Coach backs birthday boy Bishoo

Delhi, India -- Devendra Bishoo will have one of the biggest days of his cricketing life on Sunday when he lines up for West Indies against India in the first Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

The leg-spinner has been the West Indies’ highest wicket-taker this year with 32 wickets in seven matches at an average of just over 30. He will be facing the Indian batsmen for the first time on their home turf. It is also his 26th birthday.

“When I started playing for Guyana I was 22 and I dreamed of playing for West Indies. I thought if I could reach this level of the game by the age of 25 or maybe 26 that would be good. I played for the first time at 25 and it’s good to celebrate my birthday in the team, playing a Test match,” Bishoo said.

“I’m hoping for a good day. There’s a lot of expectation on me but I’m not going to let that be a burden. I’m just going to do what I know I can, and what has brought me success.”

Speaking ahead of the match, West Indies Head Coach Ottis Gibson said he had all confidence Bishoo would play a prominent in the three-match Test series.

“We have to stand up to the challenge that the Indian 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 said.

Bishoo’s first five-for in Test cricket West Indies a series-clinching victory against Bangladesh on Wednesday and Gibson was also delighted by the spinner’s approach.

“He is still very new to international cricket and learning all the time. He only came into Test cricket in May so he’s still growing in the game. 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 added: “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. We are very happy to have someone of his ability and hopefully he will play a major part in this series.”

Sat, 11/05/2011 - 15:35