West Indies v Australia, Super Eight, Group F, St Lucia

Dejected Gayle laments lack of consistency

Andrew McGlashan at Beausejour Stadium

May 11, 2010

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Dirk Nannes bowled Chris Gayle in the first over of the match, West Indies v Australia, World Twenty20, Super Eights, Group F, St Lucia, May 11, 2010
West Indian hearts sank when Chris Gayle was bowled in the first over © Getty Images
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A packed house at the Beausejour Stadium deserved better than the dismal performance served up by West Indies and Chris Gayle apologised to the fans after the hosts were knocked out of the World Twenty20 with a six-wicket defeat by Australia.

The supporters kept singing until the final run was scored - somewhat fittingly it came when Gayle fired a bouncer over the wicketkeeper's head - but their spirits had taken an early blow when the captain was bowled by Dirk Nannes in the first over. So much rides on Gayle's performances in this team that it was always hard to see how they would fight back, but the nature of the subsequent collapse was depressing.

"There are no excuses and I apologise to the fans for our display in this World Cup but we have to hold our heads high," Gayle said. "The turnout has been brilliant and I must commend them on that, it's just unfortunate that we didn't carry on to the semis. The support was very good and I must say thanks to all the fans.

"We have worked really hard and hopefully in the series coming up [against South Africa] we can give you something to smile about. We worked really hard. We wanted it badly. The commitment is always there, even today in the outfield with the players diving around."

As the batting fell apart against Mitchell Johnson and Steven Smith, Gayle watched forlornly from the dugout with an air of a man who had seen it all before. During the tournament he has pleaded for help from his team-mates for some batting support but yet again no-one delivered

"It's severe pressure and a lot is on my shoulders. I was hoping to get someone to take some of that pressure in the batting department but it didn't happen," he said. "I tried my best, I'm not saying everyone else didn't, but sometimes I try too hard and get myself in a bit of trouble rather than letting it come naturally."

When asked about what quality was missing from the side to make them regularly competitive against the best Gayle had a simple answer. "Consistency, that's the only word I can use right now," he said. "We are on and off, sometimes we turn up and are unbeatable and no team can play us but it doesn't come often. In our batting it can't be just me getting runs, others have to take responsibility.

"There are no problems in the camp, the spirit has been fine but on the field we have been inconsistent. We are trying everything to get that right but it didn't work today."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by Metman on (May 17, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

How come you are not posting my comments and are posting others?Tell me what I am doing wrong.Am I being too critical of certain people,or am I speaking the truth?That is the problem with West Indies cricket and the W.I. selectors they fear the truth.Look what they have selected to play against South Africa.Tell me,did somebody recommended the current bunch of selectors or did they recommend themselves?How are selectors picked?

Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 2:28 GMT)

I write this article not because I am from the Islands I believe it is time for some one to say it as it is. I have no bad feelings towards players who go to the IPL to make more money. England and other countries can afford to do that because they have put structures in place for the developement of their players but we have not. The two major problems we face in W.I cricket are the politics and team selection. The same set of players that have failed us in longer version of the game are the same ones the selectors are glued to. Are some names too big to drop? when it comes to the other playing nations thy pick you to do a job you fail to deliver you are out. What happen to Mouncine Hodge Hayette Kerien Pollard from Nevis Darring Bravo Shane Shillingford (he is the only player who has taken in excess of 200 first class wickets and scored in excess of 1000 runs with three fiftys and the selectors have paid him no attention) bring back Devon Smith help him to fix his problems

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 0:03 GMT)

but, hey Ty_Ty, exactly, chris gayle is batting the same way he batted under lara, just there is no genius to dig us out or give us some sort of respect

Posted by claudie1975 on (May 14, 2010, 0:34 GMT)

You THINK??? Yeah right CG has the power to decide the team!!! The blame is as usual with the WICB. The A team, has the hitters Darren Bravo, Nash, and the bowlers Tonge and pascal. Fletcher was selected on what merit? Ramdin? What about Carlton Baugh??? Should he not have had a spot?? People are calling for Ganga to be captain, is this going to be at the cost of Gayle as a player? If so then NO WAY, Ganga has his merits as a captain, but so does Bravo (DJ). Ganga has proven inefficient an incapable in WI colours and that is the truth. Before you start....I am a trinidadian, but the statistics are there. Well done to him in The ICC champions league, a credible performance, by a regular non performer, that is why it is memorable.

