Gabriel praises team effort, Holder captaincy following win

May 06, 2017
West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel (right) displays the match ball in the West Indies dressing room after he bowled the home team to victory in the second Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Thursday.

BRIDGETOWN (CMC):

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has heaped praise on his teammates and captain Jason Holder, following West Indies' demolition of Pakistan in the second Test here Thursday.

The spearhead of the Windies' attack grabbed five for 11 in a brilliant spell of pace bowling on a wearing track as Pakistan were dismissed for 81 in pursuit of 188 for victory at Kensington Oval, giving the hosts a 106-run win.

Gabriel, who finished with a nine-wicket match haul to earn Man of the Match honours, said the success had been as a result of a collective team effort.

 

Was struggling

 

"I think it was a good performance, a good team effort," the Trinidadian told reporters.

"In the second innings, Shai (Hope) put up his hand and batted although he was struggling [previously], but we always know, as a team, once we got a good lead on a fifth day pitch, things would happen for us."

Gabriel was well supported by seamer Holder, who claimed three wickets in each innings and also gathered a fluent half-century in the first innings.

However, the 29-year-old Gabriel also pointed to Holder's captaincy as key in the success.

"Jason is a good captain. He's learning and improving a lot," he stressed.

"One good thing about him is that he's willing to take advice and try new things, and that's a good thing for the team and for West Indies cricket."

Gabriel said Trinidad and Tobago coach, Kelvin Williams, along with the current West Indies coaching staff, had played key roles in bringing him to this point and he was now relishing the role as leader of the attack.

"It's a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, I still have a job to go out there and do and I am enjoying the challenge, and the guys have been backing me up pretty well, so it's good news for West Indies cricket," he said.

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