West Indies in India 2011-12 November 4, 2011

Gibson backs fast bowlers to challenge India

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is banking on his pace bowlers to challenge India's strong batting line-up during the three-Test series starting at Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday. West Indies arrived in the country following a short tour of Bangladesh, where they won the Test series 1-0.

Gibson said the team is high on confidence after that win and are suitably warmed-up to subcontinental conditions.

"Over the last six to 12 months our fast bowlers, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy have done well and won us matches," Gibson said. "We know that India obviously will be heavy on spin but we believe in the quality of our fast bowlers.

"We have Fidel bowling quick at the moment and we hope we can cause some problems to the formidable Indian batting line-up. We believe that we have the quality to back ourselves. We know that the ball doesn't swing very long. You need to have added skills and we pay a lot of attention to that. We are skilled enough to reverse it and get wickets as well."

India are playing their first Test series since their poor tour of England where they were whitewashed 4-0. The injury-ravaged team struggled against the fast bowlers, and as a result, lost their No.1 ranking in Tests. Gibson said India were still a formidable side despite their recent setback.

"Against this Indian batting line-up, you probably need to play seven bowlers," Gibson said. "We will look at that over the course of the next few days and work on our combination."

Edwards and legspinner Davendra Bishoo took five-wicket hauls in the second Test against Bangladesh in Mirpur, which the visitors won comfortably by 229 runs. Gibson praised Bishoo's performance in Bangladesh and was confident he would be a threat in India as well.

"Bishoo is a talented bowler and has got 32 wickets in seven games. He never hesitates to ask questions and his capacity for learning is showing. Coming to India, he understands that he can really come into his game in these conditions.

Commenting on India's bowling combination Gibson said felt that India may not feel the absence of offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who was overlooked in favour of the rising R Ashwin.

"Somebody like Harbhajan has taken a lot of wickets and you might look at that (his absence) as a negative but Ashwin has been outstanding in one-day cricket. When a player makes his debut, people tend to think 'oh he may not be ready' but obviously the selectors believe that he is ready and that makes him very dangerous."

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  • on November 6, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    India sent an A/B team to WI and had WI on d backfoot throughout. I expect a serious cutarse will be handed out but i hope the tour brings forth some new stars as WI is barely worth looking at currently. WI cant even half fill a small local stadium. Are we witnessing the final rites for cricket in WI?

  • RandyOZ on November 6, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    India's pop gun attack will get smashed to all parts by Edwards and Chanders. India is gonna come with their tail between their legs to Oz and get resoundly thumped. It won't matter though because the greedy stats hungry dead rubber specialist Sachin will get his hundred and all will be fine.

  • on November 5, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I don't think that Otis was actually contemplating 7 bowlers. I think he meant that it will take a lot of bowling to get India out. Naturally, he hopes to win. But how many of us WI supporters, really expect to beat India in India? Aren't we all looking forward to a decent fight from our team? If they draw all, I'd be happy

  • on November 5, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    I just want to say to all the Gayle, Bravo, Polard and Taylor haters just remember these guys are getting oversea contracts because other clubs see there talents, just like in the sixties ,seventies ,eighties and early nineties most if not all our test players were playing club cricket in England and Australia. Mr Gibson and Mr Clive Lloyd even used the oppertunity to became residents of England. I also want to let Mr Bernard Liburd know that when these young batsman mature like Gayle and company they will be offered oversea contract then what get rid of them because they are not WI. The one thing WICB and there Staff do not have to worrier about is loosing there Captian because he is not good enouhg to go any where.

  • simonviller on November 5, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Is it possible for some of us to change the topic from the bashing of Sammy and Otis ,to something more insightful ? Every day it seems ,that the same people keep saying the same negative ,hateful things about these gentlemen ,while singing the praises of those whom they adore whether they are right or wrong . West Indies are on the right track towards their rebuilding process despite what some of you think ;and regardless of the outcome of the Indian tour ,I still believe this to be true .

