Pakistan in West Indies, 2011 May 17, 2011

Gibson hails West Indies spirit

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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."

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  • PaddyRasta on May 19, 2011, 22:36 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.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:07 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.

  • Faraz99 on May 19, 2011, 9:25 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.

  • on May 19, 2011, 8:37 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!

  • sgrp on May 19, 2011, 4:53 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.

  • Hendersun on May 18, 2011, 22:54 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.

  • riverlime on May 18, 2011, 20:02 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.

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:54 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.

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:47 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..

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:07 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.

  • PaddyRasta on May 19, 2011, 22:36 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.

  • on May 19, 2011, 13:07 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.

  • Faraz99 on May 19, 2011, 9:25 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.

  • on May 19, 2011, 8:37 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!

  • sgrp on May 19, 2011, 4:53 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.

  • Hendersun on May 18, 2011, 22:54 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.

  • riverlime on May 18, 2011, 20:02 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.

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:54 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.

  • on May 18, 2011, 19:47 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..

  • on May 18, 2011, 18:07 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.

  • rayinto on May 18, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I am glad that West indies won the 1st Test but we need to guard against complacency. The wicket had a big part with some balls bouncing twice on the way to the keeper - therefore, for example, while is is nice that Sammy got his 7 wickets, and I congratulate him on the performance we need to see him (and others) repeat that on proper wickets. For the same reason, the batsmen were unfortunate to have to deal with that wicket and only the performance of the in-form Simmons & the dogged experience of Chanderpaul along with the perseverance from Bishoo in the tail were able to provide a defendable total. Winning can be contagious and I hope West indies catch that bug.What is interesting is to see the management ( Gibson specfically) take credit for the win but the same management blame the senior players for losses. That is not motivating!

  • Metman on May 18, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @Senthilborninindialoveswestindiancricket ! Well said concerning the keepers !Long before the WC,I said then that the WI should make a wicketkeeper out of Simmons.No one took me seriously.As far as I am concerned,if the WI made Dujon into a keeper,then the same could be done with Simmons,or even Darren Bravo.No foresight whatsoever !The WI can groom Simmons by letting him keep in future T20s and ODIs ,with subsequent elevation to test keeper.Simmons has the potential to be a better keeper/batsman than Dujon.Sadly,the Board ,selectors ,coach and whoever have a say in the selections,don't have a clue about how to carry WI cricket forward.I have already said that Sammy is a better bowler than Bravo,not because he took 5 wickets on a helpfull pitch,but because he moves the ball.Bravo comes in off a very long run,and waits for something to happen with a slower ball,which everybody now recognises. Sometimes Roach appears to be just running in ,and bowling,no agressiveness whatsoever!

  • lyl67 on May 18, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    I hope Ottis Gibson does not get carried away with this win, because the team batting first had the advantage. The Wet Indies cracks are still showing Ramdin and another opening batsman should be brought back immediately. Fidel and Samuels should be considered. Please dont be stubbon and make the neccessary changes.

  • on May 18, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @ lugujaga - good words i agree with you. WI cricket is the best in the world we only need the correct mix of players batting in the correct order and most of all our Cricket is based on our mode. We are very emotional and if we are on a high then we do well thus we need to be more professional understanding that cricket is not over until the last ball bowled

  • on May 18, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Again I must say, "how could Sammy's place in the team be disputed when he is the best bowler that they have. One only needs to compare his bowling average, his strike rate and his economy rate with those of the others to realise this. It is time enough for us to emancipate ourselves from the mental captivation of quick, intimidatory bowling and notice the effective and efficient contribution of a talented cricketer, Darren Sammy.

