Kingston, Aug 4 (PTI) West Indies' skipper Jason Holder showered accolades rookie Roston Chase for his brilliant 137 that helped them save the second cricket Test against India but at the same time expects him to continue in the same vein throughout the remainder of the series.
"I think credit must be given to Roston to come in his second Test match and play the way he did in these circumstances. Full credit to him and I just hope that he continues in this vein," Holder said at the post-match conference.
The West Indies skipper said that the three partnerships made a lot of difference.
"Partnerships (were the big difference). We got a really good partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase at the beginning of the day, and that set it up for us. It laid the foundation for the entire day."
Talking further about Chase, the skipper said,"It is important for a guy like Roston coming off a top knock like that to continue on in this series. It is even more important that he continue being consistent.
"We have struggled with consistency with both bat and ball and we just need to be more consistent, and that would bring more improvement. He knows that it is just the start and hopefully he can have a long lasting career for the West Indies."
At the same time, he also credited Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich for the important half-centuries they scored and spent valuable time on the pitch with Chase.
"If you watch Blackwood play in Test cricket, he is a free-scoring player who likes to hit the ball over the top of the fast bowlers and likes to keep the scoreboard moving. And in the beginning of this game I told him to be himself, and play the game he knows how to play.
"I was really proud of how he came out and played in the first innings after we lost a few early wickets. He just came out, counter-attacked and played his game, freed up things for us a bit and took the fight to the Indians. And he showed that we can build partnerships," he said.
"Then today, Dowrich came out and played an outstanding knock. Tough luck for him to be given out at that stage, but I thought his partnership with Chase was very crucial. After that, I just came out and maintained the focus, and made sure that I was there at the end," he added.