West Indies celebrated their 1st victory of the International Cricket Council World Cup 2015, with all-rounder Andre Russell asserting on Saturday that their match against proved there was more to the squad than Chris Gayle.
The Caribbean team demolished Pakistan by 150 runs in Christchurch, with a quick 42 runs in just 13 deliveries by man of the match Andre Russell taking them to 310 run for the loss of six wickets at Hagley Oval.
Pakistan’s run chase derailed from the start when they faced a batting collapse as they lost 4 wickets in four deliveries, with Jerome Taylor at one level having figures of 3 wickets for just 1 run in just two overs.
Russell said that win had transformed the mood in the Jamaican camp after they became the latest Test nation to be turned over by Ireland first time out.
He also added that everyone is happy, laughing and added that from the last match, things did not go well for them and they just turned up today and wanted to demonstrate the world that they are not just a pushover.
It is a very good feeling winning a match after being defeated to Ireland. It just goes to demonstrate that the West Indies can control and they are there to compete.
Russell was one of several batsmen to make a constructive contribution with Denesh Ramdin who scored 51 runs, Lendl Simmons who scored 50 runs and Darren Bravo who scored 49 runs before he retired hurt with a hamstring.
But the destructuive batsman Gayle, known as one of the most dangerous openers in the match, did not succeed once again. The West Indies batsman was out for just 4 runs as his average dropped to 14.42 over 19 innings in the 20 months since his last ton.
Russell added that Chris Gayle had not let his form diminished the squad’s confidence. Though he is not scoring he is not grumpy, he is not miserable. He is happy, he is laughing, and he is cheering everyone on the ground, and that is what they want from a big man like him, so it is very good.