West Indies v South Africa, 2nd Twenty20, Antigua

Gayle questions batsmen's mindset

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May 21, 2010

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South Africa sealed a one-run victory in a dramatic final over, West Indies v South Africa, 2nd T20, Antigua, May 20, 2010
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Chris Gayle, the West Indies captain, has questioned the batsmen's mindset following his team's one-run defeat in the second Twenty20 international against South Africa in Antigua. Gayle said they "have to look into themselves and try and redeem themselves as quickly as possible" after losing the series 2-0.

"It is a pressure situation," Gayle said. "The mindset is just not right. They're maybe a bit too worried about the position."

South Africa finished with a modest 120 for 7 but West Indies struggled from the start, losing Gayle for a duck, and the rest of the batsmen never quite got going. With 15 needed from the final over, Darren Sammy managed two boundaries, including an all-run four thanks to some loose fielding, but Ryan McLaren held his nerve to leave West Indies a run short.

"It's blatant," Gayle said. "It's not right. We need to have discussions on it. The guys need to free up and go out there with a free mind to play some good cricket. We should have won that game...no doubt about it. To chase 120 runs, I don't see why we shouldn't get it, but we didn't get it."

It was the second straight game in which the West Indies batsmen failed to perform. On Wednesday, they lost by 13 runs chasing 137 to win.

"It's very disappointing but credit must go to the bowlers. I thought they bowled well on an on-and-off pitch," Gayle said. "In the end we allowed the run-rate to climb up a bit too much. We should have tried to take a few more chances."

He denied experience was the problem, saying, "We have quite a few experienced guys in the team, guys who have been in big situations before. Experience is not a problem."

The problem, according to him, lay with individual players, who need to start taking responsibility for their performances. "It's up to the individual. They have to look into themselves and try and redeem themselves as quickly as possible. I can't do it for them. I have a lot to think about as well. It is up to the individuals to try and get over these situations as quickly as possible."

In contrast, South Africa's captain Graeme Smith was full of praise for his team's ability to keep calm in the clutch, although he couldn't resist a wry comment on the team's history of coming up short in high pressure situations.

"It was a bit tense at the end so we had to find somebody to remain calm, and Ryan kept a good sensible head, although we had a few guys running all over the place. It was an exciting finish, and nice again to get over the line," he said. "We have performed well enough in tense situations like this before, although our record in such situations in competition play is quite poor, but we have performed really well again under pressure in a game that we probably shouldn't have won, so it's to our credit, and the confidence is definitely growing."

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Posted by rsbs on (May 22, 2010, 15:31 GMT)

Please be reminded of the record of when Barbados and Leewards played good cricket West indies cricket was on top for a long time, Leewards still have some good players, i think leewards just need to change their Management team, over the past couple years the best management team in the Leeward island cricket tournament is from Antigua and Barbuda, Manager Hugh Gore and Coach Leon Rodney known to many as Kuma,why then the Leewards board cant see this may be the best management team to bring the best out of their players thus pushing them forward to the WI team, all the cricket in the caribbean need the best person in place to better our cricket, because iam from the Leewards that why i reference the Leewards but i want betterment for West indies cricket. may be we need to start using different coaches for different tournaments, T20,50 overs and test cricket all different coaches, ( wow not sounding to good ) just a tought any way.

Posted by rsbs on (May 22, 2010, 15:20 GMT)

Watching west indies cricket rite now is heart burning, when you look around the caribbean their is a lot of talent, however we are not using them the way we should, apart from these players we are using and fail,fail,fail there are number of other good players around in Trinidad,Leewards etc, even from a coaching stand point,the leewards have a number of good persons,Eldine Baptiste must be the person to handle these guys, from the standford experience Baptiste as far as i understand made no jokes in pulling up all and sundry to get on board with the program hence the performance of that team beatting England in the one off 20/20 game, Antigua have beeing winning the Leeward Island Tournament for the past two years with out loosing a single match, since the ABCA appointment of coach Kuma Rodney and Manager Hugh Gore,the Antigua team has not lost a match, i mention all of that to say,some one once said the smaller island will provied the best for west indies cricket,give them a chance.

