Colombo: West Indies qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup Super Eights stage without winning a game after their final match against Ireland was abandoned because of rain on Monday.
Chris Gayle said he was glad that West Indies could reach the next stage.
The following are excerpts
Darren Sammy: Sunil Narine is someone who brings a lot of quality to the side. We can use him anytime, during the Powerplays or in the middle overs or at the end of the innings… And he is always ready for the challenge… He can come and bowl anytime… And on most occasions, he will give you the desired result. He will be the key to our success…
Chris Gayle: I’m happy that we got through to the Super Eights… It’s disappointing that we could not get a result in today’s match. Our first match against Australia was also marred by rain… But then, we don’t have any control over the weather… We would like to have a bit more practice while going to the Super Eights. The competition will be tough… Hopefully, we would play some good cricket and advance to the semi-finals.
I’ve been out of international cricket for almost a year… It’s been a couple of months that I returned to the game. And I’m really enjoying my game… I’m in good form. I enjoy playing Test cricket… It’s good to be back in the Test squad… They say that Test cricket is the ultimate test for any player… I’ve been using all kinds of bat of different weights throughout my career. I feel comfortable using all kinds of bat… For me, bat is a weapon… If you are a good player, you can play with any kinds of bat. If I think that I can hit the ball out of the ground, I back myself for the shot… If you believe in your abilities and you are confident out there, you can score big runs with any kind of bat.
Both the spinners, Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels, are really doing a good job for us… So, Darren might not have thought of using me… But I have always enjoyed bowling… It was wonderful that I got a couple of wickets today. I would love to bowl more, especially in T20 cricket.