West Indies v India, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 2nd day June 29, 2011

'Plenty of work ahead' - Gibson

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The West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, has described the ongoing stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels as "a crucial partnership" during the rain-affected Test in Barbados. Only 25.3 overs were bowled on the second day, but that was enough for the hosts to lost two wickets, and they finished up trailing by 103 runs.

Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 20 and Samuels had 21, and the pair had built an encouraging 41-run partnership when play was abandoned. There should still be plenty of time for a result, after India failed to bat out the opening day and reached 20. Gibson said that with West Indies at 98 for 5, there was a lot of work ahead for Samuels and Chanderpaul.

"We are looking forward to the third day," Gibson said. "The second day was badly rain-interrupted and that is history. The pair at the crease has done a good job for us so far and there is plenty ahead of them. We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far.

"Marlon is now coming back into the team and he has looked good so far. He is really looking forward to this opportunity in this Test and hopefully he will continue to show the fighting skills he has demonstrated. He came in at a crucial time and has played well so far. We expect him to continue. This is a crucial partnership as there is still a lot of cricket left in the match."

Although West Indies need more from their batsmen, their bowled did well on the first day to keep India's total down after Darren Sammy sent the visitors in. Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo and Fidel Edwards each picked up three wickets, and Gibson said it was pleasing to see the attack working so well.

"The bowlers again did their job very well and they deserve the praise. It is good to see them putting in the hard work and getting the rewards."

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  • nicksti on June 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    It would be unfortunate for this to end due to rain. Bowling India out for 201 is probably our best chance to get a favourable result. Our biggest problem right now seems to be we lack a player that can score a ton. If any of our players, and not necessarily the same one, could give us a good knock get would be winning this series.

    Rain, rain go away.

  • willie97 on June 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Then i guess we should just forget about the DRS altogether

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    For the match to be competitive from this point on, WI must try to get a lead of around 100 by the end of 3rd day, which I think is quite possible. With both top and late middle order not firing, Ind would be under pressure to save the Test.

  • jampro on June 30, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Now Gayle is going to Sri Lanka so I don't think he will be available for third test. Good work WICB !!! Can you now fire yourself? What will you do after India whips us? Need resignation of the board. selection committee and all coaching staff!! And by the way who is responsible for the selection of chairman and board members?

  • enigma12345 on June 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Peoples told that its indias third string . what happened to indias front line players like gambhir,zaheer,sachin,yuvraj,sehwag.they are not in squad because they gave priority to IPL than indian team. then how can we say its third string.after succesful WC if they want rest its better to skip IPL than International Series.

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Once the TV replay showing Dhoni's dismissal was shown, it seemed like Edwards' foot wasn't behind the line. This was the initial replay showing the dismissal, not the one which was used to determine the legitimacy of the delivery.

  • jonfox6020 on June 30, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Agreed dragline. Gibson has down well with the team in the bowling aspect. However WI need to improve their batting alot. The bowlers are providing the opportunities for the team to win the matches, but the batsmen ain't delivering. Gayle needs to comeback to open with Barath, good idea for simmons to bat lower down. we need a keeper who can bat and make a good contribution as well. When Chanderpaul retires, who will replace him? I don't see any batsman being able to fill Chanderpaul shoes at present. WI can win this match, and it all depends on Samuels and Chanderpaul. A lead of 75 or more can put pressure on India. If this happens, WI should be chasing not more than 160 for victory in 2nd innings. We need Chanderpaul or Sameuls to score a hundred. GO WI

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Pankaj, I am not sure whether you are saying that this Inidan team will be able to survive the four tests let alone win them. Without Sachin, Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir, India will lse 4-0

  • roopans64 on June 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This coach:"We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far." So why the WICB and Otis is telling this guy how to bat ?

  • atulatul32 on June 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    is it true?

    The controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here. In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn't show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.

  • nicksti on June 30, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    It would be unfortunate for this to end due to rain. Bowling India out for 201 is probably our best chance to get a favourable result. Our biggest problem right now seems to be we lack a player that can score a ton. If any of our players, and not necessarily the same one, could give us a good knock get would be winning this series.

    Rain, rain go away.

  • willie97 on June 30, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Then i guess we should just forget about the DRS altogether

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    For the match to be competitive from this point on, WI must try to get a lead of around 100 by the end of 3rd day, which I think is quite possible. With both top and late middle order not firing, Ind would be under pressure to save the Test.

