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Gibbs wants to energize Thunder players

  • Published at 10:49 pm December 10th, 2019
Sylhet Thunder’s Herschelle Gibbs talks with Mohammad Mithun during training in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The 45-year old, who was known for his hard-hitting batting and superlative fielding, joined Sylhet Thunder as the coach-cum-player

Former South African Test cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said he wants to inject the energy and passion to the players of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League side Sylhet Thunder just as he used to do during his playing days. 

The 45-year old, who was known for his hard-hitting batting and superlative fielding, joined the Thunder as the coach-cum-player.

“No difference,” said the South African to the journalists at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Tuesday when he asked what is the difference as a coach and a player. 

“I have played with lot of energy and passion and lot of skill as well. That's what I need to install in my players that fearless type of cricket into the team that I coach Enjoy the stage .it is a big stage some of my players have not played international cricket these is the biggest stage that they play on .I want them to embrace the next couple of weeks and just to show that talent believe in themselves .there is lots of big names in these tournaments and the challenge is a good one,” added Gibbs.

Thunders apparently do not have any big name, but the South African does not think that as a big problem.

“I do not think we have that big star that most of the other teams have. These means we can play with more freedom .i think there are quite of few big names in  t 20 circuit is concerned because there is so many tournaments .the more unknown u are the better u can become. I had a good chat with the team and they look excitedly nervous which is a good sign.

“Like I said if you fly under the radar it is nice to get one out of the way. There will nerve excitement and energy for everybody including me .I still feel on with my players on the field. You do not need big names you need one guy to fire the unknown is a good place to be in because no other teams know the unknown,” said the former player who was nicknamed Scooter for his agility. 

Gibbs, who played only once in BPL but played few seasons in Indian Premier League, thinks the surface at SNBS has not changed much over the years and despite skill level of the players around the world has increased in this format of the game but absorbing the pressure properly still remains as the key. 

"The surface has not changed. You can only play with the surface you have been given. I played only on 2011. The skill level has increased definitely  but the execution under pressure that has not changed. That is the key element in the 20 cricket executing skills under pressure. There is lot more self-belief in the game the batsman is hitting the ball further. Unfortunately the bowler obviously get punished,” concluded Gibbs.