Posted by wanderer1957 on (May 13, 2010, 22:26 GMT)

Why u guys from trinidad continue to blame Gayle for all that wrong with West Indies cricket.guys wake up and smell the coffee,lets looks at performances in the 20/20 and also the preceeding series what have Bravo,Pollard,Ramdin done to deserved selection.also get off Ganga bandwagon he has is chances.Pollard Ramdin and Bravo had enough apportunities to make worthwhile contributioons in the just concluded 20/20 competion and on each occasions they failed.The same cannnot be said of Gayle.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 17:15 GMT)

I cant understand why Wavel hinds was picked and was playing at No 6/7. KP and Bravo had minuscule roles to play. I prayed for WI to beat Aussie event though I am die hard Aussie supporter. In Champions league, Ganga, barath and co displayed excellent cricket , spirit and confidence which is totally lacking in the current WI team under Gayle. King of Cool needs to take time out and bring in a specialist team for T20. Chanderpaul and Sarwan should not be in any T20 squad. They should be looked to play the sheet anchor role like Hussey coming in at 6/7 and not expect them to come all guns blazing against quality pace attack.

Posted by gudolerhum on (May 13, 2010, 14:22 GMT)

The departure of the WI should be no surprise. Gayle believes that by being aloof he demonstrates leadership skills. He is not cool just a poor captain. He does not know how lead or motivate his team. I hate to say this but it appears to me that the WI Board, team management & coach are all incapable of strategic planning to defeat their opponents. They select teams that are not balanced or flexible and do not insist on proper training programs. It is obvious watching them that they are playing Saturday afternoon cricket for huge $$. Why should they stress themselves? Life too sweet as it is. Gayle is a hit or miss, not consistent. Chanders only plays for his avg. Sarwan seems to sleep much of the time. Pollard needs direction & he does not know what is expected. Ramdin lost his way. Taylor looks flat. Fletcher no possible comment. Deonarine out of his depth. Roach needs development. W Hinds never was. The list and the losses go on.

Posted by Ethel on (May 13, 2010, 13:43 GMT)

There is something definitly wrong. The way Pollard got out was not the way to go i could not see myself, playing at thet level, being so inconsistant. In the 70`s playing in Barbados this present W.T team could not beat any of the BCL club in Barbados. Teams win matches not individuals.The only one who seems to be interested in representing the W.I is sammy.

Posted by Rajin_27 on (May 13, 2010, 13:16 GMT)

Darren Bravo made a century against SA A...So Wat ? I think the problem was poor selection of the team and improper preparations like Colin Bourde said.West Indies only played matches as a team during the warm up matches.Some of these players are coming off the ipl as well as playing for their respective clubs.They need to get back the feeling of playing for their country and being a west indian cricketer and get it right as a team.You can't put a bunch of good players together and hope they win.Look at Trinidad and Tobago,Most of our players are barely known to the cricketing world if not known at all ! but they play well as a team and they beat some of the biggest named teams in the world.Other teams have been going through the same problem as well (India & SA).This is the consequences of overkill of T20I/T20 cricket.If you look at the teams that have made it to the semis are the teams that have been playing less T20 than the other teams baring sri lanka

Posted by Nadia_H on (May 13, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

I agree with Chris Gayle - he cannot be the only one to make decent scores and get the team in a good position. I am disappointed not that they lost, but they did not put up a good fight. I also remember the Viv Richards days fondly and want to see some of the fighting spirit and swagger back in the team.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 4:08 GMT)

I'm a die hard WI fan, but sadly, I'm not suprised the home team was denied a place in the semi-final by a better team. Its time we West Indian fans accept the fact that our team is just not good enough to defeat good teams on a consistent basis. They may be competitive at times against teams like Aus, Eng and India, etc, but they simply lack quality players to win 'big games'. Chanderpaul, as great as he is, is not a factor in t/20. The same can be said of Sarwan; Pollard? I have my doubts. As for our bowling, it lacks penetration--even in Tests & ODi's.....I find it amazing how we keep using a lack of consistency for our downfall, yet we consistently select the very same players at fault.