  • on November 5, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    As west indies hit the ground in India it is generally expect that India will clap- hand- roti on them. but as is often quoted and highlighted that this is a developing team and I am sure that there are specifics that the team will be targeting as they face India.The West indies knew of the strength of the Indians before they left the Caribbean therefore it is safe to understand that they came to India with a different plan than that for Bangladesh. I think at this stage it is not if India will beat the West indies but for us, is how well west indies play the mighty Indians? how long can west indies occupy the wicket? how focus is the team on its specific session by session strategy? the strength of our bowlers and their understanding of the effective use of the short ball is critical. Every cricket games provides an opportunity for learning from the opposition. At the end of the tour can we measure where we are as it relates to our overall goal of 2013 and 2015

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    West Indies have a better balanced side than India. No way would the West Indies lose 4-0 in England!

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Mathematically, India has to not only win the series but win comprehensively because WI is a low ranked team in ICC rankings table. A loss or draw would be terrible for India and best for WI. India stands to loss more in a loss than WI in a loss. A win for India will give less point gain and a win for WI will give them high point gain because for India a win will be on home turf and for WI the win will be on foreign turf. I think WI can afford to take changes because it has more to gain and less to lose. India has to come full force against the WI. This series may not be very popular in terms of international viewership, but the octcome of the series will have a great impact on international cricket rankings.

  • Nampally on November 5, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Some of the commenters here are sold on pace attack will do the trick.The real attack will come from the leg spinner, Young Bishoo. Pace attack will not work on the Indian pitches unless batsmen make mistakes.If Sehwag gets going, he will demolish the pace bowlers. Only saving feature is Sehwag has not played cricket for a while. So his form is questionable.The pace attack led by Finn (145-150 KPH) failed on the Indian pitches in the recent ODI series. WI does not have a bowler of the calibre of Finn. So you can draw your own conclusions.Gibson should review the Indian pitches before drawing his conclusions that pace will do the trick.He can go with 7 bowlers - who is going to bat? Also do not underestimate the Indian bowling. England did in the recent ODI's and got mauled 5-0.Ashwin, Ojha & Rahul present an excellent trio spinners backed by 2 young fast bowlers capable of bowling at 145 KPH. India also has first 4 batsmen who have scored an average of 55 in last 60 Tests since 2008.

  • king_lion on November 5, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    all the pitches in this series should be relatively quick tracks for indian standards so we can have a better practice to adjust to pace which will be handy for aussie tour.

  • on November 6, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    India sent an A/B team to WI and had WI on d backfoot throughout. I expect a serious cutarse will be handed out but i hope the tour brings forth some new stars as WI is barely worth looking at currently. WI cant even half fill a small local stadium. Are we witnessing the final rites for cricket in WI?

  • RandyOZ on November 6, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    India's pop gun attack will get smashed to all parts by Edwards and Chanders. India is gonna come with their tail between their legs to Oz and get resoundly thumped. It won't matter though because the greedy stats hungry dead rubber specialist Sachin will get his hundred and all will be fine.

  • on November 5, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I don't think that Otis was actually contemplating 7 bowlers. I think he meant that it will take a lot of bowling to get India out. Naturally, he hopes to win. But how many of us WI supporters, really expect to beat India in India? Aren't we all looking forward to a decent fight from our team? If they draw all, I'd be happy

  • on November 5, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    I just want to say to all the Gayle, Bravo, Polard and Taylor haters just remember these guys are getting oversea contracts because other clubs see there talents, just like in the sixties ,seventies ,eighties and early nineties most if not all our test players were playing club cricket in England and Australia. Mr Gibson and Mr Clive Lloyd even used the oppertunity to became residents of England. I also want to let Mr Bernard Liburd know that when these young batsman mature like Gayle and company they will be offered oversea contract then what get rid of them because they are not WI. The one thing WICB and there Staff do not have to worrier about is loosing there Captian because he is not good enouhg to go any where.

  • simonviller on November 5, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Is it possible for some of us to change the topic from the bashing of Sammy and Otis ,to something more insightful ? Every day it seems ,that the same people keep saying the same negative ,hateful things about these gentlemen ,while singing the praises of those whom they adore whether they are right or wrong . West Indies are on the right track towards their rebuilding process despite what some of you think ;and regardless of the outcome of the Indian tour ,I still believe this to be true .

