India in West Indies 2011 June 3, 2011

Gayle shadow still looms large over series

65

Chris Gayle's shadow hung over the press conference. It was Suresh Raina who nailed Gayle's impact in a delightful moment of humour-infused candour. The question was a direct one: Are you relieved or are you disappointed that Gayle isn't playing? "To be honest I am a bit relieved at the moment," Raina said, as the press room filled with laughter.

The mood, though, turned sombre when the Gayle issue was put forward to the West Indies captain and the coach. Uncomfortable silence was punctuated by a note of defiance. It's an issue that has dogged West Indies for a while now and seems to be heading into a cul-de-sac. And so necks craned forward when the coach Ottis Gibson, who is alleged to have had problems with Gayle, was asked for his opinion. Gibson paused before he tried to be diplomatic. "There is a lot being said. I have left the board to deal with it and have tried to focus on cricket. I have been doing that since the Gayle issue started." The questioner persisted. Do you think both sides have been stubborn? "I don't know." Silence.

It was Darren Sammy's turn next and he chose to take a detour around the question. "It's an opportunity for all the other guys to perform." Diplomacy then gave way to pride. "We won a Twenty20 and a Test match against Pakistan. We have not done it since 2009 and didn't win for 17 Tests. We have managed to draw the series at home against a higher-ranked team. The guys represented West Indies proudly and played their best. We are looking again to play as a team and do well." No mention of Gayle in there. Conspiracy theorists will spin it the way they want and Sammy fans will say there's little else he, as a captain, could have said.

Later, as the conference ended and Gibson was on his way out, he was again asked by couple of journalists about the Gayle issue. Do you think the board will arrive at a compromise and Gayle be picked for the third ODI? "They probably will." How are you going to react to that situation when Gayle comes back into the team? Pat came the reply: "I don't have a choice."

The rest of the conference was mundane. Raina and Duncan Fletcher talked about how this was a good opportunity for the youngsters in the team, Gibson and Sammy said they were looking forward to testing their skills against India. Raina said all the right things. "As long as you are playing for your country you get goosebumps. We have a responsibility to do well as the world champions. We will play our natural game and prepare for every match in a good way." Sammy, too, was upbeat. "Playing the No.1 team in the world should be motivating to any player. To do best against the best".

Even as the press meet was on, it rained outside. The covers were on and the Indian team practiced largely indoors. More rain is forecast for tomorrow.

There was one further tricky question that awaited Sammy. It was a direct question about his place in the Test side and how he was handling the growing feeling that he wasn't fit to be in the playing XI. Sammy leaned forward and looked at the questioner. "I go out and do what I have to do. Check the stats and stuff; I have done quite well as a Test cricketer. Whenever I step on to the field, I have West Indian cricket at heart. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but I have the support of my team. I believe in my own ability and I just try to do my best. I try my best. When I step on the field I try to play cricket for all the fans who want to us to get back on top."

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on June 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Who says Gayle isn't serious about his cricket, not because onde does not show that much emotion means he is not passionate. Check your stats again, 1. Gayle never really shone until this year @ the IPL thus he was not retained. 2. After playing 20 T20, his aggregate was 9 runs more than all he made in IPL 4. 3. No one else has as many runs or close to it in the current team. 4. He has as many ODI100 as the great one LARA. and I could go on, so just read and compare they are all there. Stop being insular and recognize that our problems lie @ 50% the WICB, 25% The Selectors, the remainder fallsbetween the Players Association and some of the players.

  • delboy on June 4, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @Darius, do you think the answer might be as a result of the rapport he had with the Bangalore Coaching staff??? He was 'BOUGHT' in to do a job the way he knows best i.e. PLAY freely.

  • lyl67 on June 4, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    The West Indies management doesn't act as managers, they act more like spoilt children who hold grudges. A player indisipline should be dealt with, punished if need be serve the appropiate punishment, they should not be left on the sidelines not knowing what happens next. The management should keep in contact with the players ensuring that they are fit and ready for selection. A players injury should be monitored at all times.

  • delboy on June 4, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    All I can say Gayle is still 'young' enough to decide whether he wishes to play test cricket for his country again time is on his side to neutralize for emergin teams like Zimbabwe, Ireland or even establish teams like South Africa, NZ or England.

  • StJohn on June 4, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    And again in defence of Darren Sammy, I just find it impossible to believe that someone with a bowling average of 27 and a strike rate of 59, with 4 five wicket hawls in 13 Tests and a useful batting average of 17 is as bad as some here are suggesting. Maybe he is never going to blow the best teams apart, but he's hardly the disaster that some of the commentators here are making out. He's a useful cricketer who probably needs a few more Tests against tougher teams before we can really say how good (or bad) he is. But on stats, passion and commitment alone - he can't be such a bad pick. I would think that a calm, unifying force is the right captain for WI at the moment - not some big ego who is maybe more talented but who puts money and fame above the privilege of playing for WI. Why do I care? I remember Sammy's debut against England a few years back and he was fantastic.

