Happy with their effort in Delhi, WI captain Sammy asks teammates to seize key moments in today's Kolkata Test
Asserting that West Indies had controlled the first two days of the first Test against India at Feroz Shah Kotla last week, skipper Darren Sammy wants his side to win key moments in the second Test that gets underway here at the Eden Gardens today.
Hold on to 'em: WI skipper Darren Sammy drops a catch as Shivnarine
Chanderpaul looks on during a training session at Eden Gardens yesterday.
The tourists trail 0-1 in the three-Test series following their five-wicket defeat in the opening match in Delhi despite gaining a 95-run lead in the first innings. "It is about capitalising on key moments. 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," Sammy told reporters yesterday.
Devendra Bishoo stretches with teammates at Eden Gardens yesterday
Inspired by Proteas
Drawing inspiration from South Africa's incredible victory in Cape Town last week, Sammy said it wasn't difficult to motivate his side despite the loss in the first Test. "I don't think it is difficult (to motivate the team).
Despite the result (in Delhi), we did, basically control the first two days of the first Test. It took a lot of
experience from that Indian batting line-up (to take the game away from us). The camp is not down.
We still have the belief that once we could win the key moments of the game, which for us was losing 15 wickets for 220 runs, that was the key period of the Delhi Test. All of us saw the Test match between Australia and South Africa � how one session can affect the entire Test match," said the all-rounder from St Lucia.
Learn from Shiv
Sammy said his batsmen needed to learn from stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was the lone batsman to defy the Indian spin attack on a low and slow pitch at Delhi, scoring 118 and 47. "We let them (Indian spinners) dictate too much and it took the experience of Chanderpaul to show us how to play (spin) on that pitch. We hope to take a leaf out of his book," said Sammy.
"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 a shell. "We will look to counter-attack, but also be more selective because it is Test cricket. We have to be prepared to bat for long periods," added Sammy.