Windies lack execution – Gibson


The West Indies need to executive their plans better to upset India, head coach Ottis Gibson believes.

The West Indies need to executive their plans better to upset India, the Caribbean team's head coach Ottis Gibson believes.

The islanders trail India 1-0 in the three-match series after the hosts eased to a six-wicket win at Kochi's Nehru Stadium on Thursday.

After choosing to bat first, the West Indies crashed to 2011 all out in 48.8 overs, with Darren Bravo's half-century the only knock of any consequence.

"It's frustrating because we sit as a team and we have targets about where we want to be at 10 overs, 20 overs, 30 overs, 40 overs, not only in terms of runs, but also wickets lost," Gibson admitted.

"At every stage, we are way ahead of our targets or on-par with where we want to be and we have lost one or two wickets too many.

"In the last 10 overs, it's then left to the bowlers to negotiate and this has been something that has been happening for the last few series we have played and it makes it tough on the team.

"Judging from the series that India recently played at home against Australia, we know that 211 is not really going to be a competitive total. We had a platform to put 280 on the board. We do not know if that would have been enough, but at least it would have been a decent total, that didn't happen.

"When we bowled, we were able to create some pressure, but we could not sustain for a long enough period and the total we had was not enough. It's frustrating because the guys are working hard and we have what I consider to be solid plans, but we are not executing those plans well enough."

Both teams had to cancel Saturday's net session after Cyclone Helen dumped enough water on the facilities to make the outfield unusable for the day.

Gibson, however, played down the cancelled session's importance.

"It's same for both sides. Neither of us could get out and get the practice we need," he continued.

"Obviously, it may look like we need the practice more than they do, but sometimes in situation like this, it gives us an opportunity to sit and have more meaningful discussions about our execution.

"I have been going around having one-on-one discussions with certain players about certain situations in which they find themselves during matches and discuss how perhaps they can do things better when they find themselves in those situations.