T20 title source of pride
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson says being able to call his team “world champions” was an amazing feeling.
Gibson, who took over as the coach in 2010, attributed the success to the hard work put in by their talented group of players who all came together with the belief that they could win the tournament.
“We had difficult periods [in the last two years], but we had signs of progress,” Gibson said.
“If you look at the talent that we have, specially 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.
“West Indies have not been able to field their strongest side in the recent past because of various disputes but came into the tournament as one of the contenders and lived up to their promise by winning the World T20 title.
“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.”
West Indies’ win against Sri Lanka in the final gave them their first world title since 1979 and their first major trophy since 2004.
Gibson said that there were lessons to be learnt from the long wait for a major trophy.
“Clive Lloyd led [the team] to wins in two World Cups and to the final of the third, [they were] 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.”
The West Indies team has showed constant signs of progress under the leadership of Darren Sammy,