I don’t feel any pressure, says skipper Holder after second Test loss against Pakistan

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder has brushed aside suggestions that he is under “pressure” as a result of a series of losses by the regional side on its current tour of the United Arab Emirates.Holder’s declaration was made after West Indies conceded the three-match Test series to Pakistan yesterday on the heels of losing T20 and ODI series as well.Pakistan beat the Caribbean side by 133 runs with one match remaining, to hand them their eighth straight loss on their current tour.”No, I don’t feel any pressure. It is a young and inexperienced squad and it’s going to take time to get the results we are looking for,” Holder told reporters at the post-match news conference.”We have been in a position of inconsistency for the last number of years. So I don’t feel any pressure. I’m here to do a job. At the end of the day, I can only do the best that I possibly can.”Chasing 456 for victory, West Indies, who resumed the final day on 171 for four, were bowled out for 322 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Their 322 was the highest fourth-innings score by a visiting team to United Arab Emirates and the West Indies’ highest fourth-innings score against Pakistan.”We have not been on the better side of result in the recent past and it’s almost a decade we have been struggling,” said Holder.”We have taken steps and try to mend some younger faces into the team. It would take time for them to come in and nourish and develop.”Jermaine Blackwood batted brilliantly on the final day – scoring 95 off 127 balls with 11 boundaries.He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (20) and another 57 for the seventh wicket with wicketkeeper Shai Hope (41).”We have shown signs of improvement. We stretched the last game in Dubai. We have put ourselves into a position to win it, so we are seeing signs of progression, it’s just a matter of consistency here,” he said.”We have some young batsmen who have done well. We have Devendra Bishoo coming in the last game and taking eight wickets. Shannon Gabriel, in this game, five wickets. So we have seen signs of individual brilliance, it’s just a matter of putting together that strong collective effort and seizing the crucial moments of the game to push forward into a win.”The third and final Test between West Indies and Pakistan will be played in Sharjah from Sunday.last_img read more

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Give Max Verstappen a break, says Lewis Hamilton

first_imgLewis Hamilton has hailed Max Verstappen’s stunning success in Formula One and called on those criticising the Dutch teenager’s driving to keep a sense of perspective.”He has grabbed the opportunity with both hands… Firstly, give the guy a break, he is 18 years old. What the heck were any of us doing at 18?” the triple world champion told British reporters at the Italian Grand Prix on Friday.”He has won a grand prix. The pressure on his young shoulders is something most people will not be able to comprehend.”Hamilton, who had a stunning Formula One debut of his own with McLaren in 2007 and on Sunday could become only the third driver to win 50 grands prix, said Verstappen had plenty to learn like any youngster.But he said the man who became the youngest ever race winner in Spain this year on his Red Bull debut, and started on the front row in Belgium last weekend, was clearly an exceptional talent.”I don’t know what I would have been like at 18 on track, but I would have made lots of mistakes,” said Hamilton. “I just see a young, talented kid who just seems to have an enormous amount of raw talent.”At 18, the maturity hasn’t caught up with your ability and that might go faster with some people or slower. Only time will tell.”Verstappen has been a breath of fresh air for the sport since he arrived as a 17-year-old with Toro Rosso last season but his uncompromising attitude and aggressive tactics have caused controversy.advertisementHe arrived in Monza after tangling with both Ferrari drivers and drawing the ire of Kimi Raikkonen after the Finn was forced to brake on the straight at Spa.Hamilton said he had no personal issues with the Dutchman, whose father Jos was also a fierce competitor in Formula One, but had seen some videos of Spa.”The one where he ran Kimi off, that was an interesting one, but thats just him learning. He is a young aggressive driver,” he said, adding that he had witnessed far worse behaviour.”We could all go out there and be reckless. You have to find a balance,” said Hamilton.”I have driven with people in the past where there was a guy in front who was a complete psycho. It was, like ‘What the hell is this guy thinking?”last_img read more

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