  • StJohn on June 4, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    The Light - that's interesting. But rather than say who shouldn't be in the team, use this space effectively & say who should be in it then. And if your own Boards are not picking your most talented players, then (1) that is highly peculiar - why not? & (2) maybe passionate WI supporters should mobilise opinion & increase pressure for change. I would observe though that the best domestic players don't necessarily make the best international cricketers: I believe for example that even Shane Warne's record at State level is markedly inferior to his international record. Secondly, whilst I mean no disrespect by saying that WI's talent pool is low ( I want WI to do well!), the simple truth is that WI have been poor now for over 10 years which tends to suggest that either WI players are not generally as good as they once were or others have improved. If WI is so bursting at the seams with world beating players (as once was the case), surely you'd be getting generally better results?

  • xxxneilxxx on June 4, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    this could be an interestin eleven...Simmons (wk), Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Bravo(cpt) , Taylor, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul, Bishoo.

  • on June 4, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    india will win this will match and raina will smack the windies.

  • on June 4, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    I WILL GIVE U FIVE REASONS WHY THE INDIANS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE CRICKET WORLD TODAY: 1. Their cricketers are not cash followers, their players dont get on like cash addicts, insted they raise the cash and keep their crickets at home. 2. Their country comes first and second, if some players dont make the first team final 11 they stick around in case an injury so as to get a call up which means their players are alway available. 3. They never want to quit playing for their country no matter their age or how much they have played for example look at tendulka retirement seems a long way away and ganguly would still play if got a call up.4. Their players respect management and their decisions tendulka and dhoni would play even though kaif was captain and 5. The indians believe whoever is representing them dosent matter, they will still win so they will throw all their support behind their guys and the team. WI players and fans should follow that example.

  • REXYCP123 on June 4, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    EVERYBODY SPEAKS ABOUT DARREN SAMMY'S PLACE IN TEST TEAM OR EVEN ODI TEAM HE HAS DONE WELL IN TEST AVERAGINF 27 WITH THE BALL THAT IS NOT BAD AT ALL INFACT IT IS GREAT AVERAGE FOR SUCH A BOWLER CHECK ZAK AND BHAJI THEY AVERAGE IN 3O'S EVEN BEST BOWLERS OF THIS GENERATION DOEST AVERAGE IN 20'S YES HE IS BIT WEAK ON TALENT BUT NO BODY IN THE WEST INDIES TEAM IS AS PASSIONATE AS HIM THIS GUY GIVES IT ALL PLAYS HARD BACKS HIS PLAYERS AND HE IS GOOD CAPTAIN TOO

  • on June 4, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Who says Gayle isn't serious about his cricket, not because onde does not show that much emotion means he is not passionate. Check your stats again, 1. Gayle never really shone until this year @ the IPL thus he was not retained. 2. After playing 20 T20, his aggregate was 9 runs more than all he made in IPL 4. 3. No one else has as many runs or close to it in the current team. 4. He has as many ODI100 as the great one LARA. and I could go on, so just read and compare they are all there. Stop being insular and recognize that our problems lie @ 50% the WICB, 25% The Selectors, the remainder fallsbetween the Players Association and some of the players.

  • delboy on June 4, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    @Darius, do you think the answer might be as a result of the rapport he had with the Bangalore Coaching staff??? He was 'BOUGHT' in to do a job the way he knows best i.e. PLAY freely.

  • lyl67 on June 4, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    The West Indies management doesn't act as managers, they act more like spoilt children who hold grudges. A player indisipline should be dealt with, punished if need be serve the appropiate punishment, they should not be left on the sidelines not knowing what happens next. The management should keep in contact with the players ensuring that they are fit and ready for selection. A players injury should be monitored at all times.

  • delboy on June 4, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    All I can say Gayle is still 'young' enough to decide whether he wishes to play test cricket for his country again time is on his side to neutralize for emergin teams like Zimbabwe, Ireland or even establish teams like South Africa, NZ or England.

  • StJohn on June 4, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    And again in defence of Darren Sammy, I just find it impossible to believe that someone with a bowling average of 27 and a strike rate of 59, with 4 five wicket hawls in 13 Tests and a useful batting average of 17 is as bad as some here are suggesting. Maybe he is never going to blow the best teams apart, but he's hardly the disaster that some of the commentators here are making out. He's a useful cricketer who probably needs a few more Tests against tougher teams before we can really say how good (or bad) he is. But on stats, passion and commitment alone - he can't be such a bad pick. I would think that a calm, unifying force is the right captain for WI at the moment - not some big ego who is maybe more talented but who puts money and fame above the privilege of playing for WI. Why do I care? I remember Sammy's debut against England a few years back and he was fantastic.

