Claiming to be unruffled by the Indian batsmen’s scintillating form in the ongoing ODI series against Australia, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said the home players will have to show a whole lot of patience against his men in the two-Test series starting November 6.
“India are chasing 350 in almost every game; I find that exciting but when those players come back to the Test mould, they will realise that it requires a bit more patience,” Gibson said after the drawn practice game against the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association.
“India have been in excellent form in one-day cricket. Perhaps they need to be a little bit more patient in Tests. Test cricket and IPL are a very different format altogether and different mindsets.
“They need to show some patience and we need to show some discipline as a bowling attack to contain them. If they bat the way they’re batting in ODIs then it gives us more opportunities to get them out. Hopefully, we would capitalise the opportunities when they come our way,” he added.
Ranked No 6 in the ICC Test rankings, the touring West Indies might have come here with the underdog tag but Gibson said they would be quite a handful for the hosts.
“We are playing away from home and India are ranked second in the world. So of course, we’re underdogs. But having said that, we have got very good spirit among the team members,” he said.
“Our team is a good blend of experience and youngsters.
Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy have played a lot of cricket in India. We understand that we’re seen as underdogs. But often the underdogs have a strong bite and that is what we expect to come and show,” he added.
Explosive Windies opener Gayle got into the groove for the Test series with a 49-ball 58 in the West Indies second innings and Gibson said they’re looking forward to the left-hander’s fine form in the series.
“He is an experienced player and an icon in India. He understands his game. He’s been excellent for us and it’s good that he spent some time in the middle today and that lead into next week will give him some confidence,” he said.
“The Indian bowlers who have bowled to him in the IPL know of his power. Once he gets set, we all know how dangerous a player he can be,” Gibson added.
The 44-year-old said it was nice to get a warm-up game as they had been away from the Test cricket for more than six months.
“We wanted to get some quality practice and we did that.
A couple of guys — Shiv [Shivnarine Chanderpaul] and Narsing [Deonarine] — got some runs. But the time we spent in the middle was more important than the runs.
“Chris, who did not score much runs in the first innings, got some time in the middle today and started to look really good. Marlon Samuels too spent some time in the middle this afternoon. Bowlers had a good run, so all in all it was a good exercise.”
“We’ve not played Test cricket or four-day cricket for a long time. So it was good for us to have a practice match here before the Test series. It gives us an understanding of what’s going to happen next week and what we need to do as an bowling attack.”
Billed as Sachin Tendulkar‘s farewell series, the West Indies will play two Tests and three ODIs in their tour of India.
The second Test is scheduled for November 14 at the Wankhede while the three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.