x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Gibson: Hunger will determine success for West Indies

The West Indies have comfortably beaten the minnows, while falling short against teams ranked higher.

The West Indies have comfortably beaten the minnows, while falling short against teams ranked higher.

Batting collapses cost them dearly against England and India, but Ottis Gibson, the coach, remains confident that his team can surprise many.

"[Chris] Gayle, [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul, [Ramnaresh] Sarwan - maybe they haven't performed consistently enough over the years," he said.

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"But we have a core group we can move forward with. Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo … the core of this team is under 30."

Roach and Russell have already made an impression during the tournament, and Gibson was clear as to what he looked for in young players.

"Hunger," he said. "My motto within the team is simple — if you stay the same, you don't improve."

The impetus for improvement has also come from some household names. "We have a lot of legends," Gibson said. "More of them are getting drawn in now.

"Richie Richardson is here as manager. Viv Richards is always around to talk to the players. All we need is a spark. Hopefully we can provide that at this World Cup.

"I want my players to be role models for a generation, like Richards and others. It didn't matter which island they came from. They were all West Indian icons."

He also wants them to learn from the opposition. "I want my players to watch how they [great players] prepare," he said.

"If there's someone you admire, go up to them and find out what makes them so special.

"If Bravo can go to [Sachin] Tendulkar, talk to him and figure out what's made him the game's standout batsman for 20 years, maybe it'll help him become a special player."