Bowling wicket-to-wicket was the key: Sammy

November 7th, 2011 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) West Indies captain Darren Sammy said Monday that bowling tight on a slow and low Ferozeshah Kotla track was the key for their success against the Indian batsmen.

India were bowled out for 209 runs in the first innings of the first Test and at stumps West Indies had a lead of 116 runs after a riveting second day’s play when 17 wickets fell.

“It was not a perfect day but I am happy with the performance of the bowlers. When we played in Bangladesh we encountered similar conditions. We were quite aware of the possibilities of tracks here being low and slow. So we decided to bowl straight, wicket-to-wicket and we got results,” said Sammy, who was the highest wicket-taker with three for 35.

Asked about the pitch conditions, Sammy said: “The pitch is low and slow. But (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul showed us that if we occupy the crease we can score runs on this track.”

Sammy also said that it was deliberate ploy by him to bring back fast bowler Fidel Edwards into the attack when batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar walked in. Edwards trapped Tendulkar leg-before to disappoint the crowd which had turned up at the Kotla in anticipation of the legend’s 100th international century.

“Since coming back, Fidel has been bowling well. He is our strike bowler and when the greatest batsman in the world walks-in why not give your best bowler a chance to go at him. That was the plan and we stuck to it and Fidel was rewarded for his hard work,” he said.

Sammy is confident of his bowlers picking up 20 Indian wickets in the match.

“Over the last year we have bowled out teams. Even during the last series in the West Indies, we bowled out India on more than four occasions. So we believe in our ability and have to go about putting the ball in the right areas. At the end of the day, it is a cricket match and even if you are playing against Sachin you have to put the ball in the right areas,” he said.

Sammy reiterated the team will be playing fearless cricket in the remainder of the game.

“India had a good start. But we kept our cool and pitched the ball in the right areas,” he said.

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