Posted by Rooboy on (May 13, 2010, 2:43 GMT)

lol@ Tehsin Khan ... 'WIndies could have smashed Australia easily if they would have kept their wits and scored 150 plus'' ... that's very funny stuff! ' twice we have seen in this tournament they (Australia) came apart against spinners' .. Yep, Australia were in a couple of sticky situations being 5 down for 60 odd, but I was always led to believe that it was the final result that mattered, not the score at some arbitrary point in the match. Australia can afford to 'come apart' early in the game given they have the ability to absolutely deconstruct their opposition in even greater fashion! It's the same as the people who jumped on Aus after they lost to Zimbabwe ... you can afford to be 5/60 if you win the game, just as you can afford to experiment in practice games if you do well in the main tournament. Why is this so hard to understand?!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 0:08 GMT)

What a waste and time and money, each and every year, why can't we have a proper team to play tournaments. I agree with "windiescricetfan"....Ganga should be given a chance and time to groom a new captian. Ganga tried his best not to disrespect Gayle while watching such lack of effort. Even the commentators asked Ganga how could he speak on a mic while positioning his players on the field for the Club Championships. OK, maybe he not the Sir Viv of Batting but his knowledge of cricket should out way batting any day. Just think Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are starting to beat us, within no time we will be 8 or 9 in the ranking.

Why wasnt any new players added, such as Darren Bravo, Imran Khan, or Will Perkins to name a few from Trinidad. It seems like WICB has too many selectors or decision makes trying to add too many underperforming players. I like C-Paul, but you can't put all you eggs in one basket for one player who has that much injuries, thats one reason why Lara retired from WI!

Posted by Peligrosisimo3 on (May 12, 2010, 23:41 GMT)

I think that people are reading too much into the defeat of WI by Aus. From the mid 90's WI fans have becomed accustomed to defeat (at least me). The mere fact that they capitulated basically shows their lack of being in such situations with regularity, and the pressure they exerted on themselves after having the weight of the whole region upon them. I was watching the match and I could feel the nervous tension in the WI. There were too many attempted boundary shots(SC,RS,ND, DN). Its seems that their target was 210 when 140 or 150 could easily have been enough.And its true, Gayle just doesn't bat like himself under pressure.Going after the bowling he normally gets out, but by putting bad bowling away he normally scores more runs. Captaincy(I must say it) was weak. With the team selected, spinners should have been on from the start. Taylor and Bravo leaked runs. You are not going to get blood out of a rock but CG should have been on eariler. In the end he fired 5 wides down legside.

Posted by JackTrez on (May 12, 2010, 22:50 GMT)

Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on (May 12 2010, 10:56 AM GMT)

"old hags like Chandrapaul who cant even get a proper stance"

Shiv averages 48.70 in test cricket with that stance!!!!!!!

Posted by degiant on (May 12, 2010, 22:01 GMT)

I am fed-up of people compairing T20 with the Champion League.Look, India couldn't make. You guys need to stop this insularity way of picking this team, mostly from TT. Let's take a look at some of the players that you are praising.Barath, firstly he is injured, but he couldn't hit the ball off the square against ZIM. Simmonds couldn't do the same against AUS. Ramdin and Bravo have no form period. Pollard Pollard Pollard might be a match winner for TT but for WI he don't have it. Top score of 38 and an average in the teens and big expectations Well he is not it. So when these selectors have a horrid job of finding the best of the flash in pans, just back them and support the team and hope they do well

Posted by aramdharry on (May 12, 2010, 22:00 GMT)

Yes Chris is a great player, one of the best in all formats of the game, especially the 20/20 format. but he definitely needs a lot of help, chanders, sarwan, fletcher, ramdin, wavel hinds, and a few others, are not good enough, too slow, and don't have the quickness and bat speed to be successful in the shorter format. In 20/20 you have to play shots after shots, but which these guys don't seem to have or cannot play. 20/20 requires players with no fear and no intimidation from the bowler's, some of the west indies players seem to already be out, even before the step to the pitch.

