Richardson salutes Indian batsmen

West Indies manager and former star middle-order batsman Richie Richardson saluted the Indian batsmen on yesterday for their awesome display in the second cricket Test saying they made excellent use of the batting track.

"India batted extremely well, they made great use of this wonderful batting wicket. If players like (Rahul) Dravid, (VVS) Laxman and (MS) Dhoni get going, it gets awfully difficult for even the best of bowlers," Richardson said after the second day's play at the Eden Gardens here.

What's in store? West Indies captain Darren Sammy had a tough
time at Eden yesterday. Pic/AFP

He also refused to blame the Caribbean bowlers. "Our bowlers, for their part, tried their very best, but couldn't do much on a surface loaded heavily in favour of batsmen. It wouldn't be fair if all the blame is put on bowlers alone," he said.

We can still do well
But Richardson felt the West Indies could still do well if the batsmen applied themselves well, like their rivals. "There's certainly some hope if they bat like India did. If our batsmen spend some time at this wicket, runs are bound to come as strokeplay gets quite easier. Basically, it's all about playing each ball on its merit," he added.

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