Dhoni, Sammy pay tribute to retiring Tendulkar

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Captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Darren Sammy were generous in their appreciation of the retiring Sachin Tendulkar, after India thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 124 runs.

Captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Darren Sammy were generous in their appreciation of the retiring Sachin Tendulkar, after India thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 124 runs on day three of the second and final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Tendulkar welcomed a solid 74 in a final total of 495 all out, the bulk of which was scored by centurions Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. The Windies, who were dismissed for 182 in the first innings, only managed 187 all out in reply.

Spinner Pragyan Ojha was named Man of the Match on the back of a telling 10-wicket haul, while Rohit took the Player of the Series accolade in the wake of twin centuries in the two-nil series triumph.

"It's a complete performance. We were under pressure in the first Test. There was not much for the spinners in Kolkata. Mohammad Shami was brilliant, you want those performances to boost the morale," said Dhoni.

"The lower order clicked. It's the biggest match in cricketing history. Thanks to Sachin for being such a good role model. The way he led his life, there's plenty to learn for all of us."

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Sammy lamented the end of a lengthy winning streak accrued earlier this year, and lauded Rohit for leading by example toward the end of India's only innings in Mumbai. Indeed, the centurion shared a key 80-run alliance for the 10th wicket alongside tail-ender Shami.

"We are very disappointed. We came here hoping to play much better. From the West Indies team and people back home, we wish Sachin all the best. The fans in India have set the benchmark on how we should celebrate a hero," added Sammy.

"It's a reality check after winning six Tests, India really showed us how to play Test cricket. Our batsmen should take a leaf out of Rohit's book, the way he batted with the number 11. We have to believe in ourselves."

The Indians and Windies will contest three ODIs later this month, the first of which will get underway at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Thursday. The Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam and Green Park in Kanpur will host matches two and three respectively.

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