Gayle created the perfect storm


West Indies skipper Darren Sammy
hailed Chris Gayle’s pep-talk before taking the field for putting them in the
right frame of mind ahead of their pivotal Cricket World Cup Group B match
against Bangladesh on Friday.

The Windies demolished the World
Cup co-hosts by nine wickets in their match at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in the
suburb of Mirpur in Bangladesh. So furious were the home fans that they stoned
the West Indies bus as it left.

West Indies used just three bowlers
– Sammy, fellow pacer Kemar Roach, and beanpole left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn
– and they hardly broke a sweat, as Bangladesh were crushed for the fourth lowest
total in World Cup history of 58 in 18.5 overs.

Sammy, the West Indies captain,
disclosed that his predecessor Gayle assertively reminded the team about the
critical nature of the match before they took the field.

Sammy said: “I want to personally
thank Chris because he was not feeling well, but the effort that he came out
and showed how committed he is to the cause of us in this World Cup.

“He gave us a little motivational
speech before the game, and he is that kind of inspirational player for us. I
want to thank him for motivating the boys to go out there, and do the job we

“He told us not to take Bangladesh
lightly. We were a little flat in the warm-ups before the game, and he did not
like it. He encouraged us to go out there and remember that Bangladesh was
going to be coming hard at us, and we needed to be ready. We took it to heart,
and we went out there, and did all that he asked.”

Sammy also praised the sharp
fielding of his side, and felt that West Indies were inching their way into a
place into the next round. “We went out there, knowing how crucial this game was
for us, and knew that we could not slip.

“We have been doing some good
fielding drills with our coach Ottis Gibson and his assistant David Williams,
and so it was about going out there, and putting what we have been practising
into play.”

West Indies next game is against
the newly emboldened Ireland on Friday in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Ireland, of
course, had the sensational win over England last week.

World Cup matches this week

Mon 7 March

Canada v Kenya at Delhi

Tue 8

New Zealand v Pakistan   

Wed 9

India v Netherlands

Thurs 10

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe  

Fri 11

Ireland v West Indies

Bangladesh v England

Sat 12

India v South Africa 

Sun 13

Canada v New Zealand

Australia v Kenya