Gibson - Late wickets helped us

KOLKATA, India, Nov 14, IANS/CMC – Even as India seem poised for a big score, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes the two late wickets on Monday will help his side bounce back on day two of the second cricket Test here Tuesday, keeping alive their chances in the series.

India lead 1-0 in the three Test series after winning the opener at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi.

“I think the two late wickets will help us bounce back and keep the series alive,” Gibson said after India finished the day at 346 for five at Eden Gardens.

Part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite snared centurion Rahul Dravid in the penultimate over, while fast bowler Kemar Roach – bowling with the new ball – sent back nightwatchman Ishant Sharma for a first ball “duck” in the unfinished last over of the day.

Giving credit to his bowlers for toiling hard on a “hard day for us”, Gibson said: “But it is no use [quibbling] as this is the nature of the sub-continent’s wickets."

“In that sense, Kemar bowled particularly well. He bowled three really good spells and we hope he improves further as the game proceeds,” Gibson continued.

Roach was preferred over off-spinner Shane Shillingford for the final XI in place of the unwell pacer Ravi Rampaul

Justifying Roach’s selection, the coach said the team management took into account the Indian batsmen’s proficiency against spinners.

“We took into account the historical evidence of Indian batsmen’s success against spinners and with Kemar, we thought he could use the extra pace. Overall, he has filled Rampaul’s boots quite well,” he reasoned.

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 17:34