  • lugujaga on May 18, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    WEST INDIES TEAM HAS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CHANDERPAUL'S BATTING .SINCE CHANDERS INSIST ON COMING IN NOT OUT HE SHOULD OPEN THE BATTING WHERE HE CAN BAT MUCH LONGER .WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HIS BATTING? IS TO SCORE RUNS FOR THE TEAM OR TO JUST STAY IN THE WICKET AND HAVE NET PRACTICE. PUT CHANDERS IN AT #1 AND LET DEVON HAFEEZ GO TO #5. DROP SARWAN OR NASH AND BRING IN SAMUELS.I AM GLAD FOR SAMMY BECAUSE HIS TALENT WAS QUESTIONED BY SMALL MINDED PEOPLE. WEST INDIES STILL HAVE TO WORK HARDER ,BUT THIS WAS A GOOD TEST WIN FINALLY FOR THEM .GOOD LUCK IN ST KITTS FOR WEST INDIES AND MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN

  • dragline on May 18, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    with devon smith not showing that he is capable against the spin and kemar roach looking tired migth be two areas of change that wi have in mind. but who will replace them is another hard decision to make. the reason being, it is never good to change up a winning team too much. we have young kraigge in the team, who has little experience at this level, he migth not be the wise thing to do; and seeing the quality spin attack that pakistan have, i don't think that kriagge is the option that we must choose. my team will be; simmons, bravo, sarwan, chanderpaul, samuel, nash, bough, sammy, rampual, bishoo and edwards. or we can even use sarwan to open the bating.

  • Burbon on May 18, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I don't think we should read too much into this game.The pitch was terrible and I know some would say yes they both had to play on it,but the true test will come when on a good track when there's even bounce and the naturally gifted Pakistanis batsmen get their eye in ,only then we'll see what this Caribbean team's made of.

  • bonaku on May 18, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Lets not celebrate too much... this pakistan team is not strong.

  • Silva-Surfa on May 18, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Credit to the bowlers indeed. Rampaul, Bishoo and Sammy bowled a good, probing line and the stubborn batting of the tail put the more recognised batsmen to shame. It doesn't hide the fact how alarming the batting line-up looked against the spinners. Truth be told, this is not a new weakness as for years, i can only think of 4 batsmen from the early 90s to present day that played spin with any comfort at all. Them being Hooper, Lara, Chanderpaul and Sarwan. With the majority of pitches in the Caribbean being more suitable to spinners now, it is no wonder that the spinners in the West Indies do so well in the Regional competitions. The batsmen need to work harder on reading the variety, otherwise they will get exposed when they face the cream of the crop at International level.

  • mahjut on May 18, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    I have always thought the Windies have performed below their talent (and blamed the board for it - being generally clueless about the politics of Windies cricket) so it's nice to see a win. Rampaul looks SO much better recently than he has done in the past, I think Bishoo - despite his failure in the second innings - certainly looks promising and seems to have some confidence after a generally good start to international cricket. All in all a pretty good allround performance...if I were to drop any players I'm afraid I'd have to drop Smith he just doesn't look the part at this level - but I guess until Barath is fit they'll stick with him. The bats will have to stand up though...Sars, Nash MUST stand up!!!

  • on May 18, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I congratulate West Indians, they played better cricket, they may not have more talented and experienced cricketers then Pakistan, but they have displayed better commitment and hunger to win.Fragility of Pakistan is exposed to every good bowler who has fire in him. Ravi Rampaul and Sammy are not express fast but they know how bad Pakistani batsmen are against tight, diciplined bowling.A little seam movement, a hint of swing and a clever use of off cutters....Thats all you need to nail them.I warmly congratulate selectors for selecting Taufiq the Bradman Umar, who has never proved himself as a worthy player, have not improved a millimeter during last decade, still they keep on selecting again and again.I think Umar Gul was another match winner for WI who look like taking a wicket but will certainly play next test because he is SUPER DOOPER STAR.I predict another win for WI because Saeed Ajmal Can not bowl from both ends.

  • Stos on May 18, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    @Senthil: I think that the WI team has generally been treated as minnows, at least relatively speaking, even with Gayle and such in them. In any case, I doubt that many teams would cower in fear as a result of Pollard's being in the West Indies team, except perhaps the West Indies team. I'm not sure that Benn has that much place in the current side, and if one is going to add another spinner, one is probably better off with trying out one of the fair few promising leggies which the West Indies seem to have all over the place now. In any case, it's good to see West Indies playing for a win, although given the recent performance of their batting lineup a draw could well be more impressive.

  • courierpost on May 18, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Well done boys, I told you so and always a big fan of WI boys very similar to SL style love it.

