Despite the obvious fact of the entire attention of the upcoming series being on Sachin Tendulkar’s last series on home soil, West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson is purely focused on delivering the goods and beating India in their own backyard.
Despite the obvious fact of the entire attention of the upcoming series being on Sachin Tendulkar’s last series on home soil, West Indies cricket coach Ottis Gibson is purely focused on delivering the goods and beating India in their own backyard. The Men from Caribbean are in line to play two test matches and three ODIs against India before contesting three tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals on tour of New Zealand.
Currently ranked 5th in ICC Test Rankings, Gibson said that the Indian series will give his players the confidence as they return to play Test cricket once again.
He also gave out big statements and said, “We are not saying we cannot beat India, but we know it is going to be tough. The last time we went to India, we had a couple of inexperienced guys and we put up a good show. So hopefully this time with a bit more experience, we can go one better and win the series. There is no reason why we can’t.”
West Indies’ last test match was in November of 2012, when it defeated Bangladesh. Its other victories were against New Zealand in a home series in August last year. The upbeat coach further added, “We have played great in Test cricket, having won the last six, but people have been poking fun at the opposition. India series gives us the opportunity to see where we are as a test side. India are playing some very good One-Day cricket at the moment; they haven’t played Tests in a long time either, so it gives us an opportunity to go out there and test ourselves,” said Gibson.
The first test between West Indies and India will begin Nov 6 at the famous Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the largest cricket stadium in India.
With IANS inputs