The team that was selected, definitely has no imagination, common sense, and no skill in crowd entertainment. they don't have any good or solid shot selection. the only entertaining player is Gayle, but he cannot do it himself, game after game others have to step up quickly. Where is simmoms, perkins, and Bharath. And what is really Pollards role in this team?....

Posted by calypsocricket on (May 12, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

I am really flabbergasted as what all the fuss is about ! Twenty20 winning is about a team having a good day, on another day they can lose just like India and New Zealand did. West Indies went as far as India - a power house in their own rights. They went farther than New Zealand, a team that could have easily won this tournament. The West Indies team that played was best available for the game.PERIOD. Australia played like they always did. Thery were not unbeatable, nor are they. Any of the four teams in the semis can win this series. Its just about clicking together at the right time. Theres' always the next time.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 17:35 GMT)

Ganga is a no no, he found a job that suite him sit and talk down your team, the problem is west indies team lack discipline and we keep recicling players try new people stop bringing back guys who been there done that, you need a team effort to win can`t depend on Gayle to score hundreds everytime and even when Gayle score we sometimes lose, how much runs Michael Clark score ? But Team Australia keep winning. Finally west indies players have no passion for the game you only see commitment from a few players.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 17:11 GMT)

I support the cal for Ganga to lead the Windies 20/20 team. When will the Windies understand the wisdom in developing a strategy to amass more runs during the Power Play segment of the match? I believe this is the time to play big hitters like Pollard, Dwaine Smith, and Sammy. I would have brought in Sarwan and Chanderpaul later down the order to get the twos and singles after 70 or 80 runs are on the board at the close of the Power Play and the field restrictions lifted. Chanderpaul and sarwan forget that they aren't playing Test Cricket in 20/20.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 17:01 GMT)

In sum, WI flattered to deceive. Somebody should have reminded Gayle that he is not playing India..

Posted by rjpapparazzi on (May 12, 2010, 16:34 GMT)

am very disappointed. CGale is always my fav palyer...

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 16:05 GMT)

Cricket has been a part of your culture for a long time and when we see a WI victory it feels like a holiday since we have sumn to celebrate. 75% maybe more supports the WI evertime they turn up on a ground but do they back themselves? or do they just turn up? for how long will we continue to support nonsense. for how long will we party in the same club at 5 in the morning with the same players who have to play our cricket the said day? i dont doubt that the guys work hard but they've gotta work harder cause what the are experiencing now is call the fruits of they labour. Thanks Gayle

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

Finally Gayle has no one to blame but himself. Chanders, Sarwan, Flethcher has no place in a 20/20 team; they are too slow and cannot keep pace. Where is Perkins? or Simmons? or Bharath? Where are our spinners? The team selected did not carry any imagination or thought. What was the role of Pollard in the set up. We wimped against Australia. We did not deserve to go through.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 15:34 GMT)

CG cant fire each and every single game. Rather than him WI fans wish C'Paul, Sarwan and new born big hitter KP would shift them to final stage. After Lara now the time of king of kool Gayle for dejection. Also i agree with Gayle on the team's consistency matter. I really wished Gayle has the last smile in this tournament.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

It was a straight delivery from Nannes and Gayle got beaten by pace and the game went out of Windies hands right there and than. Chanderpaul tried to crap some honor and got out on an unnecessary slog. Sarwan seems to be a sitting duck as he is not the same guy we saw back in 2002-2003. Bravos and pollarda can capitalize over a reasonable total but you cannot count on the establishing some kind of a foundation. Windies Bowling is Blunt and there batting is a myth. I saw Joel Garner Sitting in the crowd and his face was telling the story. Where is the fire? WIndies could have smashed Australia easily if they would have kept their wits and scored 150 plus. Australia is not invincible twice we have seen in this tournament they came apart against spinners.

