West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 2nd day May 14, 2011

Gibson praises Bishoo's composure

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has praised the composure shown by legspinner Devendra Bishoo, who picked up four wickets on Test debut, as Pakistan were bowled out for 160 in their first innings in Guyana.

"Judging from his debut in World Cup a few months back he has showed signs of being a very intelligent bowler," Ottis said. "He showed he has the ability to handle himself when he's put under pressure and that's a very good sign.

"He only had 226 to bowl at but he didn't show any nerves. He has been very adaptable and handled the situation very well. Today, Umar Akmal came at him quite hard and he responded very well. He varied his pace and demonstrated he knows exactly what he's doing."

Bishoo, who was the highest wicket-taker for his side with figures of 4 for 60, said his focus had been on getting the ball "in the right areas". "I tried to stick to what I normally do," Bishoo said. "I came here today and I knew once I got the ball in the right areas I would get some wickets.

"When I came on to bowl I didn't look too far ahead. I concentrated on what I wanted to do with each ball and how I would attack each batsman. I got a lot of support from the guys on the field and everyone in the dressing room. It was also good the crowd was behind me."

Bishoo, who was the highest wicket-taker for West Indies in the ODI series, said the wicket of opposition captain Misban-ul-Haq, who became his first Test victim, lbw for 2, set the tone for him for the rest of the innings.

"My first wicket was a relief," Bishoo said. "I knew I got him 'dead' in front. He's the main batsman so to get him so early on was a great feeling. The team needed me to come in and do the job at that stage and I was happy I delivered." Bishoo's other three victims were Asad Shafiq, Akmal and Mohammad Salman.

The hosts ended the second day on 34 for 2, giving them an overall lead of 100 runs.

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  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    defo someone to watch for the future a great bowling prospect for the windies

  • Principle75 on May 14, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Funny how life works out sometimes, but cricket being the game of glorious uncertainty that it is has once again provided twist. God bless Bishoo and I hope there are many more like him out there. I would rather lose with grace than bow to the attitude of Gayle and Company for the are not the only talented players in the West Indies.

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    I love this guy's temperament . HE always appears to be in charge. A good sign. HOWEVER what is important is that the selectors don't kill the duck that lay the golden egg.IT has to be BISHOO/BENN for the INDIAN tour. THEY will give INDIA problems,trust me. I am not rewarding indiscipline, but WI need to start winning,and BENN is a good bowler. I am happy for BISHOO,a fine leggy. HOPE he wins it for us.

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Impressive bowling from Bishoo, Rampaul and Sammy. If the West Indies batsmen can get them a lead of 250-300 then they should win. However the 'if' and 'should' are always key when it comes to West Indies !! They really need Sarwan, Chanderpaul and Nash to come to the party today and if the lower order can hang around like in the 1st innings then that will help.

    Pakistan contributed to their own downfall yesterday with some reckless shots but Ajaml, Rehman and Hafeez can get them back in to the match today.

    It's intriguingly poised and an exciting advert for test cricket. 'Result' pitches, slightly in favour of the bowlers should be mandatory for all tests !

  • Stos on May 14, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    I think the most impressive thing about that spell was how Bishoo got his wickets. They were often pretty much just classic legspin deliveries on a middle-and-leg line threatening LBW if the batsman misread them, and an ability to pull those off consistently is a really encouraging sign for a leggie, especially one who can pull off some backspinning deliveries. He also did a good job buying wickets with Umar Akmal, although the field settings weren't really optimal for that spell (since the objective was to get Rehman on strike, but Rehman is a southpaw and as such actually less likely to succumb to a legspinner when defending, except perhaps Tahir and others who would just launch a barrage of googlies. The field was generally quite well set otherwise, though). Grimmett would be proud, I suppose.

  • yakub31 on May 14, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    "Devendra Bishoo and Darren Sammy combined to dismiss Pakistan for 160, putting West Indies ahead in the opening Test ". Sammy name should not have been mentioned, he is a baggage and favourite to coach Gibson. It should have stated that "Devendra Bishoo and Ravi Rampaul combined to dismiss Pakistan for 160, putting West Indies ahead in the opening Test ". The inept captain is unjustly promoted.

  • MalolanR on May 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    If Bishoo Continues His Performance , He Would Become Another Warne Or Kumble

  • vakyou on May 14, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    West Indies did not win 3-2 over Pakistan in the ODI series..

  • dummy4fb on May 14, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    "in West Indies' 3-2 win over Pakistan in the ODI series"

    but this didn't happen. Poor editing cricinfo

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