About four months ago, Jason Holder earned plaudits from all corners for a special performance. Leading West Indies in the first match after cricket’s coronavirus-forced break, he starred with a six-wicket haul to help his team notch-up a memorable Test victory in England.

That performance took Holder to a career-high ranking of No 2 in the Test bowlers list and helped him retain his spot as the top-ranked all-rounder. His accuracy with the ball and composure with the bat, away from home against a formidable opponent, showed yet again that he was an invaluable asset in the longest format.

And in the Indian Premier League on Friday, Holder showed he can be just as effective in T20 cricket too by serving a reminder of his incredible versatility as a cricketer. The 29-year-old made key contributions with both bat and ball to help Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in the Eliminator.

At this point, it seems baffling to think that Holder wasn’t part of the Sunrisers squad at the start of IPL 2020. He was drafted in after Australia’s Mitchell Marsh injured himself in SRH’s opener and was forced to head back home. But it wasn’t until Hyderabad’s 10th game of the season that Holder finally got to take...

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