Need to find a way to score against spin, says Sammy
West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his batsmen have to find a way to score against India's spinners for the team to have a chance of doing well in the ongoing three-Test series, the first of which the visitors lost in four days.
Indian spinners R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha shared 16 wickets between them while conceding 237 runs in the match and Sammy said his side will have to play the slow bowlers better.
"220-odd runs and 16 wickets [by Indian spinners]. We need to find a way to score against spin," Sammy said, at the post-match press conference after the five-wicket defeat.
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'Difficult to beat India in home conditions'
"Attacking against the spinners could be an option, like Shiv (Shivnarine Chanderpaul) showed. When the spinners operated, we went into a shell and we could have been more positive," he said.
Despite the loss, Sammy said his side played good cricket though they could have done better in the second innings.
"It is difficult to beat India in home conditions. But we played some good cricket though we could have batted better in the second innings. Had we scored 250-plus in the second innings, India would have to chase 350-plus and the game would have been different," he said.
"Sachin (Tendulkar) and VVS Laxman took the game away from us. We could not have done anything different," he said.
Image: Sammy is clean bowled by R Ashwin as M S Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir watch, during the first Test
'Bishoo told me let him bowl two balls over the wicket and he got Sachin'
Asked about the plan to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar, who again missed out on the opportunity to score his 100th international ton, as he was out LBW to Devendra Bishoo for 76, Sammy said he advised the bowler how to go about it.
"I told him to [Bishoo] bowl round the wicket and on the rough, but he told me let him bowl two balls over the wicket and he got Sachin's wicket from one such delivery."
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Barath, Roach could have a look-in for the second Test
Sammy said he is not worried about the form of Ravi Rampaul, who took just two wickets in the match.
"Ravi has been playing for a long time and he is a true fighter. I am not worried about his form. Someday somebody can have an off day," he said.
He said opening batsman Adrian Barath and pacer Kemar Roach could have a look-in for the second Test, starting in Kolkata on November 14.
"We have a long batting line-up and we need to apply. Our two openers are inexperienced as compared to the Indians. Adrian is yet to be fully recovered from injury. He may be considered for the second Test. Kemar Roach will also be looked into."
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