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England vs West Indies First Test: Virat Kohli praises West Indies team, Jason Holder celebrates victory!

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Though previously it was speculated that the West Indies team was a team of massive underdogs but the Caribbean players showed a brilliant performance against England. Jermaine Blackwood’s superb score of 95 and Shannon Gabriel’s performance with the ball set up the base for the Indies’ win. The cricket fraternity along with the Indian captain Virat Kohli praises the West Indies team after their victory.

Virat took to Twitter and admired the team’s performance. He wrote: “Wow @windiescricket what a win. Top display of test cricket.”

In the first match of the England vs West Indies Test series, the Indies were set a 200-run target to win by the hosts. They left reeling at 27-3 all thanks to Jofra Archer’s early double strike. 

The historic single by Campbell made the score 1-0 in favor of the Indies.
Campbell took the single and helped the West Indies win the first match of the series

The Highlights

Blackwood played terrifically and made 95 but had to leave the pitch with the team needing 11 runs to win. 

John Campbell, who was previously hurt in his toe by Archer’s ball had to come back to the pitch to play the winning runs. 

Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, praised his team and their brilliant showcase of talent after Virat Kohli praises West Indies. He said it the best day he has had in Test cricket. Check out the full scorecard.

“Yesterday’s effort was by far the best effort I’ve seen from this group. And not only the bowlers – the fielders kept running around, getting through the overs, and we all kept our energy upright throughout the day,” Holder said in the post-match media interaction.

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Jason Holder, calls it the best day of his Test career, celebrates victory.
The West Indies captain, Jason Holder took a six wickets haul in the match

“…the reason I say that it was the best day for me is down to the fact that every single time I asked for effort from those bowlers, no one said: no, I can’t, I’m too tired. They just all kept running in.

Jason also said that it was a great opportunity for them as England’s captain Joey Roots was not there. Roots was spending time with his family and just had his second child. 

Holder got emotional

“At that stage when Stokesy (Ben) and Zak [Crawley] were batting, the game started to look a little bit less likely for us to win. We knew we couldn’t lose – we backed ourselves not to lose – but we wanted to win the game, and we knew how important it was for us to win,” he added.

The West Indies captain also talked about the team’s past when they were going through a dark phase and did not win any match. 

“We’ve had so many dark days in the past that we understand moments in the game that we need to seize. If we wanted to win the game, we had to break the partnership. I was fortunate to come on and to get Stokesy out, then Alzarri got Zak caught-and-bowled and that was a very sharp chance.”

“When those two wickets fell, I knew we were in for something special, but it was just a case of us executing again. Then we got Jos (Buttler) and at the very end we were able to get Dom Bess who was a little bit annoying in the first innings.”

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“In the past, we haven’t started series well and we’ve always had to play catch-up. England missing Root was a big miss (because) he’s a high-quality player. We thought it was an opportunity to really get into their inexperienced batting line-up.

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The Indies’ captain praised his team

“It’s a massive, massive win. To beat England in England is no easy feat. We were able to do it last time we were here in 2017 (but lost series 1-2) so we all know what the feeling is like but things have changed drastically since then.

“They’re a massive unit in their backyard so to start the series this well is very promising for us and we feel proud about the way we performed,” he added. 

The team is set to play two more matches against England. West Indies have not won any Test series against England for 32 years.

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