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Updated: November 5, 2013 18:38 IST

Tough battle on the cards, says Sammy

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West Indies captain Darren Sammy during the practice session at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Tuesday.
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West Indies captain Darren Sammy during the practice session at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Tuesday.

However, the West Indies skipper hoped that the Indian batsmen commit mistakes

Indian batsmen have been in blistering form and the West Indies skipper Darren Sammy feels that the two-Test series, starting here on Wednesday, will pose a tough challenge for his bowlers.

“We have respect for India. When you look at their recent one-day series (against Australia that India won 3-2) their batsmen have been in good nick. No one wicket is the prized wicket. Everybody in the top six minus Vijay has been playing really good and has been in good form. It would be a tough battle for our bowlers,” said Sammy at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

Sammy, however, said he was hoping that the Indian batsmen commit mistakes.

“They have been playing a lot of one-day cricket. They have been on the go. It was a run-fest in the last one-day series. So, hopefully their batsmen will come out playing a lot of shots and we will get some edges down at slip or some lbws or some bowled outs. They will be in that same frame of mind and make more mistakes early up in their innings,” Sammy said on the eve of their opening Test,” Sammy added.

Recollecting Ravichandran Ashwin’s valiant 103 to draw in the Mumbai Test, Sammy said all the 20 wickets are important.

“Last time we were bowling against the likes of (Virender) Sehwag, (Gautam) Gambhir, (VVS) Laxman, (Rahul) Dravid, Sachin (Tendulkar) and (MS) Dhoni. And we bowled them out three times with four bowlers. We are going to be confident and look to execute our plans and look to get 20 important wickets,” he said.

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