West Indies v South Africa, 2nd Twenty20, Antigua May 21, 2010

Gayle questions batsmen's mindset

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • westindies4life on May 21, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Good job West Indies,,, good job...... now we are the worst team in Test, ODI & 20/20 cricket.... com on, even here in Aranguez Trinidad, we could produce more than 1 run a ball....but i guess it more the WI selector to blame.... how can u select Flecter- the duck master, Deonarine-the brainless cricket, Chanderpaul- the selfish, again ... y is young bravo and Barath not in the team... is flecher a better bats man than ramdin, i dont think so. Also Gayle is in no postion to make remarks about the team batting.... he have failed more than he produce.....we need a new captain.... how about bravo or sammy. O YEH Pollard shoud bat at number 3 or 4 an send down sarraw . Pollard will produce more than a run a ball if he is given time to bat.......... Com on Coach .....

  • hazeltine on May 21, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    THERE IS NO POINT in Gayle criticising the team whether it is in the one day or test formant. He himself has installed a culture within the team where they can play anyhow with no fight or character yet still get picked for the next match. He has also instilled a culture within the team where the management, even if well intentioned cannot tell him or the others ow to approach their cricket because they will be told that they're "bad minded old timers" who don't want to see the WIndies do well. Until GAYLE HIMSELF starts to change his attitude then his criticism is always going to sound ridiculously stupid.

  • on May 21, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    How long must WI fans suffer this sort of humiliation, anger and utter disgust toward this sort of backyard cricket, that our supposedly professional players continue to play? Why are certain players like Andre Fletcher still in the team? I really don't know what the selectors are thinking, u send a guy like Darren Bravo on an A-team tour when he should be in the WI squad, u pick basically the same squad from the t20 world cup that did so poorly saying that they are the best in the Caribbean. Total rubbish.Our selectors are idiots, all of them deserve to be fired, they need to stop looking for guys to represent the WI from every island, and just take players who are performing, full stop. let players fight for their places in the team, not just walk in when a series begins. Look how poorly the team did in the world t20, but u retain the exact same squad barring wavel. WI are making me sick to my stomach with these nonsense performances they keep putting up.Totally fed-up!!

  • calypsocricket on May 21, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    If players such as Boucher,Amla,Gibbs,Morkle etc., can't make the South African limited over team, how can West Indies able to match their strength with what they have now. West Indies is just above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in world rankings, the rest of the Test Playing countries will trash West Indies on any given day at any give form of the game. There is no going around that fact. They are what they are, and nothing else. I am a West Indian fan and will support them against any one, but I know what they are...........and I know what the results will be. I am backing West Indies in this series against South Africa, but I already know what the results will be. Its' like supporting South Africa to win the World Cup Soccer next month.

  • drsuso on May 21, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    WI SELECTORS ARE RUINING WI CRICKET. They should give chance to the talented players like DJ Bravo, Barath, Perkins, Simmons. If they do not select them now, when will they do? After they reach age 30? Every other team in the world has improved in T20s because they select young talented players and not palyers like Sarwan and Cpaul who are not T20 players and useless players like Fletcher, Deonarine. And look at the umpires selected by WI board!! They are ruining WI cricket too.

  • tmc1 on May 21, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Selectors try this team in batting order for the up coming one dayers : CHRIS GAYLE,CHANDERPAUL ,POLLARD ,SARWAN,BRAVO,SAMMY ,RAMDHIN, MILLER, DEONARINE ,TAYLOR,ROACH.--------POLLARD is needed when we have fielding restrictions. Miller is a better fielder than Benn and just as good a bowler.Skip bowl yourself some more.

  • tmc1 on May 21, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    121 from 120 balls is = to normal cricket.but I stand corrected,the WI are sadly lacking in confidence so that they can hardly even think. To not get 121 in 20 overs is pathetic ,and leaves one to wonder where is the cricket really going.I love consistency ,but not in the negative way that WI is being cosistent.Come on guys show the skip that you can perform even if he doesn't fire.DISGRACEFUL-Embarass me and lets win BOTH the one day and test series...PROMISE.Nothing less is acceptable..just follow the skip "BELIEVE IN YOURSELVES."This corner that you have been turning for a while now seems to be a circular one? "O"

  • fuzziduck23 on May 21, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    In questioning the batsmen, I hope he questions himself as well. They seem t want to use Ramdin as a scapegoat, but this Andre Fletcher is certainly not even remotely better. As a West Indian, I am disgusted with this team.

  • on May 21, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    West Indies motto seems to be "whatever score you make we can make less". I thought i was watching a test match yesterday. Gayle must first look at his batting and realize that he needs to improve as well.He is the top 20/20 batsman on the team so show some consistency. I honestly think that Andre Fletcher has probably loaned the West Indies board some money(out of the stanford millions)and has virtually paid for his place in the squad . There can be no other explanation for his constant inclusion in the team despite his failures.

