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Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

Sammy thanks motivational Gayle

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March 4, 2011

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Chris Gayle shakes hands with Shakib Al Hasan after West Indies' crushing victory, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 4, 2011
Chris Gayle noticed his team was "a bit flat" during the warm-up and gave them a pep talk before the start of the match © Getty Images

When Darren Sammy was named West Indies captain in October last year, one of the few people he received support from was the man he replaced - Chris Gayle, who said at the time: "We are all there to try and guide and help him." Gayle lived up to his word on Friday, giving the West Indies team a pre-match motivational speech and warning that Bangladesh would be up for the game.

Sammy was appreciative of Gayle's contribution. "We were a little flat in the warm-up and he [Gayle] didn't like that, so he encouraged us to go out there and remember Bangladesh would be coming hard at us," Sammy told AFP. "Gayle told us 'do not take Bangladesh lightly'."

West Indies obviously took Gayle seriously, for what followed was a nine-wicket demolition of Bangladesh which lasted just 31.1 overs.

Gayle led West Indies for three years before he was axed, a decision the West Indies board made shortly after Gayle had decided against signing a central contract, thus freeing him to play Twenty20 competitions in other countries even if board commitments had to be compromised. He is, however, still a vital part of West Indies' squad, and Sammy praised his commitment to the team, saying Gayle played even though he was not feeling well.

"It was a brilliant performance by my team-mates," Sammy said. "Chris Gayle wasn't feeling well today but I thought he came out and showed how committed he is to the cause." Sammy, himself, made an important contribution, taking three wickets and a sharp slip catch to remove the dangerous Tamim Iqbal, as West Indies bowled Bangladesh out for 58.

There was not much left for Gayle to do with the bat, but he crossed an important landmark, going past 8,000 one-day runs on his way to an unbeaten 37. Gayle said he was a bit surprised that the match, which had been built up as a crunch tie in Group B, had been such an anti-climax. "I was expecting a bigger occasion than this but having said that the wicket seems to be doing a bit," Gayle said. "Kemar Roach [who took 3 for 19] did a brilliant job and all the bowlers stepped up to the plate. The wicket seems to be doing a bit for the spinners."

The win gives West Indies four points from three games, and Gayle was confident his team was on their way to the knockouts. "This will take us through to quarter-final," he said, but was quick to add: "We can't relax. Ireland, India and England games are coming. I am trying to spend some time in the middle; I was trying to sort things out as quickly as possible and I will try to give the team good starts."

West Indies went into the game ranked lower than Bangladesh in the ICC one-day rankings, and many tipped Bangladesh's home advantage to give them the edge. Sammy, however, said he was always confident it was a winnable game. "We went out there knowing how crucial this game was for us," he said. "We've always fancied ourselves, but it's up to us to go out there and play competitive and consistent cricket." They will now hope to take that consistency into their next game, another crucial one, against Ireland on March 11.


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Posted by Khalid on (March 4, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

Good for WI side that Gayle is an active participant. He is their leader in the club house and with out his enthusiasm, support and motivational speech this team will not go too far. However, keep Gayle out of tweeting, that will take away his focus.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

I am sure Eng, Ind and Ire are afraid of WI right now.

Posted by Pankaj on (March 4, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Well done Team...don't loose the focus for the remaining matches...

Posted by A on (March 4, 2011, 19:15 GMT)

Gayle has always been a terrific player. I have always supported him and enjoyed his game. Unfortunately today his strength went against my own team but he is still one of my all time fav players and wish him and his team all the best! Lets see some of the 6's I know you for next time!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 18:55 GMT)

In the past I had the view that Chris Galye did not understood what it meant to play cricket for the West Indies There are several things that Galye have done which suggested which suggested that he might not have understood what cricket mean to the people of the region. Based on the comments made by Sammy it appears as Galye is now a mature cricket and fully aware of his role in West Indies. All cricket fans in the will welcome this change by the hard hitting opening batsman.

Posted by shawn on (March 4, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

I am truly proud of Sammy for stepping up his game, same goes for Gayle, it makes a huge difference when he tries to spend time in the middle, it shows maturity and commitment to the team and not just himself. Roach is finally bowling like he's supposed to, too bad it took a injured Bravo for that to happen. I expected BD to score at least 200 but they showed that they cannot handle pressure. Another thing, I don't see why people are saying that WI might struggle against England and India because if I recall BD made a healthy score against the Indians and ND made a huge score against England, yet WI walked all over these 2 teams, is WI better than England and India? Probably not at the moment but we surely are a team the big guns should watch out for. I recommend that Chanders and Bravo switch places, and also give Bishoo a chance especially against Ireland so that way he gets some practice in case a spinner gets injured.

Posted by jason on (March 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Never saw what the west indies were so worried about, its a job well done and i am proud of the way they went about there business. wish we had edwards and taylor in as well but Been and Roach are doing a fantastic job. I hope rampaul stays on the bench cuz he is not ready for international cricket.. Go windies

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

congrats sammy,congrats windies,u make us all proudin the caribbean.plese guys keep the spirit moving cause we need to bring the cup home.god luck in the remaining games.bangladesh we are out for destructin the other teams look out we r coming.

Posted by Joel on (March 4, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

Well, Shakib did say this was not a 'must win' game for them. heh..you under estimate the opponent in cricket at your own risk. Talk about being complacent!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

Unnecessary BD prematch hype cost the match. that's all.

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