Bangladesh v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Gibson happy with West Indies methods

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 24, 2014

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Chris Gayle launches the ball out of the ground, India v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, March 23, 2014
'People will look at Chris Gayle to hit the ball to the stands rather than take a quick single and pull a hamstring' - Ottis Gibson © Getty Images
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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."

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Posted by   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-

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

West Indies need to focus on strategies. There is no need for both Smith and Gayle playing out dot balls. One of them should go at the bowling at all times and that should be Smith while Gayle build his momentum. After Smith fell West Indies needed to promote Andre Russel or even Sammy to launch an onslaught but they brought in Samuel followed by Simmons. Very poor strategies and we got the punishment we deserved.

Posted by tutorial on (March 24, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

Gibson doesn't have a clue of whats wrong with WI cricket, when the power hitters are being suffocated by strategy (brain) Gibson is lost, he don't have a clue how to slove that, so we cannot put blame on the players when there leader (Gibson) is clueless, half of this team is not ready for what Gibson and selectos got them into, here's a clue for Gibson strategy (brain) wins over muscles everytime.......Gibson and selectors has high jacked WI cricket and brain washed some fans, do WI a favor and resign.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 23:04 GMT)

People, this is T20, and i was founded on big hitters, hence people like Pollard being starts in this format and not making a test side. If thats their strategy, then thats it. This has done them well in the past. Don't expect them to flop twio games in a row on this big stage. Bangladesh will not be a walk over and should be respected in this format but i thinkWI will win this one.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (March 24, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Gibson says other teams will be different ? as if they can't see India plans and replicate it strangling with swing and spin ? I also heard Andre Russell saying in press conference they target 40- 45 after 6" If this is the plan it shows you how out of touch they're now even in T20's ! You want to ideally be targeting 55-60 as par from the power-play just look at the intent of sides like Australia Sri Lanka and Pakistan from the get go to be honest I agree with Cullinan and will not be at all surprised if they got out tomorrow v Bangladesh .

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (March 24, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

"and a lot of the plans from last night seem to come out of IPL"

OH REALLY ? SEEM? Wow what a reactionary coach as if all teams don't have plans or see how each player plays.Where were West Indies plans for the Indian players ? Where was initiative to counteract the obvious Indian plans ? How did they not send someone onto the field and tell Smith to charge down track or bat outside his crease ? Instead we had to watch 5 or 6 overs of him rooted in his crease hanging his bat out to dry v some defensive swing bowling. As mentioned before Samuels should not be anywhere near the top 4 let alone the vital 3 he has looked dreadful for over a year now and if Smith had almost killed the game Marlon made sure he buried it going under a run a ball and then running out Gayle becuase of the pressure, something Samules has done frequently once every handful of games throughout his career. Some fool on here claimed i wa a "Trini" for pointing out the obvious (Simmons and Bravo have to bat 3/4)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

@hurting_westindian and @Randy Beckles. The same could be said for the other teams who are vying for the trophy, and who also will NOT win it. At least, WI currently HAVE the trophy which means that they WON it by BEATING the opposition. Since you've made your predictions, here's mine. The following teams will be knocked out too: SA(LOSE), IND(LOSE), ENG(LOSE), PAK(LOSE), SRI(LOSE), AUS(LOSE)

Posted by Reuelsean on (March 24, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

And this is the guy that the wicb gave a renewal contract to. Everyone in the caribbean has been expressing concern for years about the need for players in the caribbean to start rotating the strike more regularly, even in the domestic game. Gibson himself was giving us the impression that he was working on it, but comes here, and says something as senseless as this? If the coach is thinking along these lines, how could the players be expected to think any differently?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

barnwell should be in the team,excellent players,of spin ,good hitter and talented fielders.....

Posted by hurting_westindian on (March 24, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

And the madness continues. When you have a coach making such a ridiculous statement like that it's no wonder why WI are so poor especially in the longer formats of the game. They like to think that they can just hit themselves out of trouble but the facts will show that when they are in pressure situations and try to play big shots MOST times they FAIL. They are simply not good at finding the boundary when they need to, most guys just swing wildly and try to get bat on ball, there is little technique behind it. I'm 100% certain that WI will not win this world cup and the blame starts from the top management down to the players with their immature small island mentality.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

I am sure about 1 thing.WI will not make it through the next round.True Gayle looks unfit, poor guy a lot depends on him. WI Coach and captain talk more than their efforts. Unless we get rid of them we are doomed.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

What a loser! How can you make a statement like that? If he runs he will pull a hamstring.Seems like gayle is half fit. Play someone else. Too many so called big hitters in the team.Against the top teams WI will never win.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Sal Husain. ..Sammy is clueless? He has been the most successful Windies captain in this format of the game. ..give the guy his credit. .said guy won us the last t20 world cup after losing the opening game. Boy do we have short memory. .it's only the first game , maybe they got it wrong in the opener..

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

gibson and the selectors are a bunch of jokers. gibson and sammy is clueless also ,india bowled negative and these two could not adjust , instead they plodded their way through trying to hit boundaries and looked like a high school team. after NZ i hope the wicb wake up and sack , gibson, sammy and the selectors or the WICB board should resign. as i said months agos this team will not get out of the preliminary round

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

Gibson as usual.Happy to lose at any cost.Pick the wrong team and hope they perform.

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