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'It's going to be Gayle's World Cup' - Sammy

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Colombo

February 16, 2011

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Chris Gayle lashes a boundary during his frenetic innings, Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Cup warm-up match, Colombo, February 15, 2011
Chris Gayle smashed a quickfire 58 against Sri Lanka © AFP
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West Indies expect opener Chris Gayle to be at his destructive best in the World Cup after he gave glimpses of returning to top form in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Gayle raced to 58 off 38 balls, crashing eight fours and a six to set up West Indies' total of 281.

"As I have said it before and I say it again this year it's going to be Chris Gayle's World Cup," West Indies captain Darren Sammy said. "We know how destructive he could be and how tough he could be at the top of the order. We just saw a glimpse of that today. I am sure he will come good in this World Cup."

Despite running up an impressive total, West Indies failed to defend it successfully under lights due to some poor fielding and catching.

"Obviously catches win matches and we all know that. We are working hard towards making the best of the opportunities in the field. We all know how crucial it would be in the World Cup, so we are trying hard on improving ourselves when it comes to catching," Sammy said.

West Indies have been in Sri Lanka for nearly a month getting used to the subcontinent pitches and conditions in preparation for the World Cup. Prior to the warm-ups, they played a three-match ODI series here. "The conditions here have been very good. We got to play two practice games and our preparations have been very useful. Now it's up to us to put the preparations into play," Sammy said.

"I have been maintaining that this tournament is the best possible opportunity for everyone in the squad. I am sure by the time the World Cup starts, we will have our best possible combination in place."

West Indies open their World Cup campaign, taking on South Africa on February 24 in Delhi.

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Comments: 32 
Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (February 17, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

Darren Julius Garvey Sammy looks like a Roman general s name. He looks like a good captain, but his words look like he is a comedian. :).

I am a WI fan for sevaral uyears. Our first target is to reach quarters, let us do that first. Its not only Gayle s world cup, it has to be other 10 mens WC too.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Sammy let the BS away...we need Windies perform like hell this time.. wanna see some positive game...i am a Sri Lankan been supporting Windies right throughout my life...its the glory they had on the game...where is it??? what do you take pride in??? nothing...the players play for their pride and not for the game...bring it back bring it back ..what you'll had and that is the GAME...windies is bigger than cricket...it is something like a religion in cricket....get hell out in the grounds and bring that glory back..................

Posted by   on (February 17, 2011, 16:25 GMT)

WEST INDIES IS THE ONLY TEAM INDIA NEED TO WATCH OUT IN GROUP STAGES..BECAUSE THEY HAVE FEW PLAYERS LIKE GAYLE POLLARD SARWAN CHANDERPAUL BRAVO CAN BE MATCH WINNERS ON THEIR DAY SPECIALLY AGAINST INDIA AND WITH THEIR TIGHT SPIN AND CUTTER BOWLING AND OVERALL IPL EXPERIENCE YES THEY CAN TROUBLE INDIANS....I DONT SEE SA OR ENG OR ANY OTHER TEAM IN THIS GROUP CAN TROUBLE INDIA

Posted by   on (February 17, 2011, 16:18 GMT)

WHERE IS THIS GUY CALLED KIERON POLLARD..I MEAN HE PERFORMS LIKE TRUE CHAMPION IN IPL,ENGLAND T20'S,KFC BIG BASH T20'S,AND CLT20'S BUT FAILS TO DELIVER IN SINGLE INTERNATIONAL GAME????I HAVE RESPECT FOR GAYLE BUT POLLARD IS ALSO GUY TO WATCH OUT FOR IF HE PLAY 50% OF HIS ABILITY'S IN INTERNATIONAL ARENA

Posted by nataraajds on (February 17, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

WI are now underdogs, they have nothing to loose, so the best way is to play positive & attacking game which may take them to surprise semifinal. Gayle & Pollad are the right people for this mission.

Posted by shashika68c on (February 17, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

if he can do it.... 1996-Sanath Jaya , 2011-Cr. Gayle..... i love it

Posted by ARJa on (February 17, 2011, 5:56 GMT)

I think the windies took things step by step. When was the last time they won a one day international? They lost all 5 against RSA and 2 against SL. They struggled against Kenya. The main problem with the team in the last 15 years is that batting, bowling and fielding rarely click together. Sammy's enthusiasm towards the game is admirable. But apart from that he doesn't do much except take up space in the team as his performance is not consistent enough. Pollard himself is showing all signs of going down the road of Ricardo Powell and Dwayne Smith. All rounders that showed potential, but never really performed well enough to survive international cricket. Since their batting and bowling does not have sufficient depth, atleast their fielding should improve. Gayle, Sarwan and Benn who must be a certainty to be in the final 11 are dreadful when the ball is hit either side of them. Add to this the inconsistency of Rampaul, it will take some effor to get pass Bangladesh let alone win.

Posted by 10mostwanted on (February 17, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

Well seeing Gayle at his best is always a sight to see..but I would love to see the youngsters shine also...sad that Barath is injured tho was really looking forward to seeing him perform...ah well lets hope he is in form for the Airtel 20/20

Posted by   on (February 17, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

The West Indies need to have more than one player performing well in any one given inning to enable them to win .This is not a one man show , the opposition is usually fierce at this level and must be countered with a united effort.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2011, 3:09 GMT)

The West Indies team need to have performing well in the same match to enable them to win. This is a team game and not a one man show.

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