Windies underdog tag is being used as a drive to win said Holder
West Indies captain Jason Holder said their team are the underdogs ahead of their match against Bangladesh. However, the Barbadian all-rounder said that the odds only pushes his team to win their games.
“If you want to put us in the underdog category, fair enough,” said Holder in an interview last Sunday. “We’ve played them (Bangladesh) quite a bit in the past and they’ve got the better of us, but it’s a different occasion and there’s lots at stake, so we’re all up for it.”
“I don’t think there are any easy teams in this World Cup. We’re mid-table with five games left and the ball is in our court,” continued Holder. “We’ve got to play some consistent cricket going into the back half of the tournament. It’s quite a good stage to pick up some momentum. It’s a challenge against Bangladesh, so we just want to get over them and move forward.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that they have been successful in previous matches with West Indies. The Tigers’ all-rounders Mehedy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan will be important in their game plan at a ground with short boundaries.
“It’s a very important match for us, especially (since we lost) a few points in the last three matches,” said Mashrafe. “We’ve been quite successful against them with some off-spinners. And if you look at recently, Mehedy bowled really well against them (West Indies). Also, he’s bowling so well in this World Cup as well.”
“Obviously the top five West Indies batsmen are left-handers, and Mehedy bowled against them really well too,” added Mortaza. “So, it’s a positive sign. It’s a small ground too, so we have to think about it as well. West Indies have so much power to do it.”
West Indies will be playing against Bangladesh today at County Ground, Taunton. Windies currently have -204 odds to win the game while Bangladesh have +172 odds.
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