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'Tough trying to get back in as just a player' - Holder on being relieved of ODI captaincy
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'Tough trying to get back in as just a player' - Holder on being relieved of ODI captaincy

Jason Holder was abruptly removed as West Indies' ODI skipper last year in September with Kieron Pollard being handed the reins of the limited-overs setup.

Although still in charge of the Test side, Holder has admitted feelings of uneasiness over his role in the 50-over unit where his transition from a position of authority to "just a player" has been uneven.

"To be quite honest, it has been tough transitioning back just as a player," he said in the Cricket Collective podcast on TalkSPORT.

"In hindsight, it has been tough trying to understand how to get back in as just a player."

Holder's appointment as the Caribbean side's ODI captain five years ago came under dramatic circumstances when Dwayne Bravo was sacked from the job owing to his long-standing feud with the Cricket West Indies.

Having been given the steep task of steering his side through numerous challenges at a young age, Holder gradually settled into his role and emerged as a worthy leader.

However, West Indies' disappointing 2019 World Cup campaign, which fizzled away into a string of defeats following a promising start, ultimately led to his axing.

The shock decision to relieve him of captaincy duties seems to have taken a toll on his performances as well since Holder has taken just seven wickets in his last 10 ODI outings after the showpiece event in England and Wales.

"Performances obviously haven't been there as I would've probably liked, but I'm not too disheartened," he stated.

"I don't beat myself up. I don't get too worried because I know my ability. I know what I can produce. I just know that an innings is around the corner, a bowling effort is around the corner."

Holder noted his enormous workload across formats over the past 12 months necessitated some time away from the game as he took advantage of the opportunity to be rested for the Ireland series by indulging in self-introspection.

"I felt I needed the break after the India series [in December] particularly, just to refresh.

"I had played every single series in the entire year [in 2019], I played county cricket as well, and my batteries needed a little bit of a recharge."

"Obviously, I needed some time to go and think about how I wanted to go forward as a player and try to work out again how just to be a player as opposed to being the captain."

Holder continues to be ranked as one of West Indies' top pacers in recent times and he is keen on developing the requisite consistency once international cricket returns to normalcy.

"I don't think it's long before you see me getting back to my normal self. I'm very, very confident. I don't think it's a question of my ability. I know my ability. It's just performing and producing."

The 28-year-old also boasts a healthy average for a lower-order batter and commented on the need to bring about a change in his mindset to play enterprising knocks more often.

"As I said the structure and dynamics have changed and based on how things have gone, it is little to no time going in to bat.

"I just have got to find ways to cope and produce in the short stints of batting at the international stage. I will work it out. I am confident it will all fall back into place."