  • cricketdebator on May 21, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    A friend of mine reminded me that these West Indies players use to perform brilliantly in the Sanford Twenty20 Circus, where they were being paid big money, (a case in point is the 20 million dollar match against England). He went on to say that maybe if the W.I board promise the players the same kind of big money, then they may perform better. What do you guys think??? Big joke as far as I am concern.

  • KDoc on May 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    That is WI's problem..they lack self belief. When the bowlers are doing well, the batsmen fail, when the batsmen do well, the bowlers fail. They have the raw talent, but just need to brush up on simple things like proper shot selection. THEY DEFINITELY NEED COACHING ON IMPROVING THEIR MENTAL STRENGTH AND SELF BELIEF!! SA is currently not at their best, yet the WI allowed them to win?? On a home venue??

  • on May 21, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Chanderpaul should not be playing T20, nor Sarwan or even Gayle. Let Sammy Captain and bring in young fellas. Let them work and prove themselves with it. Give a keeper other than Ramdin an extended chance. Even though Ramdin is the best keeper he needs to mature a bit in his batting. Fletcher should not be playing T20 because he keeps the mentality for all other forms. Let D J Bravo open. We behave like we have no players in the Caribbean. This is just not the case. The WICB is killing W.I. Cricket with poor selection, no disciplining and an all round garbage heap of a regional competion. Our main problems start and end with the fact that no one has to fight for their place in the side. they're all to comfortable. and its the WICBs fault.

  • on May 21, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    the future of west indies cricket at this point in time is CERTAINLY not in T20... or ODIs for that matter....

    west indies can only concentrate on 1 format at a time.... and right now it is test match... that is where all the most recent development/advancements have been made.... and in the process of those advancements..we forgot quite simply how to play T20.

    i'm also wondering about the pitch... was there uneven bounce in the pitch... or are our guys just...plainly out of form.

    thirdly... how long must the andre fletcher experiment continue.... and how much longer before you try a different opener like lendyl simmons? or that guys from barbados that broke his foot before his debut.

    fourthly... how does Gayle feel... to now be in the same situation as lara and chanderpaul... to have an entire batting lineup pegged on your performance only...

    see .. west indies cricket... is a cycle.... remind me then... why am i still such a passionate supporter? i need to be shot.

  • NISH67 on May 21, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    The problem with west indies is that they keep making the same mistakes over and over gain . I can't for the life of me understand how Fletcher is in the team . He wouldn't even find a place in a school boy side - an utter misfit . Pollard is not used properly - should be given more responsibility and asked to bat at 4 in limited overs cricket . Chanderpaul for all his achievements plays more or less for himself and his attitude is - if the side benefits then well and good otherwise , I will make my share of runs " . A lot of strong decisions need to be made if we are to see an improvement in WI cricket and I don't envy Gayle's job at all !

  • Ethel on May 21, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    I am starting to question why Kieron Pollard is in the team....good fielder and a fairly good bowler but a batsman who does not use his head. His average is only 12 after playing 20 games.Kraigg Brathwaite is a young 17 year old opening bat he needs that exposure. Yesterday, during the Commentary, a commentator thought that Fletcher`s weakness is hooking off the front foot ...i agree because he is not that good a batsman. Should someone have to tell him that`s his weakness? Then he should not be playing at that level.

  • on May 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    I agree with CricketMaan the mental with the windies is failing. The talent is there but it's not shining through,right now Gayle is not even able to bat. They look like school kids coming to bat.As far as South Africa goes it's not even their best performance and still they can win two games back to back after dismal playing. I think they need to make some changes an soon.

  • hemant.pande on May 21, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    I think now they have accepted one fact that they can never win. and this is what their mindset is. they are unable to come out from it. As after 78/3 and requiring less then 50 in last 6 overs in a 20-20 match and still u are unable to win then what else to say. It is shameful for Pollard and Sarvan. I have one question for Bravo as well as after scoring 40 runs you should carry the bat till the win.

  • RAGHAVER on May 21, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    The Windies players were not too positive while playing the negativity. They should remove the negativity in their game if they want to play to their full potential against top-class opponents.

  • Ethel on May 21, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Although SA scored only 120 runs i expected the W.I to loose the game.Good bowlers observe the way batsmen bat and focus on their weakness. In the first place Gayle don`t try to put the blame on the others because you did not make any runs .You have lots of experience but you are not using it . Going on the backfoot when the ball is swinging is stupid, its a "no, no"....come on try to adjust to suit the conditions and your problem is not the same as some of the others...your play is not in jeopardy so where is the pressure?There is no way in hell that umpire could have given you out if you were on the front foot. Selectors its time to find another w-keeper. Some of these players you pick couldn`t even make the Bangladesh team. The selectors do not have a clue as to what they are doing to W.I cricket

  • ChrisO_SL on May 21, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    I think all you guys who waste time commenting on an obvious typo rather than the article, are a bunch of losers! Positivignesh better think of changing your pseudonym! This is a cricket site, so please comment on cricket.

