India v West Indies, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam November 23, 2013

Gibson wants better execution from WI as Gayle sidelined

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West Indies opener Chris Gayle will miss the remainder of the India ODIs, as well as the upcoming Tests in New Zealand, due to the hamstring injury he picked up in Kochi. He will need three to four weeks to regain full fitness, the West Indies physiotherapist confirmed.

"Chris is returning to the Caribbean for injury management and subsequent physical rehabilitation," CJ Clark, the West Indies physio, said. "He will be assessed continuously over the period with a view for him to be fit for the five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in New Zealand."

West Indies will not send a replacement player for Gayle to India, but Kraigg Brathwaite will take his place in the squad for the New Zealand Tests.

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said losing Gayle was a major setback for the side as they tried to come back from a 0-1 deficit to win the three-match series against India. "He is our best batsman in this format," Gibson said. "He is one of the senior players in the team and one of the players that know Indian conditions quite well. But I will always try to look at the positive and it gives an opportunity for somebody else to make a name for himself."

Gibson said the team's overall showing in ODIs, recently, was disappointing. "It's frustrating because we sit as a team and we have targets about where we want to be at 10 overs, 20 overs, 30 overs, 40 overs, not only in terms of runs, but also wickets lost," he said. "At every stage, we are way ahead of our targets or on-par with where we want to be [but] we have lost one or two wickets too many.

"In the last 10 overs, it's then left to the bowlers to negotiate and this has been something that has been happening for the last few series we have played and it makes it tough on the team."

West Indies have won only seven of 21 ODIs in 2013, of which three victories have come against Zimbabwe. Going into the must-win game in Visakhapatnam, Gibson said he used the free day on the eve of the match - rain forced practice to be abandoned - to have a word with his players individually. "I have been going around having one-on-one discussions with certain players about certain situations in which they find themselves during matches and discuss how perhaps they can do things better when they find themselves in those situations."

The team, he said, had once again let things slip in Kochi, after being in a decent position. "Judging from the series that India recently played at home against Australia, we know that 211 is not really going to be a competitive total. We had a platform to put 280 on the board. We do not know if that would have been enough, but at least it would have been a decent total, that didn't happen.

"When we bowled, we were able to create some pressure, but we could not sustain for a long enough period and the total we had was not enough. It's frustrating because the guys are working hard and we have what I consider to be solid plans, but we are not executing those plans well enough."

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  • on November 26, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Its hard to note that Chris Gayle Windies best ODI batsman is out of the side now and out of form. At least he is still more worthy of his spot on the team than Darren Sammy and Densih Ramdin who is blocking the number 6 n 7 spots for a more improved younger talents to come in. Gayle has set a high standard for himself thats y we all want to see him score a centry every match but that's impossible. It was him and Samuels that stared the team for the T20 world cup and Sammy pocketed the praise. Sammy has done nothing to help West Indies in tests and never comes under the spot light of the Coach and critics and plays game after games, but if Gayle dont score in a series every one wants him to be dropped. He has the MOST ODI CENTRIES for west indies and is a better bowler than Sammy. I agree that the and Samuels step up but y call for his head from the Side when the Captain shouldn't be included in the squad in the 1st place

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 25, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Like I said W.I would do better without Gayle and Powell who should be playing regardless will do well (the best technique/young Talent)and he he did do well before the ball change which caught him off guard. The other problem is Marlon Samuels an erratic unreliable batsman occupying the important no3 position I know he had good few knocks in the Uk last yr but he's looking like Courtney Walsh 70 percent of the time other than the odd offdrive flourish, I think it's time Kirk Edwards is given a run in the side. Darren Bravo looked good but showed his usual lack of concentration / maturity I hope Gibson told him if he ever plays that fall away nothing shot v the spinner regardless of outcome he will be dropped, why a guy who drives so beautifully and has good footwork is doing that stupid shot only himself will no (havin been dropped twice of it and then out the 3rd time I hope he knows to retire that if he wants a future in cricket) continued . . .

  • cricketdebator on November 24, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Chan1966@....Well written. I agree with you whole heartedly.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on November 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Good! I hope when Gayle comes back he is only picked for T20s and ODIs.

