Former Australian Cricketer and current head coach of the West Indies Stuart Law has said that while he is disappointed that his team is bereft of some really important experienced players from the Caribbean, it's a situation he has to come to terms with, because you "can’t force people to play Test cricket," and the only way forward is to try and get better and compete in the next match.
The West Indies has arrived on a Test tour of India, which is basically one of the toughest sporting challenges out there, and yet, they don't have the likes of Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and co with a young side, to guide them while they face the might of Virat Kohli's team in these conditions.
Speaking about the situation, Law was quoted saying on Sportstar as, "Well, that would (have). But we can’t force people to play Test cricket. We got to make sure that we have young fellows in an environment where they are able to open up and speak truth," he stressed, "Also, the coaching staff understands that they might have to be there a lot more than what you would have done in other set-ups," and expressed, "These guys are great, they are responding and are understanding the game. That’s part of the battle — you need to understand what you can or can’t do. The more you understand that, the easy it is to develop."
Reflecting back on the demoralizing loss by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test at Rajkot, Law said, "We knew it would be difficult to beat India in its own backyard. They are the No.1 Test team in the world, so you got to bring your best. What we saw from our players during the first Test was not the way they play, maybe the expectation of playing against the No.1 Test team in the world gets to you mentally. The spirit (in the camp is good)."
Law, who will be leaving his post after this winter's tours of India and Bangladesh, signed off by expressing hope of a better batting show in the next Test and said, "They(players) are understanding that you bat differently in India than you do in the Caribbean or in England. Everywhere, it’s different. In India, you are not just playing cricket, you are playing the crowd, the media and the noise. It is a great experience. It is different than what we are used to."
The second Test at Hyderabad starts on Friday, October 12.