  • on May 21, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Gayle should look at his mindset which is poor and atrocious for captaincy

  • boris6491 on May 21, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Really disappointing. Sure, the conditions weren't all too favourable for the batting side but honestly, a score of 120, unless the pitch is an absolute minefield which is too difficult to negotiate, should be chased down. They left too much to do at the end and honestly, despite losing by one run on the scorecard, in reality they seemed to lose by a lot more than that. Just shows that their entire batting performance seems to be hinged on Gayle. If he fails, they fail. Not good enough for an international team. Credit to the SA bowlers as well as Miller and Botha for their batting. Both teams need a bit of a shakeup come the ODIs. WI in particular.

  • on May 21, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    mindset no ' mindet :P :P

  • on May 21, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    good point vignesh.:).....................

  • on May 21, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I think the word intended is "Mindset" and not "Mindet" in the title of the article, I dont know whether there is a word called "Mindet" which suits the context, if so I am mistaken and I apologize.

    I am quite sure that a cricket fan will not read the above word as "Mindet", but only as "Mindset" :), anyway the idea is well conveyed :)

    ARJUN MS INDIA

  • EVH316 on May 21, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Excellent heading. I, for one, have questioned the "mindet" of West Indies batsman for a long time. I don`t know what others thought, but watching the two T20 games v. SA has been horrid as both sides look awful. There must be some English batsmen - who can`t get in the English team - who are qualified for South Africa through their parents, to show them how to bat properly in T20? Not sure that T20 would have caught on at all if it was always like this...the basic skills looked so poorly executed...but I suppose that`s the natural outcome between some chokers and a bunch of guys who obviously don`t care.

  • KganeshK on May 21, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    mindet means wrong mindset. May be cricinfo wants readers to have their own interpretation

  • crickstats on May 21, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    It should be mindset and not minder

  • CricketMaan on May 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Windies along with Bangladesh have gone from Good to Bad to Worst.. Both teams have some Xtraordinary Talent but seems to be growing mentally weak day by day..Just for cricket's sake I want to see Windies rock like yesteryears and Bangla to shine to show the path for emerging countries...

  • Positivignesh on May 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    oye......... the heading says " Gayle questions batsmen's mindet" what it the meaning of " mindet "??????? change it to mindset.....

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  • Positivignesh on May 21, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    oye......... the heading says " Gayle questions batsmen's mindet" what it the meaning of " mindet "??????? change it to mindset.....

  • CricketMaan on May 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Windies along with Bangladesh have gone from Good to Bad to Worst.. Both teams have some Xtraordinary Talent but seems to be growing mentally weak day by day..Just for cricket's sake I want to see Windies rock like yesteryears and Bangla to shine to show the path for emerging countries...

  • crickstats on May 21, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    It should be mindset and not minder

  • KganeshK on May 21, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    mindet means wrong mindset. May be cricinfo wants readers to have their own interpretation

  • EVH316 on May 21, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Excellent heading. I, for one, have questioned the "mindet" of West Indies batsman for a long time. I don`t know what others thought, but watching the two T20 games v. SA has been horrid as both sides look awful. There must be some English batsmen - who can`t get in the English team - who are qualified for South Africa through their parents, to show them how to bat properly in T20? Not sure that T20 would have caught on at all if it was always like this...the basic skills looked so poorly executed...but I suppose that`s the natural outcome between some chokers and a bunch of guys who obviously don`t care.

  • on May 21, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    I think the word intended is "Mindset" and not "Mindet" in the title of the article, I dont know whether there is a word called "Mindet" which suits the context, if so I am mistaken and I apologize.

    I am quite sure that a cricket fan will not read the above word as "Mindet", but only as "Mindset" :), anyway the idea is well conveyed :)

    ARJUN MS INDIA

  • on May 21, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    good point vignesh.:).....................

  • on May 21, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    mindset no ' mindet :P :P

  • boris6491 on May 21, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Really disappointing. Sure, the conditions weren't all too favourable for the batting side but honestly, a score of 120, unless the pitch is an absolute minefield which is too difficult to negotiate, should be chased down. They left too much to do at the end and honestly, despite losing by one run on the scorecard, in reality they seemed to lose by a lot more than that. Just shows that their entire batting performance seems to be hinged on Gayle. If he fails, they fail. Not good enough for an international team. Credit to the SA bowlers as well as Miller and Botha for their batting. Both teams need a bit of a shakeup come the ODIs. WI in particular.

  • on May 21, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Gayle should look at his mindset which is poor and atrocious for captaincy