  • on May 18, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    why are people begging for Bravo Dwayne back in the team when was the last time he performed at a level that dictates he should be picked for windies team. Bravo's cricket have been gradually regressing for the past 3 years. He once had energy in abundance and was a joy to watch on the cricket field, after wc 07 in Caribbean Bravo seemed to have lost his passion.

  • on May 18, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    no one support pakistan, the effort they done in the match iS gone useless. VERY SAD :(

  • everfaithful77 on May 18, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    CONGRATS TO WINDIES TEAM INCLUDING COACH GIBSON AND OTHER SUPPORT STAFF ON THEIR TREMENDOUS VICTORY IN THE FIRST TEST. It's obvious by his comments that the coach is not only pleased but also very relieved by the performance of the WI team and that's only natural. It's been a very ROUGH RIDE for him since becoming coach but at last the sweet taste of victory must be welcomed by the coach and his staff. However the comments by Chanderpaul and Gayle in reference to Coach Gibson should temper his victory lap somewhat. I believe it's possible to OVER-COACH especially out of eagerness to improve fortunes of a team. A coach must ensure that he is not overbearing especially with very experienced players because this breeds resentment which could affect performance. He must also place his FULL CONFIDENCE in the effectiveness of his own OFF-FIELD coaching and in the players to get the job done on the field of play. Last I hope his positive outlook for the 2nd test will transfer to his actions.

  • on May 18, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    all d best for next match

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on May 18, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Bring in Gayle,Benn,Taylor,Pollard and Bravo for the series against India to give a good contest.. Every team are treating windies as a minnows.. In this pak series they have rested many senior players, upcoming India series they have rested Dhoni,Zak&sachin,sehwag(injury).. None of the team will play with full strength against windies until they have best players on there side.. U have a strong team & strong players(Pollard,Gayle,Taylor,Edwards & Bravo) who are been invited by other countries for playing in their domestic circuit, Y dont u use them for your country.. Now u hav very good junior players like simmons,Bravo,Bishoo,Roach,Braithwaite,Barath & A Russel..Mix them with senior players and make a strong team, make every team to play with their full strength.. Utilize Ambros or walsh or Holding as an bowling coach & Lara or Haynes or Hooper or Phil simmons as a batting coach.. U can very well bring in Phil simmons as a coach whose has been a part of the successful Irish camp

  • on May 18, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    I am a Indian but my fav team is WI. I fear that this win will lead to a vindication of the atrocious ways of the WICB which is far from being right. WICB is a political setup that needs to be disbanded at the earliest if cricket in the Caribbean is to progress. Dropping all the seniors at the same time was a bad nay worst possible idea and people in their right mind have protested it.

    On another note, Shiv Chanderpaul definitely needs some lessons on how to play with the lower order. He is probably the worst batsman in International cricket today in terms of playing with the tail. VVS Laxman being the best and earlier stalwarts like Steve Waugh n Lara being very good.

    There is a lot of clamour for the return of Ramdin and some people have said that he is the best keeper/batsman in the Caribbean. If that is indeed the case, cricket in the Caribbean is indeed on its last legs. That man wouldn't even make A team of other countries.

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on May 18, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Why Baugh,Ramdin& Thomas??.. They are just wicket keepers. we cant expect them to be genuine batsmen. Build a wicket keeper Bravo/Simmons who are genuine batsmen, so that an extra player can be added to team strength. Ask simmons to keep the wickets in test and allow him bat at no 5 or 6. Take an example former SL skipper Sangakara keep the wickets and bat at no 3 in test. Did wicket keeper batsmen like DHoni, Gilchrist,Ab devillers didnt keep wickets in test or didnt they make any contribution to the team... Go ahead with simmons who is better for that position so that Bravo can play at no 3. Bring in Samuels instead of Baugh...

