Monday, April 15, 2024

Losing WI do sprints


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by HAYDN GILL in AntiguaAN HOUR after the West Indies  lost a second successive  Digicel Twenty20 International  to South Africa yesterday, the players were still on the outfield of the Vivian Richards Stadium.Coach Ottis Gibson, probably disappointed that his side lost to South Africa by one run, put the players through a series of sprints that finished just before 6:20 p.m.A few minutes earlier, captain Chris Gayle made no excuses  for the defeat and questioned the state of mind of some  of his batsmen.“It is a pressure situation.  The mindset is just not right. They may be a bit too worried about  the position,” he said.“It’s blatant. It’s not right. We need to have discussions on it. The guys need to free up and go out there with a free mind to play some good cricket.”It was the second straight day that West Indies failed to overhaul a gettable target set by South Africa.The previous day, they lost  by 13 runs when going after 137.  This time around, defeat by one run after South Africa made 120  for seven left the crowd  searching for answers.“We should have won that game  . . . no doubt about it. To chase  120 runs, I don’t see why we shouldn’t get it, but we didn’t  get it,” Gayle said.“It’s very disappointing but credit must go to the bowlers. I thought they bowled well on an on-and-off pitch. In the end, we allowed the run rate to climb up a bit too much. We should have tried to take  a few more chances.”On a pitch that was difficult throughout, West Indies reached  77 for two in the 15th over by which time the run-rate had mounted  to 8.60 an over.Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were at the crease and Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Narsingh Deonarine were to follow.None could win it for West Indies.“We have quite a few experienced guys in the team, guys who have been in big situations before. Experience is not a problem,”  Gayle said.“It’s up to the individual. They have to look into themselves  and try and redeem themselves as quickly as possible. “I can’t do it for them. I have a lot to think about as well.  It is up to the individuals to try  and get over these situations  as quickly as possible.”


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