The enthusiastic coach of West Indies, Ottis Gibson, is hopeful that his competent team will come back in the two match series by winning the second Test.
India triumphed in the first Test of the two match series by a hefty margin of an innings and 51 runs. The opening game was held at the famous Eden Gardens, Kolkata, and concluded within three days on November 8, 2013. The Caribbeans were dismissed cheaply for 234 runs in their first innings. The visiting batsmen continued with their timid approach in the second and were bowled out for just 168. Team India hammered 453 runs in their only innings and their bowlers outplayed the rival team with the cherry in both outings.
Ottis Gibson was discouraged by the performance of his squad in the opening encounter. He is confident that they can win the final game after deploying the best combination. The coach said,
“They did not perform as we expect and this is something we have to consider going into the next Test. It is a two-Test series and we have to look at the best combination to put out to make sure we win here. It is the way this team goes out and play that will make the difference.”
Four of the Windies batsmen got a nice start in the first innings but they were unable to carry on with it. Kieran Powell, Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul took off with assurance by scoring 28, 23 and 36 runs but were unable to convert it in three figures. Marlon Samuels was the only batsman who managed a fifty by registering 65.
The Indian top five batsmen threw away their wickets in an identical manner and the home side looked in trouble after losing half of their side for 83 mere runs. The debutant Rohit Sharma along with the all-rounder, Ravichandran Ashwin, cemented the position of their team while dispatching centuries. They contributed a 280 runs partnership for the seventh wicket and ended up by plundering 177 and 124 runs respectively.
The batsmen of West Indies repeated their performance in the second innings and none of them was able to score even a fifty. Chris Gayle, Powell, Bravo and Chanderpaul were the prominent scorers with 33, 36, 37 and 31. Ottis Gibson criticised the approach of his team and lauded the achievement of the hosts. He further commented,
“We were little bit rusty coming in, but we are not going to use that as an excuse. We still had our opportunities to make scores – we had six or seven guys who got starts and did not carry on. Only one guy got a half-century. When India batted only one or two of those guys got starts and made hundreds. And that was the difference.”
India is leading the short series by 1-0 and Gibson is anticipating a positive execution from his team that will square the ongoing series. The second and final Test will commence from November 14, 2013, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It will be a historical game since the little master, Sachin Tendulkar, will be appearing in his 200th and last Test.