  • Chan1966 on November 24, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    That's great...!!!! Gayle. please stay at home for the rest of the life. That injury gave Windies their first win in the series after losing terribly in the test series. Windies won today's game without you and simmons played a big role in this crucial win. Gayle, Samuels, Ramdin and some of the guys in the team should be dropped after this series. Let Simmons and Powel to open the innings in teat matches should be followed by Bravo, ever reliable Chanders, L.Jhonson,either Bravo or Samuels (if he won't drop) or Kirk Edwards.....Rampual and Roach should open the bowling with Jason Holder, Shillingford and any wicket keeper other than Ramdin.

  • delboy on November 24, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Go Simmo do not think like Gayle, Russell, Roach or Samuels; those franchise owners who are watching will offer you a very lucrative contract at the end of this series. If you do not let Sammy outscore you , you can get a century.

  • delboy on November 24, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Gayle has done WI cricket a huge favour. I hope he recovers in time to honour his personnal contracts.

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    India winning 3-0 as Gayle is out...

  • chechong0114 on November 24, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    In as much as West Indies cricket is in a very hopeless state right now I really dont think there is much more that Gibson can do but try to motivate his players as much as possible and thats what he is doing. He must be commended and given credit for that. I also dont think he is that bad a coach especially considering the fact that WI did win the T20 world cup in Sri Lanka with him as coach and just might end up winning the upcomig tournament in Bangladesh as well. The Caribbean is just unable to produce quality players at the longer versions of the game and I dont know if they will ever be able to. When one considers how long the team has been in a slump they have tried everything including the kitchen sink and still no change. Things have gotten way to bad for too long and it will take a miracle for it to get better and thats just the truth.

  • on November 24, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Personally, In my opinion, I think that this ODI series will be swept by India because India as been in magnificent form in ODI. Really, In the India vs Australia series, India scored 326 runs per game with an economy of 6.76 and with only playing 48.3 overs per game. Also with losing only 6 wickets per game. India also scored those runs against the DANGEROUS Australian bowling attack which included the TOP FORM bowlers Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, and Clint Mckay. So, I think India should have NO PROBLEM scoring at least 300 runs against this not so TOP FORM West Indies bowling attack which includes, THE DANGEROUS Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, and THE STRUGGLING Darren Sammy. Also, West Indies have scored at a average of 212 runs per game with and economy of 4.43 and with only playing 48 over and also losing 8 wickets per match in their last 5 ODI games before this series against Pakistan. So, I easily think we are going to sweep West Indies 3-0 in this series.

  • on November 26, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Its hard to note that Chris Gayle Windies best ODI batsman is out of the side now and out of form. At least he is still more worthy of his spot on the team than Darren Sammy and Densih Ramdin who is blocking the number 6 n 7 spots for a more improved younger talents to come in. Gayle has set a high standard for himself thats y we all want to see him score a centry every match but that's impossible. It was him and Samuels that stared the team for the T20 world cup and Sammy pocketed the praise. Sammy has done nothing to help West Indies in tests and never comes under the spot light of the Coach and critics and plays game after games, but if Gayle dont score in a series every one wants him to be dropped. He has the MOST ODI CENTRIES for west indies and is a better bowler than Sammy. I agree that the and Samuels step up but y call for his head from the Side when the Captain shouldn't be included in the squad in the 1st place

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 25, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Like I said W.I would do better without Gayle and Powell who should be playing regardless will do well (the best technique/young Talent)and he he did do well before the ball change which caught him off guard. The other problem is Marlon Samuels an erratic unreliable batsman occupying the important no3 position I know he had good few knocks in the Uk last yr but he's looking like Courtney Walsh 70 percent of the time other than the odd offdrive flourish, I think it's time Kirk Edwards is given a run in the side. Darren Bravo looked good but showed his usual lack of concentration / maturity I hope Gibson told him if he ever plays that fall away nothing shot v the spinner regardless of outcome he will be dropped, why a guy who drives so beautifully and has good footwork is doing that stupid shot only himself will no (havin been dropped twice of it and then out the 3rd time I hope he knows to retire that if he wants a future in cricket) continued . . .

  • cricketdebator on November 24, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Chan1966@....Well written. I agree with you whole heartedly.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on November 24, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Good! I hope when Gayle comes back he is only picked for T20s and ODIs.