  • jampro on June 30, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Now Gayle is going to Sri Lanka so I don't think he will be available for third test. Good work WICB !!! Can you now fire yourself? What will you do after India whips us? Need resignation of the board. selection committee and all coaching staff!! And by the way who is responsible for the selection of chairman and board members?

  • enigma12345 on June 30, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Peoples told that its indias third string . what happened to indias front line players like gambhir,zaheer,sachin,yuvraj,sehwag.they are not in squad because they gave priority to IPL than indian team. then how can we say its third string.after succesful WC if they want rest its better to skip IPL than International Series.

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    Once the TV replay showing Dhoni's dismissal was shown, it seemed like Edwards' foot wasn't behind the line. This was the initial replay showing the dismissal, not the one which was used to determine the legitimacy of the delivery.

  • jonfox6020 on June 30, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Agreed dragline. Gibson has down well with the team in the bowling aspect. However WI need to improve their batting alot. The bowlers are providing the opportunities for the team to win the matches, but the batsmen ain't delivering. Gayle needs to comeback to open with Barath, good idea for simmons to bat lower down. we need a keeper who can bat and make a good contribution as well. When Chanderpaul retires, who will replace him? I don't see any batsman being able to fill Chanderpaul shoes at present. WI can win this match, and it all depends on Samuels and Chanderpaul. A lead of 75 or more can put pressure on India. If this happens, WI should be chasing not more than 160 for victory in 2nd innings. We need Chanderpaul or Sameuls to score a hundred. GO WI

  • on June 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Pankaj, I am not sure whether you are saying that this Inidan team will be able to survive the four tests let alone win them. Without Sachin, Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir, India will lse 4-0

  • roopans64 on June 30, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    This coach:"We know what Chanderpaul can do and he has showed a lot of application in his innings so far." So why the WICB and Otis is telling this guy how to bat ?

  • atulatul32 on June 30, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    is it true?

    The controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here. In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn't show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.

  • viaESPN on June 30, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    WI r ahead of us. once india has beaten every1 with their bat 60% n bowlin 40%. now poor battin from indian side, openers r in danger abt their futur. dhoni would mind this poor performance frm our team battin side. younster doesnt prove their justification s worse. 1ly 2 depend on bowling, with low defending total, bowlers r pathetic, how could tey fought hard, atleast any1 mak 100 2 boost them at each inning.

  • viaESPN on June 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @pankaj bhandari Greedy! who is greedy? players like sachin,sehwag,gambir,zaheer . see 1 thing being a player he has to be greedy 2 score runs n wickets for them as well as india. v need tat 1ly as tey as 2 do their work throug any form.without tis guys v cant win worldcup neither ur young palyers cant do. so mind wat tey did for us before comment them.

  • Hells_XI on June 30, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    @chokkaashokka : I am an Indian fan myself but i think you are just exaggerating that India is feilding a third string side here ! India can do fairly well with this team but cannot beat the top teams with this side .India needs the experience of the seniors to guide these youngsters or we will end with a windies like test team in the future ( Lots of talent but no rewards )

  • atulatul32 on June 30, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Is it true? The controversy over poor umpiring in the ongoing Test series between India and the West Indies has taken a new twist as it has now emerged that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out off a no ball on the first day of the second match here. In what could erupt into a major controversy, the television replays ordered to check if Fidel Edwards had no-balled didn't show that particular ball, instead some other legitimate delivery was shown to give Dhoni out.

  • on June 30, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    'Plenty of work ahead' - Gibson

    You ain't kidding!!

  • mm71 on June 30, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Interesting news on rediff on the Dhoni dismissal, where the camera crew showed a different ball bowled, when Ian Gould asked to check for no-ball which he suspected. Wrong ball shown, Dhoni dismissed & now we come to know that this was a 'mistake'. Imaging the headlines if this 'mistake' was in favour of India. No wonder Dhoni is against UDRS, too much power with the technical crew.