  • StJohn on June 4, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    The Light - that's interesting. But rather than say who shouldn't be in the team, use this space effectively & say who should be in it then. And if your own Boards are not picking your most talented players, then (1) that is highly peculiar - why not? & (2) maybe passionate WI supporters should mobilise opinion & increase pressure for change. I would observe though that the best domestic players don't necessarily make the best international cricketers: I believe for example that even Shane Warne's record at State level is markedly inferior to his international record. Secondly, whilst I mean no disrespect by saying that WI's talent pool is low ( I want WI to do well!), the simple truth is that WI have been poor now for over 10 years which tends to suggest that either WI players are not generally as good as they once were or others have improved. If WI is so bursting at the seams with world beating players (as once was the case), surely you'd be getting generally better results?

  • xxxneilxxx on June 4, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    this could be an interestin eleven...Simmons (wk), Gayle, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Bravo(cpt) , Taylor, Roach, Edwards, Rampaul, Bishoo.

  • on June 4, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    india will win this will match and raina will smack the windies.

  • on June 4, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    I WILL GIVE U FIVE REASONS WHY THE INDIANS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE CRICKET WORLD TODAY: 1. Their cricketers are not cash followers, their players dont get on like cash addicts, insted they raise the cash and keep their crickets at home. 2. Their country comes first and second, if some players dont make the first team final 11 they stick around in case an injury so as to get a call up which means their players are alway available. 3. They never want to quit playing for their country no matter their age or how much they have played for example look at tendulka retirement seems a long way away and ganguly would still play if got a call up.4. Their players respect management and their decisions tendulka and dhoni would play even though kaif was captain and 5. The indians believe whoever is representing them dosent matter, they will still win so they will throw all their support behind their guys and the team. WI players and fans should follow that example.

  • REXYCP123 on June 4, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    EVERYBODY SPEAKS ABOUT DARREN SAMMY'S PLACE IN TEST TEAM OR EVEN ODI TEAM HE HAS DONE WELL IN TEST AVERAGINF 27 WITH THE BALL THAT IS NOT BAD AT ALL INFACT IT IS GREAT AVERAGE FOR SUCH A BOWLER CHECK ZAK AND BHAJI THEY AVERAGE IN 3O'S EVEN BEST BOWLERS OF THIS GENERATION DOEST AVERAGE IN 20'S YES HE IS BIT WEAK ON TALENT BUT NO BODY IN THE WEST INDIES TEAM IS AS PASSIONATE AS HIM THIS GUY GIVES IT ALL PLAYS HARD BACKS HIS PLAYERS AND HE IS GOOD CAPTAIN TOO

  • TheLight on June 4, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    StJohn, whats this nonsense about west Indian talent pool being low?

    Obviously you are not from the west indies because you would know better.

    The WICB and board of selectors do not pick our best players.

    Darren Sammy is not even is the top 20 and should not be in the team.

  • yuviyash on June 4, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @kevinpp24 u r ritee.....he has no interest in westindies cricket..his sole mission is to earn money and 1ly money.

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    ......continuation..... If gayle was a true patriot of west indies cricket would it matter who is coach or captain? Is it not honest to do the work that u are being paid to do and make the people who come out to see u proud rather than turning away contracts with ipl at the back of his mind? If shiv wanted the team to move forward, would he not be less selfish and step aside and give the more exciting and aggressive young talent the opportunity to shine in the shorter versions of the game while he bring back his experience in the longer version just as india did with dravid. We keep making all kinds of excuses for these players instead who hasnt made any effort to continue the work of our greats. instead some of us keep bashing our captain sammy a true and honest soldier, a tryer, a motivator, who have the best record as a west indies captain since curtney walsh and in the stem of all these back and forth is still trying to instill some pride in the team and extract results............

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    I know Sammy's skills don't speak volumes but cricket is about more than just skills.......its about passion and hunger to perform , to give your best shot.....i think Sammy is right up there when it comes to commitment . He , to me , keeps the team upbeat whenever their backs are to the walls. At times like those such a player who lifts your spirits is invaluable and WI seem to get themselves in those situations quite often.....Expecting a gr8 series between the sides and want India to win...but not without a fight.....

