Gibson has faith in his players
Bridgetown, Barbados — West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson is pleased with the in team’s bowling performance in the recent Digicel Series against Pakistan.
Speaking after the Second Digicel Test in St Kitts, Gibson said the bowlers did all that was asked of them in the T20 International, the five One-Day Internationals and he two Test matches.
Gibson said that he still has faith in the batsmen but believes a lack of self-belief is one of the main reasons for their lack of productivity at the highest level.
“The bowling seems to me to be a very, very positive sign. We just need now for our batsmen to start to have a little bit more belief when they are out in the middle, especially against the spinners. We looked very at home against the seamers and the fast men but against the spinners, especially (Saeed) Ajmal, we weren’t able to have enough self-belief to try and attack a little bit more.”
Gibson said he was constantly trying to instil a positive mindset in his batsmen. He said that all of the players worked hard with himself and video analyst Richard Berridge in preparing themselves for the highest level.
“You’re constantly reminding people of good things they’ve done in the past and encouraging them to go and watch footage of them scoring hundreds and double hundreds. We pay a lot of attention to detail, making sure that everybody has a very, very clear picture of what they are going to face in the match.”
Gibson said new batting consultant Desmond Haynes, the West Indies batting legend, had been encouraging the use of the sweep shot and hoped that the batsmen will continue to work hard ahead of next week's visit of World Cup champs India.
“India will have been watching what happened here and they, I’m sure, will be bringing their spinners. We have to find some confidence some time in the next couple of weeks very quickly. We’ve got the players. We just need the guys to have a little bit more belief,” Gibson said.
The India tour of the Caribbean starts on Saturday, June 4 with the Digicel Pearls Twenty20 International in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. This will be followed by the five Digicel Pearls One-Day Internationals and the three-match Digicel Test Series.