was the best for a fast bowler in over a century.

  • He was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2018, the first West Indian to make the side since 2012.

Jason Holder’s Indian T20 League Journey

A surprise pick for Chennai before the 2013 season, Holder struggled to live up to expectations in his six outings for a team that would reach the final. Similarly underwhelming stints with Hyderabad and Kolkata followed before national-team commitments and franchises’ priorities kept him away from the league for 3 seasons. When he returned to the Indian T20 League with Hyderabad in 2020, he made far more of an impact, taking 14 wickets from just seven outings as they made the play-offs. The newly introduced Lucknow team will expect good performances from Holder, after investing heavily for his services.

Of the pace bowlers to bowl at least 20 overs in the 2021 season, only Dwayne Bravo has a better economy rate than Holder’s 7.04.

  • At 23, he was the youngest man to lead the West Indies in an international match.

    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • Wckt
    • Avg
    • SR
    • Indian T20 League
    • 41
    • 248
    • 47* vs Punjab
    • 13.05
    • 124.0
    • 0
    • 0
    • 52
    • 24.04
    • 17

Jason Holder: FAQs

With which famous cricketer does Holder share a birthday?

Virat Kohli, though the former Indian captain is 3 years older than Holder.

Which football team does Holder support?

England’s Tottenham Hotspur.

In which famous documentary’s opening scenes does Holder feature?

He can be seen in the introduction to Fire in Babylon, the documentary made on West Indies cricket’s glory years.

What does Holder do to satisfy his need for speed?

He loves to go go-karting, though finding a go-kart that can squeeze in his 6’7” frame is easier said than done.

Which great batter from the past would Holder love to bowl to?

Brian Lara, who was accumulating batting records as Holder grew up.

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