India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata November 13, 2011

WI must be positive against spin - Sammy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Darren Sammy, the West Indies captain, has said his team allowed India spinners to gain the upper hand in Delhi and should look to attack more in the second Test.

"We let them [the spinners] dictate too much to us and it took the experience of [Shivnarine] Chanderpaul to show us how to play on that pitch," he told AFP. "We hope to take a page out of his [Chanderpaul's] book.

"When you are positive against spin, it is effective. The team should look to do that more often and be cautious and not go into the shell. We will look to counterattack, but also be more selective because it is Test cricket. We have to be prepared to bat for long periods."

West Indies lost all but four of their 20 wickets to the spin of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha in the first Test. They appeared to hold the edge after bowling India out for 209 to take a 95-run first-innings' lead on the slow pitch. However, they folded for 180 in their second innings to allow India back into the match. India then chased down 276 with five wickets to spare.

Sammy said West Indies need to exploit any advantage they might gain in Kolkata. "It is about capitalising on key moments," he said. "Hopefully, we can do it in this Test and bounce back. We never said it would be easy coming to India. It [winning] is difficult but not impossible."

West Indies could, however, be without fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, who has picked up a stomach illness. Given the looks of the Eden Gardens' track though, Sammy said they might play two spinners in any case. That would mean offspinner Shane Shillingford could come in to partner legspinner Devendra Bishoo. "The track, minus the grass, looks the same as slow practice pitches here. We will consider the option of the other spinner we have in the squad. It is a wicket that will help spinners like you would expect [in India]."

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  • ashok on November 14, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    unless they bring back, Gayle Dwayne Bravo, Sarwan they cant smell even a single win.

  • Satish on November 14, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Attacking spin.. It is easier said than done.. WI do have low and low tracks in home.. Because they havent played quality spinners in home, it is going to be tough for them to handle.. Lets watch the match and wish there is more even contest..

  • Stefan on November 14, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    @YadavAjay a spinner from Dominica, fairly tall, pretty good economy rate.

  • Ajay on November 13, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    Sulli Ben was a much better bowler due to his height don't know shillingford, who???

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Attacking spin is a good idea but the batsmen need the skill to do that. They could start by playing with the bat for a start. They could spend some more time and try and read what the spin bowlers are bowling. Overall let's have some intelligent batting.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    is shillingford the second best spinner in the WI. NO!

  • Pratik on November 13, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    I agree with Godfrey Pieters. Horses for courses policies work, only if the horses are actually good. Besides, Eden Gardens ghas thrown up plenty of games in the last 15 years where pace has played an important role, whether it was Srinath against Pakistan, Shoaib against India, Kulsener against India, etc. Good fast bowlers will provide a stiffer challenge than average spinners, especially against this Indian lineup.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I do agree with Sammy, our batters need to be more positive, these r not wrld class spinners & they r not very experience at this level. Shiv's knock can be a blue print, but Guyanese traditionally play spin better than the small Island players, Sars was also good. However what I don't agree with is Shane for Ravi. Play Roach, a good pacer can get wicket on any surface. When it's not 2 helpful, bowl line & length with the occasional bouncer. Gavaskar recently said that it takes a big heart play pace & skills to play spin & he should know, he is India's all time best batter in my opinion. Gibson, u don't take sand to the beach. Play pace.

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    attacking spin is a positive move. too full than need to get to the pitch of the ball and too short they need to get in their back foot. eg. Rahul Dravid

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