  • bigrishi on May 18, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    i would like to make some general comments about these comments...first of all i do not think that non performance in one test is basis for dropping a player, i see people are asking for roach to be rested, he did not fail in the match, his role is strike bowler, and not in every match will he get wickets, i have seen ambrose, walsh, bishop, marshall etc get no wickets in a test/innings, that does not make them any less of a bowler. this guy is young, and will be the backbone of the pace attack for the next few years, give him a chance. test cricket is not about hitting fours, its about occupying the crease and breaking your opposition. those who feel that test cricket about boundraries are mistaken, time wins matches, lara made a 100 at st johns 1999 vs australia in one session and west indies lost. in 2003 chanderpaul made a 69 ball hundred at bourda against the aussies. west indies lost. the diet of t-20 has made you forget what real cricket is about

  • on May 18, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    congratulations west indies. pakistan is the right team to pro-long teams and players career. We made TIM SOUTHEE a astar!, we made P.SIDDLE a hero and now we made west indies back on track!. if you lose your track or form... dont worry! :P call pakistan cricket team and you can make yourself back on track :D. And who says pakistan damaging cricket?. I think pakistan is working well for the future of world cricket :P. lol

  • on May 18, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    A good win by the west indies keep it up guys

  • simonviller on May 18, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    VivGilchrist you said it right ! You hit the nail on the head . A guy leads a team to victory ,takes 5 wickets in doing so ,but credit is given to the playing surface instead ,just because he is disliked by some .we SHOULD ENJOY THE VICTORY NOW and just in case we fail in the near future we should still keep our heads high fog success shall be ours eventually . A king should have honour in his country ,but in this case he doesn't .

  • soorajiyer on May 18, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    As long as windies win, I dont care who is taking the credit. Love this team from the days of Sir Viv (I wasnt in earth before that!) and support windies as I support India! So really heartening to see windies winning :)

  • Robster1 on May 18, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    A very good result for the Windies - now please bring back gayle, bravo and taylor asap.

  • shawnsundar on May 18, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Don't get your hopes up WI fans, Sammy can't bowl on regular wickets and he definitely can't bat anywhere but rather only slog, once in a while. Remember this is a depleted Pakistan team. Yes it's the first win in two years, and we should be proud of that, But, we don't stand a chance against India. Bring back Bararth, he's fit and ready to go. Give Baugh a fair chance, he still better than Devon Thomas lol. Ramdin is the best in the region but he won't get called back due to too many Trinidadians being on the team :p Fidel should come in and give Roach a rest.

  • VivGilchrist on May 18, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    I cannot understand the negativity in these comments. You won a Test...enjoy it. You're captain led from the front and won man-of-the-match and people still want him dropped. Your coach has made a stand against players who couldn't care less about being there, and instilled confidence in the bowlers and you want him sacked. What do you want? Not everyone is going to perform in every game. Some of you "fans" really don't deserve a winning team. The coach is trying to build depth in his squad. Why? 1-injuries 2-loss of form and 3- to cover the guys who pick and choose when they want to play ie the wonderfully overrated and underperforming DJ Bravo and K Pollard. Please see it for what it is - Sammy is captain because he cares.

  • Balb on May 17, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Well done West Indies. Good team work. Hard work breathes results.

    West Indies needs to find a more reliable opening batsman and a better wicket keeper batsman as well.

    Somehow we have to bring in Fidel Edwards for the last test match

  • Woody111 on May 17, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Sammy is certainly proving me wrong about his ability. He put himself up the order in an ODI during the world cup and simply belted it around. There's now hope for WI which is what its fans needed and no doubt confidence for the team itself. What a pity this isn't a three test series; why the hell are we having these little two test series around the place? They still play pointless ODIs and 20/20 on tour - wouldn't we all rather see another test match?

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on May 17, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    India batsman always had problem with facing de short pitch ball..only few of dem can bat it like Shewag or Tendulcar..de rest of dem will have trouble with Ramphall and Edwards. However, Pakistan batsman dem can bat pace bowling better when you look at dem history. I seh WI will win India.

  • on May 17, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Sammy got 5 wickets on a pitch where a wicket -keeper can pick up wickets

  • on May 17, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Now the WI won Otis Gibson seems to want the credit...Gibson u should b saying "Chanderpaul's experience really see us through the second ing. and help put up a defendable total"

  • JohnMcClean on May 17, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    As a New Zealander, seems weird as I was in Guyana watching this test match that most Guyanese were backing the opposition, Pakistan. I couldnt quite understand why the overwhelming majority would back the visitors. It seems the people there have a lot of dislike for the WI board and it is obvious that this is not a new problem. It has been bred into them as I spoke to some young lads who were totally against their home team.There also seems to be a deep rift between the peoples in Guyana. It is quite troubling. I hope they can compromise these issues and look themselves as one nation that comes together to support their home team. It will be beneficial to their country and to cricket as a whole.

