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]."