Posted by rsbs on (May 22, 2010, 11:35 GMT)

From what i can see,most of the Wi players are batting with a bat only,and from the sholders up nothing, in this game of cricket or in any sport the head are the most important thing, the WI board must also take some of the blame, the board have accepted the same team from the selectors over and over, the team continue to loose and does so poorly,most of the players show no improvement, most of the players stats are nothing to shout about, yet still its the same players every time, dont want to blame the coaches,however if the board was a thinking board they would have look at the way the standford 20/20 team performed against England and understand the coach was one Mr. Eldine Baptiste who prepaired the team in a way that they had to beat England, where are Mr.Baptiste now? sonn and very soon if we dont find a way forward WI cricket will be dead,dead,dead.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

WEST INDIES TEAM IS CHOSEN ON FRIENDSHIP , WHEREAS A TEAM IS CHOSEN TO WIN SO THIS SIMPLY SHOWS THE WEST INDIES CRICKET BOARD IS ROTTEN AND NEEDS TO CHANGE.THEY NEED TO CHANGE THE PACK OF CARDS THEY HAVE ,THE CURRENT PACK IS MARKED THEREFORE THEIR HAND IS ALWAYS EXPOSED TO THEIR OPPONENTS .WHY WAS THE COACH OTTIS GIBSON CHOSEN WITHOUT HIS COACHING TEAM WHEREAS OTHER AUSTRALIAN COACHES WHERE CHOSEN WITH THEIRS .THESE STRATEGIES CLEARLY AREN'T WORKING .ITS ABOUT BUILDING AND NOT DESTROYING.YES WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE HEAD (THE BOARD) BECAUSE IF THE HEAD IS WEAK THE REST WILL ALSO BE WEAK , SO I HAVE CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITICIZE THEM ,THEY TRUELY DESERVE IT IN FACT.THE TEAM IS NOT MAINTAINED ON PERFORMANCE .THE SAME NAMES OVER AND OVER ARE CHOSEN AND THEY ARE BEATEN ,IF THE YOUNG SIDE IS CHOSEN ITS CHANCES OF THEM WINNING ARE BETTER THAN CURRENT THE WEST INDIES TEAM BECAUSE IF THEY LOST THEY WENT OUT FIGHTING.

Posted by Deenesh on (May 22, 2010, 2:19 GMT)

Why WI why? How far the great have fallen. Who could have imagined such a pitiful WI team when they were at thier zenith? Although a sad statement, it must be said tht BAngladesh might soon replace the WI as the 8th best team. Pathethic that Wi should even be competeing for that position but, thats how the story goes...

Posted by Professor_king44 on (May 21, 2010, 21:23 GMT)

And next week, we will be asking the same question that burns at the pinnacle of it all: "What is Fletcher doing on the side?" I do not want to suggest anything, but the rumors have it that.......(any sensible person can fill in the blanks). Hope we won't be having his name on the paper for the test matches. Barath, is a true find with natural ability. Darren Bravo has some of the best shots in the book that reminds of Brian Lara in prime. Marlon Samuels has finished his exile (wondering if he was doing any training and conditioning while away). Please forget about Dowlin and Gavin Tongue, and look into the Barbados, Windward, Leeward and Guyana squad for some good youngsters.

Posted by Professor_king44 on (May 21, 2010, 21:02 GMT)

Most West Indians believe that Deonarine and mostly especially Fletcher should not be playing right now. it may appear as if we do not have other players of better quality. Ofcourse we do! We have Brian Lara Jr (Darren Bravo), Lendl Simmions (whose average and talent in 20/20 far exceeds that of Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Fletcher, Deonarine, Hinds, Ramdin, Pollard, Miller, Benn, Taylor, Roach, Rampaul: Yet, he can't make the team), Perkins, A. Barath, D. Bernard Jr, along with the many other youngsters in region who are capable of Averaging above 20. in 20/20.

West Indies consistent failure, is not only a failure of the players, but also a failure of the captain, coach, selectors and the board.

Posted by cricketdebator on (May 21, 2010, 18:17 GMT)

My recommendation is that the West Indies Board INSTRUCT the selectors to select different horses for different courses. For a start, they should search around the entire Caribbean and select the 15 most suitable young players (age 25 and under), and mould them into a twenty20 team. It may be necessary to select an older player to lead them, but that could be accepted. If we should embark on such a venture, I am almost certain that in 2 years time, we will be among the best in the world, in this format. On the contrary, if we continue with the current set-up, we will get nowhere.

Posted by babya on (May 21, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

i m sorry to tell this being a windies fan,they should be removed from the cricket alonwith bangladesh (as a test playing naton)..and if same thing continues both should be given status as kenya...i.e only to play in the world cups...as this has been story for many years now...

Posted by pitch4sa on (May 21, 2010, 17:36 GMT)

EVH316 I agree that SA and WI are poor at the moment but as for passing on unwanted english batsmen to sa please check icc rankings. test batsmen SA 3 Eng O ODI SA 3 Eng 0 in the top ten. The only reason there are english batsmen who cant get into the team is because it is full of chokers

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