Too early to talk about resurgence, West Indies coach
Chandigarh: It was a spectacular decline after decades of dominance in international cricket but West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said his team’s resurgence will not be as quick and there is still a long way to go before it reclaims old glory.
“It is too early to talk about resurgence, we’ve won only a couple of games against the opposition...there is still a long way to go,” team’s coach Ottis Gibson said here.
West Indies have registered emphatic wins in two of their three games in the ongoing World Cup.
The team became a two-time world champion before going into decline with the retirement of key players.
The coach feels that the team winning against Netherlands and Bangladesh in the current Cup may have bolstered their campaign, but there is no cause for big celebrations yet.
“No parties yet,” Gibson, whose team arrived here Saturday to play their next game against Ireland at Mohali on Friday, said during an interaction.
The coach said the team has some quality players and has the potential to be one of the best sides.
“Kemar Roach has been a revelation. (Ramnaresh) Sarwan and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul have been in the team for last so many years. Chris Gayle is an explosive batsman. Some guys have played the IPL here and their experience will be valuable for us,” he said.
With the current World Cup witnessing some high-scoring games including Ireland ‘s surprise victory over England chasing 327 runs in a Group B encounter earlier, Gibson wondered if there can be anything called as “safe total”.
“It’s a scary thought. Earlier, 320 used to be good enough total in ODIs. But nowadays things are different. You have seen big scores being chased down...minnows have always been giant killers,” he pointed out.
Asked what he felt was different in this World Cup, Gibson said it was interesting to see that despite all the runs being scored, fast bowlers took wickets which includes an hat-trick each by West Indies’ Kemar Roach and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga.
“The key thing is that there will always be a match winner who stands out at the end of the day,” he said.