  • on November 5, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    As west indies hit the ground in India it is generally expect that India will clap- hand- roti on them. but as is often quoted and highlighted that this is a developing team and I am sure that there are specifics that the team will be targeting as they face India.The West indies knew of the strength of the Indians before they left the Caribbean therefore it is safe to understand that they came to India with a different plan than that for Bangladesh. I think at this stage it is not if India will beat the West indies but for us, is how well west indies play the mighty Indians? how long can west indies occupy the wicket? how focus is the team on its specific session by session strategy? the strength of our bowlers and their understanding of the effective use of the short ball is critical. Every cricket games provides an opportunity for learning from the opposition. At the end of the tour can we measure where we are as it relates to our overall goal of 2013 and 2015

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    West Indies have a better balanced side than India. No way would the West Indies lose 4-0 in England!

  • SnowSnake on November 5, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    Mathematically, India has to not only win the series but win comprehensively because WI is a low ranked team in ICC rankings table. A loss or draw would be terrible for India and best for WI. India stands to loss more in a loss than WI in a loss. A win for India will give less point gain and a win for WI will give them high point gain because for India a win will be on home turf and for WI the win will be on foreign turf. I think WI can afford to take changes because it has more to gain and less to lose. India has to come full force against the WI. This series may not be very popular in terms of international viewership, but the octcome of the series will have a great impact on international cricket rankings.

  • Nampally on November 5, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Some of the commenters here are sold on pace attack will do the trick.The real attack will come from the leg spinner, Young Bishoo. Pace attack will not work on the Indian pitches unless batsmen make mistakes.If Sehwag gets going, he will demolish the pace bowlers. Only saving feature is Sehwag has not played cricket for a while. So his form is questionable.The pace attack led by Finn (145-150 KPH) failed on the Indian pitches in the recent ODI series. WI does not have a bowler of the calibre of Finn. So you can draw your own conclusions.Gibson should review the Indian pitches before drawing his conclusions that pace will do the trick.He can go with 7 bowlers - who is going to bat? Also do not underestimate the Indian bowling. England did in the recent ODI's and got mauled 5-0.Ashwin, Ojha & Rahul present an excellent trio spinners backed by 2 young fast bowlers capable of bowling at 145 KPH. India also has first 4 batsmen who have scored an average of 55 in last 60 Tests since 2008.

  • king_lion on November 5, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    all the pitches in this series should be relatively quick tracks for indian standards so we can have a better practice to adjust to pace which will be handy for aussie tour.

  • dreamstar on November 5, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    west indies have a huge challenge ahead of them...lets see how this young team has developed, with shiv leading the way....i would have like to see gayle verses tendulkartho.

  • cricarnab on November 5, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Best of luck Windies. Hope you play good cricket and hope this tour acts as a cornerstone to achieving your lost glory!

  • VivGilchrist on November 5, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    1- Stop labeling Gibson a fool- they are playing as a Team. 2- Stop questioning Sammys place. He has taken 50 Test wickets at 29. 3- Stop insisting on Gayle, he said he doesn't care for Test cricket. If he changes his attitude bring him in, otherwise he's toxic. I am by no means sticking up for WICB. 4- Stop insisting on Taylor and Sarwan. I rate both of them but Taylor is injured and Sars form has been terrible. 5- TRINIS, Please Stop smashing this team. You are PART of the West Indies not THE West Indies. You need the other islands and they need you. 6- Rally 'round da West Indies.

  • maddy20 on November 5, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    The coach is forgetting that no attack will be enough to defend a score put up by their batsmen. A team that got bundled out for 62 against Bangladesh does not stand a chance against India.

  • on November 5, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    INDIA must Clean up WEST INDIES 3-0, Anything Less than that West Indies will be Moral Winner .I guess

  • drtrinileggie on November 5, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    FAST BOWLERS YES. MILITARY MEDIUM NO. FIDEL WASN'T THAT QUICK IN BANGLADESH. ROACH HAS NO CONFIDENCE AND NOT DOING ANYTHING WITH THE BALL IN THE AIR OR OFF THE PITCH. AND SAMMY IS A HELP YOURSELF.

    WE GET FOOLED BY BEATING A GLORIED CLUB TEAM.

    I HOPE THE BOWLERS WILL SURPRISE ME.

