Windies coach Gibson disappointed with Sabina Park pitch

West Indies coach Gibson expressed disappointment over the pitch at Sabina Park AFP

Kingston (Jamaica), Jun 22, 2011

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is furious not just with his batsmen’s slip-shod effort but also with the pitch which he feels is favouring India in the ongoing first cricket Test.

Gibson said the pitch, on which his batsmen were bowled out for 173 in reply to India’s 246 in the first innings, is offering generous spin and bounce which goes in the visiting side’s favour.

“The pitch probably favours the Indians. It’s been a little disappointing to see the surface. It’s the same for both sides but it seems to me the surface continues to favour the opposition more than us,” Gibson complained after the second day’s play which India ended at 91 for three in their second innings.

Gibson criticised his batsmen for letting down the side by losing out on a great opportunity.

“We keep putting ourselves in good position…our batting has been a real problem. We just not have been able to put together big scores,” he said.

Gibson said he has the feeling that the dropped catch of Rahul Dravid could end up being the decisive moment his team lost out on.

“I think it could turn out to be a decisive moment as critical as the partnership Harbhajan and Raina put on on the first day,” remarked a visibly disappointed Gibson.

Dravid was on six in the Indian total of 14 for one when a straightforward chance in second slip off Ravi Rampaul was put down by skipper Darren Sammy.

Gibson conceded that India held the advantage in the first Test.

“India hold a slight advantage. They have runs on the board. But if we can take some early wickets and restrict them below 250 or 280, it’s still a great run chase for us.”

Gibson had a lot to answer on the exclusion of Kemar Roach from the eleven and the little value that skipper Darren Sammy brings to the side.

“It’s the combination you want and that’s why Roach was left out of elven. Sammy got wickets against Pakistan. Our history has been built on fast bowlers. But we don’t have the kind of fast bowlers that we had in the past.

“It’s becoming a little annoying hearing people talk about Sammy all the time. He keeps taking wickets…when he gets the ball in his hands, he does a great job for the team all the time,” he said.

“Hopefully people will focus on things other than Sammy not bowling 100 miles an hour and that he keeps getting wickets all the time,” he added.