Posted by knowledge_eater on (May 12, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

and Look suddenly there is different Tone about the article .. most of it .. is what actually Players said in quotations .. your personal remarks are only about great crowd. haha not everyone read the same way that you want them to read. Am I right Andrew ?

Posted by windiescricetfan on (May 12, 2010, 13:46 GMT)

Time for Gayle to go and give Ganga a chance. The entire world saw what Ganga could do when given the chance at the Champions League. Look at the west indies team

Gayle Brathwaith Simmonds Barath Dwayne Bravo Darren Bravo Deonarine Sarwan Pollard Chanderpaul Ramdin Carriah Baugh Fidel Taylor Roach Rampaul Benn Dave Mohammed Miller

This is a good enough team. All they need is discipline and a proper motivator and leader. Give Ganga a chance. Or remain in the same state. Gayle has failed. The team no longer plays for him

Posted by stoneluv09 on (May 12, 2010, 12:55 GMT)

lets start from the the top the west indies selectors picked the wrong squad again why show loyalty to has been like wavell hinds,andre fletcherand denish ramdin who clearly has lost form.Team selection for games was poor,plus onfield decision was also poor the captain is clearly out of his depth. The coach also has to take blame why rampaul bowling so much rubbish and Gibson just last year had an england bowling attack doing wonders against australia.I thought we played brainless cricket,i cant mince my words for this team.They have disappointed us again and like there is no end is sight i am glad that South A frica is not playing in trindad so i get to put my money to better use.Please WI board, selectors and captain do the right thing resign although i know i would not get my wish but at least i could still dream

Posted by Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on (May 12, 2010, 11:56 GMT)

Promote Pollard up in the order, and drop those old hags like Chandrapaul who cant even get a proper stance and drop Sarwan too. WI needs some young talent and enthusiasm. Players like Bravo is what they needed. They need to have passion on Cricket. I'm really sad to see them going down like this. Gayle has to do everything. If they want to score about 150, Gayle must score 100 otherwise it's all gone. They also wasted Pollard by holding him till the last overs. What are those players like Fletcher and Dionarine doing there, they better suit for school cricket.

I'm a Sri Lanka, but i love WI because of their cool and enthusiastic approach to the game. I still remember the players like Walsh, Ambrose, Marshall, Richi Richardson, Desmond Heynes, Carl Hooper, Keith Artherton and The King Sir Viv Richards. Wow, I wonder what will happen if they play T20 cricket at their time?

Posted by hazeltine on (May 12, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

That the WIndies lost to Australia in the 20'20 should be seen as no surprise. The simple truth is that Gayle and company do not believe in the culture of practicing its bowling, batting and FIELDING with regular intensity in the way that the Australians have been doing for 15 years. Until Gayle and the WIndies cricket management acknowledge this fact VERBALLY AND IN ACTION, they will NEVER be successful against the Aussies or any other regular playing nation.

Posted by Chris_P on (May 12, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

I am an Aussie, but am an unashamed huge fan of both Chrs Gayle and Shahid Afridi, on their day, probably the most effectve match winners on T20 cricket. It s why they were the first 2 guys snapped up by the Australian states for their "Big Bash" T20 turney. Chrs Gayle can be proud of the way his team stayed in contention till this match. Probably, if he had if been in the other group, the Windies chances would have been better as they would have had a 2 in 4 chance rather than 1 in 3 chance of progressing. Gayle can be content of the input he made, no one and I mean no one consistently makes big totals, you need others contributing over a period of time. This is one of the strengths of the Australia team at the moment. But T20 is still a game of chance and one scintilating performace will win you a match, so any f the 4 remaining teams can win it.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

I am shattered to see Windies going out in this fashion. I was just hoping to see better performance from a team which is trying to get back to winning ways for a long time now.. I completely agree with Chris Gayle. He hit the nail on the head when he said, he has too much of pressure. I know how does it feel to go down this way in front of your home crowd.

