West Indian batsman Chris Gayle admits that the tour of Pakistan was personally disappointing for him but called for the West Indies to have a steady squad for the World Cup to be played in the Caribbean early next year.
Commenting on the just-concluded Pakistan tour, during which the Windies lost both the Test and One-day International (ODI) series, Gayle said conditions in Pakistan were bit cooler unlike India.
“In the last ODI (at Karachi) we came up a bit short defending 238. I think we should have got more runs on the board. It was a flat pitch and Pakistan came out easy in the end with a lot of wickets in hand,” he expressed.
He thought the team played well in the one-dayers than Test matches. “Marlon (Samuels) got a century and came back to his own and it is good to see him get an opportunity to prove himself at the top of the order,” he said.
“Chanderpaul came up in the end with another century. After missing the first two games, he came back well and got a half-century and a century,” he remarked. “Once this habit of scoring continues and everyone starts contributing, it will be good for the team,” he added.
“The bowlers did well in Pakistan. Jerome (Taylor), (Corey) Collymore, (Daren) Powell in his first game and (Dwayne) Smith played a good part as well,” he expressed. “If we continue to play the sort of cricket we have been playing, we will find ourselves struggling going into the World Cup.
Source:The NewsMore on:Chris Gayle, West Indies, West Indies in Pakistan 2006
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