Gibson confident Windies can sweep series
“I don’t know how long it’s been since we’ve won two Test matches back-to-back. So if we can win that [the second Test], that would be another little hurdle conquered.”
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson would have to go back to 2000 when Jimmy Adams’ side shut out Andy Flower’s Zimbabwe 2-0 in the Caribbean for the last time the regional side put together consecutive victories in a series.
However, with his team holding a 1-0 advantage over Pakistan heading into the final game of the two-match Digicel Series, he feels another win in St Kitts is not beyond his players.
“We believed that we could beat them [Pakistan] long before the series started,” he said on Monday. “We believe we will win the series like we believed even after the first day we could still win this first Test.
“We know what the conditions are gonna be like in St Kitts. I’m pretty sure the guys will go out there obviously now full of confidence and be able to continue and we will prepare exactly the same way.
“That’s the one thing we have to get spot-on, get our preparation right and then go out and do what the team requires . . ..
“The team will feed off this win for sure,” he added.
“In international sports, you [have] got to enjoy your moments of success because they don’t come around so often, especially in our case where it’s been two years since we won a Test match.
“We should enjoy that, but at the same time, when we get on the plane to St Kitts tomorrow [Tuesday] what happened in Guyana is behind us.”
The home team will start the final Test on Friday buoyed by the individual performances of the less established players.
Debutant leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took four first innings wickets when West Indies earned a crucial lead of 66 and shared in crucial last-wicket partnerships in both his side’s turns at the crease.
Seamer Ravi Rampaul, playing in only his sixth Test, took seven wickets in the match including the first two of the Pakistan second innings in his first over.
Gibson said of Bishoo: “He’s got all the attributes of being a fine cricketer. He said it himself, that he wants to be a great cricketer, not just another cricketer that played for West Indies.
“And everything he does – the way he carries himself, the way he wants to talk to Desmond [Haynes] about batting, he wants to talk to me about bowling; he’s keen to do more fielding – he’s just a very keen, hungry young cricketer at the moment and that is what we need.
“We need as many as those sort of people as possible to start to make the change in West Indies cricket.”
Captain Darren Sammy meanwhile expressed thanks to the little leggie’s mother following the win on Monday.
“I just met Bishoo’s mum before the press conference and I was telling her thanks for giving Bishoo to us.
“He’s come in the team and he’s fitted quite well. I just urge him to continue that.
“He played a very crucial part in this Test match. The way he bowled, unchanged in the first innings, and that crucial partnership in both innings was very important.
“Good talent for us, hope he continues going from strength to strength.”