  • Chan1966 on November 24, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    That's great...!!!! Gayle. please stay at home for the rest of the life. That injury gave Windies their first win in the series after losing terribly in the test series. Windies won today's game without you and simmons played a big role in this crucial win. Gayle, Samuels, Ramdin and some of the guys in the team should be dropped after this series. Let Simmons and Powel to open the innings in teat matches should be followed by Bravo, ever reliable Chanders, L.Jhonson,either Bravo or Samuels (if he won't drop) or Kirk Edwards.....Rampual and Roach should open the bowling with Jason Holder, Shillingford and any wicket keeper other than Ramdin.

  • delboy on November 24, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Go Simmo do not think like Gayle, Russell, Roach or Samuels; those franchise owners who are watching will offer you a very lucrative contract at the end of this series. If you do not let Sammy outscore you , you can get a century.

  • delboy on November 24, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Gayle has done WI cricket a huge favour. I hope he recovers in time to honour his personnal contracts.

  • on November 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    India winning 3-0 as Gayle is out...

  • chechong0114 on November 24, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    In as much as West Indies cricket is in a very hopeless state right now I really dont think there is much more that Gibson can do but try to motivate his players as much as possible and thats what he is doing. He must be commended and given credit for that. I also dont think he is that bad a coach especially considering the fact that WI did win the T20 world cup in Sri Lanka with him as coach and just might end up winning the upcomig tournament in Bangladesh as well. The Caribbean is just unable to produce quality players at the longer versions of the game and I dont know if they will ever be able to. When one considers how long the team has been in a slump they have tried everything including the kitchen sink and still no change. Things have gotten way to bad for too long and it will take a miracle for it to get better and thats just the truth.

  • on November 24, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Personally, In my opinion, I think that this ODI series will be swept by India because India as been in magnificent form in ODI. Really, In the India vs Australia series, India scored 326 runs per game with an economy of 6.76 and with only playing 48.3 overs per game. Also with losing only 6 wickets per game. India also scored those runs against the DANGEROUS Australian bowling attack which included the TOP FORM bowlers Mitchell Johnson, James Faulkner, and Clint Mckay. So, I think India should have NO PROBLEM scoring at least 300 runs against this not so TOP FORM West Indies bowling attack which includes, THE DANGEROUS Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, and THE STRUGGLING Darren Sammy. Also, West Indies have scored at a average of 212 runs per game with and economy of 4.43 and with only playing 48 over and also losing 8 wickets per match in their last 5 ODI games before this series against Pakistan. So, I easily think we are going to sweep West Indies 3-0 in this series.

  • lugujaga on November 24, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Same old song and dance from Otis Gibson.This West Indies setup is worthless.It seems as if the players who have contract will always play wether they perform or not.The players are making the same mistakes over and over,its either the coaches can't coach or the players are not coachable.If thats the case they have to make the necessary changes to make the team perforn.

  • on November 24, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    I will just sit back and watch West Indies perish to India brutally. The incompetency of WICB will make West Indies players bitter and they will lose confidence since there's so little right now.

  • legendscricket on November 24, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    The WI have the talent to compete and register a win against India; They will come prepared for this match.Bravo, Powell,Samuels, Walton and Deonarine will bring their very best game.The entire Caribbean including those spread throughout the diaspora will be watching this match; It is the TurningPoint for the Men of The Caribbean; pride is at stake.They must win the fans back,they know it.Bravo must hold this team together or risk tarnishing his reputation as an allrounder and a dedicated talented player.Lots of responsibility rest on the shoulders of Marlon Samuels-nuff said.Rampaul, Holder,Bravo, Sammy must bowl line & length.Narine must show imagination in his bowling.Please allow Samuels to bowl,until there is an official ruling by the ICC-Do not shake his confidence by keeping him off the ball.Bravo must find a way to bring out the beast in these guys-He must lead from the front.WINDIES CAN WIN.LETS PLAY POSITIVE CRICKET.

  • InsideHedge on November 23, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I can imagine Gayle sitting at home in the Windies delighted that he's missing the Test leg of the NZ tour. He'll be looking forward to the limited overs leg just as he'll be disappointed to have missed out on the last two ODIs in India. His record in this format in India is outstanding, one of the best, but now he gets a chance to reflect a little and come back stronger.

    As usual, expect his replacement(s) to epic fail in their quest to grab the unexpected chances. Those who think Powell is the answer haven't looked at his inability to score freely, an attribute that's essential in today's ODI and T20 formats.

