Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - England's positive approach will give us a chance - Ottis Gibson. You might bowl a good ball and get hit but they also give you opportunities to take wickets: Gibson
You might bowl a good ball and get hit but they also give you opportunities to take wickets: Gibson
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson believes England's ultra-positive approach will provide chances for his bowlers and urged his charges not to panic.
Gibson cited the example of England's opener against West Indies where their turbo-charged approach to a chase of 55 saw them lose four wickets.
”England's mindset is always to be positive. On the day you're positive, but if the conditions doesn't allow for your positivity, sometimes you give wickets away,” Gibson said.
“Like I said, they were chasing 55 against the West Indies, and they lost four wickets for those 55 runs. On the day we play well, we play to our potential, then they will give us opportunities to win the game or to have a say in the game. If we take those opportunities, the result could very well go in our favour.
”I've spoken to our bowlers and our batsmen, England bowlers are looking to take wickets all the time, and England batters are looking to score runs all the time and put bowlers under pressure. The message is not to panic, understand that you are going to get hit. You might bowl a good ball and get hit because that's their mentality, but they also give you opportunities to take wickets.
”So we must be calm. We must try and execute our skills plans. And when those opportunities come, we must take those opportunities of course, but we must — the one thing we must remain as a bowling group is calm and very considered in how we approach every ball that we bowl,” Gibson said.
Bangladesh lost the opening game of the Super 12 phase to Sri Lanka and their fielding came under scrutiny with the two dropped catches by Liton Das biting them hard. Das, already under fire for his lean run with the bat, came under further criticism for his two lapses, but Gibson backed Das, calling him one of the best fielders in the side and said dropped catches were a part of the game.
“Catches get dropped. In every cricket match, one or two catches go down. Obviously, when the catches sort of result in a player part that results in a game, it's highlighted more,” he said.
“We do a lot of catches in practice. We do a lot of various catching drills. Ultimately, when the guys are out in the middle under pressure, then mistakes like catches going down happen. Is it a concern? I wouldn't say it's a concern because we practice it every day. But the fact is obviously, when it gets dropped, when catches go down, then at the end of the game, that's the thing that gets highlighted.
”He's (Liton) one of our best fielders, first of all. The fact that a couple of catches went down doesn't diminish from what he contributes to the team. Of course anybody can drop a catch. Like I said before, it's highlighted because those catches, you can argue, contributed to the result of the game. But he's one of our key players, and he has been for a while. The reality is that any other fielder in that position could have dropped those catches as well.
”So what we do is we get around him (Liton) we support him. We remind him of his quality and remind him that he's a key player for us, and we support that player.”