Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 24, 2014

Gibson happy with West Indies methods


When two opposition players speak openly about your weakness, a reply is awaited. When asked if his players are too reliant on boundaries and place a low emphasis on singles and twos, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he took pride in having big hitters in the team.

Before the India-West Indies game, Suresh Raina had said that India would look to cut out fours and sixes, because West Indies don't like rotating the strike. On Sunday evening, India bowled plenty of dot balls, cut out the boundaries and restricted West Indies to a modest score.

Now Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has echoed Raina's words. In four T20s against Bangladesh so far, West Indies have averaged eleven fours and eight sixes a match. That sixes count is higher than their overall average of just over five per match.

Gibson responded by saying there was nothing wrong with West Indies' method, and they had done well basing their strategy around boundaries, even if India had taken advantage of intelligence gathered on his team's players during the IPL.

"We are blessed with players who can hit the ball to the stands," Gibson said. "I am sure people will look at [Chris] Gayle to hit the ball to the stands rather than take a quick single and pull a hamstring. If you look back at the game, most of our best players are in the IPL and I think they [India] know them quite well, and a lot of the plans from last night seem to come out of IPL. Bangladesh are different and we look forward to it. We have to focus on winning, to survive in the tournament.

"People will make assumptions based on what happened last night. India bowled well. We didn't get singles but we don't normally get singles. That's the way it goes sometimes."

Gibson believes that talk of taking more singles wouldn't necessarily mean his team would start doing that. He wants the batsmen to be more aware of the situation they are playing in, and then find ways to find the boundaries.

"You can't change much technically but it is in the mindset," he said. "We have to be aware of what the opposition is trying to do. We need to adjust mindset to counteract that. We can't just start taking singles, but take those that are there. I wouldn't want them to be run out, like Gayle did last night. He would have got 30-40 extra runs."

Against India, West Indies didn't include the experienced Ravi Rampaul, and went with the in-form left-armer Krishmar Santokie instead. With India discovering plenty of swing under the lights, Gibson said it would be a factor in their selection against Bangladesh, in what will be another night game.

"The ball swung more at night, as the Indian bowlers showed," he said. "We have to look at it when we form the eleven. Rampaul and [Sheldon] Cottrell are in our side, both are excellent so we will see how the team shapes up.

"I thought he [Santokie] bowled okay. Defending 130 was never going to be easy against the Indian batting line-up. He will get more and more comfortable in the tournament. He was probably a bit nervous, and he will work to improve."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    T20 is the foremost entertainment part of world cricket, and WEST INDIES have the players to bring home the trophies. Strategies,changes as the game is played is the key.When should SIMMONS, SAMUELS & Sammy bat.Russel need to keep his head,shot selection is poor,bowling too short.RamPaul, Santokie or both?Happy to see the players finally getting paid.Looking forward to the continuous rise of WI cricket.Play ball-

  • garf1158 on March 25, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    you guys need to chill out it,s only one game. If West Indies are going to win they will do so with their big hitting. They do not have the personnel to win with singles. Gibson is absolutely right whether you agree or not. Let's see what happens.

  • aclarity on March 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Smith lost the game for WI. Gibson was hopeless. He never reacted to the slow pace of WI batting. No change in the batting order, no message to tell Smith to get out or move out. As usual, he is mum when the game is on and talks a lot of rubbish in hindsight. The worse coach in the world. I would not be surprise if WI drops Santoki for Ravi. The biggest mistake since Santaki is the best closer and the blame should fall at the feet of Smith and Gibson. This is Smith 4th tournament for WI at this level. He always starts but by the end of the tournament he is on the bench. What's new?

  • VisBal on March 25, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    The interview shows how out of touch Gibson is. Just because the boundaries dry up, we don't want them to pull a hamstring running singles?? I thought these players were meant to be match fit at international levels. Maybe not. Looks like they are only meant to swing for the fences.

    And what is with all the short bowling on these slowish wickets? Even from spinners? Obviously the team management do not believe in home work. Mickey Arthur, anyone?

  • german1 on March 25, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Somebody need to knock some sense into Gibson`s head. He is clueless. Made me cringe when I read his ridiculous statement. What a waste! WI can never be a winning team with that kind of mentality. Absolutely no work ethic.

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Gibson seems to have no plans on beating the Indians he knew what the ploy would be and we saw no real intent to counteract I'm from Barbados and i am of the belief that Gayle is the no.1 t2o batsman in the world thus as with that when opening he should do what he does best demolish bowlers..Russel is not Pollard if anything Sammy should have that role leave Russel out especially when bowling he is retarded pitching short on a swinging pitch Bravo or Simmons at three please

  • BanglaBandhu on March 25, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Sorry guys.. WI look like they don't want to be here. Is it jet lag, over worked, weather conditions a mental thing who knows? Their body language is very negative at the moment.

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    For me a T20 match is decided on the power play overs. Once you don't get more than 50 runs you will be struggling through out the match.

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    windies played a top quality batting side..should have played the extra specialist bowler and leave out Russel...if windies are to progress, there bowlers will have to do it because we all know there batting is only good on paper...rarely delivers..the bowling is small totals or defend it with the extra many allrounders!!!

  • dummy4fb on March 25, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    i think its best to loose a early game , West Indies will bounce back , we have a good squad , they are going to make us proud , hold your faith guys , we will defend our title successful

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