West Indies in India 2013-14 October 29, 2013

'Good chance for WI to move up on Test rankings' - Gayle

Renaldo Matadeen

Chris Gayle said that the forthcoming Test series against India would be vital for West Indies as they try to move up the ICC Test rankings. West Indies, who are currently ranked sixth among Test-playing nations, arrived in India on Monday for two Tests and three ODIs against India and are scheduled to tour New Zealand in December for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is.

"The big occasion for West Indies is a chance to gain points to move to No. 5 on the ICC rankings," Gayle said. "That's our mission. I personally have never made a hundred versus India so I will be looking to rectify that, given my IPL experience also. But you can't discount their talent in players like Sachin [Tendulkar], MS Dhoni and so many more. A few of us are familiar with venues like Kolkata and Mumbai, which host the Tests, and these conditions and pitches usually stay the same."

Apart from IPL helping their players familiarise with Indian conditions, Gayle said the experience that cricketers like Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards gained on the West Indies A tour would be crucial.

Gayle was excited about Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series and said the West Indies side could "spoil the fun and parade". Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month and will play his 200th and last match for India in the second Test in Mumbai.

"Sachin's a legend and we wish him a great farewell and we want him to walk away happily, but not victorious," Gayle joked. "That Test in Mumbai will be fantastic. The atmosphere will be great as they always have a lively crowd. Indian crowds always come out to support cricket and with Sachin, it's going to be even bigger. The West Indies will put on a good show but we're eyeing the series so we may be spoiling the fun and the parade."

Since his last Test against Zimbabwe in March this year, Gayle has played in the IPL and led Jamaica Tallawahs to victory in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, apart from playing for West Indies in the Champions Trophy, a one-day tri-series with India and Sri Lanka and a limited-overs series against Pakistan. He took a break from competitive cricket but is looking forward to the new season and potentially a "turning point" in his career.

"I'm really looking forward to the Tests because I haven't played one in a while," Gayle said. "It's always tough in India, no matter the format, and this is crucial to test ourselves against top-five opposition. It will be difficult to beat India at home for sure.

"We want to start the first Test with a bang and we know what's required to win in India. I hope this series will be a turning point in my career as I get back to the red-ball as opposed to the short-format white ball. India are looking to consolidate their Test spot in the rankings so it will be a very engaging contest," he concluded.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dennis on November 5, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    I think that it is a case of West Indies going out there and playing free since all the pressure is on India to dominate and that leaves a time for india to get complacent. The first 5 in both batting line ups are evenly poised but the bowling is what will make the difference. Thats why I would gave play Sunil Narine along with Shillingford and leave out the fast bowler. That makes it special with Windies playing their best bowler and giving him a chance to redeem himself in tests and bowling at India's best batting side given their current form. I think that india will lose wickets regularly because they will score quickly and leave the burden for the Master to carry. any team that loses more than two wickets per session in the first 3 days loses the match. I dont expect gayle,darren,samuels and Chanderpaul to get complacent. They will bring back the victory and Shame the Indians!

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    west indies want to win india its not easy to beat india in test

  • Rishi on October 30, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Anything coming out of Gayle's mouth is just a joke. In recent times Gayle and BB McCullum (NZ) are the 2 top most slackers. They play one innings of substance once in a year, even those innings are played in some kind of IPL circus, where they even don't know, who they playing against. They have already paid their debts by playing in IPL circus. They might play again when another circus in town otherwise there is no hope for them. I am sad to admit that it was WI team who let another clown Shewag make a double century in ODI. IMO, Gayle should not be included in the WI team.

  • Android on October 29, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Daydreamers not required in cricket.. Winning in India is always tough but he's talking like It's a piece of cake.. Sachin might score triple hundred in this series..

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    There is still a Shiv Chanderpaul in the side. India have always been his Bourda.

  • Android on October 29, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    dhawan,rohit,poojara,sachin,kohli,yuvi/jadeja/ashwin ,dhoni,mishra,zak,bhuvi,mohith/ sami

  • cool on October 29, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    I want YOUR BAT to do all the talking, NOT comments!!!

  • Sean on October 29, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    I don't know what delboy is on about. Gayle is right. This series alone could see West Indies ending up being ranked 4th at the end of it if WI manage to win the series. Even is Australia then somehow whip England 5-0, West Indies would still be ranked 5th afterwards and after the test series with New Zealand in December provided they simply don't lose the series in NZ (as long as they won 2-0 in India). That would leave West Indies ranked between 4th and 5th between the end of November and going into January 2014 until we see the outcome of the Pakistan/Sri Lanka series. If teams did as delboy said then thinking about how they perform in a current series would be pointless and teams would be unable to use the potential for progress in the rankings as a way to set motivational goals during the test matches themselves. Attempting to think about how a team will feature over the next 12 months is crazy since you would also need to think about how the other 9 teams featured too.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    1.Dhawan 2.Pujara 3.Sehwag 4.Tendulkar 5.Kohli 6.Ashwin 7.Dhoni 8.Jadeja 9.Zaheer 10.Bhuvneshwar 11.Shami for tests.

  • Sriram on October 29, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Zak vs Gayle should be a good show, and equally Gayle vs Ishant although in this case its Gayel with upper hand

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