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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  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

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