    AS FOR THE BATTING IF INDIA PLAY THESE QUICKS WE WILL POST VERY GOOD TOTALS. IF THE BALL SPINS NO ONE APART FROM SHIV AND BRAVO WOULD FAIR WELL. @ Randy Beckles i AGREE WITH EVERYTHING APART FROM SHIVS COMMENT, COME ON HE'S HAD TO BAT IN EVERY POSITION WITHOUT SUPPORT USUALLY HAVING TO SAVE GAMES AND HAS SCORED ALMOST 10000 TEST RUNS WITH A VERY HEALTHY AVERAGE HAVING TO STRUGGLE WITH A FLOATING BONE IN HIS FOOT in the early part of his career. I THINK HES OCCUPIED THE CREASE FOR A MUCH LONGER TIME THAN YOUR AVERAGE BLOAK. I wish more WI batsmen had his love for batting and his average. I certainly rate him higher than Than C Hooper.

  • gitapat on November 5, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    I believe that the West Indies pace attack will do an adequate job but the key for them is Bishoo who did well on West Indies pitches and is likely to do better in Indian conditions.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on November 5, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Is Sammy a genuine all-rounder?

    1. Bowling - Only test bowling avg is fine. Poor ODI bowling record 2. Batting- Avg has not gone above 17.. 3. Fielding - Dropped few catches when India conquered WI

    He is not a a pure batsmen or bowler.. Bcoz of Sammy strike bowlers like Rampaul or Fidel Edwards or all-rounder like A. Rusell sitting in the Bench..

    Good thing about Sammy: Good motivator. Just for being a Good motivator, you cant be in the team. You must be a role model for young-stars. But you have to learn batting from L. Simmons, A. Barath & D. Bravo & bowling from K. Roach & D. Bishoo.

    Wicket keeper:

    No need C. Baugh & D. Ramdin - Develop L. Simmons & D. Bravo as wicket keeper.

    Totally 2 positions are been wasted.

    Best Team:

    C.Gayle (AL) L.Simmons WK D.Bravo M.Samuels (AL) DJ.Bravo (AL) S.Chanderpaul K.Pollard (AL) A.Rusell (AL) D.Bishoo F.Edwards R.Rampaul Bench: D.Sammy, S. Benn or S.Narine, A. Barath & K. Edwards or K. Copper There are lot of options for bow& batng,,

  • kasyapm on November 5, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    WI has a good bowling attack. But with India playing at full strength (batting), they should not face much trouble. For me, it is how India's inexperienced attack fares against the WI batting line up is the interesting phase. India does not have a pacer who can really tie up one end (like a Zak or PK), hope Ashwin can grab this opportunity.

  • QingdaoXI on November 5, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    And time has coem to phased out our Senior Players slowly slowly from Test in next 3 years. And New Indian Test team be bild around this players Gambhir, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Pandey, Jadeja, Ashwin, Aaroon, Yadav, Ishant, Unadkat, Nechim, Rahul sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, uttappa,mukund, unmukt chand, baba aparjit, Mandeep Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakant Yadav, Karthik, Goswami, Nabi. Inclusion of Uttappa and Unmukt chand is there to some one to replace shewag in near 3 years.

  • on November 5, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @Radhakrishna Rao. There is no Suresh Raina, for Edwards to bounce out... at least at Kotla.

  • QingdaoXI on November 5, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    In absence of Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, Khan and Sreesanth in West Indies test series India was still strong to west Indies on there soil and now after return of Sehwag, Tendulkar, gambhir and also Yuvraj is good in sub-continent. So it will really a big test of west indies bowler on Indian soil.

  • gazelle79 on November 5, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer , the reason the FTP has home and away series for all countries is so that they can have a "home " advantage in half their series . Why should any team prepare wickets to suit the opposite team at home ? For India to develop a team capable of playing overseas , the process should start in domestic first class cricket . Lets have a few designated "fast "pitches in condusive places like Mohali and Dharamshala and make sure matches like Duleep Trophy and Irani trophy are played there regularly . Players who can handle these should be sent on A team tours abroad to develop further . The best of these should be included in touring parties as additional players to help in the nets and as back up in case of injuries to anyone in the main squad . Over time this will lead to a strong squad capable of playing anywhere . You can't start this process in tests !

  • McGorium on November 5, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    @ insightfulcricketer: What's the point of making grassy tracks? WI don't prepare rank turners when India show up. I could see the point of a grassy track if India's pace attack were good. It makes no sense given the nature of India's fast-bowling stock. A pitch with bounce, sure. Bounce helps everybody: bowlers (fast and slow), batsmen. I can't see why India should make a grassy track and make it heavily dependent on the toss (even grassy tracks in india stop seaming in a day).

