All-rounder holder arrives at Sunrisers campaign

CHENNAI, India, CMC – Former Test and one-day captain Jason Holder arrived here yesterday for his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the all-silver Indian Premier League, fresh from helping the West Indies make everyone stand in both- Test series against Sri Lanka.

Under the current health protocols of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), the 29-year-old player will now spend seven days in quarantine before being allowed to contact the squad led by Australian opener David Warner.

Sunrisers are challenging Kolkata Knight Riders, who boast fellow Holder players Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in their ranks next Monday.

“Welcomes the big man from the Windies. Svagatam, @ Jaseholder98 !, ”Sunrisers Hyderabad tweeted.

Holder, the world’s leading Test player, proved a revelation for the franchise last season after it was a late call to replace injured Mitchell Marsh of Australia.

The Barbadia grabbed 14 wickets from seven games at an average of 16 and an economy rate of eight.

He was outstanding in the crucial play-off, grabbing three wickets and hitting a late 24-run unbeaten order as Sunrisers stunned Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in Abu Dhabi with two balls remaining.

In relief of Test captaincy just before the series against Sri Lanka, the move did nothing to affect his performances as he featured prominently in all three formats in helping the West Indies win a 2- series. 1 Twenty20 International and the one-day series 3- 0.

In the Test series staged in Antigua, he collected two enterprising half-centuries to finish with an average of 69 and also claimed seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the first Test.

At Sunrisers, Holder will play alongside the likes of New Zealand batting star Kane Williamson, English pair Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow and Afghanistan superstar spinner Rashid Khan.