  • StJohn on June 4, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    This negativity about Darren Sammy is nonsense. He was man of the match in the Test WI just won against Pakistan. Stats don't always tell the whole story, but all Sammy's key Test bowling stats (strike rate, average, economy rate, ratio of wkts per Test played, frequency of 4/5 wicket hawls) are superior to Jerome Taylor & Fidel Edwards. I mention Taylor & Edwards in particular because 2-3 years ago they looked like gelling into a really good pace attack. The harsh reality is that WI talent pool is low, so sniping about Sammy is pointless unless you nominate someone better. Gayle should also be in the WI team if possible: with Chanderpaul & maybe Sarwan he is one of WI's only truly world class batsmen. It's a real pity though that during this lean time in WI cricket the situation's made worse by sponsorship rows, personality issues, egos and IPL prima-donnas etc etc. Talk about shooting yourselves in your own feet. Sort it out West Indies - get some fire back in Babylon please!

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    WI does not need Gayle in the side if he is not going to produce the way he has for Bangalore. He went to IPL and gave Bangalore a winning record. He could have done that for WI in the World Cup. Maybe being on the WI side diminishes his skills.

  • on June 4, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Do some people even read what they write or even read the article before viewing their oppinion? Do some of them even know about west indies cricket whats going on the news the facts and so on? Can some people even remember the last time wi won something apart from recently, so what can the gayles, sarwans, shivs, bravos, ramdins etc. bring to the team that is going to be so different. We speak like these guys are the saviour of wi cricket with absolutely nothing to show for it. Shouldnt we not be happy that the present team are bringing us at least some success. When your business has been failing for so long isnt it not common strategy that you try something different whatever the risks. Isnt discipline the key to all success no matter the tallent. Do u think players like tendulka, collingwood, kallis, mc cullum, hussy etc would make publicly silly comments about their cricket representatives as gayle, taylor and shiv did no matter how angry they were with management and so on.......

  • VEXXZ on June 4, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Sammy is not a TEST cricketer . He is good for the foolishness that is being played in the Caribbean at present .Our players are very poor at the highest version of the game and are made to embarrass us( the people of the Caribbean) when playing against top teams . The persons running West Indies cricket are lost as to what to do in order to get us back to the top of the world .We are bringing people from all parts of the world , paying them BIG BUCKS and still cannot get the job done . Its high time we stop this forward and backward talk between Board and Player and be serious of getting the job done and make the West Indies Cricket FAN PROUD again .

  • AKmAK on June 4, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    Every cricket nations were went through low and high tides at tmes and here WI are also on the former phase. I don't feel anything significant in Gayle's omission as if he in or out WI won't perform any different. We watched so many times how he "PLAYS" for his country. None of the players are above the country or else someone believes is just of their hallucination.

  • imran1970 on June 4, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Soon, days will come when BCCI will select the teams of other countries. Players from all other countries will happily eccept contract of BCCI.

  • JustIPL on June 4, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    West Indies want to win without Gayle. He has been the only player alongwith Shiv and ramnaresh who have some calibre. Everyone knows about the downfall of WI cricket in the past and the board is trying to find replacements when these giants are still around. India are also trying the same formula to find replacements. After impressive showing on a couple of occasions against Pakistan the WI board will be looking for better results against new look Indian team. Let's see the battle of bench strength of India and WI.

  • SamAsh07 on June 4, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Lol Sehwag & Gayle as Indian openers? No thanks, that will destroy every team on Earth.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on June 4, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    "Whenever I step on to the field, I have West Indian cricket at heart." - Darren Sammy. Well said.

  • on June 4, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    IPL is not a relevant issue in this scenario. Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul were not selected for the squads for the T20 or ODI tour. This came after the coach publicly stated he was placing the blame on the senior players. Gayle does not have a contract with the WICB hence he was free to play for the IPL one the NOC is given. The WICB has a long history of not helping injured players. Gayle did what was economically his best choice. Why should he sit and wait in the Caribbean wondering if the WICB will ever select him again, especially after they asked him to resign?

  • on June 4, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Forget Gayle. I do not agree that WI have their best 11.... In Gayle's case, we still do not know the entire issue... There has been issues between the players and the board in WI for long. Gayle could just be using IPL as a way to rebel against them.

  • kevinpp24 on June 4, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Remember one more thing he rejected his contract with board so contracted players deserve a go first.

  • kevinpp24 on June 4, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I dont think Gayle will make huge effect. He never showed the intention and commitment when he was playing in world cup but he showed a lot while playing in IPL. This certainly shows the difference. I understand money is important but when your country is going down against Pakistan he should have stayed there and waited for his opportunity. Remember ODI squad against pakistan was announced only for first 2 ODIs. More over anything ICC should be blamed for this mess. Dropping Gayle is good I guess.

