Tendulkar said this on the advent of international cricket after an interlude of 166 days due to coronavirus pandemic. The comeback of the cricket will be marked by the Test series between England and West Indies starting from today i.e., July 8.
During a chat with the West Indies great Brian Lara on 100MB app, Sachin talked about the current West Indies skipper Jason Holder highlighting why he should be considered as one of the most impactful cricketers in this era.
“Jason Holder is the most under-rated all-rounder, because on the field, maybe you will look at Kemar Roach or Shannon Gabriel, but Jason Holder only when you look at the scoreboard, you realise that he has come in and taken three wickets,” Sachin said.
Tendulkar cited the importance of Holder and how he changes the course of the matches with either bat or the bowl. His contribution to the West Indies team has been invaluable from the last few years.
“When he is batting, he has scored those crucial 50-55 runs when it mattered, he is an underrated player but he contributes on a regular basis, he is a terrific player to have in your team,” he added.
During the conversation, Lara also praised Holder’s leadership and also said that he should have been given more time as the skipper of West Indies.
Holder will be see leading West Indies against England in the first test while his counterpart, Ben Stokes will be leading his side as the regular skipper Joe Root has opted out of the match as he awaits the birth of his second child.
The first test will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton under the bio-secure environment and also behind closed doors.