Abu Dhabi T10 – Jason Holder – “T10 is here to stay, so if you can’t adapt, you will always struggle” – LSB

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Jason Holder, who has already joined the T20 independent cricketers’ league with stints in the CPL, IPL, BBL and SA20, has now added T10 to the list. The West Indies pacer, who represents Army SAMP in the ongoing second edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 Championship, is relishing the challenge of the shorter format of cricket.
Army started the season with a loss to the Northern Warriors, but responded with four straight wins. Holder played crucial roles in three of those wins. First, he bowled a crucial spell of 1 for 8 in two overs against Chennai Braves. Thereafter, he produced back-to-back all-round performances, smashing 29 off ten balls and taking 3 for 12 against the Abu Dhabi team, and a man-of-the-match contribution of 3 for 15 against Delhi Bulls.

Holder made his accomplishments in the latest format look so easy.

“You have to be very clear. Once you are clear, it becomes easier to execute,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “The moment your mind is clouded, execution becomes more difficult. Having a clear mind, being clinical, and just executing your plans is very much about the fine-grained part of the game, and you have to be precise in terms of execution.”

As a bowler, Holder has only two overs to try and make an impact in a T10 match, yet he has been producing results with the ball this season. He says the pressure in T10 is no different to any other format, and he has numbers to show that too.

Holder took eight wickets in five matches, bowling at an average of just 10.12 and an impressive economy of 8.10 runs. In the end, it all boils down to implementation, learning, and making sure to work on his skills.

“You have to enforce your judgment on any given day and make sure you stick to your terms,” he said. “You’re always looking to develop your game; you’re never a complete package. The game keeps moving and evolving. There’s no point in staying stagnant; you have to find ways to keep improving. You have to keep honing your skills, and improving yourself.”

The West Indies, along with the USA, will host the T20 World Cup in about six months. They have 14 more T20Is scheduled before the start of the big tournament – five of them against England at home starting next week – and being a rare West Indies player who currently plays all three formats for his country, Holder believes T10 is a “good challenge” to have.

“It’s still the same skills in cricket. Maybe you’re under a little more pressure in a shortened game, so for sure.” [T10] “It challenges your skills, your temperament and your overall game of cricket. It’s a great game, and I think it’s here to stay. As a cricketer, you just have to adapt to any given situation and circumstances. As a professional, if you can’t adapt, you’ll always struggle,” he said.

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