Gayle needs another forceful stand

West Indies have had mixed fortunes at the World Cup so far, but Clive Lloyd, chairman of selectors, believes they can overcome world champions India if they play with discipline in Australia. 

West Indies face India in a World Cup Pool B game at the WACA Ground in Perth on Friday.  

India are unbeaten in their three games so far, whereas the West Indies have lost two of their four and at times were totally outclassed.  

West Indies lost their first game to Ireland by four wickets in a big upset, then beat Pakistan by 150 before overcoming Zimbabwe by 73 runs. The optimism did not last, though, as they were crushed by South Africa by 257 runs last Friday.  

Chris Gayle remains the crucial West Indies player, but apart from his double century World Cup record knock against lowly Zimbabwe, the 35-year-old Jamaican has disappointed. Images of him partying were soon making the rounds on social media. Restraint when it mattered has never been one of his attributes.  

Lloyd, a former West Indies captain and World Cup winner, said he is confident his mercurial side can defy the odds and beat India. But current form indicates otherwise.  

India opened their campaign with a 76-run victory over Pakistan before humbling a strong South Africa side by 130 runs. Then they battered minnows United Arab Emirates, winning by nine wickets.  

Lloyd is undeterred and insists his side can defy the odds even though their recent record against India is dismal.  

They have lost their last four series and suffered defeats in 13 of their last 20 meetings.  

On last October’s ill-fated tour of India, West Indies convincingly won the first game, before going on to lose the aborted series.  

Despite Lloyd’s upbeat tone, another thrashing looks certain.  

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Chris Gayle needs another big score against India. – PHOTO: AP
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