  • on June 30, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    the rain came at the right time for india because 1.samuels and chanderpaul was set 2.the wicket tends to flatten out after lunch 3.praveen kumar,by far india's best bowler on this tour,was tiring.now they will have to start again,pravin is fresh and the wicket is damp and spiced up.i expect india to take a lead

  • ravi_hari on June 30, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Its time the batsmen emulate the bowlers for the Windies. Thrid time in a row the bowlers did a fantastic job. We have not seen any Indian batting line-up struggle to touch 300 in 3 consecutive innings in the past 3 to 4 years. Having achieved that, the onus is on batsmen to perform It takes only one big partnership and someone taking the responsibility and playing a big innings. Just look at India, Dravid gave them clear edge with a century in the first test and Laxman gave them respectability in the second. Shiv and Sam have to redeem themselves and take Windies past 200. A lead of 50 to 60 runs will make a big difference as the conditions and the wicket seem to favour the bowlers. Windies should not look at chasing more than 150 -160 in the fourth innings. Barbados is their fortress and let not lose it. For India victory seems more likely and just by removing Shiv will ensure that they cruise to a big win. Very interstingly poised. Lunch today will tell the fate of the test. H Ravi

  • on June 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    I think same team should feature for England tour as well. These young Indian players deserve more chances to show their talent and also greedy players like sachin,sehwag,gambhir,zaheer khan Etc....,should be left out so they can realize the value of Indian cap. If somebody is fighting hard for a spot in Indian side, that talent should be looked after

  • everfaithful77 on June 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @dragline I agree with you that coach OTTIS GIBSON is doing a good job with our bowlers. Even the spinner Bishoo has improved in length and line bowling. RAMPAUL has improved by leaps and bounds particularly the marked increase in speed, control and stamina. He is now an ATTACKING bowler unlike before when he tried to contain batsmen. However there is still a great deal of work to do with the BATTING and FIELDING. The FIELD PLACING is also too much on the conservative side even when a NEW batsman walks to the crease. Gibson and Haynes need to encourage a POSITIVE approach from the batsmen and the TEAM generally. This should be in the team's VISION and MISSION. The GREAT West Indies and Australian sides of the past were very SUCCESSFUL because they played positive, agressive cricket. The BEST DEFENSE IS ATTACK. Most of the batsmen batted agressively in the last inning of the 1st test and put up the highest team total. Samuels, Chanders & others must be POSITIVE to surpass Indian total.

  • on June 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    why is bajji not picking wckts on the same track bishoo did so well?

  • chokkashokka on June 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    India will wrap up this first innings tomorrow morning with the damp wicket. I'd say it will similar to the 1st test - India will take a lead to 50-70 runs in the first innings. Look for the Indians to learn from their mistakes in the 1st innings and go on to post a decent total. Kohli is due - he has more class than the entire windies team combined - its only a matter of time before he goes on and makes a big score. Windies will crumble on a fourth/fifth day (if needed) wicket - India wins by 150 runs. Its hard to believe but India are actually fielding a third string side here. Over half of the starting players are not on this tour. I think the most competitive sides that I see today are India and India. Maybe we should just have the India A play India B. Or India should play with one hand tied behind their backs against teams like windies.

  • on June 30, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    this match is gonna end in a draw.. wid showers fore casting for d next 2 days

  • himanshu.team on June 30, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    All India need is is this one wicket. The last 5 wickets will fall for less than 50 in my opinion. Only question is that when will this 6th wicket fall? From Indian perspective it shoudl fall very early in the day and should be of C'paul. if that happens, India will well be in the driver's seat at the end fo day3. From WI perspective, they should only hope for rain and more rain. even two full days of cricket will mean their chances of losing the series here had become very great.

  • on June 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    India will win this test easily if the rain permits...

  • Isaac_7 on June 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    really hope Marlon does well. Unless Sars and Bravo produce something special in this test and the other, they should both take a drop for a little while. Good thinking dragline, but benn needs to be included in this squad. We have many an allrounder presently, some overated, like Bravo and others need a chance, eg Russell, Dave Bernard and Sherwin Ganga(really tight offie and more than capable with the bat) and maybe even later on even Pollard.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    This is the last recognized bating pair for the WI. Once India got one of them, WI innings may end below 200.