  • Dr_Zeus on November 23, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    I totally agree with CricketChat....as well as with whoever is questioning Ottis gibson as coach....all other teams in world cricket have as a rule...you don't perform and you don't play...too many of these so-called "senior players" are allowed to continue making dismal contributions game after game after game...In addition, it used to be that the team does not do well and the coach resigns....why is Ottis Gibson still the coach of the West Indies after a year or two of disappointing results. I say heads need to roll to get this team back on track!!!

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta Otis Gibson is the West Indian team coach... His personal achievements and other contributions can be found at the stats pages (click on his name_link)

  • CollyWobb on November 23, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Gayle playing tests is like Bolt running the marathon!

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Can somebody, please tell me; what's Otis Gibson's contribution?

  • Waves239 on November 23, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    West Indies seriously lacking anchor player, who can bat 30 - 40 overs. This team is batting like 7 discrete hitters who come, swing and give away the starts. Strike rotation, occupation of crease and hunger for big scores are clearly missing. With out proper discipline there is no point in having solid plans and wonder how they work.

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    The curious case of the Gayle! We were told by Loyd and sundry that he was in the 20-20 mode during the tests where the bowling is less containing than ODIs and 20-20s. His scores there were not anywhere near as brilliant as anything in the past. Having scored a gigantic 150+ in a 20-20, one would have expected a higher turn over from him during the tests. 20-20 mode or not. Baffling is the thought process behind the dangerous eventually suicidal and, ultimately, injurious run. For a man who deals in sixes and fours (whose record of singles is not quite all there and whose sizeable physique is not conducive to single taking at all) his Bevan act makes one wonder about his confidence. Gayle, Shewag, Maxwell et. al. are players who depend on their reflexes to a greater extent than the technical batter who covers all bases before reaching for the ball with the bat in a high percentage contact arc. So, maybe, the West Indies are not in a hole as they think they are? Perhaps they benefit

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I agree with BRUTALANALYST 100%. Kieran Powell is a tremendously talented player. His attitude and approach is more suitable for the shorter formats. Definitely more sure-footed than the much heralded Daren Bravo. Powell will gradually mellow down and mature into a good Test player too. Give him enough chances in ODI first, please. He, most probably, will reward you in the next ODI World Cup.

  • VKohlitheGreat on November 23, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Another blessing in disguise for WI with the news of Gayle in addition to Pollard. Go India!

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Gayle is only good against teams that do not have a decent spin/pace attack (ban,pak,ind/SA,Aus). Kieron Powell looks decent and should get a chance.

  • CricketChat on November 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Gayle's absence is a blessing in disguise for WI. Free from the pressure of selecting non-performing "best batsman" of the side, they can now pick one who might actually help the team's cause. Gayle should be done as far as tests are concerned.

  • indian_wi_fan on November 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The future of WI cricket will continue to enter into darkness until the selection committee comes out of their adamant and non sense mentality. How can one with right mind eliminate shillingford from the squad. It is because they have already decided that two different teams before the series so no changes are allowed . How can they afford not to take Chandrapaul in ODI when they succumb to moderate bowling all the time! We the fans are putting down our flags for WI slowly. One day will come WI will just be a cricketing nation bestowed with only historical 70s and 80s. God bless WI and selectors.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 23, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Kieran Powell will likely play better than he would anyway, he has a good technique and got some good starts in the Tests I back him to do well in oDI's where there is less pressure and more freedom to play. It's ridiculous he opens in Tests and doesn't find a place in Odi side anyway on contrast you see Rohit Sharma who played 100 ODi's before his first Test but WI seem to have policy of throwin youngens into the lions den from day 1 ! hopefully he gets some scores here to get some confidence back ahead of NZ Tests.

