COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Fresh from his team’s World Twenty20 triumph, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says more success could be in store if all the talent in the Caribbean islands “stick” together.
“Clive Lloyd led to wins in two World Cups and to the final of the third... great feats. Then for the suffering that has gone on since then and for the last 20 years, to be able to come and lift the trophy, to stay the course, and to ride out the tough times, it is amazing.
“It shows that if all the talent in the region sticks together, there is more success like this round the corner,” Gibson said.
His side might have just won silverware in a world event after a gap of 33 years but for Gibson, Test cricket still remains the “pinnacle”.
“Test cricket is still the pinnacle for me. There were lots of players who didn't get an opportunity in this T20 World Cup, who are looking forward to playing in the two Test matches in Bangladesh,” he said.
West Indies have not been able to field their strongest side in the recent past because of various disputes.
And Gibson, who took over as the coach in 2010, attributed the success to the hard work put in by the players who all came together with the belief that they could win the tournament.
“It is an amazing thing when players come together for one cause. They all believed in the cause, they all believed that they could win the World Cup when we left. We had difficult periods (in the last two years), but we had signs of progress.
“If you look at the talent that we have, especially in this format, the power of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels, the experience of Dwayne Bravo, the brilliance of Sunil Narine, the accuracy of Ravi Rampaul, the way the captain led, it was always the case of if we can harness all that talent and put it in the right direction.”
About skipper Darren Sammy who finally silenced his critics by leading the side to an epic triumph in Sri Lanka, Gibson said, "The captain is always going to be under pressure, so is the coach.
“Sammy stayed calm and true to himself with all the stuff going around and focused on cricket. He didn't get a chance to perform any great heroics, but he led the team very well. He led the team to victory.
“The team itself followed him, were happy to be led by him, they took directions from him. At the end of the day, it is not about one person, it is about 15 players and nine management people who left home together to go and win the World Cup.”