IPL’s Silent Star

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Jason Holder is one of the best all-rounders in the world of cricket and yet his performances can sometimes go unnoticed. The big, fast West Indies bowler leaves an impact every time he steps onto the field, whether it’s with the ball in his hand or the bat-holder improving his performance each season.

The Indian Premier League is a tournament in which players from all over the world come to participate. Since its inception in 2008, IPL has lived by the motto “where talent meets opportunity” and the statement is very true. Season after season, cricketers from different countries get a chance to showcase their talent and show the world what they are made of. Competing in a tournament like the IPL also requires a lot of skill, talent and mental toughness. The tournament has always had high stakes and with the popularity of the tournament growing every year, the pressure is also increasing. The league’s passionate fans follow every game religiously and can be very critical of players who don’t do well in the tournament.

Successful players gain fans overnight and monopolize all the limelight. They become instant stars and quickly become household names. But there are also exceptions. Some cricketers who continue to do well on a regular basis are often not in the limelight as much as they should be. However, what they get is recognition from cash-rich league teams who realize what these players can bring to the table.

One such player who rose through the ranks in silence is the versatile West Indian fast bowler Jason Holder. The right-arm pacer is one of the few names that rarely makes the purple cap list or is revered by fans. Still, the all-rounder is one of the most efficient players in the Indian Premier League and always delivers for his team when they need it most. He does not end up getting maximum wickets but he will surely take wickets at crucial moments in the game which can play a decisive role in the outcome of the match.

Few people will remember that Jason Holder made his IPL debut in 2013 for the Chennai Super Kings. Chennai buying a twenty two year old bowler tells you a story. The franchise is known for buying players they believe have the ability to do well and can be stuck with for a long time. In MS DhoniIn his leadership style, you usually have the long rope and plenty of opportunities to show your worth. However, Holder in his first season played 6 games for Chennai Super Kings and did not impress much as he only won 2 wickets in IPL 2013. After this season, Jason Holder was released from CSK.

In 2014, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the West Indian for INR 75,000,000. Holder who would have hoped to have a better season the following year could only manage to play one match in the tournament and had only taken one wicket. The following year, he was not part of any team and did not return to the IPL until 2016.

Kolkata Knight Riders bought Jason Holder for INR 70,000,000 in 2016. The Barbadian cricketer who was proving to be an asset to West Indies in international cricket was struggling to qualify for his teams IPL XI. Like previous seasons, he still had only four games to play in 2016 and could only take 2 wickets.

Jason Holder did not feature in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Indian Premier League seasons. He made his comeback in 2020 after being bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 75,000,000. It was the season that turned things around for the versatile player who had matured as a cricketer. In IPL 2020, Jason Holder played 7 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad and scalped 14 wickets. He also did well with the bat as he averaged 33 for his team this season. With such performances, the West Indian has shown why he belongs in the IPL and what he can bring to the table for the franchise he plays.

In 2021, Sunrisers Hyderabad as a team had one of the worst seasons ever, but Jason Holder stood out for the way he played in the tournament. He played 8 matches for SRH and managed to take 16 wickets with a save rate of 7.75 which was his best so far in the tournament.

The Indian Premier League was to change drastically as it was to become a ten team tournament with the addition of Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. Jason Holder’s old franchise didn’t. Sunrisers Hyderabad did not hold him and he was in the bidding pool.

The West Indians’ stock soared in the mega-auction as its base price was set at INR 1.5 crore. Bombay Indians and Chennai Super Kings started bidding for him and both teams fought for him until the price reached 5.25 crore with Chennai having the player. But, Rajasthani Royals came and offered more for him as CSK pulled out.

To challenge Rajasthan, Lucknow Super Giants entered the fray and had the last laugh by buying it for a whopping INR 8.75 crore. Jason Holder is proving to be an asset to the Lucknow franchise as in the six games he has played so far, the point guard has 9 wickets. The captaincy experience he had while playing for his country also comes in handy as he is often seen discussing things with the LSG skipper. KL Rahul at crucial moments in the game.

Jason Holder is the silent star of the Indian Premier League as he contributes in every possible way to the team’s cause once he is on the pitch. He can get those important runs that can help his team cross the finish line or take wickets when they need it most. He is also a good defensive player and his ability to make good catches also adds a lot of value to the field.

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