India showed us how to bat on this wicket: Darren Sammy

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 19:15 PM IST

Kolkata: Despite losing the match and the series, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy lauded his batsmen for their gritty show in the second innings and said Indian willow-wielders showed them the way.

"I would like to commend the guys the way they played in the second innings. (Darren) Bravo played well for his second century. (Kirk) Edwards, (Adrian) Barath also played well at the top and then (Marlon) Samuels. I think it was good fight," he said.

"India showed us how to bat on this wicket. It calls for application. I think we were in a hurry in the first innings, we lost wickets in cluster, but we showed character in the second innings."

Sammy was all praise for Darren Bravo, who led the fightback for the West Indies with a gritty 136, only his second Test century, to delay the inevitable.

"From the time he (Bravo) made his debut he showed signs of brilliance. Hope he continues the same way," he said.

Man-of-the-match VVS Laxman, who scored an unbeaten 176 to help India pile up the huge total in the first innings, said he shares a special bonding with Eden Gardens.

"I have always enjoyed playing at Eden. It`s a special place to play cricket. The atmosphere and spectators make it special," he said.

"It is a great moment for us especially after the England tour. We hope to finish on a winning note in Mumbai."

Laxman also said that batting alongside Rahul Dravid (119), with whom he shared 140 runs for the fourth wicket in the match, has always been special for him.

"I always enjoyed batting with Rahul. It is always a great feeling."

He also had words of appreciation for the Eden wicket.

"The wicket was little on the slower side but overall it was a good Test wicket," Laxman concluded.

PTI