  • NRI- on November 5, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Fidel Edwards is as good as any Engalnd bowler but Sammy is not a real test class bowler, just a medium paced container, good for ODIs perhaps. Roach can't do much with the ball by way of swing. Rampaul has improved a lot and Jerome Taylor is classy but is missing for some reason. Bishoo is very good. Gibson just does not understand cricket. India have been stupid enough to include Yuvraj and Ojha ahead of the classy Rohit Sharma (another 175 yesterday) and Jadeja (wow 314!) who will be one day a great allrounder.

  • on November 5, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    this west indies bowling line up is very formidable..and in indian batting line up,we have suresh raina..edwards will get him out in all the first delivery of each innings with a rising delivery..

  • ranjit.sg on November 5, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    @OhMattyMatty: It's one thing to criticize India's pace attack-which i agree is nowhere close to the pace attack that England or SA has- but it's another to make preposterous statements like you are! Are you really a cricket fan, or just someone who hates to see India do well?

  • kriskingle on November 5, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Well, we all can see the qualifier in that statement.."Fidel is bowling quick at the moment.." take him out and the attack is back to the inexperienced one of Roach, Rampaul and Bishoo, though all three are bowling well at the moment. It only takes a small incident to uset the whole balance, and in the past, that straw has been Fidel Edwards' fitness. But all in all, it would be nice to see them coming good in India. For a change, I expect a good series from a young but resurgent Windies and the injured tigers India, with India being challenged but winning emphatically.

  • on November 5, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    we have better bowling aatack..i just hope that dhoni plays with aaron ,yadav,ishant,ashwin,yuvraj ..against wi yuvraj can be more than good bowler..but looking ahead vs australia we have to give chances to young quicks so after zak or pk return 1 of them will be out so lets know who is better at test level..aaron looks better when it comes to odi...what u say guy???????????

  • on November 5, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    "West Indies had a short tour in bangladesh"? It was not a just 2 test series tour,there was a 3 match odi series where they won 2-1 and lost only T20 to bangladesh. They were bowled out at only 61 and lost by 8 wickets in third odi and also bangladesh were upperhand in chittagong test but two full days' play were washed out.

  • on November 5, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    "West Indies had a short tour in bangladesh"? It was not a just 2 test series tour,there was a 3 match odi series where they won 2-1 and lost only T20 to bangladesh. They were bowled out at only 61 and lost by 8 wickets in third odi and also bangladesh were upperhand in chittagong test but two full days' play were washed out.

  • on November 5, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @Oh MattyMattty - who are you?

  • ManasiK on November 5, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I am just waiting for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th International century and India will regain its no.1 position. Best of Luck India!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 5, 2011, 1:56 GMT

    I think the Windies bowling is better than the Indian bowling. I mean, definitely better on paper. They have oodles of talent, sufficient experience and success already. The onething that goes against India's bowling is experience, in comparison to their Windies counterparts. So, let's see what comes out of this contest between the Indian bowlers and the Windies batsmen. I'm really thrilled that our inexperienced but talented bowlers will be pitched against the likes of Darren Bravo, Samuels, Shiv, Kirk and Barath. Can't wait for the series to begin. Good luck to both the teams. Play hard and fair. I hope their bowlers can take a couple of early Indian wickets and unsettle our middle-order. We should have a lovely contest on hands. What a game this is! The battle can be won by any team, irrespective of the rankings, if just some little things here and there go in your favour. I especially wish this Windies team the very best. They need some success. Cricket badly needs them to succeed.

  • on November 5, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    West Indies usally take the first five wickets quickly . The trick is to slice thru the rest of the batting line-up. West Indies can develop the instincts to go right through the batting. This will be a real Test Series. Test to see if West Indies have really improved and are on the Up. Test for India to see id they have it . The first team to blink will be under the gun. I want West Indies to win.

  • insightfulcricketer on November 5, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    I sincerely hope BCCI puts at least 2 out of 3 games on hard wickets with grass on it. Lets see how this Indian team plays on those conditions. If they cannot have the strong hewill art to play on those conditions at home they will never outside. This West Indies team looks a lot stonger bowling team thant the recent past but it is its batting which will decide the series. So hoping for exciting cricket in next few weeks.