My request to all of WICB is " Please spare a thought for Chris.. Please get a team where players are hungry for success and try to be consistant.. It is the time.."

Posted by al2qb on (May 12, 2010, 8:30 GMT)

can u really blame the windies?? the aussies are running rampant..they have breezed into the semis by brushing a side any team thats come into their path, they r the team to even match forget beat at the moment. England however have played against a windies team lacking consistency which was a washed out game, a NZ, SA, and pak which have been well below par this tournament, the english at the moment are not championship material which will be proved in the final 4, australia now need to focus on pakistan who have appeared out of no where and undeservingly, i am pretty much sure the aussie juggernaut will be held by the pakistani's and if it isnt then they are just gonna cruise and help themselves to another world title coz nor england or lanka look like ending the aussie run.

Posted by Navin84 on (May 12, 2010, 8:05 GMT)

I can't understand why Gayle choose to bat first. If they had win and Aus came within 24 runs they would still have not qualified. On the other hand if they had fielded first then they would know exactly what had to be done despite batting 2nd under the lights.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

The way Windies bowed out of the T20 World Cup was both painful and depressing for a long-time fan of Windies like myself, specially considering the awesome home support they received from fans at the cricket grounds. Any team that relies each time on just one or two members performing will falter more often than not. Had the senior players and Pollard contributed their fiar share, the results would have been much different. Here is hoping that all is not lost and the the team and management will come up with a winning formula soon!

Posted by TAJY on (May 12, 2010, 6:45 GMT)

For the one who says Gayle has poor ODI and Test averages please realise that his averages in both are around 40 which is more than respectable. That being said, its really sad that this team can only post competitive totals when he blazes the opposition's bowling attack. Sure I was upset when his obvious weakness to inswinging yorkers was exposed today, but its not realistic to rely on one man to pull a team out of trouble. Jayawardene was the only batsman performing well for Sri Lanka in this tournament, and when he got out cheaply today, others stepped up like they're suppose to. West Indies have no such set up. Gayle is the ONLY player in that lineup who can play 20/20 well (batting). Pollard is close but he does not stay in the wicket long enough to pose a serious threat, whereas Gayle could slaughter an attack throughout the match. We know this because thats what he has been doing for years. When's the last time someone in WI destroy an attack like Gayle does, not a soul.

Posted by Kaaaaaaash on (May 12, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

Yes it was quite obvious. I never ever seen Gyle performance with consistant basis. Such a great and marvlous player but not performing well in the whole season. shame on it

Posted by bharadia on (May 12, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

Is it the same person talking; the one who led players on a strike against the cricket board??

Posted by no_second_chance_for_batsman on (May 12, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

I feel sorry for Gayle. IMO -- Answer is pretty simple. Give chance to other young talent. Even if they fail, it doesn't make much difference as the 'so called' experienced players are not delivering anyway and taking their place in the team for granted. A captain should not plead his players to perform --- just take out the non performing players and replace with young talent. PERIOD. Cheers, Kumar

Posted by Sidath346 on (May 12, 2010, 5:40 GMT)

No one can blame Gayle. You can't depend on just one batsman to score every time. I believe should be upon the rest of the players who don't bat well and are sometimes sloppy on the field which can cost any team a game. I can just imagine the pressure that this man is under but hope WI do well against SA.

Posted by Itchy on (May 12, 2010, 5:37 GMT)

I would have thought that Shiv Chanderpaul has had a few good years of run-scoring behind him recently and should not be included in the 'other stars in the team fall down like a pack of cards category'. Gayle is the premier WI batsman in this form of the game though and needs to accept that his performance has a huge bearing on the teams results.

Other batsmen such as Kieron Pollard are way too overrated based on IPL, KFC Big Bash and Champions League results which are nothing more than domestic comps and should not be given too much importance when assessing players.

