Pakistan in West Indies, 2011

Gibson hails West Indies spirit

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 17, 2011

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Darren Sammy leads his team off the field after their win, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 4th day, May 15, 2011
West Indies won their first Test since February 2009 © AFP
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Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, hailed the team spirit and character his side showed in winning the opening Test against Pakistan by 40 runs to secure their first success in more than two years.

It ended a 17-match wait for a Test victory having last won when they overcame England at Sabina Park in 2009, a side who Gibson was bowling coach of at the time, and gave some much-needed respite to the West Indies management after being roundly criticised in the lead-up to match.

In a low-scoring encounter at Providence, Gibson felt it was the fight shown by the batsmen that helped them over the line. "The way we batted out the first day and the way we understood how difficult it was going to be showed me that everyone understood what was happening," he said.

"In the past, given the nature of the pitch we would probably have capitulated, but to hang in there and battle all day on the first day was what probably set us up for the fight we showed in the next three days."

A key period in the match was the 48-run stand for the final wicket in West Indies' second innings where debutant legspinner Devendra Bishoo hung on with Shivnarine Chanderpaul to set Pakistan a target beyond 200.

"The contribution from the lower order was exceptional," Gibson said. "One of the things we have changed in our nets is that 'everybody is a batsman'. Everyone must be seen to be trying to improve in the batting department. That was a huge difference in the match."

The performance of captain Darren Sammy, who was named Man of the Match after finishing with seven wickets in the game, was another huge positive for Gibson. Sammy's position at the helm had been questioned by those who doubted he was good enough to hold his place in the side but he answered his critics emphatically.

"For Sammy, who was under so much pressure, to perform the way he did was a credit to himself and the way he goes about his work. He's an honest worker and a hard trier," Gibson said. "You could not ask for more. Also for Ravi [Rampaul], who has been in and out, to come back into the team was great to see. He is a pleasure to work with and has a thirst for knowledge.

"Bishoo came in and did a great job with the ball. He's a keen, hungry, young cricketer who just wants to get better and do great things for the West Indies," he added. "He's an asset to have around. When he didn't get any wickets for us in the second innings others stepped up and delivered. That is what team is all about.

"The contribution of the whole team, was great. Everybody worked hard and we all stuck together. We won the first match so that means we can't lose the series, but we don't want to stop there. Winning the series is the goal. It has always been the goal."

Gibson's next target is to try and back up the victory with another strong performance in the second Test in St Kitts which starts on Friday. He admitted that will be difficult, especially for a side that has struggled desperately for consistency, but hopes they can take confidence from the showing in Guyana.

"Long before the Pakistanis arrived we spoke about the belief in the team that we could win the series. We want to win in St Kitts and take the series. Before Sunday's result it was more than two years since we won a Test match and a series. You will have to go back a long time since the West Indies last won back-to-back Test matches.

"The team will feed off this win and we will enjoy it. In international sport you have to enjoy your success, especially in our case where our last victory was more than two years ago."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by PaddyRasta on (May 19, 2011, 23:36 GMT)

@ Jhonny James Sammy has a long way to go to be rated as a great captain. Let him win WC like Dhoni or a full test series like Strauss and the Ashes first then we can compare apples with apples. I am not ready to get carried away yet.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 14:07 GMT)

Come on vincent placide don't get carried away. Darren Sammy, one of the best captains in world cricket? Give us a break! How did you arrive at that? What were the measurement critera? No problem with you giving full support to Sammy but remember people from all over the world read these blogs and what would they think of us in the West Indies? I want to reiterate that every single captain in world cricket can make his team on merit as a batsman, bowler , wicket keeper or genuine /world class allrounder. Case closed.

Posted by Faraz99 on (May 19, 2011, 10:25 GMT)

@Faizan Ahmed, how you say No One Supports PK!!! Almost all over the world all 99.99% Umpires/Comentators supporting PK. Even in 1st Test Sarwan Caught behind given by Third Umpire (A.D.Silwa) without having snicho meter or black eye, it showed how much Umpires favor PK. Comentators always favored PK, for me I would supoport the weaker as all are with PK so I would support WI.