  • NCassie on May 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    @ fox6020; I agree with the players that deserve to get drop, Smith and Baugh, but wicketkeeping for tests require a specialist in that position, employing Simmons or Bravo is not a good idea as their batting will be affected. Bring back Ramdin who has the savest pair of hands in the Caribbean and who has shown good form recently. It's up to WI Board how long they can allow Baugh to fail, when Ramdin had his problems with the bat they left him to fail and there was no Haynes to help him, he being under 30 years still has alot to contribute to WI future. HE has served his time away from the team has worked hard on his batting the stats are there from the region games, it's only fair to bring him back. Let Chanders open until Barath is fit and bring in RAMDIN and Samuels.

  • on May 17, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Royal Challengers Bangalore 13 8 4 0 1 17 +0.283 1833/219.0 1872/231.3

    Chennai Super Kings 12 8 4 0 0 16 +0.544 1838/225.1 1708/224.1

    Mumbai Indians 12 8 4 0 0 16 +0.245 1687/235.2 1642/237.1

    Kolkata Knight Riders 12 7 5 0 0 14 +0.403 1594/212.4 1565/220.4

    Kings XI Punjab 13 7 6 0 0 14 +0.271 2108/255.4 1975/247.4

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    Pune Warriors 12 4 8 0 0 8 -0.033 1657/227.3 1739/237.4

    Delhi Daredevils 13 4 9 0 0 8 -0.448 2031/258.2 2076/249.5

  • NCassie on May 17, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    The Board should really thank the seniors, especially Mr. Chanderpaul for his effort with the tail. I think that he should open instead of Smith and let the inexperience middle with the exception of Sarwan bat around Chanders. This man has carried the batting on his back since the departure of BC Lara. WI batters needs to use his stubborn approach when out in the middle. As for the wicketkeeper position I still feel they are batting with one short, Baugh is continuing to give away his wicket, his shot selection is poor. BRING BACK RAMDIN!

  • fox6020 on May 17, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    @PACERONE - You said that Chanderpaul could not even hit one 4. If it wasn't for his contribution with the bat in both innings, the WI would have scored far less runs than they did. You also lashed Bishoo for not taking any wickets in the 2nd innings. You got to remember this man bowled for more than 20 overs consecutively in the first innings. However overall the WI did well with the win, but changes got to be made. Smith,Baugh = out of the team for 2nd game. I will bring in Samuels and Brathwaite. Let Simmons or Bravo keep.

  • on May 17, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Congratulations to the West Indies team. You won despite the WICB and the selcectors. Senior players like Sarwan and Chanderpaul fought hard on a difficult pitch and silenced thier critics who wanted to give the impression that they were "over the hill" and not worthy of selection. I am disappointed though to hear the "gun talk" coming from Gibson to Chanderpaul. That's his and the WICB way of "motivating" players. Talk about operating in the dark ages . And that's precisely why they are major deterrent to the advancement of cricket in the region.

  • on May 17, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    edwards, gayle, polard, bravo tayler when they come back windies will be more strong

  • indianzen on May 17, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    this is a severe blow to pakistan but WI should not take much into their head from this... bring back gayle and try to rock back..

  • simonviller on May 17, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Coach Gibson and Sammy ,you have the right to say it as you did ,there is nothing wrong with that . All this negativity swirling around is meant to distract and cause continued failure ; don't be distracted . Some people would rather others to be given your authority . So many people seem to wish failure for West Indies because things are not said or done their way .Where else in the cricketing world do we hear active players airing their negative comments in public . They find other ways to communicate ,especially if they expect to keep on playing ; and I am not against players or players rights . Respect is due and respect should be given ,and that goes for every one .

  • on May 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @Exuma--Hilarious Comments!!...Man ur talkin abt TEAM INDIA...NO 1 Test Team which unlike WI has Lots of Bench Strenght...Dude since wen did Facing Pacers been A problem for India..This is the best team in the world at the moment...Sachin Tendulkar alone has more experience than the entire Windies Squad...Dont even think of havin a breather..India will smote windies,Whack em ...smash em and beat em into submission!!..WATCH OUT!