  • indianzen on June 4, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    its dominic cork who initiated and played for the club and stopped playing for the country... its completely the players decision to play international or club cricket... matter or no matter clubs atleast can get you fame and money...

  • gurusinghe on June 4, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @ Akash Maniam -ur wrong man........wi need gayle's power..

  • gurusinghe on June 4, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    gayle should play this series..

  • on June 4, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Gayle is far away from his Peers..There is a hope that only he can salvage some pride for WI. I think WI has the largest fans all around the world. Please dont let WI cricket die. Let Gayle play and the world enjoy it.It will definitely help WI as a cricket nation. But the current scenario is putting fans down and probably they will develop permanent reluctance if this keeps on happening(No one would ever dream to play crieket in WI again) and there will be no option left to make WI cricket live.Stop this.

  • donda on June 4, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    ICC needs to fix this issue between IPL and International teams. There should be a window for IPL in cricket.

    Gayle should be part of WI team with out any doubt, its all politics and that make teams worse than ever.

    WI is not good with Gayle or without gayle, wining an unexpected test match against Pakistan was a fluke. If Younas khan was playing they would never won that test, remember that.

    WI is at the lowest level of all time. They need their good players back.

  • on June 4, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Sammy, you don't deserve the place in the playing 11 of any international team you dot have the quality to play international cricket. Its only because of mindless WICB you are in team and most funny part is you are captain.. CIC should take the test status from WI like Zimbabwe immediately . Full T&T team will be better than WI cricket team. Its not far that team like Ireland and Nederland will beat WI. For Gayle issue I think WICB has done correct thing nobody is bigger than the game and the country. Gayle should be given ban for 5 years from international cricket. There is huge question mark on his commitment when he plays for WI, see the world cup record and on same type of tracks record when he played in IPL11.

  • PACERONE on June 4, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    It is funny how people who don't play the game thinks that they are bigger than the game.They run the team into the ground,treat them like they are wothless and expect them to perform at a high standard. Sammy dropped the most catches in Sri Lanka...check the players he dropped at crucial times in those games.Check the game against India...dropping U Singh,who continued to add 100 runs.Against Pakistan they got carried away with the win in Guyana...no one paid attention that Pakistan dropped 8 catches.So what does W.I do...drop as many in St.Kitts. If this is a team that is progressing I am not seeing it.Bravo played well in Sri Lanka..now looks like a stroke less wonder. Bishoo has failed to create chances like he did in Guyana....he might need help from another spinner in the team...would Benn not of helped on those wickets. Roach has fallen off...maybe the rest will help him. All of this talk about discipline is rubbish. People speak the truth and they get upset. Play our best.

  • simonviller on June 4, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    All the hate and animosity directed at the coach and captain mostly isn't helping the situation .What has Ssammy DONE OTHER THAN TO TAKE A JOB WHICH GAYLE AND OTHERS DON'T WANT ? What has Gibson done but to try restructuring a team in the way winning teams are; with discipline , cosistant performances from players slotted in the right positions . By allowing D Smith to take first ball in matches as oppose to Gayle have anything to do with the spat between Gayle and the coach ? [ Gayle not being a suitable test opener ] ? Is he too big a man in the team to listen to a new coach from the regeion ,or is discipline his real problem ? Is he a negative influnance on the younger players ? I would like some answers here ,since it's all a media discussion .

  • on June 4, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    India and West Indies have problems when they start out against each other. These problems are of different kind and of different magnitude and scale.

    For the West Indies, there are issues with the board vs the players among other issues. Lack of world class infrastructure, most importantly the attitude of the board and players. Ideally both have to have a common goal , i.e to position West Indies amongst the top cricket playing nations. Let the players concentrate on cricket , while let the board handle the administration part. Surely a player of Chris Gayle's stature shouldn't have been left of the team ever. I am sure there is a long term solution to end all this controversy. Both players and the board have to leave their egos behind , cooperate with each other and together make an sincere effort to get West Indies amongst the top 3.

  • everfaithful77 on June 4, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    I DISAGREE with writer that "Gayle's shadow looms large over series". It may seem so and may be true for some fans but I believe the majority of viewers will simply be looking foward to GOOD, EXCITING CRICKET. And I have no doubt that the young talented players on both sides will go all out to oblige. NO CRICKETER IS LARGER THAN THE GAME. Gayle had a lot to say about West Indies cricket after arriving in India for the IPL. The WICB is well within their RIGHTS to want to discuss these remarks with him before he is considered for national duty again. I don't see any thing wrong with that. Now about the the T20, ODI and Test series vs India. My ADVICE to Capt SAMMY and Coach GIBSON is to PLAY CRICKET THE WEST INDIAN WAY: PASSIONATE, POSITIVE and AGRESSIVE CRICKET whether you batting or bowling. BATTING TO DRAW matches from the first innings like we did against SA last year and REFUSING TO TAKE NEW BALL to try to lessen run scoring is cowardly and not the WEST INDIAN WAY. GO WINDIES !!

