Gibson confident WI can adjust
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is expecting another trial by spin when they face Bangladesh in their second ICC World T20 Group 2 match in Dhaka bowling off at 9:30 a.m. (TT time) today.
He said they are expecting Bangladesh to follow India’s example and try to restrict the West Indies’ big hitters with spin. On Sunday, India restricted West Indies to 129 for seven before replying with 130 for three off 19.4 overs.
Dwayne Smith laboured off 29 balls for 11 while Chris Gayle hit 34 off 33 balls. Marlon Samuels scored 18 off 22 deliveries. But even after their tribulations against the spinners, Gibson said not to expect his team to change their entire game plan.
“I think it is a mindset thing. If we are aware of what an opposition are going to do then we need to adjust our mindset to counterattack that,” said Gibson. “We are not going to go from a team that apparently don’t run singles, to suddenly hit the ball and run singles. We just need to adjust our mindset and be more aware of the situation and take the singles that are there for us.
‘’We know that they are going to come at us with spin so we need to get ourselves into a position to play the spin better than we did (against India) and if that is hitting it into the stands, then that is what we need to do,” added Gibson. He also noted that West Indies are still a “confident group” and aware they need to start winning to keep alive their campaign.
The Bangladesh spin department will be led by left-arm orthodox bowler Shakib Al Hasan and also includes right-arm off-spinner Sohag Gazi and another left-armer in Abdur Razzak. How Gayle and the other West Indies batsmen handle them could determine the course of the match.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said their aim should be to give other teams a hard time. Mushfiqur was quoted on cricinfo.com:”We have two specialist spinners, plus a few allrounders. We will decide after seeing the wicket, and if there’s some help, then why not take the extra spinner? They (West Indies) are a little weak against spin, like to play big shots and not rotate strike.”
Gibson did not share that view, stating: “In this format spin has not always been a problem for us. There have been some instances where we’ve played spin very well. The Indian spinners bowled well. The entire India bowling department bowled well, and I think that proved to be the difference,” said Gibson.
“Bangladesh is a different opposition and we look forward to that challenge. We know we have to start to win from here on if we want to remain in the competition and that is all we are focusing on,” he ended.
West Indies: Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim, Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman.