Gibson backs Windies to come good

Ahmedabad, India — West Indies might be 0-2 down in the five-match One-Day International Series against India but Head Coach Ottis Gibson takes solace from the fact that his team has put up a brave fight against the world champions.

“It’s difficult to say I am satisfied when you are losing. But we have shown a lot of spirit and created opportunities to win. In the first game, making only 211 was disappointing. But the way the guys went out to defend 211 and got to the point where they could have won and the way they ended up losing was obviously difficult,” Gibson said.

He was speaking on Sunday ahead of the third One-Dayer which will be played at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium at Motera on Monday. First ball in the day-night fixture is 2.30 pm (5 am Eastern Caribbean Time/4 am Jamaica Time).

Gibson was full of praise for Ravi Rampaul who made an amazing 86 off 66 balls, the greatest ever ODI innings by a Number 10 batsman. He added an unbroken 99 for the last wicket with Kemar Roach, who made an accomplished 24 not out.

“That performance was truly remarkable, and showed what true self-belief can do for you as a player. They both assessed the situation very well and played with showing self assurance. It was obviously very heartening for us as a team to see two guys at the bottom of the order stand up and show such fight and take us to what was a very good score in the end,” Gibson said.

He said the batting failure was the main cause for his team’s defeats in the two matches at Cuttack and Visakhapatnam.

“The batting failed due to lack of application and a bit of thought processes. We want people to take responsibility and assess the situation a little bit better. If we lose a few wickets early what is needed is for the next two batsmen to put together a partnership. We want to execute the plans like we saw Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma did in the last game," Gibson said.

He also went on to add that now the team was not depending on one or two players.

“Perhaps in the past we relied a lot on one or two people. Not anymore. In the Test series we had the likes of Kragg Brathwaite coming in and making runs and Kirk Edwards has done exceptionally well since he started his Test career.”

Gibson believed that the team had in it to win close games in the remainder of the series.

“We learn all the time we are getting close to winning. If we could win one of those close games, that will be a big thing for this young team. We created two good opportunities; we could have won, but didn’t. There are still three games left in the series and there’s no reason why all the games cannot end up in the last over. And there’s no reason why we cannot win them.”

He also backed skipper Darren Sammy who has not been among the runs in the first two matches of the series.

“He was our leading wicket-taker in the Test matches and we can see he’s struggling a little bit in this format. I believe he will perform in the next game. He works very hard on his game and has a lot of belief in himself. He knew before he got the job what a difficult job it is.

“Captaining any international team is not easy. He was asked to do the job and put his hand up. He has the full support of everyone in the dressing room. He needs to get out and back his ability a bit more. He’s a strong character. He knows he should be making more runs.”

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 07:15