  • fulltoCricket on June 4, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @ exuma...U saw the final of IPL 2011 where gayle out cheaply against CSK...Gayle is playing good when there is no pressure but when pressure comes he gets out cheaply. What does it shows the pure classy temperament is lacking in gayle...he doesn't perform when his team needs him to play...Truth and fact

  • on June 4, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    sammy said check his stats,isn't shiv's,stats better than his in odi's yet he's out the team,why's bravo still playin,baugh still playin,a certain d.ganda was the 3'rd leadind run scorer in the 4 day competion yet he's ignored,why have local competition if you're not gonna pick the guys that do well,he's the most sucessful captain in th e caribbean (especially t2o's,yet he's not given a fair chance to lead w.i,why).right now the biggest problem in the w.i is the coach and the entire board,they just want to have their own way,if they really have the fans at heart they will resign a.s.a.p.what the real reason why shiv was dropped against india and england in the w.c?did gibson ever did what shiv did for w.i.if sammy can captain w.i ,what's wrong with ganga or sarwan former captains.look at these selectors and coach-c.butts,r.hayes,not to mention c.browne ask steve waugh,o.gibson,hilarie,running things .....

  • on June 4, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Gibson should go, he's the one causing the problems,i agree that some of the guys need 2 show some respect but u get it when u show it, time is long gone, solve the problems and get the best team going, if not the chairs in the stands will be watching the cricket, that's a lot 2 loose.

  • on June 4, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    The current Indian is one of the uninspiring teams on tour..

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on June 4, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    You asked to look at stats, your bowling looks better in test matches. But your role in team is all-rounder and captain. Look at the stats of other intl all-rounders and captains. If you just say the quote "Whenever I step on to the field, I have West Indian cricket at heart.". Its not enough, prove it in the field as a better captain and move windies at-least 2 or 3 rankings above by winning against tough team not the second string team which Pak and Ind are sending out. If you do this I and fans of Windies cricket will stand up and salute. You will be the next legend of Windies cricket if you do that... Until that u must answer "no comments" for the question put in front of you. Really i appreciate the journalist for asking that question. This will make Sammy to think and im hoping you to deliver the best.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on June 4, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Definitely you prove that Sammy we fans of windies cricket will stand up and salute u. Until that don't give such kind of statements "I go out and do what I have to do. Check the stats and stuff; I have done quite well as a Test cricketer".

    Bring in C.Gayle, F.Edwards, S.Chanderpaul, J.Taylor,A.Barath and S.Benn.

    I don't know why they are taking out these guys unnecessarily. Bring them back and build a strong team. C.Gayle, K.Pollard and D.Bravo first be committed to Windies cricket. Dont play for money, dont compare the WICB salary with IPL. Playing for nation will make you proud than playing for other domestic circuits. Be proud to reprsent your nation..

    To windies admin and selection:

    Please completely change the set up.. ur not at all fit..Ottis is not a coach..Trying to create team with players he loves very much.. WICB is giving money to the one(Ottis Gibson) not performing. But they are not ready to give for the players(C.Gayle & S. CHanderpaul) who are performing well. Giv

  • drice on June 4, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @deep. if u don't like gayle, fine but please don't be irrational. Gayle is probably the only WI batsman other than Chanderpaul with any history of performiing under pressure. Last 2 yeara test cricket ave. over 50, don' forget the world 20/20 semifinal innnings that is a performance under pressure(just because Windies lostis not the point, that was because no one else turned up to bat) or 165 in test against Australia to draw game. I coud go on but I won't bother. If u don't like his attitude find but don't be irrational.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on June 4, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Sammy response:

    I go out and do what I have to do. Check the stats and stuff; I have done quite well as a Test cricketer.

