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Ottis blames it on IPL

Dhaka: Ottis Gibson has squarely blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) for their defeat to India in the World T20 on Sunday. The West Indies coach feels their players’ exposure to the IPL had made it easier for the Indians to plan against them.

“When you look back on the game against India, most of our best players — Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy — play a lot of matches in the IPL… I think the Indians know them quite well. A lot of the plans they had for them last night seem to come out of IPL,” said Gibson on Monday.

The West Indies lost by seven wickets after being bundled out for 129. Gibson is hoping things will be comparatively easier against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

“Bangladesh will be a different opposition. We know that we have to win from here if we have to remain in the competition, and that’s all we are focusing on,” said the coach.

Gibson supported their inclination to go for the big hits than rotate the strike. It led to their downfall against India, but there are no immediate plans to change the approach.

“It’s all about playing to your strengths. We are blessed to have players who can hit the ball into the stands. I’m sure most people would want to hit the ball for a six rather than attempt a quick single and pull a hamstring,” he said.

The West Indies have their plans in place against the Bangladesh spinners.

“Spin in this format has not always been a problem for us. There have been only some instances when we didn’t play spin well. The Indian spinners did bowl very well. The entire Indian attack bowled well. That proved to be the difference.

“We have come for practice today and it gives us the opportunity to look at what happened last night and make the necessary adjustments… I do believe that the Bangladesh spinners are different to the Indian spinners. So they will have a different approach.”

Gibson feels the batsmen need a change in mindset. “It’s not a technical problem, but a mindset thing… Being aware about what the opposition is going to do. If you are aware, then you can counter that. We are not going to be a team that apparently don’t run singles, because we do sometimes suddenly start running singles.

“We need to adjust our mindsets and take the singles that are there for us. I would rather see some of our best players not get run out. Last night the run out of Chris Gayle changed the game. Had he batted till the end, we would have scored 30 or 40 runs more.

“Our focus is getting ready for Bangladesh. We know that they will come with spin and we just have to play spin better than we did.

“If it’s hitting it for a six, then so be it. We have to be more aware of the situation. We have a lot of batsmen who are in good form. We are not going to let one defeat dent our confidence,” explained the coach.

He agreed scoring runs under lights was a problem. “The day games will be different from the night matches. The Indian opening bowlers got the ball to swing a lot more.

“We will have to look at what we do to our XI. We have Ravi Rampaul on the bench who has been excellent for us. We have Sheldon Cotterel in our side too. We will think about our XI tomorrow.”