  • on November 5, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Here goes the big mouth Gibson after a win against lowly rated Bangladesh.Rampal,Edwards,Roach and Sammy won us matches????what nonsenseis he talking?sammy should not be in the test team but Russel and Bissoo name was not mentioned.This guy is not fit to be the coach and Sammy should be out and Russel in to strengten the bowling.Gibson is still dreaming and seems like he is in a different world.

  • Meety on November 5, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how the WIndies go in this series. In theory they should get hammered 3 nil. I think anything less than that would be (from an Ozzy point of view) sub-par. Everything I think will rest upon Chanderpaul. If he has a massive series (he can do it), there maybe a bit of batting pressure on India, I think Samuels could be a smokey for the WIndies. The pace attack has great potential to dent India's batting line up at least once in the series, but I'm not sure they can do it twice in the one test. Bishoo will be handy, (massive test for the young talent). If Taylor had been playing I would of rated the Indies a genuine chance. For India, the reality is they should win & win well. If they want to put pressure back on England for the #1 spot, nothing short of 3nil will be acceptable. So there will be a lot of pressure on India to reverse their last Test series performance. Gayle's experience in India would of been massive!

  • playitstraight on November 4, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    Well WI have a good attack, no doubt, but do they have the class of Anderson, Broad, Tremlett or Bresnan to take 20 of India's wickets? That too, on our home pitch? They have a fine spinner who has taken 32 wickets in 7 matches, but Indian batsmen like SRT, The Great Wall and The Very Very Special Man are known for playing spin, which is why they are called "the big three". India, on the other hand, have the upper advantage by a far distance, even though Bhajji is not playing. Ashwin can turn the ball fairly well, I'm sure he'll get turn and bounce. Even without Zaheer, the Indian attack has the potential to take 20 of WI's wickets on our home pitch. PK, Ishant and Aaron have pace and swing. Hopefully, this is going to be an exciting series! Good luck India!!!

  • samincolumbia on November 4, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Zaid - Keep hoping, mate! Just like you hope that your team with 'fast' bowlers will actually beat India in a World cup match!!

  • samincolumbia on November 4, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Yes Matty...the same West Indies that obliterated the bestest team in the world for 51 runs in a test!! LOL.

  • LabMan on November 4, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @Beckles Lets look at the two players in question. Sarwan has plateaued. He has not made any significant contributions to WI cricket for years now. He's performed in the past when the WI was still fairly strong. Now it has weakened significantly he's lost the will to the fight. Gayle. No doubt a tremendous talent in all forms of the game but it is public knowledge that the interest for test cricket is not there. His disciplinary issues are well publicized. I would love to have him back in the team but he needs to check his attitude and set examples for the younger guys. This new team has brought back what we all want in the WI the will to win. They have the talent not the experience yet. Give them a chance. Lets forget the insularity and look at facts, under Gibson and Sammy compared to other leaders in the recent past that is Sarwan and Gayle, who is more successfull? I hope Gayle sorts himself out but in the mean time This team is doing pretty well. Go WI

  • PaddyRasta on November 4, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    I hope Gibson's comment about needing more bowlers is not serious. Just because the batsmen stood up vs Bangladesh does not mean the batting problem has been solved. Fielding another specialist bowler will not guarantee 20 wickets, but the batting line-up is still fragile and requires the depth of 6 specialist batsmen and WK. I believe though that this talented team can prevail with a positive mindset, focus and determination.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 4, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    @OhMattyMatty, dream on, if that makes you feel better.

  • Precioustar84 on November 4, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    One good thing in this tour will be that both India with some of their new players will be challenged for good and WI will fight much better than England ever did in India. No matter who wins, it won't be a one-sided affair at least. Best of luck Team India!! :)

  • Nampally on November 4, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    WI has a good young side. Their bowling is strong with Bishoo doing well in the spin department & Fast bowlers Fidel & Rampaul in the pace. Bravo is their main batsmen apart from Edwards. Bishoo has bowled very well in WI and in B/Desh pitches. So he will be the bowler to watch.However absence of Dwayne Bravo & Gayle will be felt because both these guys know the Indian conditions well.Gibson mentions about the powerful Indian batting will be countered with 7 bowlers including 4 fast bowlers. England tried it in the recent ODI's. Only Finn had a measure of succes. But Fab 3 + Sehwag were missing from the batting line up. Also Sachin is searching for his 100th century. So it is different batting line up to ODI ones - only Gambhir & Dhoni are from that group.However the boweling line up is similar. For getting 20 Wkts. it may be necessary for India to go with 5 specialist bowlers which may include 3 spinners knowing WI strength against Pace.It promises to be an interesting series.

