New Delhi, Nov 4 : West Indies coach Ottis Gibson on Friday backed young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to come good in the three Tests and the five One Day
International (ODI) matches against India.
Ahead of the first Test against India starting here Sunday at the Ferozeshah Kotla, Gibson said: "We have to stand up to the challenge that the Indian (batting) line-up will pose and Bishoo has a major role to play. He just has to back his ability, believe in himself."
"Obviously he is a very talented bowler. He has already got 32 wickets in seven games in Test cricket and he started playing Test cricket in May this year," Gibson pointed out.
Bishoo's maiden five-wicket haul earned West Indies a series-clinching victory against Bangladesh last Thursday.
"He is still very new to international cricket and learning all the time," Gibson added.
"The good thing about him is that he is always prepared to learn. If he sees somebody he thinks can pass on some information that would benefit him, he's not afraid to ask questions," Gibson said.
"That's all you ask really from young cricketers. He has retained the passion to learn. He is improving all the time, he loves the game," he said.
Gibson also said that the rare series win against Bangladesh after a gap of eight years has boosted the confidence of his young team.
"Obviously there has to be a lot of positives from the Bangladesh series. Guys like Dwayne Bravo, Kirk Edwards and Darren Sammy contributed with the bat and ball, but this is a different challenge," Gibson said.
"India may not be number one now but they are still a top side. India has the better line-up. They have a young side but the experienced guys like Sachin (Tendulkar), (Gautam) Gambhir and (Virender) Sehwag are back," he said.
"We will probably need to play seven bowlers to get them out. We are a team high on confidence. We just played a tough series in Bangladesh where the conditions were similar, so we relied on our skills. We are very well acclimatised to the conditions," he said.
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