Samuels: India bowlers gave us nothing

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West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was full of praise for the opposition in the first Test in Kolkata, after India bowled the visitors out for 234 on day one of the Tendulkar farewell series.

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was full of praise for the opposition in the first Test in Kolkata, after India bowled the visitors out for 234 on day one of the Tendulkar farewell series.

Samuels was the only Windies batsman to post a half century, making 65 off 98 balls before being bowled by Mohammed Shami, who took four wickets. Samuels said none of the India bowlers gave much leeway.

Samuels said: "To be honest, the Indian bowlers didn't give us anything. They were very disciplined the way they bowled. They attacked the stumps. When you go out there, you have to work very hard to get some runs.

"I backed myself and took my chance early. It was pretty easy going till the ball changed. Then it started doing a little bit more.

"The fast bowlers and even the spinners, when they got some turn, there was some awkward bounce. Some kept low. The bounce wasn't consistent but it's still a good pitch to bat on.

"When you come to India, you want to score at least 400 in your first innings. That sets up the Test match. But when you get bowled out on the first day after winning the toss, you'll be very disappointed.

"It's something to discuss when you go back to the dressing room. But the runs are on the board already. It's for us to go out there and defend it as a team."

Samuels then also had some words about Shami, who was making his Test debut, saying: "I've only seen Shami in a one-day game. For him to come into a Test match… everybody deserves a chance, you know.

"You can't look at someone and say he's a one-day cricketer. He got his opportunity and he made full use of it. That's the way cricket goes. Nothing surprises me in cricket.

"As the game progressed, he came into his own and did what he does best. He was in-swinging the ball and later on, he was getting the ball to shape away as well. The future for young Shami is looking very good."

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