Mumbai: West Indies on Sunday saluted it own legendary batsman in Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who will touch the milestone of playing 150 Tests when the Caribbean side will clash with India from Wednesday to salvage a draw in the two-match series.
“Sachin is playing his 200th game. He is a legend in India and around the world. Shiv is also a legend in our dressing room. Whilst we salute and celebrate Sachin, we also salute and celebrate Shiv. It is a wonderful achievement for him to be around so long and still enjoying his cricket,” Gibson told reporters after team practice.
“He is same on the field and same around the dressing room. We are very happy to have him around in our dressing room and make his 150th appearance for West Indies,” he said. Gibson said their performance in the first Test was not reflective of their true potential and they have a lot more to offer on the cricket field. “We showed glimpses of what we are capable of in Kolkata but not for sustained period. We would have been playing today. The things that we did wrong, we are trying to put those things right.
We know in India we have to bat long. We have minimum 400 runs in the first innings. We were a little bit rusty coming in but we are not going to use that as an excuse. I expect that you will see a much better showing from this West Indies team in the next Test match,” Gibson said.
Asked if he thinks, going with five batsmen in the first was a better option, Gibson said, “When you look at the result, you sort of want to think that way. That line up, because that won us the last 3-4 Test matches that we played, and we back those guys. That is something we obviously have to look at going into the next Test. We have to look at what combination to put out to make sure that we win. We still believe strongly that we can win here.”
Asked if the occasion of Sachin Tendulkar playing his farewell Test series got better of the contest, Gibson replied in the negative. “I don’t think the occasion got better of the contest. We are all paying a tribute to a legend but at the end of the day we are very aware of what we are here to do. We didn’t do it as well as we should have done,” he said.
Gibson said they were impressed with Indian pacer Mohammad Shami, who had a highly successful debut, but believes that the paceman would not be a danger in Mumbai. “Shami, we don’t know much about him and he bowled very well. He was very accurate. He got the swing in late. He did very well on his debut. We have to learn from that match. I don’t think the pitch here is going to be abrasive as the one in Kolkata.
“I don’t think that reverse swing will play much of a role as it did in Kolkata but we have to wait and see. We have batsmen who have faced reverse swing before and got runs. Chris Gayle, Shiv, Marlon Samuels have all faced reverse swing before. They haven’t faced Mohammed Shami before, so that is something we will have to get used to,” he said.