Sammy promises “fearless” display against India

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – West Indies captain Darren  Sammy today promised a “fearless” display in the  three-test series against India, which he labelled as his team’s  biggest challenge to date.
Barring Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, none of  the 13 other West Indies cricketers have played a test match in  India and Sammy seemed fully aware of the task ahead.
“This is the biggest series for most of the guys here.  Playing cricket in India is indescribable. The way cricket is  held here, it’s like religion. This by far is the biggest test  for us, for me as the captain as well,” Sammy told reporters at  the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
Since arriving after a series victory in Bangladesh, coach  Ottis Gibson has been insisting on a “fearless” display from the  team and Sammy demanded the same against an Indian side ranked  four places higher.
“I totally agree with the coach. We have come here to play  and we should be fearless,” said the towering all-rounder with  one of the widest grins in international cricket.
“We had a launch of the “Fire in Babylon” film (on the  cricket team’s glorious past) and all the guys present know what  West Indies cricket means to the people in the Caribbean.”
The victory in Bangladesh seemed to have boosted the  confidence of the West Indies captain, who hummed a tune to  check if the microphone was working before the press conference  started.
“In Fidel (Edwards) and (Kemar) Roach, we have two of the  quickest bowlers right now playing international cricket,” Sammy  said, playfully stroking some of the microphones lying on the  table.
“Over the last year… We have been able to bowl out teams  twice in test matches and in one day cricket as well. It’s an  improving attack. We expect to continue the same way and let our  pace do the talking. We also have (rising leg-spinner Devendra)  Bishoo to complement us.
“So far, we prepared well for the subcontinent… we just  had been successful in Bangladesh. Our top order is scoring  runs.
“It’s not only scoring runs, they are also occupying the  crease. Test match is also about (spending) time (in the  middle). We just hope the good form continues,” he added.
“Is that it? I’m loving India,” signed off the West Indies  skipper.

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