Posted by   on (May 19, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

I am very pleased for Sammy in this win. As captain of the team I agree that Sammy should perform and lead from the front with bat and balll as this is role. However I also believe that we need Sammy there because he is a team player and oozes the glue that holds all the other players together so that they can play as a team; which is what recent WI captains have lacked. Sammy is a natural man manager and a strategic thinker. Probably one of the finest captains that you will find in world cricket today. I must stress however that he must raise the other aspects of his game. Good luck in in St Kitts!

Posted by sgrp on (May 19, 2011, 5:53 GMT)

Hopefully this win is the beginning of the coming back of the Windies of the 60's 70's and 80's. This can happen if the West Indies Cricket Board brings back few cricketers who are surprisingly not featuring in the various series that have gone by. It is nice to see Marlon Samuels back. I would like to see Dwayne Smith brought back along with Denesh Ramdin, Runako Morton, Jerome Taylor and Suleiman Benn. Not forgetting coaxing Chris Gayle, Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo to return.

The following team would be just awesome and feared by the touring teams Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shiv Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Brendan Nash, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Devendra Bishoo and Suleiman Benn.

There are 7 world class batsmen, 7 world class bowlers, 3 good allrounders in Bravo, Gayle and Smith and a good wicket keeper in Ramdin.

Posted by Hendersun on (May 18, 2011, 23:54 GMT)

NEXT TEST, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, SMITH SHOULD GO AND RUSSELL SHOULD RETURN, LEAVING CHANDERS TO OPEN AND BAT RIGHT THROUGH. RUSSELL COULD GIVE EXTRA BITE TO THE ATTACK AND AGILITY TO THE FIELDING.MOST PEOPLE (SMITH EXCEPTED, RUSSELL INCLUDED) HAVE POTENTIAL TO SCORE RUNS ON THE ST KITTS RUN MACHINE WICKET. THE FORM OF SAMUELS IN THE ODIS LEADING UP TO 1ST TEST WAS NOT IMPRESSIVE. YET, HE LAUNCHED A VIV-LIKE 213 AGAINST THE MEEK AND WEAK JUST AFTER HIS ODI FAILURES. LONGER DUE DILIGENCE OF HIS ACTIONS SHOULD BE EXERCISED BEFORE EMBARKING ON RECALL TO TEST CRICKET AS HIS SEE-SAW SCORING PATTERN LEAVES A QUESTION MARK AS TO IF HE IS GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH RUNS TO SHARE SOME IN TEST CRICKET FOLLOWING HEAVY SCORING IN THE DOMESTIC SEASON PRIOR TO HIS RECENT DOUBLE HUNDRED.

Posted by riverlime on (May 18, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Creating a keeper out of Simmons is only going to ruin the batsman he has worked hard to become. He has stopped bowling in order to focus his energies and concentration on batting. Now people want him to KEEP!?! It is obvious that anyone calling for him to keep has NEVER KEPT WICKET THEMSELVES. It is HARD work! It ruins your hands and your knees, and saps mental energy having to focus on EVERY ball. I know, I've done it (on a very village-ish scale ;) ), and I can tell you that after being in the middle all day, its not easy to pick up your bat and make runs also. That's why Gilchrist was so amazing and so RARE!. Young Bravo is not another Lara, nor is Simmo another Gilly. Let them be themselves.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

Let me show you guys the West Indies dream squad. Gayle, Barath, Daren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan, Samuels, Chanderpaul, Simmons, Ramdim, Pollard, Benn, Bishoo, Edwards, Taylor, Roach, Rampaul, Sammy, braithwaite. Look at this squad...players would have to fight for their sports in that side.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2011, 20:47 GMT)

It nice to see some positive comments. it amazing how west indians still critize a team which fought their guts out to win the match. Well done windies. Guys really we cannot make simmons or bravo keep in a 5 days match..they have never done it before for so long and catches are extremely vital in test matches.you gotta becareful..i wish ramdin was back o ntaht squad and samuels would fit in as well..but then we gota fit the batsmen in for the role that they play..samuels play a sarwan and maybe nash role...devon smith play a braithwaite role or a barath role..but lets see..

Posted by   on (May 18, 2011, 19:07 GMT)

Lugujaga obviously does not appear to understand the olld saying that one swallow does not make a summer.At long last Sammy did something of worth but that still does not elevate his status as a very mediocre player, Time will tell.

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