    My answer:

    If your stats is good in test cricket b only in part of test side, be like Brendan Nash(VC of test side), dont be captain or part of the team for ODI and T20. You are not better than Shiv chanderpaul, he is a class player of Test and ODI format. See his records, he still now plays well, but he is out of the team. Test batting stats: Mat Inn Runs H.S Avg 13 22 379 48 17.22 Test bowling stats: Mat Inn Wkt Best 13 23 39 7/66 You asked to look at stats, your bowling looks better in test matches. But your role in team is all-rounder and captain. Look at the stats of other intl all-rounders and captains. If you just say the quote "Whenever I step on to the field, I have West Indian cricket at heart.". Its not enough, prove it in the field as a better captain and all-rounder than at-least three intl teams other than Ban,Ire,Ken, we fans vil saluteu

  • on June 4, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Sammy ????? watch yr team will loose in india series n also if bangladesh plays wid dem de will loose all da test matches n oneday whitewash as well like de did in 2009 it will repeat u watch Mr gibson..Bring Chris Gayle bck He is Prime form of his life. an as a big fan of cricket i want Gayle 2 open da slot wid darren bravo it will be nightmare 4 everyone if de click on shorter format of da game nd i hope westindies cricket board listening wat i m thinking as a fan ..

  • on June 4, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    sorry Exuma, nobody is bigger than the game.

  • on June 4, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    WI gonna rely heavily on Darren Bravo to score big runs

  • tappee74 on June 3, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    If one is to ask any team opposing side the question of whether they are happy that Gale is not playing,the answer from the heart will obsolutely be yes.Are you kidding?Gayle ! the most distructive batsman in the shorter form of the game,not to mention a triple centurion twice in test cricket,and at the moment on fire.Its a sad thing when talent of this caliber go a beg,and people of a nation are virtually robbed.What ever the problem is ,it should not be made personal.Reading from Gibson and to a lesser extent from sammy,i gather that it does not matter.He Chris Gayle seems to be in perfect form and has just finished an extravagant series in India.What ever is the problem solve it and move on.Let the man PLAY.

  • exuma on June 3, 2011, 23:32 GMT

    This will forever be knows as the series IND vs WI " the tour that Gayle did not play". Like him or not, this man is larger than the entire series. EXUMA

  • PaddyRasta on June 3, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Why is it taking so long for the management to have this meeting with Gayle? Are they again in fact trying very hard to contact him? Both parties may have to accept that this is past the reconciliation stage and let him go his merry way, cool down and come back next series. The team has to move on and focus on the task at hand.

  • on June 3, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    lol i think west indians need to relax..the board is trying to be decipline..they simply said unless they dont have a physical meeting with chris gayle he would not be fit to play..its simple..adn i aggree with them..they are looking for a side that can win the next worldcup..and there is no problem in restign the better players fora coupel series..and experiement for a bit...imagine how it is gonan be if gayle..sarwan..chandepaul..taylor..bravo..edwards play every match...batsmen liek samuels..would not have a chance to shine..relax my ppl

  • on June 3, 2011, 22:55 GMT

    Windies win or loose i still support them, one man doesnt define a team, look at KP in England rite now cuz @ first they useto praise him big when he started an waz making runs an winning games on his own and jus look at him now (but am still positive he`ll cum bac better than before). The board needed to do this to show to go that not because he waz man of the tournament in ipl means he`s lord.

  • CanGrit on June 3, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    West Indies NEED Chris Gayle more than they need Ottis Gibson, Period!!Thats a fact and everyone knows it!!!

  • Deep. on June 3, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    There is really no point of making such a big effort to get Gayle into the squad. Himself performing strongly only in "IPL" does not mean he will perform strong for West Indies. Whenever pressure is being put onto him, he fails and this statement has been proven in IPL 4. He played on the West Indies team for so many years and up to now, there hasn't been any significant contribution from him. He has no spirit to play for the West Indies team. If he himself wants to get back onto the team and shows that he really wants to be back, only then the squad should do something, otherwise, there is no point of going after this man. Leave him to show case his talent in IPL 5.

  • on June 3, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    gayle should be leading this team.... he is the only star batsman in west indies now... Sarwan and chanderpaul is just their shadows, Darren Bravo has lot to prove... Kieron pollard hasn't done anything amazing when it comes to international cricket.. just don't understand Hw can west indies afford to bench players like gayle, fidel edwards. jerome taylor... they are the best WI have...Should utilize this players to their highest potential... wake up WI board... u cant fight back without ur best warrior...

  • on June 3, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Best XI for India tomorrow 1 Parthiv 2 Kohli 3 Raina 4 Yusuf 5 S badrinath 6 Tiwary 7 Rohit Sharma 8 Bhajji 9 Praveen Kumar 10 Munaf Patel 11 Ishant Sharma

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Most cricketing teams lack transitions. the good players play until they are old then they push some new blood into the ring and say fight, but all they know is what they have seen on TV. Gayle is still around and can teach some of the youngsters to be like him, Feared and explosive. Athletics needed Usain Bolt, swimming needed Michael Phelps and Cricket needs Chris Gayle! character n all.

