West Indies news October 10, 2012

Players came together for one cause - Gibson

ESPNcricinfo staff

A delighted Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, said being able to call the team world champions was an "amazing feeling". Gibson, who took over as the coach in 2010, attributed the success to the hard work put in by their talented group of players who all came together with the belief that they could win the tournament.

"We had difficult periods [in the last two years], but we had signs of progress," Gibson said. "If you look at the talent that we have, specially in this format, the power of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, the experience of Dwayne Bravo, the brilliance of Sunil Narine, the accuracy of Ravi Rampaul, the way the captain led, it was always the case of if we can harness all that talent and put it in the right direction."

West Indies have not been able to field their strongest side in the recent past because of various disputes but came into the tournament as one of the contenders and lived up to their promise by winning the World T20 title.

"It is an amazing thing when players come together for one cause. They all believed in the cause, they all believed that they could win the world cup when we left."

West Indies' win against Sri Lanka in the final gave them their first world title since 1979 and their first major trophy since 2004. Gibson said that there are lessons to be learnt from the long wait for a major trophy.

"Clive Lloyd led [the team] to wins in two World Cups and to the final of the third, [they were] great feats. Then for the suffering that has gone on since then and for the last 20 years, to be able to come and lift the trophy, to stay the course, and to ride out the tough times, it is amazing. It shows that if all the talent in the region sticks together, there is more success like this round the corner."

The West Indies team has showed constant signs of progress under the leadership of Darren Sammy who's place in the team has always been questioned. Gibson, who has forged a solid partnership with the captain, reserved special praise for him.

"The captain is always going to be under pressure, so is the coach," he said. "Sammy stayed calm and true to himself with all the stuff going around and focused on cricket. He didn't get a chance to perform any great heroics, but he led the team very well. He led the team to victory.

"The team itself followed him, were happy to be led by him, they took directions from him. At the end of the day, it is not about one person, it is about 15 players and 9 management people who left home together to go and win the world cup."

However, Gibson was disappointed about not being able to celebrate the win back home with the fans as a number of players are playing in the Champions League T20 in South Africa. Although, he didn't get to spend much time with the players after the win, he advised them to reflect on the role they played in the win and emphasised that West Indies could be a stronger force if they stayed together as a team.

The focus will soon shift from T20s to Test cricket, the pinnacle of cricket according to Gibson, when West Indies tour Bangladesh to play two Tests in November.

"Test cricket is still the pinnacle for me. There were lot of players who didn't get an opportunity in this T20 World Cup, who are looking forward to playing in the two test matches in Bangladesh."

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  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    congrates w.i.I think these couple of years are very important for W.I. cricket, and i think Gibson and Sammy must be continue on their jobs. plz give a chance to taylor aswell to come back in this tilented side. well done W.I. guys we want to see you on top.

  • Glyne on October 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    How come you guys only miss Gayle from the picture? Samuels, Darran Bravo and Fidel Edwards is not in the picture either. After the party that was expected, I am surprised that more guys aren't missing from the photo. It is expected that a few would have bloodshot eyes and might have been tipping over a bit. Congrats Guys!!

  • Peter on October 10, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    I am very pleased that the West Indies won this tournament. It was a great team effort, but one player was missing. Where oh where was Mr Taylor???

  • Robin on October 10, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Unless my eyes decieve me, Samuels isn't in the picture either. Unless they had other commitments, probably partied too hard and was unable to turn up for the photo-shoot, who knows?...Now to work on the other formats. The 50-over version will feature heavily with the Champions Trophy in England next year and most importantly, test cricket. Sammy's presence in the test match team still compromises the balance, with the dilemma being, does he move up to bat six and be a batting allrounder and play a extra bowler (on a flat batting pitch) or have it the way they've been playing test matches with Sammy as the first-change medium-pacer/lower order bat, with a extra batsman at six?

  • mahendra on October 10, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    so are we now playing against bangladesh every year?

  • Prashan on October 10, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @Chets007 exactly! Where is Mr Gayle? Anyway I am glad for West Indies. Remember Sammy you are my favorite cricketer and please try to excel in test cricket as that must be your ultimate aim.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Didn't we go to Bangladesh last year to play two matches?..i thought we were due a tour to South Africa, New Zealand or Pakistan (UAE). The key to success is not just about having the top-draw players to perform, of course that's a part of it, but having a team-united makes all the difference. We've had great talent since the 'fire in babylon' era, but have under-achieved horribly as a team. We've slid down the rankings throughout the late 90s and 00s. With the exceptions of great achievements such as Curtly & Courtney, Brian Lara, the dogged resistance of Chanderpaul and that against-all-odds win in the Champions Trophy in 2004, there's not alot to talk about West Indies Cricket since the mid-90s. So for the team to rally together the way they did and win the T-20 World Cup was a gratifying experience indeed. Let's hope the hard work and good progress continues.

  • Chetan on October 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Great Feat but why is Gayle missing out from the frame in the pic embedded in the article.

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