Richardson backs Windies batsmen
Kolkata, India — West Indies batsmen have a big day ahead of them on Wednesday when they resume their first innings on the third day of the second Test match at Eden Gardens. The Windies are 34-2 as they go in search of India’s mammoth 631-7.
Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, who both played well last month in Bangladesh will resume the innings when play re-starts at 8.30 am (11 pm Tuesday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).
Team Manager Richie Richardson, the legend and former captain, said he believes Wednesday could be a breakthrough day for some of the young batsmen in the team and backed them to post a big total as well.
“We have got to bat the way India batted. It’s a very good batting wicket. India batted really well. We have got to bat the same way. It’s not going to be easy, the Indian bowlers are going to push us but I believe we have the ammunition to go out and bat for the next two days,” Richardson said.
In India’s innings VVS Laxman produced a special knock -- an unbeaten 176 not out off 280 balls. He added 224 for the sixth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni who made 144 with five sixes. On the opening day Rahul Dravid crafted 119 -- his 36th Test century.
“Usually, when you think about such a big total you are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s going to be difficult.’ But you have to assess the situation and tell yourself we can do it yourself too. If two guys get stuck in there and score centuries, then you can bat yourselves into a very good position,” added Richardson, who made 5,949 runs with 16 centuries at 44.39 per innings in 86 Test matches.
“If you are batting on a turning wicket and you just stay in there, the bowlers are going to get on top of you. You have to show intent. That is what we have been talking about. You can’t just wait for bad balls as there aren’t going to be too many bad balls from the Indians. You got to take it to them. This is not to say you play rash shots or big shots. It is just that you keep looking for ways to score while keeping your wicket intact.”
Richardson, who took over the position of Team Manager in January, has said he has been enjoying the job and has been encouraged by the level of commitment of the members of the squad. Richardson, who was a key member of the West Indies “glory days” team in the 1980s said the systems are in place to chart the course back up the International Cricket Council’s rankings.
“You can’t be best all the time. When you are down, you have to find a way to get back. In Sammy we have an exceptional leader and he has worked very hard and is doing a fine job. We have been showing that we have been improving all the time. We have no discipline issues. The guys are committed to training and working hard,” he said.