By Neto Baptiste
“Take those negative comments and turn them into positives,” is the advice former West Indies fast bowler and one of four knighted cricketers here, Sir Curtly Ambrose, has for fellow Antiguan and West Indies spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall.
Sir Curtly’s encouraging words come on the heels of criticism by former West Indies off-spinner, Lance Gibbs, who says he is not impressed with the current crop of spin bowlers in the Caribbean, including Cornwall .
“As an athlete, a sportsman or sportswoman, you are going to get criticised no matter what, so that is not anything new. But I would say to Jimbo, continue to work hard, you know your ability, you know what you can do so just ignore all of the negative comments or, as a matter of a fact, take those negative comments and turn them into positives and prove these people wrong. Let them see you can get the job done in your own way and your own style,” he said.
Asked if he has seen any off-break bowlers in recent times who have caught his eye, Gibbs responded with an emphatic, “No!”
“They’re not spinning the ball,” he said.
Asked his thoughts on Cornwall, who has taken 13 wickets in the two Tests and 303 First-Class wickets in 62 matches, Gibbs was critical of the player’s technique.
“How can you take two steps and bowl? Where is your rhythm, where is that rhythm?” he asked.
Sir Curtly said he did not lend too much credence to Gibbs’ statement as all are entitled to their opinion.
“Everyone has their own opinion about things and if Lance Gibbs gave his opinion about Jimbo then that is just his opinion but that should not deter Jimbo from progressing so I wouldn’t even want to touch that subject because that is his opinion,” he said.
Cornwall has claimed 13 wickets for 294 runs in two Tests for the regional squad. He has best figures of seven for 75 in an innings.