  • BMDeep on November 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I honestly believe Gayle is best suited only for T20 ans his stints in ODI's nd Tests r long gone.Apart frm occasional flurry of 2 r 3 boundaries,he has done nothing of substance in the longer format in the recent past.I think Kirk Edwards will be a good choice to replace him or WI should some how make space for him in the XI as he has the technique and temperment which is debatable can be achieved by showing some confidence in him.Dwayne Smith is also an interesting choice as he can bowl good 4-5 ovs if required nd is accustomed to play in Ind nd elsewhere courtesy of t20 leagues.I am a huge fan of Sammy nd as much as I vouch for him to perfom,I am afraid his place is in serious trouble unless he does something very seriously. I might have to agree with many that it was only his captaincy that used to keep him in the team but I dont see WI removing him from XI as pollard is not available.I am an Indian but I am a huge fan of Caribbean crckt and which them al d best for d next match

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  • BMDeep on November 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    I honestly believe Gayle is best suited only for T20 ans his stints in ODI's nd Tests r long gone.Apart frm occasional flurry of 2 r 3 boundaries,he has done nothing of substance in the longer format in the recent past.I think Kirk Edwards will be a good choice to replace him or WI should some how make space for him in the XI as he has the technique and temperment which is debatable can be achieved by showing some confidence in him.Dwayne Smith is also an interesting choice as he can bowl good 4-5 ovs if required nd is accustomed to play in Ind nd elsewhere courtesy of t20 leagues.I am a huge fan of Sammy nd as much as I vouch for him to perfom,I am afraid his place is in serious trouble unless he does something very seriously. I might have to agree with many that it was only his captaincy that used to keep him in the team but I dont see WI removing him from XI as pollard is not available.I am an Indian but I am a huge fan of Caribbean crckt and which them al d best for d next match

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 23, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Kieran Powell will likely play better than he would anyway, he has a good technique and got some good starts in the Tests I back him to do well in oDI's where there is less pressure and more freedom to play. It's ridiculous he opens in Tests and doesn't find a place in Odi side anyway on contrast you see Rohit Sharma who played 100 ODi's before his first Test but WI seem to have policy of throwin youngens into the lions den from day 1 ! hopefully he gets some scores here to get some confidence back ahead of NZ Tests.

  • indian_wi_fan on November 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The future of WI cricket will continue to enter into darkness until the selection committee comes out of their adamant and non sense mentality. How can one with right mind eliminate shillingford from the squad. It is because they have already decided that two different teams before the series so no changes are allowed . How can they afford not to take Chandrapaul in ODI when they succumb to moderate bowling all the time! We the fans are putting down our flags for WI slowly. One day will come WI will just be a cricketing nation bestowed with only historical 70s and 80s. God bless WI and selectors.

  • CricketChat on November 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Gayle's absence is a blessing in disguise for WI. Free from the pressure of selecting non-performing "best batsman" of the side, they can now pick one who might actually help the team's cause. Gayle should be done as far as tests are concerned.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Gayle is only good against teams that do not have a decent spin/pace attack (ban,pak,ind/SA,Aus). Kieron Powell looks decent and should get a chance.

  • VKohlitheGreat on November 23, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Another blessing in disguise for WI with the news of Gayle in addition to Pollard. Go India!

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    I agree with BRUTALANALYST 100%. Kieran Powell is a tremendously talented player. His attitude and approach is more suitable for the shorter formats. Definitely more sure-footed than the much heralded Daren Bravo. Powell will gradually mellow down and mature into a good Test player too. Give him enough chances in ODI first, please. He, most probably, will reward you in the next ODI World Cup.

  • boomslanger on November 23, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    The curious case of the Gayle! We were told by Loyd and sundry that he was in the 20-20 mode during the tests where the bowling is less containing than ODIs and 20-20s. His scores there were not anywhere near as brilliant as anything in the past. Having scored a gigantic 150+ in a 20-20, one would have expected a higher turn over from him during the tests. 20-20 mode or not. Baffling is the thought process behind the dangerous eventually suicidal and, ultimately, injurious run. For a man who deals in sixes and fours (whose record of singles is not quite all there and whose sizeable physique is not conducive to single taking at all) his Bevan act makes one wonder about his confidence. Gayle, Shewag, Maxwell et. al. are players who depend on their reflexes to a greater extent than the technical batter who covers all bases before reaching for the ball with the bat in a high percentage contact arc. So, maybe, the West Indies are not in a hole as they think they are? Perhaps they benefit

  • Waves239 on November 23, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    West Indies seriously lacking anchor player, who can bat 30 - 40 overs. This team is batting like 7 discrete hitters who come, swing and give away the starts. Strike rotation, occupation of crease and hunger for big scores are clearly missing. With out proper discipline there is no point in having solid plans and wonder how they work.

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Can somebody, please tell me; what's Otis Gibson's contribution?