  • inot on May 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    The victories in the test match and the two ODI's demonstrate the value of the senior players. Their mere presence inspire better performances from the junior players.It takes some of the pressure off them and gives them a psychological boost that they could never get from mediocre players/ leaders like Sammy and Gibson. Even Sammy looks inspired. Gibson and Sammy need to grapple with and confront their insecurities that arise from their knowledge that they are not deserving of their respective positions.Getting rid of the senior players may make Sammy and Gibson feel more comfortable as leaders and it may provide them with an excuse for their inevitable failure but it will not improve WI cricket.I know of no successful team or organisation that was built around incompetent leaders.This Pakistani team does not have a lot of experience in the batting dept and could have been defeated in all the ODIs. WI lost the first 3 and would not have won the test without Sarwan and Chanderpaul

  • inot on May 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    The victories in the test match and the two ODI's demonstrate the value of the senior players. Their mere presence inspire better performances from the junior players.It takes some of the pressure off them and gives them a psychological boost that they could never get from mediocre players/ leaders like Sammy and Gibson. Even Sammy looks inspired. Gibson and Sammy need to grapple with and confront their insecurities that arise from their knowledge that they are not deserving of their respective positions.Getting rid of the senior players may make Sammy and Gibson feel more comfortable as leaders and it may provide them with an excuse for their inevitable failure but it will not improve WI cricket.I know of no successful team or organisation that was built around incompetent leaders.This Pakistani team does not have a lot of experience in the batting dept and could have been defeated in all the ODIs. WI lost the first 3 and would not have won the test without Sarwan and Chanderpaul

  • PACERONE on May 17, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    It is amazing how a win can be made into a change of team attitude etc.Pakistan dropped so many catches in the match...had these catches been held the game might of ended differently.Pakistan batsmen showed more resolve although they seemed to have better batting conditions in the second innings.West Indian batsmen have no clue against spin..they just survived.Chanderpaul could not even hit one 4.Pakistan as the away team assesed the wicket better than the W.I did.They will add another spinner that will create more havoc for W.I.Simmons,Bravo will have to play their natural game..using their feet etc.Sarwan might help on a slower wicket.Chanderpaul seem strokeless these days...with some runs on the board he might change.Nash will be better.The game will be decided on how the wicket plays.Nothing to do with team spirit and playing together etc..that is political talk. Roach was below his standards..what was the reason for that.Bishoo did not get a wicket in the second Innings.

  • exuma on May 17, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Hope the coach and WICB remember its a team effort and dont go making wholesale changes, this is a winning squad. maybe some changes in the team but leave the squad alone. now that the WI cannot loose the series then make the following changes-brathwait in for smith, samuels in for sars and fediel in for roach. The indian squad for the odi next month dosen't look too strong, so will give WI a fighting chance against them. especiall since they are suspect against strong pace attacck-its time to get Fediel back in the team and jerome when he return from ipl. EXUMA

  • on May 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Will the WI make any changes for the 2nd Test? Ramdin for Baugh maybe? Shame Barath is still injured else surely he'd get a look in.

  • Yevghenny on May 17, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Gibson seems to have had a terrific impact on their bowling attack, and Bishoo looks a good player for them. Rampul showed a bit at the World Cup and is carrying it on here.

    The batting needs the discipline, but more pitches like these as well to play on will do them more good than the roads England had to play them on in '08

    It would be wonderful to see the Windies back on the world stage, it saddens me to see this test match played in an empty stadium when you know how much they love their cricket

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  • Yevghenny on May 17, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Gibson seems to have had a terrific impact on their bowling attack, and Bishoo looks a good player for them. Rampul showed a bit at the World Cup and is carrying it on here.

    The batting needs the discipline, but more pitches like these as well to play on will do them more good than the roads England had to play them on in '08

    It would be wonderful to see the Windies back on the world stage, it saddens me to see this test match played in an empty stadium when you know how much they love their cricket

  • on May 17, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Will the WI make any changes for the 2nd Test? Ramdin for Baugh maybe? Shame Barath is still injured else surely he'd get a look in.