Posted by hemant.pande on (May 12, 2010, 5:36 GMT)

I agree that Gayle should not be blamed.I am a WI fan since 1987 and have seen many ups and downs. Since Walsh and Ambrose are gone we are consistently going down. This should not happen. Now a days Gayle is in similar position as of Lara in 2000-2007. But it is time to improve now. If we go to basics we will definitely improve. Rather then scoring fast we should learn how to stick to the wicket. Today We were bold out under 20 overs. This is bad. I am a fan of WI team and will remain till the end, but before that I want to see my team on top same as it used to be at the time of Lloyd and Richards.

Posted by CHAYAN_Hermione on (May 12, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

really feeling bad for gayle..... he s the one who has scored runs against india.. no other batsman have crossed even 30 in the whole series..... thats not what a captain expects from world class batsmen...... hopefully west indies win next series to give him some smile after all hard work went in vain......

Posted by ABail on (May 12, 2010, 4:55 GMT)

In the 5 matches played by WI in this tournament, the top score by any individual, besides the 98 by Gayle vs India, is 30. Gayle himself only managed 34 runs in his other 3 times at bat. It was a dismal performance by the ENTIRE team. FOr too long now has this team not been able to generate a core of players who can be relied on to show responsibility when the team needs it. When Lara was in the team, he had to be the saviour... and the only other hopes for many years have been Chanderpaul and Sarwan. Nobody else has stepped up. I feel for Gayle given he must have a terrible weight on his shoulders, but let us not forget that his ODI and Test averages are not impressive either. He is also a part of the problem... the trouble is, however, that the rest of the team is even worse than he is.

Posted by gzawilliam on (May 12, 2010, 4:25 GMT)

I must agree with Ty_Ty. None of this is gayles fault. The team has sarwan, bravo and pollard to name a few. These are experienced players that need to stand up for their country. Especially when playing in their own country.

I think its about time to relieve Gayle of the burdon he's under so he doesn't take a destructive route and continue to fall like he is.

We can all see gayle has a lot of pride in his game and his teams. But i fail to see it in the others. Maybe bravo needs to take the responsibility more and lead from the front. He has the spark needed when in form. He also has the youthful attacking attitude needed to bring WI back into the top tier of teams.

I can't blame them for failing against australia though. The way Aus are playing there isn't much you can do. Aus have the best fast bowler in 20/20 in nannes. One of the best openers aswell in warner. And one of the best up and coming players around in smith. A good mix for a title win.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2010, 4:20 GMT)

My humble solution to this problem is to let Pollard open instead of Gayle. Obviously Gayle's early dismissal is the greatest blow WI can face. If Pollard and Chanderpaul open there is no chance of this happening. Pollard will be able to bat freely and without the pressure we keep putting on him. He is certainly able to give WI the jump-start at the beginning of the innings that WI need just by playing his natural game. Gayle can take Pollard's place as the "finisher". If this happens then the earlier batsmen will never lose confidence while they bat because no matter how bad the innings may look they would have the assurance that Gayle is still to come. Gayle naturally plays quickly but is often forced to play slowly because of the situation. However, he would be able to play quickly as a finisher. After all, who is more capable than Gayle to finish an innings?

Posted by Cricketencyclopedia on (May 12, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

The West Indies performance in the super eights match against Australia wasn't surprising at all. The team always lack confidence in these crucial games against top teams. I have told many people before, the West Indian players don't understand their mental aspect of the game. The players continue to make the same mistakes over & over again, which is a contributing factor to them being so inconsistent. The team needs to maintain a high level of consistency, a high level of self confidence & most important, adopt a new style of playing the game. We all know that this is not the same West Indies team of the 70's, 80's & mid 90's & yet these players want to play like their predecessors. This is a different generation of crickters, so it's time for these West Indians to be more assertive, if they are to become a dominant force to be reckoned with.

Posted by kingstonsfinest on (May 12, 2010, 3:29 GMT)

No one can blame Gayle or say he isnt committed to West Indies cricket, but as he rightly states this team is too inconsistent and you can not beat world class teams like Australia when u are hot and cold. Gayle is feeling the same depression that Brian Lara felt for so many years, where everyone looks to him to make all the runs, and when he doesnt all the other 'stars' in the team fall down like a pack of cards.

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