  • dragline on June 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    enough is not said in my opinion about the good works that Ottis has already brouhgt to the wi team. i have seen a vast improvement in Rampual, Sammy and even Fedel Edwards as bolwers. Sammy and Rampual are now able to swing the ball both ways and i have seen some improvement in Fedel seam position. which in my view is assisting him with some serious reverse swing. i love the approach that the board has also taken to contract Desmond to assist the team with their batting and i hope that soon we will see some improvement in this regard. i would like the gayle situation to be resolve and him coming back to open the batting with barath. i would like to see simmons taking the gloves and bat at # 7. i would like to see norsingh deonarine in the test team. he is young and has done well for wi cricket. team for third test: gayle, barath, sarwan, bravo, chanderpual, samuel, simmons, sammy, rampaul, bishoo, & edwards (Roach & deonarine)

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  • dragline on June 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    enough is not said in my opinion about the good works that Ottis has already brouhgt to the wi team. i have seen a vast improvement in Rampual, Sammy and even Fedel Edwards as bolwers. Sammy and Rampual are now able to swing the ball both ways and i have seen some improvement in Fedel seam position. which in my view is assisting him with some serious reverse swing. i love the approach that the board has also taken to contract Desmond to assist the team with their batting and i hope that soon we will see some improvement in this regard. i would like the gayle situation to be resolve and him coming back to open the batting with barath. i would like to see simmons taking the gloves and bat at # 7. i would like to see norsingh deonarine in the test team. he is young and has done well for wi cricket. team for third test: gayle, barath, sarwan, bravo, chanderpual, samuel, simmons, sammy, rampaul, bishoo, & edwards (Roach & deonarine)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 30, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    This is the last recognized bating pair for the WI. Once India got one of them, WI innings may end below 200.

  • Isaac_7 on June 30, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    really hope Marlon does well. Unless Sars and Bravo produce something special in this test and the other, they should both take a drop for a little while. Good thinking dragline, but benn needs to be included in this squad. We have many an allrounder presently, some overated, like Bravo and others need a chance, eg Russell, Dave Bernard and Sherwin Ganga(really tight offie and more than capable with the bat) and maybe even later on even Pollard.

  • on June 30, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    India will win this test easily if the rain permits...

  • himanshu.team on June 30, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    All India need is is this one wicket. The last 5 wickets will fall for less than 50 in my opinion. Only question is that when will this 6th wicket fall? From Indian perspective it shoudl fall very early in the day and should be of C'paul. if that happens, India will well be in the driver's seat at the end fo day3. From WI perspective, they should only hope for rain and more rain. even two full days of cricket will mean their chances of losing the series here had become very great.

  • on June 30, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    this match is gonna end in a draw.. wid showers fore casting for d next 2 days

  • chokkashokka on June 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    India will wrap up this first innings tomorrow morning with the damp wicket. I'd say it will similar to the 1st test - India will take a lead to 50-70 runs in the first innings. Look for the Indians to learn from their mistakes in the 1st innings and go on to post a decent total. Kohli is due - he has more class than the entire windies team combined - its only a matter of time before he goes on and makes a big score. Windies will crumble on a fourth/fifth day (if needed) wicket - India wins by 150 runs. Its hard to believe but India are actually fielding a third string side here. Over half of the starting players are not on this tour. I think the most competitive sides that I see today are India and India. Maybe we should just have the India A play India B. Or India should play with one hand tied behind their backs against teams like windies.

  • on June 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    why is bajji not picking wckts on the same track bishoo did so well?

  • everfaithful77 on June 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    @dragline I agree with you that coach OTTIS GIBSON is doing a good job with our bowlers. Even the spinner Bishoo has improved in length and line bowling. RAMPAUL has improved by leaps and bounds particularly the marked increase in speed, control and stamina. He is now an ATTACKING bowler unlike before when he tried to contain batsmen. However there is still a great deal of work to do with the BATTING and FIELDING. The FIELD PLACING is also too much on the conservative side even when a NEW batsman walks to the crease. Gibson and Haynes need to encourage a POSITIVE approach from the batsmen and the TEAM generally. This should be in the team's VISION and MISSION. The GREAT West Indies and Australian sides of the past were very SUCCESSFUL because they played positive, agressive cricket. The BEST DEFENSE IS ATTACK. Most of the batsmen batted agressively in the last inning of the 1st test and put up the highest team total. Samuels, Chanders & others must be POSITIVE to surpass Indian total.

  • on June 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    I think same team should feature for England tour as well. These young Indian players deserve more chances to show their talent and also greedy players like sachin,sehwag,gambhir,zaheer khan Etc....,should be left out so they can realize the value of Indian cap. If somebody is fighting hard for a spot in Indian side, that talent should be looked after