On what was an absorbing opening day’s play for both sides in the second Test at Jamaica, West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder offered the fans a few lighter moments on the field against Pakistan.
With Pakistan posting a fantastic recovery led by an outstanding partnership between skipper Babar Azam and Fawad Alam, Holder was seen trying to cheer up his teammates from the slip cordon with words that made sense only to him.
The ex West Indies Test captain’s funny side was on show again, as he tried to lift the spirits of home team’s bowlers and close-in fielders while wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan went about taking his guard and facing up to the next delivery.
Jason Holder does a ‘Dhananjaya’ against Pakistan
Cricket West Indies (CWI) shared a clip from the passage just prior to the last ball of the 55th over in the Pakistan first-innings and one can see Jason Holder enjoying himself out there.
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 20, 2021
This, of course, is not the first time that Holder has been seen chirping behind the batter’s back in a home Test this season. Earlier this year, when Sri Lankan arrived on the Caribbean shores, the West Indies all-rounder was seen making an effort to instigate Dhananjaya de Silva into playing a false stroke.
Even as Dhananjaya stood at the non-striker’s end, Holder was seen talking to him from far behind the stumps and trying to get under the skin of the opposition player. But Dhananjaya didn’t respond to him and just offered a cheeky smile.
Jason Holder sledging Dhananjaya de Silva is absolute gold.
— OneCricket (@OneCricketApp) March 31, 2021
These incidents reflect how Holder has gotten more relaxed on the field since shedding the captaincy weight over his shoulders, with opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite taking over the helm of affairs.
Jason Holder is one of the world’s Test all-rounders, having scored 2,361 runs at an average of 31.90 and taken 133 wickets at 26.91 per piece.