He is just twenty-two years old, but Jason Holder is ready to make his mark on West Indies cricket. And for him, his dream is coming true and he is still basking in the glory of making his Test debut against New Zealand at his home ground Kensington Oval last week.
“It is a really good feeling. I looked forward to that moment for a very long time and it is quite fitting that I got to do it in front of my home crowd,” Holder said.
And in his case, it is simply hard work paying off.
“I was working very hard leading up to this moment. I wasn’t playing much cricket for the entire year, I was mainly doing 12th man duties, so I felt really honoured to come into the game and to perform at the level to which I did. I worked constantly in the nets trying to perfect my game,” he added.
The charming self-motivated all-rounder admitted that his strong support system was instrumental in his performance.
“I motivate myself a lot because I know what I want. I set goals and I work really hard towards them, but my family and close friends are my driving force. They really push me; having their support means a lot to me. I also have the strong support of my coach Ezra Mosely,” Holder stated.
And what made the tall, strongly built player’s debut even more special, was the fact that he impressed. He made 52 in the second innings. And although it was in a losing cause, the West Indies player is still very proud of his individual performance.
“It is a very good feeling to have made a half-century on my debut. I have always backed my batting ability and coming in to bat at number seven in an all rounder’s position, I know I had a lot to live up too,” he added.
And now that he has started to realise his dream of playing for the senior regional team, admitting that not much has changed, one thing is on his mind and that is cementing his spot in the team.
“My aim now is to be consistent. After making my debut, it has changed my work ethic. Knowing that I can compete at this level drives me to work even harder to be more successful. Of course I am only human and at times I will make mistakes but I will learn from them and get even better,” he said.
While taking some time to relax after a training session with the Barbados Tridents as they prepare for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League, Holder said that even though the schedule for the rest of the year would be hectic, he was looking forward to it. ”I have been longing for a bit of vacation time but I love to play cricket so I don’t mind. I am looking forward to the CPL and making up for our performance in last year’s semifinal game,” he added.
And Holder is also eager to help the younger cricketers realise their dreams as well. Sitting in the shade on a cool Thursday afternoon watching an ongoing cricket game, Holder proudly admitted that he planned on giving back to the youngsters at some point in time.
“While it may not be in the near future, I care a lot about giving back and that is what I plan to do whenever the time permits,” he promised.