Gibson: Grabbing our chances is the key

Chennai, India – “We haven’t beaten a top team in 20 months and we would like to do that. We had another opportunity against England and didn’t take it but we are getting closer.”

These are the words of West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson as his side gets ready for Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against India.

The Windies all but qualified for the quarter-finals, when South Africa beat Bangladesh, and Sunday’s match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will confirm the first four positions in the group and the match-ups for the quarter-finals.

“We still have Sunday to think about. We know it will be a full house on Sunday and we know we will have to be at our best against India. It will be a big match for both teams. We are looking to get momentum and look ahead to what is in store,” Gibson said.

The Head Coach added that he was heartened by the way young allrounder Andre Russell, who also took 4-49 and made 49 performed against England and the brilliant bowling of leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo, who took 3-34 from 10 overs, on his One-Day International debut.

“Our young brigade has done a great job in bowling. Andre Russell is only playing his second international match and he did very well with the ball to take four wickets against England. He returned with the bat and took us close to what would have been a remarkable victory.”

Gibson added: “You saw the emergence of young Davendra Bishoo, another little gem we’ve known about for a while. He came here and did a great job for us with his leg-spinners. Fast bowler Kemar Roach did great, all those guys are under 25. We are starting to show the resilience we are going to need to beat teams like England and India on Sunday and the big boys.”

First ball in Sunday’s match is 2.30 pm (5 am Eastern Caribbean Time/4 am Jamaica Time). See points table at:

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