Sammy prepared to respect India

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West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has refused to identify a lone threat in India's batting order ahead of the first Test, which will get underway in Kolkata on Wednesday.

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has refused to identify a lone threat in India's batting order ahead of the first Test, which will get underway in Kolkata on Wednesday.

The hosts' squad sports a host of talent, including openers Shikhar Dhawan, recent ODI double-centurion Rohit Sharma, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara.

"We have respect for India. When you look at their recent ODI series, against Australia that India won three-two, their batsmen have been in good nick," said Sammy.

"No one wicket is the prized wicket. Everybody in the top six minus Murali Vijay has been playing really good and has been in good form. It would be a tough battle for our bowlers."

The Eden Gardens game will bring the penultimate Test of the veteran Sachin Tendulkar's prolific career. The Windies, too, will be the opposition for Tendulkar's 200th and final Test later this month.

"We're honoured to play a series in India which will bring curtains down on Sachin's career, but we're here to compete and play very hard cricket," added Sammy.

"He is a great ambassador for the sport. He deserves all the hype and the praises he is getting. That's India you know. As for Sachin, everybody knows what he has done for cricket not only in India but all over."

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