  • exuma on May 17, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Hope the coach and WICB remember its a team effort and dont go making wholesale changes, this is a winning squad. maybe some changes in the team but leave the squad alone. now that the WI cannot loose the series then make the following changes-brathwait in for smith, samuels in for sars and fediel in for roach. The indian squad for the odi next month dosen't look too strong, so will give WI a fighting chance against them. especiall since they are suspect against strong pace attacck-its time to get Fediel back in the team and jerome when he return from ipl. EXUMA

  • PACERONE on May 17, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    It is amazing how a win can be made into a change of team attitude etc.Pakistan dropped so many catches in the match...had these catches been held the game might of ended differently.Pakistan batsmen showed more resolve although they seemed to have better batting conditions in the second innings.West Indian batsmen have no clue against spin..they just survived.Chanderpaul could not even hit one 4.Pakistan as the away team assesed the wicket better than the W.I did.They will add another spinner that will create more havoc for W.I.Simmons,Bravo will have to play their natural game..using their feet etc.Sarwan might help on a slower wicket.Chanderpaul seem strokeless these days...with some runs on the board he might change.Nash will be better.The game will be decided on how the wicket plays.Nothing to do with team spirit and playing together etc..that is political talk. Roach was below his standards..what was the reason for that.Bishoo did not get a wicket in the second Innings.

  • inot on May 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    The victories in the test match and the two ODI's demonstrate the value of the senior players. Their mere presence inspire better performances from the junior players.It takes some of the pressure off them and gives them a psychological boost that they could never get from mediocre players/ leaders like Sammy and Gibson. Even Sammy looks inspired. Gibson and Sammy need to grapple with and confront their insecurities that arise from their knowledge that they are not deserving of their respective positions.Getting rid of the senior players may make Sammy and Gibson feel more comfortable as leaders and it may provide them with an excuse for their inevitable failure but it will not improve WI cricket.I know of no successful team or organisation that was built around incompetent leaders.This Pakistani team does not have a lot of experience in the batting dept and could have been defeated in all the ODIs. WI lost the first 3 and would not have won the test without Sarwan and Chanderpaul

  • inot on May 17, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    The victories in the test match and the two ODI's demonstrate the value of the senior players. Their mere presence inspire better performances from the junior players.It takes some of the pressure off them and gives them a psychological boost that they could never get from mediocre players/ leaders like Sammy and Gibson. Even Sammy looks inspired. Gibson and Sammy need to grapple with and confront their insecurities that arise from their knowledge that they are not deserving of their respective positions.Getting rid of the senior players may make Sammy and Gibson feel more comfortable as leaders and it may provide them with an excuse for their inevitable failure but it will not improve WI cricket.I know of no successful team or organisation that was built around incompetent leaders.This Pakistani team does not have a lot of experience in the batting dept and could have been defeated in all the ODIs. WI lost the first 3 and would not have won the test without Sarwan and Chanderpaul

  • on May 17, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    @Exuma--Hilarious Comments!!...Man ur talkin abt TEAM INDIA...NO 1 Test Team which unlike WI has Lots of Bench Strenght...Dude since wen did Facing Pacers been A problem for India..This is the best team in the world at the moment...Sachin Tendulkar alone has more experience than the entire Windies Squad...Dont even think of havin a breather..India will smote windies,Whack em ...smash em and beat em into submission!!..WATCH OUT!

  • simonviller on May 17, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Coach Gibson and Sammy ,you have the right to say it as you did ,there is nothing wrong with that . All this negativity swirling around is meant to distract and cause continued failure ; don't be distracted . Some people would rather others to be given your authority . So many people seem to wish failure for West Indies because things are not said or done their way .Where else in the cricketing world do we hear active players airing their negative comments in public . They find other ways to communicate ,especially if they expect to keep on playing ; and I am not against players or players rights . Respect is due and respect should be given ,and that goes for every one .

  • indianzen on May 17, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    this is a severe blow to pakistan but WI should not take much into their head from this... bring back gayle and try to rock back..

  • on May 17, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    edwards, gayle, polard, bravo tayler when they come back windies will be more strong