World T20: Curtly Ambrose rues missing Sunil Narine

Ambrose admitted that the absence of Sunil Narine was a blow, but still felt the rest of the bowlers were good enough.

West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose during the practice session at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.   -  Bhagya Prakash K

Chris Gayle’s hurricane hundred may have helped his side defeat England at a canter but West Indies’ bowlers did not exactly thrive in Mumbai.

Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Bravo went at 10 runs an over while Andre Russell and Samuel Badree did not get off lightly either. Only Sulieman Benn may claim to have exerted any sort of control over the batsmen.

“In T20, there’s not much margin for error, so you have to give and take,” said Curtly Ambrose, the West Indies bowling coach, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Friday.

“As for Dwayne Bravo, he’s human. He’s not going to turn up every day and bowl four for 20. There will be times when he goes for a few runs. When he’s not having a good day, it’s up to the other bowlers to step up. We can’t expect him to bowl tight overs every game.”

Ambrose himself did not have too many bad days with the ball. However, he retorts: “I never played T20 cricket.”

Absence of Narine

Ambrose admitted that the absence of Sunil Narine was a blow, but still felt the rest of the bowlers were good enough.

“Missing Narine is a big gap because we know what kind of bowler he is,” the 52-year-old said. “But I still believe we have enough to get the job done.”

It may be hackneyed to suggest that players from the Caribbean like relaxing away from the game, but Ambrose felt it was important to unwind after a game.

“When you’re competing you should give it your all,” he said.

“At the end of the day’s play, when you’ve won, you should relax and have fun and enjoy the victory. Whether it’s singing or dancing or, as some guys prefer, just relaxing. When you win a game, you’ve got to enjoy it, especially in T20 cricket. Whatever way the guys decide to have fun, I have no problem with it. As long as they don’t break the team rules, I’m quite happy.”