  • yocasi on November 4, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Let's forgive Randy Beckles. It's not nice to come down on people who are grey matter-challenged.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 4, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Mr. Beckles, please get a reality check.

  • trinibay on November 4, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Gibson is a fool. Playing seven bowlers..yeah..Sammy is only medium pace..On the slow indian wickwets the Indain btsmen will chew him up and spit him out.. SInce Gibson took over check Raoch,s record..this kid was fast and promising..what happened to him?

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on November 4, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    West Indies will bat for 3 days against a nothing attack and the pressure will destroy India's batsmen.

  • on November 4, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    seems like the WI team is Chris Gayle!! 11 players on a team..some of you guys keep mentioning Sarwan..i don't think you even know what is going on with him ..Sarwan is not even Fit, if he is not fit to play for Guyana, you think it's fair to just pick him in WI team? Jerome Taylor same thing...did not even represent Jamaica in recent tournament and people are saying he should be in the team. we got to get away from these thoughts about only players from my country should play. most jamaican's think that all jamaicans should be the team...trini's think same way ...this our problem. then WI will never have a team. look at the present situation...we have a young team playing like they want to win....a year ago it was we lost and it's ok. 15 months we did not win a game against a top team..now we beat pakinstan 2wice, india...and so are we going forward or we not?? wake up selfish people

  • on November 4, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Darren sammy a fast bowler.... Wow!

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 4, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Otis Gibson has to be reasonable in his hopes for the WI team. The fact is ANY team will struggle to beat India IN India. England found that out very well in the recently concluded ODI series. So it won't be a close series by any means and even the most die hard West Indians will know that. What this WI team can do however is put up an effort to take the test matches at least into the 4th day. The WI bowlers look decent no doubt but they won't be any trouble to seasoned veterans like Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Laxman. Bishoo will love the conditions and I think he's a wonderful talent. He can also field well and bat a bit. So REALISTICALLY, the WI team should take this tour as a learning tour and nothing more. The one day series could be the same story but then again limited overs cricket cannot be predicted until after the last ball is bowled. So good luck WI and welcome to a LEARNING tour of India. Peace.

  • on November 4, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    This is the time to Gibson to cry. You go out of WI team. They are greatest team

  • on November 4, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    we are stuck with sammy for now.i hope the young kids continue to grow and flourish,bishoo will turn out to be a very dangerous leggie and will cause problems for india. i hope WI has gayle for the limited overs but ego will porevail and that will not happen which is a loss for west indies. the team will improve but baugh is a poor keeper against spin and that will hurt bishoo,i hope the selectors realise that

  • sheshashayana on November 4, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    West Indies never lost a test series for 15 years.. Now, I think it takes another 15 years for them to start winning against top teams.

  • on November 4, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Not including Chris Gayle into the squad, the most dangerous batsman on the planet because of a difference of opinion is not only insanity, it is an insite into the self-centeredness of W.I. cricket management.

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 4, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Sorry Mr.Gibson, you won't have much luck here......

  • cricchic on November 4, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    As much as I would like to see the best Eleven (11) players out there on this tour. I have a feeling that we all in for a Surprise at the end of this tour... W.I have certainly showed some discipline in both bowling and batting...Good luck to the W.I Team...

  • AceB on November 4, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Good luck West Indies . India at home will not be easy but this West Indies team will compete. @ Randy .. so you think Shiv is an unachiever ? And WI lucky Bishoo took five wickets . If you are correct I guess they lucky Fidel took five in the 1st inning . Lucky that Bravo and Edwards scored hundreds , in fact they lucky rain didn't fall as well . GO WI what ever the outcome .

  • 1st_april on November 4, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    India will win 3-0.....that old record of "win by innings and 579 runs" will be shattered....

