India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 15, 2011

Richardson wants intent against spin

ESPNcricinfo staff

Richie Richardson, the West Indies manager, has said his team's batsmen have to be positive against spin if they are to get close to India's first-innings score of 631 for 7 at Eden Gardens. West Indies lost 16 wickets to India's spinners R Ashwin and Prayan Ojha during their loss in Delhi and the way they handle them could be the key to avoiding another defeat.

"We have to bat positively; if you are batting on a turning wicket and if you just stay in there the bowlers are going to get on top of you," Richardson said after the second day of play in Kolkata. "You have to show intent and not just wait for bad balls as there aren't going to be too many bad balls from India. You have got to take it to them. That is not to say you play rash shots; it's just that you have to keep looking for ways to score runs."

West Indies lost two wickets in the 12 overs they had to negotiate at the end of the second day but Richardson remained confident his side could match India's batting effort. He said his bowlers had not really bowled that badly and it was just the conditions that made it hard to take wickets, so there was no reason his batsmen should not post a big total.

"We've just got to bat the way India batted. It's a very good batting wicket. I noticed that the first day I came here. It's not going to be easy and India's bowlers are going to push us but I believe we have the ammunition to go out and bat for the next two days. Usually, when you think about such a big total you are going to go 'Wow, that's going to be difficult.' But then you assess the situation and tell yourself we can do it too. If two guys get stuck in there and score centuries then you can bat yourselves to a very good position.

"I wouldn't say our bowling was not up to the mark. The India batsmen made full use of a very good batting track. It was always tough for our bowlers. They have bowled really well for the entire year; we haven't let ourselves down."

Fourteen overs of play were lost due to poor light on the second day at Eden Gardens. Though the early finish might have come as a relief for West Indies who were tottering at 34 for 2, Richardson said he was in favour of using floodlights for Test cricket when needed.

"I believe in using technology when it is going to assist you. When you have lights, you can use them. People want to see cricket and as a player you want to be out there as long as possible. If they have lights the only thing likely to make you come off is rain."

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  • Oneil on November 16, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Sammy captaincy and place in the team should be heavily scrutinized by team management for indias massive total,the fans have already made there judgement on him (the majority think he doesnt desrve a place in the team) his captaincy was more than questionable, it was a disgrace.

  • Sathish on November 16, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Hi folks, all are commenting about India Vs England series in Eng, where india lost 4-0, yes i agree but india played only rookies and new players not the real indian team, if they would have played the real team then the result is vice-versa i.e india won the series 4-0 so please stop talking about that, one suggestion Sammy you are a joker,just go out from the WI team, bring back CH gayle as captain, WI wil retain its olden golden days.

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Leave all these "can't play spin " theories....just get chris gayle and the matter is sorted.

    WI board's ego is not only hurting WI team fortunes but it's making the series boring for the rest of us. We already know the result of the series so why bother watching it.

    The only people who can change the result one way or other are Viru and Gayle..we've got Viru..time to get Gayle?

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    @Outcast: India does not need to play against minnows... they need to only play at home. We need test series against Aus, RSA , England only in India!!!!!!

  • bhanu on November 16, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    @outcast: You forget to include Rest of the World (also known as England).

  • crik on November 16, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    India should arrange test series against the likes of Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Scotland, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong etc...

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    Yeah, he got intent all right this morning, intent on getting back to the dressing room...

  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Too much excuse about the pitch from WI. Lacadical cricket and poor mentality. I dont know which dumb fool they are following but it seemed like they were a bunch of stooges on the field. They allowed India to score over 300 runs by employing negative bowling and field placement without trying to pick up wicket. They set the field and allowe Dravid to milk an easy 100 without any effort. And then they start bowling negative to reduce the scoring rate and Doni/ Laxsman took 180 in 1 session and the biggest joke is that all they needed was 1 wicket to wrap up the innings. I guess with that attitude even Courtney Walsh could have scored a century.

  • James on November 16, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    @yokasi: Sammy still does not deserve a place in the side as a player. He is a steady performer, but possibly not test class. His wicket to wicket line would be okay in limited overs matches. Just compare him with the people outside the team- Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach/Rampaul, Benn, Russel etc, and you can see the problems in including Sammy.

  • James on November 16, 2011, 1:31 GMT

    @Iyer: Dhoni should occasionally be rested, not because he has problems against any country, but because he is the only reasonable wk/bat in the picture. But the resting should not be against Australia. This WI tour could have been a good opportunity to rest him. Or any future tour against some of the lower ranked teams such as Zimbabwe, Bangladesh. The problem is, there are no good WK/Bat in India. Parthiv- the next best has limitations in both batting, keeping. Dinesh Karthik has proved to be totally incompetent at everything- and if not for the benevolence of Srikanth, would have been removed from all sorts of contracts a long time ago.. Naman Ojha too has some way to go before he can be a national keeper. We need to identify a few young keepers (from the under 19 sides etc) ang groom them to be a part of India A sides. Continuing with discards such as Karthik in India A sides is a waste of opportunities.

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