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    West Indies is not dependent on Gayle,If he is out for Zero he will be no use unless he bowls well

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Any team in the world would love to have Gayle, the problem is if the coach was never a batsman how could he tell batsmen how to bat? Emagine you select an 18yrs old to open the batting in test only then to find out the guy has a technique problem, you mean to say no one never see this guy bat before. On the issue with sammy he said he go out and do what he have to do which is nothing the guy is talking about stats, what`s your batting avarage? Sammy and the coach is taking up space, players needs to be comfortable in a team.

  • sammykent on June 3, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Good on Sammy for being passionate about his country and his team. They need a strong leader and on recent performances he seems to be the tonic. From Gibson's comments about Gayle I would say there is a significant personality clash there. The West Indies need Gayle and I think he knows it all too well. Whatever the issue they need to get over it and get Gayle into the side. Maybe spend the money on an international coach that can manage Gayle? He is an explosive batsman and an economic offspinner, both valuable for a team that according to their own legends is 20yrs behind the 8-ball. A 2nd string Indian outfit will cause them big trouble but it is also an opportunity to beat the world no.1 they may not get again.

  • on June 3, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    well done Sammy. come on West Indies, show the world we really don't need a man who feels that he is too good for the team..Gayle is a detriment to the mindset of the team and derides their confidence..come on WI we can do this

  • athentik on June 3, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    I agree, India will benefit more from Gayle. I hope that somewhere down the line such an arrangement can be facilitated.

    Let Test cricket be played similar to the IPL with players choosing to play for teams, not necessarily national ones.

  • cgtboy87 on June 3, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    i am not surprise what he said.it may sound funny but gail is the most feared batsman in the world hands down. no one else measure up tpo him at this moment in the shorter version of the game.

  • on June 3, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I think the Indian team should take up Gayle...he seems to be getting on quit well with the Indian guys anyway lol

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on June 3, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    I think the Indian team should take up Gayle...he seems to be getting on quit well with the Indian guys anyway lol

  • cgtboy87 on June 3, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    i am not surprise what he said.it may sound funny but gail is the most feared batsman in the world hands down. no one else measure up tpo him at this moment in the shorter version of the game.

  • athentik on June 3, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    I agree, India will benefit more from Gayle. I hope that somewhere down the line such an arrangement can be facilitated.

    Let Test cricket be played similar to the IPL with players choosing to play for teams, not necessarily national ones.

  • on June 3, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    well done Sammy. come on West Indies, show the world we really don't need a man who feels that he is too good for the team..Gayle is a detriment to the mindset of the team and derides their confidence..come on WI we can do this

  • sammykent on June 3, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Good on Sammy for being passionate about his country and his team. They need a strong leader and on recent performances he seems to be the tonic. From Gibson's comments about Gayle I would say there is a significant personality clash there. The West Indies need Gayle and I think he knows it all too well. Whatever the issue they need to get over it and get Gayle into the side. Maybe spend the money on an international coach that can manage Gayle? He is an explosive batsman and an economic offspinner, both valuable for a team that according to their own legends is 20yrs behind the 8-ball. A 2nd string Indian outfit will cause them big trouble but it is also an opportunity to beat the world no.1 they may not get again.

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Any team in the world would love to have Gayle, the problem is if the coach was never a batsman how could he tell batsmen how to bat? Emagine you select an 18yrs old to open the batting in test only then to find out the guy has a technique problem, you mean to say no one never see this guy bat before. On the issue with sammy he said he go out and do what he have to do which is nothing the guy is talking about stats, what`s your batting avarage? Sammy and the coach is taking up space, players needs to be comfortable in a team.

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    West Indies is not dependent on Gayle,If he is out for Zero he will be no use unless he bowls well

  • on June 3, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Most cricketing teams lack transitions. the good players play until they are old then they push some new blood into the ring and say fight, but all they know is what they have seen on TV. Gayle is still around and can teach some of the youngsters to be like him, Feared and explosive. Athletics needed Usain Bolt, swimming needed Michael Phelps and Cricket needs Chris Gayle! character n all.

  • on June 3, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Best XI for India tomorrow 1 Parthiv 2 Kohli 3 Raina 4 Yusuf 5 S badrinath 6 Tiwary 7 Rohit Sharma 8 Bhajji 9 Praveen Kumar 10 Munaf Patel 11 Ishant Sharma

  • on June 3, 2011, 21:51 GMT

    gayle should be leading this team.... he is the only star batsman in west indies now... Sarwan and chanderpaul is just their shadows, Darren Bravo has lot to prove... Kieron pollard hasn't done anything amazing when it comes to international cricket.. just don't understand Hw can west indies afford to bench players like gayle, fidel edwards. jerome taylor... they are the best WI have...Should utilize this players to their highest potential... wake up WI board... u cant fight back without ur best warrior...