Gibson knows that his bowling attack have the ability to trouble any of the top teams in all formats
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has declared that his team’s bowling attack have the ability to adapt and exceed expectations in any given condition.
Before the start of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, Gibson stated that even though the pitches in Sri Lanka were mostly spin-friendly, he would still be assembling a well balanced bowling attack in order to overcome any challenges that may appear during the tournament.
Even though the West Indies team only have two specialist spinners in Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree, Gibson noted that part-time spin duo Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels could be called up at any time to bowl a couple of overs each.
“I think we’ve got a squad to suit any conditions. We’ve got two quality spinners in (Samuel) Badree and Sunil Narine, we’ve got some spin from Marlon Samuels and Chris also bowls, if we get there and the wicket is spinning and the captain feels that spin is the better option than pace then of course Chris then becomes a very good option. He’s done well all across the world in this format bowling his off-breaks so I’m sure if he’s called on he’ll do that for us as well,” Gibson said.
Gibson also noted that he has full confidence in the pace department as well, which is led by Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul, while Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Dwayne Smith will also be used if the conditions are suited for pace bowling.
“We’ve got quality seam and we’ve got quality spin as well so we’ve got certainly a bowling attack that we believe will be able to strive in any conditions,” Gibson added.
Gibson stated that the West Indies knew that they would have targets on their backs from the start of the tournament.
“We know that we have got a very strong unit in this format and we are not really focusing on what other people think of us, we’re getting together every day and training hard in the gym, working hard in the nets and making sure that we have all our bases covered,” Gibson said.