  • on November 4, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Zaid man either you are certain or hopefull. I dont think you be hopefully be certain or the other way

  • xylo on November 4, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    gee... Gibson did not speak about Sachin's hundredth 100 :-p

  • abiindia on November 4, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @Gibson @Zaid @Chris IND 3 - WI 0

  • maddinson on November 4, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    WI bowling attack look better than Indian bowling attack

  • on November 4, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Beckles ..it's people opinion like yours that have our cricket the way it is today. how could you call the coach a fool? under this coach and this captain we have the best record in 10 years...you seem to have a big beef with darren sammy. but since you are not quite awake, here are a few things to open your eyes: Sarwan is NOT fit...he could not even play for Guyana in the recent concluded tournament..Gayle is not WI..he is a player and if we center our cricket around Gayle we will never be moving forward..he have all these contracts with other teams, which is ok for his livelehood..but he can't be committed to WI if he can jump and go anywhere whenever he feels like and when WI needs him it's at his choice. Bravo, Edwards,Samuels, Chanderpaul are these guys not performing? but like you and others who just want to see Gayle bat for 2 overs hit couple of sixes and go back and sit. if he was in team no one knows if he would do well..in ipl dhoni said "no pace" how will he score?

  • on November 4, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Good luck WI, India is hard team but if you play with the right spirits, I am sure you will have a great time! India will be looking to make a strong comeback into test cricket and with many new faces! This will be a great Series! Go India!!!

  • on November 4, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Gibson is a fool. Instead of building WI team he is destroying it. WI lucky Bishoo took five wickets to help them beat Bangladesh. Bishoo, Darren and Edwards (batsman) are good young prospects for WI. But they need senior players like Gayle and Sarwan. Chanderpaul is on his way out and is an unacheiver to an extent.WI have a joker for a captain, and players who shouldn't be in the eleven playing on a regular basis. How can u build on that. U can build chaos.If this continues we will be a mediocure team for the next ten years and it will be another 50 years before we see another Lara.

  • on November 4, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    West will do very well in India, I wish Gayle was in the squad for India... wish he could be in the ODI squad... The Indians will fear his dagerous batting!!

  • on November 4, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    He;s right windies bowlers gonna run all over india and tht is certain, well hopefully

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  • on November 4, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    He;s right windies bowlers gonna run all over india and tht is certain, well hopefully

  • on November 4, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    West will do very well in India, I wish Gayle was in the squad for India... wish he could be in the ODI squad... The Indians will fear his dagerous batting!!

  • on November 4, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Gibson is a fool. Instead of building WI team he is destroying it. WI lucky Bishoo took five wickets to help them beat Bangladesh. Bishoo, Darren and Edwards (batsman) are good young prospects for WI. But they need senior players like Gayle and Sarwan. Chanderpaul is on his way out and is an unacheiver to an extent.WI have a joker for a captain, and players who shouldn't be in the eleven playing on a regular basis. How can u build on that. U can build chaos.If this continues we will be a mediocure team for the next ten years and it will be another 50 years before we see another Lara.

  • on November 4, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Good luck WI, India is hard team but if you play with the right spirits, I am sure you will have a great time! India will be looking to make a strong comeback into test cricket and with many new faces! This will be a great Series! Go India!!!

  • on November 4, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Beckles ..it's people opinion like yours that have our cricket the way it is today. how could you call the coach a fool? under this coach and this captain we have the best record in 10 years...you seem to have a big beef with darren sammy. but since you are not quite awake, here are a few things to open your eyes: Sarwan is NOT fit...he could not even play for Guyana in the recent concluded tournament..Gayle is not WI..he is a player and if we center our cricket around Gayle we will never be moving forward..he have all these contracts with other teams, which is ok for his livelehood..but he can't be committed to WI if he can jump and go anywhere whenever he feels like and when WI needs him it's at his choice. Bravo, Edwards,Samuels, Chanderpaul are these guys not performing? but like you and others who just want to see Gayle bat for 2 overs hit couple of sixes and go back and sit. if he was in team no one knows if he would do well..in ipl dhoni said "no pace" how will he score?

  • maddinson on November 4, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    WI bowling attack look better than Indian bowling attack

  • abiindia on November 4, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    @Gibson @Zaid @Chris IND 3 - WI 0

  • xylo on November 4, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    gee... Gibson did not speak about Sachin's hundredth 100 :-p

  • on November 4, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Zaid man either you are certain or hopefull. I dont think you be hopefully be certain or the other way

  • 1st_april on November 4, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    India will win 3-0.....that old record of "win by innings and 579 runs" will be shattered....