Antigua: Visibly pleased after his side's nine-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Antigua, West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said that there's no replacement for experience and asserted that presence of Chris Gayle in the team makes a huge difference.
"There is no substitute for experience. Having the experience of Chris [Gayle] at the top of the order makes a huge difference.", Gibson said. Though he was quick to point that the victory in the first Test was a result of team effort and was not solely based on individual performances. ""I just think it was an outstanding performance," Gibson said. "The way [Kieran] Powell batted so well with so much maturity in the first innings, of course with Chris [Gayle] being so dominating, and all the way down the line, with young Fudadin getting his first test fifty, Narsingh [Deonarine] continuing with his good form, then [Darren] Sammy coming in at the back end and scoring some runs."
Gibson lauded his fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul for their 'aggressive' bowling spells. ""I thought Kemar Roach bowled a spell at the back end of the first innings that was a very aggressive spell that got us some key wickets. He was very accurate as well. Ravi Rampaul was also very aggressive today."
This is West Indies' first Test victory against New Zealand since 1996 and Gibson stated that they 'cherish' the win. "Having not won in a long time and having not beaten New Zealand since 1996, we cherish [this victory] and we look forward to Jamaica.
Gibson aslo heaped praise on West Indies skipper Darren Sammy and said his role in team's success is pivotal. "He does his job every day in day out," he said. "He plays his part in the team whether it is with the bat or the ball or whether he is taking catches or whatever. And he is the sort of leader we need right now for this team. I believe he is doing a good job and the players believe he is doing a good job too."