Pitiful Excuse from WI Captain: Heartbreaking To Lose

Unfortunately, many folk this side of the world are not even sighing about the string of West Indies defeats now, it’s just like “Oh, again?” Yup, we’re talking about today’s dismal performance of the LOSE-dies in the ICC‘s Twenty20 that some call the Windies, their Media Manager has been making sure they don’t mess up any further by monitoring their comments and sends in this entry…

West Indies captain Ramnaresh Sarwan and Man-of-the-Match Chris Gayle spoke with the media after the opening game of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. Following are excerpts from their responses to various issues raised with them by journalists.

Ramnaresh Sarwan

On whether it was especially difficult to lose the game after posting 205:

Although I thought we should have gotten 15 to 20 more to lose with that total is really heartbreaking. It shows you that when you don’t field well and when you don’t bowl well it tends to cost you. We bowled quite a few wides and dropped a few catches and it cost us.

On whether one area in particular was a letdown which let the game slide away:

I think it is more or less the fielding that cost us. We dropped Herschelle (Gibbs) and then we dropped (Justin) Kemp and in that situation both of them are very clean strikers of the ball. I don’t think you can blame the batters for their effort. I thought we should have gotten 15 to 20 more but I thought it was the fielding that let us down.

On whether he thought that chasing 205 was virtually impossible for South Africa:

Not at all, we played here a few years ago and we scored 310 (in a One Day International) and they scored that with probably 2 or 3 overs to spare. We were fully aware of the conditions here and when the ball gets wet it tends to skid through to the bat and it becomes easier to bat.

On whethercrash, bang, wallopshould be the formula for Twenty20 cricket:

There is a plan just like a fifty over game and it was clear, it was shown today. Herschelle (Gibbs) and Chris (Gayle) did not start off very fast. They paced their innings well and played to a plan and it shows that if you play to a plan you can play proper cricket and win games.

On Chris Gayle‘s record breaking innings:

It was unbelievable to be honest. To see someone strike the ball the way he was striking the ball it was amazing. Having said that he hasn’t been practicing that much during the net sessions because he has been injured so I would like to see him get some practice in and we might see something else.

On the exorbitant number of wides bowled:

It’s the wides and the dropped catches that really cost us. It is a matter of us going back to the drawing board now and doing a lot of fielding and some bowling in the nets and hopefully we’ll be able to get it right for the next game.

On whether the team batting last will have a distinct advantage in the tournament:

It is always good to chase here. If we had won the toss we would have bowled first as well. It depends on the conditions and whether you can get wickets early. It is not a situation of whether it is better to chase or bat first, it all depends on the conditions.

On whether the West Indies has enough depth in batting to make up for Chris Gayle in the event he misses the next game due to the injury he picked up after being hit by Shaun Pollock:

Of course we have depth but Chris has just assured me that he is going to play the next game so I don’t think I have anything much to worry about.

Chris Gayle

On having lost the match after an exceptional batting performance:

I thought we put up a pretty decent total of 205 but having said that I thought the South Africans really came hard at us and in the end they came out victorious but we still have to look back and look at where we went wrong and go back to the drawing board. We have Bangladesh coming up so we have to take that into consideration.

On the numerous wides bowled:

That’s a concern, the batting was good even though we should have capitalized on that start some more and try and get a few more runs. I thought (Daren) Powell started well but the extras came into play and that cramp us a bit and we fell short on a few chances as well. We still have a lot of work to do, we are still in this tournament and we can still win this tournament.

On whether the noisy crowd played against the West Indies:

It was very exciting but the guys have been through this situation before so we are not going to find excuses at all it is to come out there and try and put everything together and try and put it right. Powell and Ravi (Rampaul) have been bowling well for us and hopefully they can get it right in the next game and start to build from there. It’s a Twenty20 tournament and it’s going to be exciting, the guys are going to come at us hard and you have to try and be more positive.

On his amazing knock:

It’s been a while, I haven’t played any cricket at all since I left England. This is actually the second time picking up a bat on this tour so it’s good to get a hundred on the Wanderers wicket. It’s my second hundred here, it’s a good wicket to bat on. It goes to show how well Gibbs batted on that sort of surface. Hopefully I can continue with this same form and capitalize on the situation and try and go on some more until the end (of the innings).

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